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.

PAIN & GAIN Blu-ray Review

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If ever there was a film that perfectly encapsulates everything it is to be director Michael Bay, then Pain & Gain is certainly it.  Though modestly budgeted compared to his normal blockbusters, Bay still manages to get in a disproportionately-sized helping of boobs, butts, bullets and blow-em-ups.  If you love Bay, you’ll love Pain & Gain, but if you find yourself put off by his particular brand of humor (which is self-referential at its best and homophobic, sexist and racist at its worst) then the 129-minute runtime will have you pulling your hair out.  And if your Blu-ray purchases are decided by not just the feature but the inclusion of extras, you’ll want to pass on this one.  The movie may be beefed up but the Blu-ray is bare bones.  Hit the jump for my review.

New to Blu-ray: THE WALKING DEAD Season 3, THE GREAT GATSBY, PAIN & GAIN, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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Ken Jeong & Bar Paly Talk PAIN AND GAIN, Working with Michael Bay, the Crazy True Story, and NON-STOP and HANGOVER 3

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Now playing in theaters 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 ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

At the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Ken Jeong & Bar Paly.  We talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, their reaction to finding out the story was based on real events, the great work by all the actors, and more.  In addition, they talked about upcoming films like The Hangover Part III and Non-Stop with Liam Neeson.  Hit the jump to watch the interview and definitely check out Pain and Gain.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

Anthony Mackie and Rob Corddry Talk PAIN AND GAIN, the Crazy True Story It’s Based on, Working with Michael Bay, and More

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Now playing in theaters 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 ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

At the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Anthony Mackie and Rob Corddry.  We talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, their reaction to finding out the story was based on real events, the great work by all the actors, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview and definitely check out Pain and Gain.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

Weekend Box Office: PAIN & GAIN Leads with $20 Million; IRON MAN 3 Passes $195 Million in International Debut

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With just days to go before the summer movie season blasts off with Iron Man 3, the domestic box office offered up another decidedly ‘meh’ moment. Paramount’s Pain & Gain was on top with a respectable $20 million while the new rom-com The Big Wedding badly underperformed. The real excitement came on the global market, where Iron Man 3 broke records with its international launch.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Pain & Gain $20,000,000 $20
2.  Oblivion $17,443,000 $64.7
3.  42 $10,725,000 $69
4.  The Big Wedding $7,500,000 $7.5
5.  The Croods $6,600,000 $163
6.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $3,620,000 $116.3
7.  Scary Movie 5 $3,457,000 $27.4
8.  Olympus Has Fallen $2,768,000 $93
9.  The Place Beyond the Pines   $2,699,000 $16.2
10.  Jurassic Park 3D $2,310,000 $43.6

Friday Box Office: PAIN & GAIN Opens with $7.5 Million; THE BIG WEDDING Proves a Big Disappointment

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It’s been a long, cold, boring winter at the box office but here comes the sun! In just six days, the summer movie season will start with the release of Iron Man 3. As of Friday, the Marvel sequel had earned a reported $36.7 million from twelve international territories and should be well past $100 million by Monday. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here in the US, we still have another week of mediocre numbers to wade through.

Taking pride of place on the first day of the pre-summer frame was Pain & Gain. From 3,277 locations on Friday, the Michael Bay feature earned an estimated $7.5 million towards what looks like a $20 million debut weekend. Of course that’s nowhere near what Bay realized with the Transformers franchise but, for this “low-budget” action comedy, it’s as good as Hollywood expected. The same cannot be said for The Big Wedding. The star-stuffed rom-com earned an estimated $2.5 million from 2,633 locations on Friday and should fall well under its weekend target of just $10 million. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Pain & Gain $7,500,000 $7.5
2.  Oblivion $5,100,000 $52.4
3.  42 $2,950,000 $61.3
4.  The Big Wedding $2,540,000 $2.5
5.  The Croods $1,500,000 $157.9

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Tony Shalhoub Talks PAIN AND GAIN and GALAXY QUEST

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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 ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

Last week at the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Tony Shalhoub.  We talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, his reaction to finding out the story was based on real events, the great work by all the actors, and more.  In addition, as a huge fan of Galaxy Quest, I couldn’t help but have him reminiscence about making that movie and how it’s stood the test of time.  Hit the jump to watch the interview and definitely check out Pain and Gain this weekend.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

PAIN & GAIN Review

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Entitlement is a central facet of the American Dream. If you work hard, you should be rewarded. We believe we live in a meritocracy despite all evidence to the contrary. In some walks of life, you can get out what you put in. It’s a truth in exercise, and it’s mostly been a truth for the films of Michael Bay. He is a director completely without subtlety and grace, and is one of the most financially successful directors in American history. His films are cinematic excess in their purest form; indifferent to story and character, they have disgustingly large budgets pumped in and grandiose spectacle pumped out. His new film, Pain & Gain, may not have the funds of his recent blockbusters, but it wholeheartedly shares the cocky and reckless spirit of his controversial oeuvre. Sympathetic to his meathead protagonists, Bay has crafted a picture that is energetic, fun, and almost too large for life.

Michael Bay Talks PAIN AND GAIN, Deleted Scenes, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and Tells a Crazy True Story

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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 ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

Last week at the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Michael Bay.  He talked about balancing the truth while making a movie, why it took so long to make the film, deleted scenes, whether he will release an extended cut on Blu-ray, test screenings, and a lot more.  In addition, beside telling a crazy true story involving the real people involved, I got an update on director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Hit the jump to watch and definitely check out Pain and Gain this weekend.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk PAIN AND GAIN, How the Craziest Stuff in the Film is True, and More

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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 ShalhoubEd Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

Last week at the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  They talked about the crazy true-life story that inspired the movie, the long process of bringing the film to life, how it was always going to be rated R, the cast and their great performances, how the craziest stuff in the movie is real, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch and definitely check it out this weekend.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

2 Clips from Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson

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Paramount Pictures has released the first two clips from director Michael Bay’s dark comedy Pain & Gain.  The film is based on a 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.  The first clip focuses more on the film’s humor than its flashy visuals, as we see Anthony Mackie’s bodybuilder character receiving questionable health care from a characteristically humorous Rebel Wilson.  The second clip shows the three of them trying to kidnap someone.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Tony ShalhoubRob Corddry, and Bar Paly.  Pain & Gain opens on April 26th.

New Images for Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie

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Paramount has released a bunch of new images for Pain & Gain.  Director Michael Bay turned up the saturation for the sun-soaked Miami setting, and it looks great, especially with the bulked-up stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie holding the frame.  They play “three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.”

Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson and Bar Paly also star.  Pain & Gain opens April 26.  See the images after the jump.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to an Early Screening of PAIN & GAIN

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I cannot wait to see Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain.  The red-band trailer is hilarious, and without the benefit of giant robots, it looks like Bay has had to put more focus on story and character.  That’s not to say that they’ll be particularly deep, but at least they won’t be wallpaper for an onslaught of CG.  This movie is going to rely on the excellent cast just as much as it’s going to rely on the set pieces.

I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be giving away 15 passes to the Atlanta screening of Pain and Gain.  Hit the jump to find out how you can check out the film early and for free.  The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony MackieRob CorddryRebel Wilson, Ed Harris, and Tony ShalhoubPain & Gain opens April 26th.

New Posters for THE GREAT GATSBY, PAIN & GAIN, THIS IS THE END, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, and THE KINGS OF SUMMER

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A number of new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Great Gatsby – A new poster for director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful adaptation arrives ahead of tomorrow’s new trailer debut.  The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire and opens in 3D on May 10th.
  • Pain & Gain – A new poster for Michael Bay’s “small-scale” black comedy puts Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie front and center.  The film opens on April 26th.
  • This Is the End – Fresh off the film’s WonderCon panel, a new poster has landed online for the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  The star-studded comedy includes James Franco, Craig Robinson, and Jonah Hill and opens on June 12th.
  • Before Midnight – A German poster for Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated sequel teases the return of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters.  The film opens on May 24th.  Click here to read Matt’s review.
  • The Kings of Summer – A new poster for this Sundance hit (formerly known as Toy’s House) highlights the film’s young stars.  The pic features Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly, and Alison Brie and opens on May 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

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