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'Transformers 4 & 5' May Shoot Back-To-Back, Jason Statham Being Eyed As New Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 2:06 AM
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Michael Bay May Come Back To DirectWhen it was reported earlier today that Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner was already talking to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about an (inevitable) "Transformers 4" details were vague, but some new intel has cropped up and clearly, neither the toymaker or the studio are fucking around.

Hasbro Talking To Director Michael Bay & Producer Steven Spielberg About Another 'Transformers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 5:52 AM
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$1,119,241,043 worldwide for "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon." That's pretty much the only reason why Hasbro is (obviously) looking at another entry in their "Transformers" franchise. That, and the fact that it's the only movie property they have right now generating any money (not to mention it played a big role in the company's third quarter earnings going up 10%).

Christopher Nolan Tops Warner Bros. Wishlist For 'The Twilight Zone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 9:22 AM
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Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron & Rupert Wyatt Also In The MixSo yeah, we sort of forgot about this one, but Warner Bros. has been trying to get a reboot of "The Twilight Zone" off the ground for a while now. Way back in 2008 Rand Ravich ("The Astronaut's Wife") was hired to write the script, and then last fall rising scribe Jason Rothenberg was brought on board the project. And that's pretty much all we heard about it. Well, it looks like the studio is aiming for some big names to take the reins.

Weekend Box Office: ‘Transformers 3’ Dominates Again, Now Highest Grossing Domestic Film Of 2011

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  • July 10, 2011 5:51 AM
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'Horrible Bosses' & 'Zookeeper' Start Out StrongTwo weeks ago, Paramount Pictures announced that it had crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This was the Wednesday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was released, so suffice to say Paramount are going to have a hell of a year. To little surprise, Michael Bay's thunderous monstrosity of a picture dominated the box-office once more this weekend, adding a not-too-shabby $47 million dollar haul to its total despite a 51.9% drop-off. And that drop-off is lighter than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," suggesting this picture could have some killer legs. Having reached the $261 million mark domestically, 'Dark Of The Moon,' has become the top grossing films of the year in the U.S. so far. Having sucked up $645 million worldwide, it is currently the second highest grossing film of the year worldwide, but it still has to reach the $1.01 billion accumulated by "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" so far if it wants the top slot. But with over $500 million worldwide in two weeks, "Transformers 3" hitting the one billion mark seems like an inevitability.

Michael Bay Reuses Shots From 'The Island' In 'Transformers 3,' World Shrugs, Continues With Day

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2011 1:34 AM
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"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is sitting pretty at the top of the worldwide box office at the end of the long weekend, having taken a staggering $400 million worldwide in 7 days. But poor Michael Bay can't return to the aircraft carrier that he lives on and get on with planning his next picture, the low-budget crime flick "Pain and Gain" because in an EARTH-SHATTERING CONTROVERSY, Bay has been accused of plagiarism. And true to the director, it's alleged that he's ripped off the one helmer that Michael Bay loves most: Michael Bay!

Weekend Box Office: 'Transformers 3' Obliterates 4th Of July Weekend Record

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 3, 2011 5:19 AM
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But Underperforms Domestically Over 5 Days, 'Larry Crowne' Can't Get Out Of First GearThere's astronomically good and slightly bad to report as the sequel to a less-than-critically-loved-blockbuster-created-solely-to-move-toys hit the marketplace. Michael Bay's “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” underperformed domestically compared to its predecessor. It grossed $97.4 million in its Friday to Sunday opening box-office weekend, compared to the $108 million "Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen" accumulated in 2009 without the aid of inflated 3D ticket surcharges (and yet, it's won the top-grossing weekend of 2011 so far). But an overseas bonanza did take place as expected. Hauling in $372 million worldwide so far, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon," set the record for the third best worldwide debut of all time. And good news for ailing 3D numbers -- approximately 60% of the ticket sales came from theaters using the stereoscopic visual format.

Uwe Boll Calls 'The Tree Of Life' A "Piece Of Shit" And Lars Von Trier A "Retard"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 1, 2011 8:00 AM
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Before we begin, let's just say that the discourse of films can be varied and fascinating, with many critics and academic writers offering their measured takes on everything from the new "Transformers" film to "The Tree of Life." We would like to urge you to find these discussions that are actively going on at various websites and are likely more fruitful than hearing the opinion of a crackpot provocateur like Uwe Boll.

Shia LaBeouf Says No To 'Transformers 4'; Michael Bay Says Small Crime Flick 'Pain & Gain' Is Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 7:45 AM
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With "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" set to rape your eyeballs and eardrums this long holiday weekend, it looks like if the franchise wants to continue, it may have to do so without two of its key elements thus far.

The Films Of Michael Bay: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 29, 2011 5:44 AM
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Michael Bay,  Pain and Gain
Fuck Michael Bay. Michael Bay rules.

This Will Go Over Well, We're Sure: Michael Bay Writes To Theater Projectionists

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 1:56 AM
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We'd always assumed the humble projectionist had next-to-no contact with the people who actually made the movies, but recent weeks have shown that that's not true at all; the recent disclosure that Terrence Malick had personally written to theaters across the country with certain specifications for "The Tree of Life" has unleashed a sea of similar memos, including Stanley Kubrick on "Barry Lyndon" and David Lynch on "Mulholland Drive." And it's not surprising, considering that all filmmakers worth their salt would want their film to be displayed in the best possible manner. The latest to join them? Michael Bay.

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