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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ start of a new trilogy: Michael Bay

- April 12th, 2014

If Transformers are your thing, then you are going to be very pleased with this latest tidbit. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Michael Bay says that this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the start of a brand-new trilogy.

“It’s kind of like a new Transformers,” Bay says. “We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one.” He then adds: “I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”

In an interview with my colleague Bruce Kirkland last month, Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg hinted that he would be involved with future Transformers films. “I think there is something in the contract there,” Wahlberg teased. “But look, the only way it’s going to happen is if Michael wants to do it again, people enjoy seeing me in this one and they want to see it again! So it is a possibility (to do two more Transformers) — if we could do our thing again the way we did it the first time.”

Previously, Bay has said that Age of Extinction is connected to the original trilogy, which starred Shia LaBeouf.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” Bay told Hero Complex. “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts.”

In the EW interview, Bay added that LaBeouf’s recent offscreen antics wasn’t at play in his decision not to cast him in the fourth instalment. Rather, it was a mutual decision by both parties. “It’s all good. He’s a good guy, but three movies, the same guy, it’s time, you know what I’m saying?”

Head over to EW to read more from their Michael Bay interview, including his rundown of some of the film’s new additions, including the Dinobots.

Watch: First footage from ‘Gone Girl’

- April 12th, 2014

Ahead of the premiere of the first trailer next week, we’re getting our first look at footage from David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller, Gone Girl.

It comes courtesy of a 20-second promo spot from Entertainment Tonight (via EW). It features Fincher’s hallmark muted visuals, and we hear Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne say convincingly: “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”

Dunne is suspected in the disappearance and murder of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), who vanishes on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.


Flynn’s novel was one of the most twisted mysteries I’ve read in years. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that it has a unique narrative conceit; something Flynn plans on changing in her screenplay adaptation.

“There are certain things you might love in the book — like a dialogue exchange — that just can’t translate to a movie,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments. And if you haven’t read Gone Girl, get to your local bookshop or run to the library now. You won’t put it down.

Exclusive Blu-ray clip from ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

- April 11th, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hits DVD/Blu-Ray on April 15th. If you’ve seen it, you’ll remember that it offered some pretty sumptuous visuals to go along with its human interest tale of a man searching to find himself. “In the end, you may not learn much about anything,” my colleague Bruce Kirkland wrote in his three-star review, “but (Ben) Stiller does serve up the sweets that some people crave for the Christmas holidays.”


Directed by Ben Stiller, and co-starring Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and Shirley MacLaine, the upcoming Blu-ray will include over an hour of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted, extended and alternative scenes, featurettes that dive into filming in Iceland and Walter Mitty history, a gallery of exclusive reference photography, and music video “Stay Alive” by José González, and more.

The folks over at 20th Century Fox have provided us with an exclusive first-look at one of the extras – a behind the scenes clip examining the shooting of the shark attack sequence. “We got lucky at the end of our shoot and we shot a lot of that stuff for real,” Stiller says. Check it out below, and be sure to watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when it drops this Tuesday.

Unknown Maisie Richardson-Sellers rumoured for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- April 10th, 2014

With news that much of the new Star Wars cast has been set, we’ve been left to speculate on several key roles that have yet to be announced. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, unknown actor Maisie Richardson-Sellers may have landed one of the coveted leading parts.

As THR writes, “One of the roles yet to be filled is that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi.” The character crosses paths with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and their children 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi. Original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are likely to reprise their roles, as is Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca (although as one reader in this blog astutely pointed out, the Wookiee died 18 years after Episode VI – in the books that is).

Director J.J. Abrams isn’t averse to casting unknowns as we’ve seen in his Star Trek reboot (Chris Pine was unheard of when he took over the iconic role of Captain Kirk) and Super 8.

On Wednesday, THR reported that Abrams and Disney are recreating Tatooine for Episode VII. And last week, Disney chairman Alan Horn announced that filming is already underway.

Other actors rumoured for lead parts include John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Eragon), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Girls’ Adam Driver is expected to play the villain.

What do you think of Abrams using unknowns for the new movie? Is it a good idea, or should he look for more bankable stars? Sound off in the comments.

Star Wars: Episode VII hits theatres Dec. 18, 2015.


Maisie Richardson-Sellers


‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to return to Tatooine

- April 9th, 2014

It looks like Star Wars is going back to where it all began.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director J.J. Abrams and Disney are preparing an extensive recreation of Tatooine for Episode VII. Tatooine was the home planet of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

A source adds that the set will be built in a “Morocco-like environment” (the original was built in Tunisia).

Disney chairman Alan Horn announced last week that filming is already underway, with new leads expected to be added soon.

Earlier this week, sources told THR that Peter Mayhew is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in the upcoming sequel.

Star Wars: Episode VII hits theatres Dec. 18, 2015.