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Few summer blockbusters can hold a candle to the high-octane action pizzazz that is Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller’s sequel may have been a long time coming, and persevered through a series of trials and tribulations during filming, but the general consensus is that it was absolutely worth the wait, cramming in enough show-stopping set pieces to make a Michael Bay film seem like a Saturday cartoon by comparison.
But the genius behind Fury Road is that despite its eccentric, over-the-top sequences, each is as coherent as it is jaw-dropping, and it’s a testimony to Miller’s astute directing that the film is being hailed as a masterclass across the board. Strip away all of this, though, and you’ll soon find that Mad Max: Fury Road adopts an actions-speak-louder-than-words approach, but what if the little dialogue was taken out altogether?
According to /Film, that’s an »
- Michael Briers
Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.
While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.
So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Sneak Peek more new images of actress Megan Fox as 'April O'Neil', "Arrow" actor Stephen Amell as 'Casey Jones' and Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio on the New York set of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2":
The first Michael Bay produced rebooted "Turtles" feature, released August 8, 2014, grossed over $485 million worldwide, marking Nickelodeon Movies' highest grossing film to date.
The new film is scheduled to be released June 3, 2016.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2"...
- Michael Stevens
This just goes to show that it pays for fans to be vocal about the franchises they love. When it was announced that the next Friday the 13th would capitalize on the found-footage craze, the backlash from horror aficionados was as instantaneous as it was fierce. Now, speaking with Shock Till You Drop, Platinum Dunes co-founder/producer Brad Fuller has revealed that plans to take Jason Voorhees down that uninspired road have been scrapped.
Fuller, who has been overseeing the direction of many horror reboots throughout the last 15 years or so, spent months brainstorming with Dunes co-founders Michael Bay and Andrew Form as to how best to continue Friday the 13th after the ill-received 2009 reboot.
“I could just say that for a long time we were stalled,” Fuller said. “I think you guys reported that the movie was going to be a found footage movie and that was a road »
- Isaac Feldberg
It was recently announced that Paramount Pictures, as well as Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman to head a "writers room" in charge of developing "Transformers" sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is now reporting on who is part of this "writers room" and they are some of the biggest names in sci-fi. The list includes Robert Kirkman ("Walking Dead" creator), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (Amazing Spider-Man 2, "Lost"). More writers are expected to be added. The "Transformers" franchise is a top priority for Paramount. The last two installments broke the $1 billion mark at box office. »
As much as the whole idea sounds like an oxymoron, it appears Paramount's plans for a 'brain trust' of writers to steer the "Transformers" franchise has come to fruition.
Not long ago came word that Paramount intends to expand their mega-selling "Transformers" series with not just further direct sequels but interconnected spin-offs as well.
To do this, the likes of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura would lend their support to a team of writers who would come up with story ideas for that film series. Said team would be lead by producer/writer Akiva Goldsman.
Today comes word on who will be a part of that team with five names you'll probably be familiar with - "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, "Pacific Rim" and "The Incredible Hulk" scribe Zak Penn," "Fringe" and "Lost" writer/exec producer Jeff Pinker, and "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount isn’t messing around with plans to evolve its mega-grossing Transformers franchise into an expansive cinematic universe. Today brings news that I, Robot scribe Akiva Goldsman, previously tasked by Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura with assembling a writer’s room to pitch ideas for Transformers spinoffs and a multi-part sequel, has finalized his brain trust – and it’s a pretty stunning lineup.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2 and The Incredible Hulk‘s Zak Penn, and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have all been recruited as four separate, creative teams that will work to transform Transformers from one franchise into a rich, diverse universe of films. Goldsman, who has known Bay since their college days, worked tirelessly to bring all these sci-fi heavy hitters into the fold, and though the ink isn’t yet dry on their deals, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount and the powers behind the Transformers films have finalized the writers' room for the franchise's forthcoming slew of sequels and spinoffs, Deadline reports. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman roughly two months ago to ramp up more robots-in-disguise-fighting-robots-in-disguise movie ideas and to attract personnel. Here's the projected team thus far (and movies that they definitely aren't making): Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (robots vs. zombies, please); Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (robots vs. robots, maybe); Pacific Rim 2's Zak Penn (robots vs. kaiju, please); and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner (robots vs. spiders, please). More scribes will reportedly be added, so get ready to spend all of your future paychecks on endless movies about robots and things they may or may not want to blow up. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »
- Drew McWeeny
In case you forgot, that Transformers cinematic universe is still happening, and that means we're going to need someone (or many someones) to bring it all together. Today it was announced the "Transformers brain trust" -- Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura -- has hired the writers behind their forthcoming line-up of spin-offs and sequels. Said writers include "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) all agreeing to keep the Autobots and Decepticons crashing and smashing in theaters for the next however-many years. The deals are extremely recent, according to reports, so all that's known is their upcoming involvement with these new franchise builders. It's not clear what and which movies these writers will pen but they all join Akiva Goldsman, who has been on board since March, serving as »
- Will Ashton
Back in March, reports came out saying that Paramount Pictures was enlisting blockbuster writer Akiva Goldsman to take a pivotal role in what is building up to be a Transformers cinematic universe. However, he definitely won.t be alone in this venture, as a new report has come out naming a whole bunch of A-list writers to sculpt the franchise.s future . including The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Variety got the scoop on this interesting development, noting that Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg will be on-board to produce the sequels and spin-offs that the new team is developing. So who are these writers? Get the rundown below: Robert Kirkman As mentioned above, Robert Kirkman . best known for creating the comic book series The Walking Dead - is one of the big names attached to write one of the upcoming Transformers movies. He.s best known for his work in »
Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series. […]
- Russ Fischer
As if movies weren't being treated like TV episodes enough, Paramount Picture recently set into motion a plan to put together a “writer’s room” for its Transformers series. The braintrust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to oversee a group of writers that would develop ideas and scripts for Transformers sequels and spinoffs, and now that writers room has been set. Per Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner will fill out the roster of Goldsman’s Transformers team. Somewhat tellingly, both Kirkman and Pinkner have deep ties to the television world (Kirkman now has two Walking Dead shows at AMC), though Pinkner made the leap to feature films with last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Penn also has strong ties to genre material, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sources tell Variety that “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, “Iron Man 3″ writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, “Pacific Rim 2″ scribe Zak Penn and “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ writer Jeff Pinkner will join the writing team for the expanded universe.
Paramount had no comment.
Michael Bay, who directed the last four pics, will produce along with Steven Spielberg, who had also been an exec producer on the franchise. Goldman was previously tasked with setting up the writing room with the goal of developing and writing scripts that would lead to future sequels and standalone films based on the popular franchise.
It’s little surprise Paramount decided to go this route with its lucrative “Transformers” series, with other studios banking on major franchises like the Marvel and DC films, »
- Justin Kroll
It was revealed a little earlier this year that Paramount and their Transformers brain trust (made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura) had turned to Akiva Goldsman to come up with ideas for new instalments of the main Transformers franchise along with a number of spinoffs. Part of that including creating a writer's room, and it has some very impressive names! According to Deadline, it will be made up of The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman, Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), and Jeff Pinkner (ugh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). It's too early to say who will be working on what, but it looks like we're going to be getting an entire cinematic universe of Transformers movies. That's hardly a surprise after the success of the franchise, and it's going to be very interesting to see how this develops! »
Exclusive: Two months after Paramount and the Transformers brain trust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura picked Akiva Goldsman to incubate ideas for a multi-part sequel and spinoff films based on the billion-dollar franchise, they have finalized their “writers room.” And it’s a doozy. Goldsman’s four-team roster features some of the top names in sci-fi, I’ve learned: Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt… »
The Transformers films are serious money-makers so it came as no surprise when Hasbro and Paramount announced their plan for a combined Transformers cinematic universe full of sequels, spin-offs, and laminated statutory rape excuses. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura then chose Akiva Goldsman to head up a "writer's room" in order to develop ideas for the next stage of the Transformers universe. As Goldsman couldn't possibly come up »
- Kevin Fraser
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Over the course of four gigantically obscene entries, Michael Bay.s Transformers film franchise has collectively grossed nearly $4 billion. It.s a crushing colossus that callously walks across box-office surfaces to the sound of trembling Earth as it smashes its competition to bits. Yet, the only real takeaway from the films is that they break the world to bits in each entry. Now, thanks to this hilarious supercut, we get to see an array of our favorite films suffer their wrath! Cleverly cobbled together by Montreal filmmaking collective Boo Ya Pictures for Funny or Die, this magnificent montage showcases the rampant, reckless rampages perpetrated on the world by those robots who are supposed to be "in disguise." The clip not only brilliantly ruins indelible moments in recent cinematic history, it also serves to isolate the clear quintessence of the Transformers franchise, metaphorically illustrating what it does to its box-office competition »
Celebrating 40 Years of Creating the Impossible! If you are a movie lover, you know Ilm. Also known as Industrial Light & Magic, Ilm was originally created by George Lucas as an effects house for the original Star Wars, and lead the industry for decades in special effects. They were the first to introduce computer-generated FX into movies in Young Sherlock Holmes (and The Abyss), and have since revolutionized (and blazed trails in) the CGI VFX industry. Ilm is not only preparing for a new Star Wars franchise, but they're also the VFX house behind the new Warcraft movie as well as Michael Bay's Transformers and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. So, to celebrate, Wired has published a fascinating, extensive look at Ilm's history. To kick things off, the cover of the latest Wired features a third of this fantastic, epic Ilm photo. Seen in the photo is the entirety of Ilm history, »
- Alex Billington
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