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The designer will reunite with Jj Abrams on the Disney sequel, reports Clothes on Film.
Kaplan's career stretches back over 30 years. One of his earliest roles was on Blade Runner, and he also worked on Flashdance, Fight Club, Panic Room, Pearl Harbor, Curly Sue, Clue, I Am Legend and Miami Vice.
Abrams has been rumoured to be eyeing Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the highly-anticipated film.
Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled to arrive in 2015.
Gallery - 'Star Wars' actors, then and now: »
Admittedly, it’s hardly the most enlightening piece of news about Star Wars: Episode VII, but it’s still fun to see who J.J. Abrams is gathering to work on the new trip to that Galaxy Far, Far Away. One of the first confirmed members of his team is an old Abrams hand and recent Empire interviewee, costume designer Michael Kaplan.It’s not tough to see why Abrams would tap Kaplan for the job. They worked together to revise the look of Captain Kirk and co on Star Trek and Into Darkness, and Kaplan also provided the togs for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which Abrams produced.But Kaplan’s CV goes back much further and deeper than just the Enterprise crew. One of his earliest jobs was working alongside Charles Knode on 1982’s Blade Runner. He also counts Flashdance, Fight Club, Panic Room, Pearl Harbor, Curly Sue, Clue, I Am Legend »
It may not go down all that well in the world of Michael Bay, but Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is fast shaping up as the Transformers it's Ok to like. A new extended trailer for the hugely hyped robots v aliens smackdown dropped earlier this week, confirming the Mexican film-maker's determination to show that enormous warring monstrosities can be a thing of surprising beauty.
Co-written by Del Toro himself, the latest science-fiction wannabe blockbuster to hit the big screen in 2013 is being pitched as a film which combines classy atmospheric eye candy with all the furious action one might expect from one of Bay's tortuous explosion-fests. "What we went for is a very, very romantic look," Del Toro told »
- Ben Child
William Fichtner, that guy that pops up everywhere and always makes a lasting impression, has joined the cast of the Michael Bay produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His role is as yet unspecified, but it has been stated that he will be playing a lead with iconic status in the Turtles mythology. I think it would be pointless to try and guess the role right now, but it’s also fun to imagine him as Krang, so what you gonna do? Fichtner has appeared in previous Michael Bay films Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. He will also be starring in two of summer’s big releases, The Lone Ranger and Elysium.
We also have our first look at the Turtles themselves…kind of. The actors cast as the Turtles have been seen marching around in their mo-cap suits being detained by some weird looking characters we would assume are the Footsoldiers. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
• It’s a Frat Pack reunion: Vince Vaughn is set to join Old School co-star Will Ferrell in the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home. Ferrell is expected to star in the movie, which he’s producing with frequent collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys). Etan Cohen (yes, Etan, not Oscar-winning dark comedy filmmaker Ethan Cohen) will make his feature directorial debut with the project. Cohen’s screenwriting credits include Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio exec whose life gets turned upside down when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Vaughn) re-enters the picture »
- Emily Rome
King's rep confirmed the news to People magazine.
The 34-year-old actress, who worked as a model before jumping to the big screen for roles in 'Pearl Harbor', 'Bulletproof Monk', 'Sin City' and 'My Bloody Valentine 3D', currently plays Lemon Breeland on the CW hit, which was recently picked up for a third season.
King married the filmmaker, 37, in November 2007 at Greystone Park and Manor, which is the site of their first date. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
Michael Shannon has explored a great deal of history in the past few years: he got rowdy as Kim Fowley in The Runaways; stern as hell for Boardwalk Empire; and, who could forgot, supplied comic relief for Michael Bay in Pearl Harbor. He once again plays period in The Iceman, based on family man contract killer Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. “The Iceman.” Shannon can be seen donning old man sweaters, thick mustaches, and, best of all, dancing to a Blondie song. If there were any reason for a period piece to exist, it’s for Michael Shannon to groove to “Heart of Glass.” Besides showing off some moves on the dance floor, Shannon infuses a surprising amount of empathy into a man who takes lives for a living. The movie and performance never approve or sensationalize his actions, but, for a guy who killed over 100 people, Shannon’s portrayal paints a portrait of a guy who »
- Jack Giroux
Michael Bay might be one of the most commercially successful directors working today, but he’s also one of the most controversial and divisive. Marked out for his visually stunning set-pieces and gleefully over-the-top action, critics however frequently note that his films are archetypal instances of style over substance; rarely do his films amount to much story-wise, character-wise, or basic common sense-wise, causing some to label him as “the worst director ever”.
While this claim certainly isn’t true, to call him an artist would probably be a misnomer; what the man does is efficiently craft frantic, audience-grabbing action flicks that reliably deliver the goods for the studios, even if they don’t always do a whole lot for more discerning audiences. Here are Michael Bay’s movies ranked from worst to best…
10. Pearl Harbour
- Shaun Munro
Millions of people have heard Steve Jablonsky's music, even if they've never heard of Steve Jablonsky. The 42-year-old composer has written the scores for the last five Michael Bay films, including all three "Transformers" movies and Bay's latest, "Pain and Gain."
"The one thing Michael Bay does, and I tell him this every movie, is he gives me this huge stage. People are going to see his movies, no matter what," Jablonsky told HuffPost Entertainment. To his point: The "Transformers" franchise has grossed over $2.7 billion around the globe. "He's presenting me with audience to hear my stuff just because he's got the audience already. I'm very appreciative of that."
Jablonsky assisted on scores for the Bay films "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor," but didn't get his big break until "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the horror reboot that Bay's Platinum Dunes production company produced in 2003. His work there impressed Bay, especially because of Jablonsky's compensation. »
- Christopher Rosen
Michael Shannon isn't intimidating in person, as many of his characters are. Shannon is far too polite to be intimidating, but he does have a way of somehow combining intensity with a devil-may-care flippancy that, when mixed, is equal parts charming and intriguing.
An example of that dichotomy: Shannon, best known for "Boardwalk Empire," "Take Shelter," "Revolutionary Road" and countless other films, is wearing a nifty suit when I meet him at his Manhattan hotel room. By the end of this interview, that suit will be littered with the fragmented shells of the peanuts that Shannon was eating and then washing down with red wine. Again: devil-may-care.
In Shannon's new fact-based film, "The Iceman," he plays Richard Kuklinski, a man who went by the name "The Iceman," based on his lack of emotion when it came to mob-ordered murders -- murders that could top over 200.
Shannon seems a bit »
- Mike Ryan
Michael Bay has a certain reputation. He makes big movies about digital robots and robotlike humans; he flips cars and explodes cars, and sometimes he flips a car and explodes it in mid-air. You might think Bay doesn’t really care about his actors — that he’s too busy focusing on the special effects to care about the talking meatbags who occasionally drive the cars that explode. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, Bay might care a little too much about his actors. While filming his first movie, Bad Boys, Bay gave stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence »
- Darren Franich
Michael Bay is one of those directors that you either love or hate. His manic style of filmmaking, shaky camera work, frenetic pacing, choice of flash over substance, and inability to set up a shot always tends to hurt the narrative of his movies. His ineptitude has led to three terribly constructed Transformers films, as well as a botched historical epic (Pearl Harbor) and bad science fiction (The Island). In fact, some argue that he hasn't made a good film since Bad Boys II, and I would take that argument further and say that he hasn't made a great film since his debut effort Bad Boys.
Bay's latest film, Pain & Gain, is a departure from the usual bombastic, over the top Sci-Fi tinged stories that have made up his resume in recent years. In getting back to the style of films that made him who he is (the aforementioned Bad Boys »
Pain & Gain
Directed by Michael Bay
How does one even begin a conversation about Michael Bay? The go to whipping boy for critics, bloggers, general film lovers (hardcore and the more casual), myself; the man can be seen as somewhat of a cancer on the film industry. But someone out there likes him, otherwise his movies collectively wouldn’t have raked in over 1.8 billion dollars domestic. But Michael Bay also doesn’t help out his case, he really hasn’t from day one. Big loud obnoxious displays of grandeur, that’s what you get with a Michael Bay film. Hell, even Pearl Harbor was that way. Things got out of control with the Transformers films, where with each film seemed to display with glee everything that people either outright hated, or were only before irritated by Bay’s ‘finesse’ when it came to shooting a movie. »
- Craig Dietz
Given that Michael Bay’s name is synonymous with deafening, overbudgeted sexist swill to the point where it even inspired a tuneful song about his suckitude in the South Park guys’ Team America: World Police, I often find myself in the position of defending him somewhat. Apart from Pearl Harbor and the synapse-frying second Transformers picture, he’s not that bad. Sometimes he’s even really good — his work is smashing, in all senses. Now he hits new levels of both artistry and sleaziness in the black comedy Pain & Gain, which I strongly recommend if you don’t overvalue taste, subtlety, and moral decency. I liked it.Actually, the movie is not entirely unsubtle. Its star, Mark Wahlberg, is a comedian of surprising refinement. His secret is that he plays everything straight, finding a razor’s edge between bovine thickness and predatory cunning. As Florida personal trainer Daniel Lugo, his »
- David Edelstein
Typically, when Michael Bay steps behind the camera, you have some expectation for what that film is going to contain -- incredible amounts of action, massive explosions, gunfire, and car chases. However, “Pain & Gain” is a departure from the giant blockbusters that have been near synonymous with Bay's name over the years. Made for the lowest budget -- $26 million -- since his debut feature “Bad Boys” back in 1995, Bay has to rely on strong character work and sharp dialogue rather than visual effects to bring the real-life tale of a Miami crime spree committed by a gang of bodybuilders to the big screen. It's a different side of Michael Bay than we've become accustomed to, and perhaps one we may wind up seeing more of, depending on how the film performs at the box office. The door is now open for the director famous for the spectacles of “The Rock, »
- Billy Donnelly
Michael Bay's new film "Pain & Gain" slams into theaters on April 26, but not without a rocky road of controversies in its wake. The film's true-life elements have come under fire for being insensitive, inaccurate portrayals of the harrowing story they represent.
"Pain & Gain" is originally based on a series of Miami New Times articles from 1999 about the "Sun Gym Gang," a group that kidnapped, tortured and even murdered innocent victims. The incidents also became the subject of a memoir written by Mark Schiller, one of the Sun Gym Gang's surviving victims. (Schiller's book was released in January, well after the movie had wrapped production.) Since gaining momentum following the release of the film's trailer in December, several people have come forward to speak out about what they say is a crass depiction of the very real torture endured by the victims.
Schiller (renamed Victor Kershaw in the movie and »
- The Huffington Post
Title: Pain & Gain Directed by Michael Bay Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corrdry, Kim Jeong I’ve often argued that all Michael Bay needed was the right script, and his talents as a director would come through. The man has often been called “The Worst Director In Hollywood” (Brett Ratner deserves this term, however.) True, most (if not all) of Michael Bay’s films are hollow excuses for explosions, chases, and shoot em-ups. Let’s be fair here though; Bay’s only made two truly terrible films in Pearl Harbor and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The thought of Pain & Gain is exciting, because Bay’s doing a much [ Read More ]
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I can't believe I'm doing this. It feels so perverse. But with the Notorious B.A.Y.'s 10th movie dropping this weekend, why not? Pain and Gain is winning generally favorable pre-release buzz for its dumb brute yuks and for Michael Bay's understanding of his own "gifts". And people are even asking if he's an "auteur"... which, well I called him that really early on because he is. Auteur means "author" so anyone with a clear ownership of their filmography -- where you can see their fingerprints all over their work -- qualifies. It doesn't mean "Great Filmmaker" though that tends to be how people use it.
Besides, I'm genuinely curious if you Film Experiencers have seen his movies. I've often bristled at the notion that movie buffs and cinephiles are elitist snobs. From my personal experience its the multiplex masses who are the true elitists, since they're »
- NATHANIEL R
Wonders never cease. Director Michael Bay has made a movie that's more than just loud. His latest, "Pain & Gain," is an entertaining moral spoof about three lunkheads pursuing their own twisted version of the American Dream. The film is fun, fast and funny, but also a bloated 20 minutes or more than it needs to be. Bay, whose box-office crushing oeuvre includes the loud and proud "Bad Boys," "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor" and the "Transformers" trilogy, keeps the volume and action at full throttle in "Pain & Gain." But -- and it's »
- Leah Rozen
By Tara Fowler
This weekend, Michael Bay will try to erase the sting of "Armageddon" with the true-crime feature "Pain & Gain." Personally, I've never met a Bay film I haven't liked (well, maybe Pearl Harbor), so I couldn't be more psyched for this movie, which centers on three Florida bodybuilders—Daniel Lugo, Adrian Doorbal, and Paul Doyle—who turned to a life of crime in the mid-90s. The true story is more bizarre then the film itself, so I highly suggest you check out Pete Collins' lengthy exposé in the Miami New Times. But for those of you who don't have the time, check out some highlights from the article below.
1) The gym's core clientele initially consisted of "cops and bad guys": Which was problematic for obvious reasons. One police officer quipped that he could "meet my monthly quota of felony arrests in one night at the »
- MTV Movies Team
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