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Here’s How Project Almanac Pissed Off The Air Force

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project almanacYou don’t generally expect a teen-centric, found footage, time travel movie to ruffle too many feathers, but the upcoming Project Almanac his managed to piss off the Air Force. One scene features footage of a plane crash that looks very similar to that of a 1994 B-52 crash, and the families of those killed in the accident have asked that Paramount remove the clip.

In a scene featured in the Michael Bay-produced film, characters watch a news clip of a plane crash, presumably caused by their messing around with the timeline. According to the Air Force Times, the footage is “nearly identical” to that of a crash at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington which killed four officers.

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Michael Bay Hires Machete Kills Scribe To Adapt Futuristic Vehicle Concept Art Book

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cosmic motorsMichael Bay never, ever ceases to amaze me, in the way that natural disasters killing thousands of people never cease to amaze me. One of the next projects he will produce is Warner Bros.’ Cosmic Motors, a narrative film based on Daniel Simon’s concept art book of the same name. To take on this strange adaptation, Warner has brought in screenwriter Kyle Ward, best known for penning last year’s box office flop Machete Kills for Robert Rodriguez. Now if they could just hire a team of monkeys to direct, this project could really kick into gear.

While Machete Kills was something of an outlier, Ward has had some practice turning non-cinematic properties into movie scripts. He co-wrote the script to the now-filming thriller Agent 47, which is based on the bestselling Hitman video game series. (This is Hollywood’s second attempt to turn this game into a franchise.) Ward is also one of the writers behind the video game adaptation of Kane & Lynch, although that project has yet to make it past the script stage at this point. Outside of game flicks, Ward also penned the original script Arabian Knights and one version of the upcoming Underworld reboot. He’s a guy with a lot on his plate already, and now he’s headed into the world of futuristic vehicles.

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Michael Bay May Hand Over The Future Of Transformers To Another Director

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transformersIf you happen to stumble upon a stack of cash that has an off-putting odor, it’s possible that Michael Bay just shit that money out, as the filmmaker has a way of doing that kind of thing. He’s having one of the strongest years of his career as both a director and a producer, with Transformers: Age of Extinction as the year’s current third highest earner (with $242 million domestically) and this past weekend saw Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blow expectations out of the sewer with a $65 million debut. And while it was assumed that he would continue on this CGI character streak for the next 150 years (which is around 30 in Michael Bay years), it appears he might be removing himself from the Transformers game. Might be.

Bay’s possible future with the franchise gets completely buried in a USA Today story covering just how successful the filmmaker’s summer has been. (He also has The Purge: Anarchy in theaters along with TNT’s The Last Ship gathering big ratings and arguably more critical acclaim than his feature film efforts.) Bay, it’s said, “believes he will pass the baton for future Transformers movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.” As someone who is a general fan of Bay, just not his hulking alien robot franchise, I couldn’t be more pleased with this bit of news.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Has Already Been Granted A Sequel

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ninja turtlesYes, I know that the image above does not come from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as Liebesman’s Turtles barely take the time to do any boy-ish celebrating like this. What the Michael Bay-produced reboot did do, however, is pack enough theaters this weekend to confirm to Paramount Pictures that they have a new Teenage Mutant Ninja franchise on their hands. Yes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is officially on the way. And Michael Bay is once again going to be the guiding light behind it. Call your favorite pizza place and ask them to just throw one in the garbage for you.

Paramount officially announced the sequel this morning, as the Ninja Turtles will presumably have earned around $65 million by the time this weekend is through. This is by far the biggest opening for any martial arts-learned reptiles, more than doubling the opening weekend for the 2007 animated film TMNT, and was more than the opening weekends for the first three Turtles films combined. (In fact, that film’s total domestic box office was only $54 million.) It’s no surprise—as the Platinum Dunes production was mired by controversy, from its alien origins to its inexplicable use of Megan Fox to its completely wasted cast of all stars—that pre-release buzz, however negative, combined with a prime end-of-summer release date to cram people of all ages into the theaters to see just how crazy this remake might get. Unfortunately, as I said in my review, it’s more boring and pandering than anything else, and nothing really worked.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Falls Short Of $100 Million Weekend But Kills Globally

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Transformers_Age_of_Extinction_41961Going into this past weekend, the most positive conversation surrounding Michael Bay’s latest cinematic explosium Transformers: Age of Extinction surrounded its chances of becoming the first film in 2014 to earn $100 million in its first weekend out. And while I was in full belief/disbelief that it would happen, early reports are showing that, no, Optimus Prime and his bot brethren only managed to take in the still ridiculously impressive sum of $97.5 million, give or take. But anyone crying over that small bit of spilled milk can afford to buy enough milk for a lifetime with the $201+ million that the film has earned internationally.

Transformers movies are always expected to do extremely well, even when they’re dumb as robot balls, and it would take an extreme pessimist to call this fourth entry a box office floptimus prime in any way. However, it did come up short as compared to both Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.8 million) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($108.9 million), though it trampled the first film’s opening weekend of $70.5 million. That’s a little more disappointing for Paramount when you consider just how many IMAX and 3D screens this flick made it to.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Trailer Brings Explosions, Bad Guys, And A Dragon

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One of the biggest issues plaguing mankind since the beginning of time is figuring out the perfect way to advertise a movie featuring Optimus Prime riding a robot dinosaur, and it looks like director Michael Bay has finally figured out the right approach. The trick is to pack around two minutes and fifteen seconds of glorious CGI destruction in before you bring out the giant fire-breathing dragon-bot, and then you end the trailer just as people are starting to rethink whether or not Bay is an action savant. This is how you do it, kids. This is Transformers: Age of Extinction.

I’m not what anyone would call a hardcore Transformers fan, but I can’t deny that I would instantly and gleefully throw caution to the wind to go and see this madness played out on the big screen. I didn’t hate the franchise’s first entry, but I couldn’t make it through the second two films. I’m not going to rail against them or anything, but suffice to say if we have to sit through more of Bay’s mechanized mayhem, I’m overwhelmingly pleased to have Mark Wahlberg leading the action this time rather than the insufferable Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. Because this movie definitely needs a human to anchor it all, right?