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.

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.

New TV Spot for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Starring Mark Wahlberg

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Paramount has released a new TV spot for Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Mark Wahlberg plays a burgeoning inventor and family man who runs into trouble when he accidentally discovers a beat-up Transformer.  Age of Extinction takes place a considerable time after the events of Dark of the Moon, and the U.S. Government now feels that there is no use for Transformers here on Earth.  This new clip is mostly stuff we saw in the trailer, but I think that even from this 30-second spot, I have a good idea of the plot: one giant robot will hit another giant robot; people scatter in terror.

Hit the jump to check out the Transformers: Age of Extinction TV spot.  The film also stars Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.

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. 

Will Forte and Tatum O’Neal Join SQUIRRELS TO THE NUTS; Titus Welliver Joins TRANSFORMERS 4; INTO THE WOODS Casts Rapunzel and Her Prince

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Plenty of names in tonight’s casting report:

  • Will Forte, Tatum O’Neal, Joanna Lumley, and Debi Mazar have signed on to Peter Bogdanovich‘s show business comedy Squirrels to the NutsOwen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Imogen Poots star.
  • Michael Bay cast Titus Welliver in Transformers 4Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor star.
  • MacKenzie Mauzy and Bily Magnussen will join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick in the star-studded supporting cast of the the Disey musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides).

Hit the jump for more on each project.

7 New Images from PROMISED LAND Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski

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Focus Features has released seven new character images from director Gus Van Sant’s upcoming drama Promised Land.  The film stars Matt Damon and Frances McDormand as corporate salesmen who try to prey on an economic town in decline only to have their mission complicated by the citizens they encounter, particularly a character played by John Krasinski.  Damon and Krasinski wrote the screenplay, and the film deals heavily with the consequences of fracking.  These new images introduce the many characters that inhabit this Frank Capra-esque story.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, and Titus Welliver.  Promised Land opens in limited release on December 28th before expanding in January.

6 Clips from Ben Affleck’s ARGO Starring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin

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Six clips from director/star Ben Affleck’s thriller Argo have been released.  The film, based on a true story, centers on a CIA agent (Affleck) who attempts to rescue six Americans trapped in the home of the Canadian ambassador during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  The rescue mission was to go in under the auspices of filming a science fiction movie entitled “Argo”.  The pic screened to a wildly positive response at the Toronto Film Festival (read Matt’s review right here), and earned a spot on our “Most Anticipated” list for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars John GoodmanAlan ArkinBryan CranstonKyle ChandlerKerry BisheTate DonovanVictor GarberChris MessinaTitus WelliverZeljko Ivanek, and Taylor Schilling.  Argo opens on October 12th.

Over 30 New Images from Ben Affleck’s ARGO

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A large batch of new images from director/star Ben Affleck’s Argo has been released.  The film, based on a true story, centers on a CIA agent (Affleck) who attempts to rescue six Americans trapped in the home of the Canadian ambassador during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  The rescue mission was to go in under the auspices of filming a science fiction movie entitled “Argo”.  The film’s trailer and TV spots look fantastic and it screened to a highly positive response (read Matt’s review right here) at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, so I’m really looking forward to this one.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, Kerry Bishe, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Chris Messina, Titus Welliver, Zeljko Ivanek, and Taylor SchillingArgo opens on October 12th.

First Trailer and Poster for Gus Van Sant’s PROMISED LAND Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski

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The first trailer for director Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land has been released.  Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote the script and star in the film, which was originally set to mark Damon’s directorial debut before scheduling issues forced him to call in his Good Will Hunting buddy Van Sant to step in.  Damon and Frances McDormand play corporate salesmen who try to prey on an economic town in decline only to have their mission complicated by the citizens they encounter.  The pic has been a big question mark in the Awards race, and things aren’t much clearer after seeing this trailer.  There’s definitely potential for a heartwarming and relevant story to be told, but it also looks like the fracking argument—though valid—could come across as too preachy.  The character-centric story is definitely appealing, and given Damon’s ridiculous talent and the crazy-good ensemble cast, I’m inclined to believe that the full film will deliver the goods.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, and Titus WelliverPromised Land opens in limited release on December 28th before expanding in January.

First Poster and Clip for Marvel’s New Short Film ITEM 47

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Marvel began releasing short films back on the Thor and Captain America Blu-rays, and they’re poised to premiere the latest short, Item 47, later this week at Comic-Con.  This one stars Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a hard-luck couple who get their hands on an alien gun that comes into their possession following the events of The Avengers.  Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver) are tasked with retrieving this Item 47 from the couple and stopping their crime spree.  It’s a really fun premise, and I’m looking forward to checking out the full short.

A poster debut for Item 47 has just landed online, along with a brief clip that was released earlier, and you can take a gander at both after the jump.

First Look at Marvel’s New Short Film, ITEM 47; Future Shorts May Be Used to Introduce New Superheroes

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Starting with the Thor and Captain America Blu-ray/DVDs, Marvel has started releasing short films.  The Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) shorts were cute, but nothing particularly groundbreaking.  However, Marvel might be adding some more weight with their latest “One-Shot”, Item 47.  The short film will be available on the Blu-ray/DVD for The Avengers (which hits stores on September 25th), but Marvel will show Item 47 at a special screening at Comic-Con.  The title refers to an alien gun that falls into the hands of a hard-luck couple (played by Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford) after the climactic battle in The Avengers.  Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver) are tasked with getting the gun and capturing the couple, who are going on a crime-spree with their new toy.

Hit the jump for more details, and Marvel’s plans for future short films.  The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 12 – 15th.

Production Begins on Gus Van Sant’s PROMISED LAND Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski

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Focus Features announced today that production has commenced on the drama Promised Land.  The screenplay was written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, based on a story by Dave Eggers, and the project was poised to be Damon’s directorial debut before scheduling issues forced him to vacate the director’s chair. Damon’s Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant swooped in and swiftly took over directing duties, and now filming has begun.  Focus President Jeb Brody draws some very flattering comparisons when describing the project:

“Matt and John’s script is rich in Frank Capra-esque qualities, blending humor and heart while exploring the power of community in this day and age. An actor’s director like Gus will bring forth all the emotions in the story, which is a true passion project for everyone.”

In addition to Damon and Krasinski, the cast also includes Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, and Titus Welliver.  Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes a plot synopsis.

Julia Stiles Joins NBC’s MIDNIGHT SUN Pilot; Alex O’Loughlin Takes Temporary Leave from HAWAII FIVE-0

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NBC has cast the lead in their drama/mystery pilot, Midnight Sun. Julia Stiles will play FBI cult specialist, Leah Kafka, as she leads an investigation into the disappearance of Midnight Sun, a cult-like, communal group living in Alaska. Stiles is joined by Emma Bell (Frozen) who plays Rory, the daughter of the cult’s leader (played by Titus Welliver of Lost). Daniella Pineda (Newlyweds) is also on board. From Deadline, the pilot, written by Lisa Zwerling (Awake), is the first series for Stiles, who has previously done a season-long guest starring arc on Showtime’s Dexter.

In other TV series news, star of Hawaii Five-O Alex O’Loughlin will be taking a short break from the CBS series reboot. Hit the jump to find out why.

MAN ON A LEDGE Review

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Man on a Ledge will have a long and prosperous life playing on TNT for the next 134 years.  That’s not an insult.  Not every thriller needs to pump up our adrenaline, not every heist film has to dizzy our minds, and not every drama has to make us reconsider men and the ledges they stand on.  Sometimes it’s enough to simply be a fun little movie that can play in the background while you’re working on something else.  For the most part, Man on a Ledge manages to clear its modest bar but some key miscasting and wasted performances keep it from reaching the levels of The Negotiator or In the Line of Fire.

Casting Call: Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton and More in Talks for KNIFE FIGHT; Joey King Joins OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL; Katrina Bowden in AMERICAN REUNION

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We’ve got a few casting stories for you tonight. First up, Jamie Chung has joined Rob Lowe in the dark political flick Knife Fight, with Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver all in talks to join the cast. And yes, that’s three actors from Lost in one movie (Bowen, Mader and Welliver). Lowe plays a political crisis specialist who plays hard and tough in dealing with various October campaign surprises.

Variety reports that Chung will play his assistant, Bowen plays an ambitious TV reporter sleeping with Lowe’s character for scoops, Britton plays an earthy liberal eyeing a run for public office, Welliver plays a private investigator working for Lowe, Mader plays a masseuse/prostitute with a penchant for blackmail and Morrison plays one of her classmates. Bill Guttentag is directing, with production set to start next month with an eye towards an October 2012 release date, just in time for election season. Hit the jump for news on the casting of Joey King as China Girl in Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful and Katrina Bowden in American Reunion.

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