June 10, 2009 |
The opening of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is still two weeks away but Hollywood executives are already speculating that it could be the biggest movie of the summer. It could also yield one of the richest paydays ever for a director. Michael Bay agreed to forgo his normal upfront directing fee and cut of ticket sales in exchange for a bigger piece of total profits from all revenue sources once the studio, Paramount Pictures, recoups its costs.
January 25, 2014 |
Something in us loves a pirate. Of all the world's brigands, the pirate is the most romantic, the one whose way of life represents a breezy alternative to our drudging own. What child does not know how many men sit on a dead man's chest? They have been in the movies at least since D.W. Griffith's "The Pirate's Gold" in 1906, and you lately may have felt the franchise that is "Pirates of the Caribbean" brush your shoulder as it made its way through the marketplace. There has been the occasional TV movie, as well, but a full-fledged pirate series has been long in coming.
May 18, 2001
Will the $140-million epic "Pearl Harbor" bring blockbuster director Michael Bay a respect that has eluded him? . . . Plus, World War II-themed movies are back in vogue. Coming Sunday.
September 5, 2013 |
When Shane Salerno turned 40 last year, he decided it was finally time to let his obsession go. The screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Michael Bay ("Armageddon") and Oliver Stone ("Savages"), had toiled for close to a decade trying to document the mysterious life of J.D. Salinger. The author of the bestselling "The Catcher in the Rye" had stopped publishing in 1965 and retreated from the public spotlight, leaving fans to wonder why - and to guess about what he had been doing in the 45 years until his death in 2010.
March 25, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Movie stars may excel in front of the camera, but not every actor is cut out to speak in front of a live audience. Especially in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, the intimidating 4,148-seat venue normally home to Celine Dion that this week has been taken over by the movie-exhibition show CinemaCon. But riling up thousands of movie theater owners and studio executives is apparently second nature to Dwayne Johnson, who on Monday night helped kick off the four-day-long event as part of Paramount Pictures' presentation.
April 15, 2012 |
What looks like a giant, smoldering gap in the side of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is not the result of the latest disaster to befall the City of Angels. Instead, it is the latest over-the-top campaign stunt for a new attraction set to open May 25 at Universal Studios Hollywood. A giant laminate stuck to the side of the sports venue makes it look as if an 80-foot tall, 20-ton metal alien creature from the movie "Transformers" busted a hole through the building.
April 30, 2013 |
Lily James, who plays Lady Rose MacClare in "Downton Abbey," will take the lead role once rumored for Emma Watson in "Cinderella," the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The 24-year-old English actress, whose film credits include "Wrath of the Titans" and "Broken," is taking over the part from the "Harry Potter" veteran Watson, who was penciled in to star but left the project earlier this year. Other actresses rumored to be in contention for the starrring part included S aoirse Ronan ("Atonement")
April 18, 2013 |
Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world's most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday. The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs. The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.
April 26, 2013 |
Leave it to Michael Bay to spend $26 million making a low-budget comedy. If that sounds like a robust price tag for "Pain & Gain," his new true-crime-inspired tale about three Miami gym rats who kidnap and extort a wealthy sandwich shop owner, consider that Bay is the director of such pricey special-effects-laden blockbusters as "Armageddon" and the "Transformers" films. But while "Pain & Gain" should earn a healthy return on the investment - it's expected to debut at No. 1 at the box office this weekend, to the tune of $23 million - the film is faring poorly with movie critics, most of whom find it shiny on the surface but hollow underneath.
January 24, 2014 |
As the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, movie studios are lining up for an unofficial showdown of their own over whose trailer will make the biggest splash. The tab isn't cheap, with 30-second spots reportedly going for $4 million, but the big game is generally the most watched broadcast of the year, capable of drawing well over 100 million viewers. While studios tend to remain tight-lipped over their Super Bowl plans, a handful of high-profile films have emerged as those likely to make a showing.