When I was younger, Michael Bay was the coolest director around. I skipped my junior high school prom to go see The Rock. When I found out he was going to destroy Earth in 1998’s Armageddon, I was hyped up. So imagine how awesome my Tuesday becomes when today’s Screen Junkies Honest Trailer is in fact… Armageddon!
22 years and 27 films later, The Walt Disney Company will end its partnership with Jerry Bruckheimer, long renowned as one of Hollywood’s most prolific, profitable, and esteemed producers. This announcement comes in light of some massive financial failures for Bruckheimer and Disney – most regrettably The Lone Ranger‘s disappointing box office figures – and the integration of Marvel and Lucasfilm into the Studio’s lineup.
But though this partnership may conclude in 2014 – essentially finishing a few years down the line with the release of the recently delayed fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film and potentially another National Treasure entry – we cannot overlook the numerous successes they shared, too. Let us review the Disney/Bruckheimer movie timeline. Buckle your seat belts, watch out for car chases and explosions at every turn, and take a ride on the roller coaster that Bruckheimer and Disney built.
Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking actor who played notable characters in The Green Mile, Armageddon, and Daredevil, died today. He was 54.
The actor had suffered a heart attack back in July and doctors initially expected him to make a full recovery, but he remained in the hospital and had been moved to an intensive care unit in August. TMZ reports that Duncan’s passing today came suddenly. His girlfriend, former Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault, was with him at the hospital in Los Angeles today and had left his room for a short time. He was dead upon her return.
The Chicago native, who entered into the world of show biz as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, got his big-screen break in 1998 in Michael Bay’s Armageddon, where he starred alongside Bruce Willis. It was Willis’ influence that led to Duncan landing his breakout role as John Coffey in the Frank Darabont-directed The Green Mile, based on the novel by Stephen King. It was this role of a death row inmate with extraordinaries powers which earned Duncan several award nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.