In today’s Hollywood, violence is complicated topic. A single violent scene in an otherwise timid movie, if shot in a graphic way, can get a film an R rating. On the other hand, if the violence isn’t graphic, a filmmaker can kill millions of people and get a PG-13. Is one worse than the other? Is the death of many, if it shown without blood, less frightening than the gory death of one?
This issue comes to light most often in blockbuster movies. Films like Man of Steel or The Avengers contain wanton destruction, yet are considered family-friendly due their rating and genre. It’s with that knowledge actor Titus Welliver, best known for being the Man in Black on Lost, probably said the following about his upcoming film, Transformers: Age of Extinction. He called the film darker and said “it’s not a kids movie, I’ll tell you that much.” Read More »
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The found-footage, time travel movie Welcome to Yesterday was set to be released on February 28. However, Paramount and Platinum Dunes have now decided to delay the film until Summer or Fall.
Formerly called Almanac, the film is directed by Dean Israelite and follows a group of kids who stumble on the ability to time travel. They use it to have a lot of fun. The official reason for the delay is producer Michael Bay, who is currently hard at work on Transformers: Age of Extinction. He wants to give the film personal attention. They’ll also use the time to “refine” the marketing, which has been all but non-existent. Read More »
Here’s the first footage from Michael Bay‘s fourth Transformers movie. This one, subtitled Age of Extinction, features a new lead cast, and quite a few new robots. Much of what’s in this trailer — like Grimlock, above — has been the subject of rumor and speculation, but with this first trailer they’re starting to open up the mystery box. Read More »
Transformers director Michael Bay appeared at Samsung’s CES 2014 Press Conference (which is still going on at the time of this posting) to help introduce the company’s UHD curved television displays. But when the teleprompter stopped working, Bay gets flustered and awkwardly decides to ditch the presentation. Bay walks off the stage leaving Joe Stinziano, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics America, to recover from the technology failure. Watch the video embeddeed now after the jump.
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Briefly: People have wondered for years why all involved haven’t pulled the trigger on Bad Boys 3 — it seems like such an obvious move in a studio culture that is all about sequels. But this one has, in the past, required the willingness of two stars and a director. That complicates the process.
Now that there’s been a little power structure change at Sony, installing Michael De Luca as production co-president with a mandate to up the quality of the studio’s tentpole films, it looks like that sequel will happen. A writer is almost signed, but that’s just the first step in the process. Read more below. Read More »
Michael Bay wants to clear a few things up. Earlier this week, we ran a story about Bay saying his upcoming film Transformers: Age of Extinction would be “much more cinematic” and not as “goofy” as the last one. This wasn’t the first time one of Bay’s quotes seemed to criticize his previous work. Well, turns out, Bay doesn’t feel that’s true. The director of Bad Boys, Armageddon, The Rock and going on four Transformers movies took to his official site to set the record straight. “I do not apologize for any Transformers movies,” he says. Read the full statement below, including the revelation we’ll see the first footage from the film during the Super Bowl. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
- Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
- The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
- Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
- Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
- Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
- 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
- Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
- George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road
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Michael Bay, once again, is his own worst critic.
In 2011, the action director used the word “crap” to describe the mystical storyline of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. (Read the full quote here.) At the time, he was confident the third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, would be better. Fast forward to 2013 and, discussing the upcoming fourth Transformers installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay has once again criticized his previous work, this time saying the third film was “a bit too goofy.” Read More »