April 23, 2014

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Mark Wahlberg reportedly starring in ‘Transformers 4′

HollywoodNews.com: Mark Wahlberg is apparently taking over where Shia LeBeouf left off as he is reportedly going to star in ‘Transformers 4.’
Director Michael Bay has been denying rumors that Wahlberg would be starring in the latest installment, but it seems the denial is over, states Zap2it. Bay has commented that Wahlberg is “the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the ‘Transformers’ legacy.”
‘Transformers 4′ is reportedly expected to hit theaters in June 2014. Details about the story for the film are unknown at this time.
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Bethenny Frankel has allegedly auditioned for a Michael Bay movie

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Bethenny Frankel might be trying to expand her career even more as it is rumored that she recently auditioned for a Michael Bay movie.
Frankel has allegedly auditioned for his film, ‘Pain and Gain,’ which will reportedly be starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie, states UsMagazine.com. Frankel was allegedly in Miami when she was reportedly randomly scouted to read for the part.
The casting directors reportedly realized it was Frankel when she came in to read for them. She allegedly did a good job, but no decision has yet been made.
Do you think she’ll get the role?
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Michael Bay back on board for a fourth “Transformers” film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Just when Michael Bay thinks he’s out, they pull him right back in. (And that’s the last time I’ll use a “Godfather” analogy with regards to Bay.)
Even though the director stated on the publicity circuit for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” that it likely would be his last film in the series, THR says Bay is back on board for a fourth installment … though there are going to be some changes.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told press that Bay will be allowed to technically “reboot” his own franchise, with none of the original cast members returning for the continuation of the story.
The sequel will be released June 29, 2014, Bay announced on his website.
Before that, though, Bay will deliver “Pain and Gain,” a passion project of his that he has been working on for years. Set in the world of Miami bodybuilding, “Pain” is reported to be a dark comedy in the format of “Fargo,” with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson playing weightlifters who get caught up in a kidnapping and murder scheme.
But the big news is Bay’s continued involvement in the “Transformers” franchise. Are you happy about that? Do you think he can continue cranking out great “Transformers” films? Or would you rather see a fresh voice take over the series?
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Michael Bay close to signing on for fourth “Transformers”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay flirted with the possibility of making his next feature a non-robotic blockbuster, but now reports suggest that he’s running right back to the money-making franchise that has defined his career for the past 5 years.
Vulture reports that Paramount is in negotiations with Bay to bring him back for a fourth “Transformers” film. No surprise, really, as last summer’s “Dark of the Moon” crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box, and the idea of walking away from the franchise cannot be appealing to the studio.
Bay, however, has expressed interest in attempting something different … notably “Pain and Gain,” a dark comedy said to be in the tone of a Coen Brothers film about Florida bodybuilders caught up in a kidnapping-and-extortion scandal. Early reports have Bay approaching Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg for the lead “Pain” roles, but that’s very tentative.
If “Transformers” happens, it likely would come after “Pain,” which isn’t technically advanced and wouldn’t require the amount of prep that goes into a “Transformers” movie.
Vulture says Paramount “is not far from closing” on a deal with Bay for “Transformers 4,” and that they even have a story idea, with an announcement possibly coming as early as next week.
What do you think? Do you want more “Transformers” sequels? And more important, do you still want Bay on as a director, or would you like to see the franchise run through someone else’s vision? Let us know.
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“Transformers” sequel coming together, Hasbro hints

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: While promoting the latest “Transformers” movie, “Dark of the Moon,” franchise star Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay hinted that they were finished with the series after three, believing that they were exiting on a high note. Yet once the sequel surpassed $1 billion at the international box office, you had to know that more “Transformers” films would be inching their way into the Hollywood pipeline.
While speaking on a Monday morning conference call, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said that the toy company is “in active discussions” with “Transformers” studio Paramount, Bay and producer Steven Spielberg about reuniting for a fourth movie, and added that he’d love to be able to share news in the next quarter, THR reports.
That’s inevitable. The surprise is Bay, who has made back-to-back “Transformers” movies since 2007 and has expressed a desire to do something smaller and totally different. But for the right price, could Bay be brought back into the fold? And would that be a good idea? After the full-throttle devastation in Chicago, does Bay have anything else to bring to the “Transformers” table, or would a fresh voice actually benefit the series?
I think it’s safe to say that LaBeouf is finished. And the series certainly can survive with new human counterparts, so long as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the beloved Autobots are on screen.
If a “Transformers” sequel gets a greenlight, don’t expect to see it in theaters until at least Summer 2013. Oddly enough, Paramount doesn’t have a tentpole on the calendar for that season. Could Bay be heading into pre-production on “Transformers 4” in order to fill that void?
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“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soars past $1 billion mark

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, “Dark of the Moon,” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, making it the highest-grossing film in Paramount history.
“We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest Transformers one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time,” Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Gray said.
Oddly enough, “Transformers” becomes the third film this summer to reach the billion-dollar mark after “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and the final “Harry Potter” film. That’s why sequel talk already has swirled around Disney’s “Pirates” franchise, with Johnny Depp contemplating another go-round in Capt. Jack Sparrow’s boots. (“Potter,” of course, is finished, so Warner has to put that cash cow out to pasture.)
“Transformers,” on the other hand, has not had much sequel talk just yet … quite the opposite. While promoting “Dark of the Moon,” Shia LaBeouf told anyone who would listen that he was finished with the franchise, while Bay has stayed mum.
Could these numbers help Paramount to convince Bay to return? Producer Don Murphy has gone on record saying another “Transformers” trilogy is possible (even likely). Will another director be at the helm, a la James Cameron walking away from the “Terminator” franchise? Or could Bay hop back in the saddle with new actors in his leads? So long as there’s giant robots, audiences will turn out. Right?
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“Transformers” helps Hasbro’s Q2 profits

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount isn’t the only company benefitting from the bountiful box office being earned by Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Hasbro, the original toy line that invented Autobost and Decepticons, also is receiving a substantial boost thanks to the special-effects extravaganza.
Hasbro says Q2 profits jumped 33% thanks, in part, to Transformers sales, THR reports. Specifically, the boys division revenue jumped 96% — staggering.
“As expected, top-line momentum in our business began to build during the quarter, led by strong gains in the Transformers brand, driven by ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ and Beyblade” and continued strong international growth, said president and CEO Brian Goldner.
Which makes you wonder if either Hasbro or Paramount will let this cash cow die. “Dark of the Moon” so far has earned $302 million in the States and an estimated $762M worldwide. Though Shia LaBeouf and Bay have suggested they are done with the franchise, it’s hard for a studio to walk away from a moneymaker. Just ask Warner Bros., who is saying goodbye to the profitable “Potter” series. We’ll see if “Transformers” is finished, but my guess is it isn’t … not with numbers like this.
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This Week in Movies By Pete Hammond

HollywoodNews.com: Two debuting comedies on different ends of the audience spectrum were upstaged by autobots and decepticons as the second week of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon held on to the number one slot at the boxoffice with a drop of only 52% for $47 million. That’s impressive because an opening of the size this third edition of the Transformers franchise had would be expected to take a bigger tumble in its second weekend.
In fact the 2nd film in the series, Revenge of the Fallen did just that with a 61% dive. So good reviews, good word of mouth and of course those higher 3D ticket prices are keeping this one at Bay, so to speak. Say what you will about director Michael Bay. He knows how to deliver a blockbuster. This film should easily top the first two and ultimately be the number one grossing movie of 2011. It’s already tallied $261 million domestically and is well on its way to over a billion worldwide. With next week’s 3D juggernaut, the Harry Potter finale, in the wings expect a much bigger drop but Transformers has already proved its might.
Comedy, despite what an L.A. Times article said earlier in the week, is also still king at the box office and not an endangered species, particularly the raunchy kind exhibited by Judd Apatow’s biggest grosser ever, Bridesmaids , The Hangover Part II and now this week by the very funny, extremely crude and deliciously wicked Horrible Bosses. This perfectly cast employee revenge flick makes the most of a terrific premise and took in an estimated $28 million to place second .
The very R-rated movie also scored a nice B+ Cinemascore rating and top reviews with a 75% fresh ranking at Rotten Tomatoes. And for a change it gives co-star Jennifer Aniston a chance to do something different as she plays (to the hilt) a sexually harassing dentist who wears revealing dental smocks which trying to seduce her assistant , hilariously played by Charlie Day. The entire cast which includes a seething Kevin Spacey and an almost non-recognizable Colin Farrell as well as Jasons, Bateman and Sudeikis really shine here. Perhaps it is a bit surprising that top critics have fallen for it the way they have but funny is FUNNY and Horrible Bosses delivers. [...]

“Transformers” helps Paramount become first studio to $1B

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Thanks in large part to a blockbuster performance by Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Paramount revealed that it is the first studio to reach the $11 billion mark in domestic grosses this year.
Granted, Disney can point at one film – Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – that has earned more than $1 billion on its own. But that’s worldwide.
This is the fifth year Paramount has raced, and beaten, its rival studios to the box office mark. THR reports that after “Transformers,” the studio’s top earners are “Thor” ($178M); “Kung Fu Panda” ($157.3M); “Rango” ($123.2M); “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” ($73M); and the Natalie Portman comedy “No Strings Attached” ($70.7M).
Paramount still has one more ace up its theatrical sleeve this summer as the studio prepares to unleash the potential blockbuster “Captain America: First Avenger” on July 22. Expect it to do “Thor” numbers, at worst, and “Transformers” numbers, at best.
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated weekend

HollywoodNews.com: As expected, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (review) dominated the long Fourth-of-July holiday frame this weekend. The film had a Fri-Sun debut of $97 million and thus far sits with $161 million since opening late Tuesday night. It’s expected to end its 6.25-day opening with around $180 million, with a worldwide six-day opening weekend well over $400 million. There are those who will scream “DISAPPOINTMENT!” because Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened with $200 million in its first five days two years ago. If $180 million in six days is disappointment, sign me up for failure anytime. The film played 62% male and 55% under-25. Oddly enough, the picture scored an A- from males and an A from females in Cinemascore polling. I’m sure pundits will find sexist explanations for that finding (“Oh, the girls just LOVED that LeBeouf goes into a war-torn Chicago to save his girlfriend.”), but I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that any woman who walks into a Transformers movie likes robot-smashing and explosions as much as the stereotypical guy. The picture sold 60% of its tickets in 3D, which is an uptick from the usual 45/55 2D advantage over the last few months. Point being, if you give teens and older audiences something worth seeing in 3D (as opposed to families with really young kids), they will make the choice to plunk down the extra $3.
Anyway, the film had a slightly slower start than Revenge of the Fallen ($42 million opening day versus $62 million opening day), but managed to catch up to the derided sequel as the weekend wore on (part 3′s Friday was just $3 million behind part 2′s Friday). The $97 million Fri-Sun opening was the biggest opening weekend of the year, and the nineteenth-biggest opening weekend ever. It’s $162 million five-day total is the seventh-biggest on record and unseats Spider-Man 2 ($152 million) as the biggest Wed-Sun haul in July 4th history. If Transformers 3 can make it to $183.6 million by tomorrow, it will have the second-biggest six-day total ever. As it is, it’s all but guaranteed a spot in the top-five. Where it goes from here is an open question as always. The 3D screens will be an endangered species as early as July 22nd, when Captain America opens in [...]

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