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The story follows a group of teens using a Ouija board to make contact with an evil spirit. They soon desperately try to close the door they've opened before meeting a dark fate.
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- Garth Franklin
Finally, a bit of good news for those in favor of arming Eddie Murphy and unleashing him on unaware California residents. Jerry Bruckheimer, the megaproducer behind the Pirates of the Caribbean films and so many Michael Bay productions, has decided upon his new post-Disney partner, and it is Paramount Pictures. Many giganto-huge blockbusters will surely stem from this new partnership, but the first are to be Top Gun 2 and a Beverly Hills Cop reboot. Both have been talked about for years, but now 26 years later we’re finally on track to see an aged Tom Cruise ejecting himself from a series of aircraft — and yes, according to Deadline, both Cruise and Murphy are set to return to these new installments. It’s the same old story. Movie was popular several decades ago. Now it’s being redone. But the difference here is Bruckheimer, who was a producer and major creative force on both the original Top Gun »
- Adam Bellotto
Last week, Michael Bay was said to have "apologised" for the previous instalments in the Transformers franchise, with a report quoting the director as stating that: "I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool. This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on Transformers: Dark of the Moon]." However, according to the man himself, his quotes were taken out of context and he's now taken the opportunity to set the record straight, as well as announcing that filming has wrapped on the fourth instalment, Transformers: Age of Extinction...
I Do Not Apologize For Any Transformers Movies
It is a drag talking to reporters on sets. Why? Because often times they take your words and skew things to their liking. Then the crazy, lazy game of reporting on what other writers story »
- Gary Collinson
Though many people have given Hollywood a hard time about the recent glut of supernatural romance flicks, what they should really be ridiculing studio heads for is their surprising dedication to developing tentpoles based on beloved board games from our childhood. We’ve got adaptations of Candyland, Monopoly and even Hungry Hippos on the way. Now, even after Battleship sunk both with critics and at the box office last year, Universal Pictures is still chugging ahead with their next board game project: Ouija.
After years in the works, some headway on the film has finally been made as two main cast members were announced yesterday. Olivia Cooke (A&E’s Bates Motel) and Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) have both joined the cast in leading roles. Both are playing teens who, along with a few other friends, attempt to contact a dead friend using the Ouija board and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Attendees of the Wrap-hosted foreign-language awards contender screening series at the Landmark aren’t often asked to put on their 3D glasses before the subtitles commence. Neither have many (if any) of the previous films in the series been produced with IMAX in mind. But Russia’s “Stalingrad” heralds a different breed of international Oscars submission — one that would do Michael Bay proud, TheWrap managing editor Josh Dickey informed the crowd before Thursday night’s showing of the $30 million World War II epic. Since being released in its homeland less than two months ago, “Stalingrad” has already become the biggest-grossing Russian movie of all time, »
- Chris Willman
Filmmaker Michael Bay is one of the most divisive people working in Hollywood – and as such, he gets interviewed a lot. One of the dangers of being interviewed frequently (or interviewed at all, really) is that you can get misquoted – or while you’re busy pontificating on things, you can say something awkwardly that gets taken out of context. This seems to happen to Bay pretty regularly – including last week, when Bay made comments that Transformers: Age of Extinction would be “less goofy” and “much more cinematic” than the previous films. The Armageddon filmmaker has since taken to his website to clarify those sentiments while taking a few swipes at the film blogosphere in the process. Bay opens up by saying how it’s a drag to...
- Mike Bracken
Michael Bay, director of the upcoming Transformers: Age Of Extiction as well as the previous three films in the series, has released an official statement in response to recent rumours. It was supposedly reported that Bay had apologised for the first three Transformers movies which, although they have a huge and appreciative fanbase, have been ripped into over the years by many film critics. Bay assures audiences that this is not the case:
‘It is a drag talking to reporters on sets. Why? Because often times they take your words and skew things to their liking? Then the crazy, lazy game of reporting on what other writers story’s reported me saying and then suddenly it becomes skewed Internet truth. So I waste my time to restate exactly what I did say, again.
No I did not ‘apologise’ for any Transformers movies. I did not say I shot the »
- Tom Durbin
New Transformers 4 first movie trailer to release in February 2014,new details. Recently, Transformers director, Michael Bay, hit up his official site to clear up some miscommunication about some things he said about the new "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction" hardcore action flick. And in doing so, he also revealed when we can expect to see the very first movie trailer! It turns out that it's going to release during the Super Bowl 2014 on February 2nd,2014, and they're also going to drop another teaser clip after that! Michael stated: "So that brings me to letting Transformers fans know that we have completed our five and half month shoot. We got back from a month long shoot in China. My crew and I had a fantastic time shooting in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It was an amazing experience, and I love the country. My cast was absolutely fantastic, and a »
Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”) and Douglas Smith (“Big Love”) will star in “Ouija” for Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions and Hasbro, the companies announced Friday. Stiles White is directing the suspense thriller from a script he co-wrote with Juliet Snowden. Daren Kagasoff has also joined the cast in a supporting role, contrary to an inaccurate report that pegged him as the male lead. “Ouija,” which is inspired by one of Hasbro’s most iconic brands, will be produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form for Platinum Dunes, Jason Blum for Blumhouse and Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir for Hasbro. »
- Jeff Sneider
Based on the gameboard that is said to summon spirits, “Ouija” began at Universal with McG brought on to direct. After disagreements on budget, Universal exited the project and “Ouija” reverted back to Hasbro with McG leaving. Hasbro and Platinum Dunes re-conceived the project with a lower budget and Universal re-launched the project with low-budget specialist Blum on board.
Cooke previously starred in the Brit miniseries “The Secret of Crickley Hall.” Her »
- Dave McNary
After taking some time to decide where he would sign his new producing deal, Jerry Bruckheimer says a big part of his Paramount choice boiled down to relationships he had established through the years.
“I’ve had a long relationship with Brad Grey going back to when he was a manager and had always worked well with him,” Bruckheimer tells Variety. “We also had a handful of projects in development there like ‘Top Gun 2′and a new ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ as well as selling a pitch called ‘Fake’ so at the end of the day it just made sense.”
Update: Brett Ratner had also been attached going back to when this film first came into development at Paramount but that has also been made official too.
- Justin Kroll
The project has been through several stages of development, first at Universal, then Paramount, where McG was attached to direct. Universal picked up the project once again last March, slashing the budget from a reported $100 million to just $5 million.
We reported last July that Stiles White and his writing partner Juliet Snowden were making their directorial debuts together, working from their own screenplay. However, now only Stiles White is set to direct. Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form are producing for Platinum Dunes, with Jason Blum producing under his Blumhouse Productions company. Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir also serve as producers. Shooting is scheduled to begin next week in Los Angeles.
Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke is the latest addition to the cast of Ouija set up with Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, and Hasbro. The film's been in the works for years with Universal dropping it from their slate of films set to go into production back in 2011 which prompted Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes to look elsewhere for a studio home. After a stint at Paramount with McG on board to direct, Ouija's back in the Universal Pictures fold with Stiles White (writer of The Possession, Knowing) attached to direct. White also co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden.
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Scratch that apology, because Michael Bay insists he never said he had regrets about the “Transformers” series. “No I did not ‘apologize’ for any Transformers movies,” Bay wrote on his blog this week. “I did not say I shot the last three movies ‘less cool’ than the new fourth installment. I was talking specifically about camera style and tone, of the first movie compared to how I shot the new installment with a very big scale, cinematic style.” Also read: Michael Bay Disarms Air Conditioner Attacker on ‘Transformers 4′ Set (Updated) The director, who has a penchant for sun dappled, »
- Brent Lang
Principal photography has wrapped on "Transformers: Age of Extinction" with the film's director Michael Bay indicating that our first glimpse at the new movie might come with a high-profile TV spot during the Super Bowl on February 2nd.
Revealing that news, Bay also took to his official website to refute a quote he made about the new film being "less goofy" in tone than the last one. It's a quote he claims was taken out of context, here's his full posting:
"It is a drag talking to reporters on sets. Why? Because often times they take your words and skew things to their liking. Then the crazy, lazy game of reporting on what other writers story's reported me saying and suddenly it becomes skewed Internet truth. So I waste my time to restate exactly what I did say, again.
No I did not 'apologize' for any Transformers movies. I did »
- Garth Franklin
The 70-year-old veteran producer has been looking to secure a new home for his movie releases since October, when Disney opted not to renew his deal beyond this year.
“Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most creative and prolific producers in motion picture history,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “His signature style has attracted huge global audiences and we are thrilled to have him back in the Paramount family.”
“It is great to be back at Paramount,” Bruckheimer said. “I look forward to working with Brad Grey and his entire team.”
- Justin Kroll
This story first appeared in the Dec. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The iconic Hong Kong skyline has become the shooting backdrop of choice for Hollywood tentpoles, including Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Michael Mann's Cyber and Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction. From Dec. 10 to 12, exhibitors from throughout the region and top brass from the major studios will admire that cityscape from the annual CineAsia convention, a platform for theater owners and global film distribution executives to talk shop about the latest developments. The event offers a wealth of seminars, special presentations and screenings. Here's
- Karen Chu
Your Christmas gifts just wouldn’t be the same without a box-set or two and we’ve got a variety of old and new for you to chew over, including the biggest TV hit of recent years! If you’re also looking for other ideas, don’t forget to check out our film-book recommendations, the best DVD’s for the year plus Wicked is on Tour! So, we’re now at the first weekend of December and so…Christmas is nearly here! If you’re looking for something to take you away from all the extended family and the perfect excuse to crash down on the sofa, you’ve got the perfect escapism with Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy!
- Dan Bullock
Michael Bay has responded angrily to reports that he had “apologised” for elements of the Transformers films, and has clarified his comments on the visual style of the new film. “No I did not ‘apologise’ for any of the Transformers movies,” says Bay on his official blog. “I did not say I shot the last three movies ‘less cool’ than the new fourth instalment.” “I was talking specifically about camera style and tone, of the first movie compared to how I shot the new instalment with a very big scale, cinematic style.” “I was very...
- George Wales
News Simon Brew 6 Dec 2013 - 06:44
Production has now wrapped on next summer's fourth Transformers movie, with Michael Bay confirming that the five and a half month shoot has come to an end. The shoot has covered the Us, China and Hong Kong, and Bay is now embarking on a length post-production period.
Anyway, he's taken to his website to deny reports that he'd apologised for previous Transformers movies, and that he shot the last three "less cool" than the new one. He explained in a post on his website that "it is a drag talking to reporters on sets. Why? Because often times they take your words and skew things to their liking".
Bay went on to reveal that work is also underway on putting together a first promo for the film. "I »
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