Michael Bay Finds a Writer for Futuristic Vehicle Movie COSMIC MOTORS

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Daniel Simon got his first big screen credit for his work as a vehicle designer on TRON: Legacy and ever since, he’s been adding more and more titles to his resume.  And it makes sense the guy’s getting more work.  Have you seen his book Cosmic Motors?  It’s absolutely loaded with incredible vehicle designs that he puts in a fictional realm called Galaxion, a place where futuristic concepts aren’t relegated to artwork, but actually exist.

Clearly Michael Bay enjoys doing out-of-this-world things with cars on the big screen, so it should come as no surprise that he’s the one developing the Cosmic Motors movie.  Hit the jump to find out who Bay just recruited to pen the screenplay.

Michael Bay Plans to Pass TRANSFORMERS 5 Director Duties to Another Filmmaker

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The overall box office has been down this summer despite there being an atypical number of genuinely good movies in theaters, but one film that didn’t disappoint at the box office was Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Though the pic will likely be eclipsed stateside by Guardians of the Galaxy as the top domestic earner of the summer, Age of Extinction has already crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide.  Consequently, of course there will be a Transformers 5, but the question now turns to who will direct it.  Michael Bay has helmed each and every Transformers movie thus far, even though he briefly gave up directing duties on Transformers 4 before ultimately deciding to helm the movie anyway.

Now Bay is apparently planning on handing over the Transformers 5 director chair to another filmmaker, but will it hold?  More after the jump.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Release Date Set for June 3, 2016

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not be one of the biggest hits of the summer, critically or at the box office, but it looks as though Paramount is happy with that $65 million start because the studio has officially set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for a June 3, 2016 debut.  Writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return to pen the sequel and Michael Bay will be back to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, however, there’s no word on whether or not Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct the sequel, too.

Hit the jump for more on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 release date news.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently in theaters and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner.

International TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Posters Play Up the Action

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I want to lie.  I want to say I’m angry about director Jonathan Liebesman’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  But I’m not.  Even as a childhood fan of the somewhat violent Black & White comics I don’t feel violated.  I’m an adult now, and this is a movie about giant turtles.  And, that being said, it actually doesn’t even look that bad for a kids movie.  And a “kids movie” is certainly what these posters are selling.  Because one of them is a dramatic rendering of turtles plummeting away from an explosion.

In the new live-action iteration, a city is in the iron grip of Shredder (William Fichtner) and the Foot Clan, and it’s up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with the help of reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), to stop Shredder and save the day.  Hit the jump to check out international versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles posters.  The film also features the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub and opens in theaters on August 8th.

THE COLLISION: Episode 95 – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION and Michael Bay

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by freelance film critic Curt Holman to talk about Transformers: Age of Extinction.  We talk about the film’s huge box office, critical reaction versus general reaction, why the franchise continues, how it fits into the blockbuster landscape, the directing style and filmography of Michael Bay, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Game of Thrones: Looking Back at Season 4″), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Michael Bay Talks TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION, Expanding the Universe, Why He Doesn’t Use a 2nd Unit Director, TRANSFORMERS 5, and More

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I love talking to Michael Bay because he always says what he thinks and doesn’t hide behind media-trained answers.   While many vilify him no matter what he does, Bay has an original style and eye for framing that I think is unique and cool.  In addition, no matter what he’s done previously, he always manages to push the boundaries of technology and special effects to another level, like his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark Wahlberg, Transformers 4 really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers universe.  Also, 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 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.  I look forward to where it goes from here.

The other day, I landed a great video interview with Michael Bay the day after the world premiere in Hong Kong.  He talked about expanding the universe, the challenge of making a Transformers movie, what new film technology has excited him, using the Phantom camera on a cool action scene, why he doesn’t use a 2nd unit director, whether he’ll return for Transformers 5 and where the story might go, how he’s always wanted to make a movie about poaching, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watch: Preview the New IMAX 3D 4K Digital Camera Used for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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The IMAX format is a pretty great way to experience a film.  Though most “IMAX” experiences these days weren’t actually filmed natively in the format and are instead just blown up versions of standard format, some filmmakers (ie. Christopher Nolan) have made it a point to push genuine IMAX to its limits.  It’s a cumbersome way to shoot a movie,  however, as the large, bulky cameras limit the director’s camera movements, and even in dramatic scenes the camera is so loud that any dialogue onscreen has to be redubbed in ADR.  However, IMAX has just unveiled a new, smaller, 65mm 4K digital 3D camera that Michael Bay used in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the company has released a short video explaining how this new digital IMAX camera—the first of its kind—operates.  I’m very curious to see if it can stack up to the film IMAX experience.

Hit the jump to watch the digital IMAX 3D camera video, and get a look at the camera in action when Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27th.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION International Trailer Offers New Footage

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A new Transformers: Age of Extinction international trailer has landed online, hot on the heels of the recent new domestic trailer debutMichael Bay directs the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise, which acts as a sort of reboot for the series and revolves around a burgeoning inventor and family man (Mark Wahlberg) who finds himself in a world of trouble when he accidentally discovers a beat-up Transformer.  This international trailer isn’t drastically different than the previous one, but there are a few bits of new footage involving Wahlberg’s character.  Though he’s certainly worlds away from Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky, Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager appears to be filling the same hero/comic relief hybrid type of role, as he has a couple of comedic lines in this international cut.

Hit the jump to watch the new Transformers: Age of Extinction international trailer.  The film also stars Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, and Titus WelliverTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.

New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Trailer

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Paramount has released a Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer for director Michael Bay’s fourth entry in the action franchise.  In the movie, Mark Wahlberg plays a burgeoning inventor/family man who runs into trouble when he accidentally discovers a beat-up Transformer.  This trailer probably gives us an accurate idea of the movie since it doesn’t make any sense.  It starts off by being excited about the physics of the Transformers, and then goes in a completely different direction with Optimus Prime saying that humanity faces a grave threat, and the only way to save the day is to ride around on a robot dinosaur.  I thought I would at least be amused by this trailer, but the franchise just feels incredibly stale at this point.  I don’t see anything here that’s worth being excited about.  For all of the CGI wizardry, the only moment that caught my eye was when a guy took a tire to the face.

Transformers: Age of Extinction also stars Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, and Titus Welliver, and opens June 27, 2014.  Watch the new Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer after the jump.

John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to Voice New Autobots in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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The fourth film in the Transformers franchise hits theaters in a couple of months, but a pair of late-minute additions to the cast have been made.  Director Michael Bay announced today that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe (Inception) will provide the voices for two new autobots in Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Goodman will play Autobot Hound and Watanabe will play Drift, while Peter Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime and Frank Welker will voice Galvatron.  Goodman is no stranger to voice work having starred in two Pixar films—Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University—but this will be Watanabe’s first time voicing a character.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes news on characters voiced by John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth, and Reno Wilson. The human cast of Transformers 4 is led by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Treynor, and Kelsey GrammarTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.

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