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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ start of a new trilogy: Michael Bay

- April 12th, 2014

If Transformers are your thing, then you are going to be very pleased with this latest tidbit. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Michael Bay says that this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the start of a brand-new trilogy.

“It’s kind of like a new Transformers,” Bay says. “We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one.” He then adds: “I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”

In an interview with my colleague Bruce Kirkland last month, Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg hinted that he would be involved with future Transformers films. “I think there is something in the contract there,” Wahlberg teased. “But look, the only way it’s going to happen is if Michael wants to do it again, people enjoy seeing me in this one and they want to see it again! So it is a possibility (to do two more Transformers) — if we could do our thing again the way we did it the first time.”

Previously, Bay has said that Age of Extinction is connected to the original trilogy, which starred Shia LaBeouf.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” Bay told Hero Complex. “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts.”

In the EW interview, Bay added that LaBeouf’s recent offscreen antics wasn’t at play in his decision not to cast him in the fourth instalment. Rather, it was a mutual decision by both parties. “It’s all good. He’s a good guy, but three movies, the same guy, it’s time, you know what I’m saying?”

Head over to EW to read more from their Michael Bay interview, including his rundown of some of the film’s new additions, including the Dinobots.

‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’ trailer shows off dinobots

- March 4th, 2014

The first official trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction has barrelled through the prehistoric ages and landed online.

The first official trailer for the fourth instalment in the blockbuster franchise chips away a little further at the main story we’ll expect to see in the film, as well as reintroducing us to the heavily anticipated dinobots.

From what we can see in the trailer above, it all starts when Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) picks up a rusted old truck he’s hoping to repair and sell off for a decent dollar, all in an attempt to be able to pay for his daughter Tessa’s (Nicola Peltz) college tuition.

Upon repair, however, Cade notices that his truck isn’t a run of the mill vehicle, but instead turns out to be the infamous Optimus Prime.

The FBI appears at Cade’s house where he’s storing the Autobot, led by Kelsey Grammar, and that’s pretty much the moment all hell breaks loose.

The best part, however, isn’t found in Mark Wahlberg’s less than enticing financial drama, but in the dinobots we’ve been teased with for months.

These are the most ferocious, vicious group of deceptacons we’ve been treated to (from the looks it) since the franchise began, and that’s just from the small amount of footage they’ve compacted into the two and a half minute trailer.

But nonetheless, the high octane action scenes are back, and the change in cast isn’t an unwelcome one.

What do you think? Are you excited or worried? Are the dinobots cool or trying too hard?

‘Ted 2′: Mila Kunis replaced by Amanda Seyfried

- February 24th, 2014

Mila Kunis is not going to be romancing the bear in Ted 2.

According to Deadline, Kunis has been replaced in the upcoming sequel by Amanda Seyfried. Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is still ironing out details, but it looks like Kunis – if she appears at all – will only have a bit part in the film.

Seyfried will play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane will once again voice the foul-mouthed teddy bear.

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The original Ted was a runaway success in 2012 and became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. Seyfried also stars in MacFarlane’s upcoming Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which hits theaters on May 30.

Ted 2 will be released June 26, 2015.

New photos from ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’

- November 30th, 2013

With a trailer due to drop any day now, Paramount Pictures is stoking anticipation for Transformers: Age of Extinction by dropping new photos from the set of the upcoming sequel. Besides offering us up sweaty pics of the film’s stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, we get a new glimpse of a beefed up Optimus Prime.

Wahlberg plays an inventor who discovers a Transformer and gets drawn into a new conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons. Age of Extinction – thankfully – will be Shia LaBeouf-free.

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Other than the fact that the new film takes place several years after the events in Dark of the Moon – and that it’s not a reboot – details on Age of Extinction have been scarce. But in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies director Michael Bay promised a more “cinematic” film for the series’ fourth instalment.

“I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool,” Bay said. “This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one].”

You can check out this recent video Entertainment Tonight shot during a visit to the Detroit set below.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27, 2014.

Movie roundup: ‘Ted 2′ gets release date, ‘Thor 3′ happening and ‘X-Men’ artifacts

- August 17th, 2013

Couple of interesting tidbits for your weekend reading.

First up. Seth McFarlane has announced on Twitter that Ted 2 will be hitting theatres during Passover 2015.

Funny that he used a religious holiday considering he is an atheist. In 2015, Passover starts on April 3 and runs until April 11.

Ted, a surprise comedy hit last summer, grossed over $540 million worldwide and followed the antics of Mark Wahlberg and his animated, foul-mouthed teddy bear. The sequel is scheduled to go before cameras next May. In an interview last year with Collider, Wahlberg raved about Ted 2 saying, “Seth’s ideas for the second one are sick. He comes from the world of episodic television so he knows how to tell the stories, man, in a way that most people don’t.”

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Next, we have some news that won’t really come as a surprise to anyone: Thor 3 is happening.

When E! asked Natalie Portman about her co-star Anthony Hopkins wanting to make a third Thor film (the second Thor: The Dark World is due out Nov. 8), she replied: “Yeah, well I think they are going to make a Thor 3, so I think Anthony will be pleased.”

Marvel has several blank dates in its release schedule, so it could be coming May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016 or May 5, 2017.

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Lastly, director Bryan Singer has tweeted that today marks the last day of shooting on X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer tweeted the photo below writing, “Loving my monitors today. #MichaelFassbender #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast #Secondtolastdayofprincipalphotography.”

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He also posted an image of his mutant memorabilia, including Magneto’s helmet, Havoc’s suit and Angel’s wings (there’s a fourth thing there too). The picture was simply titled, “Artifacts.”

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Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps. A trailer that leaked online earlier this week, revealed that a future version of Wolverine travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.