Screen Junkies » Michael Bay http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Pulled In $100 Million At The Box Office This Weekend http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/transformers-age-of-extinction-pulled-in-100-million-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/transformers-age-of-extinction-pulled-in-100-million-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:29:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262611 It would seem with this installment of Transformers, many critics sought to create a backlash against the backlash, insisting that many criticisms against the films and franchise were too harsh,...

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It would seem with this installment of Transformers, many critics sought to create a backlash against the backlash, insisting that many criticisms against the films and franchise were too harsh, and that the films weren’t THAT bad. Some people even said they were good.

It would also seem, with the box office draw of Transformer: Age of Extinction, that the public doesn’t care about that. Because the fourth installment pulled in about $100 million this weekend (exact figures should come out tomorrow), which is just a few million less than the previous iteration, Dark of the Moon.

Of course, that can’t totally be chalked up to the public’s indifference to whether or not the films are any good. They could have just like this one slightly less because a) they might be a little tired of Transformers movies, and b) they might have a Shia Labeouf-sized hole in their heart that needs filling, and Mark Wahlberg, the new star of the franchise, is no Shia LaBeouf.

But honestly, I’m thinking people just might be a little more tired of Transformers than they were last time around.

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Why, Yes, Shredder Does Look 100% Ridiculous In Official ‘TMNT’ Image http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/why-yes-shredder-does-look-100-ridiculous-in-official-tmnt-image/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/why-yes-shredder-does-look-100-ridiculous-in-official-tmnt-image/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:46:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262353 He's pretty much a walking knife.

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Although he’s not in the directing chair, producer Michael Bay couldn’t help but make Shredder look insane in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We’ve caught glimpses of his helmet, and cape made of swords in earlier trailers but now we’ve got our first good look.

"Hug it out, bitch."

He’s pretty much one big walking knife. It’s like the Michael Bay asked that a Transformer be crossed with The Expendables logo. There’s no way he’s getting through airport security with that armor.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:53:33 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262333 With "Transformers: Age of Extinction" on the horizon, it's time to buckle up and relive Michael Bay's loud, underwritten, headache-inducing follow-up to the first "Transformers." Seriously. It gave all of us headaches.

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With “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on the horizon, it’s time to buckle up and relive Michael Bay’s loud, underwritten, headache-inducing follow-up to the first “Transformers.” Seriously. It gave all of us headaches.

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Imagine Dragons Writing Some Original Songs For New ‘Transformers’. God Help Us. God Help Us All. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/imagine-dragons-writing-some-original-songs-for-new-transformers-god-help-us-god-help-us-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/imagine-dragons-writing-some-original-songs-for-new-transformers-god-help-us-god-help-us-all/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 00:15:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261660 This is like hating mayonnaise, then finding out your sandwich has mayonnaise on it, then being kicked in the balls.

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If you were asked to give the indie-pop equivalent of Michael Bay, you probably wouldn’t get too ridiculed for tossing out Imagine Dragons. They’re bombastic, they don’t really stand for anything of substance, and their ubiquity drives people batshit insane.

SOOOOOOOOOOO…

It should come as little surprise that the band has been tapped to create some original material for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Here’s the cheesy, Nickelback-worthy trailer for their involvement.

And here’s what Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age thinks of Imagine Dragons.

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New ‘TMNT’ Trailer Reveals All The Turtles http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-tmnt-trailer-reveals-all-the-turtles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-tmnt-trailer-reveals-all-the-turtles/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 14:16:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261382 I like turtles.

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When crime runs rampant and causes skyscrapers to bend in half, that’s a pretty clear sign that the city needs heroes. So what do you do when a city is in need? Inject some ooze into turtles and train them to be ninjas to fight the evil ninjas that big cities are known for having. It looks like producers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles heard your nerd wails and dressed up the original trailer with action shots of each turtle. Yes, they still have those tiny noses and freaky nostrils but tons of stars from the 80′s and 90′s have had nose jobs. It’s their faces, they can do what they want.

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Johnny Knoxville Called In To Improve ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-knoxville-called-in-to-improve-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-knoxville-called-in-to-improve-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:42:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260819 It's another kick in the balls.

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Perhaps in an attempt to assuage the hot nerd hate directed toward the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the decision has been made to add Johnny Knoxville. Deadline reports that Knoxville will provide the voice for Leonardo while Monk’s Tony Shalhoub will voice Master Splinter. The plan is to have the familiar voices dubbed over those of motion-captured Pete Ploszek and Seinfeld‘s Danny Woodburn.

So far, there are no plans to improve Megan Fox’s performance.

 

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Trailer: Cowabunga Good Or Cowabunga Bad? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-trailer-cowabunga-good-or-cowabunga-bad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-trailer-cowabunga-good-or-cowabunga-bad/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:15:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=260569 It's definitely a Michael Bay film.

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The first trailer for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is here and I’m not mad at it. YOU may be upset with the Bay-ification of the beloved crime fighters but I’m feeling it. Gone are the dopey rubber suits of the 1990′s film and here, amongst shots left over from Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, are impressive CGI turtles who can move like actual ninjas. There’s no way around this being a weird film, but I feel like we need to applaud Bay’s restraint here. The fact that the first preview doesn’t feature anything racially offensive shows progress. Bay is really maturing.

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‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Finally Made A Movie About Dinosaur Robots http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/transformers-age-of-extinction-trailer-mark-wahlberg-finally-made-a-movie-about-dinosaur-robots/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/transformers-age-of-extinction-trailer-mark-wahlberg-finally-made-a-movie-about-dinosaur-robots/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:43:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259063 If you ever wanted to see Optimus Prime ride a dinosaur like a horse, here's your chance.

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Michael Bay is back with more confusing heaps of metal banging into each other. But this time there are subtle differences. For instance, Mark Wahlberg is now the guy yelling things at the robots and Optimus Prime rides a robot dinosaur while swinging a huge sword. Like I said, subtle.

 

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Get A Load Of Michael Bay’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/get-aload-of-michael-bays-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/get-aload-of-michael-bays-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:25:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258983 Leaning more cool than rude.

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As Master Shredder feared, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can only keep hidden to the shadows for so long before their existence is revealed to the public. Today is that day.

Though we’re not given an official look from the studio, somehow these models of the characters have appeared online. As a nationally-appointed Party Dude, I feel that I should weigh in here. All in all, I’m leaning more cool than rude. You might argue that they’re a little burly for teenagers but compared to that giant from The Blind Side, it’s forgivable. Considering Michael Bay is involved, I’d say these designs show mature restraint.

This Shredder though. Wow. Knives everywhere. I would not let this guy sit on my furniture.

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The Machines Are Rising Against Michael Bay http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-machines-are-rising-against-michael-bay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-machines-are-rising-against-michael-bay/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:45:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258606 Awwwww.

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First he’s attacked by an air conditioner and now Michael Bay is publicly embarrassed by a teleprompter. While attempting to speak at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bay was left high and dry when the teleprompter malfunctioned. Though visibly uncomfortable without the assistance of a prompter, Bay soldiered on. He began, “Um, I take — I try to take people on an emotional ride, and, um … ” It was at this point that he realized he was talking about Michael Bay films being an emotional ride and excused himself from the stage.

On the scale of teleprompter fails, this falls somewhere between Bill O’Reilly’s meltdown and Ron Burgundy telling San Diego to go fuck itself.

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Michael Bay Was Attacked With An Air Conditioner By An Extortionist On The Set Of ‘Transformers’ In Hong Kong http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-was-attacked-with-an-air-conditioner-by-an-extortionist-on-the-set-of-transformers-in-hong-kong/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-was-attacked-with-an-air-conditioner-by-an-extortionist-on-the-set-of-transformers-in-hong-kong/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:29:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257588 If you wanna make an omelette, you're gonna have to get hit with some air conditioners.

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Having filmed in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington, it was clearly time for Transformers 4: Marketing Opportunity to head to the Orient. However, when the production team started filming, they found that a few people weren’t as eager as Americans were to have Hollywood folks blow up their city.

Three men (or two brothers, depending on the report) walked on set and shook down the production team for about $15,000 US. When the staffers called the cops, one of the man, who according to this Paramount release was under the influence of narcotics, brandished an air conditioner as a weapon, then swung it at Michael Bay, causing Bay to fall down and slightly injure his face.

Production resumed with no further incident, though it’s possible would could see a revised final battle that has Transformers wielding giant window unit air conditioners against each other.

Still not going to see it, though.

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Michael Bay Is Circling An Adaptation Of Video Game ‘Ghost Recon’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-is-circling-an-adaptation-of-video-game-ghost-recon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-is-circling-an-adaptation-of-video-game-ghost-recon/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:06:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255275 This headline is like Pavlov's bell to Vin Diesel and/or Paul Walker.

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It’s kind of funny to think that Michael Bay hasn’t directed a movie actually based on a video game, but rather just created a whole slew of films that feel like video games. He’s going to legitimize his role as a director driven by explosions and Megan Foxes by just tackling the video game world head-on.

His ever so dainty and graceful debut into the world will be with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, a film adaptation that will probably feature lots of guys in masks and grey jumpsuits slowly stepping forward while their flashlights cut the fog, their upper bodies slowly rotating 225 degrees, looking for terrorists, be they Russian or Arab.

This is Michael Bay knowing his role.

 

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William Fichtner To Play An ‘Iconic’ Role In ‘Ninja Turtles’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/william-fichtner-to-play-an-iconic-role-in-ninja-turtles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/william-fichtner-to-play-an-iconic-role-in-ninja-turtles/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 20:51:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254801 Usagi Yojimbo?

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Deadline reports that William Fichtner has signed on for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. No word on who he will portray beyond “a lead with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.” This has lead many to posit he’ll play the film version of the Turtles’ greatest foe, Shredder. However, Shredder is meant to be Japanese and seeing a white guy do a stereotypical Japanese impression would be jarring — even in a Michael Bay movie.

So, we’re left to wait to hear whether or not Fichtner will wear knife shoulder pads or a warthog, rhinoceros, or samurai rabbit costume. Keep in mind, he does have reasonable experience in dressing ridiculously.

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Michael Bay Says ‘Ninja Turtles’ Film Isn’t About Aliens After All http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-says-ninja-turtles-film-isnt-about-aliens-after-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-says-ninja-turtles-film-isnt-about-aliens-after-all/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:47:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254647 Then why did he say it was about aliens a few months ago?

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BIG NEWS FOR THE TYPE OF PEOPLE WHO GET FIRED UP ABOUT TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MOVIE NEWS:

Since saying, “These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable,” a year ago, Michael Bay has changed his tune, this time offering up, “There was that quote saying that we’re making them aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze!”

I like the exclamation point after “ooze.” It’s a nice touch, and makes this written quote seem as though it should be barked by Tom Cruise or Will Smith.

While it’s pretty likely that Michael Bay heard the rumblings of the internet and changed the script, it’s all a fool’s errand, as adults who are enamored of the Ninja Turtles will always be unhappy about something (their own lives), and will take it out on the easiest person on hand (always Michael Bay).

Embrace it, Michael, and make them Teenage Mutant Jewish Turtles, and have them solve a fictionalized version of the Boston Marathon bombing. Give them something that DESERVES to be criticized.

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Sorry Not Sorry: Michael Bay Shows No Remorse For ‘Armageddon’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sorry-not-sorry-michael-bay-shows-no-remorse-for-armageddon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sorry-not-sorry-michael-bay-shows-no-remorse-for-armageddon/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:26:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254532 Michael Bay does not apologize.

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Yesterday, a quote from the Miami Herald inferred that Bay was actually apologizing for Armageddon which, of course, makes no sense. The first rule of Michael Bay clearly states: “I don’t change my style for anybody. Pussies do that.” Besides, if he were to apologize for any of his films it would have to be Pearl Harbor.

Bay jacked on to the

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Michael Bay To Cast Chinese Roles Via ‘Transformers 4′ Reality Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-to-cast-chinese-roles-via-transformers-4-reality-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-to-cast-chinese-roles-via-transformers-4-reality-show/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:31:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254458 And that show will probably be sponsored by Pepsi.

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We all knew it wouldn’t end nicely when Michael Bay, who typically portrays Asians as stereotypical caricatures, agreed to accept money from China in exchange for casting Chinese talent in Transformers 4. Now, we’re all but guaranteed that the actors playing the Chinese characters will be exploitative and batsh*t. It was recently announced at a press conference that these castings will be done via the reality show Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search. The show will find the sequel four actors–two with acting experience and two without. But they’d better be either a) sexy, or b) able to make goofy, embarrassing faces that make Michael Bay crack up laughing behind his director’s monitor.

“It’s funny because it thinks it’s people,” Bay would likely say. (THR)

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The Michael Bay-Produced ‘TMNT’ Casts Master Splinter, Gets Super Weird http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-michael-bay-produced-tmnt-casts-master-splinter-gets-super-weird/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-michael-bay-produced-tmnt-casts-master-splinter-gets-super-weird/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:28:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254416 At least he didn't cast Ken Jeong.

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Yesterday our suspicions were confirmed that Jerry Ferrera has been living in the sewer since Entourage went off the air. Today, we get news of another recognizable face going underground. This time, for work reasons.

The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reimagining just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Danny Woodburn, best known for playing Mickey on Seinfeld and as the gangster murdered with a toilet in Watchmen, has been cast to play the turtles’ rodent mentor in the bizarrely cast film. Megan Fox and Will Arnett have recently joined as well, with unknowns Ian Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher playing the turtles.

What remains unknown is whether Splinter will be brought to life via motion capture or prosthetic makeup but seeing as Woodburn is neither known for martial arts or being Asian, it’s an inspired and interesting choice. Plus we can all be happy that Bay showed restraint and didn’t cast Ken Jeong. (Deadline)

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‘Pain & Gain’ Red Band Trailer: The Comedy Stylings Of Michael Bay http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-gain-red-band-trailer-the-comedy-stylings-of-michael-bay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-gain-red-band-trailer-the-comedy-stylings-of-michael-bay/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:53:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254160 It's funny because the fat characters act like normal, sexy people.

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There’s a new, uncensored trailer for Michael Bay’s “small” movie Pain & Gain. It’s got just about everything you’d expect from a Michael Bay movie except aerial stunts, expensive CGI, and Hans Zimmer. But that leaves plenty of room for shoot outs, babes, explosions, and awkward attempts at comedy that suck the air out of the room. R.I.P. Rebel Wilson’s buzz factor 2011 – Pain & Gain.

Additionally, FilmDrunk pointed out Mark Wahlberg’s tiny dinosaur arms and now it’s the only thing I see when I look at him. Just like the tooth in the exact center of Tom Cruise’s face.

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‘Pain And Gain’ Trailer Looks Just Like ‘Bad Boys’, But With No Neck http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-and-gain-trailer-looks-just-like-bad-boys-but-with-no-neck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pain-and-gain-trailer-looks-just-like-bad-boys-but-with-no-neck/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:50:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252550 I heard the tank top budget on this film was in the millions.

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Only Michael Bay would consider this undertaking indie or low-budget. If you’re the kind of girl that likes muscles (and/or really wealthy Hollywood actors), this might be something you’re interested in.

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Michael Bay DID Throw Mark Wahlberg A ‘Transformers’ Bone http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-did-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-did-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:38:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251927 Oh, I hope he plays someone bemused and befuddled.

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A few days after pressure mounted from the Internet to put Mark Wahlberg in a Transformers movie (Really, Internet? You’re better than that.), it’s been announced that Mark Wahlberg will star in a new Transformers movie.

While the “Internet forces Michael Bay to Cast Mark Wahlberg” headline makes for a fun little news story, the fact is that Michael Bay just got done working on a much smaller film about criminal bodybuilders that starred Wahlberg, so Bay probably just wanted to work with him again.

Little does he know that Mark Wahlberg is the property of David O. Russell, and that if he wants to use someone from Pain and Gain in Transformers, The Rock is a plenty good fit, seeing as how he pretty much resembles a Transformer already.

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Michael Bay Might Throw Mark Wahlberg A ‘Transformers’ Bone http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-might-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-might-throw-mark-wahlberg-a-transformers-bone/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:28:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251894 Hollywood's new besties.

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Move over The Hulk and Iron Man. Hollywood has a hot new bromance. With Wahlberg never ever ever getting back together with David O. Russell, he has a bro-shaped hole to fill. Can Pain & Gain director Michael Bay fill his hole? After originally dismissing the Internet’s notion that Wahlberg join Transformers 4, the director has now reconsidered. He writes in his online diary:

“I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter.”

God Michael Bay, don’t jump into this heart first. You now how much passion you have to give and we don’t want to see you get the rebound treatment. Please protect your heart, you special man.

And learn how to spell your leading man’s name.

 

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Michael Bay Is Sick Of Actors Having Opinions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-is-sick-of-actors-having-opinions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-is-sick-of-actors-having-opinions/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:31:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251563 Even when he's trying to be a good guy, he delves into dickdom.

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Irritated by Hugo Weaving‘s lack of regard for the Transformers movies, Michael Bay has chimed in on his always-entertaining website:

Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs?

With all the problems facing our world today, do these grumbling thespians really think people reading the news actually care about trivial complaints that their job wasn’t “artistic enough” or “fulfilling enough”? [...] What happened to people who had integrity, who did a job, got paid for their hard work, and just smiled afterward? Be happy you even have a job — let alone a job that pays you more than 98% of the people in America.

I have a wonderful idea for all those whiners: They can give their “unhappy job money” to a wonderful Elephant Rescue. It’s the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. I will match the funds they donate.

Even when he’s being charitable, Michael Bay finds a way to seem like an ass. The problem here is that the quotes from Weaving regarding Megatron were misread. He wasn’t complaining about the job so much, he was speaking more to the point that he did the project for the money and feels bad about that. Not a criticism to the quality of the work, they just apparantly aren’t Weaving’s bag.

To make Bay’s stab at being a non-cock all the more cockish, Weaving is well-known to contribute to various charities. One of which is the ironically-named animal welfare group, Voiceless. So, yeah. You’re going to have to match those now, Michael Bay. Please let us all know when you do. (THR)

 

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Michael Bay To Preside Over Doritos Super Bowl Contest http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-to-preside-over-doritos-super-bowl-contest/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-to-preside-over-doritos-super-bowl-contest/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:58:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251076 The sanctity of 'Transformers 4' is being threatened with commercialism.

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I hope you’re sitting down. Michael Bay… has sold-out.

I know. I hate to be the one to bear this news as it will surely cut into cinephiles the world over. Somehow or another, the brass at Doritos have managed to coax the director of the Transformers franchise and producer of various horror retreads away from his artistic credibilities.

Bay has announced that he will have a hand in this year’s Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, even offering to take the winner under his wing. The contest winner will work for Bay on Transformers 4 in some kind of capacity.

I hope they like washing Ferraris. (THR)

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‘Transformers 4′ Sets The Bar Really High By Promising New Robots http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/transformers-4-sets-the-bar-really-high-by-promising-new-robots/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/transformers-4-sets-the-bar-really-high-by-promising-new-robots/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:08:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250922 Remember Bumblebee? Well this is Caterpillar. He's mischievous and fun. Buy his toy.

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Upon speaking to the type of people that populate toy-industry conventions, Hasbro president Brian Goldner promised the audience toys based on new characters in the fourth installment of the curiously-tolerated action franchise.

I’m not naive enough to think anything other than money is guiding the hands behind this film series, but do they need to be so crass about it? I mean, announcing this Transformers news at a toy convention? Because sales of the Dark of the Moon‘s character’s toys were so slow? Ugh. At least have Michael Bay fax a pre-written press release from his yacht in Turk and Caicos or something.

These new characters will be hitting the screen at some point in 2014, by which point we will probably dead of our own hands. But if not…

…new Transformers characters. Yaayyyyyyyyyy?

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Brace Yourselves For ‘Tetris: The Movie’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/brace-yourselves-for-tetris-the-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/brace-yourselves-for-tetris-the-movie/#comments Tue, 29 May 2012 21:07:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=248957 Well, everyone knows Battleship died at the box office. What this trailer presupposes is… maybe it didn’t.

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Well, everyone knows Battleship died at the box office. What this trailer presupposes is… maybe it didn’t.

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Honest Trailers: ‘Transformers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-transformers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-transformers/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 19:14:21 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=248753 Honesty is the best policy. Especially when talking about giant robots from space...

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Honest Trailers is back, and this time, it’s personal. Well, not really.

Michael Bay’s Transformers is one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time. It’s also one of the most idiotic. Don’t get me wrong; hot chicks and robots are a great combo. But I’m not sure it’s worth sitting through two-and-a-half hours of product placement and Shia LaBeouf.

Don’t take my word for it. Let this Honest Trailer speak for itself.

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7 Adaptations With Unneeded Changes To The Back Story http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-adaptations-with-unneeded-changes-to-the-back-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-adaptations-with-unneeded-changes-to-the-back-story/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:43:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247636 I fear change.

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Michael Bay ruffled both nerd and non-nerd feathers recently with his decision to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles for the Platinum Dunes remake. There was outrage. Outrage that has now been followed up with aging the turtles up so that they are no longer teen-aged. Bay maintains that it will provide the characters with a rich back story. Given his track record, however, it seems like a lame back story. Let’s also assume that one of the turtles now exclusively speaks in rhyme.

Point being, this switch up in their mythos is wholly unnecessary and will only end as a mess. This is nothing new in the world of movie adaptations. Writers and directors are always providing small, unneeded tweaks to help make the projects stand apart from their earlier iterations. In some cases, it’s even welcomed. But in the case of Ninja Turtles it’s entirely unnecessary. Why not just make a movie about alien ninjas if you want to pervert the name recognition so badly?

Look at the below films and take notes, Mr. Bay, before you put more of your bad touch on the turtles.

Batman

Tim Burton took Batman’s arch nemesis The Joker into deeper arch nemesis-y waters with his take on the character in 1989′s Batman. In the film, Batman’s origin stays true to the classic storyline… for the most part. Yes, his parents are killed before his eyes by a mugger when he is just a boy. This sets Bruce Wayne on a path for vengeance, training and developing technologies to take back the streets of Gotham as the Caped Crusader, Batman.

In the original storyline, it’s a thug named Joe Chill who slays the Waynes. However in Burton’s take it is Jack Napier, who will later become The Joker, that pulls the trigger thus creating the Bat.

Spider-Man 3

In order to create the dark Spidey for Spider-Man 3, filmmakers had to do something to bring out Peter Parker’s anger. They chose to draw this rage from the mild-mannered photographer by rewriting the history of the sh*ttiest moment of his life — the murder of his Uncle Ben.

This version of the story sees Flint Marko, the man who becomes Sandman, as the partner to the carjacker who killed Peter’s beloved uncle. This sets Spider-Man on a path for vengeance that places a heavy burden on him when he gives in to his most violent impulses.

Also, the alien symbiote suit arrives to Earth via a meteorite that practically lands in Peter Parker’s picnic basket. Weak.

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Flying Robots Perform The ‘James Bond’ Theme Song, For Realz http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/flying-robots-perform-the-james-bond-theme-song-for-realz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/flying-robots-perform-the-james-bond-theme-song-for-realz/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:30:41 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=246946 I don't say "for realz" often, so you know this is legit.

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Normally when you hear the words “flying” and “robots” you immediately think of some crappy Michael Bay movie. But today, when I mention flying robots, I’m not talking about some CGI bullshit. I’m talking about honest-to-goodness flying robots. And rather than causing death from above, as flying robots are wont to do, these little animatronic bastards are performing the theme song from the James Bond movies. What an age we live in.

For this years TED 2012 conference, Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania pre-programmed the quadrotors to play the iconic song using instruments such as a a keyboard, cymbals, and a giant guitar custom made out of a couch frame. After all, its hard to play a regular guitar while you’re flying through the air. Just as John Denver. Zing!

What, too soon? (EW)

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Michael Bay Forced To Shoot Sequel To ‘Victoria’s Secret’ Commercial http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-forced-to-shoot-sequel-to-victorias-secret-commercial/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-forced-to-shoot-sequel-to-victorias-secret-commercial/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:30:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245612 Suffer the poor artist.

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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab isn’t the only underwear bomber in the news today. Michael Bay is continuing his cycle of make giant robot movie, direct Victoria’s Secret commercial, repeat.

The Transformers director is once again directing a commercial for Victoria’s Secret. This time he’s in Miami spinning his camera around Doetzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, and something called Behati Prinsloo (who is surprisingly not a Star Wars character). Seems risky to have a bunch of explosions in Miami. What with Cuba being right there. (Zimbio)

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Michael Bay Rolling Out ‘Transformers’ Reboot http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-rolling-out-transformers-reboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-rolling-out-transformers-reboot/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:00:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245317 Just when he thought he was out, they've dragged him back in.

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I have some good news and some bad news for Michael Bay. Paramount‘s indentured servant has fought for years to get his dream project, Pain and Gain, made. In order to do so, he had to make a string of films starring big, noisy robots. That hard work has paid off and Pain and Gain is officially a go. However, just when he thought he was out, they drag him back in. The price of this dream project? You know it. More big, noisy robots.

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura told MTV News that a new Transformers is on the way with Bay at the helm, “Michael’s going to direct it. It will be in the summer of 2014.”

This won’t be another sequel per se. It looks like plans will involve bringing in a new cast of underwear models to team with the robots to save Earth. “I think we really are going to do a reboot there,” Di Bonaventura said. “[But] what that’s going to be, we don’t even know yet…. We’ve got to get a story first.”

Ha. Seeing as the first three earned $2.6 billion without a story, I’m thinking that’s not a real priority.

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