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Michael Bay’s claims that “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise, will be his last. The trailer for the picture recently debuted this week, which features the star-studded cast and Decepticons destroying everything in sight. While this might be his last time directing the Takara and Hasbro-created toys, Bay revealed that he had additional plans to make an R-rated “Transformers.”
Speaking to Collider, the filmmaker stated that he’s pitched the idea ahead of the Bumblebee film, due out in 2018, but that it most likely will never happen.
“You know, yeah, that would be fun. There’s actually one idea that would be really fun R-rated, with Bumblebee,” he said. “I don’t wanna say, but it would be really fun. Very Quentin [Tarantino], you know.”
In the interview Bay even expressed interest in working on the standalone film, but he’s not in yet.
- Liz Calvario
It’s been a VFX season dominated by giants in a range of superhero, sci-fi and action-adventures. They include Mark Rylance’s 25-foot dream catcher in “The Bfg,” Christopher Walken’s King Louie in “The Jungle Book,” the heptapods from “Arrival,” the 7-foot K-2So droid from “Rogue One” and the Moon Beast and Skeleton from “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
Whittling down the preliminary list of 20 contenders to 10 for the VFX bake-off on January 7th won’t be easy. There is so much outstanding work. Yet the great hybrid achievement of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” makes it the favorite, and “Rogue One” offers a new, gritty “Star Wars” look that should provide serious consideration. Here’s a list of 10 prime contenders:
1. “The Jungle Book”
- Bill Desowitz
Veteran casting director Marci Liroff credits “E.T.” director Steven Spielberg with giving her her first big break in the industry. “The producers of ‘Footloose’ were at a restaurant, and they ran into Steven Spielberg and they asked him who cast this movie, and rather than saying my boss — I did the movie with him — he said me,” Liroff said at TheWrap’s Breaking Into the Business event on Wednesday night. Liroff was then brought on to cast the 1984 movie that launched the career of Kevin Bacon. She would go on to cast such films as “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Pretty. »
- Reid Nakamura
We feature plenty of collectible artwork here at /Film, but nearly all of them pay tribute to movies and TV, but not the people who make them. That changes today with a series of filmmaker portraits that are positively stunning. Julian Rentzsch has created a series of portraits paying tribute to iconic directors such as […]
The post Cool Stuff: Julian Rentzsch’s Gorgeous Filmmaker Portraits of Steven Spielberg & More appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Marrakech, Morocco — Dutch helmer Paul Verhoeven, whose most recent pic, “Elle”, is France’s entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, received a career tribute at the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival, which he said was the first time he has accepted such a homage.
The ceremony was preceded by a screening of “Robocop” in Marrakech’s Place Jemaa el-Fna.
The career tribute included a screening of “Elle,” presented by lead actress Isabelle Huppert, who was Marrakech jury president in 2014 and in recent weeks has received three major best actress awards – at the Gotham Awards, and from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and New York Film Critics Circle.
Greeting the audience in Arabic, to large applause, Huppert said that, “since his first film, ‘Turkish Delight’ we have been captivated by his obsessions, provocative spirit and his taste for representing the shock of raw violence.”
“Soldiers of »
- Martin Dale
The initial idea for the 1991 Steven Spielberg film “Hook” came when screenwriter Jim Hart’s young son Jake asked him an innocent question one day: “What if Peter Pan grew up?” “It happened at the dinner table one night when he was six years old,” Hart told TheWrap. It was a few years later until the film got made and 11-year-old Jake (pictured center, flanked by Robin Williams and Hart) got to be one of the Lost Boys. “He was in all of the battle scenes, trained with combat choreographers and played on that set all summer,” said Hart of. »
- Meriah Doty
Sting (Courtesy: Miller Mobley)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“It was Thanksgiving,” says Sting, the legendary singer-songwriter-bassist, as we sit down in Malibu to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I was sitting with my kids around the table and I thought, ‘Well, God, if one of my kids was in captivity, how would I feel and what would I do? I’d probably set a place for them — a chair and a place-setting to honor them — in the hope that they’d fill it at some point.’ And then, once I’d thought of that, I went, ‘Oh, that’s the metaphor!'”
Days earlier, the 65-year-old Brit, who became world-famous as the frontman for the punk rock band The Police nearly 40 years ago before embarking on a hugely successful solo career, had been approached by J. Ralph, a twice Oscar-nominated songwriter, about »
- Carson Blackwelder
After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios’ “Finding Dory” finally slipped a notch on the national home video sales charts – replaced at the top by another Disney film, “Pete’s Dragon,” a remake of the 1977 musical that earned nearly $77 million in U.S. theaters.
Disney also claimed the No. 3 spot, with “The Bfg,” on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
A theatrical underperformer with a domestic gross of less than $56 million, “The Bfg” is a fantasy about an orphan girl who befriends a kindly giant, known as the “Big Friendly Giant.” It was directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg and is based on the 1982 children’s book of the same name by the late Roald Dahl.
Rounding out the top five were the Sony Pictures horror film “Don’t Breathe,” about three friends who break into, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
According to the site, Eon “follows a thief-for-hire who is sent on an assignment to steal an unknown package from a laboratory, only to have a crisis of conscience when he discovers upon arrival that the package is actually a superhuman little girl.” One of the characters, Stryka, was the subject of Carmichael’s 2015 short.
Trevorrow has previously recommended Carmichael to Steven Spielberg as writer-director for Amblin Entertainment’s Powerhouse. Carmichael also recently contributed to the script for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, and is also attached to an adaptation of Boom! Studios’ Lumberjanes. Trevorrow meanwhile has The Book of Henry incoming and is producing the as-yet-untitled Jurassic World sequel, as well as writing and directing 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX.
Thanks to Hailey Ames for the heads up. »
- Gary Collinson
If you’ve ever seen the Transformers movies, you might think that you have a pretty good handle on why Michael Bay has yet to direct a Marvel or DC film. But you’d be wrong. The thing is, Michael Bay could totally direct one of those movies if he wanted to. He just doesn’t want to.
“I wouldn’t want to, it’s not my thing, it’s just not my gig,” Bay revealed to members of the press while filming Transformers: The Last Knight this past summer, Collider reports. “I don’t ever wanna take someone like a third of something or second of something. I gotta do my own thing, ’cause the most fun is when a real director creates the world. You know, you talk to Ridley Scott, one of our favorite things to do is to create the world. Steven Spielberg, create the world »
- Dennis DiClaudio
Back in July, a report surfaced that production starts on Universal's highly-anticipatd sequel Jurassic World 2 on February 27, 2017 in Hawaii. That report was neither confirmed nor denied by Universal, but it also revealed that the bulk of the shooting will take place at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Today we have confirmation that production is in fact starting in February, but in London, not Hawaii, as previously reported. Director J.A. Bayona recently teased that filming starts in March, but it seems that production will begin a bit earlier.
While it's possible that filming will also take place in Hawaii at the same time as the London shoot this February, the Hawaii location isn't mentioned by producer Frank Marshall, in his interview with MovieFone. The producer does confirm how excited he is about the project, and working with director Juan Antonio Bayona, who takes over at the helm for Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, »
Based on a true story of survival, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) and Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea) in this gripping, wartime action drama directed by Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City).
After delivering one of the atomic bombs that would eventually end World War II, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Left with no option but to abandon ship, Captain Charles McWay (Cage) and hundreds of his crew are left stranded in shark-infested waters…
On Casting Cage…
Mario Van Peebles: “I’ve always been a fan of Nic Cage. He and I acted together in Cotton Club, I had a little teeny role, »
- Gary Collinson
The first indication that a movie might suck is when there is no script, yet they're moving forward anyway. It means they really don't have a story to tell and they'll be pulling it out of the ether. Indiana Jones 5 is currently sitting without a treasure for Henry Jones Jr. to find, which, looking at it the wrong way, could spell trouble. Especially since the script is coming from the writer of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the least liked sequel in the franchise.
That doesn't mean Indiana Jones 5 will be garbage. But there's always the fear that well enough should be left alone. Especially if there is no story to tell. At this current stage in the game, Harrison Ford is confirmed to reprise his role as the famed archeologist. And Steven Spielberg will return to direct his fifth movie in the series. »
Cartoon spin offs and video game tie-ins were part and parcel of the big studio movie machine back in the 90s. The proliferation of game systems in the home provided a golden opportunity to adapt, and sometime continue, movies beyond the credits rolling. Part of the marketing behemoth for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dino caper involved […]
The post Intriguing details have emerged about a cancelled Jurassic Park cartoon series appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
The Weinstein Company has moved up the qualifying run of its Michael Keaton starrer.
The Founder opened in Los Angeles on December 7 for one week ahead of nationwide roll-out on January 20.
The 16th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival will run from January 13-26 at Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto before touring select cities. The line-up showcases the best Canadian features, shorts and student shorts in 2016 selected by a panel of seven filmmakers and industry professionals. Zacharias Kunuk’s Maliglutit (Searchers) opens the programme, which includes »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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Ryan Suffern’s documentary Finding Oscar has been acquired by FilmRise, and will be released theatrically in spring 2017. The film will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video in summer 2017.
This first production from the Kennedy/Marshall Company documentary division (with Steven Spielberg on board as executive producer), Finding Oscar follows the investigation into the Dos Erres massacre that began on Dec. 6, 1982, when a team of special forces soldiers from the Guatemalan military raided the village during the de facto presidency of General Efraín Ríos Montt. Over the next days, of the 250 residents, a young »
- Ashley Lee
Fans can see Michael Bay’s directorial skills in the upcoming movie “Transformers: The Last Knight,” but that’s about as close as he will ever get to directing a superhero film. “I don’t ever wanna take someone like a third of something or second of something. I gotta do my own thing,” Bay told Collider on the set of the upcoming “Transformers” movie. “‘Cause the most fun is when a real director creates the world. You know, you talk to Ridley Scott, one our favorite things to do is to create the world. Steven Spielberg, create the world. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Reported $1.3m investment will see the company developing products specifically for the Chinese market.
Irish start-up Showtime Analytics, which provides data analysis for the film industry, has secured investment from Yueke/Finixx, a subsidiary of Chinese media giant Alibaba Pictures Group.
According to a report by the Irish Times, the amount will be €1.2m ($1.3m).
Showtime has heralded the investment as Yueke/Finixx’s first investment outside of China.
Founded in 2014 by Richie Power, Joe Spurling and Paul Lynch, Showtime services cinema owners and film distributors with real time operational data that provides insights into business performance.
The money will fund a joint venture that will see Showtime develop products specifically for the ever-burgeoning Chinese cinema industry.
Valued at $9.6bn, Alibaba Pictures owns ventures ranging from production outfits to distribution and ticketing companies. Finixx, acquired by Alibaba in 2015, provides software systems for more than 2,000 theatres and 30 online movie ticketing platforms.
Alibaba’s other »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Donnie Darko Where Are They Now? We take a look back to see what happened to the cast and filmmakers behind this modern cult classic.
Read our Donnie Darko Where Are They Now feature below.
Donnie Darko Where Are They Now
Can you believe it’s been fifteen years since we were first introduced to Donnie Darko? Released back in 2001, the film told of eponymous eighties teenager Donnie whose life starts to unravel after a visit from a time-travelling giant rabbit named Frank. Donnie Darko is a mind-bending movie that has since amassed a substantial cult following over the years.
To mark the special Birthday, Arrow Films are releasing a special edition version of the film. When we say special, we mean really genuinely special. The new release not only features new content in the shape of interviews etc., but also a 4K restoration of the movie itself. This painstaking »
- Kat Hughes
Adam Driver (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I felt like I was kind of good at it and I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just stick with things that I’m good at,’ because I wasn’t really good at anything else,” Adam Driver says of his foray into acting during high school as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter‘s offices to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Clearly, Driver’s instinct was sound, because today he is one of the most respected and in-demand actors of his generation.
Mid-day on Sunday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose the 33-year-old as 2016’s best actor for his portrayal of a bus driver/poet in Jim Jarmusch‘s indie Paterson. Later in the afternoon, Paramount unveiled Martin Scorsese‘s latest, Silence, for which Driver dropped 51 pounds to portray a 17th century Jesuit priest. »
- Carson Blackwelder
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