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 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.
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.
June 26, 2011 |
Shia LaBeouf learned how to play with others on action-movie sets, which may help explain why he's often ready for a fight. One scrape last October during the filming of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" at Florida's Kennedy Space Center pitted the young actor against director Michael Bay over a song. With military and NASA personnel watching, Bay and his leading man were shooting an emotional sequence from the script's third act on a shuttle launchpad at Cape Canaveral. To put himself in a somber frame of mind, LaBeouf plugged his iPod into some speakers and started playing a wistful ballad, Feist's "Brandy Alexander.
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.
April 23, 2013 |
Dwayne Johnson had an emergency operation for three hernial tears he suffered while wrestling John Cena during WrestleMania earlier this month. The actor-wrestler, better known as "The Rock," underwent surgery Monday, which is why he missed the Los Angeles premiere for his latest flick, "Pain & Gain," E! News reported . The movie costars Mark Wahlberg and opens Friday. But the 40-year-old is doing fine now, saying that the surgery was successful. PHOTOS: The Rock's action hero secrets "Surgery a success!
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.
August 7, 2013 |
"The Lone Ranger" actor Johnny Depp, who stars in one of the summer's biggest bombs, thinks critics are partly to blame for the film's failure. "2 Guns" actor Mark Wahlberg, who stars in one of the season's modest hits, has his own journalism-centric explanation for the summer bloodbath. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies,” the actor said in an interview. “There's intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” But Wahlberg also spread the responsibility for the flops to the studios, who he said have concentrated too much on marketing and not enough on distinguishing their summer stories.
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.