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"Let Them Hate": Michael Bay And Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talk Critics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 5:57 PM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
There's a curious paradox around "Transformers: Age Of Extinction": it became the first movie of 2014 to open with over $100 million, and yet, it's one of the worst reviewed blockbusters of the year. Critics carved up the latest from Michael Bay, some with eager relish. But the bottom line is, people still lined up, bought a ticket, sat down for nearly three hours and pretty much loved it.

'G.I. Joe Retaliation' Producer Insists New Cut Won't Feature More Channing Tatum

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 13, 2013 12:42 PM
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Some potential *spoilers* may abound within this post, fyi. Let's revisit the spring of 2012. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" isn't testing well, and Channing Tatum, who's had two films surpass the $100 million mark domestically ("The Vow," "21 Jump Street") is quickly becoming a star. It's also just one month before "Magic Mike," a starring vehicle for Tatum, will be released and go on to cross the same $100 million threshold and become one of the most profitable movies of the year thanks to an inexpensive budget.  Everyone can feel there will be magic in 'Mike.' Hollywood can taste it. Paramount and 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation" producers come to the brilliant realization, "Hey! We've got Channing Tatum in our movie!"

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Says 'Transformers 4' Coming For Summer 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2012 5:13 PM
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That Paramount wants another to make another "Transformers" film has been no secret, and much of the fall was peppered with various rumors (they were going to shoot two new films back-to-back, Jason Statham would star, shooting would begin at the end of 2012), but today comes something resembling more concrete word, even if it still leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh's Next Film Will Be Scott Z. Burns' Psychological Thriller 'The Bitter Pill'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 4:04 PM
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Whether he's retiring, or taking a hiatus, or whatever, Steven Soderbergh's made it clear in recent months that after his HBO Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, we're not going to see a film from him for a while. But he's also seemingly keen to fit in as many films as he can into that timeframe, having added male stripper drama "Magic Mike" to his schedule earlier in the year.

David O. Russell Working On Action-Drama With Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Called 'The Mission'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 14, 2011 12:16 PM
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Also Circling Disney's 'Maleficient'; Director Confirms He's Been Talking To Angelina Jolie, Plus Robert De Niro For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'Update: Ahh, so this is the one of the "several projects" that David O. Russell was talking to Angelina Jolie about. According to THR, now that Tim Burton has dropped the project, "The Fighter" filmmaker is one of the director's "circling" the Sleeping Beauty project "Maleficient." Russell never met a meeting he didn't like, so we're sure he's interested, but knowing his creative differences with studios, we would bet this one is not going to stick.

What Lurks In The 'DMZ'? A New Action-Thriller From 'Transformers' Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 2:15 AM
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While Korea is currently producing some of the most exciting cinema in the world (the imminent "I Saw the Devil" being only the most recent example), the country's been somewhat under-represented in Hollywood cinema. The Korean War never captured the imagination of filmmakers in the way that Vietnam did (outside of "M*A*S*H"), while Seoul has never held the same appeal as a jetsetting location as, say, Tokyo or Hong Kong.

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