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In what might be the most colorful official temporary title in recent memory, TNT has given a pilot order to “Untitled Cocaine Project.” Bonus: It’s from mega-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Jonathan Littman, Billy Corben, and Alfred Spellman.
The pitch: “A serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s.” The pilot was written by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex).
The project was originally set up at HBO and is based on Corben and Spellman’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys (which was also the »
- James Hibberd
Summer holidays, barbecues on the beach and weekends decimated by relentless weddings: this is August for some. For other, more discerning types, it is about Frightfest, otherwise known as the chance to spend those rare sunny days ensconced in a darkened room for a horror movie marathon. This year’s Leicester Square event featured the usual mix of gonzo gore, copycat-killings and premiere screenings of future favourites; we managed to catch a few highlights.
The latest film from writer and director Riley Stearns (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s husband, fact fans), Faults, received a European premiere last month. Massively enjoyable from start to finish, Stearns’ black comedy mostly eschews the genre necessity of scattergun bloody slayings in favour of an intelligent script focusing on the gaping voids left in desperate characters’ lives. »
We recently got a look at a recut trailer for Pixar's Up if it had been directed by Michael Bay. But, what if we took a Michael Bay movie and cut the trailer to look like someone else's film? I give you the trailer for Interstellar-Mageddon. Taking the tone and style of Christopher Nolan's upcoming scifi film and applying it to Bay's Armageddon yields a very interesting result. The explosion orgy that is the typical Michael Bay film doesn't allow it to stand up to many other »
- Alex Maidy
That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane. And Lenny Bruce is not afraid! Because he died a long time ago of an accidental drug overdose. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine, because whilst our pale blue dot is – sadly – destined to eventually crumble and fall apart, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime. Unless there are any immortals in the audience tonight, in which case you might wanna hunker down somewhere safe for the next billion or so years. It’s not going to be smooth sailing for you, buddy. Thanks to humanity’s use of natural resources, the building effects of global warming, and the general passage of time/circle of life thing our mother Gaia has got going on, things down look all that rosy for the future of Earth. »
- Tom Baker
The guys at CinemaSins have returned with a new Everything Wrong With… video essay. This time the video takes a look at Michael Bay‘s 1998 feature film Armageddon. Some people seem to hate these videos, but it seems like few can resist from clicking through and hitting the play button. I’m sure we’ll see fewer complaints in […]
- Peter Sciretta
When "Armageddon" was released in theaters in 1998, one might have thought audiences were done with asteroid movies. After all, "Deep Impact" had just come out two months before. But never underestimate the power of Michael Bay to inexplicably be a box office draw despite little to no care for things like pacing or plot. CinemaSins took a bullet (in space) for the team and counted up everything wrong with this film. But I take umbrage with the sentencing. I grew up in that town and quite frankly, haven't they suffered enough lately? »
- Donna Dickens
Imagine if Michael Bay, the director of "Armageddon" and "Transformers," got his hands on the beloved Pixar classic "Up," and it might look like something like this funny spoof trailer: replete with explosions, loud noise, epic-sized battles and plenty of lens flare. Also, apparently, a Linkin Park soundtrack. Behold below. (And check out trailers of "Mary Poppins" as a horror movie, and "The Shining" as a romantic comedy.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
• Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired »
- Jake Perlman
Luc Besson’s Lucy may be based on a debunked myth, but does bad science in films matter if the story’s well-told, Ryan asks...
The myth that we only use 10 percent of our brain power appears to date back to the late 19th century. Conclusions by one pair of psychologists at Harvard - who were studying the potential intelligence of child prodigies versus adults - were misapplied and misquoted in the 1920s and 30s, and have lingered in pop culture ever since.
Luc Besson’s new film Lucy is the latest to base its story on the myth, with Scarlett Johansson starring as an ordinary American woman who’s pressed into service as a drug mule by an evil crime boss. When a bag full of an experimental substance leaks in Lucy’s stomach, she’s transformed from a weepy average 20-something into a turbo-charged, super-brained superheroine, first gunning »
The disaster movie hits the next level a week from now with the release of Into the Storm, a drama that sees a tornado rip through a small American town on the day of high school graduation. Directed by James Cameron protégé Steven Quale, the film introduces the found footage aesthetic to a story of a father (Richard Armitage) desperately trying to save his son (Max Deacon). There are multiple perspectives juggled, too, notably a pair of redneck daredevils getting close to the action in a bid to make a viral video and a professional storm-chasing outfit led by Matt Walsh's documentary maker. Think of it as Twister turned up to 11.
"The journey all these characters go through, I was hoping to do that in a more intimate way to show a disaster as opposed to the wide, epic, sweeping shots that a cinematic movie would traditionally do," Quale tells Digital Spy. »
Show of hands… When you first saw the film, who absolutely thought Raiders Of The Lost Ark was the greatest thing on Earth? Me too. Let’s try this again. Show of hands… When you first saw the film, who thought there was nothing more awesome than Jurassic Park? Wow. Me too! Well, I’m not about to tell you this film equals either of those modern masterpieces, but what I will tell you is that Ragnarok is a film that succeeds, in part, because it incorporates the massive influence both of the previously mentioned films have had on modern cinema in a subtle, yet effective way that evokes those memories while maintaining its own vision.
Written by John Kare Raake and directed by Mikkel Braenne Sandemose, Ragnarok is the story of an archaeologist named Sigurd with family problems who stumbles onto something extraordinary while seeking answers to ancient questions through relics. »
- Travis Keune
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”
Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” and her schedule prevented her from committing to “Ninja Turtles.” Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
If the antic whimsy of Guardians of the Galaxy or Hercules or even Lucy is too much for you, you could always check out the more serious goings-on in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Portentous when it should be goofy, lumbering when it should be spry, this reboot of the comic/movie/TV show wants to reimagine the beloved, tongue-in-cheek kids’ phenomenon into a more weighty, pseudorealistic action spectacle. Well, mission accomplished, sort of. This new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: L.A.) and produced by Michael Bay (Armageddon, Armageddon) is largely indistinguishable from any number of bloated superhero spectacles that have already graced our screens. Your kids may not mind it, but it’s more insistent than it is fun.There’s always been a weird discrepancy in the Ninja Turtles concept. (You can learn more about it here.) Before they became popular among young children, »
- Bilge Ebiri
“With an ever-growing, worldwide fan base, Michael is truly one of the most inspired and beloved filmmakers of our time,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO. “We take great pride in the fact that Michael is part of the Paramount family and we look forward to growing our productive and successful partnership.”
Bay directed and produced the “Transformers” films, “Pain and Gain,” the “Bad Boys” films, “The Island,” “The Rock,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Armageddon.” The four “Transformers” have grossed over $3.7 billion worldwide.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has grossed $967 million worldwide, making it the top grosser of this year.
- Dave McNary
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
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