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On the Lot: 'Turtles' opens big, Buzzfeed's millions and Aquaman

(L-R) Actor Will Arnett, director Jonathan Liebesman and actress Megan Fox attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures'
(L-R) Actor Will Arnett, director Jonathan Liebesman and actress Megan Fox attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at Regency Village Theater on August 3, 2014 in Westwood, California.
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It was turtle power at the box office, you won't believe what Buzzfeed is doing with 50 million dollars, and a director superhero comes to Aquaman's defense.

We'll get that fish tale and more from Rebecca Keegan, who writes about film for the Los Angeles Times and she joins us each week for On the Lot - our regular discussion of entertainment.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" managed to pull in $65 million domestically and opened at the top spot in most international markets. This came despite of a volley of mixed reviews, but what's likely helped is nostalgia: Many people, Keegan noted, grew up familiar with the Turtles at their pop culture apex in the 1990s, especially with the wildly popular cartoon show. Time well tell, however, if the success of the Turtles and "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be enough to shake what's been perceived as a weaker summer in terms of movies.

Buzzfeed announced its commitment of $50 million to video, more specifically the launch of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures. Everything from six-second short videos for social media to 22-minute television shows would fall under Buzzfeed's umbrella of production. There aren't any plans yet, however, for any full-length feature films.

Speaking of films, Amazon and Disney are currently locked in a dispute. Keegan reported that if you were to try to pre-order an upcoming Disney movie on DVD through Amazon (like "Maleficent")  ... they couldn't. As it stands now, you can only get the digital version. 

Finally, Aquaman. Zack Snyder, the director of the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" movie, caught wind of a couple of radio personalities disparaging the sea superhero while filming in Detroit. He called into the program to mention Aquaman's qualities, such as his trident, which can actually cut the flesh of Superman. That's part of the canon, according to Snyder.