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'Transformers 4' Hong Kong set sees a second extortion attempt

Police are investigating a second reported extortion attempt at the Hong Kong film set of the latest Transformers movie, authorities say.

A government statement received overnight said a production company crew member was setting up on the roof of a building in Kowloon on Tuesday when four men “intimidated her and asked for money.”

She called police, who arrested a 35-year-old man. He’s being held pending further inquiries. The three others are still wanted. The case has been classified as blackmail, and a police anti-triad unit is investigating. Triads are Chinese organized crime gangs.

Police arrested two brothers last week after director Michael Bay was assaulted at another filming location. They allegedly demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000).

'Transformers 4' gets a revealing title and a sandy poster

Four years after the war in Chicago, the Transformers may be facing extinction.

At least that’s the main takeaway from the perfectly hyperbolic new title for Michael Bay’s fourth franchise installment — Transformers: Age of Extinction. Paramount revealed the title and a brand new, sand-covered poster, Tuesday, for the Mark Walhberg-starrer that’s scheduled to hit theaters on June 27, 2014.


'Transformers' and Michael Bay rock Detroit: 'It's insane' says Mark Wahlberg

When Michael Bay and the crew of Transformers 4 descended upon Detroit, residents were warned to expect “simulated gunfire, controlled pyrotechnic explosions, precision driving involving squealing tires, controlled vehicle crashes and smoke” during filming. The Hollywood production didn’t disappoint. Detroit’s Grand Circus Park, dressed up to look like a ravaged Hong Kong, was the site of all of the above, as Mark Wahlberg, who takes over the franchise from Shia LaBeouf, dodged multiple explosions.

Watch two amateur recordings of the scene, which really give a greater appreciation of Bay’s talents — because you know this will look magnificent once it’s all pieced together on screen. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers 4' fire no big deal, says Michael Bay


When news broke that there was a fire on the Texas set of Transformers 4, visions of disastrous pyrotechnic mayhem immediately came to mind. After all, this is a Michael Bay movie about ginormous alien invaders.

But Tuesday’s blaze, which scorched the attic of a 100-year-old house in Pflugerville where the production was filming and sent one injured person to the hospital, was nothing spectacular or dangerous, according to Bay, who blogged about the media’s breathless coverage of the fire.

Michael Bay takes on 'Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon'

Game publisher, producer, and distributor Ubisoft is continuing its expansion into Hollywood. Tuesday, Ubisoft announced that it had plans to develop the video game franchise Ghost Recon into a feature, with Michael Bay (Transformers) spearheading its development at Warner Bros. with the possibility that he’ll also direct.


'Transformers 4': First look at the new Optimus Prime (kinda)

Beloved action-film parodist Michael Bay is busy wrangling robot-cars, girls with low self-esteem, and Wahlbergs for next year’s anticipated fourquel Trans4mers 4: 4th Gear — or whatever it’ll be called. But Bay took time out of his busy schedule to post the first look of the redesigned Optimus Prime on his website. Take a look: READ FULL STORY

'Transformers 4' casts Chinese actress Li Bingbing

Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: RetributionSnow Flower and the Secret Fan) has been cast in Transformers 4.

The news was first reported by China’s, a state-owned film site. The casting comes during recent high-profile efforts to court and increase Chinese interest in Hollywood tent-poles: Iron Man 3 was shot with footage specifically for the country, which is now the world’s second-largest film market. Meanwhile, Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show will air this summer, a reality TV competition to cast four speaking roles in the upcoming film, which jettisons franchise star Shia LaBeouf in favor of Mark Wahlberg.


Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to reunite with 'Old School' co-star Will Ferrell; Plus Laurence Fishburne, John Noble, and more

It’s a Frat Pack reunion: Vince Vaughn is set to join Old School co-star Will Ferrell in the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home. Ferrell is expected to star in the movie, which he’s producing with frequent collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys). Etan Cohen (yes, Etan, not Oscar-winning dark comedy filmmaker Ethan Cohen) will make his feature directorial debut with the project. Cohen’s screenwriting credits include Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio exec whose life gets turned upside down when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Vaughn) re-enters the picture and he must vie for his step-children’s affections. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Never mind, Michael Bay does NOT apologize for 'Armageddon'


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The Internet has been buzzing about Michael Bay's "apology" for his 1998 blockbuster Armageddon, but the director wants everyone to know that his words were taken out of context and that he is "proud of the movie."

While promoting his new film Pain & Gain, Bay discussed with a Miami Herald reporter the rapid-fire editing technique featured in many of his movies. Near the end of the interview, the paper quotes Bay as saying, "I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could."

But in a post on his official website today, Bay wrote that the newspaper cut his words in a deceptive way. "[The reporter]

has printed the bare minimum of my statement which in effect have twisted my words and meaning,” the director said.

Bay goes on to clarify that while he does wish he “had more time to edit the film” before it hit theaters, he is “proud of the movie.” Check out Bay’s full response below. READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay apologizes for 'Armageddon'


It took 15 years, but moviegoers are getting an apology for one of the brashest, outlandish, craptacularly entertaining blockbusters of all time.

Buried in a Miami Herald interview published Sunday about his upcoming film Pain & Gain, director Michael Bay offered a mea culpa for his 1998 hit Armageddon. The discussion was sparked by the interviewer noting that Bay’s new film, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as bodybuilders who embark on a crime spree, has atypical editing for the director — the shots are held for longer than a few nanoseconds.

“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks,” Bay says. “It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible. My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown, so I had to be in charge of that. I called James Cameron and asked ‘What do you do when you’re doing all the effects yourself?’ But the movie did fine.” READ FULL STORY

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