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Transformers: The Last Knight features the latest clash of Cybertronian combatants Optimus Prime and Megatron, who have been battling it out since the 1984 animated series and the 1986 animated movie. The "Generation One" Transformers may have started it all, but the franchise has evolved in numerous directions over the 30+ years since. A lot of things have changed, but some tenets have actually stayed the same, like the fact that Optimus Prime will always emerge as a hero, Megatron will always attempt to take him down, and that Peter Cullen and Frank Welker will always be the iconic voices … »
- Dave Trumbore
The cast of Disney's Aladdin remake keeps getting bigger and bigger, with today bringing news that another actor has signed on to play a brand new character that didn't originate in the 1992 animated classic. Billy Magnussen has come aboard to play a character named Prince Anders, although no other details have been given at this time. He will become the second cast member who is playing a character created specifically for this musical, with Nasim Pedrad playing another character named Mara, a handmaiden and friend of Jasmine who wasn't in the original animated classic.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the casting news today, with the report adding that this is not the first time Billy Magnussen has portrayed a Disney prince. The actor portrayed the prince vying for the attention of Rapunzel in the 2014 live-action musical adaptation of Into the Woods. He joins a growing cast that includes Will Smith as the iconic Genie, »
Just a few weeks after we reported that The Mummy remake star Marwan Kenzari is in talks to play the villainous Jafar in Disney's Aladdin reboot, it seems the studio has also found the villain's right-hand man. Turkish actor Numan Acar is in talks to portray Hakim, who serves as the "head of the guards" for Jafar in this live-action remake. There was a guard character named Hakim, voiced by Frank Welker, in the original Aladdin movie, but it seems he will be a much more substantial character in this live-action movie.
Deadline broke the news of this casting, but their report did not include Marwan Kenzari as part of the cast, so perhaps his deal has not been finalized at this time. Numan Acar will be joined by Will Smith, who voices The Genie, Mena Massoud as the title character Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Nasim Pedrad as Mara, »
The cast of Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin film continues to take shape, as Deadline reports that Homeland’s Numan Acar has joined the project. The actor will take on the role of Hakim, who the outlet describes as “the head of the guards” and “right-hand man” to Marwan Kenzari’s villainous Jafar.
While Hakim isn’t one of the more well-known Aladdin characters, he did make appearances in the 1994 and 1996 direct-to-video Aladdin sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and the short-lived Aladdin TV show in 1994. Frank Welker, Jim Cummings and Corey Burton have all voiced the character in the past.
- Justin Cook
Chicago – “Transformers: The Last Knight” held its star-studded premiere in Chicago on June 20, 2017. On the red carpet, Adam Fendelman of HollywoodChicago.com asked voice artist Frank Welker to jump into character to voice Decepticons including Megatron and Soundwave.
Interview and edited by: Adam Fendelman, Publisher
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Michael Bay.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Peter Cullen, Ken Watanabe, John Goodman, Tony Hale, Santiago Cabrera, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, Jim Carter, Steve Buscemi, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, Jerrod Carmichael, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Chan, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, Jess Harnell, and John Turturro.
This movie has no plot.
If that right there doesn’t tell you just how unbearably awful the latest relentless onslaught of nonsensical epic scale action from director Michael Bay is, then:
“Move your fat ass” – Sir Anthony Hopkins in a rush trying to do something on a submarine (God only knows what anyone is trying to accomplish in this movie besides chasing after deus ex machina objects from thousands of years ago that can save worlds) talking to a citizen in Transformers: The Last Knight.
Need more evidence? Okay, how about the scene where Cade (Mark Wahlberg returning from the previous installment titled Age of Extinction) and Vivian (another highly educated British historian, played by Laura Haddock) are upstairs in Vivian’s bedroom looking for the super secret clue to an ancient staff that somehow can save the world. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but this is a Michael Bay film, which means that downstairs is a bunch of old women hearing noises and gleefully assuming the two are banging. One of them also accidentally inquires if Cade has a sex dungeon.
Somewhere between some of the least funny humor known to mankind is a story buried deep within multiple writers smashing together multiple forgettable characters and equally forgettable action sequences. Transformers: The Last Knight was doomed from the beginning when a Transformer gave a drunk Merlin magic powers and a dragon to help King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table defeat… an army. To be fair, it’s never clear who the hell is fighting who here; it’s just a cacophony of bulky hunks of metal colliding with each other and bullets being fired off from a distance in the background. Anyway, apparently every few thousand years a group of noble and honorable warriors get together to save humanity, which at this point should be taking extreme legal action to ensure that Michael Bay can never make another one of these movies again. I know he says this is the last one for real this time, but society can’t take any more chances.
At this point, I would like to include a tweet from Michael Bay:
Reports of #transformers The Last Knight being over 3hrs is wrong. It's shorter than the last 3 movies by a lot.
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) June 1, 2017
It’s Still 149 minutes and the longest movie I have seen so far this year out of 100 films. Taking a quick glance at upcoming releases tells me that this length won’t be usurped anytime soon. On another note, if Transformers: The Last Knight actually was over three hours I would have drunk myself into a stupor 20 minutes in. Actually, that’s what watching this movie is like. You hear some chatter from other screenings and critics that the movie is an incoherent mess, so you come into the movie challenged ready to prove the rest wrong and proclaim “I understand it, here’s what happened”!. Things are going decently for the first 30 minutes or so, and then things get rocky, and before you know it you literally have no idea what is going on, as if a movie could physically become shit-faced inebriated.
Even the action blatantly steals concepts from previous films, such as military skydiving sequences, because you know, 449 of those in Dark of the Moon wasn’t enough. The more I continue to write this review, the more I began to ask myself how in the blue hell could a movie with so much spectacle just… go on and on without viewers ever once feeling that something cool just happened. I will admit the ending battle featuring a snazzy wide-angle zero gravity segment was something different and refreshing for the franchise, but at over 2 hours in all investment is long gone. Look, Transformers: The Last Knight has impressive CGI and is pretty a look at; that’s a given. However, at some point, viewers have to begin to ask themselves when all the money in the world to create the best effects possible still isn’t enough to push something beyond garbage tier filmmaking. Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t simply a polished turd, it’s like if Hercules took a God-sized shit on Earth and sprayed it with Fabreze.
Even the robots themselves are still lame, racist caricatures uttering stereotypical slang. And if it’s not that, it’s fat jokes about Autobot Hound (John Goodman). As a backhanded compliment, I suppose there is less objectification of primary female characters, but one of the females is presented as 14, and does the movie really deserve a point for, you know, basic human decency? Probably not.
The best and most exciting part of Transformers: The Last Knight was when my food was delivered or the ‘silence your phone’ advert. It certainly wasn’t watching Cade joke around with the robots for 15 minutes in a junkyard, and telling a Dinobot to drop a car from his mouth as if it were a bone. What a disaster of a blockbuster, but at least this one doesn’t have a gargantuan Decepticon with massive robot testicles.
Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ / Movie: ★
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- Robert Kojder
Yes, that's zero stars you see up there. Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. Mark Wahlberg has announced that The Last Knight will be his farewell to the Bay franchise. Quoth the actor: "I get my life back."
Ha! Now Wahlberg knows how sentient film critics feel every time they exit another Bay travesty. Transformers: The Last Knight is all kinds of awful. It's also the worst of the series to date, which is saying something. The year is only half over, »
Burbank, CA (May 19, 2017) – Scooby and the gang are back to solve a brand new supernatural crime mystery in Lego® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and The Lego Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 11, 2017 on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.
Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track, without missing a beat. This all-new original movie Lego® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash will be available on DVD, »
- ComicMix Staff
Scooby and the gang are jumping from Lego bricks to the digital world in Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash, an all-new animated story coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this summer.
Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash features the voice cast you've already heard voicing the legendary Scooby gang in Be Cool Scooby-Doo! They include Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Kate Micucci and Matthew Lillard.
The official synopsis for Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash reads:
"Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track, »
"You want to know, don't you? Why the keep coming here..." Yes, I do, but without sitting through another movie - please? Paramount has unleashed one final trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie, titled in full Transformers: The Last Knight. At this point, you probably already know whether or not you're going to see this movie in theaters, and don't need to see any more footage. But this final trailer packs in a whole bunch of epic, VFX-filled eye candy. The huge cast stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. If you're curious to watch even more footage, then fire this up below. Here's the fourth & final trailer for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, from »
- Alex Billington
"These are troubled times... without leaders, chaos reigns." Paramount has released the third trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie, titled in full Transformers: The Last Knight. The last trailer we posted was focused on the young kids in the movie, but this one gives us a full look at everything going on. These movies (and the robots) keep getting bigger and bigger, with so much epic action it's hard to even comprehend what we're seeing. The huge ensemble cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same Transformer voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. My sci-fi side makes me want to see this just because, but I'm still not that interested in any more Transformers films. I'm on the fence with this. What about you? »
- Alex Billington
Ryan Lambie Mar 22, 2017
Fearsome monsters, grasping hands, and a suggestive tree. Here are 10 fantasy movie moments that scarred us as kids...
Sooner or later, you're going to see a scary movie. Whether you sneak down and watch a horror film on late night television, watch a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel round a friend's house or watch clips of slasher movies on YouTube, horror movies are always out there, waiting in the wings for the young and curious.
But long before most of us graduate to the stage of our lives where we start seeking out 18-rated movies of gore and terror, we reliably encounter scary moments in what might initially seem to be harmless family adventure films.
The 1980s was an »
"You think I'm afraid of you?!" Paramount has launched a new full-length trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers sequel, titled Transformers: The Last Knight. This new trailer is totally focused on the kids in the movie, a cast of youngsters who have to deal with the Decepticons coming back for revenge. Why the focus on the kids? Because this trailer was created exclusively to run in theaters with Beauty and the Beast, of course. The full cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. This is a very odd trailer, I don't think I like it much, but points for doing something different. Here's the new official trailer for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, direct from »
- Alex Billington
Everywhere you turn, there are odd mashups occurring throughout comics, especially at Warner Bros. and DC Comics where the wall separating properties has crumbled. The latest example is the confounding The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania direct-to-video film. Apparently they must have had a success with The Flintstones & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania because here’s a sequel.
Thankfully, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Big Show has been frozen in ice, like a certain star-spangled Avenger, and when George Jetson thaws him out, the wrestler wants title back. He does this by vanquishing that era’s wrestle-bots and once he takes the throne, decides he wants to take over the universe. Coming to the future’s rescue as Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Alicia Fox, the Uso Brothers, Sheamus and WWE impresario Vince McMahon.
George, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane, his wife, have to save Orbit City when it’s invaded »
- Robert Greenberger
"Your world is dying. Do you seek redemption?" "My maker, I do." Paramount has released early the official 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, supposedly the final Transformers movie Michael Bay will direct (didn't he also say that a few movies ago?). This TV spot has new glimpses of epic sci-fi footage and the brutal Bumblebee vs Optimus battle (extended version coming on Sunday). The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. I dig epic sci-fi movies and cool shots like the ones in this, but I have a feeling this is going to be so bad. Check it out. Here's the new Super Bowl TV spot for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, »
- Alex Billington
15 items from 2017
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