"I believe in fitness."
Director Michael Bay has wanted to make the upcoming body-building comedy Pain & Gain since 2009, when he said he wanted to make a "small movie" in between shooting Transformers" Revenge of the Fallen and what would become Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Clearly, Paramount was able to convince Bay to stick with the Autobots for a bit longer than he initially planned, but, with the arrival of Pain & Gain's first trailer, it looks like Bay is on track to finally deliver his passion project next year, right before Bay starts shooting, you guessed it, Transformers 4. pumping up the latest trailers
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Upon hearing the news that the comic book heroes-turned-Saturday morning cartoon sensation-turned movie franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to come "from an alien race" in the upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot fans weren't pleased — the popular notion is that the former household pets were transformed by a green ooze. However, Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has remained steadfastly in favor of the project, urging fans "not to worry" and claiming that the reboot will be true to the "core concept", and "will be a great TMNT film."
"If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base."
Much has been made online about Eastman comparing Ninja Turtles to The Avengers, which led us to think: "What would happen if the two teams fought each other?" Well, now the time has come inside the imagined cyber octagon that is our Character Cage Match! check out the teams' strengths and weaknesses before voting >> Posted 12.05.12 by Ryan
Which Director is Strongest With the Force?
Like many Star Wars fans, it took us a while to process the news that the creator and caretaker of the greatest sci-fi epic of all time, George Lucas, had sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney. And, as if that news wasn't momentous enough, Disney concurrently announced that plans were already underway for an all-new Star Wars movie, a sequel to the original trilogy that would likely be the first movie in a new trilogy.
Minds thoroughly blown, we started to think about the future of the franchise. Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen's horrible acting had really hurt the prequel trilogy and Lucas' constant meddling with the original trilogy tested our faith in ol' grey beard even further. With Lucas out of the picture, could the franchise regain its former glory?
In the days following the announcement, it was revealed that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) had been hired to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, while rumors continue to swirl that Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) is in the running to direct. Do you think that Vaughn is the right man for the job or would you like to see J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) or someone else direct? Who do you think has the vision to chart the course of the future of the Star Wars franchise?
Rate the Top 10 Best Directors To Helm Star Wars: Episode VII >>
Posted 11.13.12 by BrentJS
Hollywood is still responding to the death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died over the weekend at the age of 54. Michael Bay, who cast the actor in his breakout role in Armageddon, wrote about meeting Duncan. "We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a 'Michael and Jerry movie,' he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room." Tom Hanks, who starred alongside Duncan in his Oscar-nominated performance in The Green Mile released a statement. "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike," Hanks said. "He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned." Duncan suffered a heart attack in July and according to reports "never fully recovered."
— Russell Crowe was saved by the U.S. Coast Guard after getting lost kayaking.
— Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong was rushed to the hospital for unknown reasons, forcing the band to cancel a concert performance.
— Minka Kelly is reportedly dating Captain America himself, Chris Evans
— And yet another royal flashes his family jewels.
Image courtesy New Line Cinema. Posted 09.04.12 by reelz
Oprah Winfrey didn't have the best year. The media mogul saw her yearly income decrease by $125M, but that's just a drop in the bucket because despite the reduction in pay, Oprah still topped Forbes's Highest-Paid Celebrities List.
Forbes estimates that Oprah earned $165M between May 2011 and May 2012. Just last week, Forbes included Oprah on its list of The World's Most Powerful Women (she came in 11th). Oprah outearned other Hollywood tycoons such as Transformer director Michael Bay, who came in second place with $160M, and Steven Spielberg, who thanks to two directorial efforts, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, earned a solid $130M. see who made the top 10 >> Posted 08.28.12 by reelz
Despite the fact that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura called the as-yet-untitled fourth installment in the Transformers franchise a "reboot" when discussing it in February, director Michael Bay recently refuted that description. Sure, the movie will have an entirely new cast and the robots will be redesigned, but Bay said that the franchise is simply "moving on to something different," rather than starting over, and that everything that happened in the previous movies "still counts." MORE >> Posted 06.22.12 by BrentJS
Paramount has had a string of bad weeks. First the studio pulled G.I. Joe: Retaliation just weeks before its prime summer release date. Then it had to postpone Brad Pitt's costly zombie movie, World War Z, because it needed work on its third act, requiring weeks of reshoots.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount just announced it has shut down production on Michael Bay's controversial Ninja Turtle reboot and pushed back the movie's release date from December 2013 to May 2014. Now the studio is without a movie for the 2013 holiday season. What went wrong with the Ninja Turtle Project? >> Posted 06.15.12 by Chris
Michael Bay is at it again.
Not content on completely re-imagining the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michael Bay is sailing full speed ahead toward another story from your childhood — Treasure Island. The uber-producer is now developing a new series for Starz, Black Sails, a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate adventure. The story takes place 20 years before the events of the novel and follows Captain Flint and a young Long John Silver. Here's the full synopsis:
[Captain] Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day — a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality. more about the project >> Posted 05.04.12 by Chris
Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Prepare for more meddling from Michael Bay in that cherished cartoon franchise from your childhood.
Intentionally or not, Bay enraged fans earlier this month when he announced that in his movie everyone's favorite heroes in a half shell were going to be from an alien race instead of innocent pets who were transformed into crime-fighting, pizza-loving mutants via green ooze. It now seems Bay is determined to alienate more fans. Today he announced the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project will simply be called Ninja Turtles.
In a forum post on his website, Bay actually passed the buck on this blasphemous change, instead blaming Paramount. Read Bay's statement regarding the name change >> Posted 03.27.12 by Chris
It's safe to say that Michael Bay is not well-liked by the community of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans, if online petitions against the upcoming Ninja Turtle reboot (that Bay is producing) are any guide.
It all started with Bay's seemingly innocent comments earlier this month, when he revealed that the Turtles in the reboot would not be innocent pets who are transformed after being exposed to a green ooze but would be "from an alien race" instead. The response was swift — and negative — prompting Bay to issue the equally well-embraced advice that all Ninja Turtle fans should "take a breath and chill." Reboot director Jonathan Liebesman is unsurprisingly on Bay's side. While promoting Wrath of the Titans, which opens later this week, Liebesman told io9 that "fans are going to be very happy" with the reboot. read liebesman's comments and co-creator Peter Laird's >> Posted 03.26.12 by Ryan