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Michael Bay.s Transformers: Age of Extinction was meant to be the start of a new trilogy. Gone were Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox, replaced by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. And with Bay behind the "wheel" of this massive sequel, the fourth Transformers movie did what previous Transformers movies have done: disappointed critics while earning boatloads of money. Despite the fact that the formula continues to work, Paramount has promised sweeping changes for the Transformers franchise by the time Transformers 5 rolls into theaters. Since massive pieces already are moving into place on the upcoming sequel, we figured now was a great time to get the lay of the land and catch you up on everything we know about the ongoing cinematic battle between the Autobots, the Decepticons, and mankind. Michael Bay Love him or hate him, Michael Bay has been the face of the Transformers franchise, »
Mena Suvari (American Pie, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), David de Lautour, Leif Gantvoort, Curtiss Frisle, Emelie O’Hara and Samantha Jacober, Don’t Blink is set for release on September 18th on VOD, Sept 19th in select cinemas across the Us and then hits DVD on Tuesday Oct 14th courtesy of Vertical Entertainment & Premiere Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s deserted.
Food is served, baths are drawn and signs of guests are everywhere but the forest and cabin are eerily silent, devoid of all life. With no gas, cell service or phones to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
- Phil Wheat
With Transformers: Age of Extinction arriving on Digital HD today, September 16, ahead of its Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release on September 30, we have an exclusive featurette that includes an introduction by stars Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, plus a giveaway opportunity you won't want to miss.
The featurette is taken from the bonus feature A Spark of Design, where we see how the toy makers at Hasbro designed and created the immense Grimlock Stomp and Chomp toy, inspired by this action-packed sequel. If you want one of these action figures for yourself, then you're in luck, because we have a giveaway lined up where fans can win the Grimlock Stomp and Chomp toy plus a Digital HD code to watch Transformers: Age of Extinction on a number of different platforms. These prizes will go fast, so take a look at our exclusive video then read on to find out »
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
When I ran my most recent Film Nerd 2.0, several of you e-mailed me to point out what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in things I'd published here. "Why were you complaining about your kids watching the 'Transformers' movies? Don't you like those movies?" It is safe to call my relationship to the movies complicated. I am not sure I would say I enjoy the third and the fourth films, but I am endlessly fascinated by them. The scale on which Michael Bay is working is so preposterous that it's easy to get numbed by it when you're watching the actual movies. As "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" prepares to hit home video, we've got a clip from some of the behind-the-scenes extras that serves as a reminder of just how much actual physical labor goes into creating those outsized images. People tend to dismiss these movies based on »
- Drew McWeeny
VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull has revealed that he's had discussions with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about potentially using Trumbull's Magi technology on the upcoming "Avatar" sequels.
Trumbull has developing a filming system that shoots 4K 3D at 120 frames per second, one that could overcome some of the issues with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films which were shot at 48 frames per second rather than the 24 frames per second of standard film. Trumbull tells THR:
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful. I don't know if Cameron is interested [in using Magi for the Avatar sequels]. He's in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar . I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of Ufotog] soon."
"Ufotog" refers to a ten minute, demonstrative and experimental sci-fi adventure film which showcases the technology. »
- Garth Franklin
Director Peter Jackson helped push the envelope of frame rate technology by presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the high frame rate (Hfr) of 48 frames per second, double the industry standard of 24 Fps. Now it seems filmmaker James Cameron may go even further with his upcoming Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 by filming at 120 frames per second.
Douglas Trumbull, who developed a 4K 3D system that is shot at 120 Fps dubbed Magi, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has spoken with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about using this technology on the Avatar follow-ups. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about setting up a screening of his short film Utofog, which showcases the Magi technology.
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame »
“Critics don’t matter,” the refrain often goes, but the truth is it's a little bit more complicated than that. Audiences use critics selectively as guides. So when a critical consensus says Michael Bay’s latest “Transformers” isn’t worth seeing, well, audiences tend to go regardless. But sharp drop-off attendance suggests audiences were at least aware of the critical narrative. And then there are the times when critics tell you a movie is incredible, perhaps “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” “Boyhood” or “Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes,” and audiences come out in droves. Perhaps they were going to attend regardless, but where critical opinion really matters is around those films that audiences are feeling pretty unsure about already. They might read their favorite sites, see mixed reviews, and then decide to stay home. This year’s poor box-office, the worst in a decade or more, could be a testament to behavior. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Sneak Peek a new international trailer revealing more footage from actor Brad Pitt's Ww II 'tank' action drama "Fury", written/directed by David Ayer, co-starring Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead"), Shia Labeouf ("Transformers"), Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs and Scott Eastwood, opening November 14, 2014:
"...during the last months of World War II in April 1945...
"... the 'Allies' make their final push in the 'European Theater'.
"A battle-hardened army sergeant named 'Wardaddy' (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank called 'Fury' and its five-man crew...
"...on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
"Outnumbered and outgunned...
"...Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds...
"...in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of the Third Reich..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Fury"...
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- Michael Stevens
From acting opposite Optimus Prime in the "Transformers" franchise to befriending heroes in half shells known as the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Megan Fox revealed to Gold Derby at the Australia premiere that the hardest CGI behemoths to work with are the "Transformers, because they're so massive ... and there's no one there acting with you so that was definitely more difficult." Also starring in "Turtles" is Will Arnett, who said, "A lot of times making these kinds of movies you have to do it against a tennis ball, but this time we had the benefit of actually doing it with real actors wearing motion capture suits." (Watch our green carpet chats with Fox and Arnett below.) -Break- Despite horrific reviews, 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is Oscar bound Reflecting on the movie's awards prospects, Arnett jested, "I think there’s a lot of Oscar buzz, is that tr..."' »
From the outside, working in Hollywood looks like the cushty job around. Make pretend in front of a camera all day, make a billion dollars, go hang out at the Olive Garden, drive sports cars around, have any accidental deaths be covered up for you by your agent – yep, life’s pretty sweet for the movie stars. And it’s all so easy! You barely even have to do anything. Or so it appears. In fact the men, women and children who provide us a ninety minute respite from our terrible lives during a trip to the multiplex have it a damn sight harder than you think.
It may seem like it’s all sitting around on green screens and having all the hard work done by CGI monkeys in post-production, acting can be a pretty gruelling process. You could have to inhabit a particularly intense or unlikeable character, »
- Tom Baker
Bloodworx is a film of many names. It has been known as Bloodwork, Phase One and The Experiment. This time the film will be released as Bloodworx in the United States. The release date is set for this October 21st and Bloodworx will release on DVD, on this date. Bloodworx is a horrifying title, in which experiments go very wrong and very bloody. As well, the film stars Travis van Winkle (Transformers), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Gallactica”), John Bregar, Mircea Monroe and the prolific actor Eric Roberts. A new trailer and the DVD artwork are hosted here. For more on the story, Greg (Van Winkle) and Rob (Brejar) are two college students, with a desperate need for cash. They decide to take part in an experiment for allergies. But, this scientific experiment is not what it appears to be. After the bait and switch is revealed, Greg and Rob must fight for their lives, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
TNT is strongly considering a pilot order for a project based on DC Comics’ “Teen Titans,” individuals with knowledge of situation told TheWrap. The proposed one-hour drama follows Dick Grayson aka Nightwing, who leads superhero team, Titans, which includes Starfire, Raven and many others. Also read: CW's ‘Flash’ Producer Talks Odds of a ‘Batman v. Superman’ Crossover From executive producers and writers Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend,” “A Beautiful Mind”) and Marc Haimes (“Transformers,” “Collateral”), the pilot would be produced by Warner Horizon Television, a division of Warner Bros. Television. The super crew first appeared in DC Comics in 1964 as younger versions of. »
- Jethro Nededog
Paramount Pictures Mexico exec to oversee Latin America for Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Michael Horn has joined Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) as a senior vice president supervising the region of Latin America. Horn will report to Steven O’Dell, president of Spri, beginning Oct 1.
In his new role, Horn will oversee Latin American distribution operations for the studio, which will also include overseeing local production activity in the region.
Horn has served as vp and managing director of Paramount Pictures Mexico since 2007.
Prior to that, Horn was the managing director for United International Pictures in both Chile and Mexico from 1997-2007, handling the combined film slates from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Skg, Focus Features and Paramount Classics.
Over his 17 years in international distribution in Latin America, Horn has overseen the release of blockbusters and franchises such as Transformers, The Fast and the Furious, Madagascar, Shrek, Mission: Impossible, G.I. Joe, Paranormal Activity, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Shia Labeouf pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Wednesday, but what else is he trying to tell us?
Shia Labeouf went before a Manhattan judge on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after he disrupted a performance of Cabaret this summer.
His publicist claims the incident was a result of an alcohol problem and Labeouf has since gotten help.
It was agreed by the court that if the Transformers actor remains in treatment for three months and doesn't cause any further trouble for six months, he will be able to withdraw his guilty plea and the case will be dismissed. This is because disorderly conduct is considered a violation and not a criminal offense.
Photos: Shia Labeouf's Most Outrageous Quotes
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old might be talking in code using his running routes on Nike+. After weeks of zero tweets, Labeouf returned to the social networking world on Monday with automated tweets from his Nike+ app »
Pinball wizards who are fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead might want to start flexing their fingers. A longtime staple of corner arcades, Stern Pinball has revealed two versions of a new pinball machine based on the apocalyptic show. Flippers will knock the steel ball around familiar confines and characters from the series, including the prison’s Cell Block C and the bloated well walker from Hershel’s farm.
The Walking Dead Stern Pinball Machine is now available in the Pro Model ($5,995) and the Limited Edition Model ($8,595), which comes with additional items like The Governor’s walker heads collection housed in fish tanks and a motorized version of Daryl Dixon’s crossbow. These physical models come hot on the heels of the release of the digital pinball machine based on Telltale’s The Walking Dead video game. We have the official press release with full details and a look »
- Derek Anderson
We reviewed Transformers: Age of Extinction and They Came Together… together, even though Shane didn’t get to catch the second one with me, mainly because we needed something to balance out the Michael Bay.
Transformers had us differing a bit, and not in the way either one of us expected. I gave it a higher rating than I would have guessed, and Shane was less forgiving than I’d have thought. It all came down to how much we were willing to forgive the more ridiculous notes the film shoved at us, and I ultimately had to admit that there were moments that were pretty fun.
Of course, there were a lot of parts that were too outlandish to do anything with, which is why neither one of us could give it anything like a positive rating, but if you’re just out for some wild, Bay fun, you »
- Marc Eastman
Shia Labeouf admitted Wednesday to acting up at a Broadway show, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in one of several episodes of bizarre behavior the former Transformers star has displayed in recent years. Labeouf, whose representatives have said has gotten treatment for an alcohol problem since his June arrest, somberly answered a judge's questions as he pleaded guilty in a deal that involves no jail time or probation. If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six, he will be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea and the case will be dismissed. "Are »
- Associated Press
Shia Labeouf today pled guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in June in which the Transformers actor caused a scene at a Broadway play. Already well known for his bizarre behavior off-screen (like putting a paper bag over his head while promoting Nymphmaniac), Labeouf was at a showing of Broadway’s latest production of Cabaret (starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams) when he began smoking cigarettes and heckling. When security came to escort him out he began spitting and yelling “Do you know who I am?”
Over the last several years, incidents of Labeouf’s antics have often made the rounds about the media. Stories of alleged drunkenness and drug abuse; arguments at bars and clubs. Since the June incident, however, Labeouf has sought treatment at The Hills facility in L.A. where He is being treated for alcoholism and drug addiction. At sentencing today, the court ruled »
Sneak Peek more Nsfw footage from the two-part dramatic feature film "Nymphomaniac", starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Mia Goth, Shia Labeouf, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen:
"...'Joe' (Gainsbourg), who is a self-diagnosed 'nymphomaniac' sex addict, is found by 'Seligman' (Skarsgård) beaten in an alley.
"Seligman takes her home to care for her, and Joe recounts the story of her life, from birth to the age of 50..."
"We are making two films", said the movie's producer.
"It is a big operation...We will shoot both and edit both – and we want to finish both at the same time."
There will also be two versions of each film: an 'explicit' cut and a 'softer' cut.
"The movie is what you think it is," said former "Transformers" star Labeouf.
"For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. »
- Michael Stevens
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