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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.

Box Office: ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Makes A Record Breaking $301 Million Global Debut

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 29, 2014 12:24 PM
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Transformers: Age of Exctinction
“Let them hate,” Michael Bay told MTV about critics, fanboys and haters late last week. “They’re still going to see the movie.” And yep, Michael Bay was right. You may claim to hate the explosions-happy filmmaker and the “Transformers” franchise, but clearly you love to hate them enough to go see them regardless. Or someone you know does, anyhow. Michael Bay movies are akin to Dave Matthews and Nickelback: it’s impossible to find someone within a 10,000 square mile radius who will admit to liking them, but they sell millions of records. Clearly someone is buying.

Review: Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Starring Mark Wahlberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 1:15 PM
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For the past seven years or so, Michael Bay has focused almost exclusively on "Transformers" films, with one exception—last year's "Pain & Gain." That steroid-infused movie presented an overstimulated, sneering and cynical view of the pursuit of the American dream, following two muscleheads who scheme their way towards the life they think they should be living. Swimming in greed, murder and mayhem, the film portrayed the pursuit of material wealth as an empty endeavour, which seems a bit surprising for a filmmaker who has directed TV ads for major corporate brands and worked exclusively in the studio system. And in a strange way, "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" almost acts as an apology for "Pain & Gain," with the film presenting everything that's the best and worst of Bay's toy movies to the extreme, while proudly waving the American flag.

Michael Bay Wants You To Watch New Michael Bay Movie In IMAX 3D: New ‘Transformers’ Photos, Clips, TV Spots & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 24, 2014 1:39 PM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” open in theaters this Friday, guys, and from the horse's mouth himself Michael Bay says, “The best way to see this movie is definitely in IMAX 3D. By far.” See it in the highest-priced version you can possibly watch it in? You don’t say! “Why? Because for one, we did technically-excellent 3D in this film,” he wrote on his website. “We conceived and shot this movie with 3D cameras. So many movies use 3D as an a

Retrospective: The Films Of Michael Bay

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 23, 2014 1:08 PM
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Fuck Michael Bay. Michael Bay rules. That seems to be about as simple and accurate a summary you're likely to get on the blockbuster director whose work, depending on who you ask, is either completely bereft of integrity and humanity or proves that Bay is something of a modern-day auteur. Which well, fine if we're using the term strictly according to its broadest definition--we certainly could recognize a Bay film without having seen his screen credit, as his style is so instantly recognizable that it might as well have a "Michael Bay is Badass!!!" watermark over every shot.

Michael Bay Says He Wants To Make A Movie About African Elephants Plus More Director News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 11:05 AM
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Michael Bay, Transformers: Age Of Exctinction
While his passion for explosions and Victoria's Secret models suggests that Michael Bay is a total bro at heart, it would seem that he's got a soft spot for endangered animals. With the director spending much of the last several years making branded toys clang and crash, he also took a detour to make the (relatively) smaller movie "Pain & Gain" last year, and it would seem he's toying with an idea for another effort that will not involve Hasbro or CGI.

Watch: Explosions & Melodrama In New IMAX Promos, TV Spots & Featurettes For 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 18, 2014 4:22 PM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
Remember spring 2013 when it was Michael Bay appreciation month and everyone was psyched about “Pain And Gain”? Yeah, that didn't last. That critical narrative has sharply shifted upon the release of Bay’s next robot spectacle. Some don’t seem to care though. “They’ve talked about doing more,” Mark Wahlberg recently said glibly about Paramount and their new franchise re-starter “Transformers: Age Of Extinction.” Ahahhahaha, yeah. Right, they’ve just talked about it, who knows, maybe, right? Maybe this is just Wahlberg in denial that he is already signed on for three more of these movies (the idea always being to spawn a new franchise). Of course they’re making more.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Brings The Noise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 7:03 AM
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Transformers: Age of Exctinction
This summer, Michael Bay is doing the one thing he does best: blowing a whole bunch of stuff up really, really good. Yep, the Autobots and Decepticons and more are back for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" aka the one without Shia LaBeouf.

Stan Bush Weeps, Imagine Dragons To Write Songs For ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’; Watch New Announcement Trailer

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 13, 2014 11:20 AM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
It's extremely difficult to say anything positive about Imagine Dragons, one of the most unfortunately-named bands in recent history (I assumed they were like a bunch of dads from playgroups that wrote songs for children). But their sub-Coldplay generic anthems won them a Grammy, so what do I know. Anyway, perhaps because they're melodramatic and over- the-top (and perhaps exactly for that reason), Bay has tapped them to write new music for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" (evidently Linkin Park, Bay’s go-to electro-emo-rock screamers, were busy).

Platinum Dunes Will Attempt To Reboot The ‘Friday The 13th’ Horror Series For A Second Time

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2014 5:37 PM
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There have been twelve films in the “Friday The 13th” franchise thus far. You know what Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes horror shingle did in 2009? They acquired rights to the series (like they have with horror franchises “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “The Hitcher”) and basically hit reset, rebooting the series with “Friday The 13th” directed by Bay-reboot favorite Marcus Nispel (who helmed the “Conan the Barbarian” reboot for Millennium).

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