The filmmaker spoke with D.A. Pennebaker after an anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning doc.
«These are troubled times… without leaders, chaos reigns.» Paramount has released the third trailer for Michael Bay’s latest Transformers movie, titled in full Transformers: The Last Knight. The last trailer we posted was focused on the young kids in the movie, but this one gives us a full look at everything going on. These movies (and the robots) keep getting bigger and bigger, with so much epic action it’s hard to even comprehend what we’re seeing. The huge ensemble cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same Transformer voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. My sci-fi side makes me want to see this just because, but I’m still not that interested in any more Transformers films. I’m on the fence with this. What about you? ›››
The Cannes 2017 lineup has been announced, featuring VR and TV for the first time.
Every year, the Cannes Film Festival celebrates the world’s finest auteurs in the south of France. This year’s lineup is no different, boasting the likes of Abbas Kiarostami, Agnes Varda, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Josh and Bennie Safdie, Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Noah Baumbach, Lynne Ramsay, and more.
This year, the traditionally purist festival is venturing into new territory, finally embracing virtual reality and television—albeit from established directors. For the first time, the festival will screen a virtual reality film from none other than Alejandro G. Inarritu. Top of the Lake Season 2 and the Twin Peaks revival will screen from Jane Campion and David Lynch, respectively.
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Ismael’s Ghosts, dir: Arnaud Desplechin (Out of Competition)
70th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Top of the Lake: China Girl, dirs: Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
24 Frames, dir: Abbas Kiarostami
He could be spectacular, perhaps most opulently on Francis Coppola’s ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ but in distinctly different modes for Martin Scorsese on ‘The Last Temptation of Christ,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘The Age of Innocence’ and ‘Gangs of New York.’
The German DOP worked with star directors like Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Rainer Werner Fassbender and Wolfgang Petersen.
Director Michael Bay has been making feature films for 22 years now. He made his directorial debut with Bad Boys in 1995, and since then he’s given us spectacle after spectacle featuring explosions, super models, sweeping cameras and more. For the past decade, he’s been predominantly busy with the Transformers franchise, but this summer appears to be his last time behind the camera of the franchise (at least until an appealing spin-off for him to direct comes long).
For some fans, Michael Bay departing the Transformers franchise will be a welcome change. But those fans apparently didn’t know that we’ve had a genius behind these movies the whole time. That’s what Anthony Hopkins recently called Michael Bay in a recent interview, favorably comparing the Armageddon and Pain & Gain director to filmmakers like Martin Scorsese. Find out more below.
While appearing at CinemaCon over a week ago, Anthony Hopkins talked with Yahoo Movies about the first time he met Michael Bay to discuss the prospect of taking a role in Transformers: The Last Knight. Here’s the excerpt where the actor sings Michael Bay’s praises in a surprising way:
“He was telling me about the work he did on [the Transformers bots] – how he would refine them and go into the special effects guys and design them and get all the details of light on metal and all that. He told me all that at breakfast before I started on the film. I thought ‘This guy’s a genius. He really is.’ He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He’s a savant.”
While I wouldn’t exactly nod in agreement as Anthony Hopkins calls Michael Bay genius, it’s not hard to understand what the actor is getting at, especially if you’ve ever listened to the director talk about his own movies for an extended period of time. It’s Hopkins calling Bay a savant that is more telling than the frequently flippant use of the word genius in today’s society.
Michael Bay is an efficient and detail-oriented filmmaker. The sets of Michael Bay’s movies are full of crew members who are brave enough to attempt to keep up with his fast-paced sets. Bay is a director who knows exactly what he wants, and he expects his crew to give it to him to flawlessly. That’s why you hear stories of Bay getting so worked up on the set of his movies (I’ve witnessed it myself).
When it comes to the Transformers franchise, he knows every corner of the universe he’s created for the big screen, even if he’s not exactly the most well-versed person in the full mythology of the Hasbro. And he knows exactly how he wants to shoot it, from the action blocking to the multiple camera angles. That takes a special kind of obsession and creative mind to plan something so meticulously, especially a movie on as large of a scale as a Transformers blockbuster.
So while you might not think Anthony Hopkins is right to call Michael Bay a genius, the director certainly deserves some credit for pulling off what he does, even if the stories at the center of his movies don’t make the most sense. His movies may not be the most respected or revered decades from now, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a filmmaker with such passion and vigor for over the top action and spectacle shot so carefully and efficiently.
Oh, and here’s a tease of the new Transformers trailer coming this week, featuring Anthony Hopkins himself:
Transformers: The Last Knight arrives on June 23.
The post Anthony Hopkins Calls Michael Bay a Genius in the Same Vein as Martin Scorsese appeared first on /Film.
“The year that I won the Oscar for ‘Wall Street,’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’ opened two months before — it was a good year.»
Michael Crichton‘s best work always tends to read like fleshed-out screenplay. Few “airport novelists” (and I use that term with affection) were so effective at relaying blockbuster-sized action on the page, at vividly depicting what feels like a major Hollywood story in 500 or so breathless pages. It’s no wonder that his work continues to inspire adaptations nearly a decade after his death.
The latest novel to embark on a journey to the big screen is Micro and the project has nabbed a Pirates of the Caribbean director and a producer with his fair share of Crichton experience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Ronning is in negotiations to direct Micro for Amblin Entertainment. Frank Marshall, whose many credits include Jurassic Park (the most famous and popular Crichton adaptation) and its three sequels, will produce. This will be Ronning’s first feature project without Espen Sandberg, his fellow Pirates director with whom he also helmed Bandidas, Max Manus: Man of War, and Kon-Tiki.
While I’ve read much of Crichton’s work, I never go around to Micro, which was published posthumously in 2011 (Richard Preston finished the novel on behalf of the late author). It sounds an awful lot like Honey I Shrunk the Kids with a bit more intrigue and ruthlessness, telling the story of “a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company” who are miniaturized and “cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.” It’s certainly a fun hook and one that will allow for all kinds of special effects sequences and derring-do. In fact, it sounds like the kind of movie Amblin would have made back in the ’80s: a high concept science fiction adventure film built around an adventurous premise.
While Jurassic Park is an undisputed classic (it’s also Crichton’s best novel), other Crichton adaptations have proven less successful in the past. 1995’s Congo, directed by Marshall, is a straight-up bad movie, albeit, a straight-up bad movie with personality and charm to spare. Other movies, like Timeline, The 13th Warrior, and Sphere failed to capture the attention to detail that makes the source novels so entertaining. And then there’s Rising Sun and Disclosure, two bad movies based on bad books that shouldn’t have been adapted in the first place.
In other words, we’re way overdue for another great Michael Crichton adaptation. Let’s hope Ronning and Marshall can pull it off.
The post Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’ Sets Sail With ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director appeared first on /Film.
‘Jurassic World’ producer Frank Marshall is also producing this Crichton adaptation.
«I’m here to keep 3D alive, and the only way to make it the best experience for you, is to shoot it natively.» Paramount has released a new making of featurette for Transformers: The Last Knight, and it’s pretty much nothing but Michael Bay talking about filming this new sequel. As much as I know that most of us are not that excited for this movie, this is one of the best featurettes I’ve ever seen. There’s tons of cool behind-the-scenes footage, it’s almost all Bay showing us a look at his workplace(s), and it’s not made up of existing footage that we’ve already seen in other trailers. This stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan. Maybe this will change your mind about this movie? Have fun. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Michael Bay Discusses Making ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’