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TNT is dabbling in drugs.
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Written by Masters Of Sex creator Michelle Ashford, the potential show is described as a serialized character drama set in a wild and unpredictable world. It is inspired by Billy Corben’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which chronicled the rise of the cocaine trade and the resulting crime epidemic that swept Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. »
Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and TNT are apparently big on cocaine these days. Or, at least, high on the idea of doing a show about cocaine. TNT has placed a pilot order for an offering currently being referred to as Untitled Cocaine Project, which Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay will executive produce. Also read: DC Comics’ ‘Titans’ Nears Pilot Order at TNT The project is described as a serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Jonathan Littman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) and “Cocaine Cowboys” duo Billy Corben and Alfred. »
- Tim Kenneally
In what might be the most colorful official temporary title in recent memory, TNT has given a pilot order to “Untitled Cocaine Project.” Bonus: It’s from mega-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Jonathan Littman, Billy Corben, and Alfred Spellman.
The pitch: “A serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s.” The pilot was written by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex).
The project was originally set up at HBO and is based on Corben and Spellman’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys (which was also the »
- James Hibberd
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are investigating the drug trade business, as TNT has ordered an untitled serialized drama pilot about the cocaine business in 1970s Florida from their Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Bay Films shingles in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Michelle Ashford (“Masters of Sex”) wrote the script and is exec producing along with Bruckheimer and Bay. Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman is also exec producing. So are Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, who are respectively known for directing and producing the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” about the Miami drug trade of that era. Bruckheimer TV’s KristieAnne Reed is co-exec producing.
Bay is an exec producer on TNT’s “The Last Ship,” which was a ratings win for the network over the summer. Bruckheimer recently partnered with “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich on the comedy mystery pilot “Couch Detective” for ABC.
- Whitney Friedlander
TNT may be looking for new leadership, but that isn't stopping the cable network from prepping its new pilot slate. The Turner-owned cabler has ordered an untitled cocaine drama from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and Michelle Ashford, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sources say the drama has been in the works for a long time under programming president Michael Wright, who is poised to exit the entertainment group he has been a part of for a decade. The untitled entry is described as a serialized character drama centering on the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug
- Lesley Goldberg
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. »
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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
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