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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.

Geek Beef: Guillermo Del Toro Disses 'Transformers' And Its "Super Cool, Car Commercial-Looking Environments"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 2:47 PM
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As you may know, this week is CinemaCon, where studios dangle shiny things in front of theater owners to soothe them, and confirm that everyone will make piles of money with the blockbusters they have on the way. Directors and stars come out with great enthusiasm, show off footage, and everyone oohs and aaahs and dreams with dollar signs in their heads. But it seems that even heading into his fourth movie, Michael Bay is a bit protective/insecure about his "Transformers" series, throwing some shade on the other robot movies out there.

Michael Bay Decides To Let A Reality Show Choose His Chinese Actors For 'Transformers 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 12:35 PM
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Oh, Michael Bay, sometimes he makes it too easy. Whether's it's Megan Fox as April O'Neil in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot he's producing, or whatever the heck this trailer is for "Black Sails" which also bears his name, sometimes he really embraces some truly puzzling decisions all in the name of a commercial buck. And so, let's move on to "Transformers 4."

Watch: Trailer For The Michael Bay-Produced Pirate TV Show 'Black Sails'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 11:52 AM
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With "Pain & Gain" dropping next week, and work starting on "Transformers 4" very soon, you might think that Micheal Bay's plate is plenty full. You would be wrong. The director has also found some time to put on his executive producing hat (reminder: his Platinum Dunes shingle is also behind the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") and head to the small screen for "Black Sails." Yes, it's a TV show about pirates, and it pretty much looks like what you might expect a Michael Bay-produced TV show about pirates to look like.

Christopher Nolan & Michael Bay Shooting IMAX For 'Interstellar' & 'Transformers 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 10:57 PM
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While there seems to be some audience fatigue for 3D -- largely thanks to post-conversions that don't do the format justice or justify the added expense -- IMAX is the one theatrical extra most agree still provides a special experience. And particularly for films that natively use the format -- a practice slowly picking up steam -- IMAX is truly something that can't be replicated even in the most equipped home theater. And two major 2014 blockbusters are going to make that ticket price worth it.

Penis Magic & Honest Mistakes: 2 Clips From Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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It doesn't seem to a complete summer movie season with something from Micheal Bay, and while "Pain & Gain" will likely not feature the sort destruction the filmmaker has be wreaking with this robot toy franchise, it's still probably going to be unlike anything else you see over the next few months. Bodybuilders, kidnapping, extortion and the American Dream...yes, we're still talking about a Michael Bay movie.

Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Flexes With Batch Of New Pics Featuring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 9:01 AM
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At this point, you're either totally stoked to see Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" or you're not, and if you're not, we're not sure what to tell you. Sure, Bay has spent pretty much the last decade making toy porn for man children, but "Pain & Gain" represents a return to his "low budget" roots (relatively speaking), and brings together a pretty crack cast for an outrageous tale that's based on a true story. What's not to like?

Watch: Red Band Trailer For Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Awesomely Goes After A Twisted American Dream

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2013 7:14 PM
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Oh sure, we like to rag on Michael Bay, but considering that it's been eight years since he's made a non-"Transformers" movie, it's also become rather easy. Perhaps we've forgotten he's the same dude behind the immensely popular popcorn spectacles like "The Rock" and "Bad Boys," but no worries, because he's coming this spring with a whole new arsenal of his usual toys in what looks like a movie directed by a can of Red Bull. In other words, it looks sorta awesome.

Watch: Muscles, Ninjas & Car Chases In New Clips From 'Pain & Gain,' 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' & 'The Host'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 24, 2013 1:12 PM
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It's Sunday afternoon TV clip round-up time. Here we go. Paramount has released a new “Pain & Gain” TV spot. As Michael Bay’s take on the relatively low-budget comedic crime film, the TV spot is chock-full of sunned muscles and imminent chase scenes (hinted at through boats, cop cars, and helicopters). Based on a true story, “Pain & Gain” is about three Florida bodybuilders who become involved in extortion and kidnapping. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as the three “steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders,” the supporting cast includes Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, and Ken Jeong. “Pain & Gain” will be out in theaters April 23rd and it looks as if it could be Bay's best movie ever with a great sense of wit and knowing humor.

Megan Fox Joins Michael Bay's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Reboot

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 21, 2013 9:31 PM
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Well, that was fast. Aside from "Jonah Hex," and "Passion Play," where intentions were good, Megan Fox hasn't been in a truly terrible movie since, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (let's not speak of "Jennifer's Body" shall we?) The actress fell out with director Michael Bay in 2008 in the aftermath of the critical hazing the film received and seemed to be taking a promising detour from blockbuster shlock with interesting roles in smaller comedies like "Friends With Kids," and Judd Apatow's "ThIs Is 40." But is that excursion over already?

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