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Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay's fourth explosion-packed adventure with the Autobots (and the first with the Dinobots), is available today on Digital HD on iTunes, Amazon and other similar services. So if you want to get the home theater jump on what is currently the only 2014 movie to gross over $1 billion at the global box office, you now have multiple ways to do so. However, if you want to wait a little longer to watch Mark Wahlberg's human guns compete with some of the most elaborate special effects ever made, Age of Extinction hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 30. And to get you excited for both releases, we've got an exclusive clip from the behind-the-scenes features that shows the crew of Bay's layest opus discussing what it was like to film in...
- Peter Hall
Michael Bay.s Transformers: Age of Extinction was meant to be the start of a new trilogy. Gone were Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox, replaced by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. And with Bay behind the "wheel" of this massive sequel, the fourth Transformers movie did what previous Transformers movies have done: disappointed critics while earning boatloads of money. Despite the fact that the formula continues to work, Paramount has promised sweeping changes for the Transformers franchise by the time Transformers 5 rolls into theaters. Since massive pieces already are moving into place on the upcoming sequel, we figured now was a great time to get the lay of the land and catch you up on everything we know about the ongoing cinematic battle between the Autobots, the Decepticons, and mankind. Michael Bay Love him or hate him, Michael Bay has been the face of the Transformers franchise, »
Transformers: Age Of Extinction - The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Transformers 4 will be directed by Michael Bay, from a script written by Ehren Kruger. The cast includes: Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Jack Reynor. Set for release on June 27th, 2014! »
With Transformers: Age of Extinction arriving on Digital HD today, September 16, ahead of its Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release on September 30, we have an exclusive featurette that includes an introduction by stars Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, plus a giveaway opportunity you won't want to miss.
The featurette is taken from the bonus feature A Spark of Design, where we see how the toy makers at Hasbro designed and created the immense Grimlock Stomp and Chomp toy, inspired by this action-packed sequel. If you want one of these action figures for yourself, then you're in luck, because we have a giveaway lined up where fans can win the Grimlock Stomp and Chomp toy plus a Digital HD code to watch Transformers: Age of Extinction on a number of different platforms. These prizes will go fast, so take a look at our exclusive video then read on to find out »
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
When I ran my most recent Film Nerd 2.0, several of you e-mailed me to point out what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in things I'd published here. "Why were you complaining about your kids watching the 'Transformers' movies? Don't you like those movies?" It is safe to call my relationship to the movies complicated. I am not sure I would say I enjoy the third and the fourth films, but I am endlessly fascinated by them. The scale on which Michael Bay is working is so preposterous that it's easy to get numbed by it when you're watching the actual movies. As "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" prepares to hit home video, we've got a clip from some of the behind-the-scenes extras that serves as a reminder of just how much actual physical labor goes into creating those outsized images. People tend to dismiss these movies based on »
- Drew McWeeny
The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay's filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products. Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie's end. While I was lucky enough to see Bay's process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip. This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film's release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew. Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release. Take a look at our exclusive clip from the Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray below: ComplexEmbed. »
- Dave Trumbore
Via Parade Magazine, "The clip features stars Stanley Tucci and Sophia Myles, and screenwriter Ehren Kruger, discussing Tucci’s character, Joshua Joyce. While it’s a nice informative clip about the thinking behind Joyce’s megalomania, the best moment comes as Sophia Myles describes just how hard it is to work with Tucci because he’s constantly making her laugh. She even tells us about the advice she received from veteran actor Kelsey Grammer about how to handle the giggles." The fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise based on the Hasbro toy line, Paramount Pictures' $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray and Blu-ray. Directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots must rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
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Indie director Gareth Edwards got a crack at one of the biggest monsters there is in this summer's blockbuster. Bryan Cranston plays a scientist obsessed with government secrets since the mysterious death of his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) after a suspicious nuclear reactor meltdown. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as his son Ford, a Navy guy who discovers that dear old dad's paranoia might actually be worth checking out. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins co-star as scientists studying the real cause of that nuclear meltdown.
- Jenni Miller
VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull has revealed that he's had discussions with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about potentially using Trumbull's Magi technology on the upcoming "Avatar" sequels.
Trumbull has developing a filming system that shoots 4K 3D at 120 frames per second, one that could overcome some of the issues with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films which were shot at 48 frames per second rather than the 24 frames per second of standard film. Trumbull tells THR:
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful. I don't know if Cameron is interested [in using Magi for the Avatar sequels]. He's in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar . I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of Ufotog] soon."
"Ufotog" refers to a ten minute, demonstrative and experimental sci-fi adventure film which showcases the technology. »
- Garth Franklin
Though the Michael Bay produced adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mostly left something to be desired (some inexplicably liked it), little criticism could be thrown at the visual effects. The motion-capture performance of the turtles themselves actually looked crisp, realistic and very well done, even if the rest of the film didn't make any damn sense. Now a cool featurette from Wired (via io9) looks at how they were brought to life with motion-capture technology. More specifically, it focuses on how the facial movements of the actors on set were translated to the final computer generated turtles. You'll also find out how the best scene in the film wasn't in the script. We wish more of that creativity was in the film. Watch! Here's the featurette on the facial motion-capture in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Wired: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Peter Jackson helped push the envelope of frame rate technology by presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the high frame rate (Hfr) of 48 frames per second, double the industry standard of 24 Fps. Now it seems filmmaker James Cameron may go even further with his upcoming Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 by filming at 120 frames per second.
Douglas Trumbull, who developed a 4K 3D system that is shot at 120 Fps dubbed Magi, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has spoken with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about using this technology on the Avatar follow-ups. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about setting up a screening of his short film Utofog, which showcases the Magi technology.
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame »
Directed by David Ayer.
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Skip Woods is the luckiest man in Hollywood right now, if not the world. Since 2001 he has been paid to write scripts for a living yet has never once showed he has the talent to warrant any future employment. If I were as bad at my day job as he is at his, I would have been fired a long, long time ago. I can only assume he has photos of important Hollywood players doing things they wish no one knew about.
This is the man who, let us never forget, defecated on the Die Hard series before audiences’ very eyes »
- Gary Collinson
The box office weekend was down again from 2013 with last year’s number one, Insidious Chapter 2, taking more than $12 million from this week’s chart topper.
Knocking Guardians of the Galaxy from its four weeks on top is the home invasion thriller No Good Deed starring Idris Elba. Made for around $13, No Good Deed opened in just over 2,000 screens to earn an impressive $24.5 million, making it an instant box office success.
Taking the number two slot is family sequel Dolphin Tale 2 with a decent $16.6 million. While the taking and chart placement is good, it is down on its predecessor which took $19.1 million in less theatres in its opening weekend.
And after four weeks at the top of the chart, the summer’s biggest movie Guardians of the Galaxy falls to third with a taking of $8 million bringing its domestic total to $306 million and its domestic total to $305.6 million. Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Luke Owen
“Critics don’t matter,” the refrain often goes, but the truth is it's a little bit more complicated than that. Audiences use critics selectively as guides. So when a critical consensus says Michael Bay’s latest “Transformers” isn’t worth seeing, well, audiences tend to go regardless. But sharp drop-off attendance suggests audiences were at least aware of the critical narrative. And then there are the times when critics tell you a movie is incredible, perhaps “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” “Boyhood” or “Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes,” and audiences come out in droves. Perhaps they were going to attend regardless, but where critical opinion really matters is around those films that audiences are feeling pretty unsure about already. They might read their favorite sites, see mixed reviews, and then decide to stay home. This year’s poor box-office, the worst in a decade or more, could be a testament to behavior. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Firestorm A.K.A Fung Bou (2013) Review Script60% Directing82% Acting77% Photography82% Score70% Action75%PositivesUnrelentingImaginativeNegativesToo much post-proA little overwrought74%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)69%
‘Firestorm‘ is a story about law and justice. Or, maybe, about justice or law. While justice is almost nothing more than a moral sense, law must be somehow “material”, predictable, replicable… so it need rules. Whatever has rules is a game, and there isn’t any more efficient way to win a game than to break the rules, if you can get away with it. If the game is “cops and robbers”, the latter have an obvious advantage, because they aren’t even supposed to follow any rules. That’s until, maybe, some fed up cop decides to play the law game no more and finally get some justice. No, ‘Firestorm’ isn’t a Bronson’s movie remake (though it’s high time for some to come, don’t you think? »
- Miguel Angel Aijon
From the Toronto International Film Festival, Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman continue our series of festival dialogues. Johnnie To's Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 had its world premiere in Tiff's Special Presentations section.
Adam Cook: Here we are again, talking To. It's frustrating how many times I've encountered a dismissive attitude towards Johnnie To's romantic comedies. I realize even the director himself disassociates from them, but, and especially with his most recent works, the rom-coms have been as formally intricate and as impressively crafted as his more revered crime films. As everyone was praising Drug War, it was Romancing in Thin Air that stood out for me. Before that there was Don't Go Breaking My Heart (written on here by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky), an impossibly entertaining love triangle in the big city movie, that while over the top and silly, had some of To's most impressive images »
- Adam Cook
Marvel Studios and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy has cleared the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office, following its equally remarkable achievement of becoming the top film of the summer in North America. On Friday, the quirky tentpole hit $300 million at the troubled domestic box office, becoming the first film of the year to achieve that milestone. Internationally, Guardians cleared the $300 million mark on Saturday, pushing its total past $600 million. Worldwide, Paramount and Michael Bay's Age of Extinction remains the year's leader by far, with a global gross of $1.077 billion. Guardians ranks No.
- Pamela McClintock
From the outside, working in Hollywood looks like the cushty job around. Make pretend in front of a camera all day, make a billion dollars, go hang out at the Olive Garden, drive sports cars around, have any accidental deaths be covered up for you by your agent – yep, life’s pretty sweet for the movie stars. And it’s all so easy! You barely even have to do anything. Or so it appears. In fact the men, women and children who provide us a ninety minute respite from our terrible lives during a trip to the multiplex have it a damn sight harder than you think.
It may seem like it’s all sitting around on green screens and having all the hard work done by CGI monkeys in post-production, acting can be a pretty gruelling process. You could have to inhabit a particularly intense or unlikeable character, »
- Tom Baker
ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a behind-the-scenes clip from the Digital and Blu-ray release of Transformers: Age of Extinction featuring an intro by stars Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz. The Michael Bay-directed film will be available digitally on September 16 and on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on September 30. You can view the full list of features here. »
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