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We already know that director Michael Bay is revamping the franchise with Transformers 4, bringing in a whole new cast including Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, and Bingbing Li. An unconfirmed rumor has surfaced that reveals potential spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
According to unidentified sources, the director plans on bringing back the Dinobots from the 1980s Transformers animated series, including Grimlock. The report also indicates that one of the main villains will be a character named Lockdown, who possesses a ship full of decommissioned Transformers, including the Dinobots, who are reactivated by Optimus Prime. Both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will reportedly ride the Dinobots Grimlock and a Pterandon (possibly Swoop) into battle in Hong Kong, which falls in line with the news from last month that the sequel will be partially shot in China.
The Autobot Hound is »
Not much is known about Knight of Cups, so it's anyone's guess what this means in the context of the film. However, rumours suggest it is about celebrities and excess. Though the film is currently in post production some footage will be shown at Cannes.
Knight of Cups also stars Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Freida Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Ryan O’Neal (Bones), Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and »
- Chris Cooper
For the most part, film critics and moviegoers tend to agree on what makes a great film. Several of the movies on IMDb’s Top 250 list (not the perfect way of measuring a film’s quality, but a solid system nonetheless) are also Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since film criticism is based on opinion, it should come as no surprise that there are certain films that the two parties disagree on. In some cases, a film could be critically acclaimed and even see Oscar glory, but the audience hates it. Other times, moviegoers flock out of the theatre saying “that was Awesome!” only to find that their favorite critics loathed what was on the screen. This list examines some of these cases.
Note: I am not going to use box office returns as a measurement for this article. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may have made millions of dollars, »
- Chris Agar
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
What’s more, the first promo for the brand-new series is set to air this Sunday during the Once Upon a Time season finale.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New
The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Bless you, Michael Bay. The boob- and blast-obsessed Transformers director very publicly fell out with star Megan Fox during the 2009 press tour for Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, which led to Fox getting bumped from the lucrative series in favor of leggy Victoria’s Secret supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely. However, the two have apparently squashed their beef, and Fox has been cast as reporter April O’Neil in Bay’s upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, currently filming New York. And, Michael Bay being Michael Bay, he made sure to put the voluptuous star in super-tight clothing and made her bounce around on a trampoline on the set. Man Show alums Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla are no doubt beaming with pride.
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- Mark Graham
Whether you love, hate or couldn’t give a monkeys about Transformers 4, the ever-growing bizarre list of actors attached to star is too intriguing to ignore. Last week it was announced that Kelsey Grammer had signed on as the film’s human antagonist. Now, The Wrap reports that British actress Sophia Myles has clambered aboard the fourth instalment.
According to the report, her role is being kept secret for now but The Wrap’s source who has read the script believes she is to play a scientist. She’ll join an entirely new band of cast members for what is being touted as a reboot to the franchise.
Myles’ breakout role was in 2002′s Underworld. She’s since followed that up with leading roles in Tristan and Isolde alongside James Franco, and the Jamie Bell vehicle, Hallam Foe. As the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon cast have been given the heave-ho, »
- Gem Seddon
A brand-new IMAX poster shows the Enterprise being attacked by John Harrison’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) humongous-looking USS Vengeance, the Dreadnought-class ship which hi-res image we ran last week. J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness is only the fifth major studio release behind The Dark Knight, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and The Dark Knight Rises filmed with IMAX cameras. Plus, it will have about 30 minutes of its run time on a full-size IMAX screen. This one-sheet will be on the walls for promotion. It evokes a ‘David and Goliath’ feel, but seems to have a bit of a spoiler-ish element to...
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- Nick Martin
It is not uncommon for there to be a disparity between regular cinema-goers and film critics, though given the assumption that film critics are more “harsh” and discerning than regular punters, it tends to be critics hating a movie that the general movie-going public enjoyed. Why else would Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen rake in so much money despite a risible Rotten Tomatoes score?
Occasionally, however, it will go the other way, and critics, with their broader mission – which will be to determine whether a film functions for the target audience at large – will praise a film that the series’ hardcore fans will nitpick into oblivion for betraying the source material.
By their nature, film critics are not fanboys about many franchises – at least not in a conventional way – so they may give a free pass to something that the hardcore fans see as a real problem. Here are 10 movies critics loved that fanboys hated… »
- Shaun Munro
Michael Bay isn't shy about admitting a mistake. Well, sort of.
Back in 2011, the blockbuster director told Empire magazine that the 2007-2008 writers' strike was partially responsible for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" being "crap."
"We made some mistakes," Bay said. "The real fault with [Transformers 2] is that it ran into a mystical world. When I look back at it, that was crap. The writers’ strike was coming hard and fast. It was just terrible to do a movie where you’ve got to have a story in three weeks."
Last week, Bay issued another almost-mea culpa, this time for the 1998 hit "Armageddon":
“I will apologize for 'Armageddon,' because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking," Bay told Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Herald when asked about his hyper-kinetic editing style. "That was not fair to the movie. I would redo »
- 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 ]
The post Pain & Gain Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
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
In Pain & Gain, Anthony Mackie plays a man with a lot of problems. First, his character Adrian is so much smaller than gym mates Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson that he uses steroids to catch-up. But the steroids make his man parts malfunction, leading to expensive testosterone injections, leading to him agreeing to kidnap and torture a millionaire Quiznos owner (Tony Shalhoub) so he can pay his medical bills and keep his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) happy in the bedroom. After he breaks out the tasers and handcuffs, things get better—and then they get a whole lot worse.
- Amy Nicholson
Michael Bay has to be without question one of the most maligned directors of modern times; the filmmaker famed for his frantic, hyper-kinetic action flicks is often dismissed as lowering the intelligence and expectations of the average viewer, such that they gladly accept his braindead cinematic offerings without putting up too much of a fight.
Though Bay is only mocked by film buffs, there’s no denying the fact that the man can put together some visually entrancing action sequences, even if his films do most often succumb to idiotic scripting that only a teenage boy can see past.
That said, Bay does demonstrate brief bursts of intelligence and genuine filmmaking pizazz throughout his career; they just have to by cherry-picked from what is usually a middling final product. Here are 10 surprising moments of genius from Michael Bay…
10. The Final Showdown (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
After the mess that »
- Shaun Munro
“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks," Bay told the newspaper while promoting his upcoming Pain & Gain. "It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible. My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown, so I had to be in charge of that. I called James Cameron and asked ‘What do you do when you’re doing all the effects yourself?’ But the movie did fine."
And fine the movie did, grossing $200 million in North America alone.
Bay has not been unknown for apologising for his movies, in »
Paramount Pictures has some big plans for its future with IMAX. The studio revealed at CinemaCon that it has signed a deal to shoot five of its upcoming films using IMAX cameras, and IMAX chairman Greg Foster announced two of them at CinemaCon's opening presentation.
Honestly, the two pictures selected shouldn't come as much of a shock. Christopher Nolan, a longtime advocate of the IMAX format, will shoot his new movie "Interstellar" using IMAX cameras, while Michael Bay will use the new, smaller 3D IMAX camera for "Transformers 4." Bay previously shot portions of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" using the format.
The last three movies in Paramount's deal with IMAX have not been revealed. It remains to be seen if Nolan will try to outdo himself with "Interstellar" like he has in the past with his "Dark Knight" trilogy. Nolan filmed 72 minutes of "The Dark Knight Rises" in IMAX, more »
- Terri Schwartz
During last night’s CinemaCon event at Las Vegas, Michael Bay took to the stage to talk about his soon-to-be-released Pain & Gain, where he also announced some casting details for Transformers 4 – which is a Paramount Pictures production, too. Those details came in the form of a casting call for Stanley Tucci, who will star in Bay’s fourth adaption of the popular Hasbro toy line.
The news came with precious little details other than the director confirming that Tucci is on board. If previous instalments are anything to go by, however, the American actor could play a sensational, over-the-top caricature in the vein of John Turturro’s Agent Simmons. Although, one would hope this isn’t the case. In previous Transformers’ films, Bay has drafted in the likes of John Malkovich and Jon Voight as though to balance acting with the overwhelming amount of CGI and bombastic explosions. Mind you, »
- Michael Briers
Christopher Nolan has pushed the use of IMAX cameras for narrative films more than nearly anybody else, with some of the most stunning sequences of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises playing out in that expansive format. As he moves on to his new original project, the secretive sci-fi story Interstellar, he's continuing his relationship with IMAX-- and has apparently convinced one of his studio siblings to go along with him. The news at Paramount's Cinema Con presentation tonight in Las Vegas that Nolan would be shooting a "significant" portion of Interstellar using IMAX cameras was not terribly surprising for anyone who has followed his career. The news that Michael Bay will also be using the cameras for the upcoming Transformers 4 was a bit more of a shock. Bay has also been interested in new formats, using IMAX cameras for segments of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen »
Right now CinemaCon is in full swing in Las Vegas, and we've got the first bit of big news to come out of the film exhibition convention as IMAX has just announced a pact with Paramount Pictures to release five of their upcoming films in the giant film format. And while that might not be exciting or surprising on its own, the good news is that Michael Bay's forthcoming Transformers 4 and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will have sequences shot on IMAX's 65mm film stock. Both directors have already used IMAX film for their own sequels in the past, so this isn't surprising, but it's certainly some great news. Read on! While Michael Bay shot three key action sequences with IMAX film stock for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, he didn't use the format for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. We're not sure how much running time will be »
- Ethan Anderton
When you see tires squealing and muscled dudes jumping out of cars in a Michael Bay movie, you usually expect it to be followed by some giant robots, or aliens, or some combination of the two. But in Pain & Gain Bay is taking his familiar aesthetic of chaotic action cinema and bringing it into something he's usually been straight-up awful at: comedy. And apparently we're a long way from the robot testicles of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, because this clip from Pain & Gain is. actually funny. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie play a trio of meatheads who decide to get rich by kidnapping a local real estate magnate (played by Tony Shalhoub), and this clip seems to find them at the beginning of their scheme, attempting to back up their van against the millionaire's BMW. Of course, when you've spent way more time exercising your »
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