Seth Rogen helped Judd Apatow rewrite Bad Boys II

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous se…

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.

The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous set-pieces, a fast-paced storyline, and plenty of comedy gags.

On Tuesday, days before the release of Bad Boys For Life, film writer Eric Vespe debated the pros and cons of the hit sequel with his followers, which prompted Rogen to join in and make his surprising confession.

“I helped rewrite bad boys 2,” he replied, leading to scores of Twitter users demanding more information from the Long Shot star.

Rogen went on to explain in a follow-up tweet that he and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg were hired by director and friend Apatow to help him out with the script.

“Judd was rewriting it and me and Evan were broke so he gave us a bit of money to help,” he added. “I don’t remember much but we all definitely wrote the joke where they don’t know the words to the song, and where Martin shoots the machine gun in the car by accident. And probably many more…”

The script for Bad Boys II was originally written by Ron Shelton, who penned other classics such as White Men Can’t Jump, along with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writer Jerry Stahl. Apatow was not officially credited for his work.

Apatow first began working with Rogen and Goldberg on the short-lived 2001 Fox sitcom Undeclared, in which the Knocked Up star appeared in alongside Jay Baruchel and Charlie Hunnam.

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Kate Beckinsale didn’t ‘feel good’ having to lose weight for Pearl Harbor

Kate Beckinsale was left feeling self-conscious about her figure after filmmaker Michael Bay advised her to lose weight when he cast her in Pearl Harbor.The 2001 war drama served as the beauty’s Hollywood breakthrough, but before cameras began rolling …

Kate Beckinsale was left feeling self-conscious about her figure after filmmaker Michael Bay advised her to lose weight when he cast her in Pearl Harbor.

The 2001 war drama served as the beauty’s Hollywood breakthrough, but before cameras began rolling on the project, the Brit – who had just become a first-time mother – was encouraged to shed a few pounds.

“It wasn’t great, it didn’t make me feel good, and in general, I think women are body-shamed 100 million per cent more than men,” Beckinsale told Women’s Health magazine.

The actress, whose daughter Lily is now 20 years old, soon discovered she wasn’t the only one to have her looks judged by Bay – the director previously had her Pearl Harbor co-star Ben Affleck undergo dental work for their 1998 film Armageddon.

“Ben, who’d already done a movie with the director, was like, ‘This happened to me. They made me get new teeth,'” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘Cool, at least I get to hang on to my actual teeth.'”

The experience marked the first time Beckinsale began actively working out, but now she hits the gym six days a week with her personal trainer, because she relies on the endorphins for her mental and emotional health.

“Now exercise is almost more important to me mood-wise,” she explained. “I’m very connected to my body, so if I’m going to experience stress, I’m probably going to experience it physically. So it’s usually a good idea for me to go do something physical to get rid of it…”

And the 46-year-old claims her fitness fanaticism has helped her avoid injuries onset: “I haven’t been injured while doing an action movie, and I think it’s partially from practicing yoga… But as well as that, I just got into trampolining and it’s the great thing… it makes you feel kind of jolly.”

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Ryan Reynolds feared he was going to die while shooting 6 Underground

Ryan Reynolds was convinced he was going to die while shooting Michael Bay’s Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground.In the action movie, the 43-year-old actor stars as One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form an anonym…

Ryan Reynolds was convinced he was going to die while shooting Michael Bay’s Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground.

In the action movie, the 43-year-old actor stars as One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form an anonymous vigilante squad to take down criminals and terrorists.

While he enjoyed shooting the high-octane scenes for the film, he has confessed he was terrified during one particular car chase.

“There’s a car chase in this movie that’s unlike anything else, a ride round Florence that’s totally wild, speeding in a Day-Glo green Alfa Romeo at 150 mph down narrow walkways that should never be used for anything but walking,” Reynolds told Empire magazine. “I thought I was gonna die.”

“Weirdly enough, it was Michael Bay’s life that flashed before my eyes. That was strange,” he quipped.

The Deadpool star also admitted it had been an ambition of his to appear in one of the Transformers director’s movies, so his latest project “scratched a life-long itch”.

“I remember as a kid being so blown away by Bad Boys and The Rock. Those earlier films elevated action to a whole new level, so for me, there was definitely an aspect of scratching a life-long itch, to be part of his crazy circus,” he gushed.

“What I can say is this is certainly an old-school Michael Bay spectacle film. It’s just action upon action upon more action.”

6 Underground, which also stars Ben Hardy and Dave Franco, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Martin Lawrence: ‘Bad Boys post-Michael Bay is going well’

Martin Lawrence isn’t finding it too strange to film the new Bad Boys flick without Michael Bay at the helm.After 16 years away from the franchise and numerous setbacks, Lawrence and Will Smith are returning to their Bad Boys alter egos, Detective Ma…

Martin Lawrence isn’t finding it too strange to film the new Bad Boys flick without Michael Bay at the helm.

After 16 years away from the franchise and numerous setbacks, Lawrence and Will Smith are returning to their Bad Boys alter egos, Detective Marcus Burnett and Detective Mike Lowrey.

Among the hold ups in making the third film has been losing director Joe Carnahan in 2017, and Sony Pictures playing around with the release date. But now production on Bad Boys for Life is in full swing, with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah at the helm.

“Well, it’s not so strange because Bilall and Adel are doing a great job. It’s just different directors, but we’re still going to bring you that Bad Boys stuff,” Lawrence told Cinema Blend when asked how filming was without Bay.

Filming kicked off in January (19), with a script by Chris Bremner. Carnahan is also still credited as writer on IMDB.

Vanessa Hudgens and Vikings actor Alexander Ludwig are among the new cast members, while Joe Pantoliano is back as Captain Howard.

Many believed the third instalment of the cop-buddy film would never see the light of day, especially after Lawrence shared his doubts months after Carnahan’s departed the project.

“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2017. “Will (Smith) is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Bad Boys for Life is slated for a January 2020 release.

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Steven Spielberg becomes $10 billion man

Steven Spielberg has become the first moviemaker in history to gross $10 billion at the global box office. His new release, Ready Player One, has taken the director past the milestone number, making him the most successful filmmaker ever, according to…

Steven Spielberg has become the first moviemaker in history to gross $10 billion at the global box office.

His new release, Ready Player One, has taken the director past the milestone number, making him the most successful filmmaker ever, according to Box Office Mojo.

What makes the feat even more amazing is the fact that his nearest competition is blockbuster king Michael Bay and Peter Jackson, the man behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies – and they are both at least $3.5 billion behind Spielberg, whose hits have included Jurassic Park, E.T., Schindler’s List, Jaws, and the Indiana Jones movies.

And the new figures are just based on the films Spielberg has directed. If you count in the projects he has produced as well, his movies have amassed an estimated $17.2 billion, according to the website.

Spielberg will soon be adding to his tally after announcing work has begun on a fifth Indiana Jones movie – the last to feature Harrison Ford as the adventurous professor of archaeology.

Meanwhile, the movie mogul recently revealed he doesn’t like watching his own films until years after they’re released.

“I’m always moving really fast, and I don’t look back a lot,” he told The New York Times. “That’s why I don’t sit down and look at my movies on a movie screen after I’ve made them. Sometimes it’s years before I will even dare look at a movie again, and sometimes I’ll shut it off after five minutes.”

And he’s no longer hooked on blockbusters and box office hits, insisting he prefers to create films with a deep social message, like Ready Player One – a dystopian vision of the future with overcrowded slum cities.

“I feel a deeper responsibility to tell stories that have some kind of social meaning,” he shared. “If I have a choice between a movie that is 100 per cent for the audience and a movie that says something about the past, I will always choose history over popular culture. Even with all the popcorn in a film like Ready Player One, it does still have social meaning.”

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John Krasinski following A Quiet Place with sci-fi thriller

Actor and filmmaker John Krasinski is re-teaming with the producers on his surprise horror hit A Quiet Place for a science-fiction thriller. The terrifying movie, in which he also stars alongside his wife Emily Blunt, has proved a major hit, earning m…

Actor and filmmaker John Krasinski is re-teaming with the producers on his surprise horror hit A Quiet Place for a science-fiction thriller.

The terrifying movie, in which he also stars alongside his wife Emily Blunt, has proved a major hit, earning more than $50 million (£35.2 million) in North America over its opening weekend (06-08Apr18) – easily recouping its $17 million (£12 million) budget and turning a huge profit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter he is now looking to repeat the success by once again collaborating with its producers, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to make Life on Mars, a new movie set on the red planet.

The film is yet to have a script, but is based on Cecil Castellucci’s short story We Have Always Lived on Mars, which is set in a Martian colony left mostly abandoned after a cataclysmic event. It follows a female descendant of the original colonists who finds she can breathe the planet’s air.

Editors at the publication report that John is not planning to star in the project, but does have a producer’s credit as he found the story and brought it to Michael, Andrew and Brad’s Platinum Dunes company.

As yet there’s no word on who’ll be cast in the film, although when he spoke to WENN at A Quiet Place’s London premiere John gushed over his wife’s acting ability.

“Luckily when you’re working with her, I get to distance myself from my wife and just see all the performance that Emily Blunt can deliver,” he said. “I remember (Emily’s Mary Poppins Returns director) Rob Marshall saying, ‘You’ll see how good she is,’ and I said, ‘No, I know how good she is,’ and he said, ‘No you don’t, not until you’re in the room and she does what she does will you understand why she’s so good,’ and it’s so true.”

John, 38, isn’t quite ready to cast his and Emily’s kids Hazel, four, and 22-month-old Violet in his films though, saying he doesn’t want his family to double as a performing troupe “just yet”.

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Michael Bay signs up for back-to-back blockbusters

Michael Bay is returning to the director’s chair to lead two new blockbusters, according to reports.The Bad Boys filmmaker’s first project will be 6 Underground, an action epic written by Deadpool’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and sources tell Variet…

Michael Bay is returning to the director’s chair to lead two new blockbusters, according to reports.

The Bad Boys filmmaker’s first project will be 6 Underground, an action epic written by Deadpool’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and sources tell Variety the upcoming feature is based on an original idea from the screenwriters, who also plan to executive produce.

Further details about the plot are being kept under wraps as the crew prepares to film this summer (18) for a mid-2019 release.

“Throughout his career Michael Bay has been unparalleled in creating global theatrical events,” David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media, tells the outlet. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this amazing team come together, bringing their unique style and vision to the movie.”

Bay’s second new project is Robocalypse, a science fiction film based on Daniel H. Wilson’s novel about a robot uprising.

The director will reunite with Steven Spielberg, who hand selected Bay to direct Transformers, for the film.

Spielberg has been connected to the project as a director for years, but his schedule prevented him from locking in a start date.

Bay’s last project as a director was last year’s (17) Transformers: The Last Knight – another robot blockbuster, starring Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The fifth instalment of the live-action franchise, based on the children’s toy line, earned a whopping $605 million (£435 million) worldwide at the box office, but the movie was panned by critics.

The next film in the Transformers franchise, prequel Bumblebee: The Movie, will be the first in the series not to be directed by Bay, who has handed control to Travis Knight, while he’ll be among the producers of the project.

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Bad Boys 3 lands new directors – report

Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have reportedly been tapped to direct Bad Boys for Life.The third instalment of the popular Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie franchise has suffered numerous setbacks over the past few years, includi…

Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have reportedly been tapped to direct Bad Boys for Life.

The third instalment of the popular Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie franchise has suffered numerous setbacks over the past few years, including Sony Pictures playing around with the release date and director Joe Carnahan quitting the project in March 2017.

But it now seems that fans may finally get a third film, as according to Deadline, bosses at Sony Pictures are in negotiations with Adil and Bilall, helmers of 2015 film Black, to lead the project, and mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer is still on board to produce. Should a deal be reached, initial production will finally begin in August (18).

It’s been nearly 15 years since Bad Boys II, which reunited Will and Martin’s detective characters Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, hit cinemas.

In June, original director Michael Bay, who helmed the first two films, suggested studio bosses get a move on before 49-year-old Will and 52-year-old Martin were too old to play the lead roles.

“Pretty soon they’re going to be old boys,” he said in an interview with Cinema Blend. “Pretty soon they’re going to be retired cops instead of active-duty cops. It’s taken a long time to get that thing going, and I’m not involved in getting it going. They should get it going soon, though. You could definitely get Martin and Will to be funny again – those were fun movies to do.”

The first two films grossed more than $414 million (£292 million) at the worldwide box office.

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