Director: 'Transformers 2' was 'crap'
March 7th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

Director: 'Transformers 2' was 'crap'

Moviegoers weren't the only ones disappointed with the 2009 "Transformers" sequel. Even the director admits the movie was a dud.

“We made some mistakes,” Michael Bay tells Empire magazine of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." “The real fault with ['Transformers 2'] is that it ran into a mystical world. When I look back at it, that was crap."

Bay adds that the robot plot may have been a bit rusty because it was a rush job.

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You can star in a Michael Bay movie... sort of
February 9th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

You can star in a Michael Bay movie... sort of

Have you ever wanted to star in a Michael Bay picture? Well, here's your chance. Thanks to the Michael Bayifier,  you can transform one of your ordinary photographs into something out of one of the filmmaker's big-budget, explosion-packed action flicks.

Go to bayifier.com, and the site begins to load with a countdown that references Bay's many blockbusters, including "Armageddon," "Bad Boys," and "Transformers." Among the phrases that flash on screen: "Attaching camera to helicopter," "Ogling Megan Fox," "Tracking Down Miami Ecstasy Kingpin" and "Demanding More CGI Robots."

Next, you are taken to a page where you simply upload your photo, adjust the level of dreamy color saturation, and add on clip art such as a sports car, an explosion, a gun, a bomb, a fighter jet and Shia LaBeouf.

The best part? Unlike Bay's big-budget projects, this will cost you nothing!

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New trailers show potential box office muscle
December 15th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

New trailers show potential box office muscle

Hollywood is unleashing trailers for some of the most anticipated movies of 2011 in the final weeks of this year, starting with "Thor," which could become the first blockbuster of the summer movie season when it's released on May 6.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known in the States for playing Captain Kirk's father in last year's "Star Trek," takes on the role of the hammer-wielding Marvel Comics (and Norse mythology) hero, who is banished from his home of Asgard to earth by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins).

The story, which co-stars Natalie Portman, almost comes across as Shakespearean, so the choice of Kenneth Branagh to direct makes sense. At the same time, most "Thor" fans will want to see how it plays into the upcoming "Captain America" and "Avengers" movies. Check out the trailer on Marvel's official website.

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Megan Fox a little jealous of 'Transformers' replacement
September 17th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Megan Fox a little jealous of 'Transformers' replacement

Megan Fox may have opted to bow out of "Transformers 3," but that doesn't make watching another woman smooch her former co-star, Shia LaBeouf, any easier.

The actress, who was replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely, told MTV News she does plan to see the third installment of the "Transformers" franchise but confessed, "I might be a little jealous when I see somebody kissing my Shia, wearing my jeans that I ... already had been fit for. It's kind of weird, actually."

The 24-year-old brunette beauty, currently promoting her upcoming film "Passion Play" at the Toronto Film Festival, was quick to clarify that Whitely most likely won't be wearing her hand-me-downs as LaBeouf's new love interest.

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June 3rd, 2010
12:32 PM ET

Megan Fox replacement in 'Transformers 3' (finally) official

A post on Michael Bay’s official website confirmed the already widely reported news that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will replace Megan Fox as Shia LaBeouf’s love interest in "Transformers 3."

Bay previously worked with the Victoria’s Secret model on an ad campaign that appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, according to the blog post.

And while the third installment of the franchise will be filmed in various locations - Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Cape Canaveral, as well as other countries - production has already began in Los Angeles, according to the post.


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September 8th, 2009
08:54 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures had the best summer movie season, according to Variety, thanks to the box office success of films like "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hangover," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Star Trek."

The two movie studios also led their competitors last summer in market share. Universal Pictures' summer releases, such as "Public Enemies" and "Bruno," were the least successful among the major studios.

The Hollywood Reporter says that director Steven Soderbergh has picked Gina Carrano, a mixed martial arts fighter, as the unlikely star of his next film, "Knockout," a spy thriller.

The upcoming documentary "Stanley Ann Dunham: A Most Generous Spirit" will focus on President Obama's mother, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's set to begin shooting early next year.

On DVD today: the Wayans brothers' spoof "Dance Flick," a special edition of the Disney classic "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" starring Angela Lansbury; "Fringe: The Complete First Season"; "The Office: Season Five"; "Parks & Recreation: Season One"; "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1"; "Criminal Minds: Season 4"; and "Important Things with Demetri Martin: Season 1."

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