Another Extortion Attempt Rocks ‘Transformers 4′ Set

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 10:01pm PDT

As if last week’s wild assault on director Michael Bay wasn’t enough, now Hong Kong police are saying there’s been a second extortion attempt of the set of Transformers: Age Of Extinction. The government said in a release that a crew member was on a … Read More »

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Extortion Attempt On ‘Transformers 4′ Set; Michael Bay Suffers Minor Injury: Report

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT

Director Michael Bay suffered minor injuries to his face during an alleged shakedown attempt on the set of Transformers 4 on Hong Kong Island today, The South China Morning Post reports. Bay … Read More »

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Paramount Reveals ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Title

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 4:29pm PDT

Paramount unveiled the official title of its fourth Transformers pic along with a new teaser poster today. Transformers: Age Of Extinction is due in theaters June 27, 2014. The Michael Bay pic stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Niels Arden Oplev’s ‘Racewalking’; ‘Transformers 4′ Adds Chinese Cast; ‘Pine Ridge’ UK Sale

Niels Arden Oplev Readies ‘Racewalking’
TrustNordisk will be bringing the latest project from Niels Arden Oplev to Toronto. The director of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is returning to his native Denmark to direct the adaption of Morten Kirkskov’s novel Racewalking. The helmer recently signed a one-year overall deal with CBS Studios after directing the pilot of crime drama Unforgettable and the opening episode of summer series Under The Dome. His last feature, Dead Man Down, starred Colin Farrell and Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace. Racewalking stars Anders W. Berthelsen of the original The Killing, alongside Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen. Villads Bøye, Frederik Winther Rasmussen and Kraka Donslund Nielsen also star. The script is by The Art Of Crying’s Bo Hr. Hansen. It’s set in 1976 in a quirky small town where 14-year-old Martin is getting ready for his communion. But in the midst of it all his mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death triggers a series of events that changes his life forever and affects everyone else in the community. A Hijacking exec producer Thomas Heinesen is producer. Read More »

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‘Transformers 4′ Turns Downtown Detroit Into China – Then Blows It Up (Video)

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 9:14pm PDT

The Autobots and Decepticons have landed in Detroit. The Michigan city is doubling for a bombed out Hong Kong in Michael Bay‘s Transformers 4. The pic, starring Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci, will be shooting in the city through the second week of August. It’s set to … Read More »

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‘Transformers 4′ Adds Titus Welliver

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 5:58pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Titus Welliver - Transformers 4Titus Welliver, who’s contributed well-received stints to series like ABC’s LOST, CBS’s The Good Wife, and FX’s Sons of Anarchy, has joined the cast … Read More »

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China’s Han Geng Set For ‘Transformers 4′

By | Sunday July 14, 2013 @ 1:13pm PDT

Han Geng Transformers 4Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay have added Asian superstar Han Geng to the cast of Transformers 4, joining Chinese actress Li Bingbing, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey … Read More »

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Li Bingbing Joins ‘Transformers 4′ As Part Of China Push

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT

UPDATED: Paramount said when it announced in April that it was teaming with two China-based companies on a “cooperation agreement” for Transformers 4 that … Read More »

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CinemaCon: IMAX Teaming With Paramount On ‘Interstellar’ And ‘Transformers 4′

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 7:10pm PDT

IMAX chairman Greg Foster tonight confirmed that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 will use footage shot in IMAX. Three other Paramount films are involved in the five-picture deal. Those titles have yet to … Read More »

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Paramount Enters “Cooperation Agreement” To Produce ‘Transformers 4′ In China

Paramount is teaming with the state-backed China Movie Channel and U.S./Chinese streaming company Jiaflix in a “cooperation agreement” on Michael Bay‘s Transformers 4. This is the latest high-profile studio movie to enter into a Chinese partnership: Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which debuts later this week in China, was made with local production outfit DMG. Although that film was initially intended as an official co-production, Marvel and DMG untimately said they decided not to apply for the status. The Paramount announcement makes no mention of Transformers 4 being a co-production, but says China Movie Channel, under SARFT, “will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China.” Transformers 4 will be released there on or about June 27, 2014. It will shoot in China and local post-production is a possibility. Chinese talent is also expected to be cast alongside Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Bay recently said Transformers 4 “will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.” The last Transformers pic, Dark Of The Moon, was huge in China, grossing $165M locally. The press release below spells out the details on the deal:

Los Angeles, CA – April 2, 2013 – Paramount Pictures, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises announced today that they have entered into a Cooperation Agreement regarding the production of “Transformers 4” in China. The Cooperation Agreement was signed on April 1, 2013 in Beijing and Los Angeles.

Pursuant to the agreement, China Movie Channel, under the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT), will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China. “Transformers 4” is expected to be released in China on or about June 27, 2014. The parties also intend to cooperate in a number of other areas related to “Transformers 4,” including the selection of filming sites within China, theatrical promotion, and possible post-production activities in China as well as casting of Chinese actors and actresses in the film.

This agreement represents the first time that China Movie Channel will work with a western studio in the production of a major motion picture.

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Michael Bay Sets Jack Reynor For ‘Transformers 4′

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 12:51pm PST
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Michael Bay just announced new casting for Transformers 4 on his website. “I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg,” Bay wrote. “Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal.

Transformers 4, is not a reboot,” Bay added, explaining that the rumor has been floating around on the net. Read More »

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SHOCK! Mark Wahlberg Joins ‘Transformers 4′

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 5:39pm PST

Michael Bay announced today that Mark Wahlberg will star in Transformers 4. “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain And Gain and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber … Read More »

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