It's all about the toys, apparently. In a move that makes sense from a business perspective (read: don't freak out Turtles fans), Paramount has pushed back the release date of its live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie from June 6 to August 8, 2014 so that it wouldn't compete on toy shelves with Transformers 4, due out on June 27 (though it may move up to June 25), according to Deadline. Seeing as both movies come with massive toy tie-ins, it made sense to spread them apart a bit, and in our opinion it actually works in favor of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT, as it's known on the streets) because now the film can use San Diego Comic-Con an an extra marketing boost in the weeks leading up to the new release.
That said, with a new date that has it opening a week after Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, those Turtles will have to work extra hard to separate themselves from their heroic competition. Seeing as production just wrapped, hopefully Paramount will be able to tease the new Turtles fairly soon. We've seen what they look like, but can't say anything else except that you fans are gonna go all "Cowabunga!" over their new look.
In other TMNT news, fans of the original 1990 live-action Turtles movie (the best to date, according to this TMNT fan) may be interested in checking out this alternate ending for the movie that makes nods to the Turtles' comic upbringing. It's definitely a strange ending -- to see April O'Neil and the runaway "lost boy" trying to pitch a Ninja Turtles comic -- and we can see why they ditched it. Still, though, it's worth checking out... ya know, for historic purposes and such.
The video (courtesy of Slashfilm) begins with the original ending and then continues on with what appears to be an extended ending.