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Michael Bay Thinks 'Bad Boys 3' Should "Get Going Soon"


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With Will Smith and Martin Lawrence fronting the franchise, 'Bad Boys' was a huge success for Sony Pictures upon its initial release in 1995. Along with cementing the actors' names in Hollywood, it helped make a name for the film's director Michael Bay, who had spent his years making music videos before the original flick's release.

Michael Bay directed both 'Bad Boys' and 'Bad Boys 2'Michael Bay directed both 'Bad Boys' and 'Bad Boys 2'

Also working on the sequel in 2003, he told the story of Smith and Lawrence's Miami narcotics detective characters, which audiences immediately fell in love with. Unfortunately for Bay, the success that Lawrence and in particular Smith saw following the films meant that they were hard to pin down for any more movies.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Super Bowl Trailer


Has humanity been left to defend itself against the ruthless Decepticons now that Optimus Prime has vacated the planet? It may seem that way, but the Autobot leader is still relatively close by, seeking his own mission to uncover the secrets of his origins. Father and daughter Cade (Mark Wahlberg) and Tessa Yeager are surviving as best they can under the protection of the few Autobots that remain, but Megatron is on the warpath reducing the planet to rubble and wiping out every human that stands in the way of his domination. There's a hopeless, apocalyptic mood running through this new story, because the war between man and machine will no doubt continue to wage until one of both races are extinct. However, there may be, at least, another hero who can save Earth from total ruin.

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10 Worst Films Of 2016


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Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...

John Krasinski in 13 Hours

10. 13 Hours - Michael Bay's bombastic filmmaking style may have seemed like the perfect fit for this rah-rah Benghazi dramatisation. But this is a loud, silly thriller that completely misses the point.

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'Transformers: The Last Knight' Is Michael Bay's Ominous Final Venture In The Franchise


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The first teaser trailer for Michael Bay's fifth and final 'Transformers' movie - 'Transformers: The Last Knight' - is finally here and there's a totally ominous apocalyptic tone throughout. No Optimus Prime, death and destruction lies at every turn - just how will this historic battle end?

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A war is raging on Earth between man and transformer. Optimus Prime is no longer around to defend the planet. He has fled to the stars to uncover the truth about those who made him, the Creators. Meanwhile Megatron is still raising hell, vowing revenge on the few Autobots that are left and Cade and Tessa Yeager, the father and daughter who they are protecting. 

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Transformers: The Last Knight - Teaser Trailer


With the few remaining Autobots in hiding, the world is a dark place. Galvatron is still at large and Optimus Prime has left earth to fulfil a bigger mission, having gone to seek out the Creators. Having previously helped the Autobots, Cade Yeager is still in danger and the war between man and machine is reaching ever higher levels.

The Decepticons still have a wish to invade and take over the planet Earth and now it looks like they might be in the best position to do so. Why do these machines have such a fascination with our planet and how many genuine Autobots are left to help fight alongside humans?

The soundtrack to the first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight is a re-working of Flaming Lips single 'Do You Realize' recorded by Ursine Vulpine.

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Transformers: The Last Knight 'Freya The Rescue Dog' - Featurette


Not much is known about the new Transformers movie but we do now know that Michael Bay is one hell of a good guy. After seeing the incredibly sad story of a recue dog called Freya in a news article, the renowned director decided cast the pooch in his upcoming Transformers movie.

Freya was put in a rescue home six years prior and had continually been turned down for adoption even though she's an incredibly gentle and loveable dog. Over 18,000 other adoptions from the sanctuary happened in the period that Freya was homeless and Michael Bay decided to give the little Staffie mix a change of luck.

Freya now has a starring role alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Kate Beckinsale Says She Didn't Fit Michael Bay's 'Type' When Cast In 'Pearl Harbour'


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Kate Beckinsale has revealed how Pearl Harbour director Michael Bay felt she didn’t fit the body type he was looking for and ordered her to lose weight if she wanted the role. Speaking on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ Beckinsale also said that the director constantly said she was cast because she wasn't “so attractive” during the promotion of the film.

Kate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale says she was told to ‘work out’ for Pearl Harbour role.

“I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay, the director, had met before. I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde,” Beckinsale said.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Review

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Not the subtlest director working in Hollywood, Michael Bay brings his surging machismo to this retelling of the notorious attack on an American compound in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2012. As always, Bay stages the action on a big scale in a way that looks amazing, but he neglects both the story and the characters. As a result, the film feels epic and beefy, but is impossible to engage with.

It opens as a team of hired soldiers assembles at a secret CIA base in Benghazi. Jack (John Krasinski) is the newest arrival, joining his old pal Rone (James Badge Dale) and four more tough guys (Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa and Max Martini). Meanwhile just up the road, the American Ambassador (Matt Letscher) is staying in a rather unsecure compound with not quite enough security, despite stern warnings from Washington that trouble is brewing. Sure enough, as night falls a local jihadist militia launches a violent, fiery assault. The CIA base chief (David Costabile) tells his men not to join the fight, but of course they can't resist the chance to charge in and save the day.

Over a long and bludgeoning two and a half hours, Bay carefully recreates this long, vicious night of fighting, as the situation continually twists out of control. The best thing about the film is the way it depicts how difficult it was to know which locals were on which side, but even this is simplified in Chuck Hogan's script. Everyone on-screen is interchangeable as either a bewildered nerd or a fierce warrior, and the only one in between is by far the film's strongest character: Peyman Moaadi's translator, who gets pushed right into the middle of the nightmare. In the few quiet moments, there are clumsy attempts to give these manly men some back-story, but it's the same for everyone: former black ops soldier with a wife and kids back home.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - The Real Story Featurette


In this featurette, we get to meet some of the real life heroes 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is based on. The film tries to stick as accurately as possible to the minute by minute account of what these men experienced.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Trailer


Being a security contractor stationed in Benghazi is a job that most people would not be equipped to do; it takes a special type of person, not to mention the training. It's September 2012 and the security agencies around the world are still on high alert and recovering from the terror attacks in London the year prior.

When a group of Islamist radicals attack two American bases in Benghazi, Libya the American citizens in the compounds are placed in grave danger and it's left to a small group of Ex-Navy SEALS and Special Forces operatives to go help protect them. Placing their lives in danger, they take it upon themselves to protect the Ambassador to the United States.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is based on Mitchell Zuckoff's novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi and was directed by Michael Bay.

'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Leads Razzies Nominations


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Amongst the praise and back-slapping of awards season, the film industry also shows its less serious side once a year. Just a day ahead of the big Oscars reveal, the Golden Raspberry Awards, a ceremony dedicated to showcasing the very worst of the world of the big screen, has announced its list of nominations, and to nobody’s surprise it’s Transformers: Age of Extinction that leads the field.

The fourth instalment of the hugely successful but critically panned Transformers saga, starring Mark Wahlberg and Megan Fox and directed by Michael Bay, has picked up seven nominations in total. They include worst picture, worst director, worst sequel, worst screenplay, worst screen combo (for any two of the fighting robots), worst supporting actress for Nicola Peltz and worst supporting actor for Kelsey Grammer. The former ‘Frasier’ star was also recognised for his roles in The Expendables 3, Think Like a Man Too and Legends of Oz.

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The 'Bumble Bee' Transformer at the NY premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in July 2014

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'Ouija' Continues Trend Of Low Budget Horror Successes


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Ouija, the low budget horror movie based on the classic Hasbro board game of the same name, has debuted at No.1 on the U.S box office, fending off a surprisingly strong challenge from Keanu Reeves' revenge thriller John Wick.

Ouija'Ouija' topped the box-office after pulling in $20 million. It was made on a budget of just $5 million.

The horror movie, aimed at the teen-audience ahead of Halloween, opened to an estimated $20 million - triple its modest budget. It's the latest low-budget horror success from Michael Bay's Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes - the production company behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Amityville Horror (2005), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2009) and The Purge (2013).

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Well Done Guys, Now They're Making A 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Sequel


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Despite being one of the worst reviewed big-budget movies since...well, since Transformers: Age of Extinction. Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pulled in $65 million on debut to convince the top brass at Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies to green-light an immediate sequel - set for June 3, 2016. Bay will return to produce with writers Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec back on board to pen the script. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesA massive Turtle in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

"To know moviegoers are embracing the Turtles with such enthusiasm is everything that we and all our filmmakers have been hoping for," said Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey in a statement on Sunday. "We are thrilled with this weekend's result, the enduring power of this franchise, and the opportunity to make another one."

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After Box Office Shelling, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Is Getting A Sequel


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After the poorly received TMNT movie managed to claw at a box office victory this weekend ($65 million domestic, according to Box Office Mojo), Paramount are expanding their investment in a big way. The studio has just announced that they’re turning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into a franchise – appropriate, since that’s director Michael Bay’s specialty these days.

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The turtles will return in 2016, but is it a good thing?

Besides the CGI-powered dinosaurs that the movie presents as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, the sequel also stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett. The sequel has been assigned a projected release date of June 3, 2016.

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Apes, Transformers And Dragons: But Where Are The Women In The Summer Blockbusters 2014?


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Summer has arrived (if you ignore the weekend rain) and so have some fantastic cinematic blockbusters.There’s exciting viewing for everyone: out-and-out action, talking apes on a CGI-level almost incomprehensible, tamed dragons, a cinematic experiment that took 12 years to make and a romantic comedy to satisfy your sentimental side. However, if you delve a little deeper, an inescapable fact arises and the question has to be asked: where are all the women?

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Andy Serkis in the visually phenomenal Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But the cast has very few women

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks epic. The story, the action and the special effects set the stage for a movie of fantastic proportions. But there are only two prominent female figures to at least 10 main male characters, both ape and human alike. In the ape world, the woman is Caesar’s wife, giving birth and feeling unwell afterwards for most of the movie. In the human world, we have one woman in a five-strong male group who are daring to enter into the carefully constructed world of the apes.

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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Defies Critics


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Michael Bay's Transformer movies are unique in that they always get bad reviews but make a fortune at the box office. Is this just an example of critics being out of touch with audiences? Or is it a testament to the power of Hollywood marketing?

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The first movie, 2007's Transformers actually had a fairly strong critical reaction, earning a 57% positive rating from critics and a whopping 86% from audiences. There has been a significant drop for both critics and audiences for the three sequels: 2009's Revenge of the Fallen pleased only 19% of critics and 58% of the audience, followed by 2011's Dark of the Moon with 36% critics and 56% audience, and this summer's Age of Extinction is at 17% critics and 58% audience.

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A Week In News: Sheeran's 'x' Ed, 'Transformers' Schools Rivals, Monty Python Class Reunion, A 'Hundred-Year-Old Man' Breaks All The Rules


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Arcade Fire at Glastonbury

Glastooo!: You'd have had to have been living under 17 rocks on the other side of the world to avoid the constant Glastonbury Festival coverage. As well as hundreds of thousands of punters, Somerset's Worthy Farm played host to one of the strongest line-ups seen in recent years, including Metallica, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White and Elbow.

Pop star Lily Allen raised a few eyebrows but more cheers with her foul-mouthed rant, whilst country rock superstar Dolly Parton was the biggest crowd draw ever seen and Rudimental were reduced to tears when their set was cut short due to the stormy weather.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Go See 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ This Weekend


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It may hold a shockingly bad 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Transformers: Age of Extinction, the franchise’s fourth instalment is making some serious money in both the US and China. But this weekend (July 4th), UK fans will get to judge Michael Bay’s latest offering for themselves, as the movie opens in cinemas nationwide. While the reviews might be making you want to avoid this one at all costs, is Transformers: Age of Extinction really all that bad? Probably, but still, here’s four reasons why you should head off to see it this weekend.

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1. The special effects are awesome

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'Transformers 4' Extinguishes Box Office Rivals With Monster Opener


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Transformers: Age of Extinction has performed in almost a literal sense, eliminating its rivals at the box office on its opening weekend. Michael Bay's action sequel - the fourth so far in the franchise - detonated with an estimated $100 million domestically after having opened last Friday.

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'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Has Had A Stunning Opening Weekend.

The impressive figure is a record for this year: the popular yet critically-panned movie has proved the USA's highest grossing opener of the year so far, according to THR. The last $100 million opening was last November's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Wise-Cracking 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Trailer Ramps Up Battle With Shredder


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A new full length trailer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has rolled out online, showing the heroic reptiles stepping up their battle with the armoured villain Shredder. The movie stars Megan Fox as newsreader April O'Neil and Will Arnett as cameraman Vernon Fenwick.

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The new trailer isn't all that different from the original teasers and retains that dark, brooding edge. However, we get a closer look at William Fichtner's Shredder who continues to reign supreme over New York with the help of his evil foot clan. Whoopi Goldberg also makes an appearance, as Channel 6 News.

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Will 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Beat 'Godzilla' And 'X-Men: DOFP' To The Year's Box Office Crown?


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Springtime has given us The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men Days of Future Past and Captain America: The Winter Soldier so far. All worthy contenders for the year’s box office top spot – but will Transformers: Age of Extinction – the summer’s first real blockbuster proper – blow all of those out of the water?

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Currently sitting atop the standings is The Lego Movie. Remember that? The hit animation has collected $255m domestically while Captain America fell $1m short of that. Then again, Cap’ did manage to pull in a humungous $708m compared to Lego’s $461m. 

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Will Arnett Hints At Even More Arrested Development From Netflix


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Will Arnett's G.O.B. Bluth is one of the integral character's in the recently revived cult comedy series Arrested Development, and any further AD episodes would be truly lacking something is the half-witted eldest sibling of the Bluth clan didn't make a return to any further continuation of the series. Should the show be picked up for any further episodes by Netflix, as far as Will is concerned he'd be more the ready to slip into his magician's hat again and further commit himself to the show.

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Will would be open to even more Arrested Development

During a discussion for his upcoming CBS comedy The Millers, the comic actor discussed his new projects in detail, but couldn't escape the questions surrounding the newly returned Arrested Development. As quoted by AccessHollywood.com, Arnett discussed the show's fourth season, which was met with a mixed response when released earlier this summer, when he was quizzed about the possibility of more episodes. “It’s something that everybody’s open to,” Arnett teased, not willing to give too much away about the proposed fifth season - which is reported being discussed by Netflix bosses and AD creator Mitch Hurwitz.

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Is Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin' The Riskiest Movie In Hollywood? [Trailer + Poster]


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Keanu Reeves has made an explosive return to Hollywood in the action-adventure 47 Ronin, directed by The Gift's Carl Rinsch. The movie follows the story of 47 strong team of fearless samurai who seek vengeance after a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind.

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Driven from their homes, the samurai seek the help of Kai (Reeves), a half-breed they once rejected, who helps fight across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

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Lone Ranger Flop Marks Jerry Bruckheimer's Fall From Grace At Disney


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Jerry Bruckheimer’s future at Disney, which seemed secure after his massive success with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is now hanging in the balance. Because of the massive flop of a movie that was The Lone Ranger – the movie earned $48.9 domestically over the holiday weekend, after costing over $250 million to make – the director is facing a renegotiation of his contract, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website reports that this renegotiation could lead to a drastic cut of the producer’s fee for the upcoming Pirates 5, if not to him eventually leaving the studio.

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Bruckheimer's career boasts many indisputable successes.

The studio’s claim seems to be that Bruckheimer should have had a firmer grip on Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski’s spending. The beautiful vistas of the American West, which are one of the film’s main selling points – were filmed entirely on location. This accounts for a large chunk of the budget, of course. However, prominent Hollywood directors, producers and industry insiders have stepped up to defend Bruckheimer’s work.

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Pacific Rim V Transformers - Guillermo Del Toro Falls Short At Box-Office [Pictures]


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Before Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim was released, Michael Bay seemed to take a little pot-shot at him, bemoaning all the ‘rip-off’ robot movies around and imploring fans of that genre to stick with Transformers – the franchise he brought to the big screen with a huge budget back in 2007. The thing is, Bay's movies took tons and tons of cash at the box office. The first, in 2007, took over $700 million. The second took more, while the third took over $1 billion.

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The Kaiju are a formidable foe

Pacific Rim got nowhere near the Transformers movies following its opening week at the box-office. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it opened to around $37 million - a troubling number given the tentpole's massive $190 million-plus budget, not including a pricey marketing campaign. 

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The Purge Review


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A home-invasion thriller with a twist, this fiercely clever film is both thought-provoking and terrifying, mixing a Twilight Zone sense of morality with skilfully developed menace and genuinely horrific violence. It also boasts a cast that is terrific at keeping us guessing, shading their characters in such a way that, even if we know who's supposed to be the good and bad guys, we keep wondering if we've got it right.

The story takes place in 2022 America, which has solved its economic woes with Purge Night, a free-for-all in which people have 12 hours to commit any crime, including murder, to cleanse the streets and vent their frustration. The goal is to eliminate poverty and unemployment by killing off all the homeless and jobless people. And it's worked a charm, especially for security system salesman James (Hawke), who locks down inside his palatial home with wife Mary (Headey), rebellious teen daughter Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and shy gadget-whiz son Charlie (Burkholder). But two interlopers get into the house: Zoey's shady older boyfriend Henry (Oller) and a terrified stranger (Hodge) running from an angry mob of tenacious masked anarchists.

As the night progresses, James and Mary's world is ripped apart piece by piece, descending into a state of primal protectiveness that's eerily believable. If it's either kill or be killed, what would you do? Hawke and Headey are terrific as parents pushed to the brink, and sometimes over it, while Kane and Burkholder find surprising moments of their own. And as the smiling gang leader, Wakefield is seriously unsettling. So even if some of the plot's twists and turns are a bit predictable, the actors and filmmaker DeMonaco do a great job at delving beneath the surface to keep us squirming in our seats at both the nasty possibilities and some rather awful grisliness.

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Is This A Joke? Comedian T.J. Miller Joins Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4'


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American comedian T.J. Miller is joining Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's Transformers 4, according to industry website The Wrap. The Paramount movie reboots the live-action cast of the franchise, with Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz taking the reins from Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

Miller will play a blue-collar mechanic who is a long-time friend of Wahlberg's character. The Transformers franchise has been a bit of a joke for a couple of movies now, though Paramount and Michael Bay appear to be making every effort to make the fourth instalment a true return to form. We certainly admire the unusual casting decisions, including the recent acquisition of Kelsey Grammar to play the villain.

Miller is currently shooting Universal and Gold Circle's comedy Search Party and is probably best known for his movies Yogi Bear and She's Out Of My League. 

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Brand New Cast Of Humans And Automatons Set To Revive 'Transformers 4'


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Brace yourselves, the Transformers are coming – and with a complete cast overhaul apparently, as Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller and newcomers Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor are all joining the party/giant robot face-off in place of Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and co.. There are also changes in the production team, with Ehren Kruger having written the script and Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing with Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto and Don Murphy, The Wrap reports.

But after what seemed like the end of the franchise, Michael Bay will need more than a revamped cast list to get everyone excited for this. Cue the giant robots. The big deal and what most of us go to theatre to see are, of course, the transformers and the studio knows it. That’s probably why photos of two brand new Autobots (well, in car form anyway) have been leaked online to create some hype around the project. The first is a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, which sources have pegged as the Autobot swordsman Drift. The other is a C7 Corvette Stingray that is most likely the Autobot Slingshot, according to MTV. Clearly, Bay isn’t planning on letting go of the formula, which has served him so well in the past – namely, beautiful actors, a healthy dose of CGI and lots and lots of explosions. And, let’s be honest, nobody can complain about that.

Despite all of the changes, Bay promises that this will not be a reboot, but a sequel to the previous trilogy. "It's not a reboot; that's maybe the wrong word," Bay told the Los Angeles Times. "I don't want to say 'reboot' because then people will think we're doing a 'Spider-Man' and starting from the beginning. We're not. We're taking the story that you've seen — the story we've told in three movies already — and we're taking it in a new direction. But we're leaving those three as the history. It all still counts." Good to know. Still, it’s mostly about the giant robots.

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Megan Fox Trampoline Stunt Sets The Tone For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie


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We know she probably hasn’t been on your mind too much lately, but Megan Fox’s trampoline studs made headlines yesterday. The Transformers starlet was caught filming a scene for her upcoming Michael Bay production, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As Fox was wearing tight clothing – a tank top and yoga pants, you can imagine how excited the fanboys got over the stills. We’ll give you a hint: very excited.

For those of you who haven’t been paying close attention, here’s a quick rundown of the Fox/Bay situation. The actress starred along with Shia LaBeouf in the first two transformer movies, before being booted off for a younger, hotter actress (who had, as you may have guessed, even fewer lines in the film than Fox had had). At this point though, everything is mended between Bay and Fox and she is back to provide the mandated dose of eye candy in the flick - which, judjing from the trampoline photos, courtesy of Us Weekly, she is doing a spectacular job providing.

In this new adaptation, Fox will be portraying TV reporter April O’Neil and she’ll be teaming up with actors Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Danny Woodburn (Splinter), as well as a lot of CGI. The plot or general idea is as of yet unknown, but you can count on the fact that, in typical Michael Bay style, there will at least be lots of explosions throughout to keep you from getting bored.

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Frasier Crane...Err, Sorry, Kelsey Grammer Is Transformers 4 Villain


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Is Kelsey Grammer, the actor who played the affable Frasier Crane, set out for a world of villainy? Well, he'll have to start practising pretty soon after landing the role of the lead villain in Michael Bay's fourth Transformers movie. Grammer will play Harold Attinger, a counter intelligence guy, according to Deadline.com.

Though known for his comedy roles, Grammer did impress as the ruthless politician in Boss, winning a Golden Globe before the series was dramatically given the chop. He also played The Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand before moving to UTA a couple of months ago in the hope of landing more feature opportunities. The agency has certainly delivered on their assumed promises and he lines up alongside Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci in the new Transformers flick.

The movie begins production in July, with a script from Ehren Kruger. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanta and Don Murphy are now as producers. The Last Airbender actress Nicola Peltz was cast as the lead actress in the series, following news that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley would not be returning to the franchise. Previously, Megan Fox had held the female lead in the movies, though left after a dispute with Bay. Shortly before production was scheduled to begin on the third instalment, Fox told British magazine Wonderland, "He's [Bay] like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous madman reputation," she said of Bay. "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is."

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'He Needs To Grow Up' - Michael Bay Explains Dwayne Johnson's Absence From Pain And Gain Premiere


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Dwayne Johnson had to miss the premiere of his latest movie Pain & Gain because of a hernia operation, E! News reports. The Rock – as he is otherwise known – was notably absent from the red carpet premiere in LA last night (April 24, 2013) but the movie’s director Michael Bay was on hand to explain why.

“Dwayne's hurt tonight," Bay told E! News "He was pushing it too hard. [ He] needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300-pound men." Tough love from Mr Bay, there. Apparently, the 40 year old actor / wrestler had to undergo an emergency hernia operation last night, taking him out of the celebrations for the movie’s release. He’s said to be resting up at home now. Johnson was hardly backwards in coming forwards when it came to sharing the details of his unfortunate wrestling-related problem, as he tweeted on Sunday (April 21, 2103) “Saw my Dr who had to push my intestines back thru the tear in my abdomen. Kinda romantic. Surgery is next week. ‪#BringItOn‬.” Ugh.

It sounds as though the surgery was a success though, as he tweeted on April 23, “Surgery a success! Dr repaired 3 hernial tears (fun pain). Superman is on the mend.. ‪#WeFallWeRise‬,” accompanied by a photo of himself in a hospital bed, wearing a Superman t-shirt and a hair net. Great sartorial combo, there, Dwayne. Pain & Gain also stars Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie. 

Continue reading: 'He Needs To Grow Up' - Michael Bay Explains Dwayne Johnson's Absence From Pain And Gain Premiere

Dwayne Johnson's Emergency Operation Didn't Harm The Wrestler's Good Spirits


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Everyone breathe easy, Dwayne Johnson is recovering after his hernia surgery. The wrestling star was rushed to hospital on Monday and had an emergency operation, but The Rock isn’t one to mope at all. He suffered three hernial tears while wrestling John Cena earlier this month. The debate over the “realness” of wrestling is still ongoing, but Johnson is living proof that you can get some pretty real injuries doing it.

Because of the emergency, Mr Johnson had to miss the premiere of his latest flick – the pretty aptly titled, given the circumstances, Pain & Gain. The flick co-stars Mark Wahlberg and opens across theatres this Friday. Director Michael Bay chided the wrestler for risking his health with the sport. But it looks like The Rock’s wellbeing is no longer in danger and neither is his good mood, as he tweeted a picture of himself in the hospital, flexing in his Superman T-shirt, accompanied by the caption: "Surgery a success! Dr repaired 3 hernial tears (fun pain). Superman is on the mend.. #WeFallWeRise."

A bit over-confident perhaps, but that’s the recovery spirit none the less. Johnson’s publicist, Alan Nierob, revealed for The Associated press that The Rock is now anchored at home, recovering. We’re sure that with Johnson’s rock solid good spirit, the recovery will be a breeze.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Channeled His Inner Superman After Hernia Operation


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After coming out of emergency hernia surgery, actor/wrestling star Dwayne Johnson remained rock solid. 

Johnson posted a twitpic of himself in a Superman T-shirt in his hospital bed, accompanied by the following caption: "Surgery a success! Dr repaired 3 hernial tears (fun pain). Superman is on the mend.. #WeFallWeRise."

According to E!News, a rep for The Rock stated that the star is now back home and recovering from the operation on Monday night. Yet more proof that you can’t keep the man down for long. The only consequence was that Johnson reportedly missed the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, Pain & Gain. There’s an appropriate title, if we ever did see one. On the premiere’s red carpet director Michael Bay commented that it may be Johnson’s wrestling exploits that are endangering his health. "He was pushing it too hard," Bay told E! News. "[He] needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300-pound men.”

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Director Michael Bay - Los Angeles Premiere of "Pain & Gain" held at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 22nd April 2013

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Hey Michael Bay, You Just Got OWNED By Guillermo Del Toro


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Guillermo Del Toro has hit back at Michael Bay's perceived insult about his new giant robot movie Pacific Rim. In case you haven't been following the story, Bay - the Transformers director - told audiences at CinemaCon earlier this week that there have been quite a few "rip-off" robot movies and that audiences know better. We think audiences are pretty tuned up enough to know that all of the Transformers flicks have been horrible, but that's just us.

Of course Bay didn't name any titles, though many attending the session assumed he was calling out Pacific Rim. It's plausible that Battleship or Real Steel were the subject of Bay's ire, though with del Toro in town to promote his movie, it's unlikely. Anyway, when told of the director's comments by the Hollywood Reporter, del Toro responded that his movie was totally different than Transformers.  "We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion. For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison." And then came the dig. 

"The fights don't occur in well-lit, supercool, car commercial-looking environments," del Toro said, "They occur in the middle of a raging sea storm or in a savage snowstorm. They happen in a universe that is incredibly saturated." Ouch. 

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Michael Bay - Paramount Pictures Host Opening Night Event At CinemaCon At Caesars Palace Resort and Casino, NV - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 15th April 2013

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Megan Fox To Join Heroes In A Half Shell: Michael Bay Confirms 'Ninja Turtles' Rebirth


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Michael Bay and Megan Fox had a highly publicised professional and personal conflict while working on the Transformers franchise. She compared Bay to Hitler and was eventually sacked, so it's a surprise move to see Fox on the same billing as Bay for a movie. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, that's precisely what's happening.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green at the Golden Globes

Fox and husband Brian Austin Green welcomed their first baby last year

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Pain & Gain Trailer


Daniel Lugo is a former criminal whose passion lies in his love for fitness and bodybuilding. When he is hired at the particularly notorious Sun Gym in Florida - a place where the pressure is on to get as big as possible, and where steroids are for sale in the locker rooms - he finds enjoyment there initially before deciding that his low wage wasn't worth it and sets out to organise a criminal method of gaining fortune and fame. He teams up with part-time gym worker Adrian Doorbal and another bodybuilder and former criminal Paul Doyle to set up a plan of extortion and kidnapping against another man, Victor Kershaw, who also has a criminal past. Despite Daniel promising Paul that there would be no-one harmed in their plot to take ownership of all Kershaw's assets, things get out of hand, people end up murdered and they find themselves on the run from the police led by detective Ed Du Bois. 

'Pain & Gain' is an action comedy directed by Michael Bay ('Bad Boys', 'Pearl Harbor', 'Transformers') and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ('The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'). It is based on a set of Miami New Times articles written by investigative journalist Pete Collins in 1999 about the real Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal from the Sun Gym Gang who both received death sentences for their crimes. It is due to be released in the UK on May 3rd 2013. 

Director: Michael Bay, 

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'Pain And Gain' Trailer Released: Preview Of Michael Bay Movie Hits The Web


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Michael Bay’s going back to what he does best with his latest movie Pain & Gain. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson (‘The Rock’) and Anthony Mackie, the movie finds the director finally unleashed from the world of Transformers and back into a world of action movies and dark humour.

Pain and Gain tells the tale of a ‘gym rat’ who finds himself discontented with his life and plots to steal from a corrupt businessman, with the help of two fellow weight-lifting buddies.The trailer looks pretty neat, a fine blend of action and a sharp comic strip. Oh and Mark Wahlberg, looking distinctly beefy in his role as Daniel Lugo, the frustrated fitness freak. Pain & Gain is based on the story of the Sun Gym Gang - three guys who “robbed and extorted their way around southern Florida in the mid-90s", according to Empire online and the script appears to have been deftly handles by the Chronicles Of Narnia’s Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The story was originally reported on by the Miami New Times journalist Pete Collins, back in 1999. Now, their tale gets the big budget Hollywood treatment, courtesy of Bay.

Also starring Ed Harris and Rebel Wilson, the movie is scheduled for release in April 2013 in the US and May 2013 in the UK. Prepare yourselves for a great deal of hype between now and then! 

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Michael Bay and Staples Center Tuesday 30th October 2012 at the Staples Center to watch the LA Lakers game

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Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay Monday 2nd April 2012 Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay film a chase scene for 'Pain and Gain' filming

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Michael Bay and Staples Center Sunday 4th March 2012 Celebrities are seen arriving the Staples Center for the LA Lakers vs. Miami Heat basketball game

Michael Bay - Director, Michael Bay Miami, Florida - attends the special red carpet VIP screening of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Thursday 30th June 2011

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Michael Bay - Director Michael Bay New York City, USA - New York premiere of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' at TKS Time Square - Arrivals Tuesday 28th June 2011

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Michael Bay Sunday 26th June 2011 The UK premiere of 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' after party at Mortons London, England

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Michael Bay Sunday 26th June 2011 The UK premiere of 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' at the BFI IMAX London, England

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Michael Bay - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Michael Bay Hollywood, California - 2011 Maxim Hot 100 Party held at Eden Wednesday 11th May 2011

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Michael Bay and The Village Wednesday 9th February 2011 Los Angeles Premiere of 'I am Number Four' held at the Village Theatre Los Angeles, California

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Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon Trailer


When man first landed on the moon over 40 years ago, their journey was well documented and broadcast on the TV around the world, what we weren't to know was the details of a secret mission the astronauts carried out on the 'dark side of the moon'. What they discovered was beyond their belief, evidence that we're not alone in the universe. 

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Michael Bay - Monday 26th October 2009 at Beverly Hilton Hotel Los Angeles, California

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Michael Bay and Los Angeles Film Festival Monday 22nd June 2009 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival - Premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' held at Mann Village Theatre - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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Michael Bay and Odeon Leicester Square Monday 15th June 2009 UK film premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' held at the Odeon Leicester Square England

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Michael Bay - Monday 9th February 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California

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Michael Bay - Sunday 10th February 2008 at Kodak Theatre Hollywood, California

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Michael Bay - Friday 16th November 2007 at Mr. Chow Restaurant Los Angeles, California

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Michael Bay - Wednesday 14th November 2007 at Mr. Chow Restaurant Los Angeles, California

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Pearl Harbor Review


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There's a point in Pearl Harbor when Cuba Gooding Jr. leaps into a battleship's gun turret and starts shooting down Japanese planes while hell rages around him. It's a dramatic moment... until you realize that it's that "Show me the money!" guy from Jerry Maguire, shooting CGI bullets at a CGI plane... and you are reminded once again just how phony everything you've seen in Pearl Harbor has been.

Ironically, this incident, where ship's cook Dorie Miller took charge and shot back during America's worst hour on December 7, 1941, is just about the only true event to be found in the entire, oppressive three-hour film. (And our producers are quick to remind us of just how ripped-from-history this little vignette is. Never mind that Gooding has a pitiful excuse for a role with maybe five minutes of screen time.)

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The Island Review


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If you're going to clone someone, Scarlett Johansson is a damn good choice. But putting Scarlett in an action movie -- and dying her hair blonde? You can't be serious.

I am serious. And while The Island isn't exactly a great film, the case for Johansson as action starlet has been made, handily.

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