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It’s spy vs. spy for one last mission.
007 himself, Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye), is forced out of retirement and back into the spy game in order to protect a civilian from his own protégé (Luke Bracey) in The November Man. He’s not reprising the role of James Bond, but rather another government agent altogether: Peter Devereux, a former CIA operative and the protagonist of authorBill Granger’s best-selling crime series.
Joining Brosnan in The November Man is Olga Kurylenko, the “Bond girl” in Quantum of Solace, and Will Patton(Armageddon). The film, which is directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), hits theatres in August.
- Sasha James
Warning: This article contains nude images.
Biannca Lake bared all in the Big Brother house last night.
The Essex girl - by way of Marbella - took part in a game of 'strip catch' during a pre-eviction party and ended up getting completely naked.
Soon after the game began, both Helen Wood and Biannca were forced to ditch items of clothing.
However, while Helen stood in her underwear, the tipsy 31-year-old stripper decided to bare her breasts and then began taking off all her clothes.
After removing her leopard print top and leggings, Biannca began frolicking in the sewage pool (which thankfully, is just a prop introduced for Armageddon Week that pumps out coloured water).
"Get me out of here," said Danielle McMahon »
Liv Tyler's playing favorites! The actress stopped by Wednesday's "Watch What Happens Live" where she played "Plead the Fifth" with host Andy Cohen. Liv answered all of her questions, even when Andy asked her to play a game of "Marry, F--k, Kill" with a few of her male costars. Check out the video above to find out who Liv would pick to "Marry, F--k, Kill" between Justin Theroux, Ben Affleck and Orlando Bloom! We definitely didn't see that one coming -- wonder how the sexy star feels about being "killed"?The fun didn't stop there, the "Armageddon" star also dished about Jennifer Aniston's fiance's bulge -- the two currently star on the TV series "The Leftovers" ... and Tyler says there's been a few distracting moments on set. "There was this scene where he was jogging," the 37-year-old told Cohen, "and there was quite a large bulge in his »
- tooFab Staff
On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.
But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it, »
Chances are, if you hear the name Michael Bay, you will probably think of a combination of words including 'crap', 'explosions', 'lame' or 'silly hair'.
The big budget filmmaker has risen in the ranks over the past couple of decades to become one of the highest grossing director of all time (sitting alongside Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and company). Clearly, his films are hugely popular. So why all the hate?
Despite the continued box office success, Bay's films are more often than not critically panned, and it's not often that you'll hear people owning up to be a fan, but are his films as bad as everyone makes out?
Several critics, including Film Comment editor Scott Foundas, have labelled Bay as an auteur of his chosen art form. When you watch a Bay movie, you know you're watching a Bay movie. He has his own clear visual style, and that's »
Michael Bay is a polarizing director in the sense that movie fans either unabashedly hate the man who directed Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Armageddon, The Rock, Bad Boys, as well as producing countless remakes of horror films and next month's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or fans love him unapologetically. Whichever category you fall into, chances are you recognize that film critics rarely side on the positive when it comes to Bay. Jimmy Kimmel, never one to miss an opportunity to make »
- Alex Maidy
Uh oh - it looks like Big Brother is up to some naughty tricks again. As you might have noticed, the listings for next week's Big Brother episodes have a rather disturbing subtitle: "Armageddon". It seems we're in for something of a twist...
Now, here at Digital Spy, we wanted to find out what this could mean - but Big Brother would only tell us that they'll have "more information in due course". This did not do much to relieve our nail-biting.
So, we thought we'd pass the time until we have all the gossip with some wild speculation. What could Armageddon mean? Will Helen's pass be revoked? Will the housemates' furniture be taken away? Will it actually turn into The Hunger Games? Or will everyone just have to sing Aerosmith on a loop? We're not sure, but we need your help - so let us know what you »
Two corners of the DC television universe have just added exciting new members to their cast. Over on the CW, Arrow has gained Fargo and Armageddon’s Peter Stormare as Count Vertigo, while Academy Award nominated actress Carol Kane (Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon) will put down roots in Fox’s Gotham.
The DC comics villain Count Vertigo has already appeared and died on Arrow, but Seth Gable’s cringe-worthy performance didn’t sit well with fans. Stormare will play the New 52 version of the character, Werner Zytle, who is the ruler of the tiny nation of Vlatava and involved in organized crime.
Already it’s easy to see how Stormare will be able to portray a more formidable and intimidating enemy for Oliver Queen than Gable ever was, so his involvement is incredibly exciting. According to Screen Crush, he will simply go by “Vertigo,” and take over the distribution »
- James Garcia
Now, if you remember correctly, Count Vertigo has already appeared and died on Arrow, and was played by Seth Gable (Fringe). However, his cringe-worthy performance wasn’t quite what fans were expecting from the formidable Green Arrow villain, so Stormare’s casting will likely be met with open arms.
Stormare will actually be playing a different version of Vertigo, the New 52′s Werner Zytle. In the comics, Zytle is the monarch of the small Eastern European nation of Vlatava with ties to organized crime. He’ll simply go by “Vertigo” on the show, and pick up the reins to the street drug empire that the previous Count left behind. He’ll be Oliver Queen’s first foil in the new season.
Arrow returns »
- James Garcia
Occasionally for better but often for worse, Michael Bay has been a trailblazer for this generation of studio filmmakers, whose films bear the mark of his dizzying editing and grandiose compositions.
Bay’s films generally feast at the box office but are poison to critics and fans of Hollywood classics. With “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Bay may have crossed the line into self-parody — if there can be such a thing for a director who seems to take nothing seriously — but once again showed a sure sense of what sells tickets. Sure, one scene seems assembled from scenes shot anytime from noon to sunset, Nicola Pelz’s pants keep changing shade and Pelz herself ends up the same orange as every other “Transformers” heroine. And yes, the story makes no sense. Whatever. Discipline has never been Bay’s thing anyway.
But behind the incoherence and the bombast, Bay once again is »
- David S. Cohen
This weekend just gone saw two critically-reviled movies top the box office charts of the Us and the UK. In America, Michael Bay's fourth and longest Transformers movie, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, hit the number one spot, eating up around $100m of business in its opening weekend. And that's just in America. The film has hit $300m worldwide, and it lands in British cinemas this weekend.
It might find unexpected competition, however. For over the weekend here in Blighty, Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, a far more economical enterprise than Mr Bay's latest opus, helped itself to a staggering £4.3m in its first weekend. It crushed The Fault In Our Stars, the previous number one, and outperformed any number of blockbuster films in their opening weekend. Mrs Brown's Boys is a genuine movie smash hit. »
In terms of robots falling apart and explosions, Michael Bay set himself a high bar with 2011‘s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. So much so that Bay stated that he wouldn’t make another one - just as he did after he shot the first sequel, Revenge Of The Fallen in 2009. But having made his low-key, low-budget passion project (the $26m action caper Pain & Gain, starring The Rock), the blockbuster auteur found himself creatively refreshed enough to make yet another Transformers flick.
The result is Age Of Extinction: a film somehow louder, more violent and, mind-bogglingly, even longer than its predecessor (the duration’s 165 minutes). Its story picks up a year or so after Dark Of The Moon and its climactic battle in Chicago, in which the entire city was destroyed by warring Autobots, »
I was going to write a post ranking the films of Michael Bay, but I couldn't muster the energy or excitement. I would have spent the entire post attempting to justify my decisions for whatever reason or another and justifying why I consider Armageddon to be better than Bad Boys or The Island seemed no better a proposition than punching myself in the face. However, had I ranked them it would have gone like this... restrict paid="true" Armageddon Bad Boys The Rock Bad Boys II Transformers: Age of Extinction Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Island Transformers Pain & Gain Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Pearl Harbor I know I've said in the recent past, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is better than Transformers, but after re-watching Transformers recently I'm convinced that was just me approaching Revenge of the Fallen with expectations it would be terrible. That said, I have »
- Brad Brevet
Like the film I'm talking about, this is going to take a bit to get through. My advice for both film and review: Sit back, and enjoy the ride.Transformers: Age of Extinction is, if one wants to rank such things, the most Michael Bay-y film that Michael Bay has ever made. If the auteur theory suggests that the authorial intention must come through even the industrialized machinery of film production, and that the director's unique voice and vision can be traced project-to-project as a coherent whole, then Bay's often preposterous films do genuinely have a signature consistency in keeping with this notion.Few filmmakers have been so delightfully overt in their coddling of the Id. From Bad Boys through to Armageddon, he has often eschewed common sense,...
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When you woke up today, did you have trouble recognizing yourself? Did you panic when you noticed your newly tawny skin, hair extensions, and frosted lip-gloss? Are you now fighting the desire to sensually arch your back wherever you go? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions (or if you happen to be reading this article while running from an explosion in six-inch heels), don't panic: You may be a woman in a Michael Bay movie. But just in case you need more proof that your lady charms are featured in a film from the action auteur who directed Transformers, Bad Boys, and Armageddon, Vulture has supplied you with a handy list of further Bay-related symptoms. Read up, then call your (hot) doctor.1. You're dressed all in white In case it wasn't clear from the collage at the top of this article, a Michael Bay film »
- Kyle Buchanan
Michael Bay – excuse me, the proper title is 2-time Criterion Collection released Michael Bay – is like the Kenny Powers of directors. He favors excess and showboating over all forms of thoughtful nuance and subtlety, he isn’t afraid to sell himself out and abandon critical respectability for money and fame, and he doesn’t give a single care to what you think about him. This weekend will see the release of his 4th Transformers movie with Transformers: Age of Extinction. My question is why is Michael Bay still making these films? Believe it or not, Michael Bay actually can do better.
Nobody glorifies America in their films more than Michael Bay does. If Michael Bay could drape himself in an American flag at all times he probably would. Michael Bay is freedom in all caps. Freedom. He’s practically a propaganda filmmaker working at a blockbuster budget level. What Leni »
- Dylan Griffin
When Charlie Sheen dropped a bomb on Saddam Hussein in Hot Shots! back in the 1990s, we can't imagine that the-then leader of Iraq was particularly amused. However, we also can't quite remember Jim Abrahams' spoof movie being the catalyst for international conflict.
But times have changed. And Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-directors of the upcoming The Interview, seem to have left the North Korean government threatening an "act of war". We are not making this up. The world might end because of a Seth Rogen movie.
The Interview is a comedy, starring Rogen and James Franco, about a fake plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. And on the basis of the trailer, there are some within North Korea who are not amused. »
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. It used to be that the only acceptable Michael Bay movies to champion were The Rock and Armageddon, both of which did receive Criterion Collection releases, after all (never mind the reasons). Then he made Pain and Gain, which was celebrated by a good amount of smart critics last year. I'm not one of those (who celebrate it; I do consider myself to be smart), having turned it off halfway out of boredom. But I'm glad that it surprised a lot of people. To date, even with some early reviews of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay only has one movie with a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- that'd be The Rock. And that includes the movies he's produced...
- Christopher Campbell
Michael Bay is synonymous with making spectacular, blockbuster VFX films. From Bad Boys to Transformers, he is Hollywood's king of explosions. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer is vintage Bay. Though the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Bay's style is clearly evident. From the sweeping shots of the New York City skyline to the quick edits of the turtles fight with The Foot Clan, there's no doubt this film will be action packed.
1The Fight Between Splinter and Shredder
The trailer shows us a few tantalizing scenes of the duel between Shredder and Splinter; with a defeated Splinter seemingly on his last breath under a pile of rubble. Every great comic adaptation hinges on the strength of the antagonist. If your villain is weak, then the hero is lesser for it. Shredder looks fantastic here. »
Here’s what the early reviews are saying about the return of the colossal titans:
“As the sine qua non of the franchise, it’s the robots — endowed here with character-rich physicality and almost human-scaled facial features — who give the film its emotional heft. Optimus Prime’s charismatic leadership of his team, as well as his unwavering compassion for the humans, again makes him the movie’s moral anchor. Drift, with his samurai getup and Watanabe’s dignified line readings, strikes a neat balance with Goodman’s cigar-chewing, wisecracking Hound. Still, the character most likely to be beloved by audiences, especially tykes, remains Bumblebee.”
“The giant scale action in this one is amazingly staged once again. There are few filmmakers alive who »
- Michelle McCue
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