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See Also: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will introduce fan favorite villain Krang
See Also: Watch the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is once again produced by Michael Bay, with David Green (Earth to Echo). directing. Megan Fox (April O’Neill), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) all return to the cast, while new additions include Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) as Baxter Stockman, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as The Shredder, Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal) as Bebop and WWE’s Sheamus as Rocksteady with Alessandra Ambrosio (Casino Royale »
- Gary Collinson
I don't know about you, but I had negative expectations going into the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Although Michael Bay was only attached to produce the film, I was adamant to stay far away from anything he was associated with. Imagine my surprise when the film turned out to be a lot of fun.
I'm not saying it was an amazing film, but it was a good watch, and it left me pretty excited for the sequel. Of course, it's that time of year, and it looks like the sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, will be one of many films to show a trailer at this year's Super Bowl.
Check out the tease for that trailer below!
Of course, that tease doesn't really show us much of anything, but what can we expect.
Are you looking forward to the full TV spot on Sunday? »
- Joseph Medina
Let’s be perfect frank here: film audiences are gradually seeing their perversion for Easter Eggs, homages and meta secrets shape the way movies are actually put together. Instead of the previously complex process of deep, complex story-telling (obviously not for Michael Bay), they’re now charged with drawing relatable characters with substance, engaging complicated plots And an entirely different level of narrative designed to delight geeks.
Because that’s what Easter Egg hunting comes down to: we are the social outcasts of the film community, standing on metaphorical bridges with metaphorical notepads, probably touching ourselves over what amounts to trainspotting. And yet, somehow, we’re congratulated for it, as if watching films in entirely the wrong way is now a virtue. What a bloody world.
So to feed your perpetual hunger for Easter Eggs, here’s a run-down of the very best secrets, in-jokes and references hidden in 2015’s biggest, »
- Simon Gallagher
Movies are meant to transport you, taking you out of your everyday life and providing two hours of sheer escapism. The whole “leave your brain at the door” mentality that pervades the target audience of the explosion-centric films of Michael Bay and his ilk may be a little off-point (how do you go to the cinema and not look to be engaged?), but the idea of getting enraptured in the world on screen – be that a cosmic space saga or an intimate personal drama – that you forget everything else is a potent one.
So when a big celebrity rears their head in a clearly purposed hat-tip to the audience it can all be a bit surprising. There you are, absent-mindedly enjoying Hook, basking in how not as awful as Pan it is, and then all of a sudden you have Glenn Close stood about dressed as a man?! What? »
- Alex Leadbeater
The fifth installment of the popular movie, Transformers 5: Age Of Extinction, to set to begin filming in May under the direction of Michael Bay. Bay has directed all four of the previous Transformer movies. The movie is not set to film for another three months, but Paramount is already taking steps to get the critics on board […]
- Crystal Smith
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Founded in 2001 by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, Platinum Dunes’ remit was simple: low budget horror remakes from no-name directors with backgrounds similar to Bay. The more uniform the product, the greater the chance of predicting its success.
Horror had provided a dependable revenue stream for New Line (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Miramax (Scream) and Dark Castle (House On Haunted Hill), and with a commercials director at the helm, the resulting pictures, beginning with Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), looked like Mini-Me versions of Bay’s movies. It was the perfect formula and it paid off in spades, with Chainsaw raking in over $100m on a $9m budget.
It also proved what Bay’s harshest critics had been saying all along: he had the instincts of a marketer, not a filmmaker, and was more interested in profits than quality pictures.
More recently, »
- Ian Watson
With 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Banghazi now in cinemas around the world, director Michael Bay is free to move onto his next project. And, in a surprise to nobody really, that project is Transformers 5.
Bay confirmed earlier this year that he wanted to make one more Transformers film himself - having directed the four so far - before handing the series over to someone else. It's no secret that Paramount has plans for a full Transformers movie universe once Transformers 5 is done.
It's full steam ahead, then. Transformers 5, we now learn, is set to start filming this coming May, and the smart money is on a release date in July 2017, or thereabouts.
Mark Wahlberg will return to lead the cast.
More as we hear it. »
Since the first trailer for 10 Cloverfield Land came out of nowhere in front of prints of Michael Bay's 13 Hours, fans of the original Cloverfield have been trying to figure out exactly what this mysterious motion picture is and how it might tie back into the 2008 monster movie with the same namesake. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who stars in the film, recently spoke to EW and had a... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Back in September, we reported that the Transformers writers room had completed their work. It was originally thought that Transformers 5 would start shooting in June of this year, with Paramount aiming for a summer 2017 release date. Now that Michael Bay has been confirmed to direct, it seems production has been moved up slightly, with My Entertainment World reporting that shooting is now set to begin in May, although no specific shooting locations were mentioned.
Mark Wahlberg is returning as Cade Yeager from Transformers: Age of Extinction, but it isn't known quite yet if Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager) and Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson) will also be reprising their roles in the sequel. While no story details have been revealed quite yet, a recent profile on director Michael Bay teased "an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship," along with a "new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak."
We reported in November »
Thanks to My Entertainment World, we’ve got details on production start dates for some of 2017’s big hitters.
The Scarlett Johansson-headlined Ghost in the Shell, which is set to be directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will begin filming this month in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai.
Also set to commence production this month is the Fifty Shades of Grey follow-up Fifty Shades Darker, which sees Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson returning as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele alongside new addition Kim Basinger.
The release date of Avatar 2 may have been pushed back due to Star Wars: Episode VIII, but James Cameron will reportedly start shooting the follow-up to the highest-grossing film of all time in New Zealand in April.
- Gary Collinson
Who in the world would have predicted that the Transformers franchise would be such a financial juggernaut? Sure, before the first film came out in 2007, people knew it would be a hit on some level--surely it wouldn't have ever been funded unless they had faith. The real head-scratcher here is that they've managed to break $1 billion worldwide with the last two films, despite the low quality of the movies themselves (Transformers: Age Of Extinction seems to be widely accepted as the worst entry in the series).
All the same, Michael Bay and company must be doing something right, otherwise they wouldn't be hitting it off so well at the box office. Fans of the series know that there's a fifth Transformers film in the making--and many more to come, if the writer's room is any indication. Not only is Mark Wahlberg coming back to reprise his role, but director Michael Bay »
- Joseph Medina
Arguably two of the biggest sequels teetering on the edge of entering production, in a comprehensive report detailing upcoming start dates, My Entertainment World has seemingly revealed that Wolverine 3 and James Cameron’s long-delayed Avatar 2 will leap in front of the cameras come April.
Recently pushed out of its tentative December 2017 release window – likely to make room for Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – Cameron’s sci-fi follow-up has struggled to nail down a concrete production timeline up until now. Now, however, My Entertainment World claims that the director’s trip to Pandora will begin filming in New Zealand in only a few months’ time. No word yet on whether Cameron will remain committed to filming three sequels back-to-back, though we’ll keep you updated as Avatar 2 inches closer to firing up production.
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- Michael Briers
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.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Steven Spielberg's mid-20th Century Cold War drama is nominated for six Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. Tom Hanks stars as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who is sent by the CIA on a near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The movie is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 2. Blu-ray bonus featurettes, which go behind-the-scenes of the film and showcase the real-life historical events, include "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies," "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base," "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act," and "Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide. »
- Gina Carbone
This year is shaping up to be a big one for 20th Century Fox, with the release of highly-anticipated superhero movies such as Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. This year will also be huge for the studio as a number of other big projects starts production. Today we have start dates for three of the studio's biggest movies, Wolverine 3, Avatar 2 and Alien: Covenant. All three of these movies start filming in April, albeit in different locations around the globe, according to My Entertainment World.
Wolverine 3 is reportedly set to start filming on April 25 in New Orleans and Mexico. Star Hugh Jackman revealed last week that the script was finished, although he wouldn't say exactly when production will get started. The actor is currently the only confirmed cast member at this time, but it is believed that Patrick Stewart will also be back as Professor X. No story details have been confirmed yet. »
While these days he is to many people ‘the Transformers guy’ (or ‘the guy who ruined Transformers’ to the hardcore fans’), well before he was turning toys into movies (and let’s admit it, relying far too heavily on CGI) Michael Bay was the guy you turned to for over the top, explosion happy action movies. And he delivered exactly what you were looking for every time. Much like he proved with Pain & Gain, taking Bay away from giant robots who turn into vehicles sees the old him shine through, and while 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi isn’t entirely perfect, it does see the director doing what he does best. Trying his hand at real life military events after not entirely nailing it with Pearl Harbor, Bay brings to the screen the events of September 11th 2012, when an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by militants born »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
There was no battle, no contest, nor were a flurry of blows necessary as Kung Fu Panda 3 took the weekend box office with no real competition with an estimated $41 million. Though the weakest start for the franchise domestically, the latest entry looks set to rake it in big in overseas dollars, as have the previous films, already bringing in $116.7 million in worldwide gross. The Revenant, too, is banking on those overseas dollars to break even, though an estimated $12.4 million is adding to a $138.2 million domestic total that seemed far off when it first debuted. And as far as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is concerned…well, though an estimated $10.8 million brings it within spitting distance of an unheard of $900 million domestic total (which it could easily do, already bringing in $895.4 million in seven weeks), it may have to settle for third in worldwide totals behind the two-movie legacy of James Cameron. »
- Seth Paul
A film that's punched above its weight even to get a UK cinema release, we check out new sci-fi flick Lazer Team...
Since 2011, the web production company Rooster Teeth have been working on their first full length feature, drawing inspiration in equal parts from the sci-fi cult classics and underdog team sports movies that they grew up watching. The result of their efforts, Lazer Team, comes hot off the back of the highest-funded film crowd-funding campaign ever (raising $2.4 million in a month) and even attracted enough interest in international sales to get a limited theatrical run in the UK.
Starring, written and directed by the Rooster Teeth crew, Lazer Team follows a bunch of misfits - worrywart local cop Hagan (Burnie Burns), cocksure jock Zach (Michael Jones), burnt out alcoholic Herman (Colton Dunn), and dumb mullethead Woody (Gavin Free) - who are in the wrong place at »
★★☆☆☆ Michael Bay dialling it back still leaves plenty of room for bombast, bombs and baloney. 13 Hours isn't a shrill Fox News version of recent world events exactly, but it makes no bones about the failings of the Obama administration, intelligence gatherings screw-ups and funding cutbacks which led to the kind of minor-calamity-turned-into-a-political- hot-potato as what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on 11-12 September 2012. "Uncle Sam's on a budget," one grizzled CIA man pipes up, barely concealing his disgust. What's really at stake isn't national pride or sense of outrage regarding power vacuums and the rise of groups like Isis emerging in the wake of the Arab Spring, but pencil-pushers in governmental departments dithering over what to do when an embassy is under siege and lives are at risk.
- CineVue UK
Director Michael Bay checks nuance at the door for this politically slanted take on the 2012 Us compound attack in Libya
In a Wall Street Journal article entitled Hollywood Goes to Benghazi, former security contractor Mark Geist (whose real-life experiences partially inspired this film) recalls testing the seriousness with which ’splosions enthusiast Michael Bay intended to tell his story. Noting that “he always has a girl’s butt in every Transformers, Pearl Harbor, The Rock”, Geist jokingly suggested a moment in 13 Hours that might accommodate such a shot. But Bay’s mind was on higher things. “He’s like, ‘No, we’re not gonna do it’,” Geist told the WSJ. “That showed me how serious he was about this movie…”
The absence of gratuitous butt shots aside, 13 Hours is very much business as usual for Bay; a barrage of noisy and largely indecipherable action, most notable for an Adhd visual style »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
So far this season of Black Sails has been nothing short of stellar. Michael Bay has been at his best assembling an incredible cast. And we can’t wait for tonight. Tonight there is no other choice on Black Sails. We’re headed for a killer. Looks like a giant storm is on its way and people are predicting some serious events to take place. We hear that Eleanor is told a few home truths by straight talking Mrs. Hudson. Blackbeard and Vane are going head to head. Capt. Flint is trying to fight a storm while running away from a ship!
- Nat Berman
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