It should hardly come as a surprise that critics panned Michael Bay‘s Transformers 4. When it comes to things like plot, character development, and making sense, Bay’s Transformer movies are usually lacking.
That being said, what these flicks lack in quality they make up for in profitability. The second two instalments in the franchise were not nearly as well-received as the first, but each one made more money than the next. Factoring in the fourth instalment, which had a $100 million opening this weekend despite a 17% from Rotten Tomatoes and a 32 on Metacritic, the franchise has now grossed and insane $2.769 billion at the box office.
So does Michael Bay care if the critics don’t like his movie? Not so much. And this weekend, while doing a press junket for Transformers in Hong Kong, he basically told MTV News exactly that:
They love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re still going to see the movie! I think it’s good to get a little tension. Very good. I used to get bothered by it, but I think it’s good to get the dialogue going. It makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes, so it’s good.
Translation: “Sorry, what was the question? I did not hear you because I was thinking about how I’m going to buy a gold-plated caviar factory. You know, rich people shit.”
Thefirst trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction was pretty good, but it focused a little too much on Mark Wahlberg and his teenage daughter for my liking.
Don’t get me wrong. They got around to the transforming and exploding eventually, and it finished on a high note when Optimus Prime rassled that robot T-Rex. But let’s be real—nobody goes to see a Transformers movie for all the human drama.
The second trailer for Age of Extinction is definitely an improvement. Instead of starting with shots of a dusty old farm, it starts with some sci-fi mumbo jumbo about precious space metals. Then they cut to the dusty farm and, finally, the explosions.
But here’s the best part. In the end, Optimus Prime isn’t rasslin‘ a dinosaur. He’s riding that motherf*cker into battle like it’s his valiant steed. And I’m pretty sure that is the most badas thing you will see at your local Cineplex all summer.
So make a note of it. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters June 17.
For many months now, film nerds have been obsessing over a certain upcoming sequel to a very lucrative franchise. Every time the slightest detail of the film was even hinted at, from casting decisions to shooting locations to basic plot points, said nerds went bonkers on blogs and social media.
This sequel, of course, is Transformers 4.
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Not much is known about Nicola Peltz, the new young femme fatale set to feature in Transformers 4, whenever that blessed cinematic event arrives. But I can tell you this, open the doors to Hebrew School Hotties land, because Nicola, now eighteen, is a true Egotastic! lady in the making.
Nicola’s dad used to own Snapple, so she comes from money. A lifetime supply of Diet Peach Snapple and 24-7 access to this young sextastic thespianic, means I’ll soon be visiting her family compound to ask her parents permission to defile their daughter in ways that can not possibly be described using just the English language. I’ll bring my sketchbook.
Yes, I know, it’s obvious when I’m starting to fall for a girl. I wish I could be more subtle, but, well, just look at Nicola. Michael Bay doesn’t make these cheesecake decisions lightly (just ask Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). This is a big gig. Enjoy.
One little Instagram hashtag caused an awful lot of commotion of the weekend.
You see, apparently someone at Paramount Pictures posted a pic of a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe on the company’s official Instragram account, claiming it was “yet another surprise from Transformers 4,” which really isn’t all that interesting. What was interesting was, though, were the hashtags associated with the pic: #Transformers, #MichaelBay, and last but not least, #MeganFox.
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It’s not a good idea to get too excited about a new Transformers movie too soon, even though everything we assume about the fourth installment will probably be true: it will be huge and destruct-y. But we could go on and on about all of the amazing things they should do, but probably won’t. (Like bringing back the Constructicons and Devastator.) Dare to dream.
To keep up the buzz without spoiling what will be next summer’s huge blockbuster, photos of the next round of Autobot designs have been trickling out. And today, Michael Bay personally released the new Optimus Prime design on his website. And while it’s supposed to be all amazing and new, it looks pretty much exactly like the old Prime. The new truck was custom designed by Western Star, a subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler and is supposedly ‘completely upgraded’. Sure, you can’t really mess too much with the original, but c’mon, give us a little more than that. On the upside? Shia LaBeouf won’t be riding in it.
Ugh, it’s gonna be a long year.
With a cast that now includes Jim Carrey, how could Kick-Ass: Balls to the Wall not get you excited? It’s one of the most unconventional and oddball superhero movies ever made and I’m pretty sure Jeff Wadlow will do a fine job directing. We already know a lot about the good guys, but what about the villain? All we’ve seen of Mother Russia so far was her side boob from a picture that Wadlow tweeted–until now, that is.
Aside from the big Mother Russia reveal, Kick-Ass Aaron Johnson reveals a couple of tidbits about how his character has changed and grown in the sequel.
Next up is Transformers 4. There’s going to be a lot of changes in the fourth installment to Michael Bay’s highly-successful film franchise, given the fact that Shia LaBeouf aka Sam Witwicky won’t be doing the movie. Add the fact that they’re all going to outer space and you’ll have a Transformers movie that’s unlike any of the previous ones. A new temporary logo for the fourth movie has just been unveiled, along with a couple of minor plot details, by Hasbro’s president and CEO, Brian Goldner.
Lastly, we’ve got the sequels for Ted and The Bourne Legacy. Given the commercial success of both movies, I know a lot of people were already expecting more movies to be made from both franchises and it turns out they were right. Universal Pictures has just confirmed that sequels for both the Ted and Bourne franchises will be made. Soon, we hope.
Check out the gallery for the full scoop on each of these sequels!