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Steven Spielberg suggested a female protagonist for the Bumblebee Transformers spinoff

Despite generally negative reviews, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Transformers franchise has always managed to knock it out of the park when it comes to box office takings. That is until last year, with the fifth – and reportedly final – offering from director Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight, grossing just $600 million, a series low which prompted the studio to plot a full reboot of the franchise.

Nevertheless, Paramount and director Travis Knight are set to unleash the series’ first spinoff this December with Bumblebee, which – judging by the first trailer – is set to present a vastly different incarnation of the beloved property, and one much more in tune with the classic 1980s cartoon.

The new film, set in the 80s, sees the fan favourite Autobot scout teaming with Hailee Steinfeld’s teenage mechanic Charlie – a pairing which producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says was down to a suggestion from Transformers executive producer Steven Spielberg.
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The Upcoming Bumblebee Movie Could Lead to a Solo Optimus Prime Movie

After all these years, it looks like there's a chance that Paramount Pictures finally got the Transformers franchise right with director Travis Knight's upcoming Bumblebee movie. Fans loved that first trailer that was released and it looks like this movie might actually end up being a great film. It's definitely a change of pace from what Paramount was previously doing with the franchise. Now it sounds like if everything goes well for this movie, it could lead to Optimus Prime getting his very own solo film.

During a recent interview with EW, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained why they decided to do a Bumblebee spinoff film instead to continuing what they've been doing, saying:

"We were headed down the Bumblebee path well before the release of the last Transformers. We had felt that with the fifth movie, we had sort of run out of room with where to take it.
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Tyler Perry and Michael Bay teaming up for thriller I Am Yours

According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has tapped Tyler Perry and Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes to produce a thriller entitled I Am Yours.

The project is based on a spec script by Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, it is said that it involves a stalking element in the vein of 80s classic Fatal Attraction.

Perry is currently in post-production on his latest directorial offering Nobody’s Fool, which stars Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg, and also has Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral set to arrive in 2019.

Bay meanwhile has recently signed on to direct Ryan Reynolds in the action thriller Six Underground, and has also been linked to the Steven Spielberg-produced Robopocalypse, DC film Lobo. Platinum Dunes is also working on a number of projects, including a live-action Dora the Explorer
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‘Bumblebee’ Movie Featurette Aims to Distance Spin-Off From Bayformers

Paramount is engaged in a deliberate marketing campaign for director Travis Knight's Bumblebee movie aimed at distancing the spin-off from Michael Bay's bombastic Transformers films.

A new Bumblebee movie featurette further reinforces this approach following the first Bumblebee teaser trailer that dropped a couple weeks ago. Like the stop-motion animation films from Knight's Laika Studios, Bumblebee will heart to match its visual design.

Some might argue that Knight's approach to the Transformers franchise is too similar to the Iron Giant where an alien robot is befriended by a teenage human. Building story through characters as opposed to action set-pieces might be just what the franchise needs to reinvent itself and pave a new path.

Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, and will be in theaters on December 21st, 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJgnZ2e_qGY
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Optimus Prime Solo Movie May Happen After Bumblebee

Is Optimus Prime going to be the next Transformer to get his own solo movie? It certainly sounds like that's something on the table at Paramount, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Much of that will depend on whether or not the upcoming Bumblebee movie is a success. The solo movie is set to arrive in theaters on December 21 and its success or failure will likely help determine the future direction of the multi-billion franchise.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been a core member of the creative team behind the Transformers movies since the first movie arrived in theaters in 2007. Michael Bay directed that movie, as well as its four sequels, but Transformers: The Last Knight proved that the robots in disguise may be running out of gas. So, it's time for a bit of reinvention. On the subject of a possible Optimus Prime solo movie, the producer had this to say.
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Film News Roundup: Paramount Taps Tyler Perry, Michael Bay to Produce Thriller ‘I Am Yours’

In today’s film news roundup, Paramount puts Tyler Perry and Michael Bay on “I Am Yours,” sci-fi thriller “Lumina” gets distribution and Matthew Rauch and Zina Wilde join “Chase the Ace.”

Project Launched

Paramount Pictures is launching development on the thriller “I Am Yours” and has set the project up with Tyler Perry and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

The studio acquired the spec script from the writing team of Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber. The logline is under wraps besides that it involves a stalking element in the vein of “Fatal Attraction.”

Perry, best known for the Madea movies, is in post-production on “Nobody’s Fool,” starring Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter, with Paramount planning a Nov. 2 release. Platinum Dunes produced “A Quiet Place” for Paramount and “The First Purge,” which Universal opens July 4.

Belenzon and Gelbers wrote Roger Clemens biopic “The Rocket,
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Paramount Lands ‘I Am Yours’, ‘Fatal Attraction’-esque Spec Produced By Tyler Perry, Platinum Dunes

Paramount Lands ‘I Am Yours’, ‘Fatal Attraction’-esque Spec Produced By Tyler Perry, Platinum Dunes
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has closed a six-figure deal for I Am Yours, a spec script by Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber. The thriller spec has a Fatal Attraction-like stalker vibe, and the producers are an intriguing combo. Tyler Perry will produce with Platinum Dunes trio Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, who are coming off the genre hit A Quiet Place and working on The Purge TV transfer. Belenzon and Gelbers hit the 2015 Black List with Rocket, script about…
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New Bumblebee Featurette Focuses on Director Travis Knight and His Vision For The film

That first Bumblebee trailer that was released was pretty incredible. A lot of fans were shocked by how great the movie looks. It's amazing what a difference a director can make. All we've gotten over the years is a bunch of silly eye-candy filled films from Michael Bay, and then director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) jumps in and actually gives us a Transformers film that looks true to the source material and actually finally brings some heart and soul to the franchise. After all these years, Knight may actually get it right!

We have a new featurette for you to watch today that focuses on the director and his vision for the film. It's actually very encouraging. 

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world,
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Director Travis Knight, Actors Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena Talk Bumblebee In New Featurette

Earlier this month, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2018, Bumblebee. In case you missed it, watch the terrific first trailer.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Travis Knight brings his expertise in the world of stop-motion animation to Transformers with Bumblebee. By combining meticulous craft skills with cutting edge technology, Travis showcases his ability to develop characters and inspire emotions through a unique storytelling vision that brings fan favorite Bumblebee to life.

Listen as the filmmaker and actors Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena discuss the origin story of the loveable Autobot.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

The
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Full trailer for Amazon’s Jack Ryan series drops

It’s been a fair few months since we had any movement on Amazon’s Tom Clancy series, Jack Ryan. Now, only two months away from its premiere on the streaming channel, a full trailer has arrived.

Based on the Tom Clancy character that has been portrayed numerous times on the big screen, this new venture heads to smaller screens via the streaming service Amazon in August, the drama will consist of eight episodes of Krasinski going undercover as he is forced to hit the field bearing arms and running after Wendell Price puts a friendly rocket up his backside.

Clancy’s signature spy will be thrust into his first government agency field assignment, where he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication in the series and will land smack bang in the middle of dangerous dealings with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

The
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New Trailer For Upcoming Amazon Series ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’

The new Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan trailer has landed online ahead of its release on the Amazon platform later this year. John Krasinksi, who wowed audiences earlier this year with his work on horror movie A Quiet Place, which he starred in, co-wrote and directed, leads the cast as the titular character in the reboot of Clancy’s famous spy novels. The new Jack Ryan trailer can be viewed in the trailer below.

John Krasinski leads the cast in the title role The new series arrives on Amazon Prime everywhere from August 31st Abbie Cornish and The Wire’s Wendell Pierce are also amongst the cast

New Jack Ryan Trailer Brings The Famous Spy To Amazon

The new Amazon series is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the unexpected Tom Clancy hero. It centers on Jack Ryan, an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time.
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‘Fast & Furious’ Producer, Paramount CEO Explain Why They Greenlit ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

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‘Fast & Furious’ Producer, Paramount CEO Explain Why They Greenlit ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’
Fast & Furious” producer Neal Moritz and Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos sat down at the Produced By Conference to discuss their thoughts on the industry… including why they want to give Sega’s animated hero Sonic the Hedgehog a movie.

With James Marsden and Tika Sumpter attached to star in the live-action/animated hybrid, “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be the first film made as part of the first-look deal between Paramount and Moritz’s Original Films banner, which will start next year.

The pitch to make a Sonic movie first came to Moritz several years ago during his partnership with Sony and was won over by the enthusiasm of the team that wanted to make it.

“I thirst for a project with a director that has a clear vision of what he wants to make, and I can just clear the road for him,” Moritz explained at the annual event
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The First Purge gets a series of new posters

Ahead of its release next month, two new one-sheets have arrived online for the upcoming horror prequel The First Purge along with four international character posters, check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The First Purge here

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (Nffa) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco returns
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Eugenio Derbez joins Isabela Moner in Dora the Explorer movie

Last month it was announced that Transformers: The Last Knight actress Isabela Moner has been cast in the title role in the Michael Bay-produced Dora the Explorer movie, and now comes word that Instructions Not Included and Overboard’s Eugenio Derbez is also joining the project.

The Dora the Explorer film reunites The Muppets director James Bobin and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, the latter of whom has co-written the screenplay with Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the movie will follow a teenage Dora as she sets off on an adventure with her monkey Boots and cousin Diego.

Running for 172 episodes across eight seasons on Nickelodeon between 2000 and 2014, the Dora the Explorer TV series has spawned a host of merchandise, books, stage adaptations, and video games, as well as the sequel series Dora and Friends: Into the City and spinoff Go, Diego, Go!.

Dora The Explorer
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Bumblebee Teaser Trailer promises Laughs, Action

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Have we achieved Transformers fatigue? Paramount pictures hope snot with the Christmas release of their first spinoff, a feature film spotlighting the lovable Bumblebee. In addition to the bright yellow autobot, the film will star Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider. Travis Knight directs with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto & Don Murphy, Michael Bay all sharing producing credit while executive producers include Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian, and Chris Brigham.

The teaser trailer broke the other day so take a look.
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First Look: Bumblebee Gets A New Movie Trailer

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First Look: Bumblebee Gets A New Movie Trailer
After 11 years, someone Not named Michael Bay is finally directing a “Transformers” movie. Albeit, it’s a spinoff, but I’ll take it! Check out the new trailer above: Twenty years before the events of the first film, in 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town junkyard, where a teenage girl named Charlie […]

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‘Bumblebee’ Teaser Trailer Unites Girl and Autobot

Paramount has finally offered a first look at Bumblebee, the first official spin-off from Michael Bay's Transformers franchise and first entry set in the past - 1987 to be precise.

The Bumblebee teaser trailer centers around the relationship between the famous mute Autobot and a young mechanic, Charlie, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Director Travis Knight appears keen on exploring this relationship between human and robot much further than Bay ever did in his five Transformers feature films.

Apart from introducing the emotional connection between Bumblebee and Charlie, the teaser trailer also introduces a more refined and simplified design aesthetic for the yellow robot in disguise. He now looks more like his Generation 1 self in robot mode with fewer mechanical parts and more outer shell visible.

My favorite shot in the Bumblebee movie teaser trailer shows what appears to be a Generation 1 Starscream in mid-transformation, complete with blue and red highlights.
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Eugenio Derbez Circles Paramount's 'Dora the Explorer' Live-Action Film

Eugenio Derbez Circles Paramount's 'Dora the Explorer' Live-Action Film
Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez is in negotiations to join Dora the Explorer, Paramount’s live-action feature based on the popular Nickelodeon TV series.

At the same time, Walden Media is getting behind the project as co-financiers and co-producers. Platinum Dunes, run by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, is producing.

Dora was a Nickelodeon series from 2000 to 2014, airing 172 episodes. It centers on a young American Latina who, along with her monkey, Boots, faces riddles and characters such as a thieving fox named Swiper as she went on quests.

Isabela Moner is starring as Dora; the movie version ...
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Illegal Streaming, Mobile Piracy Surged in France in 2017

As France’s film and TV industries push for a tougher anti-piracy law, a study released Tuesday shows that streaming of illegal content increased by 15% and piracy via smartphones skyrocketed by 50% in 2017.

The study, which was conducted by French anti-piracy group Alpa, Mediametrie and the National Film Board, says that an average of 7,845 users watched illegal content every month in 2017, while 2.9 million smartphone users (8% of all mobile users) accessed pirated content.

Overall, 372 million videos were streamed illegally last year in France, and 81% of all illegal consumption occurred via 20 websites, out of more than 2,000 websites dedicated to piracy which have been identified by Alpa. The use of social networks to access streaming sites increased significantly last year.

Perhaps contrary to expectations, the average consumer of pirated content is 37 years old, and so not a “millennial,” and a third are considered upper class.

U.S. movies are traditionally the hardest hit by piracy in France.
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Illegal Streaming, Mobile Piracy Surged in France in 2017

As France’s film and TV industries push for a tougher anti-piracy law, a study released Tuesday shows that streaming of illegal content increased by 15% and piracy via smartphones skyrocketed by 50% in 2017.

The study, which was conducted by French anti-piracy group Alpa, Mediametrie and the National Film Board, says that an average of 7,845 users watched illegal content every month in 2017, while 2.9 million smartphone users (8% of all mobile users) accessed pirated content.

Overall, 372 million videos were streamed illegally last year in France, and 81% of all illegal consumption occurred via 20 websites, out of more than 2,000 websites dedicated to piracy which have been identified by Alpa.
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