Michael Bay might not be the most well-liked of celebrities, but two brothers recently took that dislike way too far. The director sustained minor injuries after he was attacked on the set go the fourth Transformers film in Hong Kong by the pair. The brothers allegedly approached Bay and demanded HK$100,000 (which is about $12,900 in American currency), and during the ensuing discussion, they attacked Bay and three police officers.
Bay recieved minor injuries on the right side of his face in the skirmish, but appeared to be okay, and refused any medical attention. The assailants were arrested — the younger brother on suspicion of blackmail and assault and the older brother on suspicion of assault. It is not known why they wanted the money in the first place, or whether or not the officers were injured in the attacks.
Transformers: Age of Extinction will star Mark Whalberg and Nicola Peltz and is set for a 2014 release. Bay is also currently producing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesreboot, with Megan Fox starring as April O'Neill.
If Pacific Rim's paltry box office sum is any indication, Michael Bay and his Transformers series are still the reigning lords of the giant robot movie. And if Bay's brand of crunching metal is indeed your thing, then get ready to get excited: a new sand-dusted poster for the fourth film in the series has just been released, and it comes straddled with the film's official subtitle: Age of Extinction.
The new subtitle gives us a whole mess of clues as to what this new film will be about. The most widely circulated rumor is the introduction of the much loved Dinobots, robots that can change into dinosaurs. This poster certainly lends credence to that speculation. Naturally, the word "extinction" fits right into the dinosaur theme, and the sand swirling around in the above image conjures up some ancient connotations (like, say, prehistoric robots). If the clues featured on the poster aren't enough, Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has all but confirmed the presence of Dinobots in the new film during an interview with Beijing News, via Empire.
"I can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the arrival of the Dinobots will give the audience a lot to be excited about. The world's coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinese vehicles, so whether you are a car enthusiast or not, it will be a feast for the eyes."
Along with an all-new cast featuring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Kelsey Grammer, The inclusion of Dinobots will give Transformers fans something to look forward to next summer.
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Holy Rollers director Kevin Asch and producer Morris S. Levy have teamed up to give the great Fitzgerald tale a modern makeover - as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire prepare to launch their movie adaptation of the story this Christmas (12).
And the filmmakers are hoping their local links to Great Neck, New York, where Fitzgerald lived, will give the revamp, Affluenza, an authentic edge.
Asch tells WENN, "I was raised in Great Neck and remember reading The Great Gatsby as a teenager. The story had a profound affect on me as there were so many similarities between the fictional world of Gatsby and its loose moral fiber to that of my community.
"It also interested me to learn that F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lived in Great Neck in the 1920s, used his experiences in that town as a backdrop for his renowned novel.
"There isn't a day that goes by where I don't feel inundated by headlines about volatile issues confronting the millennial generation. Our film explores an affluenza-infected society which was unprepared and unwilling to accept the death of the American dream. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this personal, provocative and timely story to the screen."
Newcomer Ben Rosenfield leads the cast alongside Wizards of Waverly Place star Gregg Sulkin, Nicola Peltz, Glee's Grant Gustin and Gossip Girl's Valentina de Angelis.
Filming will begin later this month (Jul12) in New York state.
Are you tired of all award nominations announcements looking alike? Would you rather rag on crummy films than praise good ones? You're in luck today! The 31st Annual Razzie Awards announced their very specific nominations for the worst in cinema over the last year and man, was it a bad year. Of course, that means that the awards ceremony will be that much more fun! The festivities occur on Saturday, February 26th at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theater and until that hilarious celebration of shitty movies goes down, you can relive the absurdity of the worst films of 2010 by glancing over the nominations list below!
THE BOUNTY HUNTER
THE LAST AIRBENDER
SEX & THE CITY #2
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Jack Black - GULLIVER’S TRAVELS
Gerard Butler - THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Ashton Kutcher - KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY
Taylor Lautner - TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Robert Pattinson - REMEMBER ME and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Jennifer Aniston - THE BOUNTY HUNTER and THE SWITCH
Mylie Cyrus - THE LAST SONG
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon - SEX & THE CITY 2
Megan Fox - JONAH HEX
Kristen Stewart - TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Alba - THE KILLER INSIDE ME, LITTLE FOCKERS, MACHETE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Cher - BURLESQUE
Liza Minnelli - SEX & THE CITY 2
Nicola Peltz - THE LAST AIRBENDER
Barbra Streisand - LITTLE FOCKERS
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Billy Ray Cyrus - THE SPY NEXT DOOR
George Lopez - MARMADUKE, THE SPY NEXT DOOR and VALENTINE’S DAY
Dev Patel - THE LAST AIRBENDER
Jackson Rathbone - THE LAST AIRBENDER and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Rob Schneider - GROWN UPS
WORST EYE-GOUGING MIS-USE Of 3-D (Special Category for 2010!)
CATS & DOGS #2: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
SAW 3-D (aka SAW VII)
WORST SCREEN COUPLE / WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler - THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent - JONAH HEX
The Entire Cast of THE LAST AIRBENDER
The Entire Cast of SEX & THE CITY #2
The Entire Cast of TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer - VAMPIRES SUCK
Michael Patrick King - SEX & THE CITY #2
M. Night Shyamalan - THE LAST AIRBENDER
David Slade - TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Sylvester Stallone - THE EXPENDABLES
LAST AIRBENDER Written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko
LITTLE FOCKERS, Written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on Characters Created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke
SEX & THE CITY #2, Written by Michael Patrick King, Based on the TV Series Created by Darren Star
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
VAMPIRES SUCK, Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL (Combined Category for 2010)
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
SEX & THE CITY #2
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
The popular vampire sequel is on the shortlist for Worst Picture, while Kristen Stewart is up for the Worst Actress trophy and the film's lead male stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are set to battle it out for Worst Actor.
Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the blood-sucking series, picked up two nominations for Worst Supporting Actor - one for his role in the latest Twilight project and another for his part in The Last Airbender, which also picked up a total of nine nominations.
The film, starring Dev Patel, landed on the shortlist for awards including Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (Patel) and Worst Supporting Actress (Nicola Peltz).
The other Worst Picture contenders are The Bounty Hunter, Sex and the City 2 and Twilight spoof Vampires Suck.
Joining Stewart in the Worst Actress category are Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter), Miley Cyrus (The Last Song) and Megan Fox (Jonah Hex), while Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon received a shared nomination for their roles in the second Sex and the City sequel.
Other contenders for this year's (11) Worst Actor title include Jack Black (Gulliver's Travels), Gerard Butler (The Bounty Hunter) and Ashton Kutcher, who is nominated twice for his parts in Valentine's Day and Killers.
The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 26 February (11) - a day before the Academy Awards take place.
Last year (10), Sandra Bullock attended the event to pick up the Worst Actress trophy for All About Steve - a day before she won an Oscar for her part in The Blind Side.
It was another solid weekend for Hollywood, with a slew of studio blockbusters keeping audiences entertained (and in air-conditioned theaters) in this post-July 4th weekend. The box office estimates for this weekend's top five films come from Hollywood.com's own Paul Dergarabedian, our resident box office expert:
Universal Picture's Despicable Me, starring the voice of Steve Carell as the villain 'Gru', conquered this weekend's box office, taking down an estimated $60,117,420. That haul comes courtesy of the 3,475 theaters in which the 3D animated movie ran in its opening weekend.
Summit Entertainment's Twilight: Eclipse remained a strong draw in its second week, pulling in $33,350,000 from 4,468 domestic locations. Twilight heartthrobs Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart have helped the third installment of the vampire (and werewolf) saga gross a cumulative $237,012, 377 to date, after opening June 30th with the largest ever midnight take of $30 million.
Fox's R-Rated Predators reboot opened behind Twilight with $25,300,000, with the star-studded ensemble cast including Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, and Laurence Fishburne appearing in some 2,669 US locations.
Meanwhile, Disney's Toy Story 3, starring the familiar voice of Tom Hanks as 'Woody', continued to attract audiences in its third week, taking down another $22,021,000 this weekend. The third Toy Story, which premiered June 18th -- some 15 years after the original Toy Story -- has now grossed over $340 million dollars in the United States alone.
Paramount's The Last Airbender -- director M. Night Shyamalan's blockbuster live action adaptation of the popular cartoon series -- grossed $17,150,000 in its second week, while increasing its run in theaters to 3,203. The 3D blockbuster stars Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, and Jackson Rathbone.
The Last Airbender star, 15, landed a brief cameo in Cyrus' 2008 video but she insists she has no plans to embark on a pop career - because she can't hold a tune.
She tells WENN.com, "I can't sing for my life! I wish I could sing. I can dance but I can't sing. But I loved doing the video. Brett Ratner is such an amazing director and it's great to work with him.... He's really nice."
By both critical and commercial measures live-action anime adaptations boast a record of futility second perhaps only to videogame adaptations. Some essential aspect of the source material is irretrievably lost during the process of translating Japanese cartoon to Hollywood tentpole something that even the most bloated visual effects budget can’t conceal. Think Dragonball Evolution and Speed Racer.
And yet Hollywood keeps trying lured by tantalizing visions of cash-cow franchises fed by loyal built-in — and most importantly international — audiences. The latest casualty of this misguided ambition is The Last Airbender based on the hit Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. To be fair Avatar isn’t anime in the orthodox sense in that it was conceived and produced in the States but its style and soul are almost exclusively anime-inspired. As such its big-screen fate is similarly sealed.
Who could possibly break such a rueful trend? For some reason the minds at Paramount thought M. Night Shyamalan that notorious purveyor of ponderous and increasingly shlocky supernatural thrillers might succeed where so many other directors had failed. Even worse they saw fit to hire him to pen the screenplay as well ensuring that every vital aspect of the film would feel the crushing weight of his heavy hand. With such a hacky burden to bear it comes as no surprise that The Last Airbender never really takes flight.
The film's story is set in a world divided into four tribes each aligned to an element: Air Earth Water and Fire. Certain gifted tribe members known as a “benders ” can manipulate the properties of their assigned element to suit their ends. In order to do so they must first perform an elaborate and utterly ridiculous kung fu dance after which a torrent of fire water or whatever arises to obey their command.
For the better part of a century the oppressive and warlike Firebenders have besieged the other nations gradually thinning their respective ranks. The Air Nomads have faired the worst of the lot and are presumed to be extinct until Water peeps Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) discover a boy named Aang (Noah Ringer) trapped in a giant ball of ice. Not only is Unfrozen Kung Fu Warrior the last remaining Airbender (thus the title) he is also an Avatar the only being on the planet capable of wielding all four elements. And only he can bring an end to the Firebenders’ evil reign.
Blessed with an opportunity to reinvent himself in a new genre and with a new demographic Shyamalan can’t avoid falling back on old habits most notably his penchant for awkward and cumbersome dialogue. It’s difficult enough for adults to deliver his lines but it’s absolute hell for The Last Airbender’s youthful protagonists whose not yet fully-developed temporal lobes can’t hope to adequately process the inanities of Shyamalan-speak. One can almost see the smoke coming from little Noah’s ears as he labors to complete each portentous sentence. Poor kid. Where are the Child Labor people when you need them?
But bad dialogue is only one of a litany of problems that plagues The Last Airbender which suffers from mediocre CGI inexplicable casting decisions (caucasians actors none of whom are especially talented are tabbed for asian roles when sufficiently mediocre race-appropriate actors were surely available) and a plot comprehensible only to the most ardent fans of the Nickelodeon series. Much as Aang bends the air Shyamalan tries to bend the laws of quality cinema to his will but they refuse to yield to the force of his ego. I only wish the execs at Paramount had been as stalwart.