The actors who play the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Jonathan Liebesman‘s new film won’t, necessarily, lend the voices to those famous turtles. Case in point, Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) has been added to voice group leader Leonardo and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) will voice master Splinter. During filming, Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn played the respective roles in performance capture but, apparently, their deals never guaranteed they’d provide the voices. Read more about the new Ninja Turtles Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub below. Read More »
We’ve come to know Michael Bay as the maestro behind a very specific type of huge movie, as he has defined the image of glossy pictures full of gorgeous women and explosions. His work, as that suggests, isn’t really known for subtlety.
But since before Bay latched on to the Transformers franchise, he has wanted to shoot a film based on the story of a few Miami bodybuilders who concocted a plan to kidnap a businessman and steal his wealth. Years later, that story has become Bay’s “little movie,” Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, and Dwayne Johnson. The movie isn’t likely to change Bay’s image, but it does represent something (slightly) different from the director. Reviews have been coming in for a few days, but now we want to know what you think about Bay’s true-crime tale. Read More »
Michael Bay has never attempted a movie as complex as Pain and Gain. He’s made plenty of films that flaunt action, crime and sex, but Pain and Gain isn’t one of them, at all. Below its glossy surface, Pain and Gain is a dark, terrifying true story of one man’s twisted view of the American dream and how he strives to achieve it. That means the film’s main characters — played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie — are not good people. They have good traits, maybe even good hearts, but though they’re presented as muscle-bound super men, they’re not good people.
Making an entertaining and thought-provoking movie filled with despicable characters is not an easy task. It’s a tonal nightmare and Bay struggles with that balance from the very beginning of the film. Ultimately, he finds a groove and the film may win you over, but the journey to that point is as bumpy as a muscled arm. Read More »
The first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain is here. Mark Wahlberg stars as a bodybuilder who wants a better life, and so he teams up with ex-con Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie to kidnap a rich businessman, played by Tony Shalhoub. But things don’t go so well, and everyone ends up experiencing more pain than anything else.
The film seems to have softened the guys so that they’re more movie-ready than the real dudes who inspired the story, but otherwise this looks like pre-Transformers Michael Bay — lurid, sweaty, colorful, and explosive. Check out the footage below.
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Things are super busy in Panem this week. Earlier today, Amanda Plummer was officially cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Lionsgate let it slip that both halves of the third film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, are moving so fast, they’re already looking for new directors as Francis Lawrence won’t have time to do it.
Now Variety says the first sequel has three major actors close to filling three major roles with filming scheduled to begin in a few months. Sam Claflin, last seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, is up for the highly coveted role of Finnick Odair, Oscar winner Melissa Leo is up for the role of Mags and Tony Shalhoub is on the list for Beetee. Read about each of the roles and more after the jump. Read More »
Before Michael Bay makes the fourth Transformers movie, he’ll get to film a story that he’s had in his sights for quite some time. Pain and Gain is a fictional account of a true story in which a group of ‘roided Miami bodybuilders attempt to execute a plan to kidnap a businessman, but find things going very wrong. Reference the subheading of the article that inspired the film: “They were local bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. And they became expert in the use of a peculiar motivational tool: Torture.”
The cast already features Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Rob Corddry. Now Bay has added the great Tony Shalhoub, who will play the target of the kidnapping plot, and model Bar Paly. Read More »
Just on the off chance that you’d overlooked the fact that a sequel to Cars is being released this summer, Disney and Pixar have released another full-length trailer (after a unleashing a legion of clips and TV spots) for Cars 2. The Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube calls this trailer #4, and who am I to argue? There is some new footage here, and the trailer is cut well, but at this point either you’re on board for Cars 2 or you’re not. If by some chance you’re new to the fact that the film exists, hit the break for the new trailer, or check it out if you can’t wait for the film to open on June 24. Read More »
Cars 2, which opens on June 24, seems to be everywhere lately. Disney and Pixar have been nearing a saturation point with the release of new characters, images, TV spots and trailers.
Just this week we had a new full-length trailer that focused on the espionage aspects of the film’s plot, and now we have an extended international cut of that trailer. It isn’t hugely different, and won’t change your mind if you’re one of those without much interest in this particular Pixar film. But for those who are ready to go back to this particular world it might be a good extra tease. In addition to that different trailer cut, we’ve got four retro-styled Grand Prix posters and a handful of high-res images, after the break. Read More »
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2.
They are really playing up the film’s spy storyline, but nothing I’m seeing is making me interested in this sequel. The first film is in all accounts Pixar’s worst movie to date. It wasn’t even very profitable at the box office, but made billions in toy/merchandise sales. I was hoping that Lasseter may have found some heartfelt hook (I loved the Route 66 storyline in the first film, but it came in way too late) but the trailers thus far present a storyline which looks like a sad excuse to cash in at Toys r Us. And don’t get me wrong, I understand this is the movie BUSINESS, but I have come to expect more from Pixar. They are a studio-run entity which time and time again have produced films which are at the perfect intersection of entertainment and art.
Watch the trailer embedded after the ump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Relativity Media announced today that Peter Farrelly (of the famous comedy directing team The Farrelly Brothers), Brett Ratner, actress Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne (The Accidental Husband) are directing a sketch comedy feature film. More directors are expected to be announced shortly. Originally set up at Overture Films, the yet-to-be-titled comedy project takes a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube. Not much more is known about the premise.
The growing cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. The producers will announce additional cast members as further deals are solidified, and production will continue thru late May 2010.
I expect that we’ll be seeing more and more movies like this after the success of Valentine’s Day, which was able to cram an impressive ensemble cast into a modestly budgeted romantic comedy. And a Sketch movie allows you to cram even more stars and directors into a two hour feature for a low cost and time commitment. You can read the full press release after the jump.
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