Lost in a long and sleepy holiday weekend’s ennui, we couldn’t help ourselves: We’ve pulled together lines culled from the funniest/worst movie reviews so far this year, pulling out some jewels. Here’s what we came up with:
Tammy (Opened July 2, 27% Rotten Tomatoes Score)
Melissa McCarthy‘s film sees her once again working the schtick as an in-your-face femme, this time on the road with her just-as-crass granny (Susan Sarandon). Given that the film seems to be headed into a ditch after a weak open, one can’t help wondering whether the Bridesmaids thesp’s routine is aging fast.
“The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse… It’s about as funny as a liver transplant.” — New York Observer’s Rex Reed, who already had a bone to pick with McCarthy last year. Read More »
Morning Report, Monday June 30
Paramount says 'Transformers 4' pulled in a three-day gross of $100M, but others disagree, World Cup continues to bring in record ratings for ESPN and Univision, SAG-AFTRA and producers are still talking ahead of tonight's midnight contract deadline. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.
Insiders Dispute Paramount’s $100M Claim For Weekend
World Cup Ratings: Univision Hits Highest Viewership Ever
SAG-AFTRA Film and TV Contract Expires at Midnight Monday
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 residential roof in To Kwa Wan when she was approached by four men who “intimidated her and asked for money”. Local authorities believe the extortion attempt was the work of a Chinese triad, and one man with suspected ties to organized crime has been arrested. He remained in custody while police hunt the other three suspects. Derek Yee Tung-sing, President of the Hong Kong Directors Guild, told the South China Morning Post that having two such incidents on a film set is “ridiculous” and “more unusual than getting a jackpot”. He said that the film “could have attracted the attention due to its big scale,” adding that he doesn’t believe it points to an increased trend of such crimes. Paramount’s high-profile sequel, starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, is due for release June 27. Ideally.
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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 did not require treatment, but filming on the Paramount Pictures movie was briefly interrupted when a pair of men demanded HK$100,000 ($12,900) from the filmmakers. The incident took place at the Yick Fat Building (right) on Quarry Bay at about 8:30 AM local time when the men, who are brothers, arrived at the scene. One is believed to use a ground-floor shop on the site as an office and the pair claimed the shoot was interfering with business. They allegedly attempted to obstruct filming and demanded compensation for the disruption. A source on the scene told the SCMP that the younger man threatened “inconvenience” if the filmmakers refused to pay. That’s when the police were called. While officers were wrangling with the men, one is said to have bodychecked Bay, causing slight injury to his face. But Bay remained on set and continued filming.
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, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, TJ Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng and Li Bingbing and is currently in production.
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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 »
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 be released on June 27, 2014. Check out the two (explosive) videos below from the set:
EXCLUSIVE: Titus 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 of Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 in an unspecified role. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner Argo and Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land. Production on the Paramount fourquel is underway with a cast that includes new franchise star Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, TJ Miller, and Chinese stars Bingbing Li and Han Geng. Transformers 4 is slated for a June 27, 2014 release. Welliver is repped by Paradigm and Leverage Management.
Paramount 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 Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, and TJ Miller in the big budget sequel. Geng, 29, is a singer, dancer, and actor who started his career as a member of the Korean pop group Super Junior. He’s also been dubbed China’s “King of Popularity,” which should help boost the region’s box office when Paramount releases the robo-fourquel next summer. Transformers 4 hits stateside on June 27, 2014.
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 it would add Chinese talent. Now the fourth pic in the Michael Bay-directed tentpole series has done so, tapping Li Bingbing to join a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Sophia Myles. The film has a June 27, 2014 release date set in North America and around the same date is expected for its China bow; the last Transformers pic, Dark Of The Moon, was huge in China, grossing $165M locally. Some of the movie will shoot there as well as in the U.S. when production begins this summer. The agreement with state-backed China Movie Channel and U.S.-China streaming company Jiaflix was a first for CMC and a major motion picture from the West. The move follows a similar one by Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 3, a China co-production with DMG. That pic featured Chinese stars Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing — though they had larger roles in the film’s official China version than what U.S. audiences saw. Li’s recent Chinese film credits include Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame and 1911, and in the U.S. she co-starred in Resident Evil: Retribution, Snow Flower And The Secret … Read More »
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 be announced. Nolan shot parts of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX and Bay used IMAX cameras to shoot sequences in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Foster made the announcement during tonight’s opening presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
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 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 »
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 is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” Bay said on his website this afternoon. Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce will produce Transformers 4. Bay, Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian will executive produce. The fourth film in the mechanical shapeshifting franchise from Paramount is due to hit the big screen on June 27, 2014. The first three Transformers films have grossed $2.6 billion worldwide. The crime comedy Pain And Gain, which stars Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie, is scheduled to open April 26, 2013. Wahlberg is repped by WME and Leverage Management and Bay also is repped by WME.
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