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.
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 18, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - When you're competing for a role in a Hollywood blockbuster against 70,000 other people, the gloves have to come off. Or in Ludi Lin's case, on. Given the chance for some major media exposure at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the muscular 28-year-old fledgling actor didn't hesitate. He donned a gray tank top, a jaunty charcoal vest - and a matching pair of stretchy, long fingerless gloves that stopped halfway between his elbow and his armpit. Left bare: just his rounded deltoids and bulging biceps and triceps.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 29, 2013 |
If you follow directors' careers, you've often heard how hard it is for a so-called small filmmaker to go big. A few, like Christopher Nolan, have done it, evolving from intimate indies to studio tent poles. But it's a trick infrequently attempted and even less frequently pulled off. On the other hand, there's less talk about moving the other way: big helmers going small. In theory, good direction is about a set of immutable, fundamental skills: managing actors, framing a vision, negotiating with whoever's signing the checks.