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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael »
Review Ron Hogan 29 Apr 2013 - 06:44
Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a guy with simple dreams. One of these dreams is to maximise his body's potential via weightlifting and training. The other is to be filthy, stinking rich. To that end, after spending time in prison after running an investment scam, Lugo's first legitimate post-prison job is at Sun Gym, where he turns the struggling gym of John Mese (Rob Corddry) into a weightlifting mecca with free body waxing and free memberships for strippers.
Turning a gym around is all well and good, but that's not enough for Lugo and his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), a fellow bodybuilder who is feeling the repercussions of years of steroid abuse. To treat his erectile dysfunction, he needs money. Lugo needs money, too. Fortunately, »
Summer 2013 can’t start quickly enough for me when I’ll have some decent grosses to go gaga over. For now 2 newcomers debuted during a slow $84M weekend down -19% from last year. Pain & Gain (2,950 theaters) is #1 this weekend. My sources say it opened with $7.4M Friday – including $750K in Thursday evening/Friday midnights – and $7.7M Saturday for a $20M weekend. That’s so-so for the Paramount Pictures true crime comedy that had uneven reviews and a mediocre ‘C+’ CinemaScore from audiences – but only a $26M budget. Pain & Gain was part of Michael Bay’s 2-picture deal with Paramount that also included Transformers 4. Stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson deferred their compensation in return for big back ends. Surprising that the combination of them couldn’t open this pic with a bigger number. Hey, the studio encouraged Bay to do his best Coen »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Paramount Pictures' Pain & Gain comedy crime pic directed by Michael Bay turned in exactly what was expected from its box office debut with a $20 million weekend take. The film frontlined by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie attracted an almost even spread of male and female viewers with 51% of males and 49% females attracted to the beefed-up film. Of those, 37% were under 25 years-old and 64% over 25. Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Kurt Angle, William Haze, Bar Paly and Tony Plana also star in the film scripted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Pain & Gain Weekend Breakdown: - Friday: $7.5 million. - Saturday: $7.37 million. - Sunday: $5.13 million. »
Paramount Pictures' Michael Bay Film Pain & Gain grossed $7.5 million on Friday to top the charts. The film starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie heads to a $20 million-or-so weekend, claiming little prior to Disney's big boy summer opener Iron Man 3. Bay directs the comedy crime pic which debuted this weekend into 2,950 theaters, with scripting by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Supporting cast includes Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Kurt Angle, William Haze, Bar Paly and Tony Plana. Reviews are here and there for this one, holding a mediocre 57% positive score at Rottentomatoes.com. The plot's a very intriguing one, and based on a true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, end up snagged in a criminal enterprise that goes awry. »
Director Joe Johnston may not be handling the directorial duties for the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger but the screenwriting pair of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are back. While promoting their new film Pain & Gain with Nerdist, the conversation inevitably turns to Captain America: The Winter Soldier where they revealed that oversight, for the most part, comes from Kevin Feige and less so from Joss Whedon. "Umm, we talk to Kevin a lot; we don’t see Joss that much, because, obviously, he’s got a movie and a TV show that he’s trying to roll out, so he can’t be popping into our room as often," said McFeely. Not totally surprising, as I imagine the solo films have to line up to a certain point with The Avengers 2 but not to such a great degree that Whedon needs to be in the room »
Michael Bay ‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Bay’s first non-Transformers movie to fail to crack $20m domestic this weekend? This Pain & Gain box-office post is a fully updated version of my previous Pain & Gain box-office article. According to Deadline.com, Pain & Gain grossed a disappointing $7m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday late-night showings. That’s down from an expected $9m early in the day and $8m early in the evening. Barring a major Saturday surge — which is highly unlikely at this stage — Pain & Gain will end up with about $18-19.5m at 3,277 North American venues by Sunday evening. Afternoon estimates had the Michael Bay-directed movie grossing as much as $26m, later downsized to a more modest $21m — and now, quite likely, less than $20m. (Photo: Michael Bay on the Pain & Gain set.) Now, Paramount was purportedly expecting Michael Bay’s first non-Transformers, non-Shia Labeouf movie in »
- Zac Gille
Michael Bay is one of those directors that you either love or hate. His manic style of filmmaking, shaky camera work, frenetic pacing, choice of flash over substance, and inability to set up a shot always tends to hurt the narrative of his movies. His ineptitude has led to three terribly constructed Transformers films, as well as a botched historical epic (Pearl Harbor) and bad science fiction (The Island). In fact, some argue that he hasn't made a good film since Bad Boys II, and I would take that argument further and say that he hasn't made a great film since his debut effort Bad Boys.
Bay's latest film, Pain & Gain, is a departure from the usual bombastic, over the top Sci-Fi tinged stories that have made up his resume in recent years. In getting back to the style of films that made him who he is (the aforementioned Bad Boys »
‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Michael Bay’s less-than-atrocious effort to open either modestly or strongly, depending on your context of choice (photo: Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in ‘Pain & Gain’) Starring Ted and The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg and G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast Five‘s Dwayne Johnson, and directed by Michael Bay — he of the big, loud, dumb, and immensely successful Transformers movies — Pain & Gain is expected to open with less than $25m at 3,277 North American locations. In fact, Bay’s mix of crime thriller and "offbeat" humor, which had some critics groaning (47% approval rating and 5.7/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics), should not end the weekend much above the $20m mark if early, rough Friday estimates are accurate. According to Deadline.com, barring a major evening surge Pain & Gain likely collected $8m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday night screenings. Barring a major Saturday surge — not all that likely »
- Zac Gille
Full disclosure, I thought Pain & Gain was going to be a comedy or, at the very least, peppered with humor more often than not. It isn't. It's a tragedy. The focus is on dumb people doing dumb things and it's largely impossible to enjoy because it's based on a true story of people who kidnapped, tortured, robbed and murdered people told through the glossy, oversaturated lens of Michael Bay. While I've never been one to participate in "Bay bashing", if there was ever an example of the man not understanding drama this is it. Loaded with all the faux machismo, homophobia, misogyny, racism and flag-waving we've come to expect from Bay, Pain & Gain is presented in his traditional slick and glossy fashion, which would seem to suggest we're in for a rip-roaring good time with a trio of bonehead body builders looking for a quick buck. And, at the very least, »
- Brad Brevet
With Iron Man 3 opening summer next weekend, Michael Bay's Pain & Gain crime comedy will be hoping to cash in what it can. The film is a welcome change for Bay away from the Transformers franchise and, although entertaining-looking, won't be delivering stellar box office figures from its 3,277 theaters. Pain & Gain should close the weekend off with around $20 million, holding off last weekend's top spot-holding Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. The appealing cast is of the Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely-written film includes Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong and Tony Shalhoub. »
What burns me up about Pain & Gain is that the trailer, and even the excerpts shown on TV, make it look like fun. It is fun, for a while, an irreverent crime yarn filmed in Michael Bay’s signature adrenaline-junkie style. Then it turns ugly—uglier than you can imagine. Bay has said that when he read the screenplay he envisioned a cross between Fargo and Pulp Fiction; perhaps he didn’t consider the fact that those two fine films are so wildly different in tone and ambition that a mash-up wouldn’t be a good idea. Freely interpreted from real-life events, as reported by journalist Pete Collins, this latest Hollywood version of a “true story” by Christopher Markus and Stephen...
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- Leonard Maltin
Pain & Gain
Directed by Michael Bay
If cinema has anything to say about it, the modern American dream is best typified by a grandiose level of entitlement in those who covet it most of all. Just a month ago, we saw Spring Breakers, a nightmarish, neon piece of grotesquerie, compelling experimental art about nubile young women trying to attain their hedonistic Western utopia by stealing from and killing people who dared get in their way, consequences be damned. And now, we have Michael Bay’s loopy, adrenaline-laced echo of the same concept, Pain & Gain; this time, it’s not a quartet of college students, but a trio of bodybuilders, who use force to achieve their dream and never think beyond themselves.
Based on a true story so jaw-dropping that, as one character tries to remove a person’s fingertips in a charbroiled fashion, »
- Josh Spiegel
Roid Rage Bashes Bay’S Satire On The American Dream
The large-scale destructiveness he has previously wreaked upon public and private property (including entire cities), Michael Bay visits on the human body in “Pain & Gain,” a pulverizing steroidal farce based on a bizarre-but-true kidnapping-and-murder case. Suggesting “Fargo” by way of the Three Stooges, Bay’s latest certainly proves that the “Transformers” auteur does have something more than jacked-up robots on his mind: specifically, jacked-up muscle men who will stop at nothing to achieve their deeply twisted notion of the American dream. With a very fine ensemble cast recruited to play an array of overtly despicable characters, this unapologetically vulgar, sometimes quite funny, often stomach-churning bacchanal will surely prove too extreme for great swathes of the multiplex crowd. But the marquee value of topliners Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, plus the pic’s reportedly modest $25 million pricetag, »
- Scott Foundas, Peter Debruge and Justin Chang
In an interview with Flicks and Bits, Jeong said that he always has "so much fun" working with the famed filmmaker.
"He's made this movie because he loves the material and because it was a project that he was truly, truly passionate about," he added.
"That, to me, was inspiring because of the fact that Pain & Gain was Michael's passion project."
The star continued: "To be a part of something that he was in out of pure love, coming off of this incredibly massive blockbuster franchise, that was inspiring to me. In my own career I want to follow my heart like Michael has, you know? It was »
Pain & Gain is a brash, puerile action-comedy of errors about a trio of muscle-obsessed idiots who set out to extort money from a sleazy Miami businessman by kidnapping and torturing him. Michael Bay, who directed it, is almost the right person for the job. Almost. Based on real events that unfolded in 1994 and 1995, this version of the story, written by Captain America: The First Avenger scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, emphasizes the goons' crassness, clueless bravado, and misplaced -- almost endearing -- commitment to their stupid ideals. Those qualities are to be found in abundance in Bay's other films (which include Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers trilogy). You could make a strong argument for those qualities being evident in Bay...
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There's a siege mentality about Michael Bay's movies, as though viewers are the enemy holed up in a bunker and he's the guy ordering heavy-metal music around-the-clock to wear down our morale and force us to surrender.
Bay's true-crime caper "Pain & Gain" lacks the visual-effects mayhem and sci-fi cacophony of his "Transformers" blockbusters, yet the movie uses all the shock and awe and noise and bluster the director has in his utterly unsubtle arsenal.
Unlike Bay's usual action nonsense, there's a story, screenplay, characters and wry mix of suspense and pitiable comedy to be had in the tale of three Florida bodybuilders who blunder through kidnapping schemes like the Three Stooges on steroids.
All but the faintest flashes of humanity and pathos are flattened by the cinematic cyclone that is Michael Bay. He drowns "Pain & Gain" in gimmick and style which, rather than gussying things up, dresses them down »
A new image from Thor: The Dark World has been released.
Images released earlier this week featured Hemsworth alongside Natalie Portman as his love interest Jane Foster.
Regular Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor takes over the directing reigns from Branagh, while the script is penned by Captain America: The First Avenger duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, alongside comic writer Christopher Yost.
Thor: The Dark World will be released in the UK on October 30, and in the Us on November 8.
Watch a teaser trailer below: »
If you missed the opening salvo of set images from Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, don't fret! We've still got them here for you, plus these new shots of stars Scarlett Johansson staring angrily at paparazzi and Samuel L. Jackson dressed in Nick Fury's colorful weekend wear. The upcoming sequel will not only feature Captain America (Chris Evans) but also Black Widow (Johansson) in what sounds like a co-lead role as the two hunt down the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández and Robert Redford. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April 4, 2014. Check out some of the images below (via Just Jared): [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Click here for all our coverage of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or check »
- Dave Trumbore
Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer. Last week at the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. They talked about the crazy true-life story that inspired the movie, the long process of bringing the film to life, how it was always going to be rated R, the cast and their great performances, how the craziest stuff in the movie is real, and so much more. Hit the jump to »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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