Screen Junkies » pain and gain http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:35:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘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 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 Will Direct ‘Transformers 4′ If He Must http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-will-direct-transformers-4-if-he-must/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-will-direct-transformers-4-if-he-must/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:00:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239007 As if there was ever any doubt.

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Michael Bay must be tired of giant robots by now, right? Not if Paramount has anything to say about it. The studio and the director are close to reaching a deal for him to helm Transformers 4, but it seems that his arm is being twisted.

Paramount knows how badly Bay has been wanting to do his passion project, Pain and Gain. It’s all he’s talked about at press cycles for the past few years but Transformers commitments have prevented him from filming it. Now, he’s getting his wish. But there’s a price to pay and that price is Transformers 4. Vulture’s source warns that a deal hasn’t been made yet, but one is imminent and could be announced early next week.

What a relief. The character arcs and plots of the Transformers universe are far too rich to possibly be told over just three empty-plotted movies.

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Michael Bay Wants Mark Wahlberg, The Rock For ‘Pain And Gain’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-calling-on-mark-wahlberg-and-the-rock-for-pain-and-gain/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-calling-on-mark-wahlberg-and-the-rock-for-pain-and-gain/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:19:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238757 Is The Rock the right choice to play a bodybuilder? Only time will tell....

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If you’re looking for actors to play funny meatheads, you could do a lot worse than pursuing Mark Wahlberg and The Rock, both of whom Michael Bay is courting to star in his labor-of-love project Pain and Gain. The film focuses on two bodybuilders who try their hands at criminal pursuits, with little success.

The Rock is, according to this Variety exclusive, close to signing on, while Wahlberg requires a little more work to fit this into his busy schedule. The film’s budget is supposedly about $20 million, so it will be interesting to see how the stars fit into that, considering the two of these guys could eclipse that number with just their salaries.

While Michael Bay is being courted for Transformers 4, it’s likely that he’ll get after this project next, regardless of whether he signs on for yet another installment of the toy franchise.

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Michael Bay To Do “Small” Film Next http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-to-do-small-film-snowballs-in-hell-etc/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-bay-to-do-small-film-snowballs-in-hell-etc/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:58:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218424 'Pain and Gain' would cost $20 million, or roughly 1.33 LaBeoufs.

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You know Michael Bay backlash is a reality when even Michael Bay doesn’t want to do Michael Bay movies anymore. The director whose signature style can best be described as “exploding robot” is still set on moving on to the smaller crime flick Pain and Gain after destroying Chicago with giant toys.

The film is based on a news article (how un-Bay!) from 1998 that tells the story of a gang of body-building criminals. I guess the muscles could be CGI‘d. I mean, he’s gotta CGI SOMETHING. He couldn’t just go cold-turkey. That would kill him. The film would be made for $20 million, which Playlist comically points out is about 3 minutes of Transformers 3 budget.

It’s fashionable to trash Bay’s films, because frankly, they’ve been fairly brainless, big-budget summer fare. But considering he has never done a small-scale (or even particularly thoughtful) film, it will be borderline fascinating to see how he plays this. I think a good barometer will be his casting decisions; some no-name stars would go a long way to solidifying his efforts. That said, you know who would be good for this? Schwarzenegger.

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