Li Bingbing Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Working with Michael Bay, Deleted Scenes, RESIDENT EVIL, and More

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Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark WahlbergTransformers: Age of Extinction really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers movie universe.  Also, throughout the fourth installment, director Michael Bay has peppered in a lot of interesting questions about the history of the Transformers and I’d imagine the next sequel (or sequels) will start to unravel the mysteries.  While Bay could have just done another Autobot vs Decepticon story and most fans would have been satisfied, I’m glad he pushed the franchise forward with new characters and questions, and am looking forward to where it goes from here.

A few days ago in Hong Kong I landed an exclusive video interview with Li Bingbing.  She talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, filming the action, deleted scenes, what she took away from making the movie, if she’ll be in the next Resident Evil movie, future projects (she wants a boyfriend), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Over 20 New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Images Feature Mark Wahlberg, Running, and Fire-Breathing Dinobots

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We’re only days away from the release of the fourth entry in the Transformers franchise, but if you just can’t wait any longer, Paramount Pictures has released a collection of new high-resolution Transformers: Age of Extinction to tide you over.  Everything we’ve seen from the film promises something bigger, badder, and (hopefully) different movie than the previous three installments, with director Michael Bay now turning his attention to an entirely new set of human protagonists.  These hi-res images offer a further tease of what to expect, including plenty of robot-on-robot action captured in singularly “Michael Bay” fashion.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution Transformers: Age of Extinction images, and be sure to watch Steve’s recent video interview with star Mark Wahlberg.  The film also stars Kelsey GrammerNicola PeltzJack ReynorStanley TucciSophia MylesLi BingbingT.J. MillerHan Geng, and Titus WelliverTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.

Michael Bay Talks about Being Attacked in Hong Kong While Filming TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Last year, we reported on the bizarre story regarding Michael Bay being attacked in Hong Kong during filming on Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Initial reports stated that two local men had been trying to extort the production, and when Bay refused, the director got punched in the face.  The men were arrested, and the Bay resumed filming.  It was a little schadenfreude for Bay’s detractors, but not much more.  However, the studio then sent out a clarification saying Bay was not punched in the face, but was attacked by a man who “was wielding an air conditioning unit as his weapon of choice,” a sentence that is no less strange today than it was last October.  Bay also sent out a statement detailing the event.

At the press day for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay sat down with Steve and told the story with some new details.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Michael Bay, If He’s Thanked Paul Thomas Anderson, TED 2, Other Future Projects, More

by     Posted 37 days ago

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Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of Extinction really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers movie universe.  Also, throughout the fourth installment, director Michael Bay has peppered in a lot of interesting questions about the history of the Transformers and I’d imagine the next sequel (or sequels) will start to unravel the mysteries.  While Bay could have just done another Autobot vs Decepticon story and most fans would have been satisfied, I’m glad he pushed the franchise forward with new characters and questions, and am looking forward to where it goes from here.

A few days ago in Hong Kong I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Wahlberg.  He talked about what it was like working with Bay, filming the action, how the cast was placed in the heart of the explosions, if he’s thanked Paul Thomas Anderson for getting him this role, the last time he sang “The Touch,” how the most scared he’s ever been making a movie was while filming a sequence in Hong Kong, and future projects like Ted 2, Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell, Uncharted, The Six Billion Dollar Man, American Desperados, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION: Redesigned Autobots, Decepticons, and the Vehicles They Transform into on the Set of Michael Bay’s Latest Film

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Let’s face it, the human characters in Transformers: Age of Extinction exist to to give the audience members someone to relate to, but the big draw are the big bots on screen.  During our set visit to Michael Bay’s Detroit-based stand-in for Hong Kong, I got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only look at the high-priced automobiles used in the film, but to actually sit in them (like the so-expensive-I-should-avert-my-eyes Pagani Huarya, and the latest model of the Camaro).  My colleagues and I also got to pick the brain of transportation coordinator and stunt driver Randy Peters, who shared some behind-the-scenes stories on the new bots’ vehicles and designs.

Since every robot, old or new, has been designed from the ground up, we thought we’d bring you a look at the updates.  From Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to Stinger and Galvatron, we’ve done our best to pair up promotional images with toy images and screengrabs in order to familiarize yourself with the characters before they hit the screen June 27th.  Hit the jump to take a look at the old and new vehicles and robots on display in Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Possible spoilers follow.

IMAX President Greg Foster Talks TRANSFORMERS 4 and the IMAX 4K 3D Digital Camera; Won’t Confirm J.J. Abrams Is Using IMAX Cameras on STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

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Last night I was able to speak with Greg Foster (President of IMAX Entertainment) on the red carpet at the world premiere of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong.  As we previously reported, Bay used the new IMAX 4K 3D digital cameras to shoot a tremendous amount of Transformers 4, and when you see it in IMAX about 60% of the movie will use the full IMAX aspect ratio.  It’s absolutely the best way to experience this movie.

During the interview Foster talked about the new cameras, how Bay originally had them for two weeks but decided to keep them for the entire shoot, how IMAX will do future upgrades to the camera, and more.  In addition, I’ve heard J.J. Abrams is using IMAX cameras on Star Wars: Episode 7, but when I asked Foster about it, he wouldn’t confirm the news.  With Abrams penchant for secrecy, it’s no surprise.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Paramount’s Rob Moore Talks TRANSFORMERS 4, When We’re Likely to Get TRANSFORMERS 5, the Importance of International Box Office, and More

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While everyone likes to use the domestic box office when deciding if a movie is a flop or a hit, domestic box office is only a small piece of a very large pie.  Nowadays, Hollywood studios make their money internationally, with some movies making 70% (or more) of their final box office overseas.  This explains why more Hollywood movies are casting actors from around the world in key roles, and why the studios do global premieres like the one I attended last night in Hong Kong for Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Asia is a huge market with China’s box office getting bigger and bigger every year.  Most think it’s only a matter of time before China eclipses North America in terms of movie screens and box office revenue.

Shortly before the premiere started, I spoke to Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, on the red carpet.  He talked about the importance of international box office, how Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters made most of its money internationally, the challenge of making Transformers: Age of Extinction, when we’ll get Transformers 5 (most likely 2017 and not 2016), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Producer Ian Bryce Talks about Working with Michael Bay, Logistics of the Globe-Trekking Shoot and More on the Set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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It takes a lot of experience to keep a production like Transformers: Age of Extinction running smoothly; luckily, veteran producer Ian Bryce is more than up to the task.  Bryce has been in the Transformers game alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay since the original 2007 film, so he was a perfect person to talk to about how the franchise has changed (and how it’s stayed true to its origins) during a visit to the film’s Detroit set.

Bryce talked to our small group of visiting journalists about his excitement for the new film, learning from the previous three movies, the new IMAX 3D cameras, challenges of filming on location, and his favorite action scene so far.  He also reflected on his working relationship with Bay.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION – New Featurette Goes behind the Scenes with Imagine Dragons, Steve Jablonsky, and Hans Zimmer

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Once upon a time, before Michael Bay brought them to life in his Transformers movies, we had to imagine Autobots battling Decepticons on the big screen.  Now, with his latest film Transformers: Age of Extinction opening soon, a new featurette with the band Imagine Dragons is available for you to enjoy.  It goes behind the scenes of the epic film and reveals the group’s process in composing the title track “Battle Cry” alongside Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer.

The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th, and stars Mark WahlbergKelsey GrammerNicola PeltzJack ReynorStanley TucciSophia MylesLi BingbingT.J. MillerHan Geng, and Titus Welliver.  Click on the respective links for our set visit coverage and interviews with Tucci and MylesReynor and PeltzWahlberg, and Bay.  Hit the jump to scope out the new featurette.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTICTION Behind-the-Scenes Footage Reveals How Michael Bay Uses His IMAX Cameras

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Paramount has released seven minutes of Transformers: Age of Extinction B-roll. Some of the footage is mundane such as an actress walking out of a car, and then other parts are amazing like pulling back to show that they’re filming on the Great Wall of China.  Not surprisingly, there are also multiple shots of the actors surrounded by explosions and running towards the camera.  But the real money shot comes at the very end and involves an IMAX camera.  Say what you will about Michael Bay (and much has been said), but he knows how to do some cool things behind-the-scenes.  It may be in service of a script that was written on a cocktail napkin, but there’s still cinematic craft involved.

Hit the jump to check out the Transformers: Age of Extinction B-roll footage.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th, and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, and Titus Welliver.  Click on the respective links for our set visit coverage and interviews with Tucci and Myles, Reynor and Peltz, Wahlberg, and Bay.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Working with Michael Bay, Casting Mark Wahlberg, and Threats from Robots and Humans Alike

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Veteran producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been with the Transformers franchise from the beginning, and with Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction opening soon, neither of them shows any signs of slowing down.  While on the Detroit set that acted as a stand-in for Hong Kong, I joined a small group of journalists in witnessing a huge action scene unfold, along with cast and crew interviews between shots.  One such interview (and a rather long one at that) was with all-around-awesome producer, di Bonaventura.

He talked about the preparation for these action sequences, how scenes in Hong Kong and China were always part of the script, what makes this film different from the others and yet still a continuation of the franchise, and referencing the previous movies.  In his more candid moments, he shared a few anecdotes about working with Bay and commented on just how great their working relationship really is.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

65 Things to Know About Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION From Our Set Visit

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The first thing you should know about visiting the set of a Michael Bay movie, like say Transformers: Age of Extinction, is that it’s exactly how you think it would be.  It’s explosive, it’s deafening, it’s intense, all in an environment of controlled chaos, and above all, it’s fun.  So much fun.  From witnessing Bay in action as the general in charge of 200-some odd crew members, to watching star Mark Wahlberg flit between handling giant alien grenades in a scene and talking to our small group of reporters on the sideline, to the epic finale of a massive stunt sequence that ended the day with a multi-car crash, pyrotechnics, and the wave of relief that followed when the day-long preparation paid off without a hitch. If the movie is even half as fun as this set visit was, it will be a huge hit with audiences all around the world.

That first thing you should know was a bonus; I’ve got 65 more after the jump.  During our set visit, our group got to see all the points of view of the production from the director, to the producers, to the stars themselves.  We also got to chat with the VFX supervisor, stunt coordinator, and transportation coordinator in charge of all of those beautiful vehicles.  So hit the jump to check out 65 “Things to Know” about our Transformers: Age of Extinction set visit before the film opens on June 27th.

Michael Bay Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Working with Mark Wahlberg, Robot Redesigns, the New IMAX Camera, and More

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If only we could tap into the limitless energy of director Michael Bay, we’d never have to wage wars over natural resources again.  Instead, we must settle for simply witnessing this national treasure in his natural habitat: the Detroit-based movie set of Transformers: Age of Extinction.  I had the incredible opportunity to join a small group of journalists who visited the set and chased Bay all over the multi-block-wide set as he organized stunts, corralled extras, and good-naturedly heckled crowds that had gathered to snag video and images of the film’s production.

Though a bit hectic thanks to the ambient noise (the set was located directly beneath Detroit’s monorail which ran every seven minutes) and the general chaos of setting up a massive stunt sequence, our multi-part interview with Bay ranged from his experience working with Mark Wahlberg, almost casting Dwayne Johnson, redesigning the robots from top to bottom, and how he liked working with the new IMAX 3D cameras.  Bay talked about so much more with his characteristic passion for all things film and Transformers.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Drawing on His Experience as a Father, Big Action Movies & Possibly Singing the Title Track

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Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay took their relationship from Pain & Gain and pumped it up to even bigger levels for the upcoming action film, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  While on the Detroit-based set that acted as a stand-in for Hong Kong, I got the awesome opportunity to join a small group of journalists in interviewing the cast and crew throughout the day before watching an insane stunt sequence to wrap it all up.

Between quick takes on a smaller action sequence, Wahlberg was kind enough to take some time for us on the sidelines, where he talked about drawing on his experience as a father to develop his character, why he chose to get back into a big action movie, his take on stuntwork, and the responsibility he feels for being the new face of this franchise.  He also teased an idea that could have him singing the film’s title track.  Hit the jump for all of that and more.

Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz Talk TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Action Scenes, Character Traits, Working with Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay & More

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Say hello to Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, the fresh young faces of Transformers: Age of Extinction, the newest Transformers film from director Michael Bay.  The up-and-coming actors will form two-thirds of a triangle (along with Mark Wahlberg) that forms the core human relationship of a story set in a world where giant robots transform into vehicles.  It’s glorious.

While on set at the Detroit stand-in for Hong Kong, I joined a small group of journalists in interviewing Reynor and Peltz.  The pair talked about performing in the big action scenes, a bit about their characters, working with Wahlberg and Bay, training to prepare themselves for the stunts, and how they feel about stepping into such a big franchise.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

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