Infographic: Michael Bay’s Bayhem

Michael Bay is well-known for his use of explosions, helicopters, and sheer budgetary mayhem. But what is the breakdown, by movie, of the use of some of those factors? And which of the films managed to turn Bay’s excess into financial gain?

An infographic called The Formula for Complete and Utter Bayhem breaks it down. Check it out below. Read More »

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Susan Sarandon is currently shooting (or about to shoot) Cloud Atlas, her second film with Andy and Lana Wachowski, but after that she’ll likely appear in a film called Snitch, which already has Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson set to star.

The film is an action thriller loosely based on a true story about the response a father has when his son is given a very harsh drug-related prison sentence. I say loosely based, because no matter how close Justin Haythe‘s early draft tried to stay close to reality, the simple fact is that the Rock is a pretty far cry from James Settembrino, the guy upon whom the film is based. More details about the film are below. Read More »

It’s the ‘late additions’ edition of casting bits today, as we’ve got news on three actors who are all either being revealed as part of three different films late in the game, or are actually coming on well after everyone else. After the break, we’ve got:

  • Olivia Munn joins Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike,
  • comedian DeRay Davis is in the G.I. Joe sequel,
  • and character actor Alan Dale takes a role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the very last minute.

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Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation is now shooting, and we know this because The Rock tells us it is so. He told us via Twitter, saying “1st day of shooting. 110 degrees. Bring It.” Along with that missive came an image of the actor in costume as Roadblock. And, while this barely counts as news, Dwayne Johnson earned a lot of good will with his constantly perspiring turn in Fast Five, so let’s give him another moment in (ahem) the sun. Read More »

Michael Bay may be best known as the guy who blows things up, but like any auteur, he’s got more than one signature move in his bag of tricks. Perhaps his second-favorite tool — after those big, loud, fantastically expensive explosions — is the slow-motion, low-angle, 360-degree shot. You know what I’m talking about: The character, who’s usually recovering from some earlier incident that’s landed him on the ground, looks off into the distance at something alarming and/or horrifying that we can’t see. As he comes to realize that shit has just gotten really real, the camera slowly revolves around him for dramatic effect.

This new supercut pulls together clips of Bay’s favorite shot while revealing what it is that has all these characters so riled up. (Hint: It’s another Bay staple.)

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Ben Affleck bailed on acting in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in order to direct his third film, a picture called Argo. (Good choice!) The film is from a Chris Terrio script that follows a true-life story about a CIA effort to pull diplomats out of Tehran in 1979. The hook: they use a plan that has them posing as a Hollywood studio crew making a sci-fi film called Argo. (Much more background detail is here.)

The first piece of casting (other than Ben Affleck, who is taking a role) is now out: Alan Arkin will play Lester Siegel, the OSS agent turned film producer who is key to the plan. The role is described as “equal parts bookie and rabbi,” in which case Alan Arkin is perfect. But then, when is he not close to perfect? George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film, and if that conjures up images of the tone of Men Who Stare At Goats — another partially true military/political tale — then you’re probably thinking along the right track. Only, let’s hope, better. [Variety]

After the break, World War Z and the G.I. Joe sequel get new cast additions. Read More »

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The ensemble cast for The Other Guys, the latest collaboration between funnymen pals Will Ferrell and writer/director Adam McKay, is of a higher-profile than on their previous flicks, sans Anchorman. Today brings news that Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “Tooth Fairy” Johnson will play stud “super cops” to the unfulfilled desk pigs played by Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Rob Riggle, and Craig Robinson. In addition, Brit comedy and Alan Patridge mastermind, Steve Coogan, will play the villain, automatically kicking the craziness up a notch. Last week we reported that Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, and a Wayans have mounted up for unspecified roles.

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Update: McG has denied reports of Johnson’s casting to SciFi: “I’ve never spoken to Dwayne Johnson about this. I like him. He’s great. He’s a wonderful human being and an excellent screen presence, but we have not spoken about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Not a word.”

After it was first announced that McG would be developing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo for Disney, the filmmaker went on to tell everyone that he wanted to cast Will Smith as the film’s title character. Production Weekly reported over the weekend a rumor that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast in the project instead of Smith. Johnson has a great relationship with the mouse house, and possibly even a multi-picture deal, so if the rumor were true, it completely makes sense.
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