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Bruce Willis Worried His ‘Baggage’ Would Bring Down 12 Monkeys

Everyone knows Bruce Willis the action movie star, the actor famed for playing stubborn, wise-cracking heroes in the “Die Hard” film series, “The Fifth Element,” “Armageddon,” and so on. Lesser-known or, perhaps more accurately, lesser-appreciated, is Bruce Willis the character actor, the star who portrayed a Vietnam War veteran with Ptsd in the movie “In […]

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Michael Bay’s Movie Career Started With A Job At Lucasfilm

Many big-time directors got their start with small jobs working for name studios and/or personalities; take James Cameron, for instance, who famously worked in the scene shop and special effects department of Roger Corman’s studios before he broke out with “The Terminator” and other hits.Director Michael Bay is certainly no different, but where Cameron had […]

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Michael Bay Recalls Bruce Willis’ Attempt to Break Into a NASA Space Shuttle While Filming ‘Armageddon’

Twenty-four years ago, director Michael Bay had yet to dream up the high-speed car chases in “Ambulance,” but was instead focused on a team of deep-core oil drillers who were tasked with saving the world from an asteroid the size of Texas.Perennial action hero Bruce Willis headlined the 1998 space movie, playing Harry S. Stamper, […]

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Tales From The Box Office: Bruce Willis Helped Make Armageddon The Biggest Movie Of 1998

(Welcome to Tales from the Box Office, our column that examines box office miracles, disasters, and everything in between, as well as what we can learn from them.)Movie lovers were dealt a massive blow this week when it was announced that cinematic icon Bruce Willis, the star of such classics as “Die Hard” and “Pulp […]

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Michael Bay Says ‘Pearl Harbor’ Explosion Made History: ‘Bullsh*t’ That ‘Spectre’ Has Guinness Record

It’s hard to believe that action director Michael Bay doesn’t hold the title for largest explosion onscreen.Bay, the arguable auteur behind “Armageddon” and the “Transformers” films, told Empire Magazine that it’s “bullshit” that “Spectre” holds the Guinness World Record for largest movie explosion.“James Bond tried to take the ‘largest explosion in the world,’” Bay said. […]

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Don’t Look Up Science Advisor Dr. Amy Mainzler On Bringing Science To Satire [Interview]

We’re a long way from 1998, folks. Once upon a time, “Armageddon” represented the nadir of scientific collaboration in space-set movies when director Michael Bay told Ben Affleck to “Shut the f*** up” after questioning the premise of training oil drillers to become astronauts and blow up an incoming asteroid … instead of simply training astronauts […]

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How Robin Williams Got Matt Damon His Saving Private Ryan Role

Real-life pals and would-be kissing buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck broke out as not just actors but also writers thanks to 19997’s “Good Will Hunting,” a drama that landed the pair Oscars for their original script. It also snagged an Academy Award for Robin Williams’ performance as Sean Maguire, the haunted therapist who connects […]

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Every J.J. Abrams Film Ranked From Worst To Best

J.J. Abrams has been an influential figure in the entertainment industry since his youth. Inspired by his prominent television producer father, Gerald W. Abrams, the young film buff was mentored by Steven Spielberg, and flexed his creative instincts as screenwriter of ’90s hits like “Forever Young,” “Regarding Henry,” and “Armageddon.”In the late ’90s and early […]

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‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ Review: Charlie Plummer and Taylor Russell Bolster Gentle Mental Health Drama

The film release calendar has always played home to serendipitous programming choices, from movies with strangely similar titles hitting at the same time to features that seem ripped from the same script (as with the infamous 1998 double whammy of “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon”), but this week at the movies offers something with a twist: […]

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