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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.
Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists the ten worst movies of 2016
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...
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.
Continue reading: 10 Worst Films Of 2016
The trailer for the fifth movie is now here.
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?
Mark Wahlberg returns in 'Transformers: The Last Knight'
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.
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.
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.
The actor has revealed she was ordered to work out if she wanted the role in the 2001 blockbuster.
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 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.
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.
Continue reading: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Review
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.
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.
The fourth 'Transformers' movie may have taken over $1 billion at worldwide box offices, but it heads the Golden Raspberry Awards nominations list.
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.
The 'Bumble Bee' Transformer at the NY premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in July 2014
Continue reading: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Leads Razzies Nominations
'Ouija' unsurprisingly topped the box-office, though 'John Wick' was the week's biggest success story.
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' 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).
Continue reading: 'Ouija' Continues Trend Of Low Budget Horror Successes
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' is on the way - and it's all your fault. Yeah, you.
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.
A 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."
The sequel trend continues with the next installment in the Ninja Turltes "saga."
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.
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.
Cinemas are full of summer blockbusters at the moment - but where are all the women?
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?
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.
Has a critical response ever been less important?
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?
Mark Wahlberg stars in Transformers: Age of Extinction
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.
Continue reading: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Defies Critics
Whether you were at Glastonbury, the BET Awards, the Monty Python reunion, or whether you were listening to Ed Sheeran's new album on the way to the cinema to see 'Transformers,' there was plenty to talk about this week.
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.
The reviews aren't pretty but the latest Transformers offering may still be worth a trip to the cinema this weekend.
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.
Mark Wahlberg is here to save the day!
1. The special effects are awesome
'Transformers: Age of Extinction' has been a first weekend success, despite the poor reviews.
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.
'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.
Continue reading: 'Transformers 4' Extinguishes Box Office Rivals With Monster Opener
The latest trailer for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' has arrived.
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.
One of the Turtles, looking menacing
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.
The Transformers franchise is set to break records.
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?
Transformers: Age of Extinction will dominate in China
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.
No joke! All that's missing is a sunset for them to gallop into.
A new promo poster has been released for the fantasy action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction, showing lead autobot Optimus Prime riding bareback on a robotic T-Rex whilst brandishing a huge sword. Fans at the Super Bowl were treated to a trailer first-look but the new shot sees excitement at a peak ahead of the movie's rapidly approaching July release.
Dinosaurs + Robots: Can This Ever End Well For Bay's Franchise?
The new film will see Lone Survivor's Mark Wahlberg take on a central role alongside Kelsey Grammer's lead villain, as well as Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles and T.J Millers. Wahlberg plays a mechanic who, with his daughter (Peltz) makes a discovery that brings the Autobots and Decepticons down on them.
Two new movies based on classic kids' shows have been announced this week.
A 90s kid’s typical Saturday morning is coming to the big screen next year. With Paramount and Nickelodeon teaming up on a feature-length Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, two more flicks based off childhood favorites have been announced.
TMNT is coming soon and two other reboots are right on its heels.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Ferrell and Anchorman director Adam McKay are currently working on a new Flintstones animated movie. The script has been handed off to The Campaign scribe Chris Henchy. The original Flinstones series ran between 1960 and 1966 – yes, it really is that old. Most recently, the series was rebooted in two live action films in the 90s. . Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane unsuccessfully attempted to launch a TV series reboot two years ago.
Can we now give our verdict on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after viewing the second trailer?
Cowabunga, there’s a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer! Problem is, it’s pretty much the same as the last trailer, but with two very important exceptions. This time we were offered our best look at the individual turtles yet and a sneaky glimpse of Shredder. Anyone who’s been following the developments of the Turtle’s reboot will know that opinion has been very much divided so far. But now we’ve got a better look, have our feelings on the upcoming movie got any better?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theatres in August
The first trailer did little to ease the minds of those worried about the fate of their childhood heroes in the hands of Michael Bay. It’s clear the movie will feature his trademarks of plenty of explosions and big buildings crashing down, but beyond the action there’s still many questions left unanswered. For fans of the original comic books and television series, it was the look of the turtles themselves which caused the most contention. A glimpse of Michelangelo’s face left many feeling the turtle’s features had been overly humanised and were just too unlike the original drawings. As the trailers show, overall the turtle’s look is very ‘mutant’. They’re overly muscly and actually quite scary sometimes, but it could work as it fits with the movie's seemingly ‘dark' tone.
Continue reading: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Trailer: A Closer Look At Our Heroes
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
Mark Wahlberg steps in to play Cade Yeager, a working class mechanic who just happens to stumble across Optimus Prime.
With all that Oscars nonsense out of the way, it’s time to focus on explosions, Mark Wahlberg and massive robots. Luckily,Transformers 4: Age of Extinctionis basically made up of those three things; showcased by the film’s brand new and shiny trailer, which you can watch below.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction sees Mark Wahlberg step in as 'the main guy'
Marky Mark’s doing what he does best: playing a working class underdog. This time he’s Cade Yeager, a Texas-based mechanic whose business is failing, forcing him to forage for scrap materials to sell on and put his young daughter through college. When he finds a beaten up old truck, though, he inadvertently incurs the wrath of the U.S government. Optimus Prime is in his garage, but not for long.
Fans at the big game were treated to a 'Transformers' teaser.
Fans at Sunday's Super Bowl were given an exclusive sneak peek into the new Transformers movie, Age of Extinction, in what was the first public show of scenes from Michael Bay's ultra-cool new space robot action epic. As was previously rumoured, the title refers to the prehistoric creatures that will feature in the new film as opponents to Optimus Prime and Co.
Name-Based Jokes Aside, All Hopes Are On 'Age Of Extinction' To Revive The 'Transformers' Franchise.
As previous Transformers movies have successively bombed with critics, the name of the new movie alone will lend enough Bay-bashing ammo unless Age of Extinction is truly the turnaround that the director has promised.
A packed week in news was dominated by the announcement that Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the Fifty Shades movie, though the name on everyone's lips is now Jamie Dornan.
'50 Shades' of Shambles: Where do we begin? Leading man Charlie Hunnam AKA Christian Grey, walks out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, citing "an immersive schedule," Dakota Johnson starts feeling uneasy and Irish actor Jamie Dornan is the current favorite to step in...for about the next minute probably. Click to find out who Jamie Dornan is.
Bye Bye 'Glee': Not only have Glee fans had to contend with having to wave a sad farewell to the deceased Cory Monteith's Finn Hudson in an emotional memorial episode last week; the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy has announced that after one more season, Glee will be no more. Read Ryan Murphy's explanation.
Message is clear: don't try and extort Michael Bay. Don't extort anyone, but really, not Bay.
Michael Bay’s demeanour surrounding his attack befits that of a man used to such occurrences. The director was faced – alongside his crew and the Hong Kong Police - by "drugged up punks" using an air conditioning unit as a weapon. Sorry what?
Michael Bay is one tough cookie
"The story... being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent a---- to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong. One guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks,” explained Bay on his blog.
Continue reading: Michael Bay Gives Detailed Account Of His Dramatic On-Set Attack
Two conflicting reports have been released by Hong Kong police and Paramount Pictures respectively
Michael Bay was attacked during filming for the fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise in Hong Kong, but exactly what happened still remains in doubt. Two conflicting stories have been released describing the event, one from the Hong Kong Police Department, and another from Paramount Pictures - who are financing the film. Surprisingly, none of the reports mention the fact that the attack was done to prevent Bay from making another Transformers movie, which makes this case all the more unusual.
A police spokesperson issued a statement on behalf of the Hong Kong Police Department, via the South China Morning Post, saying that Bay was attacked by two brothers, both with the surname Mak, who owned a shop nearby the set of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. The statement goes on to say that the pair approached Bay, unarmed, demanding 100,000 HK dollars ($13,000) from the director, and when he refused they both began attacking him. The brothers also allegedly attacked three police officers that were called to the set and who had attempted to assist Bay.
The statement went on say that Bay only suffered minor facial injuries and refused medical assistance, adding that the brothers aged 27 and 28, were arrested and face charges of blackmail, assault and assaulting police officers.
Michael Bay was reportedly attacked by two men whilst filming for the latest in the Transformers franchise in Hong Kong.
Michael Bay, director of the Transformer's franchise, was reportedly attacked in Hong Kong on Thursday (17th October). The 48-year-old was in Hong Kong filming for the latest Transformers instalment (Age of Extinction) when two brothers apprehended him. The attacking brothers, both with the surname Mak, allegedly demanded Bay them for the inconvenience caused by the shoot. The pair requested HKS$100 000 (approximately $12 900) as their vendor businesses had been suffering owing to filming, according to Reuters.
Michael Bay was in Hong Kong filming for Transformers: Age of Extinction when he was reportedly attacked.
Bay, writing on his website, revealed further details on the dramatic events. He stated that although the vendors received a "fair price" for any inconvenience caused by the filming, one particular vendor wanted "four times" the amount. When Bay directly informed the man this was unreasonable, the vendor returned and attempted to "smack" Bay in the face with an air conditioning unit. Directing action movies has obviously provided Bay with some training as he was able to duck out of the way and push the angry vendor away.
The men were purportedly after money.
It might sound like the beginning of one of Michael Bay’s films, in which a pair of nondescript criminals convey the dilapidated nature of said futuristic dystopian city by way of a failed – yet very serious – crime. But, unfortunately, this was real, and Bay was attacked.
Michael Bay was attacked filming in Hong Kong
The Transformers director was injured on the right side of his face when two men attacked him and his film crew, demanding money. They were arrested suspicion of blackmail and assault. Bay didn’t seek treatment, though, suggesting the injury wasn’t too serious. He was soon filming his latest robo-epic on the busy Hong Kong Island area.
Continue reading: Michael Bay Injured In Hong Kong Blackmail Attack: What Happened?
Michael Bay has assembled a skilled new cast for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.
The Transformers franchise just keeps on trucking and now, armed with Mark Wahlberg as his leading man, Michael Bay has dreamed up a title for his brand new big-budget action sci-fi. Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. Oh and there's a shiny new poster - check it out below.
This franchise should have been rendered extinct three movies ago, one critic will write in June 2014. The jokes are there. The jokes are obvious, but Bay has decided to dangle a carrot and let the haters gobble up the dinosaur references anyway.
In fact, if some reports are to be believed, prehistoric creatures may well even feature in the movie's plot, though details are yet to be announced. The poster appears to add credence to that theory.
Continue reading: Transformers 4 Titled 'Age Of Extinction': No Jokes, Please
Are we set for a legacy or just another flop? Will the film even get made?
Video game films rarely work, and there’s evidence to support that; Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, Resident Evil – need we go on? This makes Michael Bay’s decision to take the Ghost Recon franchise to the big screen an even bigger task.
But there was a time when superhero films were generally bad, until the Dark Knight trilogy forced them into the modern era. Now we’re living in a world of brilliant Avenger films, high quality Iron Man trilogies and Man of Steel – the Superman film out this Friday, which is already performing well with the critics. Is now the time that video game franchises translate successfully to movie theatres? The film, which is currently in search for a screenwriter, will see Bay hook up with Warner Bros. for the first time. It’s based around a set of highly skilled, futuristic soldiers, but, according to Ubisoft’s CEO, Jean Julien Baronnet, is grounded in reality and a conception of what future warfare will look like. "These guys don't belong to any specific organisation," Baronnet said of the soldiers. "They're in the field where the US troops are not supposed to be. It's a small team with very strong personalities and very specific skill sets. They're using weapons nobody knows about, but it's very grounded. It's not sci-fi."
Video game movies are bandied around every few months; directors and actors are suggested but movement is rarely made. With franchises like Bioshock, Metal Gear Solid and Deus Ex all ripe for film adaptations, here’s hoping that something like Ghost Recon can pave the way for console gamers to see their heroes on the big screen.
Continue reading: Can Michael Bay Break Video Game-To-Movie Hoodoo With Ghost Recon?
The 'Transformers' director is being lined up to bring the popular gaming series to the big screen
Michael Bay is apparently in talks with Warner Brothers and games manufacturers Ubisoft in a potential move to turn Tom Clancy's popular Ghost Recon game series into a movie, with the potential to turn the film into a franchise. Should the project happen it would mark the first time Bay has worked with Warner Bros. before in his entire career.
The news that Bay could help bring Ghost Recon to the silver screen was broken earlier this week by Variety, who went on to say that the big-budget, explosion-loving director is in advanced talks with both companies to bring the Ghost Recon movie into fruition. Ghost Recon is a fictional branch of the US military that essentially works as a private army for the President, using the latest in military technology to travel the world and take down specific targets, whilst also maintaining almost complete invisibility from the rest of the world in their work.
Jean Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, went on to describe the role of the fictitious army brigade in a statement given to Variety. He said, “These guys don’t belong to any specific organisation. They’re in the field where the U.S. troops are not supposed to be. It’s a small team with very strong personalities and very specific skill sets," adding that the series is not science fiction, but rather a near-future-set military thriller.
Forum post refutes earlier report
Hold you horses everyone: Michael Bay has NOT apologized for Armageddon. He definitely should, and many believed that he had this week, but the director has since written on a forum claiming that The Miami Herald, whom it looked like he made the comments to, have misquoted him.
The Herald has reported the director, who has upcoming films Pain & Gain and Transformers 4 on the way, as saying “I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie.” He apparently went onto say, “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.”
However, in a forum post Bay has refuted that he straight-up said sorry for the film, which starred Bruce Willis as an oil rigger who seamlessly transfers these skills to stopping a whacking great asteroid hitting earth. “One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information,” Bay retorted. “He has printed the bare minimum of my statement which in effect have twisted my words and meaning. I'm not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my movie career, a film called Armageddon.”
Continue reading: Michael Bay Apologizes For Armageddon ... Or Does He?
Was Armageddon even Bay's worst film?
It’s not often you hear a director saying sorry for a film they’ve made, but that’s exactly what Michael Bay has done. Showing contrition for the disaster of a disaster movie that was Armageddon, Bay told Miami Herald how sorry he is.
Will Bay have to apologize for his next film?
“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks,” he explained. “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." The movie did more than fine really; it actually grossed a ridiculous $550 million (£360 million) worldwide, so the studio won’t really understand the apology – they loved Armageddon! And in any case, many would suggest Bay should be saying sorry for The Transformers films instead.
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The Teeange Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie has a new cast member, and, in the most unlikely reconciliation in Hollywood, it’s Megan Fox! She’ll play April O’Neil in the film. Bay announced the news on his website, posting, simply, “TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!”.
Sources explained to The Hollywood reporter that Fox and Bay (possible outwear clothing range?) have buried the hatchet and are ready to work with one another. In 2009 Fox said of Bay: “He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for, but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so hopelessly awkward.” Fox will be hoping Bay doesn’t stumble upon this quite again while filming.
Megan Fox has joined the cast of Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles movie.
Forget formulaic romantic-comedies, Judd Apatow's quirky flicks or terrible, terrible movies about Transformers, because Megan Fox is trying something different. The Hollywood actress has signed on for a film version of 1990s big screen hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, produced by Michael Bay.
It's a surprising casting, given Fox fell out with the filmmaker during the shooting of the Transformers franchise which led to her axing from the third movie. However, it appears the pair have sorted their differences and agreed that Fox will play reporter April O'Neil - a character originally played by Judith Hoag in the original 1990 movie, Paige Turco in the two sequels and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the 2007 animated version.
Bay officially announced the news on his official website, "TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!" he wrote on Thursday. According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Jonathan Liebesman was instrumental in persuading Fox to work with Bay once more - a man whom she once referred to as a "tyrant."
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Michael Bay has been gushing about his new discovery in the world of acting. On his own website, he’s published a snap of Reynor, accompanied by a statement from the director describing him as a “great new actor.” So who is this Reynor guy and what’s he doing starring alongside Mark Wahlberg in the next Transformers movie?
Reynor was born in the USA but raised in the Republic of Ireland. Aside from a few minor roles in TV movies and short films, it wasn’t until last year’s movie What Richard Did that he got his break. And frankly, that break came mainly because Michael Bay saw it and loved it and decided that he wanted Jack to star in the next instalment of his multi-million dollar Transformers movie franchise.
The statement from Bay read “I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Prett ballsy. Seriously, who does that? Anyway I spotted him in this great little Irish movie WHAT RICHARD DID. This kid is the real deal.” Before the release of Transformers 4, you’ll be able to catch Jack in Cold later this year and The Delivery Man, which he’s currently filming, alongside Vince Vaughn and Cobey Smulders. Make sure you catch them, so you can talk in great, convincing detail about how you prefer his early work, once the guy gets mega-famous.
Transformers 4 director Michael Bay claims that he’s unearthed an absolute gem to front the next installment of his mega-bucks making franchise, with relative unknown Irish actor Jack Reynor to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the forthcoming film.
Michael Bay was writing on his official website when he broke the news, enthusiastically explaining “I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that?” Given the large Irish community that’s settled in America over the last couple of centuries we reckon quite a few Michael. “Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie WHAT RICHARD DID. This kid is the real deal” the director finished.
Except he hadn’t finished, he also wanted to address rumors that Transformers 4 is going to a reboot. It’s not apparently. “This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different than the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.” So there you go. The film is expected to be out in the summer of 2014.
Michael Bay has handed Jack Raynor a major step up into Hollywood by casting him as the second lead male in Transformers 4, according to The Hollywood reporter. To get an idea of how unknown Reynor is, just take a look at his Wikipedia page.
The news comes soon after Reynor finished his first studio feature: the DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn. "He is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously, who does that?" Bay wrote on his website. "Anyway, I spotted him in a great little Irish movie WHAT RICHARD DID. This kid is the real deal." If Bay thinks you're "the real deal" then you're pretty much guaranteed a career.
Bay also clarified some plot points for lovers of the Transformers franchise. "This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago [Transformers: Dark of the Moon]. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast," he wrote. "This 'Transformers' will feel very different than the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."
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Mark Wahlberg looks set to join the Autobots and Decepticons as the star of the fourth instalment of the Transformers movie franchise.
Michael Bay, director and producer of the first three Transformer movies, has broken the news that Wahlberg will step in as Shia LaBeouf's replacement as the star of the next robo-romp, with the director keen to carry on the massively successful franchise even if it means taking on an all new cast. LaBeouf, Transformers 1 & 2 star Megan Fox, and the voice of Megatron Hugo Weaving have all spoken negatively of the film franchise in recent interviews, with Bay being less than impressed with each of the actors and their outbursts. As such, Bay has since given word that he be happy to seek out a whole new cast for the next movies and it looks as though Wahlberg has emerged as his ideal man for the job.
Bay posted on his blog on Thursday (Nov 8) that Mark would be: " the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers' legacy."
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Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg has - for some reason - signed on for Michael Bay's Transformers 4. The filmmaker announced on Thursday (November 8, 2012) that Wahlberg will play the lead in the fourth instalment of his blockbuster franchise.
It's an intriguing and potentially disastrous change of course for the actor, who proved his acting worthy with stellar performances in The Departed and The Fighter. He recently teamed up with Seth MacFarlane for the foul-mouthed comedy Ted and has been quietly executive producing the brilliant Boardwalk Empire for HBO. So why has he signed on for Transformers, which got old exactly three films ago? Bay seems to have an idea, writing on his blog, "Mark is awesome. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers legacy". At least he accepts that it needs reinvigorating, though can anyone really inject life into a franchise that has been nominated for a Razzie for its last two movies? Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen actually won Worst Movie in 2009, while Dark of the Moon got off lightly in 2010 thanks to the putrid Jack and Jill, starring Adam Sandler. Bay added, "It's tough to find someone who's done these kind of movies, and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie - not just characters but a new type of action"
Transformers 4 will hit theaters on June 27, 2014. Which means Wahlberg has about 18 months to pull out.
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Whilst it remains one of his lesser known roles, Hugo Weaving has admitted that his part in the Transformers films was certainly one of his least favorite.
The actor, better known for his roles in Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Captain America: The First Avenger, recently spoke to Collider about his many roles and the progress of his next role in The Hobbit and also had something to say about his role as the voice of Decepticon head-honcho Megatron in the Transformers franchise, one that was hardly complementary of the Michael Bay project.
He told the website: "It was one of the only things I've ever done where I had no knowledge of it.They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don't regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it's meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly."
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