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Barring an assembly of slick supercars, what’s the one thing Transformers: The Last Knight and The Fate of the Furious have in common? Yes, you guessed it; heroes gone rogue. In Michael Bay’s blockbuster sequel, it is Optimus Prime who turns his back on Bumblebee and Co., seemingly under the influence of the invading Unicron.
But when it comes to The Fate of the Furious, F. Gary Gray’s star-studded actioner really kicks off when Vin Diesel’s super-gruff Dominic Toretto, a character that has anchored Universal’s gleefully over-the-top franchise from the very beginning, walks out on Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the rest of his dysfunctional family. As today’s all-new international trailer shows, that change of heart comes at a time when Toretto crosses paths with Charlize Theron’s Cipher, a mysterious woman who “seduces Dom into the world of crime” he thought he left behind. »
- Michael Briers
Bad Boys (1995)
Movie directors who broke through to the mainstream in the ’90s tended to do it one of two ways, either through independent film or music videos. The music-video route was probably the less respectable one, but plenty of genuine auteurs still came up through that farm system: Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, David Fincher, Jonathan Glazer, the one-movie wonder Hype Williams. But music videos also produced plenty of big-screen hacks: McG, Brett Ratner, Gore Verbinski, Simon West, Marc Webb. The music-video world only produced one auteur hack, and that was Michael Bay.
Before he became every movie dork’s favorite punching bag, Bay—a former Wesleyan frat boy with feathery hair and a ...
- Tom Breihan
The narrative pulse of this tense thriller about real-life events is strong enough to override Mark Wahlberg’s irritating heroics as a fictional cop
It is easy to imagine an alternative universe in which there is an exciting film entitled Bowling Green, directed by Michael Bay. Ralph Fiennes gets to play a chuckling terrorist who detonates the gigantic bomb in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2011, and then Peter Sarsgaard and Meryl Streep play the liberal media nabobs who conspire with the Obama White House to cover it up, getting amnesia pills in the water supply, pulping newspapers, changing websites. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Baldwin and Scott Baio play three Us Navy Seals whose wives were killed in the Bowling Green massacre; they accept a top secret terminate-with-extreme-prejudice mission – ’copter out to Kreplachistan where Fiennes is holed up in the Swedish embassy, having spent the host country’s entire Un aid budget on »
- Peter Bradshaw
Will Eubank, who helmed the sci-fi thriller “The Signal,” is directing “Underwater.” The story focuses on an underwater scientific crew forced to go on dangerous journey for survival following an earthquake, and is described as an underwater version of Michael Bay’s “Armageddon.”
Stewart would play the lead, a jaded crew member. The studio is planning to start production in New Orleans in March.
Stewart rose to fame as the lead in the five-film “Twilight” franchise. Her credits include “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “On the Road,” “Still Alice,” “Equals,” and “Clouds of Sils Maria,” for which she won the César Award for best supporting actress, making her the first American actress to win a César. Upcoming projects include “Lizzie” opposite Chloe Sevigny.
Fox-based Chernin is a producer on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for »
- Dave McNary
The Starz Original series becomes available to stream from Wednesday.
In a deal with Lionsgate, Hulu has acquired the subscription streaming rights to the Starz Original series.
All episodes from previous seasons of Black Sails will be available to stream on Hulu starting on Wednesday. Hulu has also secured rights to the fourth and final season when it becomes available.
Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Ray Stevenson and Luke Roberts star in the series, which takes place 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island, and follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint.
Black Sails has garnered a strong fan following, averaging 3.6m multiplatform viewers per episode.
The series has also been nominated for multiple Emmys and won in 2014 and 2016 for outstanding sound editing and in 2014 for outstanding special and visual effects in a supporting role.
It was also nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Awards for outstanding »
The Transformers: The Last Knight star dished to Et about his romantic Valentine's Day date night at Hasbro's Annual Toy Fair in New York City on Monday.
"My wife wanted to see [Fifty Shades Darker]," Wahlberg told Et's senior news director Jennifer Peros. "Not my choice."
Wahlberg explained that while he was close to obtaining the rights to produce the film franchise, he never had any intention of appearing on camera.
The 45-year-old actor and his 38-year-old wife, Rhea Durham, will celebrate eight years of marriage in August, and Wahlberg would clearly do anything for the mother of his four children (Ella, 13, Michael, 10, Brendan, 8, and Grace, 7). Still, the action star seems much more comfortable fighting giant evil robots.
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During this past weekend’s New York Toy Fair, Hasbro has unveiled its new range of Transformers toys for the fifth instalment of Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight; take a look at the official promo images for Bumblebee, Grimlock, Scorn, Slash, Strafe, Slug, Drift, Crosshairs, Sqweeks, Hound, Steelbane and Megatron…
See Also: Watch the extended Transformers: The Last Knight Super Bowl spot
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an »
- Amie Cranswick
17 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Get ready for more purging.
The studio has set a date of July 4, 2018, for the untitled next Purge chapter, which brings back franchise creator James DeMonaco, though not as a director.
DeMonaco is writing the script and will work closely with the producers to choose a new director for the project.
- Borys Kit
Earlier today it was reported that The Conjuring 2 spinoff The Nun will be released on July 13th, 2018, and it already has some company on the calendar: a fourth Purge movie.
James DeMonaco, who directed and wrote the first three Purge movies, will return to pen the fourth film, currently referred to as "untitled Next Purge Chapter." Although he will be writing the third sequel, DeMonaco is not expected to direct, and instead will aid the creative team in getting someone else to helm the fourth film in his franchise that features an annual Purge night when all crime is legal for a 12-hour period. On board to produce the project is Sébastien K. Lemercier, Blumhouse's Jason Blum, and Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, »
- Derek Anderson
James DeMonaco, who helmed the previous two films, will return as writer. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier will produce.
Plot details are unknown at this time as DeMonaco will work closely with the team to find a new director. Previous installments were set in the near future where the government, in order to bring down crime, created one day a year where all crime was legal including murder and labeled the event, “The Purge.”
“The Purge: Election Year” starring Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell, became the highest grossing film in the series last summer, bringing in $118 million worldwide. It is unknown if previous cast members will return to the series.
- Justin Kroll
For more than a decade, sound mixers Kevin O’Connell and Greg P. Russell worked hand-in-hand on some of the industry’s biggest box office hits, movies like “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Spider-Man,” and “Transformers.” It was a relationship born out of an early coupling on Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” that later took flight in the mid-1990s when the two set up shop together at the Cary Grant mixing stage on the Sony lot in Culver City. In their time together, they landed Academy recognition 12 times, quickly becoming the Susan Luccis of the Oscars — consistently nominated, but never awarded.
Ten years ago, after the first “Transformers” film, O’Connell and Russell went their separate ways. This year, they’re back at the big dance together, though for different projects: O’Connell picked up his 21st nomination to date for Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” while Russell is back in »
- Kristopher Tapley
Review by Stephen Tronicek
Running Wild plays like if Michael Bay directed Flicka and as the old saying goes two wrongs do not make a right. Now, if you enjoy Michael Bay (Pain and Gain and The Rock are awesome) and you enjoy Flicka, well then this might just be the movie for you. If those movies aren’t your cup of tea, though, you might want to steer clear.
The bringing up of those two recognizable names (Flicka maybe less than Michael Bay) comes with a good purpose in that the film emulates the style of one and the familiar plot elements of the other. Running Wild is about a woman (Dorian Brown, who was excellent on Wilfred) trying to keep her ranch afloat after the death of her husband. She finds a number of wild horses and brings them in with a government program that helps inmates by »
- Movie Geeks
New footage from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Japanese cyberpunk manga “Ghost in the Shell” was released in a trailer during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl with Johansson in action, packing a punch, jumping through glass, and wielding a gun in a chaotic scene. The film has generated more than 184,000 new conversations.
Johansson spoke about whitewashing and gender in her new role in an interview on Feb. 8, and an announcement video was also posted on Feb. 9 teasing its next trailer. Paramount is opening “Ghost in the Shell” on March 31.
Disney-Marvel’s “Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which had the most talked-about Super Bowl trailer, generated 24,000 new conversations last week. The studio released new images on Feb. 6, and held a test screening in which it earned an unprecedented “100” score. »
- Dave McNary
Henry Bevan on why Lego Batman is the hero Hollywood needs right now…
The Joker is Batman’s greatest enemy, and he has been almost since the start. Batman may have the best roster of rogues (rivalled only by Spider-Man), but nothing gets Bat-fans excited more than a tussle with the Clown Prince of Crime. A mere whisper of his presence, like the ending of Batman Begins, is enough to whip up a frenzy. Chris McKay and the folks over at Warner Bros. Animation understand this. They also understand how ridiculous the Batman mythology is. This is, after all, a man dressed as a bat fighting a man dressed as a clown.
In The Lego Batman Movie, Batman and the Joker are jilted lovers (“I like to fight around”). The Joker, voiced by Zack Galifianakis, only wants Batman’s (Will Arnett) attention. It is a spot-on interpretation that encapsulates and laughs at their relationship. »
- Henry Bevan
Marvel's "Secret Empire", available May 2017, is written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino, Daniel Acuña, and Leinil Francis Yu, with a cover by Mark Brooks, as 'Steve Rogers' aka 'Captain America' brings about a 'Hydra' revolution during "...the worst day in the 'Marvel Universe'...":
"His plans and Hydra's plans will have begun to unfurl," said Marvel about the story. "We are done with the covert portion, the buildup portion of the program. 'Secret Empire' is the pyrotechnics, the big Michael Bay blockbuster, with huge colossal struggles and battles across the 'Marvel Universe', with all of our key characters and players taking on a big role. 'Cap', as head of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', is able to mobilize forces..."
"We'll definitely see an impact on our new, younger generation of heroes, a huge turn for them, a 'Watergate' moment for them. »
- Michael Stevens
Do you remember Power/Rangers? Not Power Rangers, the TV show about a team of super-powered teenagers who fight evil using dinosaur mechs. Power/Rangers, a Power Rangers fan film that hit YouTube in 2015 and was pretty much the only thing anybody wanted to talk about for weeks after the fact. The fifteen-minute fan film’s central premise was turning everything that we loved about the series as kids on its head. Instead of rainbow-colored rangers wielding over-sized props and fighting henchmen in grey leotards, we got a gritty, Michael Bay-like continuation of the series where evil won, the Power Rangers disbanded
What the Heck Is Going on with Power Rangers These Days? »
- Brian Hadsell
We'd like to forget all about the last attempt at a live-action Masters of The Universe movie. Sorry, Dolph! Great hair, though.
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends (Jeremy Scully and I, Mario-Francisco Robles) get together to cast/pitch our dream movies.
In the past, we've tackled everything from The Batman to the Universal Monsters.
This week, we turn our attention towards the long-gestating cinematic reboot of Masters of The Universe. Jeremy and I grew up on the classic 80s cartoon, and I had a ton of the old action figures. Yet even we knew, as children, that the 1987 movie starring Dolph Lundgren was crap. That's why we'd like to put our own spin on what the reboot should look/feel like.
Over the years, many filmmakers and various studios have tried and failed to get a Masters of The Universe movie off of the ground. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
When Marvel started dropping teasers for their next major crossover event, Secret Empire, not long ago, it quickly became apparent that Steve Rogers would somehow be central to the plot. After all, the current shield he wields was being used in the promo images.
Now, the House of Ideas is ready to pull back the curtain and formally announce the event series set to be written by, not surprisingly, Nick Spencer, who currently pens the ongoing Captain America: Steve Rogers. Not only that, but fan favorite artist Steve McNiven is slated to lend his distinctive pencils to the project. As of now, 9 issues are scheduled to encompass the ambitious story arc.
As many of you are likely aware, Rogers had his history rewritten when Kobik, a living Cosmic Cube, managed to make him an agent of Hydra during the resurrection process. Needless to say, this creative decision caused an uproar among fans, »
- Eric Joseph
Tired of status quo changing events? Tough luck, because next up for Marvel is Secret Empire from writer Nick Spencer and artists Steve McNiven and Andrea Sorrentino. The nine issue series kicks off in May with a #0 issue going on sale the month before, and it promises to bring the past year or so's Captain America stories to a head as the Hydra controlled Steve Rogers finally unleashes his plans. "Steve has been kind of lining his dominoes up around the Marvel Universe to be able to make his move and bring about a Hydra revolution, a takeover," says Tom Brevoort. "At the point of ‘Secret Empire,’ they are ready to go. That’s the moment we hit as we go in. We are done with the covert portion, the buildup portion of the program, ‘Secret Empire’ if the pyrotechnics, the big Michael Bay blockbuster, huge colossal struggles and battles across the Marvel Universe, »
This past Monday afternoon, word came down from Paramount Pictures that the latest installment of “Friday the 13th,” which had been part of the studio’s development slate for nearly four years, had been pulled from its schedule. Only a couple of hours later, speculation engendered by that announcement was confirmed: The new “Friday the 13th” was dead, at least for the time being, and certainly at Paramount.
No official explanation was forthcoming, though the obvious one seemed to be the disappointing box-office returns for the just-concluded first weekend of “Rings,” another Paramount franchise reboot that had bounced around its slate a few times; it finished below the third weekend of Universal’s “Split.” The news was met with disappointment by die-hard “Friday” fans, who were looking forward to Jason Voorhees’ return to the studio that had nurtured him through eight movies between 1980-89. The feeling was especially acute for »
- Michael Gingold
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