John Raimondo is a bit player in the 1999 epic three-part Miami New Times series "Pain & Gain," which blockbuster Hollywood director Michael Bay turned into a passion project that hit theaters over two weeks ago. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the film recounts the absurd dark ... More >>
With Michael Bay's big-screen adaptation of Pain & Gain opening atop the box office this weekend, masses of moviegoers discovered what Miamians already knew: Pete Collins' tale of bodybuilders gone bad is one hell of a great yarn. But the Sun Gym Gang's capers barely scratch the surface of Miam ... More >>
So there is this movie coming out later this month, right? It's directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as a trio of bodybuilding extortionists who stumble and bumble their way to another man's riches by torturing him and then running over him w ... More >>
The bluesy track starts with eerie piano chords and a spooky fiddle. Then a deep, raspy voice croons, "They stole my money, they took my home. Left me on the street, to die alone. I live in paradise, so they say. Things shouldn't be this way. Paaaaaiiinnn, pain and gain."That's the first verse to a ... More >>
A short history of an art form's long passing.
A lament for lost carnage — and coherence.
In a story straight out of a twisted fever dream shared by Michael Bay and Aaron Sorkin -- not to mention the sick fantasies of thousands of catastrophe-seeking journalists everywhere -- Tropical Storm Isaac looks more likely than ever to strengthen into a hurricane just in time to bear down on Tamp ... More >>
It's going to be the classiest, finest film studio in all of the world. Or at least that's what Donald Trump's company seems to think.The Trump Organization has unveiled plans to incorporate an 800-acre studio city down near Homestead in the southern reaches of Miami-Dade County dubbed, what else, T ... More >>
Well, it's better than Brett Ratner Day.Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman has issued a proclamation officially recognizing June 5 as "Michael Bay Day." Yes, Michael Bay the director of Bad Boys, Transformers, and the upcoming Pain and Gain.Unfortunately, the day will probably not be celebr ... More >>
Rabbit is a very lean meat that can be literally "tough" to cook, which is perhaps why we see such little example of it on Miami's menus. Occasionally rabbit will pop up on a list of blackboard specials, but it doesn't seem to be the most popular dish around town. We know, they are extremely cute an ... More >>
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll uhntz-uhntz uncontrollably. That's right ... We're talking about Ultra Music Festival's 45-minute concert documentary, Can U Feel It: The UMF Experience. With a cast of 200 uber-mega-superstar DJs, lazer-wielding robots, tattooed mice men, half-naked electro g ... More >>
They came for G.I. Joe, and we said nothing, because we always thought G.I. Joe was kinda dumb.Then they came for Transformers, and we said nothing, because Michael Bay is unstoppable and anyway, Megan Fox is hot.But then they came for Battleship, and we realized that soon, there would be no chil ... More >>
Well, we guess it only makes sense that two men who launched to stardom by being muscular in tight briefs would team up to star in a movie about body builders. Variety reports that Mark Whalberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are currently in talks to star in Pain and Gain, explosive auteur Michae ... More >>
Ultra Music Festival is an insanely intense sensory experience. Three days of ecstatic raving, bro-on-bro PDA, and other miscellaneous forms of debauched misbehavior alongside all your fave DJs and 150,000 beat freaks rocking goggles, glowsticks, furry boots, yarn hair, and sweat-soaked novelty ... More >>
Maverick CarterThe Edge has perfected a more subtle way of hiding his hairline than the LeBron Headband.Good news, Miami! LeBron James has not fled the country, nor does he appear to be too depressed for a few photos with some fellow squagillionaires. Apparently inspired by Venezuelan President H ... More >>
"We didn't start the fire..." Then who did?As we reported yesterday, Miami International Airport mysteriously burst into flames. The incident caused massive delays, an untold amount of damage, and both tourists and locals to lose their shit.But what really happened to cause the fire? We brought i ... More >>
Sebastian the Ibis insists: "Vote now, mofo!"Sadly, FIU's Radiate FM went soft in the second-to-last round of MTV's marathon contest for best college radio station in the nation. So they're out. Thanks to WVUM 90.5 FM, though, Miami can continue to dream about bringing home a big beautiful Woo ... More >>
via CBS4An accident straight out of a Michael Bay movie has temporarily shut down a portion of Krome Avenue in both directions. At least three motorcycles collided with a tractor trailer. Luckily, a nearby helicopter landed near the scene, and a man jumped out of the chopper to administer CPR to ... More >>
Michael Bay never met a hacky CGI explosion he didn't like, but God bless him, he's practically the patron saint of bringing big time productions to Miami. The director of the Bad Boys movies and co-producer of the upcoming Cocaine Cowboys series is reportedly set to film scenes for the upcoming ... More >>
You know how Michael Benjamin Bay got his start? He made a short film about a helicopter flying into the sunset:Which he parlayed into multi-million dollar box office smashes. This is how it works, fledgling film directors. You make a kick-ass short. People take notice.That's why you should enter th ... More >>
WikicommonsI never get tired of this photo.Michael Bay could really use a new screenwriter, and I think it's up to Miami to give it to him. You could sign up for an L.A. or NYC screenwriting class (L.A. writing lab, Robert McKee, mediabistro, etc.) with an online component, but there's no substit ... More >>
Jipsy/NefariousGirl.comKRELwear show at Miami Splashion at LIV.Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim cannon balled into town last night, so expect another stream of parties, models, fashion and debauchery in the middle of our slowest season, during one of our country's greatest economic depressions. The f ... More >>
Michael Bay can't live up to Michael Bay in Part 2.
Ooo, yeah, take that camera, take it. I'm shooting you so good, baby.No matter how humid the weather, summer has not arrived until Michael Bay says so. Wear all the sunscreen you want, but until that V8 engine of a brain (disguised by sweet-smelling angel's hair) unleashes its latest hailstorm of sw ... More >>
This movie's assets are troubled indeed.
2009 is looking to be a huge year for the Rakontur Films. Not only will they be teaming up with super-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer to turn their Cocaine Cowboys documentary into an HBO series, but they've also announced on their blog they're developing a half-hour series for Adult Swi ... More >>
Cocaine Cowboys, the locally produced doc about the early days of Miami's cocaine trade, is being turned into a television series, and just like the subjects it covers it's not settling for any small time stuff. This thing is going to be A-list. That's what you get when you've got Mega-producers Jer ... More >>
A Hollywood backlash -- what's Miami Beach's mayor to do? Shoot the messenger.
Go The Way of the Gun, and you shall be rewarded