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The summer movie season is officially over and that means its time to wrap up our 2014 Summer Movie Wager. If you are unclear, every year a group of us attempt to predict which films will be the top ten of the summer season. You get points for being as accurate as possible.

Like most summers, 2014 was filled with surprises and familiarity. The biggest surprise? Guardians of the Galaxy. In just four weeks, it outgrossed every other film of the summer including massive hits like Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and more. What wasn’t a surprise? Almost everything else. Of the three contestants (myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata) we all got at least 9 of the 10 films in the top ten right. The order was another story and is what finally declared a winner.

Below, check out the final point totals and watch our wrap-up video podcast.  Read More »

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Keep the lights on, because today’s edition of Sequel Bits is unusually horror-heavy. After the jump:

  • Karl Urban wants to do Star Trek for 25 more years
  • Avatar 2 is probably going to shoot in early 2015
  • Transformers 4 is now the 18th biggest film ever
  • Mark Duplass wants to make Creep 2 and 3 right away
  • Tremors 5 finally has a director and a star
  • Hey, Chicagoans: Sinister 2 is looking for extras
  • ABCs of Death 2 is arriving just in time for Halloween
  • Leprechaun: Origins is coming to theaters after all
  • … and so is Sharknado 2: The Second One!
  • Jarhead 2: Field of Fire not only exists, it has a trailer

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Dave and Jeff chat about the suboptimal viewing experience of watching Transformers: Age of Extinction in IMAX 3D, how to suck at using Facebook, and why parents should force their kids to play musical instruments. Be sure to read about The Fermi Paradox and 7 Ways to be Insufferable on Facebook.

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There’s a very short list of Hollywood producers who are names unto themselves. On that list is Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of both the G.I. Joe and Transformers franchises. He’s also the producer of Salt, Red, Side Effects, Jack Ryan, Beverly Hills Cop 4 and more. The guy is a proven hit-maker with a great handle on the pulse of mainstream audiences.

His latest film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is more of the same. Despite being savaged by critics, audiences are once again turning out for the franchise. On the occasion of that release, we had the pleasure of speaking with di Bonaventura about a few things. We talked about producing for Michael Bay, and the choice of using Dinobots not only in the film, but in the marketing as well. I asked about the length of the film, the inevitability of Bay leaving the franchise, and what the ending of this film means for Transformers 5, currently slotted for 2016. Finally, I just had to ask about my favorite Transformer, Hot Rod. Read all his answers below in our full interview with Transformers: Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Read More »

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No one does action quite like Michael Bay. Love his movies or hate them, there’s no denying the director has an incredible eye for action and his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is the biggest one yet. The effects, the locations, the stunts, all of it suggests a budget and freedom few filmmakers would ever enjoy. Which, actually, isn’t true. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told us despite the continued success of the Transformers franchise, they aren’t given a blank check. In particular, Bay’s action scenes have to be very carefully constricted to make sure everything stays on budget.

Below, read di Bonaventura talk about how the Michael Bay action scenes in Transformers: Age of Extinction are accounted for in the budget, which is a little more backwards than you’d imagine. Read More »

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After the worldwide box office success of Transformers: Age of Extinction, it’s no surprise Paramount started getting the ball rolling on Transformers 5 for 2016. We still don’t know who’ll be writing it or directing it but, we can make a good assumption it’ll be long. The first four film, all directed by Michael Bay, have gotten increasingly long with each installment. They’re 144, 150, 154 and 165 minutes long respectively. So, with that in mind, I asked producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura if we’d ever see a shorter, compact Transformers movie.

We also asked him who, if anyone, would take over for Bay if he ever decides to leave the franchise. You can get the answers to both questions below. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 278 – Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Dave, Devindra, Peter and Jeff discuss some of your “Dealbreaker” choices via our Facebook page, Peter explains to us what happened during his 4dX experience, Dave gets disappointed by The Rover, Devindra is reminded of the magic of The Abyss, and Jeff loves the Fargo TV series. Also, check out Peter’s post on the Forbidden Journey and iO9′s Transformers FAQ.

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While his movies make hundreds of millions of dollars within days of release, their sure seems to be a lot of Michael Bay critics out there. In my opinion, Bay gets way more criticism than is really deserved. Are Bay’s films deep meaningful pieces of art? Not really… But Bay makes some fun action films, each with some especially artful cinematography, visual effects and sound design. But Bay is one of the largest targets of film critics and moviegoers alike. Recently Michael Bay and his Transformers: Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura have responded to the criticism head on. I wanted to highlight these interviews.

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