WonderCon: THE LAST SHIP Panel Recap; TNT Offers a Sneak Peak at the New Post-Apocalyptic Thriller from Executive Producer Michael Bay

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Premiering Sunday, June 22nd, on TNT is The Last Ship. From Executive Producer Michael Bay, the post-apocalyptic action thriller follows the crew of a US Navy destroyer, the USS Nathan James, as they comes back from four months of radio silence in the arctic to find the world ravaged by a lethal virus. With 80% of the population wiped out, the captain (Eric Dane) and his XO (Adam Baldwin) struggle to keep cavitation alive aboard the ship that harbors the last hope for the human race – Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra), a virologist on a mission to find a vaccine. Stars Travis Van Winkle and Charles Parnell were on hand at WonderCon alongside producers Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane to screen the pilot and answer a few questions during a brief panel. Hit the jump for my thoughts on the pilot and bullet point highlights from the panel.

V/H/S Director David Bruckner in Talks to Helm FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot

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Paramount Pictures has found its director for the new Friday the 13th rebootThe Wrap reports that genre director David Bruckner is in talks to take the helm of the pic, which Paramount hopes will kick off a new Friday the 13th franchise.  The studio previously attempted to breathe new life into Jason Voorhees with a 2009 redo helmed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), but it never moved forward with further films.  Bruckner has experience in the horror genre having directed the 2007 pic The Signal and the segment “Amateur Night” for the 2012 anthology film V/H/S, so it’ll be interesting to see what his take on Friday the 13th entails.

Just as with the previous reboot, Michael Bay will produce this new film through his Platinum Dunes banner.  The pic already has a March 13, 2015 release date staked out, so if Bruckner’s deal closes the new Friday the 13th reboot would likely move forward rather quickly.  For those keeping count, this will be the 13th iteration of Friday the 13th since the series began in 1980.

Michael Bay May Direct Underwater Adventure Project for Paramount

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When Michael Bay stated his intention to step away from the Transformers franchise after the third installment, many were interested to see what filmmaker would tackle next.  After helming his smaller scale passion project Pain & Gain, however, the director did an about-face and decided he would return to the Transformers world one more time in order to set up a sort of franchise reboot.  The result is the Mark Wahlberg-fronted Transformers: Age of Extinction, and with the film slated to open in theaters this summer, attention now turns to Bay’s next film—that is unless he just decides to keep making Transformers movies forever.

Paramount Pictures has now picked up an untitled adventure pitch for Bay to produce, but the project is also being developed as potential directing vehicle for the filmmaker, making this a contender for Bay’s post-Transformers project.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Starring Mark Wahlberg

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Paramount Pictures has released a new full-length trailer for director Michael Bay‘s action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction.  The film takes place some time after the events of the third Transformers pic, Dark of the Moon, and follows an entirely different set of characters.  Mark Wahlberg leads the cast as a mechanic and family man who starts working on what he believes to be a junked truck, only to discover that it’s actually a battle-wounded Transformer.  The main takeaway from this trailer is that Age of Extinction is, for all intents and purposes, a reboot of the Transformers franchise.  Gone are the quips and jokes from a young know-it-all from the first three films, and in their stead, Bay considers a post-war world in which Transformers are no longer needed; the title actually appears to be referring to the main Transformers themselves, not exclusively the Dinobots.  This is still a Michael Bay tentpole, though, so there’s plenty of the director’s signature action on display, but the expanded international scope of the pic is particularly promising and I’m hoping the director has found a tone that sets Age of Extinction apart.

Hit the jump to watch a preview of the new trailer.  The film also stars Nicola PeltzJack ReynorKelsey GrammerStanley TucciT.J. MillerTitus WelliverHan GengSophia Myles, and Li Bingbing.  Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th. 

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Trailer Preview; Full Trailer Debuts Tuesday

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Fans eager to see how director Michael Bay plans to “reboot” his own franchise will want to keep an eye on this space tomorrow.  The full trailer for Bay’s action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction will debut on Tuesday, but today Paramount has released a preview with a few bits of new footage.  We still know very little about the film other than the fact that none of the characters from the previous three Transformers films return and Mark Wahlberg takes on leading man duties; oh, and there are Dinobots.  I wasn’t over the moon about the Super Bowl spot for the film, but I’m curious to see what Bay has done to retool the franchise with this fourth installment.  Is the tone the same as the first three movies?  Does the primary setting remain in the U.S.?  Hopefully we’ll have a better idea of what to expect when the new trailer hits tomorrow.

Hit the jump to watch a preview of the new trailer.  The film also stars Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li BingbingTransformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th. 

WELCOME TO YESTERDAY Gets an Indefinite Delay

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The Michael Bay-produced sci-fi thriller Welcome to Yesterday (previously titled Almanac) was set to open in just a few weeks, but will now be postponed indefinitely.  Directed by Dean Israelite, written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, and starring Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia, the film centers on a group of teens who construct a working time machine and are faced with unexpected complications.  It was planned to debut in theaters on February 28th, but Paramount is now looking towards a release date this summer or fall.  Hit the jump to find out why.

Watch the Pilot for BLACK SAILS Online for Free

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No need to pirate the series premiere of the Michael Bay-produced Starz series, Black Sails, as the network is offering it up free for the watching.  Sure, it may be edited a bit for mature content, but the free offering gives a great first look to the new pirate series.  If it wets your whistle, you still have a few days to subscribe to Starz before the show premieres this Saturday.

Starring Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Black Sails premieres on Starz January 25th at 9pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump to watch the pilot.

Michael Bay Talks Goofiness, Reboots, and Practical Effects from the Set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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We recently brought you some new images from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, but now we can pair them with some commentary from the director himself.  Bay talked about the level of “goofiness” from his last foray into the Transformers universe and how the fourth film will depart from that in a more cinematic direction.  Stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz also talk about their experience working with Bay from the set of the fourth film in the franchise.  Hit the jump to see what they all had to say.

The film also stars Kelsey GrammerStanley TucciT.J. MillerTitus WelliverHan Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing.  Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27, 2014. 

7 New Images from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Paramount has released new images and set photos from Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Few details are known about the upcoming sequel/reboot, and these photos don’t provide anything revealing other than Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor’s characters will be getting in presumably Bumblebee, and Michael Bay felt the need to attack Nicola Peltz with a giant green-screen claw.  I like to imagine he carries that thing around even when he’s not filming.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li BingbingTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Entertainment Tonight Visits Set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION; Discovers There Will Be Explosions

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The last news we heard from Hong Kong set of Transformers: Age of Extinction revolved around extortionists wielding air conditioners.  Entertainment Tonight recently visited the set, and their piece is slightly less amusing, but as fluffy as fluffy as you’d expect from the long-running TV show.  Mark Wahlberg likes playing pranks on co-star Nicola Peltz!  Nicola Peltz likes painting crewmembers faces between set-ups!  Cars will be blowing up!  The best bit is when the reporter begs director Michael Bay about plot details and he says, “The world has progressed and modernized to a point where it can almost cannibalize and kill itself.”  In other words: “MORE ‘SPLOSIONS.”

Hit the jump to check out the footage.  The film also stars Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li BingbingTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Universal Pictures Sets THE PURGE Sequel for June 20, 2014

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Universal had a sleeper hit with the horror film The Purge earlier this summer, so naturally they need to get a sequel out as quickly as possible.  The studio has sent out a press release announcing “the next chapter of The Purge” will be released on June 20, 2014.  For those who didn’t see the first film, it’s a speculative thriller where all crimes are legal during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  During the Purge, a well-to-do family is attacked when they rescue an injured citizen from a violent mob.  Writer/director/producer James DeMonaco will produce alongside other returning producers Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.  It’s a fairly quick turnaround, so perhaps the sequel will stick to the small scale of the original.

The Purge sequel will share the weekend with the comedy Think Like a Man Too and Clint Eastwood‘s screen adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys.

Michael Bay Gets Punched in the Face on the Set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION [Updated with Official Statement]

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Here’s something Michael Bay can get asked endlessly about when he does press for Transformers: Age of Extinction.  According to THR, the director was attacked on the Hong Kong set by two local men, reportedly brothers, when he refused to pay them $13,000 (U.S.).  Bay don’t play that way, and an argument ensued in which the director got punched in the face.  One of the men then tried to fight off three police officers who intervened.  The brothers were then arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault (I’m pretty sure we can at least confirm the suspicion of assault).  Bay then resumed filming.

My only question is how the brothers got so close to the director in the first place.  Film sets, especially for mega-blockbusters like Transformers, are well guarded.  Also, I’m surprised the brothers thought they could get $13,000 on the spot.  I know his movies are dumb, but it’s a bit of a stretch to believe Bay would go, “DURRR, OKAY”.  But the big lesson here is not to fuck with people who make shit blow up for a living. [Update: Paramount has issued an official statement clarifying the matter and Bay's reaction to the incident, which is even more hilarious than the initial report, and Bay has also issued a statement. Read both after the jump.]

Michael Bay to Produce and Maybe Direct SABOTAGE; WWII Thriller Follows Mission to Stop Nazis from Developing Nuclear Weapons

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Paramount Pictures reportedly won a bidding war for the rights to Neal Bascomb‘s non-fiction book proposal Sabotage.  (Full title: Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb.)  The Wrap reports Michael Bay will produce and is eying the project as a potential directing vehicle.

Nascomb wants to retell the heroic tale as an action thriller that would suit a Bay production.  The story centers on a group of Norwegian refugee commandos who infiltrate Nazi territory to sabotage Hitler’s secret nuclear program.  More after the jump.

Michael Bay Shares New Image from the Set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION; Explosions Ensue

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Another image from the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction has been released online, and it should amuse both fans and detractors of Michael Bay’s explosion-heavy style.  In the new image, we see Bay operating his own camera as he gets pelted with the products of his over-the-top special effects.  No Dinobots or shiny cars to be found, but it’s still neat to see the filmmaker embracing his reputation wholeheartedly.

Hit the jump to check out the image in glorious high-resolution.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles and Bingbing LiTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Jerry Bruckheimer in Talks to Return as Producer on BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; BAD BOYS 3 Script in Development

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Though producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s recent hits are mostly massive, wide-appeal tentpole fare like the Pirates of the Caribbean series and National Treasure, he made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s for producing more R-rated content like Bad Boys and, to great success, Beverly Hills Cop.  Though CBS passed on a pilot adaptation of Beverly Hills Cop earlier this year, Paramount is now trying to get a fourth feature film off the ground and it appears that Bruckehimer—who produced the first and second BHC films—is keen on coming back to produce the fourth film.  Moreover, the report adds that Bruckheimer is helping develop a script for the long-awaited Bad Boys 3 (!!!).  Hit the jump for more.

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