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Just how bad was Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”? So bad that even though I gave the first three movies a pass for being big and dumb and loud, I just can’t do it this time around. Because there is something about being big and dumb and loud and still entertaining, but “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was just a big lumbering waste of everyone’s time. When even the presence of Dinobots can’t save your movie, let’s face it, you’re doing something really wrong. The best — and Only — decent part of the movie is Stanley Tucci running around like a maniac screaming at everything, as some kind of Steve Jobs clone who is so totally into his Chinese assistant played by Bingbing Li. Other than that, this movie just sucked. Hard. So what’s Honest Trailer’s take on “Aoe” (as the cool kids »
Tom Hiddleston after his challengeI know it's for a good cause but we're definitely reaching saturation point for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Soon, like maybe in 5 minutes, it will be over. But Als is enjoying huge fundraising numbers so good on them for dreaming it up. I hope all these celebrates dousing themselves with freezing water are donating a dollar for every viewing of their videos and vines.
I've avoided sharing any because how would you choose? I mean other than skipping my beloved childhood idol Olivia Newton-John who kind of misses the point, filling her thimble "bucket" of ice with undoubtedly warm pool water before trickling it over her gorgeous blonde head. Let's just say Her Chills Weren't Multiplying. She Was Not Losing Control.
So why am I posting this? To note that this ice bucket madness which was mostly music stars at first has gone global. Here's »
- NATHANIEL R
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
In the latest sign of the growing appeal of the Chinese film industry, the domestic car company Songliao Automotive said it was planning to branch into online gaming and the film business as part of a $650 million restructuring. It has linked up with big names to do it, including Transformers: Age of Extinction actor Li Bingbing. Last year, China's radio broadcast, film and TV industries reported revenues totaling $60.1 billion, while box-office revenues reached $3.51 billion, proving a powerful draw for investors from many industries in China as well as interest from Hollywood. Songliao Auto is
- Clifford Coonan
In this week’s episode of Flickering Myth TV’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys takes a look at what Marvel Studios’ next big movie might be, the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set photos, Jason Momoa officially announced as Aquaman, Michael Bay leaving the Transformers franchise and the already-announced sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Somebody call Vanilla Ice!
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, »
- Oliver Davis
Guardians of the Galaxy Rules! Moviegoers were living in the Age of Marvel this weekend as director James Gunn’s epic film took in $94 miilion at the box office domestically, $66.4 million overseas. Estimates have Guardians tipping the global scales at $160 million making it the number one August opener of all-time.
During Comic Con last weekend, Gunn announced via Twitter that he was on board for Guardians 2.
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 27, 2014
Here’s where the film stands now:
Cinemascore – A
Metacritic – 76
Rotten Tomatoes - 92%
Read our review Here
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, the movie’s score is from composer Tyler Bates (300, Dawn Of The Dead, »
- Movie Geeks
As Marvel celebrates another huge opening for Guardians of the Galaxy, with the film pulling in a hefty $160 million debut at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has hit a landmark, with the fourth instalment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise becoming the first movie of 2014 to cross $1 billion worldwide. Age of Extinction has earned $241.1 million domestically and $763.8 million from international markets for a combined gross of $1.004 billion to date, which makes it the second-biggest earner of the series behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.123 billion), as well as the eighteenth-highest grossing movie of all time.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver »
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter had the news Sunday, noting that it puts Age of Extinction well on its way to breaking the $1 billion mark globally for the year and not far off from the $1.12 billion earned by Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
At first this news may not sound surprising. Bay made a movie set in China, loaded it with Chinese product placement, cast local Chinese actor Bingbing Li and utilized Chinese resources as part of the shoot, and the effort paid off handsomely.
But the bigger side of the story is that Age of Extinction is one of the first films that was released simultaneously with the American release, effectively minimizing some of China’s more rampant bootlegging of Hollywood movies. »
- Brian Welk
It may have lost top spot at the box office to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has pushed its worldwide haul to a whopping $886 million this weekend, further extending its lead as the highest-grossing movie of the year as well as surpassing the $709. million of the original Transformers and the $836.3 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A billion looks all but assured for Age of Extinction, while the franchise high of $1.123 billion set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon is certainly an achievable target.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of »
- Gary Collinson
Well, X-Men: Days of Future Past’s stay as the biggest earner of the year didn’t last long, with Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction shrugging aside almost universal negative reviews to become the highest-grossing movie of 2014 so far, with a whopping $752 million worldwide just three weekends after its release. The fourth instalment in the Hasbro franchise looks set to become the first (and only?) release of the year to crack a billion – although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies may have something to say about that.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller »
- Gary Collinson
In this week’s episode of Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the alleged ‘leaked script’ of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (read our breakdown of it here), reveals which former-Superman is joining the cast of Arrow, has a tantalising first dinosaur glimpse of Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, and sees how well those other, more mechanical dinosaurs are doing in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Here’s a clue: box office record-breakingly well.
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- Oliver Davis
Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film in China's history after just 12 days on release.
"You got The Touch!" 9 bits of Transformers: The Movie trivia
In Defence Of... Michael Bay, Hollywood's action movie king
Hollywood studios have increasingly been targeting audiences in Asia, with the market becoming more and more lucrative for cinema releases.
In previous years, the Chinese government only allowed 20 non-Chinese films to open in its cinemas every year, but a 2012 trade deal agreed with the Us in 2012 saw that number rise to 34 so long as the films were in 3D or IMAX format.
The box office juggernaut that is Transformers: Age of Extinction just keeps on rolling. One day after becoming China’s highest-grossing movie ever, the Michael Bay-directed sequel has now passed the $600 million mark worldwide, with a domestic haul of $185 million and an international take of $421.2 million giving the film a whopping $606.5 million already. It’s surely only a matter of time before Age of Extinction overtakes Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the biggest earner of the year so far, and at this stage it looks all but assured that it will go on to become the first billion dollar release of 2014.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer »
- Gary Collinson
In just 11 days, Transformers: Age of Extinction has already become the highest-grossing movie ever in China.Through Monday, the Michael Bay-directed sequel has earned a stunning $219.2 million there. That's slightly above Avatar, which grossed $204.1 million* in 2010 (Transformers is still a bit behind in local currency, but will pass Avatar in a day or two).The movie's phenomenal success in China can be chalked up to three main factors. First, it's important to remember that the franchise was already extremely popular in China. In Summer 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned over $165 million; in comparison, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made around $70 million that Summer. Second, the market has expanded dramatically in recent years. Rapid growth in the middle class has increased the aggregate demand for movies, and new screens are being built at the rate of around a dozen per day. Through all of 2013, there were five »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Michael Bay publicly blew off the critics who excoriated Transformers: Age of Extinction, and he’s laughing all the way to the bank. Not only did the fourth film in the franchise win the domestic box-office for the second week in a row, but it has already surpassed Avatar to become the biggest box-office hit in Chinese history.
After only 10 days in Chinese theaters, Age of Extinction has grossed more than $221 million—$46 million more than it has made in the U.S.—and it likely passed James Cameron’s 2009 3-D adventure on Monday.
The phenomenal success in China is no accident. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Prior to the production of Transformers: Age of Extinction, there was a deal in place between Paramount and motor vehicle company Polaris for them to create Transformers based off their machines. These would have included ATVs, snowmobiles etc. For whatever reason, the deal didn’t go through and the characters were scrapped.
Michael Hirtz (via Cbm) has now shared some of his concepts for what those Transformers would have looked like. They also write, “he informs us that these robots would’ve been relatively small as compared to the normal-sized Transformers. Somewhere around 8-10ft max, based on the types of vehicles Polaris manufactures. Hritz’s designs also do a great job of incorporating the look of Polaris’ vehicles by ‘exposing shocks and linkages, using roll-cages and vehicle structure, aggressive/colorful forms floating over blacked-out mechanical parts.’”
See the images below:
- Luke Owen
There's cash to be made in the Middle Kingdom -- something Hollywood has definitely copped onto. Marvel earned a few extra dollars at the Chinese box office when Iron Man 3 shot certain scenes specifically for that territory, and now Michael Bay has taken this to a whole new extreme by casting the likes of Li Bingbing and Han Geng in prominent roles, and actually moving the action in Transformers: Age Of Extinction to China in the final act. Audiences there have evidently lapped it up, as THR report that the flick become China's highest grossing film of all-time after being out for just two weeks. The fourth Transformers movie has earned $222.74 million, surpassing the $221 million record held by Avatar. Currently sitting on $575 million worldwide, it doesn't look as if Bay's latest beast will be slowing down anytime soon. »
It’s been top of the Us box office for two weeks and it looks to be taking the crown from Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie when it’s officially released here in the UK this Friday, but it looks like Transformers: Age of Extinction has broken new ground in China already, knocking Avatar from its box office record spot.
The film has grossed RMB740 million ($119.8 million) in its opening week to combine with the RMB628 million ($101.7 million) it took in its opening weekend. That gives Transformers: Age of Extinction a 10-day total of RMB1.37 billion ($221.9 million).
Avatar‘s has held the box office record since its release in 2009. The press release given to Flickering Myth also states that the Chinese currency is appreciated more, which means it has made more dollars per Rmb than James Cameron’s movie.
Paramount are yet to confirm these figures.
The movie has also way-surpassed its predecessor, »
- Luke Owen
Hong Kong — A huge second weekend has given “Transformers: Age of Extinction” over $220 million at the Chinese box office and the country’s all time theatrical record.
The film grossed RMB740 million ($119.8 million) in the week to Sunday (July 6, 2014), according to data from Ent Group. That followed a smashing three day opening weekend of RMB628 million ($101.7 million) and puts the Michael Bay-directed film on a 10-day cume to Sunday of RMB1.37 billion ($221.9 million).
“Avatar”‘s all time record stood at RMB1.39 billion. But that figure was certainly surpassed on Monday, for which data in not yet locally available.
Also, given that the Chinese currency has appreciated since “Avatar”‘s release in 2009 the score by “Transformers 4″ is worth considerably more to its studio owners than the James Cameron-directed fantasy.
Paramount has not yet confirmed the Chinese data.
A China record has long been on the cards for the »
- Patrick Frater
The Flickering Myth Podcast is more than meets the eye….
Perhaps the most critic proof franchise in the history of cinema is back with a bang as Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has landed! The movie has made nearly $600 million worldwide in around 10 days which is a staggering achievement, but what did our writers think?
In what is perhaps our most hotly-debated podcast in recent memory, Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen is joined by staff writers Amon Warmann, Anthony Stokes, Rohan Morbey and Scott Davis to discuss Transformers: Age of Extinction – what was good, what was bad, laughing at product placement and the “Bayhem” and asking why there was a joke about statutory rape in a movie made to sell toys for children.
Warning – this podcast contains strong language, strong opinions and some spoilers.
You can read our three – count ‘em Three – ★ reviews of Transformers: Age of Extinction here, »
- Luke Owen
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