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'Transformers' Producer Don Murphy Says Franchise Won't Get Reboot, But New Trilogy & You'll Hate It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2011 2:40 AM
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Even though Shia LaBeouf has poured cold water on the idea of returning for another "Transfomers" movie and Michael Bay looks likely to finally get to his low budget crime pic "Pain & Gain" next, the future of the franchise is a bit of a question mark right now, but don't say the word "reboot" to producer Don Murphy.

Michael Bay Reuses Shots From 'The Island' In 'Transformers 3,' World Shrugs, Continues With Day

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2011 1:34 AM
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"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is sitting pretty at the top of the worldwide box office at the end of the long weekend, having taken a staggering $400 million worldwide in 7 days. But poor Michael Bay can't return to the aircraft carrier that he lives on and get on with planning his next picture, the low-budget crime flick "Pain and Gain" because in an EARTH-SHATTERING CONTROVERSY, Bay has been accused of plagiarism. And true to the director, it's alleged that he's ripped off the one helmer that Michael Bay loves most: Michael Bay!

Weekend Box Office: 'Transformers 3' Obliterates 4th Of July Weekend Record

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 3, 2011 5:19 AM
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But Underperforms Domestically Over 5 Days, 'Larry Crowne' Can't Get Out Of First GearThere's astronomically good and slightly bad to report as the sequel to a less-than-critically-loved-blockbuster-created-solely-to-move-toys hit the marketplace. Michael Bay's “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” underperformed domestically compared to its predecessor. It grossed $97.4 million in its Friday to Sunday opening box-office weekend, compared to the $108 million "Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen" accumulated in 2009 without the aid of inflated 3D ticket surcharges (and yet, it's won the top-grossing weekend of 2011 so far). But an overseas bonanza did take place as expected. Hauling in $372 million worldwide so far, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon," set the record for the third best worldwide debut of all time. And good news for ailing 3D numbers -- approximately 60% of the ticket sales came from theaters using the stereoscopic visual format.

Uwe Boll Calls 'The Tree Of Life' A "Piece Of Shit" And Lars Von Trier A "Retard"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 1, 2011 8:00 AM
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Before we begin, let's just say that the discourse of films can be varied and fascinating, with many critics and academic writers offering their measured takes on everything from the new "Transformers" film to "The Tree of Life." We would like to urge you to find these discussions that are actively going on at various websites and are likely more fruitful than hearing the opinion of a crackpot provocateur like Uwe Boll.

In Theaters: Crashy Crash Space Robot 'Splosion Fest

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 1, 2011 5:30 AM
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And a very merry "Transformers" weekend to you too! Celebrate America's birthday by indulging in the fireworks fest that is Michael Bay's third "Transformers" epic, wherein modern American history gets rewritten, Shia LaBoeuf gets a new PYT whose reputation he can disparage in two years, and the city of Chicago gets its turn as the 'burb that gets destroyed in the most spectacular way possible! If wanton destruction isn't your thing, take your grandparents to go see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne." Or your little sister to go see "Monte Carlo." Or get outside, bare some arms, eat some grilled meat and drink some domestic beers. It's only appropriate. Also Happy Canada Day to our Canadian brethren. I'm not sure how they celebrate that, but I sincerely hope it's with fire and meat, like how we do. And to our friends in the U.K., do you have a holiday this weekend? If not, I suggest having an ironic 4th of July party-- cut the sleeves off a t-shirt and the legs off some jeans, put on some aviators, drink something out of a can and light something on fire. There you go! Yay!

Shia LaBeouf Says No To 'Transformers 4'; Michael Bay Says Small Crime Flick 'Pain & Gain' Is Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 7:45 AM
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With "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" set to rape your eyeballs and eardrums this long holiday weekend, it looks like if the franchise wants to continue, it may have to do so without two of its key elements thus far.

Class Act: Shia LaBeouf Suggests Megan Fox Cheated On Her Boyfriend With Him During 'Transformers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 5:25 AM
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Harrison Ford Says What We're All Thinking, Calls LaBeouf A "Fucking Idiot"It appears that Shia LaBeouf has a mouth that can't be stopped. Just a few weeks after the actor dumped on his former co-star Megan Fox, claiming her unforgivable "Spice Girl strength" and her inability to handle Michael Bay's meticulous directions on where to point her ass got her fired from this weekend's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Now, a new Details magazine feature on the actor finds him using the opportunity to throw Fox under the bus yet again, albeit this time in a wholly different way.

Review: 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Rewards With 40 Min. Of Great Action After An Asinine Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 2:01 AM
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Before everyone accuses us of drinking the Haterade, allow this writer to make a couple of facts known. I thought the first "Transformers" was a decent enough (though brainless) bit of summer popcorn entertainment, while I nearly walked out of "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen." The problems with the second entry in the franchise have been well documented as even Michael Bay himself admitted it was awful and promised this time, things will be better. With much being made about the work that has gone into the special effects, with Bay writing a letter to the pimply teenagers who will be playing this for the majority of America to make sure they project it properly and star Shia LaBeouf proclaiming it to be the "greatest 3D film ever," expectations are very high. Well, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" finds Michael Bay at both his best and worst, and you will have to endure a lot of tedium, before you get to the admittedly pretty righteous closing forty minutes that is pretty much wall-to-wall action.

This Will Go Over Well, We're Sure: Michael Bay Writes To Theater Projectionists

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 1:56 AM
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We'd always assumed the humble projectionist had next-to-no contact with the people who actually made the movies, but recent weeks have shown that that's not true at all; the recent disclosure that Terrence Malick had personally written to theaters across the country with certain specifications for "The Tree of Life" has unleashed a sea of similar memos, including Stanley Kubrick on "Barry Lyndon" and David Lynch on "Mulholland Drive." And it's not surprising, considering that all filmmakers worth their salt would want their film to be displayed in the best possible manner. The latest to join them? Michael Bay.

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.

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