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We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
It may have lost top spot at the box office to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has pushed its worldwide haul to a whopping $886 million this weekend, further extending its lead as the highest-grossing movie of the year as well as surpassing the $709. million of the original Transformers and the $836.3 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A billion looks all but assured for Age of Extinction, while the franchise high of $1.123 billion set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon is certainly an achievable target.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of »
- Gary Collinson
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film about apes. The title isn't misleading or a metaphor or anything. This is a movie about primates and though there are human protagonists sharing screentime and functioning as significant pieces in the plot, it's very much an ape affair. Key characters - Caesar, Cornelia, Koba - are all chimpanzees.
Actually, that's not completely true. In fact it's a damn dirty ape lie for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a work of great deception. This fresh bestial blockbuster employs the most state-of-art moviemaking technology to achieve its trickery, ironically bringing the primitive world to visceral life on screen by using the most advanced techniques available.
The truth about those convincing, hyper-real chimpanzees? Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, »
This weekend, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes managed to take control of the weekend box office, raking in $73 million dollars. The film follows a group of super-intelligent apes who take over the world, and a rogue group of surviving humans who are fighting to stay alive.
While people seem to be loving this particular entry into the 'animals destroy humanity' genre, most movies that show the rise of a deadly species are super-campy creature features that are good only because of how wonderfully bad they are.
To get a feel for how well-done DotPotA really is check out these 11 So-Bad-They're-Great Creature Features.
Trying to capitalize on Jaws, the creators of Piranha made the shark a bunch of piranhas (obviously) and then they… well that's »
Well, X-Men: Days of Future Past’s stay as the biggest earner of the year didn’t last long, with Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction shrugging aside almost universal negative reviews to become the highest-grossing movie of 2014 so far, with a whopping $752 million worldwide just three weekends after its release. The fourth instalment in the Hasbro franchise looks set to become the first (and only?) release of the year to crack a billion – although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies may have something to say about that.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller »
- Gary Collinson
In this week’s episode of Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the alleged ‘leaked script’ of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (read our breakdown of it here), reveals which former-Superman is joining the cast of Arrow, has a tantalising first dinosaur glimpse of Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, and sees how well those other, more mechanical dinosaurs are doing in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Here’s a clue: box office record-breakingly well.
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- Oliver Davis
The Planet of The Apes movies occupy a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.
However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the prequel Rise of The Planet of The Apes) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.
Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they »
- Cai Ross
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are in talks to join the cast of the Coen brothers’ next film Hail, Caesar!. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will play Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, respectively, in Truth. John Goodman is in talks to star in the low-budget thriller Valencia, from Bad Robot. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. Firstly, Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the stellar cast of Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film Hail Caesar!, while The Wrap throws Jonah Hill into the mix as well. The story takes place in 1950s Hollywood and revolves around a fixer who works to keep a studio’s stars in line. Johansson will play an actress who becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production. George Clooney leads »
- Adam Chitwood
The box office juggernaut that is Transformers: Age of Extinction just keeps on rolling. One day after becoming China’s highest-grossing movie ever, the Michael Bay-directed sequel has now passed the $600 million mark worldwide, with a domestic haul of $185 million and an international take of $421.2 million giving the film a whopping $606.5 million already. It’s surely only a matter of time before Age of Extinction overtakes Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the biggest earner of the year so far, and at this stage it looks all but assured that it will go on to become the first billion dollar release of 2014.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer »
- Gary Collinson
Sooner or later, the industry is going to realize that it will be saved not by an onslaught of blockbusters, but by spending more wisely. That seems to be the impetus behind Paramount Insurge, which seems dedicated to putting together movies with budgets of $5 million or less. And one of those projects looks to be a teamup with Jj Abrams' Bad Robot, a suspense thriller called Valencia, which has now bagged a major, but affordable, star. Variety announced that John Goodman will play the lead in Valencia for neophyte director Dan Trachtenberg. The suspense thriller follows a young girl (not Goodman) who finds herself in an underground cellar after a car accident and told by a mysterious caretaker (Goodman!) that a nuclear attack has ravaged the ground above. It's unclear what happens next, though it's very obviously a two-person struggle in a tight spot, the sort of set-up that »
John Goodman is in talks to star in Dan Trachtenberg's low-budget thriller "Valencia" for Paramount Insurge and Bad Robot. J.J. Abrams will produce and Dan Casey penned the most recent draft of the script.
Set primarily in an underground cellar, the story follows a teen girl who wakes up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion (Goodman) tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. [Source: Variety]
The story follows a woman who believes herself to be suffering from a sympathetic pregnancy due to the Royal baby. Olivier award-winning playwright and screenwriter Kirkwood also penned the script. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
The film is said to take place mostly in an underground cellar, following a young girl who loses consciousness in a car accident.
The girl - who is yet to be cast - awakes in the cellar with a mysterious man (Goodman), who tells her that the world has been devastated by a nuclear attack.
Trachtenberg, who directed the short fan film Portal: No Escape, was named last year as the director of New Line's planned adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's acclaimed comic book series Y: The Last Man. »
Huge special effects movies are all well and good, but sometimes, to make an effective film, all you need is two people in a room – particularly when one of those people is John Goodman. That’s the way it is shaping up for Valencia – an upcoming thriller directed by Dan Trachtenberg (BlackBoxTV), for the low-budget specialising Insurge division of Paramount Pictures, and Bad Robot.
This will be Trachtenberg’s feature film directorial debut, and he will be working from a script by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, which was re-worked by Dan Casey. The story sees a teenage girl wake up in a cellar after a car accident. Her only companion in there is a strange caretaker, who explains that there has been a devastating nuclear attack on society, and they have taken shelter. John Goodman will star as the caretaker.
The casting of John Goodman in this type of role is at once inspired, »
- Sarah Myles
We first reported on the project back in April, when Dan Trachtenberg signed on to make his directorial debut. The story centers on a teenage girl who wakes up in a creepy underground cellar, where she is told by her eerie caretaker (John Goodman) that a nuclear attack has killed off all life on the surface.
Daniel Casey rewrote the script from the original draft by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken. Paramount Insurge is eyeing a $5 million budget for the thriller, although no production schedule was given.
John Goodman has signed on to star in Dan Trachtenberg‘s Valencia for Jj Abrams‘ Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures’ Insurge division. Of course with this being a Jj Abrams project, many of the details are being kept under wraps. Find out what we know about Dan Trachtenberg’s Bad Robot movie project after the jump. The film is expected to […]
- Peter Sciretta
The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, home to a teenage girl and a caretaker. The girl woke up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. Goodman will play the caretaker.
Like all Insurge projects, the film will be budgeted in the $5 million range to meet the companies mandate of small-budget, high-concept pics.
- Justin Kroll
Back in April we told you that Dan Trachtenberg landed a pretty great gig after his short film Portal: No Escape got a lot of attention (watch it below). That gig we are talking about is his directorial debut Valencia for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Paramount which has now landed the great John Goodman to star. Any Goodman news is worth reporting even when details about the project are being kept under wraps (it is Abrams after all). The only plot details we know so far »
- Graham McMorrow
Prior to the production of Transformers: Age of Extinction, there was a deal in place between Paramount and motor vehicle company Polaris for them to create Transformers based off their machines. These would have included ATVs, snowmobiles etc. For whatever reason, the deal didn’t go through and the characters were scrapped.
Michael Hirtz (via Cbm) has now shared some of his concepts for what those Transformers would have looked like. They also write, “he informs us that these robots would’ve been relatively small as compared to the normal-sized Transformers. Somewhere around 8-10ft max, based on the types of vehicles Polaris manufactures. Hritz’s designs also do a great job of incorporating the look of Polaris’ vehicles by ‘exposing shocks and linkages, using roll-cages and vehicle structure, aggressive/colorful forms floating over blacked-out mechanical parts.’”
See the images below:
- Luke Owen
We’ve just finished getting our heads around how facepalm-inducingly bad much of Michael Bay’s latest Transformers movie is, but like just about any big-budget blockbuster these days, it’s packed chock full of sneaky visual and aural easter eggs that relate to its universe as a whole, as well as sly references to various other projects outside of it.
Now, while Age of Extinction doesn’t exactly boast the finessed line-up of hidden content that, say, X-Men: Days of Future Past did, there’s a surprising level of attention-to-detail paid to slotting in the geeky references and basically giving viewers plenty to look out for amid all of that flying metal.
Fun though these references are to pick out, it’s just a shame that Bay’s screenwriter Ehren Kruger didn’t put anywhere near as much consideration and thought into the actual script as Bay did the added value. »
- Jack Pooley
It’s been top of the Us box office for two weeks and it looks to be taking the crown from Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie when it’s officially released here in the UK this Friday, but it looks like Transformers: Age of Extinction has broken new ground in China already, knocking Avatar from its box office record spot.
The film has grossed RMB740 million ($119.8 million) in its opening week to combine with the RMB628 million ($101.7 million) it took in its opening weekend. That gives Transformers: Age of Extinction a 10-day total of RMB1.37 billion ($221.9 million).
Avatar‘s has held the box office record since its release in 2009. The press release given to Flickering Myth also states that the Chinese currency is appreciated more, which means it has made more dollars per Rmb than James Cameron’s movie.
Paramount are yet to confirm these figures.
The movie has also way-surpassed its predecessor, »
- Luke Owen
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