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Paramount Releasing Specially-Brightened 3D Version Of 'Transformers 3' To Battle Format Nay-Sayers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 23, 2011 1:59 AM
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Film Will Still Suck, But Less DimlyThese are, excuse the pun, dark days for stereo cinema. The 3D novelty might have helped "Avatar" to become the biggest-grossing film of all time, causing everyone and their mums to jump on board, but the shine has come off this year: "Green Lantern" was barely helped by the inflated ticket prices, domestic grosses for big 3D event pictures have disappointed, and crucially, ticket sales have swung in favor of traditional 2D viewing on films like "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Kung Fu Panda 2," despite stereo screenings making up the majority of showings.

Michael Bay Loves 'West Side Story' & Scarlett Johansson Calls Him "Surprisingly Sensitive"?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 21, 2011 6:01 AM
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10 Things We Learned From The Recent GQ Profile About The Mega-DirectorIs solaris-sized blockbuster director Michael Bay the antichrist? This is sort of the posit brought up by GQ's most recent self-explanatory titled article "Blow Up: The Oral History Of Michael Bay." While whether he is a blight on cinema or not is something the Playlist is going to examine closer to the release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," there are plenty of high-profile defenders of his style in said GQ piece (not all of it is online, but the new Megan Fox "controversy" naturally has appeared here).

Michael Bay Says Steven Spielberg Told Him To Fire Megan Fox From 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 10:27 AM
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Tyrese Gibson Dreams Of Being On A Steven Spielberg SetLet the "controversy" continue. Weeks after Shia LaBeouf claimed that Megan Fox's "Spice Girl strength" and her desire to be more than drapery with breasts and a butt on the set of the "Transformers" movies eventually got her booted by director Michael Bay. But the helmer of the robots-fighting-each-other movies now has his own slightly different version of what went down.

Shia LaBeouf Claims Megan Fox's 'Spice Girl Strength' Got Her Fired From New 'Transformers' Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 3, 2011 1:59 AM
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You can argue that we live in a different era that holds up movie stars to a different type of scrutiny. With the constant media crush of desperate updates regarding our favorite and least-favorite celebrities, there are simply more opportunities for actors to open their mouths and reveal just how oblivious, uneducated and unpleasant they really are. So the latest comments by Shia LaBeouf regarding former co-star Megan Fox, and the asinine “Transformers” franchise as a whole, shouldn’t be a surprise. Note that this does not make them amusing in their odiousness.

'Transformers 3' Moves Up Two Days To June 29th, Because That Extra 48 Hours Would Have Been Agony

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 2:05 AM
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Sure, you might be able to get your fix of offensively stupid blockbusters with budgets higher than the GDP of a third-world country this weekend with "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but scratching that itch won't last long, and it's still over a month until the motherload, Michael Bay's latest explod-o-fest, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arrives. A month full of films that have plots, and characters, and that don't have a scene where a robot octopus cuts a skyscraper in half.

Michael Bay Says He Was "2 Martinis" In When Talking About "Small" 'Pulp Fiction'-Like Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2011 3:19 AM
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Tentpole Director Says Paramount President Begged Him To Direct 'Transformers 3,' Plus The Dos & Donts Commandments Of 'Dark Of The Moon'In the spring of 2009, just two months before "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," hit theaters and was roasted alive by critics (but succeeded massively at the box-office -- $836 million globally that year, but was a big Razzie winner too, including Worst Picture), director Michael Bay said he wanted to take a year off before making 'Transformers 3,' and make a "small" movie that was "Pulp Fiction"-like.

Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes To Make 'Zombies Vs. Robots'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2011 9:30 AM
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Because why not right? With cowboys squaring off against aliens, Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires and Hansel and Gretel taking on a coven of witches, these genre mashups aren't going to end anytime soon.

Michael Bay & Taylor Lautner Pitching Studios On 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' & 'Wanted' Styled Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 8:11 AM
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Everyone wants to be in the Taylor Lautner business these days. He's got a following thanks to "Twilight," he's got a buff bod, good looks and is non-threatening, which makes him appealing to a big swath of mainstream America. He's being groomed to be an A-list action star and he's already got John Singleton's "Abduction" set to hit later this year, and the futuristic fantasy pic "Incarceron" in development among a handful of projects with his name attached. But now he's set to team with the biggest action director of them all: Michael Bay.

Michael Bay Blows Up Earth & Everything In 'Transformers 3' Super Bowl Spot

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 7, 2011 12:49 AM
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Man, watching the reactions to this one on Twitter was epic and awesome. It was like the sound of 5,000 nerd boners just light up your feed. Love your shit blowed up real good? Michael Bay certainly delivers with this Superbowl ad from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Fanboys are in a tizzy right now and yes, it looks impressive, it's well cut and there's mega explosions, etc. But like "Transformers 2" will it be even semi-coherent? Like that picture, will it make you want to punch someone, perhaps yourself for having paid $12 bucks, in the face? Remains to be seen, but geeks will surely be frothing at the mouths for the next few weeks. The 3rd -- and final? -- "Transformers" film hits July 1, 2011 in the 3D-filming that Bay previously hated. Watch it below.

'Transformers 3' Will Be Better Than 'Transformers 2' Says Director Of Terrible 'Transformers' Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 17, 2011 1:07 AM
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“It was kind of a mess, wasn’t it?” says director Michael Bay in an LA Times profile about "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,", one of the expected blockbusters of next summer's blockbuster season. He's referring to the second film in the series, subtitled "Revenge Of The Fallen." It made $836 million worldwide. You probably saw it. It was popular. We don't need to say it was a raging piece of shit but, oh, well, it seemed to slip out.

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