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Transformers Origin film on the way, Ant-Man writers now involved


Ant-Man, Car-Man, what's the difference?
May 28
// Jackson Tyler
"Yeah, but where did Optimus Prime come from," I hear you ask. It's a fantastic question, the answer of which I'm sure shall be filled with pathos and beauty, a story for the ages of one car man fighting the other car man on ...
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Transformers

Transformers sequels have found their writers, including Robert Kirkman


More than writes the eye
May 21
// Nick Valdez
Remember that weird sounding "writers room" Paramount was trying to set up for Transformers sequels and spin-offs Jackson wrote about some time ago? To make the whole thing weirder, we now know who's a part of it. Seemingly f...
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Paramount building a Transformers writers room


More than meets the I, Robot
Mar 27
// Jackson Tyler
Paramount are bringing in Akiva Goldsman to head up a writers room developing future Transformers movies, including multi-part sequels, and spin offs. The last one was terrible, the next one will be too, but the fas...
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Michael Bay may not return for Transformers 5


Can I get that in writing?
Aug 12
// Mike Cosimano
Ahh, the Transformers movie cycle persists unabated. For those of you who don't follow the production of these movies, the cycle goes like this. A bad Transformers movie is released. Critics savage it. The people involved pus...

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Transformers 4 becomes the highest grossing movie in China ever


Film pulls in over $1.39 billion beating Avatar
Jul 09
// Matthew Razak
Damn it, China. What happened to you? You used to be cool. This is why we can't have nice things.  [via Variety]
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The Breaking of Optimus Prime


Jul 03
// Fengor
[Flixist community member Fengor wrote up an awesome piece examining the characterization of Optimus Prime in Transformers: Age of Extinction, check it out! Did you see the new Transformers? What did you think? If you want yo...
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Trans4mers Art

Check out this cool Transformers: Age of Extinction Dinobot art


Jul 01
// Nick Valdez
As bad as Transformers: Age of Extinction is, it has a few saving graces. One of them is the cuddly, yet super spiky looking Dinobots. Since the first trailer, the film had been hyping up the appearance of these fan favorite ...

Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Jun 27 // Matthew Razak
Transformers: Age of ExtinctionDirector: Michael BayRated: PG-13Release Date: June 26, 2014 [embed]217947:41634:0[/embed] I'm not even sure I should credit this rambling train wreck with a plot synopsis since it completely lacks coherence. Jumping from scene to scene and making little sense for most of the film Age of Extinction is substandard in story even for a Michael Bay film. Characters are tossed around like nothing, plot points pop up and then disappear and action sequences are tied together by logic so loose duct tape couldn't even save it. By the time we were rolling into the second hour (it's 2 hours and 45 minutes long) I began to wonder if the screenwriters were actually challenging themselves to make the most incoherent mess they could just to see if people would still pay for it (Answer: they will).   The thing they try to call a plot starts out in Texas long after the events of Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. We find Cade Yeagar (Mark Wahlberg) living with his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) in Texas. The Autobots have gone into hiding after the U.S. government has started hunting for them thanks to the evil leadership of Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer). He's working with inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) to steal the Autobots technology and do something evil with it. They're also being helped by some sort of Transformer bounty hunter who wants to capture Optimus Prime. Also there are three new Autobots we've never heard of and we're supposed to care about them. Anyway, Cade finds Optimus Prime broken down and without knowing it revives him and then explosions start happening.  In reality that's all I really want from a Transformers movie. That plot seems pretty dumb, but we can work with it, right? Not really. Nothing holds together well in the film. The screenplay is easily the most banal of the entire trilogy (though I still think this is better than the horrendous Transformers 2). It treats the audience like they can't see what's going on on screen and tosses out one-liners with no meaning at all. John Goodman voices the Autobot Hound whose only job is to spit out nonsensical one-liners that have no context. Good one-liners are supposed to be a given in a movie where you aren't expecting much else out of the screenplay, but Age of Extinction can't even handle that.  Speaking of not being able to handle things, Michael Bay must have lost his sanity when putting this film together. The one consistently good thing you can say about the director is that he has an incredible talent for piecing together surprisingly coherent and well done action sequences. Not this time around. The action is miserably all over the place with scenes jumping around so much they make even less sense than the plot. I'm not sure what Bay was doing during the shoot, but it definitely wasn't getting the shots he needed to piece together some great action. This isn't to say there aren't still moments of brilliance. It's still Michael Bay and he still blows stuff up good here and there, but it is far from his standard quality of action. Aiding in this action downfall is the fact that Bay decided to shoot some of the film with IMAX cameras much like Christopher Nolan did with the The Dark Knight Rises. Except unlike Nolan, who shot entire scenes in IMAX, bay seems to randomly select which shots he did in IMAX. This means that in the middle of fast paced action sequences, full of quick cuts, you're constantly switching back and forth between IMAX and regular film and it might be the most jarring experience one can have without stopping the film outright. It's as if your television was constantly switching back and forth between HD and standard definition. The IMAX stuff actually looks incredible and it is stunning to see Optimus Prime pummel robots in that format, but it is ruined thanks to Bay's inability to use it consistently.  Talking about the actor's performances almost seems like a moot point since it is a well known fact that continuing to have human characters in these films is the series biggest downfall. When giant robots are fighting for the future of humanity do we really need to spend at least half the movie learning about family issues? The human/robot balance is actually one of the things the first Transformers got right and the rest simply failed at. Wahlberg by the way is horrendous. It may be the worst role he's ever picked up and it is definitely his worst performance. I can't really comment on Nicola Peltz's acting ability since most of her time on screen is spent with her ass facing the camera while glad in daisy dukes or panning up her legs slowly. I've never seen an actress in so many shots just so we're allowed to once again check out her body. Then again half this movie is needless. The extraordinary long running time is given for almost no reason and with a plethora of bad guys and "final" battles it gets impossible to tell when the movie will actually end. I thought at one point it was near over, but then I realized that the Dinobots hadn't even shown up yet. There's almost two movies here really. The producers were clearly demanding that half the film be made for the Chinese market so an American film takes places and then a Chinese one after that, the setting jumping from Chicago to Hong Kong. Suddenly they have an entirely new country to use product placement for and that means we evidently need a bunch of new plot that relates to the previous hour and half in no way whatsoever. Don't forget to feature as many cameos of Chinese movie stars as you can even if they say nothing and do nothing. I'm not begrudging the film appealing to a market that is quickly overtaking the U.S., but then just make your movie in China, don't just decide to stretch what should be a two hour film into a nearly three hour movie. I did state that there is some awesome in this movie. Optimus Prime voiced by Peter Cullen will always be awesome even if he's spewing the worst dialog he's had. The new, sleeker design of the Autobots is pretty cool too, though I can't say it is better than the previous ones. The less racist, though still stereotypical, new Autobots are also cool, with Drift (Ken Watanabe) being a Samurai and Crosshairs (John DiMaggio) being a sort of Dante from Devil May Cry rip off. Goodman's cigar chomping Hound is forced upon us as if we're supposed to instantly relate to him, but there's nothing really there. At least with Bumblebee we've got some emotional attachment from previous films, but Hound is just dumb.  When I came out of Dark of the Moon I had had fun despite its many flaws. When I came out of Age of Extinction all I could think about was how bored I was until the final battle. Bay lost a step with this one. The film is somehow both over-plotted and yet completely lacking in story and the action just too disjointed to work. The really surprising thing though is that I still want a sequel, and that's because Optimus Prime riding on a Dinobot is really freaking awesome.  
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Why do humans keep showing up in these movies?
I'm going to tear this movie apart. It's coming right below the jump. Just be ready for it. Because of that I want to open with this: Optimus Prime riding Grimlock into battle in Hong Kong is frickin' awesome. There's just no...

Enter to win Transformers: Age of Extinction toys and hats!

Jun 26 // Liz Rugg
Toy details: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Robots In Disguise One-Step Changers - Kids will have a blast converting characters like OPTIMUS PRIME, GRIMLOCK, BUMBLEBEE, DRIFT, LOCKDOWN, each with their own unique method of converting inspired by the film—flip it, pop it, pull it and more! More at Hasbro.com.
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Hello dear readers, today we've got a pretty cool contest opportunity for you! To coincide with the film's theatrical release this week, we have some awesome Transformers: Age of Extinction Hasbro toys to give away ...

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See Transformers: Age of Extinction early and free


Washington DC screening
Jun 23
// Matthew Razak
Been wishing that you could see giant robots turn into dinosaurs, but were tired of having to see Shia LeBuffy in order to see any sort of action like that? Have we got the solution for you. Transformers: Age of Extinction is...
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Paramount 2016 Releases

Paramount announces 2016 release slate, includes Transformers 5 and Star Trek 3


Trans5mers?
Jun 19
// Nick Valdez
While we've been looking to 2015's already bloated film schedule (thanks to loads and loads of comic book properties and sequels), and 2014 is only half way through, Paramount Pictures wants to remind everyone that 2016 is a ...
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Trans4mers

Transformers: Age of Extinction gets adorable propaganda


May 28
// Nick Valdez
While a viral "propaganda" marketing campaign may not be the most original (Carrie, District 9 instantly come to mind as recent examples), I still like to see it. Three years after the events of the third film, Dark of the Mo...
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Trans4mers Trailer

Second Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer has explosions


May 15
// Nick Valdez
I'm a little more excited for Transformers: Age of Extinction thanks to this trailer because, much like the rest of the series, this looks like a whole lot of fun hooey. Giant snail ships, face cannons, fire breath, Stanley ...
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New Transformers 4 images give us Optimus Prime and Bumblebee


Optimus gets all Shawshank on us
May 12
// Matthew Razak
Images from Transformers 4: Age of Extinction are all over the damn place, but we pretty much had to share this one because of the absolutely ridiculous yet awesome picture of Optimus Prime on his knees shouting at ...
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Michael Bay drops some Trans4mers plot details


Maybe spoilers ahead?
Apr 14
// Mike Cosimano
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Transformers: Age of Extinction director Michael Bay clarified some key aspects of the film's plot; specifically the character Lockdown. Lockdown is an interesting character. He travels the ...
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Transformers 5 probably happening in 2017


Is it Tran5formers or Transformer5?
Apr 07
// Nick Valdez
With Transformers: Age of Extinction looking to reboot the Transformers series, and with it most likely making lots of money, it's sadly natural that the follow up would already be discussed. According to some leaked toy docu...
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New poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction looks surprisingly cool


Mar 28
// Liz Rugg
I'll be honest and admit that I've never really been into any of the Transformers movies. A lot of the past movies in the franchise have seemed like blundering, all flash, no substance action-y movies, and for the most part t...
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Meet the new boss
As I sit here, ruminating on the first full trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, I can't help but feel like I've done this before. Twice, in fact. Michael Bay's Transformers movies and I have a difficult relationship...

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You've got dinosaurs in my robots! You've got robots in my dinosaurs!
Folks, this might be the Transformers movie we've all been waiting for. While this official Super Bowl spot is short, it gives us more information than we can handle. In fact, this looks like a completely different series. G...

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Trans4mers

Michael Bay doesn't apologize for the Transformers movies


Also information on when we'll get our first Transf4mers footage.
Dec 06
// Nick Valdez
Remember Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? Neither do I. But apparently Michael Bay does. It all started when Yahoo visited the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Michael Bay reportedly stated that the fourth film...
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Trans4mers

These Transformers: Age of Extinction images are handsy


or claw-y. Whatever, Michael Bay puts his claw on a woman.
Dec 02
// Nick Valdez
Although Empire revealed our first look at the new and alien-fied Optimus Prime (since he's got a new truck, it does make sense that he has a new robot form), Paramount is still slowly teasing better looks at those dern machi...
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Trans4mers

Optimus looks weird in Transformers: Age of Extinction


Optimus whas a happa to ya?
Nov 25
// Nick Valdez
Ever since Trans4mers officially became Transformers: Age of Extinction, we've been waiting for our first look at one of them fancy automatons. We've gotten images of the shiny new cars, shiny new cast, shiny new Michael Bay,...
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Trans4mers Toys

Toy list names Transformers: Age of Extinction characters


The Dinobots and [spoiler redacted]!!!
Nov 06
// Nick Valdez
Thanks to Hasbro creating a new line of toy robots to release alongside each and every Transformers movie, it was only a matter of time before we'd get the skinny on which giant robots are punching other giant robots in the f...
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Trans4mers

Toy reveals Optimus Prime's new Age of Extinction look


That's...just...prime...
Oct 11
// Nick Valdez
While Michael Bay is content to show off pictures of himself and the human cast rather than the robots for the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hasbro has jumped the gun a little and revealed one of those precious, p...
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Trans4mers

Transformers: Age of Extinction photo has a funky bunch


But still no robots :(
Sep 30
// Nick Valdez
This newest photo from the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction may not be the most exciting follow up to the amazingly poignant photo of Michael Bay, but showing off Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch (fellow co-stars Nicola P...
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New Transformers 4 image epitomizes Michael Bay


Sep 26
// Matthew Razak
If you were to take one picture and say it summarized Michael Bay's entire existence it would probably be this one. Bay shared the picture from the upcoming Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on his site and as you can se...
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Dinobots in disguise
Transfomers: Dark of the Moon may not have been the best thing since, uh, Dark Side of the Moon, but it performed well enough to justify a sequel. But what can Trans4mers, now officially titled Transformers: Age of Extinction...

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Trans4mers

UPDATE: Transformers 4 adds new Camaro, other cars


Now featuring a CAMARO FROM THE FUTURE
Jul 03
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE 3: Paramount has finally released what it claims as the final vehicle featured in Transformers 4 (Trans4mers), which means now we can show off all the new additions to the gallery. Notably, a second Bumblebee form, the...
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Transformers 4 to have a reality show in China


China still cool
Apr 18
// Matthew Razak
Hollywood so wants China to love it, but China isn't sure if Hollywood is really cool yet. Hot off the heels of announcing that Transformers 4 would be a co-production with China, Paramount Pictures has revealed that the...
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Trans4mers

Transformers 4 finally gets a plot, has good and bad guys


As Hubes put it so well, "Cue the Detroit jokes."
Mar 21
// Nick Valdez
Now that Michael Bay is directing Trans4mers  and Marky Mark (sans Funky Bunch) is starring (with some other guy who's almost like Shia LaBeouf), it's time to get the ball rolling. Thanks to Bay ...
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Jack Reynor is the new LaBeouf in Transformers 4


Cannibal status has yet to be determined
Jan 09
// Sean Walsh
So, Jack Reynor is the new Transformers kid. "Who?" you ask. Apparently, he is an actor. His Wikipedia page is two lines long. He's 20, and good-looking, and according to his IMDb page, has been in movies previously. Hop...
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Transformers 4 may be set in China for bigger box office


Nov 16
// Hubert Vigilla
Mark Wahlberg isn't the only change to the Transformers franchise. As casting and writing continues for Transformers 4: The Dream Master, there's speculation that Michael Bay and Paramount have considered setting the film in ...
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Marky Mark Wahlberg marks territory in Transformers 4


From here on known as "Trans4mers."
Nov 09
// Geoff Henao
Imagine how awesome the Transformers trilogy would have been had it starred a legitimate action star. Imagine if someone like Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) working alongside giant robots. The entire arc wouldn't have been...
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Is Transformers 4 getting a female protagonist?


And I shall call her Samantha.
Oct 18
// Nick Valdez
Chock this rumor in the "too awesome to be for realsies" category. When Hasbro's CEO stated that the fourth Transformers film, Trans4mers (which we should all address it as from now on) will surround new toys characters, I as...
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Bay is coming back to Transformers to keep it for himself


Sep 27
// Nick Valdez
With Michael Bay's off again on again relationship with the Transformers franchise, it ended up being no surprise that he decided to direct Trannies 4, the reboot/not reboot sequel. The worst thing about all of this...
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Transformers 4 will surround new toys...I mean characters


Sep 14
// Nick Valdez
And the most obvious news of the day award goes to Transformers 4: Buy Our Toys Because We Said So. Hasbro's CEO Brian Goldner (speaking at the UBS Best Of Americas 2012 Conference, according to Collider) confirmed what ...
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Rumor: Puny humans not returning to Transformers 4


Feb 16
// Hubert Vigilla
I know all of us went to see the Transformers movies for the human characters. I mean, that's what Transformers has always been about. While Michael Bay is returning as director, the recurring fleshbags in the first three mov...
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The Transformers series may be easy bank at the box-office, but suffering a serious case of creative bankruptcy. The first one was a lot of fun, but the second entry was terrible and the third even worse. Director Michael Bay...

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I haven't got anything against Michael Bay. When he gets his formula right, like in The Rock or the first Transformers, the results encapsulate everything that's fun about the brainless blockbuster. Unfortunately, he all too ...

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Hasbro in talks for fourth Transformers movie, duh


Oct 17
// Jamie R Stone
So, there's news of a fourth Transformers movie coming about, which has to break some kind of record for the most obvious news of the day. After the third movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon managed to earn over a billion d...

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