TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Hilarious Honest Trailer; Dragonlord's Review)

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    Dragonlord's Review of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION


    Bottom Line: Not only is Transformers: Age of Extinction the worst film in the franchise but unbelievably makes you almost wish for the Shia LaBeouf good old days.


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    Four years have passed since the events of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the few remaining Autobots are now hiding after being hunted and destroyed one by one by a shadow government agency. Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg), a single father and struggling inventor, stumbles upon an injured Optimus Prime and helps him recuperate. They soon uncover a collusion between the human government and Decepticon, as well as learning a scientist (Stanley Tucci) has discovered the secret of creating man-made Transformers. If they stuck with this premise, reduce the Decepticon bounty hunter storyline and drop the tedious Hong Kong third act, then Age of Extinction would have ended up being decent. Unfortunately, they overplayed their hand and the result is an obnoxious, noisy, convoluted mess.

    Wahlberg is a slight improvement over Shia LaBeouf as the new lead but his character is conveniently written. He goes from simple townsfolk inventor to orchestrating a complicated caper to bust in a tight security research facility to blasting Decepticons left and right as well going mano-a-mano with a highly-trained special forces. There's something slightly disturbing how Michael Bay transforms Nicola Peltz from the little girl in The Last Airbender to a full-blown hottie wearing slutty attire. What's even more disturbing is they devoted a whole scene where they try to rationalize her underage character is having sex with a much older man. Peltz's pretty much useless most of the time, either frozen in shock or waiting for somebody to rescue her. Jack Reynor as her boyfriend was bland and their romance subplot was equally flat. The mistake was making them a couple already instead of developing their love story in the middle of the adventure.

    One of the few consolations is that the lame juvenile humor Bay has instilled in his previous Transformers films have been substantially toned down in here. The cringeworthy moments do resurface during later as Tucci's character becomes more unhinged and delivers some embarrassing attempts at comedy. Some of the dialogue is absolutely horrible. Even Optimus Prime is acting out of character, delivering atrocious line, yelling a dreadful "kill them all!" at one point during the climax. Out of all the major human characters, Kelsey Grammer and Titus Welliver, both playing the bad guys, are the only two that do their jobs well.

    The special effects as expected are outstanding. Say what you will about the first three Transformers films but one thing they did exceptionally well was staged some exciting and stirring action moments. Age of Extinction's script is just shoddily written and lacks focus that the action scenes just feel empty and exhausting. By the time third act comes, I was already suffering from action fatigue. The Dinobots are cool initially but the novelty wears off since they weren't given any personalities and just appear briefly. The Autobots at least are designed well, giving each of them a distinct look while Galvatron, the new Megatron, is just horribly and blandly put together. The new Decepticons also have a new crappy pixelated method of transforming which gives off a cheap vibe and robs audience of the fun of watching a proper lucid conversion.

    With a confounding running time of 165 minutes, Bay unabashedly sold the last third of the movie to China, devoting unnecessary scenes pandering to the Chinese market. They even transformed Li Bingbing from an unimportant minor character to a kickass fighting heroine in the Hong Kong scenes. These tactics don't normally bother me but the product placement in here was so blatant and tachy. They also rehashed the illogical strategy of giving a human the mcguffin everyone is after instead of giving it to an Autobot for safekeeping.

    If you're planning on seeing a fun, superb sci-fi action blockbuster this summer, skip Transformers: Age of Extinction and go watch the sensational Edge of Tomorrow instead.

    Rating: 3/10


    More musings and thoughts (spoilers): It always kinda bothered me that the Transformers can easily scan an object or vehicle and instantly copy it. If that's the case, the Autobots should just scan a lot of flying vehicles and put it in their file so that they can just transform into a jet plane later on if they're being chased by the bad guys.

    In the end, Optimus Prime leaves Earth to confront his creators using internal rocket boots and jet pack. If he had this option, why couldn't he just have used this mode of transportation earlier instead of running away from the bad guys in his truck form.
     
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    Update: July 3, 2014

    Deconstructing Michael Bay's Filming Style in "What Is Bayhem?"


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    In the latest installment of the YouTube series Every Frame a Painting, Tony Zhou takes on the question “What is Bayhem?” Bayhem is the term coined to refer to Michael Bay’s style of directing, saturated with action, motion, and a sense of importance. Zhou is quick to point out that he’s not a fan of Bay, but still thinks it’s important to examine how his style works. He breaks down the style into its core elements – scale, parallax, and motion – and examines why it falls flat when so many others try to imitate it. Things get particularly interesting when he looks at how Bay’s style is influence by one of the director’s favorite movies, West Side Story.

    Here's Zhou's description: "There are filmmakers we love and then there's Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of "Bayhem" -- his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct."

    Many may easily discount his filmmaking as blockbuster popcorn cinema, but Bay has an unmistakable style that others have not been able to easily replicate. Bay’s films are unmistakable. James Cameron has famously stated that he "studied [Bay's] films and reverse-engineered his shooting style." Zhou takes an in-depth look at the vocabulary of Bay’s filmmaking style.

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    Deconstructing Michael Bay's Filmmaking Style in "What Is Bayhem?"
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    Update: June 29, 2014

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Hits $100 Million for $301 Million Global Debut


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    Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted to $100 million in North America, the best number of the year to date and reinvigorating the giant robot franchise. Overseas, it was even more massive in its initial assault, taking in $201.3 million for a worldwide bow of $301.3 million. The $210 million tentpole, earning an A- CinemaScore despite blistering reviews, is easily the biggest opening of star Mark Wahlberg's career, thanks to a strong turnout by males (64 percent).

    Age of Extinction — featuring a new leading man in Wahlberg, who replaces the troubled Shia LaBeouf — broke records in China, earning $90 million to mark the top weekend opening of all time, according to sources. The movie went to great lengths to prosper in China, including shooting at some of the country's most iconic sights, such as the Great Wall.

    The 3D film scored the top debut of the year internationally, even though it won't roll out in most of Europe and Latin America until after the World Cup. In addition to China, the tentpole generated big returns in Russia, where it took in $21.7 million, the second biggest launch of all time, with 3D grosses representing 80 percent. And it did nearly as much in South Korea, nabbing the top opening of the year with $21.5 million.

    All three previous Transformers movies earned over $300 million at the domestic box office. While Age of Extinction's opening is undeniably good, it does not put the movie in a position to also reach that milestone. The upcoming holiday makes it difficult to draw specific long-term projections, though it does appear that Age of Extinction is on track for anywhere from $250 to $280 million.


    Box Office Report: 'TRANSFORMERS 4' Hits $100 Million for $301.3 Million Worldwide Debut
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    Update: June 28, 2014

    Critics Review of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION


    Rotten Tomatoes: 18% Approval Rating (21 out of 120 critics like it)

    Consensus: With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.


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    Entertainment Weekly - D+
    Age of Extinction is lazy hackwork. It isn't just narratively incoherent. It's one of the tackiest and crassest blockbusters I've ever seen, wasting no opportunity to shamelessly plug products. It doesn't even try to conceal its cynicism. For the first hour, Bay's baroque orgy of ear-shredding, eye-dazzling destruction is impressive. Then you realize there's almost two hours left to go, and the movie becomes numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing. Ultimately, Age of Extinction is an endless barrage of nonsense and noise.


    New York Daily News - 1/5
    The fightin', feudin', rock-'em-sock-'em alien robots that resemble living construction sites are back, as clanky and catastrophic as ever. If the “human scenes” all reek of adolescent dialogue and dopey snark masquerading as character development, it’s a toss-up if that’s better or worse than seeing clattering collections of caliginous junk — some voiced by John Goodman, Ken Watanabe and Robert Foxworth — sass each other before battling and flying about like so much space junk. It’s that kind of brain strain that, if one isn’t already a kid or a fan, puts the stink in “Extinction.”


    Rolling Stone - 0/4
    Michael Bay has done the impossible. With Transformers: Age of Extinction, the start of a – everyone duck! – second trilogy in his metalhead franchise, the Bay-man has made the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet. Bay, with the help of screenwriter Ehren Kruger, is telling the same damn story as he did before. But this time he's taking more time than ever to do it. Just shy of three hours, Transformers: Age of Extinction is a punishing endurance test.


    James Berardinelli - 1/4
    This is as excruciating a movie as is likely to be experienced by anyone, anywhere. It isn't merely that the story is insulting, the characters are bland, the action is dull, and the CGI is everywhere - it's that all this goes on for nearly three hours. Bay's approach, which is technically proficient but without charm or life, bludgeons viewers into a near-catatonic state. This is blockbuster moviemaking at its worst - a product so cynical that it doesn't try to pretend it's anything more than a mindless spectacle. It's endless, tiresome, and tedious
     
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    Update: May 14, 2014

    2nd Theatrical Trailer for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION


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    Paramount has released the second full trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction. In the first trailer, we met Mark Wahlberg and his family, and watched as he revived the wreck of Optimus Prime. In this one, Prime speaks up , and starts to explain the plot. He tells us enough to get the trailer moving with big explosions and craziness, and eventually gets around to insisting that he needs a new army, just before we see him ride into a city astride the Dinobot Grimlock. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing, and opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.

    Synopsis: Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise. The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

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    Optimus Needs a New Dinobot Army in New 'Transformers' Trailer
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    Update: March 4, 2014

    First Full Trailer for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION


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    Paramount Pictures has released a new full-length trailer for director Michael Bay‘s action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film takes place some time after the events of the third Transformers pic, Dark of the Moon, and follows an entirely different set of characters. Mark Wahlberg leads the cast as a mechanic and family man who starts working on what he believes to be a junked truck, only to discover that it’s actually a battle-wounded Transformer. The main takeaway from this trailer is that Age of Extinction is, for all intents and purposes, a reboot of the Transformers franchise.

    Gone are the quips and jokes from a young know-it-all from the first three films, and in their stead, Bay considers a post-war world in which Transformers are no longer needed; the title actually appears to be referring to the main Transformers themselves, not exclusively the Dinobots. This is still a Michael Bay tentpole, though, so there’s plenty of the director’s signature action on display, but the expanded international scope of the pic is particularly promising and here's hoping the director has found a tone that sets Age of Extinction apart.

    The film also stars Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.




    First Theatrical Trailer for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
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    Update: February 2, 2014

    First Look at Dinobots in TRANSFORMERS 4 Super Bowl TV Spot


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    Other than a few photos of the involved humans, and tales of director Michael Bay being attacked by air conditioners, news has been light on the June 27, 2014 premiering Transformers: Age of Extinction. As of the second quarter of this year's Super Bowl, that all changed with the premiere of the first footage for the robot fourquel. There's probably more you might need to know about the teaser, but mostly it officially confirmed that we'll get to see flying dinosaur robots, and even fan favorite Grimlock. Also, a Transformer that blasts Optimus Prime with a gun that grows from its face. You know, as you do.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction acts a soft reboot for the series, continuing on from the events of the original trilogy, but focusing on Mark Wahlberg instead of Shia Labeouf. We had three Transformers films that made oodles of money without being particularly loved by a lot of moviegoers. It will be interesting to see how the formula changes with the presence of a genuine human-sized movie star. Also starring are Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, and a ton of robots. The movie hits theaters on June 27, 2014.




    First Look at Dinobots in TRANSFORMERS 4 Super Bowl TV Spot
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    Update: October 17, 2013

    Michael Bay Issues Statement on Being Attacked on the TF4 Set


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    "Hi, it's Michael. Yes, the story is being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong. On guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks.

    Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount. I personally told this man and his friends to forget it we were not going to let him extort us. He didn't like that answer. So an hour later he came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air conditioner unit. He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That's when the security jumped on him. But it took seven big guys to subdue him. It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt's movie World War Z—he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guards Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.

    Then it took fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers. After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong. The place could be better."
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    Update: October 17, 2013

    Michael Bay Attacked on the TRANSFORMERS 4 Hong Kong Set


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    Michael Bay was injured on Thursday in an attack that took place on the set of Transformers 4 in Hong Kong. Two local men, reportedly brothers, approached the director during the shooting of the film in a busy downtown area of Hong Kong Island. The younger brother demanded $100,000 ($12,900) from Bay, according to a police statement given to Reuters.

    An argument then ensued, and the older brother walked up and struck Bay in the face, according to the report. The man then attempted to fight three police officers who sought to intervene. Both brothers were arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault. Bay is said to have sustained injuries to his face, but nothing serious enough to warrant a hospital visit. He resumed shooting after the incident.


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    Update: September 3, 2013

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Poster Confirms Title as AGE OF EXTINCTION


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    A new teaser poster for Transformers 4 confirms the official title will be Transformers: Age of Extinction. Hasbro has also applied the title "Megatron Returns" to the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the video game section. Confirming Megatron's return is a spy photo featuring the former Decepticon leader's head. Last May, it was reported that Megatron will be reborn as Galvatron. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles and Bingbing Li, Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27, 2014. Click HERE to see the teaser poster.
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    Update: September 1, 2013

    Possible Titles for TRANSFORMERS 4; Producer Confirms Dinobots


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    SHH is reporting that the same brand protection agency that registered TransformersDarkoftheMoon.com back in 2010, has registered a few new domain names that could be possible titles for Michael Bay's untitled Transformers sequel. MarkMonitor, which is also the registrar for the Transformers 4 official website, registered names for Transformers: Last Stand, Transformers: Apocalypse, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: Future Cast.

    Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura tells the Beijing News that Dinobots will most certainly appear in the film. "I can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the joining of the Dinobots will give the audience new excitement. In addition to Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, the appearance of these classic roles changed, today the world's coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including China's vehicles, whether you are a car enthusiast, you will feast your eyes and be shocked by them." Lorenzo also states that filming overseas will take place, "In China we have chosen Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as two more cities we are looking at."


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    Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Confirms Dinobots Will Appear in TRANSORFMERS 4
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    Update: August 25, 2013

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Call Sheet Confirms Dinobots, Cyclonus, More


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    Reddit user Marcodelau has posted a leaked Transformers 4 call sheet that is filled with lots of goodies. Let's start with the Transformers that are confirmed based on this sheet: New Optimus, Bumblebee, Hound, Lambo, Pagani, Crosshairs, Drift, and Cyclonus. Fans did assume that Drift was in the mix, but Crosshairs and Cyclonus are surprising additions. Crosshairs is known as the Autobot weapons supervisor, and Cyclonus is Decepticon. He was created by Unicron, and is a genuinely loyal and competent second-in-command to Galvatron.

    As for the human characters: Mark Wahlberg is Cade, Stanley Tucci is Joshua, Kelsey Grammer is Attinger, Nicola Peltz is Tessa, Jack Reynor is Shane, Sophia Myles is Darcy, Li Bingbing is Su Yueming, TJ Miller is Lucas, James Bachman is Gill Wembley and Titus Welliver is Savoy.

    Most importantly, the call sheet confirms the Dinobots. These scene are actually part of the "1st Dinobot Attack," as titled by the sheet. No names or descriptions of the Dinobots are given. Their group is traditionally made up of Grimlock (T-Rex), Slag (Triceratops), Sludge (Apatosaurus), Snarl (Stegosaurus) and Swoop (Pteranodon). On the 80's animated series, they were created by Wheeljack, to add some muscle to the Autobots. Their lack of intelligence, and their incredible strength make a dangerous mix. Initially Optimus wants them shutdown, but a Decepticon attack, allows them to show off their usefulness.

    Scenes described on the call sheet:
    -Joshua threatens Cade, then ridicules him an Yeager enterprises
    -Bumblebee rescues Cade
    -Attinger questions Cade
    -Darcy challenges Joshua on the fossil find
    -Fighter crashes through grating
    -Crosshairs driveby
    -Fighter dives into tunnel with fireball in pursuit
    -Autobot surveillance


    TRANSFORMERS 4 Leaked Call Sheet Confirms Dinobots, Cyclonus, Crosshairs, Drift and More
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    Update: August 16, 2013

    Victoria Summer Joins the Cast of Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4


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    British actress Victoria Summer has landed a role in Michael Bay's Transformers 4, the actress announced on Twitter earlier this week. Mark Wahlberg stars alongside Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles and Kelsey Grammer, who plays a counter-intelligence operative who serves as the film's human antagonist. Summer will play Grammer's assistant in the Paramount sequel. While Summer was initially hired to work for three days, she will be now be on set for three weeks.

    Ehren Kruger wrote the script, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Don Murphy, Ian Bryce and Tom DeSanto. Summer, who plays Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews in Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, recently starred in the indie movie How Sweet It Is with Erika Christensen and Paul Sorvino.

    According to TheWrap's Jeff Sneider, Victora Summer's character is actually being kept under wraps and she's no longer playing Kelsey Grammer's assistant. She was initially hired to work for three days and will be now be on set for three weeks.


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    Update: July 25, 2013

    LOST Smoke Monster Titus Welliver Joins TRANSFORMERS 4


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    Titus Welliver has been a successful character for so long that it's unfair to limit him to a single role, but if you were a fan of Lost it's had not to think of his latest news this way: "The Smoke Monster joins the cast of Transformers 4!" According to Deadline Welliver is the latest human to be added to the cast of the giant robot sequel, which is already well underway through production in Detroit, China and who knows where else.

    There's no detail on the role Welliver will play, but fond memories of the Smoke Monster aside, his film roles lately seem to fall into some pretty reliable categories-- military types (a cameo in Red 2, Argo, The Town, the Marvel short Agent 47) or tough guys (Promised Land, Man on a Ledge)-- and of course, he's often a combination of the two. The Transformers movies have never lacked for either type, so it's not hard to guess where Welliver might fit into the equation.


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    Update: July 14, 2013

    Chinese Superstar Han Geng Joins TRANSFORMERS 4


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    In a move sure to further strengthen the movie's appeal in China, Michael Bay has cast popular entertainer Han Geng in Transformers 4, the movie's director and Paramount Pictures announced Sunday. Han Geng is one of the most influential entertainers in China. He joins Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Chinese actress Li Bingbing in the fourth installment in the series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toy line. Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on June 27 of next year, and it will likely debut in China around that same date.

    "Han Geng has been a sensation in China and we are happy to have him in our movie," said Bay. Geng, a one-time pop music sensation, is a star on the big and small screen in China. His most recent film starring role was in So Young, a major box office hit in China, having earned more the $115 million.


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    Update: May 28, 2013

    Comedian T.J. Miller Joins Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4


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    Comedian T.J. Miller is set to join Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's Transformers 4, TheWrap has learned. The Paramount sequel reboots the live-action cast of the franchise, with Walhberg and rising stars Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) and Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) taking the reins from Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

    Miller will play a blue-collar mechanic who is a longtime friend of Wahlberg's character. Ehren Kruger wrote the script for the big-budget blockbuster, which will co-star Kelsey Grammar and Sophia Myles.Miller, who is currently filming Universal and Gold Circle's comedy Search Party, previously starred in Yogi Bear and She's Out of My League.


    Comedian T.J. Miller Joins Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4 as a Blue Collar Mechanic
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    Update: May 21, 2013

    Dinobots and Galvatron to Appear in TRANSFORMERS 4


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    JoBlo has landed a pretty big scoop on which classic characters will appear in Michael Bay's Transformers 4. The site's source has confirmed that the fourth installment will feature none other than the popular Dinobots, including fan favorite Grimlock. No word on whether he'll retain his neanderthal voice. One of the villains of the film will be a character named Lockdown, who has a ship full of decommissioned Transformers, including the Dinobots, which are somehow brought back to life by a captured Optimus Prime.

    Prime is joined by returning Autobot Bumblebee and at one point both characters (and potentially others) will ride with the Dinobots into battle in Hong Kong (which fits well within the announcement that the film would film partially in China), with Prime on Grimlock and Bumblebee on a Pterandon, presumably Swoop.

    JoBlo also reckon the movie will also feature Autobot Hound, and that Megatron will be reborn as Galvatron! They also mention that we'll see a former "Samurai" Decepticon that wants to regain his honor and become an Autobot. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Li Bingbing and Stanley Tucci. Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.



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    Update: May 20, 2013

    China's Li Bingbing Joins Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4


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    Producers for the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise have unveiled the first of what was promised to be a slate of Chinese stars to be featured in the film. A report on m1905.com -- a Chinese film-related portal operated by the state-owned China Movie Channel, one of the film's three co-producers -- quoted a statement from Paramount Pictures, Sid Ganis’ Jiaflix Enterprises and China Movie Channel as saying that Resident Evil: Retribution star Li Bingbing will board the production. She will soon be joined by other well-known actors as well as newcomers recruited from a talent-scouting competition.

    With the involvement of financiers and actors from China as well as promises of having parts of the film set and shot in the country, the film is designed to qualify as a Sino-U.S. co-production – which allows the movie to circumvent the Chinese import quota and also take a bigger proportion of box office earnings in what is now the second-biggest source of box office revenue in the world. With production slated to begin later in the year, the latest entry to Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise is set for release on June 27, 2014.


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    Update: May 6, 2013

    Sophia Myles Joins TRANSFORMERS 4; Tyrese Gibson Hopes to Return


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    Sophia Myles (Underworld) is the latest name to join the cast of Michael Bay's Transformers 4, says a story today at The Wrap. Her role has not yet been officially confirmed, but the outlet is reporting that she'll play a scientist. Myles joins Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci in the June 27, 2014 release. Although the plot of sequel is still top secret, Bay teased to that it will involve a "Chase from Hell."

    Meanwhile, Tyrese Gibson, who appeared in the first three Transformers films, says that he's hoping to make a return as Master Sergeant Robert Epps for the fourth big screen adventure:

    "I hope that I get that call. I hear there's some kind of conversation that Josh [Duhamel] had with Michael Bay about coming back for Four. I hope I get that call. 'Transformers' is still the only tattoo I've ever gotten on my body. We never had a cartoon called 'Fast & Furious' when we were kids. I had 'Transformers' when I was a kid and it was one of my favorite cartoons. I grew up understanding that 'Transformers' world and that 'Transformers' universe. "


    Sophia Myles Joins Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4; Tyrese Gibson Hopes to Return


    Comments: Sophia Myles looks like an inferior version of Yvonne Strahovski (mine!). Sophia looks great in the above pic but there are numerous not-so-flattering pics of her when I googled her images.
     
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    Update: May 2, 2013

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Reality Show Begins Casting Chinese Actors


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    Paramount’s novel experiment in using a Chinese reality show to help cast Transformers 4 is getting a welcome reception. Between 50,000 and 80,000 Chinese citizens are expected to enter the competition to win four speaking roles opposite Mark Wahlberg in the summer 2014 film, which will be partially shot in China. The online competition kicked off in China last week.

    Veteran Hollywood producer Sid Ganis compares the reality show contest to American Idol and commented that it’s the first time it’s been done this way in China. Ganis will be one of six judges in the Transformers 4 Chinese Actor’s Talent Search. They will make the final selection of two men and two women, with input from director Michael Bay. One of the men and one of the women will be professional actors and the other two will not have professional experience.

    The finals play out in June over five weeks on an hour-long reality show which will air in primetime on consecutive Sunday nights on The Movie Channel. Ganis said it is also undecided how significant the roles will be in Transformers 4 but he indicated the winners will have speaking parts that will be somewhat prominent.


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    Update: May 1, 2013

    Kelsey Grammer Joins TRANSFORMERS 4 as the Human Villain


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    Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) is more than meets the eye as the new – and quite human – antagonist for Michael Bay’s Transformers 4. Not too much is known about his character except that he’ll be playing counter-intelligence operative Harold Attinger – a flesh-and-blood baddie – and not a voice of any villainous Decepticons. Grammer will join Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor in a story that centers on “a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists [who] attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control—all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.” Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.

    Deadline reported on Grammer’s addition to Bay’s newest Transformers movie. Grammer also stars in writer/director John Herzfeld’s drama Reach Me, which is expected to open later this year. He’ll also be voicing the Tin Man in the 2014 animated release, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, lead by Lea Michele (Glee).


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    Update: March 26, 2013

    Nicola Peltz Confirmed as the Female Lead in TRANSFORMERS 4


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    After months of wondering who will join Jack Reynor as the other half of Michael Bay’s Transformers 4, Bay’s official Twitter rather nonchalantly answered the question that it is indeed the formerly rumored Nicola Peltz. Reynor and Peltz will play a high school-aged couple. He is a race car driver and she is the daughter of Mark Wahlberg, who will be the lead in at least this first film of the new chapter of Transformers before, presumably, passing it on to the youngsters.

    Bay is essentially rebooting his own franchise though the film is categorized as a sequel, with Optimus Prime and friends meeting a new group of humans, a few years after befriending Shia LaBeouf and Co, to go into intergalactic battle with. Filming is slated to begin in April and the movie already has a release date of June 29, 2014.

    Peltz played Katara in M. Night Shayamalan’s ill-fated 2010 adaptation of The Last Airbender and is a regular on new Psycho prequel TV series Bates Motel, which just debuted on AMC. She also recently completed work on indie drama Affluenza.


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    Update: March 8, 2013

    TRANSFORMERS 4 to Feature a Josh Duhamel Cameo?


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    Although director Michael Bay is set to kick-off a whole new trilogy with Transformers 4, it looks like we might have one cross-over character from the original series. Josh Duhamel, who played military man William Lennox in each of the three previous films, recently spoke with Bay, who was congratulating him on the new addition to his family. Bay also mentioned the opportunity for Duhamel to play the one bit of connective character tissue that would bridge the old and new films by way of a cameo. In an interview with THR for Scenic Route, Duhamel revealed the following exchange with Transformers 4 director Bay:

    “They’re going younger…[Michael] said he wants to put me in it someplace. I don’t know if he was just saying that because he had me on the phone and he felt obligated or what, but you know what? I got to do three of those. It changed my career, it changed my life getting to be a part of something that big, so I’m grateful for even doing the first three of them.”


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    Michael Bay on Redesigning TRANSFORMERS 4; Set 4 Years Later


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    With his Transformers 4 gearing up to shoot in May, Michael Bay spoke with Forbes about what fans can expect to see on the big screen in June 27, 2014. Among the new cast are Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor, the former of whom also stars in Bay's next, Pain & Gain, which hits theaters April 26. Although the plan is for Transformers 4 to offer a fresh start in a lot of ways, Bay is quick to point out that the sequel won't be a reboot.

    "We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise, we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there. We start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast."

    "Mark is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign. I said that 3 was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do 'Pain & Gain' and the 'Transformers' ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming."

    "We keep the 'Transformers' the way they were. It’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go."


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    Update: January 8, 2013

    Jack Reynor to Star in TRANSFORMERS 4; New Trilogy Confirmed


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    Director Michael Bay recently confirmed to adding Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) as the second lead opposite Mark Wahlberg. There was no mention of Reynor’s character details, but previous reports suggest he’ll be the racecar-driving boyfriend of Wahlberg’s daughter. Bay also commented on the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, saying it’s not a reboot, but a continuation of the story in a new trilogy. He also gives a little bit of insight into the plot. Here’s what Bay had to say on his blog:

    "I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie WHAT RICHARD DID. This kid is the real deal."

    "Transformers 4, is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net. This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."


    Jack Reynor to Star Opposite Mark Wahlberg in TRANSFORMERS 4; New Trilogy Confirmed
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    Update: December 17, 2012

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Script Leaked; Unicron to Appear [Debunked]


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    Unleash the Fanboy has nabbed the latest copy of Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 script ("a hefty, robot-filled 120 pages of explosions and awesomeness"). The site claims their source works in a “secure document disposal” firm, and it just so happened that a copy of the latest Bayformers script (revised on 11/30/2012) came across his path. After some hours of research, the site thinks this is a legitimate copy and is sharing it with everyone.

    The script begins 4 years after Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in the midst of yet another destructive meteor storm. The opening is very much like the other films, with a generic “crisis montage”. All the major news networks are scrambling to cover the event, fearing that another alien attack is on its way. Cut to a giant metal space ball, hurtling through the atmosphere, landing right beside Stonehenge. It creates a cylindrical portal and launches an unseen entity into another dimension. Eventually we discover that this giant ball is actually a space ship, designed by an ancient Autobot known as Vector Prime. He’s the guardian of Primus, the one being in the universe that can defeat the planet eating Transformer, and main villain, Unicron.

    Meanwhile, Unicron’s flunkies, led by Galvatron, attack a super secret government base in Colorado. This place is important for two reasons: It houses Decepticon corpses (including Megatron) and it’s the home of a brand new array of Cybertronian-Earth weapons and armor suits. Imagine Iron Man, but sexier and crazier.

    Galvatron destroys the installation, plugs into the Decepticon bodies in order to download their memories, and in the process he becomes possessed by Megatron. Yeah… that guy’s back in action.When the base is completely destroyed, one human character (Josie/Circuit Breaker) crawls to safety, but in order to survive, she initiates some weird robotic surgery, and transforms herself into a kickass cyborg.

    Optimus, Vector Prime, and a handful of Autobouts travel to Mount St. Hellen on the day of its eruption in order to retrieve Primus from Space & Time… or at least I think that’s what they’ve done. Galvatron/Megatron attacks them, revealing himself to Optimus, and craziness unfolds. They return to the present in order to defend the portal at Stonehenge against Megatron and his Unicron flunkies, in an attempt to survive long enough to ensure Primus’s return.

    Josie/Circuit Breaker goes on a wild binge of Transformer murders, unable to distinguish between Autobots and Decepticons because she’s so damn pissed off, having almost been killed. Eventually Josie joins forces with the Autobots. As the climatic battle unfolds, with Unicron drawing closer to Earth, a group of Dinobots jump through the portal to assist Optimus. Unicron arrives, transforming the planet into a mechanical sphere reminscent of Cybertron, but he never gets a chance to finish.

    Primus finally makes his debut. He defeats Unicron, kicks that baddie’s soul out of his gigantic metal body, and creates a new planet out of the corpse, perfectly fit for the Autobots. In the midst of Unicron’s defeat, Optimus kills Megatron/Galvatron, and all ends well. Kinda. The closing shot reveals Galvatron’s secluded ship, hovering in space, with two bright red eyes shining from within.

    [Update: Michael Bay released this statement on his website regarding the “leaked” synopsis. “Some Internet sites this morning reported that some document recovery guy has found a legitimate 120 page script of Transformers 4. I can absolutely 100 percent say this is completely false. The only two people in the world that have our unfinished script are [screenwriter Ehren Kruger] and myself. Also we are only up to page 70 in our T4 script. Maybe this guy has a cartoon or something else – but definitely not our movie!”]
     
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    Update: December 15, 2012

    TRANSFORMERS 4 to Be Shot in China and Possibly Thailand


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    Fresh from yesterday's casting news for Transformers 4, Vulture has learned that Michael Bay’s rapidly coalescing but still-untitled fourth Transformers film, starring Mark Wahlberg, is likely to be set in mainland China. Sources say that Bay and Paramount’s reasoning is more bottom-line: Filming in China and, even more ideally, working with a local production partner raises the odds that the fourth Transformers will get a wide release in China, a country with a massive potential box office. “By getting Chinese culture into it, there’s a better chance of getting it into China,” explained one insider briefed on the studio’s plans, “and less chance of getting frozen out.”

    Unlike the U.S. market, where ticket sales have been falling for years, the Chinese box office has exploded recently, growing 35 percent last year to $2 billion. It’s now the second-largest international market in the world behind Japan, which it’s expected to overtake later this year.

    Ilt Jones, location manager for all three of the Transformers movies, has just wrapped up a tour of Thailand on behalf of Marvel, where he explored Bangkok as a potential shooting location for Transformers 4, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.


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    Update: November 11, 2012

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Takes Place 4 Years After DARK OF THE MOON


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    In the wake of official word breaking that Mark Wahlberg has signed on to headline the upcoming Transformers 4, director Michael Bay spoke with TMZ about the upcoming blockbuster, revealing that the new franchise entry will pick up four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Bay revealed:

    "The movie is going to continue four years from the attack on Chicago, which was in the last movie. It's going to have the same lineage, but it's going in a full new direction. It actually feels very natural how it's going in that direction... We're doing a lot of things that are really going to make it fresh and feel new."

    Transformers 4 will begin production in spring of 2013, targeting a June 27, 2014 release. The film will be produced by Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.


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    Update: November 8, 2012

    Mark Wahlberg Confirmed to Star in TRANSFORMERS 4


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    Press Release: After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming "Pain and Gain," Michael Bay has cast Academy Award
     
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    Michael Bay Fires Back at Hugo Weaving’s TRANSFORMERS Comments


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    Hell hath no fury like an action director scorned. Quite the hubbub resulted from an interview Collider conducted with Cloud Atlas star Hugo Weaving a couple of days ago. The actor spoke candidly about his disinterest in doing more Marvel films following Captain America, and he was also blunt when it came to his brief work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Weaving voiced the character of Megatron in the Michael Bay actioner, and when asked about possibly returning for the fourth film in the franchise, Weaving stated that recording the voice of a robot for two hours wasn’t the most fulfilling of acting gigs.

    As one might imagine, Bay wasn’t exactly thrilled with the comments and has now fired back with a rather reasonable response. In true Michael Bay fashion, the filmmaker went to his blog to take Weaving to task for complaining about a very well-paid job:

    "Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs? With all the problems facing our world today, do these grumbling thespians really think people reading the news actually care about trivial complaints that their job wasn’t ‘artistic enough” or “fulfilling enough”?

    What happened to people who had integrity, who did a job, got paid for their hard work, and just smiled afterward? Be happy you even have a job – let alone a job that pays you more than 98% of the people in America.

    I have a wonderful idea for all those whiners: They can give their “unhappy job money” to a wonderful Elephant Rescue. It’s the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. I will match the funds they donate."



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    Update: October 15, 2012

    Hugo Weaving Says Working in TRANSFORMERS was "Meaningless"


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    During an interview with Collider, Hugo Weaving talks about The Hobbit trilogy, voicing Megatron for the Transformer movies and playing the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Red Skull was last seen dissolve in a bright light after handling the Tesseract at the end of The First Avenger. It's generally accepted that the Red Skull didn't die but was merely transported to another realm and will resurface again in a future Marvel film. In the interview, Weaving revealed that he doesn’t want to play Red Skull again even though he signed a multi-picture contract with Marvel:

    "I did that for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film.

    It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with."


    During the interview, Weaving said that not only has he not been called to voice Megatron for another Transformers movie, but that he’s never actually even met Michael Bay and that he finds the two-hour voice job "meaningless."

    "That’s a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway. It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things.

    Of course, it’s a massive film that’s made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve seen his face on Skype. I know nothing about him, really. I just went in and did it. I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really."

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    Update: September 21, 2012

    Michael Bay on Why He Decided to Return for TRANSFORMERS 4


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    Pain and Gain is now in the can and poised for release in April, and director Michael Bay recently talked quite openly about why he made the decision to come back and direct Transformers 4 and revealed a bit about what to expect from the sequel. When Bay set out to make Dark of the Moon, it was with the intention that the pic would be his final film in the franchise. During a wide-ranging and candid interview with Huffington Post, Bay talked openly about why he decided to return to the series:

    “I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I’m about to do a little movie, Pain & Gain … and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?”

    “[Paramount] wanted me to do something bigger. There are not a lot of people who do these big movies. So that’s why you have to twist their arm a little bit to do [something like Pain and Gain]. So I basically said, ‘All right, I’ll do Transformers 4, we’ll do this little movie — we’ll do both.”

    “So it was just one of those things. It’s like, when you look what’s going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is Cameron doing two more Avatar movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more Hobbit movies that are in the same world as Lord of the Rings? When you have a franchise, it’s very hard to give it up.”

    “No [Transformers 4 is not a reboot]. We’re basically taking from the history of where it was — or where we left it in Chicago. And we’re going to carry it on from there.”



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    Update: September 12, 2012

    TRANSFORMERS 4 Temporary Logo and Details Revealed


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    Brian Goldner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, revealed today a temporary logo for Michael Bay's Transformers 4 along with some minor plot details as part of the UBS Best Of Americas 2012 Conference. TFW2005, reporting from the event (via Bleeding Cool), learned that, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon scored at the box office, it failed to sell as many toys as the company had hoped. Goldner explained:

    "This is why 'Transformers 4' will have a new cast of [robot] characters and it will be a story revolving around these new characters."

    This certainly matches comments made by Bay earlier this year that also seemed to hint that the fourth adventure may take the story into outer space. Ehren Kruger is drafting the screenplay with a planned release date of June 27, 2014.


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    Michael Bay Clarifies TRANSFORMERS 4 Is Not a Reboot


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    With production wrapped on Michael Bay’s $20 million passion project, the dark comedy Pain and Gain, the director is now turning more of his attention to his fourth—and “final”—film in the Transformers franchise. Transformers 4 won’t feature any of the human cast from the previous three films, there will be redesigns for some of the robots, it’s set for release in the summer of 2014, and it’s been described as a reboot of sorts.

    Bay addressed just exactly how Transformers 4 will be connected to the other three films in an interview with Hero Complex, saying that “reboot” isn’t an entirely accurate description:

    “It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word. I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to do Pain and Gain and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.”

    Ehren Kruger, who co-wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and took sole credit on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, would be writing Transformers 4. When asked if the film’s story could involve a departure from Earth, Bay seemed to be keen on spending more time in space:

    “I think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.”
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    Update: April 26, 2012

    Ehren Kruger to Pen TRANSFORMERS 4; Shia LaBeouf Definitely Out


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    THR reports that Ehren Kruger, who co-wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and took sole credit on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, will once again be breaking out his coc.ktail napkins for Michael Bay‘s reboot of the series. Paramount Pictures’ President of Production Adam Goodman also confirmed that Shia LaBeouf will definitely not return for the franchise’s next installment. Transformers 4 is slated for June 29, 2014.

    Michael Bay had previously said he was no longer involved with the Transformers franchise, and was focusing on his smaller-budget picture Pain and Gain (currently in production), he eventually decided to return and signed on for the next installment this past February. Additionally, it was learned that the franchise might be a “reboot”, which means the original cast probably won’t return.
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    Update: February 16, 2012

    Rumor: None of the Original Cast Returning for TRANSFORMER 4


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    Earlier this week, it was reported that Michael Bay would be rebooting his own franchise with Transformers 4. In a recent interview with E! Online, Josh Duhamel says he’s not coming back for the sequel and neither is anyone else: “I don’t think anybody’s doing it. I know Shia [LaBoeuf]‘s not doing it. I don’t think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it.”

    Badass Digest has some news regarding the plans for the sequel. The movie will be a true sequel and follow the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon but the “reboot” aspect comes from changing the point-of-view from Sam Witwicky to the Transformers.

    Additionally, a source tells BD that the movie will be more like the last hour of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. That means a lot more action and a lot less silly humor. Transformers 4 opens June 29, 2014.
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    Update: February 14, 2012

    New TRANSFORMERS Movie to Be Released on June 29, 2014


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    Official press release: Paramount Pictures announced that director Michael Bay has signed a two-picture deal with the studio, which will commence this spring with the filming of “Pain and Gain,” and will be followed by the next installment in the hit “Transformers” franchise.

    Based on a true story, “Pain and Gain” follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the Miami New Times, “Pain and Gain,” will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Expected to begin production in early spring, the movie’s producers include Bay, Donald De Line and Ian Bryce.

    Following “Pain and Gain,” Bay will bring audiences a new take on the “Transformers” franchise as he begins production on the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” is the fourth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.24 billion dollars of worldwide box office success.

    Directed by Bay, the movie will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 29th, 2014.
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    Update: February 13, 2012

    Michael Bay Is Directing TRANSFORMERS 4; Film Will Be a "Reboot"


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    Well that was fast. Earlier today it was reported that Paramount was eyeing a 2014 release date for Transformers 4. It wasn’t exactly shocking news, as we knew the studio was keen on continuing the Transformers franchise, but there was no update on whether or not Michael Bay would be returning to direct or what the story would entail. What a difference a few hours makes, as producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has now not only confirmed that Bay will be returning to direct, but Transformers 4 is going to be a reboot of the franchise.

    Bay previously stated that he would vacate the franchise after Dark of the Moon, but back in December rumors started swirling that Bay was in fact considering directing Transformers 4. It’s not a huge surprise, as the series is a ginormous money-maker for Bay and both he and Paramount would benefit greatly from his return. Bay responded to the rumors by saying he hadn’t solidified what movies he was directing in the future beyond Pain and Gain, and then news went quiet. Until today. Speaking with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, di Bonaventura had this to say regarding Bay’s involvement:

    “Yeah Michael’s gonna direct and it’ll be releasing in the summer of 2014. We’re excited and I think the challenge there is we really are gonna do a reboot, and what that’s gonna be we don’t even know yet.”

    Di Bonaventura clarified what kind of reboot we’re looking at:

    “Well I mean again it’s hybrid. It’s not the way—I’m not involved with Spider-Man but what I perceive Spider-Man to be is a redoing of the whole thing, [Transformers 4] is not. It’s an evolution. There’s still continuity that’s going on, and yet there’ll be a lot of new cast. Whether there’s anybody from the [original] cast, we don’t even know yet. But the truth is, it’s gonna be a whole new story. The characters that would certainly come along would be Optimus and Bumblebee I’m sure.”

    Horowitz asked whether or not any of the earlier casting rumors were true, including Jason Statham, which di Bonaventura flat out denied:

    “No, it’s so silly. We’ve gotta get a story first. You can’t pick characters until you have a story.”
     
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    Hopefully they can do him justice. I doubt it though. Out of all the Galactus copy cats, Unicron has always been my favorite.
     
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    Transformers 2 was the biggest piece of shit movie I've ever watched. It's seriously up there with 'The Happening' for me. So terrible.

    The third one wasn't great, but it was bearable, as was the first (except for the god awful scene where the transformers were 'hiding' around the house so his parents couldn't see.
     
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    tkotom Fedor belt

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    fatalis Hang yourself with a belt

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    Lol, what an awesome crossover.










    Unicron>>>>>>Galctus
     
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    Definitely. Especially if he's well nourished. Unicron's only chance of beating Galactus is if he's in a near starving state.

    Also Unicron vs Gurren Lagann would be badass.

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    Although he would need to be downsized severely.

    Unicron = Size of Saturn.

    Gurren Lagann = 100x larger than the milky way galaxy.
     

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