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WATCH: What If Michael Bay Directed 'Up'?

Imagine if the director of "Armageddon" and "Transformers" got his hands on the beloved Pixar classic, and it might look like something like this funny spoof trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Holiday Box Office Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

This fourth of July weekend, the box office, led yet again by Michael Bay's latest "Transformers," suffered a serious collapse. The Top Ten grossed $113 million. That is $107 million less than last year (when the 4th fell on a Thursday). It's worse than that -- no June or July weekend has grossed this low since 2005, nor any grossed lower for the holiday weekend this century. Some anomalies contributed including the lingering effects of World Cup issues.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 6, 2014 4:09 PM
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'Transformers 4' Delivers Year's First $100-Million Weekend, Jolie's 'Maleficent' Passes $200 Million Domestic, 'Fault' Woodley's Second $100-Million Grosser

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" overcame the worst reviews of Michael Bay's career to deliver the summer's first $100 million weekend. The rest of the world came in just over double that at $201 million. With the World Cup having finished its intense initial round and little competition from new films either stateside or abroad, Paramount picked the perfect weekend for the return of the mighty Hasbro franchise.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2014 1:53 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 3: 'Transformers' vs. 'Snowpiercer,' the State of Hollywood & More Finke

Indiewire's New York critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies and the state of Hollywood. Does "Transformers" represent what's wrong with the movie industry today?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 1:57 PM
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ILM Reanimates Badass Transformers for 'Age of Extinction'

Keeping up with Marvel isn't easy, but Michael Bay and Industrial Light & Magic have brought new life to the badass Hasbro bots in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," introducing a sleek new sci-fi design and a new army of fire-breathing Dinobots. At the same time, Bay has smartly ventured into China and has replaced Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg as a single dad and failed inventor, which also kicks the franchise into higher gear.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 25, 2014 4:00 PM
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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review Roundup: A Visually Impressive, Scattered Destruction Fest (VIDEO)

"Transformers: Smash-a-thon 4000"--sorry, that should be "Transformers: Age of Extinction" comes out this Friday in the U.S. The critical consensus: despite some impressive 3D eye candy, this fourth installment in the franchise, weighing in at a whopping 165 minutes, lags under it's own weight and doesn't make much sense in the end.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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Regal and Paramount Offering 'Super Ticket' to 'Transformers 4'--With Home Video Purchase Baked In

Regal Entertainment seems to be taking a leaf out of Willy Wonka's book: for the opening of Michael Bay's new explode-a-palooze "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the theater chain is offering fans the chance to buy what it's calling a 'Super Ticket.'
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:34 PM
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WATCH: Eye-Popping Summer Movie Clips Unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards, from 'X-Men' to 'Spider-Man 2'

On Sunday night, the MTV Movie Awards unveiled an array of VFX-packed new footage from the studios' upcoming summer movie slate. Watch them here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 14, 2014 2:38 PM
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Weekend Preview: Michael Bay's Latest a 'Pain'-Filled Experience; Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Captivates Critics; Skip 'The Big Wedding'

Fans of Michael Bay and his cast of beefy cohorts will likely flock to dumb male comedy "Pain & Gain," a soulless, "low-budget" exercise in machismo that has appalled critics. Those looking for lighter fare might seek solace in "The Big Wedding," which has earned universal pans despite its top-drawer cast. They are better off RSVPing to another event, such as "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols' southern drama "Mud," which premiered at Cannes, starring Matthew McConaughey, or the Oscar-nominated maritime doc "Kon Tiki," which traces a Norwegian's journey in 1947 across the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 3:42 PM
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Review Roundup: Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Is a Soulless Macho Farce

I had the misfortune of seeing Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" at CinemaCon, which Paramount mystifyingly screened to the nation's exhibitors, who tend to be a conservative family-oriented bunch who are always begging the studios to release less R-rated fare. Don't get me wrong.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2013 2:05 PM
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