LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. Paramount Pictures’ comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film’s totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016. Megan Colligan, Paramount’s head of domestic marketing and distribution, said the success of the “Ninja Turtles” reboot was mostly derived from a pair of distinctly different audiences: men who fondly remembered the 1980s and ’90s franchise that spawned a cartoon series, toy line and a live-action film trilogy, and youngsters familiar with a newer Nickelodeon animated TV series.
It’s hard to make the Jets seem like anything other than leering sociopaths, between all the racism, a jolly jokey musical number right after the death of a close friend and what’s pretty clearly an attempted rape scene, (There’s no particular “PG-13” content warning for this show, although all-ages company Berkeley Playhouse offers a “Family Guide” on its website detailing potentially thorny aspects of every show in its season.), This production, however, seems to highlight the gang members’ youth as a possibly extenuating factor, Interestingly, their ostensible leader Riff comes off as perhaps baby's first ballet shoes in bright coral with a white ruffle the most fresh-faced of all, portrayed with callow boyishness by Danila Burshteyn, Jenny Angell stands out amid this boisterous crowd as Anybodys, the much-derided tomboy desperate to join the gang..
Of course there are the dance troupes but we’ve never seen juggler perform from host, Nick Cannon’s, shoulders. A professional twerker, comedian and 77-year-old archer all made it through. An aerospace engineer who trains pigs at night, a singer, dressed as a baby wows with his version of ‘Midnight Train to Georgia,’ a Serbian had balancer and a bar magician that moved salt through air also impressed judges, Howie Mandel, Mel B., Heidi Klum and Howard Stern, and made it to the next round.
History of Sunnyvale Schools: An exhibit showcasing artifacts such as yearbooks, uniforms and trophies from Sunnyvale schools through the ages, starting with the very first baby's first ballet shoes in bright coral with a white ruffle Encina Grammar School in the late 1800s, Through Oct, 7, Museum hours Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m, Sunnyvale Historical Museum, 570 E, Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, 408-749-0220, Native Gardens: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents this cutting-edge suburban comedy from National Latino Playwriting Award winner Karen Zacarías, When an up-and-coming Latino couple purchases a home beside the prize-winning garden of a prominent Washington D.C, family, conflicts over fences and flora spiral into an uproarious clash of cultures, Through Sept, 16, Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $40-$100, 650-463-1960, theatreworks.org..
Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 7 p.m. Feb. 12; $30-$45; www.nancykarp.org. 6 Antiquarian Book Fair: The event is celebrating its 50th year as one of the coolest things for book lovers on the planet. Besides the staggering display of historic and collectible books from around the globe, there are demonstrations, discussions, book appraisers, art works and more. Details: 3-8 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 12; Oakland Marriott City Center; $10-$25 (two- and three-day passes); www.cabookfair.com.
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