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The drama "If I Stay" took the top spot at the box office, but it may not stay there for long, as Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is enjoying a strong resurgence. Meanwhile, Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is D.O.A. "Stay," which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos, picked up $6.8 million on Friday, easily topping "Guardians" which picked up another $4.8 million in its fourth weekend. However, it looks likely that "Guardians" will pull ahead of "Stay" by Sunday. "Stay" is expected to earn a slightly disappointing $16.8 million, while "Guardians" could rack up slightly more. The Marvel film -- starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Coooper -- is poised to become the biggest domestic hit of the summer. Having already earned $239 million, it will have no trouble crossing the $250 million mark by Sunday. "Transformers: Age of Extinction »
- Dave Lewis
The box office milestones keep rolling in for “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
After crossing the $200 million mark at the box office last week, the blockbuster is now the top domestic film of the summer. Disney-Marvel’s tentpole had earned $239 million by Friday and is set to gross an estimated $246 million by Saturday, which would top “Transformers: Age of Extinction’s” expected $243.3 million domestic haul.
In fact, the intergalactic actioner will likely soar to no. 1 at the box office, overtaking Ya tearjerker “If I Stay” on Sunday, after playing second fiddle to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the box office for two consecutive weekends. “Guardians” stands to earn $252 million by weekend’s end.
Disney’s “Maleficent” fell to third on Friday with $237 million at the domestic box office, followed by two Fox titles: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has earned $232.6 million and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has accumulated $203.2 million. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
This summer, Michael Bay cranked up the patriotism and tedium with "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," and the movie earned over $1 billion worldwide. So, yes, cinema is dead. But anyway, the filmmaker has certainly perfected a particular kind of formula that seems to work to sell tickets by the Victoria's Secret truckload. And it involves lots of explosions. And so, MrStratman7 has taken Bay's unique aesthetic and retrofitted it for Pixar's "Up," creating a new Braaam-tastic trailer, and the results are pretty amusing. With some quick cuts and ominous music, you can make anything look sinister, even if it's just an old man strapping a bunch of balloons to his house to fly to South America, only to find he has an unlikely stowaway on board. This is probably the most explosions a Pixar movie has seen since "The Incredibles," and since it's Friday afternoon and the boss left already, might »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This Als ice bucket challenge is hitting the highest echelons in Hollywood. Here, Paramount chief Brad Grey takes the plunge, egged on by Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie. He in turn nominated Chris Nolan, Brad Pitt, Michael Bay and Howard Stern. Grey was helped by Johnny Knoxville, and you can tell Grey’s stature by the ice bucket aftermath: Knoxville always punctuates a prank like this with a nut shot to the victim. Here, he demurred. And that is why we might yet see Bad Grandpa 2.
- Mike Fleming Jr
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set to finish behind soppy teen flick If I Stay this weekend after a disappointing $475,000 debut yesterday evening. The Sin City sequel comes nine years after the first movie, and while that one did some solid numbers with a $29.1 million debut, this follow-up will likely finish somewhere in the mid-teens. As of right now, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For looks set to battle it out with football drama When the Game Stands Tall for #2, but depending on how things pan out, both of those movies could face some serious competition from Marvel and James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy and the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now in their third and fourth weeks, respectively. Are you planning on seeing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For »
This summer's biggest hit, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” has inspired nearly as much angst as elation in Hollywood. In a season in which the only constant has been change, that almost makes sense. Paramount and Michael Bay‘s fourth toy-bot saga is the only movie of the summer, and the year, to open to $100 million or make $1 billion globally. But its success sent a chill up the spines of many in the industry because the majority of its haul — more than $300 million — came from China, rather than the U.S., where it took in $243 million. Several »
- Todd Cunningham
U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has acquired Michael Bay series The Last Ship and the upcoming comic-book adaptation The Flash for its flagship network Sky 1 HD. Financial details weren't disclosed. The Last Ship is a military thriller, which debuted in the U.S. on TNT this summer. It is based on a best-selling novel by William Brinkley and stars Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and British actress Rhona Mitra (Strike Back). Meanwhile, the superhero show is set to launch in the U.S. in October. The series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who chases criminals as The Flash, the
- Georg Szalai
Sky1 has acquired Us drama series The Last Ship for UK broadcast.
Sky1 is yet to confirm when the series will launch in the UK.
The broadcaster has also picked up two more Us series - superhero drama The Flash and supernatural thriller Forever.
Michael Bay's The Last Shipgreenlit for ten-episode series by TNT
Watch a trailer for The Last Ship below: »
Following a brief, holiday-related hiatus, everyone’s favourite British filmcast returns to talk all things movies. Dom and Liam are joined by regular contributor Dr. Lindsay Hallam and newcomer Matthew Lee for a show packed with movie reviews and death knells for Michael Bay’s presence in the UK Box Office.
As well as a look back at some of the numerous highlights (and occasional, but still beloved – at least by Dom – lowlights) of the tragically late Robin Williams’ phenomenal and sprawling career, the gang also put their film critic hats on for reviews of The Congress and Guy Pearce Grimaces: The Movie (Aka: The Rover).
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- Dominic Mill
A bunch of new trailers today for a variety of non-tentpole genre fare - some of it aims to be big, some aims to be in awards contention, some will probably skip theatrical.
Nicolas Cage continues his run of period action films with Arclight Films' "Outcast," an English-language 12th century China-set thriller without a subtitle (or Chinese accent) in sight. Cage and a mulleted Hayden Christensen play ex-Crusades warriors who team up to help the children of a deposed Chinese Emperor to battle their murderous uncle who has seized the throne. Cage sports an attempt at a British accent, has the nickname 'The White Ghost,' and breaks out into several Nic Cage-isms.
Katie Holmes plays the sweetest and most proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a lethal vigilante in the dark satire "Miss Meadows". Things become complicated for the gun-toting dainty lady when she gets romantically entangled with the town sheriff. »
- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures has released an extended TV spot for their horror film Ouija, which follows a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. I guess this is the kind of stuff that happens when you mess with the devil and his minions.
I always thought that a movie centered around a Ouija board could make for a really cool horror movie. I have yet to see a good one, though, and this Michael Bay-produced film doesn't look like it's going to be very good either. It's just another wasted opportunity to make a terrifying Ouija board movie.
The film was directed by Stiles White, and it stars Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos, Daren Kagasoff, Vivis Colombetti, Ana Coto, and Erin Moriarty. The movie is set to be released on October 24th. »
- Joey Paur
It’s amazing just how much you can change the feel and look of a film though editing. Unless you are a filmmaker, critic, film teacher, and/or have at least worked as an editor at one point in you life – most moviegoers don’t necessarily notice the editing. Most people don’t focus on the thousands of separate images that make up the story but instead get lost in the story, taking for granted the ever-roaming camera that offers us a plethora of views from various vantage points. Film editing is an under-appreciated art, which is why I sort of love videos like the one below, which shows how an editor can take footage from a film and turn it into an entirely different beast. YouTube user MrStratman7 took a pass at Pete Docter’s Up, changing the score and moving the audio so that it felt more like a traditional Michael Bay movie. »
Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” has tapped Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub for a recurring role in season seven, the cabler announced Wednesday. Shalhoub will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has a great bedside manner, a special touch with his boss, Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), and who offers Jackie something she desperately needs — a friend.
The series stars Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Dominic Fumusa, Paul Schulze, Betty Gilpin, Ruby Jerins, Stephen Wallem, Mackenzie Aladjem and Peter Facinelli. Clyde Phillips is showrunner and executive producer. Tom Straw, Richie Jackson, Liz Flahive and Caryn Mandabach also serve as executive producers. “Nurse Jackie” is a co-production between Showtime and Lionsgate.
Shalhoub is best known as the titular character in USA’s “Monk,” a role that earned him three Emmys. He was most recently seen on the big screen in the Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot.
- Laura Prudom
Imagine if Michael Bay, the director of "Armageddon" and "Transformers," got his hands on the beloved Pixar classic "Up," and it might look like something like this funny spoof trailer: replete with explosions, loud noise, epic-sized battles and plenty of lens flare. Also, apparently, a Linkin Park soundtrack. Behold below. (And check out trailers of "Mary Poppins" as a horror movie, and "The Shining" as a romantic comedy.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Editing. It changes everything, from tone to intent. Mess with the pacing, and you change an entire film. Swap the musical cues of a brilliant composer for a tech-metal track from a Top 40 super group, and you have a whole new scene. And as this video shows, manipulate a classic Pixar film to make it look like it.s part of Michael Bay.s canon. Or cannon. With Bay, either applies. YouTube user MrStratman7 took a pass at Pete Docter.s Up, changing the score and moving the audio so that it felt more like a traditional Michael Bay movie. He worked with the dialogue at his disposal, and added a few explosions. Ok, a ton of explosions. Because Bay = Explosions. Everybody knows that. I also believe he ramped up the lighting. I can.t recall this many lens flares in Up. Maybe it.s just been a while since »
Open Source is off to Cologne! Join the crew as they look over the big announcements from Gamescom 2014, including the is-it-isn’t-it Tomb Raider exclusivity and that playable teaser. Can Quantum Break and The Order: 1886 both live up to their ambitious premise? With no new games announced by Microsoft, is it make or break time for the Xbox One? Will Sony ever stop ramming Destiny down people’s throats? And will Michael Bay keep making Transformers movies until his last breath? So many questions, so little time.
Also this week: a passionate plug for Gone Home, the continued rise of the indie game, and a definitive answer (sort-of) on whether Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is worth a watch.
As always, any questions, comments or suggestions can be sent in to email@example.com. What were your views on Gamescom 2014 and what upcoming games are you most looking forward to? »
- Tariq Ashkanani
Outside of a surprise from Marvel or Michael Bay‘s continued hypnosis on the world's moviegoers, it was a subpar summer for Hollywood — both at the box office and more significantly, with critics, who hated just about everything save “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Boyhood” and “Snowpiercer.” Luckily, the coming fall movie season looks promising, both in terms of Oscar contenders and potential blockbusters. For example, Paul Thomas Anderson (“Inherent Vice”) and David Fincher (“Gone Girl”) both have high profile crime movies premiering at the New York Film Fest. Tim Burton (“Big Eyes”) is returning to original drama, Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) is going. »
- Jordan Zakarin and Todd Cunningham
Anghus Houvouras with his five most disappointing films of this summer….
The Summer movie season is coming to a close. We were fortunate enough to be blessed with a lot of quality product this year. There were, however, some real stinkers. Movies that didn’t live up to the promise of a good time at the movies. In fact, these five films go a bit further and managed to disappoint at a fundamental level.
5. The Giver
Considered one of the best pieces of young adult literature has been transformed into a personality free dystopian adaptation that looks like another generic Hunger Games clone. The sad part is the source material is one of the inspirations behind this modern wave of futuristic fiction and yet the movie is feels like a copy/paste cash grab.
Speaking of copy/paste; the third Expendables movie felt like an all too familiar romp. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Luc Besson’s Lucy may be based on a debunked myth, but does bad science in films matter if the story’s well-told, Ryan asks...
The myth that we only use 10 percent of our brain power appears to date back to the late 19th century. Conclusions by one pair of psychologists at Harvard - who were studying the potential intelligence of child prodigies versus adults - were misapplied and misquoted in the 1920s and 30s, and have lingered in pop culture ever since.
Luc Besson’s new film Lucy is the latest to base its story on the myth, with Scarlett Johansson starring as an ordinary American woman who’s pressed into service as a drug mule by an evil crime boss. When a bag full of an experimental substance leaks in Lucy’s stomach, she’s transformed from a weepy average 20-something into a turbo-charged, super-brained superheroine, first gunning »
This concept has been applied before (anyone remember the different directors of Star Wars?) but I've never seen it done quite so well, from the desaturated colors to the lens flares and, of course, the main ingredient to any Michael Bay film: 'splosions. Up is regarded as one of the greatest modern animation films of all time and rightfully so. Although it could have been a lot different, if under Bay's direction. Take a look, courtesy of MrStratman7: »
- Sean Wist
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