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Hours ago, Sony decided to announce release dates for a number of films on its slate, all of which are due out in 2018 and 2019.
Among the recently dated films, the most noteworthy news is that the sophomore effort in Sony’s Marvel Universe (2018’s Venom will be the lead-off film) will, in fact, be titled Silver & Black and is due out on February 8th, 2019.
That release date is interesting for a couple reasons; first off, it’s currently scheduled to be the first superhero movie release of 2019, which will surely be another busy year for the genre. Secondly, it’s arriving just a month before Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, meaning that we’ll be getting two major female-led superhero movies within a few weeks of one another.
The cast has yet to be announced, but the film will team up mercenary Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova) with burglar Black Cat (Felicia »
- Justin Cook
Two of Will Smith‘s most famous, breakout roles almost went to very different actors. In the case of Bad Boys, Jon Lovitz was originally going to play his part opposite of Dana Carvey. After Lovitz and Carvey bailed on the buddy cop movie, the studio had to be convinced Smith was right for the project. On Men […]
- Jack Giroux
[[tmz:video id="0_royzmit7"]] John Salley 100% has the back of his old Bad Boys teammate Dennis Rodman ... saying the human rights organization calling for revoking The Worm's Hall Of Fame status is full of B.S. As we previously reported ... The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is upset with Dennis over his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Those concerns were of course made worse by the recent death of U.S. student -- and former Nk prisoner -- Otto Warmbier. »
- TMZ Staff
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Writer/director Chris McQuarrie shares a photo of the kick-ass female cast of Mission: Impossible 6 Michael Bay says he’s really done with the Transformers franchise this time Get another look at Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Golden Circle Director Jorge R. Gutierrez will make The Book of Life 2 And more! […]
- Ben Pearson
Note: This is the third part in a three-part interview series with Michael Bay. Check out the first two parts below: Part One: The Future Michael Bay on 'Bad Boys 3' and what comes after Transformers: The Last Knight Part Two: The Present Michael Bay on "Bayhem," an R-rated 'Transformers' Movie and Time-Traveling in 'The Last Knight' Continue on for part three... “We were like punk kids doing that in Miami,” Michael Bay said when he began to reminisce about his feature directorial debut, 1995’s Bad Boys. Bay was a seasoned music video director by the time he helmed Bad Boys, but as he went on to reveal to Fandango in our exclusive conversation in support of Transformers: The Last Knight, it was those...
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- Erik Davis
Top Gun 2 is right around the corner. Actually, we should be referring to the film as Top Gun: Maverick, which is the the ‘official title’ revealed by Tom Cruise back last month in an interview just before The Mummy hit cinemas. Of course, the least said about Universal’s first Dark Universe title the better, as the film only managed to pull in $58 million in its opening weekend Stateside. Reviews were poor and the public stayed away sadly, but while it has still managed to pull in around $300 million globally, sources say it will cost the studio around $95 million after publicity costs are added to the film’s reported $125 million budget.
Tom Cruise is being blamed, rightly or wrongly, for his involvement for the film’s dire box-office take, but we’re guessing that he’s not all that bothered considering the films he has in the pipeline. The Cruiser is currently hard at work on Mission: Impossible 6 and, after shooting a bunch of action scenes over in Paris, has moved on to New Zealand to polish off the film’s massive intercontinental shoot. There’s also American Made, an action-drama based on real events, a film directed by Doug Liman, due for release later in the year. Following that should be Top Gun: Maverick, but little has been said yet about the high-octane big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer movie, set to shoot next year.
Here at Thn Towers, we’ve been scratching our heads and thinking what this sequel absolutely must contain to win over the fans, and less importantly, those darned critics.
Get The Right Director
So, obviously a biggie, and a no-brainer. Sadly, the first film’s director is no longer with us. Tony Scott would have celebrated his 73rd birthday on the very day that I am writing this (June 21st), but the director of such modern action classics as Beverly Hills Cop and The Last Boy Scout passed away back in 2012. A worthy successor is still to be found (at the time of writing), and while nobody will replace the filmmaking genius of Scott, producers will have to match the filmmaker’s style and high-octane, well choreographed action set pieces, along with the sun-soaked look that the original so magnificently displayed.
Joseph Kosinski is one filmmaker that has been mentioned in the same breath as Top Gun: Maverick, but while I love his work on Tron: Legacy and even Tom Cruise’s sci-fi movie Oblivion, I can’t help but think he’s the wrong choice for this. I’m going to put my film writing life on the line here and name one person who absolutely would nail a Top Gun movie – this man.
This is Michael Bay. Before you attempt to come ’round and give me a good old kick in the shins, please bear with. The Rock is a magnificent action film. So is Bad Boys, and its sequel; as is Armageddon (I don’t care what you say). Pre-Transformers, nobody could touch Bay for high concept action movies, and its no coincidence that all of those aforementioned movies were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who will produce the Top Gun sequel. I can’t think of a better choice, both in grand filmmaking style and overall look. Bay is the man for the job and I will accept no substitute.
Tom, Give As Much Input As You Like
I have no idea how much influence Tom Cruise has over the movies he appears in. The Mummy supposedly failed because of his alleged meddling, but Tom, you are Maverick, and we’ll always dig you for it, so please, give up as many ideas as you like, but while doing so, leave as much stuff to the guys behind the camera as possible and really trust them. I’m sure you do this anyway, and while I personally don’t believe all the guff we’ve been reading recently, I truly believe Jerry Bruckheimer knows what he’s doing, and now that I’ve officially hired Michael Bay to direct, we’re already on to a winner. Just roll with it.
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- Paul Heath
It's been rough being a Transformers fan in the age of Michael Bay. The 33-year-old intellectual property, which began as a toy line from Hasbro in 1984, has seen countless TV shows, comic books, and even an animated feature film in 1986. But when Steven Spielberg announced that he was producing a live-action version of the Robots in Disguise, fans thought we had hit it big. Then came Michael Bay.
The commercial and music video director, who apparently got lucky in the 1990s with a few solid films (Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon), but had apparently cooled his creative jets in the late '90s and early part of the new millennium (Pearl Harbor, The Island) could have been a solid choice to direct a Tf film. What fans got were four films, and a fifth in the chamber, that were ridiculously nonsensical and so creatively up and down that long time »
The “Transformers” films, as befitting a series spun out of a Hasbro monster-truck toy system designed to connect with the inner worldview of nine-year-olds, started off, in 2007, as exceedingly wholesome. What a difference a decade of baroquely semi-coherent robot-fury overkill makes! “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth film in the hugely popular, critically reviled franchise (has there ever been a movie series that put the red state/blue state divide between audiences and reviewers like this one does?), is also the most extravagantly brutish and lurid. There’s still a PG-13 gee-whiz-ness to the proceedings, but the towering, swivel-socketed machine men now seem like they’ve been around the block a few times, complete with pit stops at the race track and dive bars.
The Decepticons — the fey gangsta Mohawk, the goofy bikerish Nitro Zeus — look as if they might be auditioning for “Suicide Squad 2,” and their leader, Megatron, skulks around with the angriest possible attitude, his face marked by a blood-red splash. The good-guy Autobots come off nearly as wasted: Bumblebee is introduced by getting blasted to pieces, and even the stalwart superhero Optimus Prime has slipped over to the sinister side. He has made a deal with the alien sorceress Quintessa, who looks like a very expensive hanging necklace, to salvage the Autobots’ dessicated home planet, Cybertron, by sucking the life out of earth.
There is, in addition, a medieval backstory that returns us to the days of King Arthur, but even this potentially stodgy premise is staged in a heavy-metal Stonehenge-meets-bloodshed way that puts the dark back in Dark Ages. All of which makes “The Last Knight” the first “Transformers” movie that could actually be characterized as badass. Which isn’t a bad thing. It may, in fact, be better.
So what does a better “Transformers” movie look like? There’s still a hurtling slovenliness to it — a sense that overly quick cuts and throwaway lines are taking the place of what, in another movie, would be calmly staged dramatic scenes. (Oh, those!) I can only speculate as to why Michael Bay, at a point long past which most producer/directors would have handed off the directorial reins of this series to someone else (hasn’t he — how can I put this? — said all that he has to say?), is still in there, directing this latest installment. It’s almost as if the series fulfills him: Instead of knuckling under to the system the way he had to do when he made such relatively austere works of artisanal craft as “Armageddon” and “Bad Boys,” here he can just let his destructo action-junkie freak flag fly.
Yet part of what’s exhausting about the “Transformers” films is that hectic bland wholesomeness — the empty energy that can give you a seizure of antic tedium. “The Last Knight,” by contrast, has the somewhat sexier flavor of impending dystopia, and it’s actually, if this can be believed, even more over-the-top than the previous four films. For the first time, the messy hyperactive form and nihilistic crunched-metal content seem to reinforce each other.
Mark Wahlberg has a knack for playing free-floating desolation that isn’t alienated enough to get in the way of his ripped-belly bravura. And though the previous “Transformers” film, “Age of Extinction” (the actor’s first), was so bad it was irredeemable, it’s now clear that he has the ability to ground these movies — to stand up to the metal — in a way that the softer, flakier Shia Labeouf did not.
Wahlberg’s character, the greasy-longish-haired Texas inventor Cade Yeager (sorry, but no matter how often you say it, that doesn’t sound like a name), is off the grid, running a sports-car junk yard where he looks after Autobots like Hound (voiced by John Goodman), a stogie-chomping brawler with Neptune’s beard. The rage of the Decepticons lures Cade out of his doldrums, and before long he’s thrown together with Viviane Wembley, an Oxford professor who is surely the first scholar in the university’s history to teach classes in strappy pumps that look like they were purchased during a Kardashian shopping spree.
Viviane is played by Laura Haddock, a British actress whose greatest presence thus far has been as Peter Quill’s mother in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, but she’s a real find, with a puckish sensual vivacity, goldfish eyes that stare like laser beams, and an effortless ability to spar. Viviane gets drawn into the fray because she’s the last direct descendent of Merlin, and therefore the only one who can connect with the magical staff that’s buried in his coffin. (I know there are a number of screenwriters to blame, but really, who makes this stuff up?)
Mystical medieval hokum aside, Haddock and Wahlberg generate the kind of hostile sexualized chemistry that is fast going out of style, and a movie like this one can use every ounce of it. The two bicker and pout through a plot that’s like “The Da Vinci Code” crossed with a “Terminator” sequel on Jolly Rancher candies, and they’re accompanied by Sir Anthony Hopkins, who plays Sir Edmund Burton, an elite astronomer who guides the events, but is really on hand as a kind of aging mascot of the happily unhinged. Hopkins helps to spank things along with his can-you-believe-this-is-what-it’s-come-to? reading of lines like “What a bitchin’ car she is!”
The plot of “The Last Knight” turns on the apocalypse (and, therefore, the U.S. military), which lends the usual chaotic jumble of events a bit of organizing heft. In the epic climax of a picture like this one, the visuals tend to mean more than, you know, the meaning, and here the world-destroying energy on hand takes the form of a corrosive weapon that looks like gigantic floating shards of cardboard packing debris. It’s all pleasingly spectacular, and also rather empty — at least, until Optimus Prime returns to his true self, his words spoken by Peter Cullen in a voice of such deep rich square nobility that, coming after nearly two-and-a-half hours of hellbent robot-clanking decadence, he seems a cathartically old-fashioned figure. He reminds you that there are moments when this series is capable of making you think that you like it.
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- Owen Gleiberman
Bringing an end to the whole ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga once and for all (?), Michael Bay has gone on record once again to declare that Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in Paramount’s mega-franchise, will herald his final dalliance with those robots in disguise.
One week out from the theatrical launch of The Last Knight, Fandango caught up with the illustrious director to discuss the future of Paramount’s juggernaut – a franchise that will soon make room for period-set spinoffs and animated prequels – the long-gestating Bad Boys 3, and his desire to work on films beyond the Transformers universe.
It was here that Bay reaffirmed his fifth Transformers movie will indeed be his last, and it seems he’ll be leaving through the exit door alongside series star Mark Wahlberg. While appearing on The Graham Norton Show (h/t Digital Spy), Wahlberg, who has played Cade Yeager since the Age of Extinction, »
- Michael Briers
Simon Brew Jun 19, 2017
Currently seemingly in a bit of limbo is the planned third film in the Bad Boys series, Bad Boys For Life. The film was set to be directed by Joe Carnahan, but he left the project three months ago, and there’s been no sign of a replacement appointed. And the man who directed the first two films in the series, Michael Bay, has little interest in returning for the third film too. As such, without a director, Bad Boys For Life is going nowhere fast, even though both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – the Bad Boys of the title – are set to return.
“Pretty soon they’re going to be old boys, okay?”, said Michael Bay, in a new interview with CinemaBlend. “Pretty »
On May 23, Michael Bay will have his hands and feet encased in cement outside the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, alongside classic stars from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep. While Bay is thrilled, he does have one hesitation. “I just remember as a kid, going to see the handprints and I always thought the people who got this honor were so much older,” he says with a laugh.”
For the record, Bay is a youthful 52, but it’s a credit to his career that his accomplishments over the past 20 years have put him in the ranks of his mentors Steven Spielberg and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer, both of whose imprints are also in the Chinese forecourt. And it’s full circle for Bay, a native Angeleno who discovered he wanted to be a director at that very theater.
At age 15, Bay was working at Lucasfilm, filing storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark. »
- Jenelle Riley
The Cannes Film Festival has never had a juror quite like Will Smith, who strode into the Palais to roars of applause that brought to mind the premiere of one of his action movies (think “Mib in Paris”).
The star of such popcorn hits as “Independence Day,” “Bad Boys,” and “Suicide Squad” had the crowd of journalists so captivated at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, he didn’t leave much speaking time for his fellow jurors — like Jessica Chastain or a totally silent Paolo Sorrentino. Even the Cannes jury president, director Pedro Almodovar, had to succumb to the Will Smith show, admitting he’d always wanted to work with the movie star.
“When I first got the call, I was really excited,” Smith said, recounting the back-and-forth between him and his publicist with dramatic flair. “I was probably 14 years old the last time I watched three movies in one day. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The director’s cut of John Travolta dance drama Saturday Night Fever, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a Us re-release, is slated for a Cinéma de la Plage on Saturday 20th May.
The cut will include three scenes not in the original release.
The trio are among the Classics lineup restored by distributor Park Circus, which has also »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
When he’s not being a renowned cinephile who’ll spend most of May on the Cannes jury debating the merits of the new Andrey Zvyagintsev with Alain Resnais’ muse Agnès Jaoui, Will Smith is also a movie star. But the man who was once the unquestionable box-office king of Hollywood has had an atypically rough patch lately.
“Suicide Squad” was a rare bright spot last year — indeed, his second-biggest-grossing movie worldwide after “Independence Day.” But it was also an ensemble superhero movie that got lousy reviews, so it doesn’t entirely recover the star’s luster, especially with a string of flops — “After Earth,” “Focus,” “Concussion,” “Collateral Beauty” — and with his go-to franchises of “Men In Black” and “Bad Boys” either rebooting away from him, or floundering in development hell.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Will Smith could be reuniting with his Bad Boys super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer for Gemini Man, a new film that “centers on an aging assassin who tried to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.”
The Hollywood Reporter report the news of Smith’s potential casting in the film, which is being directed by Ang Lee (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Brokeback Mountain, Life Of Pi). The film has had many writers working on its screenplay over the years since its conception in 1997, including David Benioff, Brian Helgeland, Joe Carnahan and Andrew Niccol.
Smith is yet to officially sign on the dotted like, and is also looking at another opportunity – playing the role of the Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. »
- Paul Heath
Will Smith is in negotiations to star in Skydance Media’s Gemini Man sci-fi actioner “Gemini Man,” which Ang Lee is also in negotiations to direct. The project, which is being produced by Smith’s “Bad Boys” and “Enemy of the State” super-producer… Continue Reading → »
Pete Donaldson on love and Mass Effect…
So Mass Effect: Andromeda hit shelves last month with varying degrees of acoustic clunkery, depending on how many different versions of the thing EA have seen fit to release this time round (I haven’t bothered checking).
Maybe you went for the Steelbook edition with limited edition poster? Or perhaps you spent your hard-earned shekels on the deluxe edition with that adorable remote control car, or even the platinum ‘super-collector’s edition’ with that tasteful brass plinth engraved with Bioware head Matthew Bromberg’s almost faultless 4.95 Uber rating?
Once the almighty hoo-ha died down over the characters experiencing apparent complete facial-muscle idiopathy, and those sordid few who saw fit to ruin a poor animator’s life crawled back into their sewage pipes, journalists filed the usual thinkpieces about how great it is that love and relationships are back at the core of our gaming. »
Everyone knows Keanu Reeves starred in “The Matrix.” What this video presupposes is…maybe he didn’t? YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has reimagined the Wachowskis’ science-fiction blockbuster with Will Smith in the lead role of Neo, as the part was originally offered to the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Bad Boys” star. Watch below and try not to say “whoa.”
Read More: ‘The Matrix’: Why Relaunching the Franchise Without the Wachowskis Is A Terrible, Terrible Idea
Featuring clips from the original film with shots of Smith woven in, the video acts as a trailer of sorts for this alternate-history (or -future?) version of “The Matrix.” Scenes from such films as “Men in Black” and especially “I, Robot” are used to create the illusion, often quite seamlessly; it helps that “I, Robot” is another sci-fi/action hybrid that calls on Smith to fire weapons and appear as though »
- Michael Nordine
Director Michael Bay has been making feature films for 22 years now. He made his directorial debut with Bad Boys in 1995, and since then he’s given us spectacle after spectacle featuring explosions, super models, sweeping cameras and more. For the past decade, he’s been predominantly busy with the Transformers franchise, but this summer appears […]
- Ethan Anderton
Tea Leoni has signed with Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She was previously with UTA.
On the big screen, Leoni’s credits include Bad Boys, Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III, Spanglish, Fun With Dick and Jane and Ghost Town. The actress has been a Unicef ambassador since 2001 and served on the national board for its U.S. Fund since 2006.
Leoni continues »
- Rebecca Sun
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