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After a brief role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, rising star Jorge Lendeborg Jr. has entered talks for the male lead role in Paramount's highly-anticipated Bumblebee spin-off. While no details were given about the character he's playing, he joins Hailee Steinfeld, who was the first cast member to sign on back in late May. The actress will be portraying a tomboy who holds an after-school job as a mechanic, although it isn't clear quite yet if there will be a connection between her character and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.'s character.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the casting earlier today although it still isn't announced how many primary roles need to be filled. While no story details have been confirmed, a report from last month revealed this Bumblebee spin-off will be set in the 1980s, long before the first Transformers movie that debuted in 2007. The movie is also said to feature "considerably fewer Transformers, »
For a group of con men and a descendant of Van Helsing, robbing Dracula's castle could be the score they need to be set for life, but things get complicated when vampires stand in their way of a big payday in Stephan Franck's graphic novel series Silver. With Dark Planet Comics launching a Kickstarter campaign for Silver Volume 3, we had the chance to catch up with Franck for our latest Q&A feature to discuss the influences of Bram Stoker's Dracula on his work, what readers can expect to see in Volume 3, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us today, Stephan. When and how did you first come up with the idea for Silver?
Stephan Franck: It’s my pleasure, thank you for having me. Two of my greatest fascinations in story have always been vampires and conmen, and this notion »
- Derek Anderson
Given the negative reception to Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth instalment of the blockbuster movie franchise, Paramount Pictures is looking to shake things up with its next offering as Michael Bay makes way for Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight on the solo Bumblebee movie. And, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the spinoff will take the franchise back to its Generation 1 roots.
“The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots, and to go back to 1985 and to go back to the original heritage, if you would, of the Transformers, G1,” di Bonaventura tells Collider (via Cbm). So, it has a very distinct idea in it, and whatever is going to happen with the chemistry is what’s going to happen. But it really is a young female lead opposite of Bumblebee, and I think that Optimus is going to be jealous »
- Gary Collinson
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
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Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces
What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).
Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*
Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master »
- Ryan Gallagher
The recently announced Transformers spin-off Bumblebee will be set in the 1980s and it appears as though the popular Transformer may be getting back to his roots with the classic Volkswagen Bug. The Bumblebee spin-off will give fans of the Autobot a peak into what his life is like without Optimus Prime, which is a good choice because Mr. Prime doesn't seem to be bringing too many viewers into the theaters these days. The spin-off is already getting comparisons to The Iron Giant which is definitely a good thing, especially when compared to the last few Michael Bay directed Transformer movies.
Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the Bumblebee spin-off. After talking about the movie taking place in the 1980s, Bonaventura revealed that Bumblebee might possibly be going back to his roots. He says this.
"You might even see a Vw Bug. You never know. »
Love them or hate them, there are going to be Transformers movies for years to come. Though tonight's release of Transformers: The Last Knight marks the final Transformers that Michael Bay will direct (or so he says...), it will not be the last in the franchise, with a Bumblebee spinoff coming next, and countless other projects dreamed up by the twelve writers Bay rounded up for his "writers' room." The Last Knight is already the fifth in the franchise, with the first debuting a decade ago in 2007. Bay has directed all five films in the franchise, so far...
Fandango had an extensive conversation with Bay, who revealed that The Last Knight teases what comes next:
"If you watch it closely, there are a lot of ways that this movie can go from here. So it's basically like a launching board for wherever the series will continue."
I guess you could say that about nearly any franchise film, especially in the age of the "Movie Universe," but I haven't seen the film, so I can't say how direct it will be in setting up future films, or what plot-points it may leave open for future filmmakers. Like Bay said, "Watch it closely," when/if you go see Transformers: The Last Knight.
Bay also addressed whether or not we would ever see an R-rated movie in the franchise:
"I would love that. I've always said that I think that would be a great idea. I don't know if Hasbro would ever have it work, but I think it would be a great idea."
Another vague, non-committal answer from Michael Bay, everyone! It sounds like he's learned a thing or two from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about secrecy and leaving questions he can't answer open-ended. It also sounds like Hasbro is putting the same pressure on as Disney to not to allow their universes to dip into R-rated territory, for now.
Are you seeing Transformers: The Last Knight this week? If so, are you down for more? How would you feel about an R-rated entry? Let us know in the comment section below!
Transformers: The Last Knight is now in theaters.
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- Nick Doll
At this stage in the franchise, it’s pretty easy to be cynical about Transformers. Michael Bay has directed all four existing films, and has also directed the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the series. So despite the fact that Paramount seemed set on doing things differently going forward (as evidenced by the writers room), Bay’s continued involvement only seems to enforce the fact that they’re falling back on what’s worked for them, even if it isn’t all that good.
Perhaps the real winds of change will be evident in the next effort: the currently untitled Bumblebee spinoff. This film will have Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight at the helm (already quite a change from the explosion-happy Bay), and will star Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role as a tomboy who can fix cars (I know, shocker). This seems to be steps in the right direction, but after seeing the same old metal-scraping action in all the Transformers: The Last Knight trailer, it’s hard not to feel a little discouraged.
Related - Transformers: The Last Knight IMAX Footage Description
But for those ready to call it quits on the Autobots, the latest comments from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura may help to assuage those thoughts. Speaking with Collider, di Bonaventura said:
“I know we’re doing a spinoff first in the Bumblebee movie, and that is a very distinctive departure from what you’ve been seeing so far… The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. G1.”
I’m admittedly not much a Transformers guy — that was before my time — so while it’s cool they’ll be going back to the first generation of toys back in 1985, what really grabs me is the objective to have less robots, and be something of a departure from the main series.
Di Bonaventura continued:
“There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can’t compete with Michael — you’re gonna lose. And also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let’s keep them interested. They’re gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of its location and in terms of its storytelling.”
Di Bonaventura then dropped the biggest bombshell quote on the outlet:
“In fact it reminds me a little bit of Iron Giant years ago when I did that movie at Warner Bros. It just reminds me a little bit of that where it was very contained and yet it didn’t feel small.”
For those who somehow don’t know, The Iron Giant was a stellar animated film from the 1990s directed by The Incredibles helmer Brad Bird. The movie was sort of a traditional “boy and his dog” type of story, except with a giant metal man from outer space. That film had a lot of heart, and was a surprisingly mature animated take for its time. The big takeaway here is the emphasis the producer seems to be putting on a lower key story — something that doesn’t require 2,000 visual effects shots.
In essence, we may be getting something closer to the first half of the first Transformers film, before Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots were introduced. We’d be on board with something like that, but we hope that Paramount doesn’t get cold feet on this concept and try to thrown in some ridiculous third act mayhem. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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Lrm We all kind of knew this. This just confirms it. https://t.co/1iJQjdf8pC about 20 minutes ago »
- Joseph Medina
Transformers: The Last Knight will be the last outing for director Michael Bay, but it’s only the beginning for the Transformers franchise. The first of 14 (!) more Transformers movies in development will be Bumblebee, the ’80s-set prequel for the lovable yellow Autobot. And while the Bumblebee movie is assembling all sorts of talent behind […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Tomorrow night, fans will get to see Transformers: The Last Knight in sneak peek screenings across the country, which producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has said in the past will help set up the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, hitting theaters next summer. Production is slated to begin next month, and new details have recently surfaced about Bumblebee. Bonaventura has confirmed that the spin-off is a prequel set in the 1980s, comparing the story to the 1999 animated classic The Iron Giant. Here's what the producer had to say, confirming that this story will have far less Transformers characters.
"There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can't compete with Michael, you're gonna lose. And also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let's keep them interested. They're gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of »
Assuming Michael Bay stays true to his word – and history tells us that the director has a habit of pulling a U-turn when it comes to Paramount’s robots in disguise – the launch of Transformers: The Last Knight will signal Bay’s final contribution to the effects-laden saga. The era of Bayhem is nearing its conclusion, then, but what next?
A Bumblebee spinoff, that’s what, followed by umpteen Transformers films set within various historical epochs – Ancient Rome has purportedly been earmarked has one potential location. Pegged for release on June 8, 2018, a handful of story details have been trickling out for the Travis Knight-directed offshoot, including its 80s setting and the potential casting of Hailee Steinfeld. Now, thanks to a new interview with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, we have confirmation of that time period and female lead. Granted, the addition of Steinfeld is yet to be confirmed.
Per Collider, »
- Michael Briers
To date, no one has gone to see any “Transformers” movie because of its emotional content. Moviegoers fork over their hard earned cash to watch robots beating the ever-living-crap out of each and destroy various city landscapes, while the human characters are mere window dressing to keep the thinnest of plot threads moving forward. However, for next year’s spinoff “Bumblebee,” it looks like the aim is bring some heart into the franchise.
Continue reading ‘Bumblebee’ Will Be “Emotionally Complex” Like ‘The Iron Giant’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A studio on a busy street in North Hollywood is the center of television’s DC Universe – musically speaking, at least.
It’s there that Blake Neely, 47-year-old native of Paris, Texas, creates the sound of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” as well as the CW’s Archie Comics reimagining “Riverdale”‘ and NBC’s thriller “Blindspot.”
A three-time Emmy nominee, Neely composes, supervises and/or produces approximately four hours of original music every week for all six series. He hasn’t taken a day off since Jan. 1 and won’t have another until the season ends in May.
“The fun thing,” he says, “is writing music all day. I get to bang on drums and play piano. The most fulfilling thing,” he adds, “is when I solve a puzzle, finding what music makes a scene work, whether it’s a short little cue or an epic eight-minute one. »
- Jon Burlingame
La La Land tops our list of movies to watch at home in AprilLa La Land tops our list of movies to watch at home in AprilAdriana Floridia4/4/2017 10:32:00 Am
The film that won over all of our hearts last Christmas is going to be available at the Cineplex Store this month! That's right, now you can watch La La Land time and again by owning a digital copy! But that's not all that's in store for April...
In fact, April is delivering a lot of our most favourite films from the last few months, and we're breaking down the best movies that you can buy or rent in the comfort of your own home. Whether you're a horror fan, a musical lover, or a Star Wars aficionado, here are our top 5 films to watch at home in April!
5. The Founder
Buy it on April 4th
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- Adriana Floridia
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Jim Jarmusch proved he was back in a major way with Only Lovers Left Alive a few years ago, and the streak continues with Paterson, a calm, introspective drama with such positive views on marriage and creativity that I was left floored. In following the cyclical life of Adam Driver‘s Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, who also has dreams of being a poet, Jarmusch superbly shows that one’s own life »
- The Film Stage
Henry Bevan wants to know when animation will get the respect it deserves…
With the live-action Beauty and the Beast breaking records this weekend, it appears Disney’s animated classics are still cherished. Yet, as the original was the first animated film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, the remake’s success also highlights how Hollywood, and the wider public, view animation.
More times than not, animated movies are unfairly labeled as sub-par films for ridiculous reasons. After I published an article on Lgbtq representation in Disney movies, a commenter dismissed my analysis as being overly PC because “kids” movies shouldn’t be held to the same standards as “grown up” films. It seems there is a myth that cartoons can’t be serious cinema. This isn’t only wrong, but it also sets a dangerous precedent because the moral lessons taught in these cartoons are directly informing how a child views the world. »
- Henry Bevan
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A number of Oshima and Godard films play together in a new series.
Films from Keaton and Bergman have screenings.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Scorsese series continues with a The Color of Money–The Hustler »
- Nick Newman
The 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony was billed as a “Return to Hollywood.” Backdrops from classic films dotted the interior of the Ray Dolby Ballroom lobby. Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra kicked off the evening’s festivities with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Even a handful of the evening’s big winners were films that fit the theme perfectly.
As expected, “La La Land” continued its storybook run through awards season, with David Wasco’s team winning for Contemporary Film. In an upset, Wynn Thomas and the team from “Hidden Figures” took home honors in Period Film, despite “Hail, Caesar!” being the only of the category’s nominees to also pick up a nom for Oscars night. “It’s been a long journey to this moment,” said Thomas, who described being nominated at the very first Art Directors Guild award for “Mars Attacks!” “I’m so »
- Steve Greene
If you’re interested in making Fallout 4 super fun again then look no further than Matthew Swanton. You’ll know that in Fallout 4, Liberty Prime is one of the biggest characters in the game. But what if Liberty Prime was replaced? Swanton decided to replace Liberty Prime with none other than The Iron Giant. For those not familiar, The Iron Giant was an animated film that I personally think went under the radar. Despite being shot past the year 2000, the movie had a very 50s and 60s Disney style animation. It was a great tale of an “alien” Iron
The Iron Giant Destroys Everything in its Path in Fallout 4 Mod »
- Nat Berman
The honor will be presented at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood
Adg President Nelson Coates said, “The Adg is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”
The award is given “to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include David O. Russell, »
- Dave McNary
Making friends is easy, keeping them is impossible... What in the heck is this? A trailer has debuted for an Australian kids adventure movie titled My Pet Dinosaur, which is literally being pitched as "E.T. meets Pixar". The story is about a boy who befriends a dinosaur, that is actually a creation of a military experiment gone wrong. But as they grow closer, he does his best to keep him safe and prevent it from being captured. Seems more like The Iron Giant than Pixar. Starring Jordan Dulieu, Annabel Wolfe, Christopher Gabardi, Tiriel Mora, Harrison Saunders, David Roberts, and Joanne Samuel. This is made by a VFX supervisor, so he knows how to make it all seem realistic, but that doesn't make up for the cheesiness. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Matt Drummond's My Pet Dinosaur, originally from THR: Short description: A troubled town is plunged »
- Alex Billington
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