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Blow Up Your July 4th With 5 Clips And More From 'Armageddon'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 4, 2013 3:23 PM
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Armageddon
Released 4th of July weekend 15 years ago, "Armageddon" was a little known indie picture examining an existentialist crisis triggered by meteors pummeling the earth. Joking aside, the Michael Bay disaster flick was balls to the wall epic. With a real late '90s gem premise -- a massive asteroid is on its way to faceplant earth and a ragtag team of oil-drillers is the world's only hope -- and a cast led by a not-yet-bald Bruce Willis and a fresh-faced Ben Affleck, even the Grinch-iest of critics must appreciate the sheer ridiculous "we’re saving the world, dammit" bravura of it (Gene Siskel said, "its audacity is almost amusing" and we concur). The movie also holds a special place as a veritable "Who’s Who" of "Oh, That Guy"-type actors (including Will Patton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Keith David, and Jason Isaacs). "Armageddon" went on to be the highest grossing film of 1998 (beating out Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"), inspire a EuroDisney attraction, and catapult Aerosmith's first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (no really, "I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing" is also the only number one debut on that chart from a rock group) into the hearts and karaoke machines of all real Americans.

Michael Bay May Go On A 'Ghost Recon' For His Next Directorial Effort

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 3:40 PM
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So, Michael Bay tried to make a small scale movie, delivering the roided out "Pain & Gain" this spring, which did $49 million domestically, hardly the numbers you want with a movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. With hundreds of millions already pretty much guaranteed for "Robot Hot Wheels: The Movie" aka "Transformers 4," it seems Bay is in no hurry to try something intimate (as much as that's possible) again. So how about another potential franchise?

Thank Goodness! Michael Bay Says 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Won't Be Aliens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 2:43 PM
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Certain corners of the internet get worked up about silly things. For example: a year ago, when Michael Bay (who is producing "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") said that, “These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable,” nerds lost their shit. Message boards lit up, underoos were burned, controversy gripped the nation. Okay, not really, but folks got unreasonably bent out of shape about a movie about mutant ninja turtles. But it's all cool now bro, as Bay is here to assuage the audience he hopes will show up for this thing, that original origin story is intact.

Box Office: 'Pain & Gain' Takes Top Spot; 'Iron Man 3' Earns $195 Million Overseas, On Track For $1 Billion

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2013 12:01 PM
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One could argue it was the under-performance of "The Island" that led Michael Bay into the world of "Transformers" but whatever it was, Bay has not made a film outside of that franchise in eight years. The three films in that series collected $2.6 billion worldwide, however, giving him the freedom to take another risk in "Pain & Gain." And one week before the beginning of summer (considered a dumping ground before the big guns come out to play), the picture was able to capitalize on a tidy $20 million opening.

J.J. Abrams Says Directing 'Star Trek 3' Still A Possibility & More From His Playboy Interview

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2013 5:27 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
In the latest issue of Playboy Magazine, which people still totally buy for the articles, there's a lengthy interview with J.J. Abrams, cinematic wizard behind "Mission: Impossible III," "Super 8" and the "Star Trek" reboot. Abrams' second foray into the "Star Trek" cosmos, "Star Trek Into Darkness," opens on May 17th , while Abrams' next gig is even more daunting – directing the still-currently-subtitle-less "Star Wars: Episode VII" for Disney. The interview is full of juicy information – about 'Trek,' 'Wars,' the possibility of future Abrams sequels ("Cloverfield II" anyone?) – so much so that we just had to make a little crib sheet for the ten things we learned from the interview. Read on and prosper.

Review: Potentially Dumb & Fun 'Pain & Gain' Overstays Its Welcome With Unrelentingly Dumb & Unfun Tale

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 24, 2013 10:40 AM
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Big, dumb, ridiculously over-the-top fun. When all else fails, filmmaker Michael Bay, perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned directors of the last two decades, can make it rain and bring the entertaining thunder like no one else. If not the inventor of the modern day supernova-esque blockbuster, Bay certainly defined it with some of the biggest, loudest, most larger-than-life spectacles of contemporary cinema. While loathed in many circles for several years by critics like Roger Ebert and others for “ruining movies” with his dumbed-downed, stadium-sized, often banal, Bon Jovi-like anthemic films that came with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, Bay’s reputation has improved in recent years with the rise and popularity of vulgar auteurism (a newfound respect or the loud and proud).

Michael Bay Retracts 'Armageddon' Apology, Says He's Proud Of The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 1:08 PM
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It seems Michael Bay and the media aren't having the best relationship at the moment. Yesterday, he squashed the supposed beef he had with Guillermo Del Toro, blaming the media for taking his quotes out of context and spinning a narrative around them. And d'oh! It's happened again!

The Best Commercials & Music Videos Of Michael Bay

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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Michael Bay,  Pain and Gain
Michael Bay is an auteur. He's a director with a unique visual style all his own and a grasp of cinematic language (by the balls) unlike anyone else in the business. In fact, he may be the cinematic auteur who most accurately represents our day and age in the film industry. Notice the use of the word “may” in that last sentence-- all we’re sayin’ is, an argument could be made for the much maligned (in certain circles) director’s relevance within a current climate that prizes bombast and spectacle. And there’s no one else who does bombast and spectacle better than Michael Bay (no arguments there, thank you very much). And he does so with such a unique style there there is never any doubt that you’re watching a Michael Bay film. Sure, watching his films is more like shotgunning a light domestic brew straight to the brain rather than sipping a fine vintage wine, but isn’t there a time and place for shotgunning beers? For sheer orgasmic visuals, there is no equal to Bay in the business. Period.

Michael Bay Squashes Beef With Guillermo Del Toro & Apologizes For 'Armageddon,' Says Studio Took It Away From Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 4:33 PM
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So, remember last week when it looked like an epic beef was developing between Micheal Bay and Guillermo Del Toro, when the former offhandedly commented on movies that were riping off "Transformers" (but didn't name "Pacific Rim" specifically) and the latter dissed the Hasbro movies for being slick car commercials? Well, it's all cool bro as Bay has officially weighed in on the matter and chastised the trades on his website for pulling a CNN and taking a leap of logic with his comments.

Watch: Mark Wahlberg Slam Dunks Over Some Kids In Clip From Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 2:16 PM
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This week, Michael Bay is going indie -- kinda -- with "Pain & Gain," his first non-"Transformers" movie in quite some time. And it seems theater owners aren't too happy about it. At last week's CinemaCon, Deadline revealed that after seeing the completed movie, some theater folks complained it was "too long and too gory" and that the comedy and hard violence didn't come together. But maybe they were just bummed there were no robots and a built-in audience for this, meaning that this might require a bit more effort to get people into cinemas. While we wait for the verdicts to come in, all we'll say is a movie that has Mark Wahlberg slam dunking over kids and dominating the court is a movie that we will gladly watch.

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