20 items from 2014
When it was originally announced that critical pariah Michael Bay was to be directing the big screen incarnation of the nostalgically popular 1980’s vehicular metamorphoses toys The Transformers, it seemed to be the perfect match of artistic vision and material. With large scale auto-centric set-pieces already scattered throughout his CV, recall the spectacular freeway chase from the otherwise ridiculous Bad Boys 2, and a penchant for a genuinely enjoyable sense of infectious fun, evident in apologists favourites such as The Rock and Armageddon, his pyrotechnic pornographic sensibilities would make real the plastic clashes between the Autobots and Decepticons in a way every big kid dreamed of.
A franchise on the verge of Extinction? No chance.
The notion that Age of Extinction is a “reboot” isn’t an altogether welcome one, because for all of the crass, ibuprofen accompanied volume control, and Nuts magazine incarnate issues scattered throughout Revenge of the »
- Matt Rodgers
I'm coping with the fact that 1999 is 15 years ago just anyway, but looking back at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards will remind you just how much has changed. For better and for worse, but still, it's traumatizing to remember that nothing is the same. Nothing. Since the 2014 ceremony is on Sunday, let's look back fondly at a time when Jar Jar Binks and J.C. Chasez shared airtime. Your host for the festivities? The perfect Lisa Kudrow. Here's what's important about 1999: 1. Lisa Kudrow had flat hair and we celebrated that. 2. Andy Dick was a bankable comic character. 3. Ben Affleck wore baggy leather coats and we loved it. 4. Making Yoda jokes was cool. 5. If you were a woman in entertainment, you were almost forced to bare your midriff. 6. Making asterisk jokes about *Nsync was cool. And then letting *Nsync act like sexual predators with Lisa Kudrow was also cool. 7. "Armageddon" was considered a tolerable movie. »
- Louis Virtel
A piece of marketing material from the website of Australia licensee Vilsco Textiles reveals future plans for Hasbro's Transformers franchise, which appears to include Transformers 5 in 2017, following the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction this June. Of course, this doesn't actually prove anything. This could merely be speculation on the part of Vilsco Textiles, but at the same time it makes perfect sense. The question I have is to wonder whether or not Michael Bay would continue to direct the franchise or if he's finally had enough. Then again, I'm surprised he decided to come back for a fourth film and I have a hard time believing it was merely so he could direct Pain and Gain considering I would think he could have gotten that film made most anywhere without promising to direct another CGI fest. I would rather see Bay get back to doing human-based action films. »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Bay has been around for a while and his movies are always so divisive. Some say he ruined Transformers, others say he is about to ruin the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To be clear though he is only producing — nobody blames Steven Spielberg for Transformers so why should we blame Bay if Tmnt isn't any good?
“Michael knows what audiences like, because he’s one of them. He has a strong sense of what makes a thrilling, entertaining movie ... just when the audience thinks they’ve seen it all, Michael gives them even more.”
- Lucas Lowman
Pain and Gain aside, Michael Bay has been in the world of Transformers for eight years now. Eight years. That’s almost a decade removed from the Michael Bay of old. Long gone are the days of the high-concept Michael Bay action films like Bad Boys, The Rock or Armageddon. Even The Island, Pearl Harbor and […]
The post Michael Bay Attached to New Adventure Film at Paramount appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Speaking to Total Film, Farrell said: "I always enjoyed watching him, as a director he's extraordinary too, but his work in The Town and Argo, he was so fantastic in both those films. In Argo, it was such a controlled performance.
"I think he'll kill it as Batman. I hope he does and shuts the naysayers up."
He added that Affleck has grown as an actor since his role in Armageddon in 1998. He said: "Good luck to him. I think he'll do a great job. As an actor, I don't know that I know anyone that's improved as much as he has. That sounds like a s**t thing to say. »
It seems to be a Hollywood tradition – one studio develops a high-profile project, so another studio puts a rival version into production. Think, apocalyptic dramas Deep Impact and Armageddon, or upcoming biblical epics Noah and Exodus. The sudden determination to deliver a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is no exception, and has thrust two separate versions into production. The difference is, only one can now boast Idris Elba in the role of diabolical tiger, Shere Khan.
The rival projects reside at Warner Brothers and Disney, but Uncle Walt’s version is currently in the lead. With accomplished director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) at the helm, their Jungle Book, a mix of live-action and visual effects, has assembled a formidable creative team to achieve the desired vision. The behind-the-scenes talent is being supervised by Academy Award winning VFX guru Rob Legato (Avatar, Titanic) and includes production designers »
- Sarah Myles
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How do you go from a microbudget monster movie with special effects created using off-the-shelf software to a $160m (£96m) Hollywood megalith starring the hottest cult actor in the world in three years? The answer, if you are 38-year-old British film-maker Gareth Edwards, appears to be with plenty of laid-back panache, no small amount of style and masses of geeky charm.
It is very unlikely that any other director in Hollywood – certainly not the likes of Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich – would have admitted their first experience of Godzilla was the late-70s Hanna Barbera cartoon version. Nor that when they first watched the Japanese Toho movies on Channel 4 they could not work out why the (heavily dubbed) dialogue seemed so »
- Ben Child
Gavin Logan on the Oscar race for Best Original Song...
With all the intense, anxious debate surrounding predictions, snubs, and "who are you wearing?" (like any of us really care) people could be forgiven for forgetting that the Oscars is supposed to fun. One of my favourite categories, and one that tends to get overlooked, is Original Song. We all know just how important music is in helping to capture a tone for a movie but maybe even more important is a particular song that can sometimes sum a movie up and make it easily recognisable. If I throw out 'Misirlou', you automatically think of Pulp Fiction. If I mention 'Unchained Melody', it's impossible not to think of that racy pottery scene from Ghost. Although not original compositions specifically written for those movies, the songs will nevertheless be forever linked to them. In terms of original songs, think back to »
- Gary Collinson
Jurassic Park is quite probably my ultimate movie, my favourite film, at the top of my all-time Top 5 and so Jurassic World has a lot to live up to but with Colin Trevorrow on-board and continual talk of good things happening and now the news they’re shooting on the big stuff, well, bring on 2015!
Director Trevorrow has announced that he’s working with cinematographer John Schwartzman, a man who also worked on the likes of Armageddon, The Amazing Spider-man and Saving Mr Banks so he knows how to make things look big and equally interesting. The film will be shot on both 35mm film and large format in the shape of 65mm, which isn’t too far away from IMAX.
- Dan Bullock
Though we still know very little about Jurassic World, the long-awaited next installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, director Colin Trevorrow just tweeted out a tasty little tidbit that we think you're going to like. Read on!
In a tweet posted from Trevorrow's account earlier today, Trevorrow stated that Jurassic World will be shot on film, rather than digital, and both 35mm and even 65mm stock will be used to bring the dinosaurs to life.
Good news? You bet your sweet dinosaur-loving ass!!
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson are in various stages of talks to star. Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and will direct the film. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is known that Robinson would play Simpkins’ older brother. »
- John Squires
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We now live in a world where everything is going digital, and the way movies are made is getting easier and faster. But that won't stop director Colin Trevorrow from shooting his next movie Jurassic World on good old fashioned film. The director made the announcement via Twitter saying that part of the film will be shot in 35mm and part of it in 65mm.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) February 6, 2014
The story takes place 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park movie and so far the cast includes Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Josh Brolin, Bryce Dallas Howard and maybe Jason Schwartzman. »
- Joey Paur
We have a couple of brief Jurassic World stories for you this morning. First off, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) tweeted that he'll be working with cinematographer John Schwartzman on the picture, and they'll be shooting on 35mm and 65mm. As Bleeding Cool points out, 65mm strongly hints towards an IMAX release, although I would say the movie being a major blockbuster hints towards an IMAX release. The 65mm just means it will probably look much better in IMAX. Schwartzman's filmography notably includes The Rock, Armageddon, and The Amazing Spider-Man, so he more than knows his way around a blockbuster. Hit the jump for more. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. We previously reported that shooting on Jurassic World would begin in Louisiana on June 2nd, and while that's still true (per The Times-Picayune), production will actually start in April in Hawaii. »
- Matt Goldberg
Garner revealed that she has seen the suit, reports contactmusic.com.
"I've seen the suit. It's unbelievably cool. It's a total reinvention, it looks great," Entertainment Tonight quoted Garner as saying.
- Ketali Mehta
Zachary Leeman: Before we get to your upcoming movie Endangered, let's talk about screenwriting in general. Walk me through the moment you went from aspiring writer to a paid screenwriter with people like Billy Bob Thornton reading your work...
Jack Reher: Man, that's a hole and the white rabbit got pretty damned bloody while stumbling down it. I was doing my undergrad at the University of Minnesota. Business. I had that career plan. You know? Always stayed grounded. On a whim, I signed up for a screenwriting class taught by Thomas Pope who did fairly well early on in his career - fresh out of USC, he was hired to draft Dune with Ridley Scott directing. Scott left, as did Pope, then Lynch came on. He also did work »
- Gary Collinson
This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur »
- Ariana Bacle
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
Know your enemy! Kevin Spacey returns as Francis Underwood in the sequel to the Netflix blockbuster House of Cards and, as our preview reveals, the web of political intrigue is tightening around the new Us vice president and his wife, played by Robin Wright. While Underwood battles against friends and foes, over on the BBC Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), comes into conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen in a case involving missing letters.
Magnussen's first appearance came at the end of the first episode, The Empty Hearse, when he watched a recording of Holmes rescuing John Watson (Martin Freeman) from a bonfire on Guy Fawkes night. The newspaper proprietor, who urinates in Sherlock's fireplace, is played by The Killing's Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen. Sherlock says: "I've dealt with murderers, psychopaths. None of »
- Janette Owen
The much-maligned film director walked out of his own talk when his autocue malfunctioned during his promotion of Samsung's new bendy TVs. Shame he couldn't transform his performance
Appearance: 1970s-vintage TV weatherman.
Occupation: Film director.
Anything I might have seen? Transformers, possibly?
No. Transformers 2?
Nope. Transformers 3?
No. How long can this carry on? That's it. Transformers 4 isn't released until later this year. He also directed Armageddon, Pearl Harbour and Bad Boys. To date, his films have grossed more than $3bn globally.
Any of them any good? Not according to, well, everyone. His special effects-laden blockbusters routinely attract critical derision. The New Yorker's David Denby called Bay "stunningly, almost viciously, untalented".
I guess Bay must have a pretty thick skin to carry on in the face of that sort of thing. Apparently he's quite awkward and fragile in real life.
Readers panel: The hugely successful yet much-maligned director is not having a good week. To send some good cheer his way, we'd like to hear from film fans who are proud to say they enjoy his work
Poor old Michael Bay. The director of Pearl Harbor ("a big, loud, dumb, boring mega-movie" – The Guardian), Transformers ("as enjoyable as a package holiday in Helmand Province without a flak jacket" – The Guardian) and, most recently, Pain & Gain ("too long" – The Guardian), had an embarrasing moment this week when his teleprompter malfunctioned during a presentation at the high-profile Consumer Electronics Show – leading to these excrutiating scenes.
As the director of big, popular action movies, Michael Bay is an easy target for critics who find his work objectionable (see many a Guardian comment thread for evidence) – and so, to shine a little good will in Bay's direction, we'd like to hear from readers who »
20 items from 2014
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