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Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment in Paramount's billion-dollar Transformers franchise grossed over $1.08 billion at the box office, easily making it the highest grossing film of the year. Following its success, plans for the fifth and sixth installments were set in motion with Paramount setting an expected 2016 release date for the fifth film. After Michael Bay, director of the first four films, chose to just produce and not direct the fifth film, it was uncertain whether or not star Mark Wahlberg, who played Cade Yeager, would return to the franchise. While promoting his upcoming release The Gambler, Wahlberg spoke with MTV about the future of the Transformers franchise and seemingly confirmed his involvement in the upcoming sequel as well as possibly another sequel or two: "Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more... you know I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be »
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow sure likes using his twitter account reveal images to the public. A few months back he gave us our first indirect look at one of the dinosaurs featured in the film, and now he's sending out a brand new promo image of Chris Pratt posing with a velociraptor. It's done in the guise of a holiday gift for fans, so here, go on. Enjoy your present!
Happy Holidays from the editing room. Do not try this at home. pic.twitter.com/cL755EHExw
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) December 17, 2014
Jurassic World will be the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Though it's a sequel, Universal is hoping to use it to relaunch the series in a new direction for a new generation of fans. The dino-film is set to premiere on June 12, 2015.
Ps. I thought the shot in the trailer of Pratt riding a motorcycle, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Another one bites the dust...
In the wake of yesterday's announcement that they were pulling the plug on The Interview, canceling its December 25 premiere, another film set in North Korea has gotten the axe. Steve Carell was set to team with director Gore Verbinksi to make Pyongyang. The film was to be based off of Guy Delisle's "Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea," a graphic novel released in 2007.
Here's what the book was about:
"Famously referred to as one of the 'Axis of Evil' countries, North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. In early 2001 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country. While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa for a French film animation company, Delisle observed what he was allowed to see of the »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A few weeks back, a rumor began making its way around these here interwebs that Andy Serkis would be playing not one but two roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The rumor came from a report by Jedi News, and it claimed that he'd be both a mo-cap character and a flesh-and-blood person in the film. Entertainment Weekly did some digging, while chatting with the actor, and got him to address the rumors.
According to Serkis, it's all hogwash. He says the rumor that he's playing multiple characters is "not true at all." He then asserts, "I can say I only play one character."
Speaking of his character, he says that not only was his voice in the trailer not digitally modified, but that what's heard are actual lines spoken in the film. He didn't record narration. That's no "trailer voice over." What we heard in that teaser »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Following news that Sony Pictures had canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview, it was still unclear if the film was simply postponed until a later date while authorities investigate the veracity of the hacker group's threats of terrorism or if it would instead be released via video-on-demand or DVD. Now it appears that Sony Pictures might be shelving the film for good.
"Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," the studio told Deadline when asked if a home release for The Interview was in »
There were some painful inevitabilities in 2014: Michael Bay’s films made a bucket-load of money despite being mostly terrible, South Korean (Allegedly) didn’t take too kindly to Sony’s The Interview and the last Hobbit movie proved that Peter Jackson unnecessarily over-reached. In terms of the front-runners of the year, it was no surprise that comic book movies basically ruled the box office, or that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Imitation Game was little more than Oscar bait, but amongst the clanging inevitabilities and the lack of surprises there were some revelations.
Despite the high frequency of comic book movies, sequels and franchise starters, the filmic landscape of the last twelve years packed a variety of surprises: some meant that films were over-rated, some under-rated, and some were so atypical that they utterly defied most expectations that came with them pre-release. This was the year of a talking tree, »
- Simon Gallagher
Sony Pictures bowed to pressure yesterday (December 17) and pulled The Interview from its December 25 release.
The big movie chains in the Us gradually dropped the controversial film, following a terror threat from a group known as 'Guardians of Peace', which previously claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures.
However, Hollywood has largely expressed disappointment and concern with the decision. Digital Spy rounds up some of the reactions from the stars below:
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Let's be real here. No One wanted to see "The Interview" to begin with. It's most likely a crappy movie. Now that it's gone, you want it.
— Lamarr Wilson (@LamarrWilson) December 17, 2014
Cancelling "The Interview »
Sony Pictures gave in to demands today and pulled The Interview from theaters, after hackers threatened a 9-11-style attack on any theater showing the film. Despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement stating there was no evidence of a terrorist plot against U.S. movie theaters that are screening The Interview, Sony gave theater owners the option to break contractual agreements and pull the film, most of which chose to do so. Later, Sony said they were choosing to cancel The Interview "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors to not show the film."
"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - »
Reaction from the show business community to Sony scrapping the theatrical release for The Interview has been swift and largely negative. Judd Apatow took to Twitter to vent his outrage over the move, calling it “disgraceful,” and Jimmy Kimmel replied to that tweet, calling the decision to pull the pic was “an un-American act of cowardice.” Steve Carell, who saw New Regency cancel his North Korea-set movie project today, said it’s a “sad day for creative expression.”
No shortage of other Hollywood types are airing their views in 140 characters or less. We’ll update this post, so refresh for the latest:
All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December »
- The Deadline Team
Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
News: Sony Cancels 'The Interview'
No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done »
Unless you're dead, you probably know that Sony Pictures has officially pulled the theatrical release of "The Interview" following threats of terrorist action by the Sony hackers (who, according to a number of media outlets including the New York Times, have been linked to the North Korean government). Needless to say, America isn't happy about this and Hollywood especially isn't happy about this, judging by responses from a number of entertainment luminaries on Twitter. Below you can find a roundup of snap reactions to this complex, unprecedented situation by Tinseltown's elite. Judd Apatow: I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now? — Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014 Jimmy Kimmel: . @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent. — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014 Rob Lowe: Wow. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” on Wednesday after hackers levied threats to attack theaters showing the comedy, causing a slew of exhibitors to say they wouldn’t screen the movie.
The decision has already sparked a large variety of opinions, with many angry at the studio and exhibitors for pulling out of the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a duo on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Industry figures including Judd Apatow, Rob Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel and more have taken to social media to weigh in, with several slamming Sony for the decision.
Read a list of tweets below, which will be updated as more come in:
I expect The Interview to turn up online. Because, dig it, you can knock the rock but you can't stop the rock.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. »
- Variety Staff
Rob Lowe just blasted Sony, calling the movie company a spineless sellout and comparing it to the famous British Prime Minister who caved in to Hitler.Lowe reacted to Sony's decision to pull "The Interview," saying, "Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today."Chamberlain famously conceded Czechoslovakia to the Nazis in 1938. His policy of appeasement became synonymous with cowardice. »
- TMZ Staff
Like Jurassic Park would do years later, David Cronenberg’s The Fly showed that if you tamper too much with science, your experiments can destroy you. Viewers who watched the film when it first came out nearly 20 years ago may still be haunted by its visceral visuals, and soon fans can see the movie’s storyline continue, as Idw Publishing has announced a sequel comic book series, The Fly: Outbreak.
Press Release - “San Diego, CA (December 17, 2014) – The story that began in David Cronenberg’s film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.
Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his »
- Derek Anderson
Michael Bay was trying to come up with a good name for his new short film. It was 1988 and he had been doing graduate work at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena when a friend brought Bay's quandary to the attention of Oliver Stone. The Platoon director glanced at a list of titles Bay had supplied and zeroed in on one. "He said, 'Platinum Dunes! That's a great f—ing title!' " recalls Bay. Cut to 13 years later. It was 2001, Bay had become one of Hollywood's top directors, and he and his two partners, Andrew Form
- Stephen Galloway
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Paramount - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Jonathan Liebesman Cast: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Noel Fisher. Full cast + crew The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a punching bag before anyone had even seen a frame of it. That's just inevitable when you take something with a rabid fan base and throw Michael Bay's name in the mix. But the actual movie really isn't that bad. One could argue there's too much April O'Neil and not enough Turtles, and that would be fair (though it also makes this one of the only 2014 blockbusters with a female lead), but the actual turtles team has got the same lighthearted family dynamic that made them a mainstay for kids in...
- Peter Hall
Chicago - Look past the cheesy carbs and b-boy poses, this shiny mo-cap reboot of cartoon juggernaut “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” offers slick entertainment that makes for a welcome surprise for middle school fare. Proving that executive producer Michael Bay has both grown up but it still frightfully in tune with what jazzes teens, this surprise box office hit is indeed a nice slice of a blockbuster spectacle, whether or not a viewer cares about the turtles or not.
It’s a good year for action movies when even a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” feature boasts sequences that could stand next to select moments from “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and even the almighty Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language film nominee, “The Raid 2.” This film from the usually-unpromising director Jonathan Liebesman has a strong quantity of sequences where the biggest traces of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I should start by making one thing perfectly clear:
I stayed awake!
That may sound like faint praise, but really: I stayed awake! That's something I wasn't able to do through the first two-thirds of this Hobbit trilogy. This, despite the fact that I was fairly excited for them, and was psyched to see Peter Jackson return to Middle Earth. But while those first two films felt, to me, like a bunch of emotionally-flat filler, this one felt alive. Also, with a running time that felt downright lean and mean at around 2:15, Battle of The Five Armies is the most urgent and streamlined of Jackson's voyages to this world.
We open right where we left off at the conclusion of The Desolation of Smaug and, from there, the film keeps a great pace throughout. It hits the ground running, and when it stops, it's for character beats that feel truly necessary. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Ever since Roberto Orci stepped down as director for Star Trek 3, all eyes have been on Paramount to see who they replace him with. While Orci wasn't necessarily a popular choice, he was an integral part of the first two films in the successfully-rebooted series, so where would Paramount turn to find a new captain? Orci was going to be making his feature directorial debut with this film. Would they look for someone with a similar lack of experience, hoping for something fresh? Would they go after someone with a proven track record of directing financially successful franchise films? Or would they reach out to the avant garde?
According to Deadline: All of the above.
The site is reporting that they've had a look at list of directors Paramount is interested in bringing in to take over for Orci- who is staying on as a producer.
Rupert Wyatt, who »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Another day, another insight pulled out of the e-mails hacked over at Sony Pictures. Today, courtesy of Vulture, we're getting a look at what director Paul Feig may have in mind for his Ghosbusters reboot. We're venturing into *Spoiler* territory here, since it's possible that some- or all- of this will end up in the final film.
Feig's e-mails, where he spitballs ideas for Ghostbusters tells us this:
It will be a from-scratch reboot that won't be linked to the original filmsThe Ghosbusters team will work for the government, though in a shadow capacity since the government refuses to acknowledge the existence of ghostsIt's set in a world where there's never been ghosts, which makes this event that unleashes them a big dealSpeaking of unleashing, the plot goes like this: A convicted murdered is sentenced to death. When his execution on an electric chair becomes super-charged on account of a massive electrical storm, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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