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Watch: Trailer For Pixar's 'Up' If Michael Bay Directed It Has A Lot Of Explosions

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2014 3:36 PM
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This summer, Michael Bay cranked up the patriotism and tedium with "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," and the movie earned over $1 billion worldwide. So, yes, cinema is dead. But anyway, the filmmaker has certainly perfected a particular kind of formula that seems to work to sell tickets by the Victoria's Secret truckload. And it involves lots of explosions.

Michael Bay Says He'll Hand Off 'Transformers 5' To Another Director

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 11, 2014 12:56 PM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
Asked what’s next for the “Transformers ” franchise literally a few hours after he finished “Transformers: Age of Exctinction,” Michael Bay quipped half-seriously, “there’s a lot that’s unexplored, but that’s for the next director to figure out.” He added “they’re hard movies to do and it takes every day for two years. They’re fun, but they’re hard.” Bay has talked about a potential handoff in the past, saying he’d oversee a new cast and some pre-production, and then split. But it seems he meant it this time.

Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett And More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 5, 2014 3:56 PM
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In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald describes Tom Buchanan's size as “cruel.” Before we meet the character, the narrative tells us that his physicality is brutish and unpleasant, undermining Buchanan's desire for others to bask in his own Übermensch status. The bodies and faces of the title characters in Jonathan Liebesman's nonsensical “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” can be described in a similar way. Their shoulders are blocky, their biceps bulging. It's unclear where their chests end and their heads begin. Just seeing them in motion feels oppressive.

"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” 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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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.

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