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Just how bad is this summer's Hollywood box-office slump?


In addition to its truly patriotic purpose, Independence Day weekend is typically a celebration of Hollywood bombast and spectacle, with huge CG blockbusters playing non-stop in air-conditioned multiplexes around the country. It’s often the halfway point in the year where studio executives can look at the grosses and their bottom lines, exhale, uncork a nice bottle, and think, “We’re going to be alright this year.”

Not this year.

In fact, the financial data for July 4-6 was downright terrifying. Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year’s holiday, according to, but it was Hollywood’s worst July 4 weekend since 1999. (And that’s not taking into account inflation. In fact, this was the worst July-holiday weekend for ticket sales since the summer of Dragnet in 1987.) The Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy scored $32.9 million in its first five days—not shabby for a movie that cost only $20 million to make, but hardly a summer savior and nothing close to her last two hits, Identity Thief and The Heat. READ FULL STORY

'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.

'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: Daniel Radcliffe to play American reporter in 'Tokyo Vice'; Plus Reese Witherspoon, more

• In case you chose to forget about Equus and Kill Your Darlings, we’re just here to remind you that Daniel Radcliffe is really never going back to his Harry Potter days. He’s just lined up a new project: an adaptation of Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice, a non-fiction account of Adelstein’s work as an American crime journalist in Japan. Music video director Anthony Mandler (Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”) will helm the feature, and playwright J.T. Rogers will write the script. [Deadline]


Paramount and IMAX make five-picture deal that includes 'Transformers 4' and 'Interstellar'


Paramount will release five of its biggest upcoming tentpole movies — including Transformers 4 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar — on IMAX, continuing the studio’s partnership with the supersize-screened movie theater company. “We’re thrilled and honored to once again team up with our longtime partners Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Entertainment, in a statement following an announcement at Cinema-Con. “We can’t wait to showcase their vision to IMAX fans around the world.”

Nolan and Bay have previously used the special IMAX cameras to capture crisper action sequences in 70 mm, notably in the last two Dark Knight films and the most recent Transformers film. The Dark Knight Rises featured about an hour of IMAX footage, and Nolan has become a huge advocate for the technology. “For me, it’s simply the best way to make a film, and why more people haven’t done it I could not tell you,” Nolan told Film Comment in November.

Read more:
Was 2008 the year IMAX went mainstream?

Paramount co-producing 'Transformers 4' with Chinese company


In a move sure to prove devastating to the domestic robot-car industry, Paramount Pictures has announced that it will co-produce the upcoming Transformers 4 with China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises, marking the most high-profile example yet of Hollywood’s expanding relationship with China. In a press release, Paramount explains in extremely vague technical terms that it has entered into a “Cooperation Agreement” with the China Movie Channel, which will “cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China.”

The nature of this “broad-based support” is left vague, but presumably it will involve clearing out large stretches of major cities in China so Michael Bay can film a really important scene featuring several giant alien robot cars fighting about something while Mark Wahlberg fires a gun into the air and screams something like “Grab the Nexus! Crap, Decepticons!” while the fading sunlight dapples the sweat on his bare granite biceps. READ FULL STORY

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