Scope out the above image and then I’ll give you two guesses who’s directing the movie. Give up? Michael Bay! These lovely ladies were spotted on set of Transformers 4, along with stars Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Mark Wahlberg. In addition to the eye candy, some military personnel were also present, plus a new vehicle that is featured in a quick set video. It’s not much to go on but at least we know Bay is sticking to his roots, even if Megan Fox isn’t along for the ride this time around.
Also starring Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller and Bingbing Li, the untitled Transformers sequel opens June 27, 2014. Hit the jump to see the new images and watch a video featuring the new vehicle. [Update: The images have been taken down by request of the photographer. Sorry if you missed them.]
In addition to a latest Autobot to appear in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4, we get a first look at Mark Wahlberg on set of the new film. It looks like Wahlberg has kept in shape from his previous collaboration with Bay (Pain and Gain) and has brought along some vintage vehicles for the latest Transformers installment. We get looks at an old Chevy pick-up, a rusted-out big rig and a throwback firetruck from these images taken on set in Texas. There’s no indication of whether these autos are robots in disguise or merely good old fashioned set dressing, but a new vehicle from Bay’s blog will surely be doing some transformin’. Which Autobot it may be is anyone’s guess. Hit the jump to check it out.
Also starring Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer, Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.
For the past couple of weeks, Director Michael Bay has been unveiling the cars that will eventually become giant robots in Transformers 4. Today, he’s revealed the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe will be part of the gang. He doesn’t say if it will be an Autobot or a Decepticon, and since I don’t follow the series, I’m not going to speculate. If you are die-hard Transformers fan, tell us in the comments what you think this car could turn into.
Hit the jump to check out a high-resolution image of the Lamborghini Aventador. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer. Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.
Director Michael Bay has unveiled new looks at the Autobot vehicles for Transformers 4 over the last couple of days. We got a retro Camaro for Bumblebee, a redesigned semi for Optimus Prime, plus a new Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse and Corvette Stingray. Now, welcome a new member to the robotic family in the form of Autobot scout, Hound.
Hit the jump to check out the new Bot. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer. Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.
A couple days ago, we got our first look at the Transformers 4 vehicles, the Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray and the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, along with Optimus Prime. Today, Paramount has released the first car-image of Bumblebee, who will be a “modified, vintage 1967 Camaro” when he’s in car-form. I’m not sure what the character will do without Sam Witwicky to look after, but I’m sure he’ll find a new buddy. He’s the friendliest alien robot.
Hit the jump to check out the Camaro. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer. Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.
While the above vehicle has yet to transform, this robot in disguise will be one of at least two new additions to Michael Bay’s Transformers 4. Currently filming in Monument Valley, Transformers 4 stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, but the real draw are the massive autonomous fighting robots at the heart of the franchise. Seen above is the $2.4 million Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, a 16-cylinder engine with quad turbochargers pumping out 1,200 horsepower. While there’s no word as of yet on just which Autobot this beast will transform into, you can bet it will be nasty. Hit the jump for another new car that will make an appearance in Transformers 4.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Comedian T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League) is set to join Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 as a pal of star Mark Wahlberg’s character.
- Joel McHale (Community) will take a dramatic turn in the supernatural thriller Beware the Night, starring Eric Bana and directed by Scott Derrickson.
- Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is in talks to join Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, the comedic drama based on the relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane.
- Katharine McPhee (Smash) is set to star in the Paul Tamasy-directed thriller Depravity, scripted by Dennis Lehane.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to share today. Briefly:
- Sean Penn is in talks to join the increasingly impressive cast of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, Inherent Vice.
- Looking to expand outside of the Marvel world, Chris Evans is eyeing a starring role in the Stephen King adaptation The Ten O’Clock People.
- Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution) is the first Chinese actress to join the cast of Michael Bay’s sequel Transformers 4, which will feature a host of Chinese stars.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
The forced theme of tonight’s casting report is One Word In The Title Causes Destruction:
- Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play the villain in Jane Got a Gun, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Noah Emmerich co-star.
- Benicio del Toro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
- Michael Bay cast Sophia Myles (Tristan + Isolde) in Transformers 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer co-star.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) is more than meets the eye as the new – and quite human – antagonist for Michael Bay’s Transformers 4. Not too much is known about his character except that he’ll be playing counter-intelligence operative Harold Attinger – a flesh-and-blood baddie – and not a voice of any villainous Decepticons. Grammer will join Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor in a story that centers on “a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists [who] attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control—all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.” Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014. Hit the jump for more.
Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.
Recently, I landed an exclusive phone interview with Johnson and Wahlberg. We talked about how the craziest stuff is true, the way they prepared for the role, whether they were nervous to play these characters, collaborating with Michael Bay, future projects like Ted 2, Hercules, G.I. Joe 3, and more. In addition, I asked Wahlberg if we can get Johnson walking around in the background of Transformers 4 so that there can eventually be a G.I. Joe/Transformers movie. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Michael Bay is delivering the news tonight at CinemaCon. Bay revealed to Steve that he will shoot the big showcase scenes in Transformers 4 with the new, smaller IMAX 3D digital camera. Now, at Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation, Bay announced Stanley Tucci will join the cast. Tucci is the fourth confirmed cast member alongside Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor. As with virtually every movie, Tucci is a great addition.
The most recent synopsis says the sequel centers follows “a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists [who] attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control—all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.” Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014. Hit the jump for more.
While IMAX delivers an amazing, immersive experience in movie theaters, the cameras are awfully difficult to use. The problems are numerous: they’re huge, they weigh a lot, it costs a lot more for the film stock, and they’re so loud that any dialogue sequence has to be redone in post production. So while the end production is amazing, only selected filmmakers get to play with the format (J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Christopher Nolan).
However…that might be about to change.
Over the last few years, IMAX has been quietly developing a smaller digital camera with amazing resolution. And while that would be great on its own…the new camera would also shoot in 3D! However, since no one had been talking about it recently, I figured IMAX was stuck trying to get the tech to work and it’d be years before we’d see it in action. I thought wrong. Tonight on the CinemaCon red carpet for Paramount’s presentation, Michael Bay told me he’s going to be shooting the big showcase scenes in Transformers 4 with the new, smaller IMAX 3D digital camera! Hit the jump for more.
Christopher Nolan shot 28 minutes of The Dark Knight with IMAX cameras. He followed with 72 minutes of IMAX footage for The Dark Knight Rises. We learned with the release date announcement that his next project, Interstellar, is destined for IMAX. At CinemaCon tonight, Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment, revealed Nolan will shoot a significant portion of Interstellar with IMAX cameras. I imagine Nolan wants to test the limits of the technology and film as much of this “heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding” as possible in his ideal format. We will see if he can push it to 100 minutes or more this time around and—fingers crossed—shoot an entire feature film in IMAX in the near future.
In addition, IMAX announced Michael Bay will shoot selected scenes in Transformers 4 in IMAX. This is all part of Paramount’s five-picture deal with IMAX—the three remaining titles have yet to be announced. Hit the jump for the press release with the details.
When director Michael Bay’s sequel Transformers 4 hits theaters next year, we’ll be seeing plenty of robot destruction overseas on the screen. We learned last November that Paramount was hoping to partner with a Chinese production company on the tentpole and set a fair amount of the film’s action in the country in order to boost its box office prospects in the lucrative country. It appears that plan has now come to fruition, as Paramount announced today that it is partnering with China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises on Transformers 4, with production set to take place in China and the film poised to feature a number of Chinese actors and actresses. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.