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The Winners & Losers Of Summer Movies 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2014 3:22 PM
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The Winners & Losers Of The Summer Of 2014
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off today with the premiere of “Birdman," and this week’s releases being “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below,” it can only mean one thing: summer is over. Labor Day is almost upon us, days are getting shorter, and Oscar season is closing in, and as such, it seems like the perfect time to look back at the summer movie season.

Box-Office: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Repeats At #1, ‘Expendables 3,’ ‘The Giver’ & ‘Let’s Be Cops’ All Flop

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 17, 2014 12:53 PM
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Let’s recap since we didn’t really do a proper box-office report last weekend (aside from this brief report). Despite middling reviews, and tepid online buzz, Platinum Dunes’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot surprised everyone with a $65 million debut weekend that took the #1 slot and prevented Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” from claiming the top slot for two weeks in a row. Clearly some members of the population (maybe kids with less bias) were more than happy to 'shell' over their money for ‘TMNT.’ Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ wasn’t able to repeat at #1 like many expected, but it hasn't mattered much. The movie took only 15 days to hit the $200 million mark which is the fastest film to hit that milestone in 2014.

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.

Box-Office: Audiences Go ‘Ape’ For ‘Dawn’; 'Transformers 4' Becomes Highest Grossing Film Of 2014

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 13, 2014 11:46 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Biting sharply into Michael Bay’s box-office hegemony, 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” took the #1 spot this weekend with an extremely healthy $73 million opening. That’s up around 33% from 2011’s “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a surprise hit that veered very close to $500 million worldwide. A lot of components factored into its success: extremely positive reviews, great word of mouth, little competition — and considering Matt Reeves’ sequel is darker, more adult, and nowhere near as “crowd-pleasing” as the average blockbuster (at least not in the traditional sense), this is a great sign for Fox and the lifespan of this franchise, especially when a A- Cinemascore means audiences were very satisfied. Couple that with weak box-office competitors next weekend (“Sex Tape,” “The Purge” sequel), its possible ‘Apes’ could remain at #1 next week and or at least continue to do considerable business for the next few weeks (its $73 million gross is higher than the 14 films combined in the box-office top 15 this week).

Box-Office: ‘Transformers 4’ Is The First Movie Of The Summer To Repeat At #1, On A Non-Spectacular July 4th Weekend

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 6, 2014 12:24 PM
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
Uh oh, the box office is down about 45% from last year’s July 4th weekend. The sky is falling! OK, maybe not so much, but a malaise has certainly kicked in with audiences that aren’t connecting with films in a major way. This time last year, the July 4th weekend sold $220 million worth of tickets (a 12% increase from 2012). It did so on the backs of “Despicable Me 2” and even the flop of the “Lone Ranger” (which couldn’t crack $30 million in its opening weekend). Fast forward to 2014 and it’s not looking hot in comparison at all. Why that is? Well, despite all those that actually love Michael Bay/love to hate-watch Michael Bay, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” fell a rather substantial 64% in its second week.

"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.

Watch: Red Letter Media Watches First 3 'Transformers' Movies At The Same Time So You Don't Have To

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 26, 2014 3:31 PM
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Transformers
Michael Bay’s latest and loudest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (our review) crashes into theaters nationwide tomorrow which means now’s a good time to catch up with first three entries in the Bay-helmed franchise. Instead of potentially wasting your day away on the turgid franchise, why not let the guys over at Red Letter Media watch the movies for you…. all at the same time.

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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Transformers 4
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

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