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The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century

13 July 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.

Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:

The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History

25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.

But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Julie White

11 July 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Some people might recognize American actress Julie White as the woman who played the character Sam Witwicky’s mother in Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, it is important to note that she is not just an acclaimed stage actress but also someone who continues to appear in a wide range of both movies and TV shows. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Julie White: Grew Up in Austin, TX As a child, White lived in the city of Austin until she started attending college in San

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Julie White »

- Nat Berman

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UK trailer for sci-fi adventure Origin Wars starring Kellan Lutz

10 July 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its home entertainment release later this month, Lionsgate has released a UK trailer for writer-director Shane Abbess’ upcoming sci-fi adventure Origin Wars (a.k.a. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One) which stars Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas, Luke Ford, Rachel Griffiths, and Temuera Morrison; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, Sy (Kellan Lutz, The Twilight Saga), escapes a brutal prison where mysterious experiments have been taking place under the watch of a savage warden (Temuera Morrison, Star Wars Episodes 2 & 3, Once Were Warriors). After orchestrating an escape, Sy meets Kane (Daniel MacPherson, The Shannara Chronicles), a lieutenant working for an off-world military contractor – Exor, who have set in motion a plan to wipe out all life from the face of the planet in an attempt to cover up their crimes – when their terrifying “experiments” escape. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Transformers 5 Wins the Weekend Box Office with $45.3M

25 June 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount rolled out its fifth Transformers movie this weekend, and while it came out on top at the box office, it did so with the lowest opening in franchise history. Transformers: The Last Knight won its first box office weekend with an estimated $45.3 million. Its five-day opening, after debuting on Wednesday, June 21, comes in at $69 million, which itself is just below the $70.5 million three day opening for the first Transformers movie, which opened in theaters almost exactly 10 years ago.

Box Office Mojo reports that the fifth Transformers movie earned a solid $11,133 per-screen average from 4,069 theaters, but much like its predecessors, the movie suffered with critics, earning just a 15% rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Still, this entire franchise has proven to be "critic-proof, with each movie earning a "Rotten" rating, while it has also proven its mettle in the overseas market. The movie has performed much better in international markets, »

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'Transformers 5' Opens with Franchise Low as 'Wonder Woman' Surpasses 'Batman v Superman' Domestically

25 June 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film's international run. Meanwhile, WB's Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers features opened on a Wednesday and that was 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third feature in the now five-film franchise, and it debuted with $162.6 million over its first five days in release, $97.8 million of that from the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: The Last Knight brought in a mere $69.1 million over its first five days in release, an estimated $45.3 million of which over the three-day weekend. »

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Tranformers 5 Scores Huge Opening Day Box Office in China

23 June 2017 4:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Paramount's Transformers 5 just suffered its worst opening day in franchise history, there may be a silver lining because it's looking to open huge in China. The action-packed sequel directed by Michael Bay has pulled in $41 million on its opening day Friday in China, and when factoring in Thursday sneak previews, the first-day gross is at $47 million. That figure is far below the domestic opening day tally of $15.5 million, a franchise low, and the $23 million two-day tally from Wednesday and Thursday combined. This huge debut in China could certainly mean that Transformers: The Last Knight will follow in the box office footsteps of its predecessor, 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had a franchise low domestic total but flourished overseas, particularly in China.

Variety reports that Transformers: The Last Knight represented 89% of the entire Chinese market in its opening day, according to the Chinese box office tracking service China Box Office. »

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Transformers: A reminder that Megan Fox auditioned for the movie by washing Michael Bay’s car while he filmed it

23 June 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the release of Transformers: The Last Knight [read our scathing reviews here and here], it’s worth remembering that director Michael Bay has a somewhat shady past of how he cast Megan Fox in the first movie back in 2007.

While researching for my latest article – Michael Bay is a disgusting, deplorable director – I recalled nugget of information from Jason Soloman during the press tour for 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In it, he reveals that Megan Fox auditioned for the movie by washing Bay’s car while he filmed it.

“She told me she went to director Michael Bay’s house to audition and he made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her,” Soloman wrote. “She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed. ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.'”

Fox ended up leaving the franchise following the second movie, and was very vocal about not wanting to work with Bay ever again comparing him to Hitler in one interview. During the promotional tour for Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, co-star Shia LeBeouf told The La Times, “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment stuff that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women. Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think she never got comfortable with it. This is is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact.”

So, yeah, just remember that Michael Bay once auditioned an actor by asking them to wash his car while he filmed for a movie that is a commercial to sell toys to children.

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive; theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight reunites Michael Bay with franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, John Goodman and Peter Cullen, while new additions to the cast include Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School), Jerrod Carmichael (Bad Neighbours), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin), Liam Garrigan (Once Upon a Time), Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files) and Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World). The film hits theaters on June 21st, 2017. »

- Luke Owen

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Michael Bay is a disgusting, deplorable director – and he should be ashamed of himself

23 June 2017 4:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen is not a fan of Michael Bay and his Transformers movies…

Last night I was unfortunate enough to stumble upon a film I’ve not seen in nearly a decade. It’s an epic failure of a movie, an odious mess of horribly-shot action, gross depictions of women, bizarrely-placed racism and woefully bad writing. The movie was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and I would argue to this day that it’s the worst movie ever made.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is on TV at the moment and is Still The Worst Movie Ever Made.

Luke Owen (@ThisisLukeOwen) June 22, 2017

I watched more of it than I wanted to, really, but only because watching it in 2017 took me back to that fateful night I saw it in theatres in 2009. I wasn’t overly keen on the first Bayformers because – childishly – it wasn’t “my Transformers”, it wasn’t the same robots in disguise that I loved so dearly as a child. Instead it was a typical Bayhem blockbuster, complete with overt sexism and hilariously bad product placement. But Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a whole new level of awful. It was insulting, incoherent and down-right unpleasant. In my review at the time I called Transformers: Age of Extinction a “three hour headache”, but on reflection Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was way worse.

What struck me this time around was just how distasteful and reprehensible the film was when it came to its approach of female characters. I was aware of it back in 2009 – how could you not be – but I’d almost forgotten just how bad it was. Bay films Megan Fox the same way he sexualises the vehicles the Transformers transform into; objects to make small-minded, primitive male audience members salivate. It’s frankly vulgar. In an age where we’re praising Wonder Woman for a great portrayal of women on screen, it’s easy to forget that less than ten years ago this is what we had.

People took Marvel and Scott Derrickson to task – quite rightly so – for more-or-less forgetting that Rachel McAdams was in Doctor Strange, but Bay’s treatment of Megan Fox and co-star Isabel Lucas in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is something else. Fox’s character is draped over a motorcycle with a tight vest and tighter shorts, and Bay makes sure we get a full view of her ass before her face. In a scene where Isabel’s Decepticon shape-shifter tries to seduce Shia LeBeouf’s bumbling Sam, Bay places the camera so we can see her panties. One would imagine this would be the reveal that she’s actually a robot, but the camera is more interested in the colour of her underwear than her character.

While promoting the film Fox let it slip to Jason Soloman at The Guardian that her audition wasn’t your usual affair. “She told me she went to director Michael Bay’s house to audition and he made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her,” Soloman wrote. “She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed. ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.'” She also compared Bay to Hitler, an interview that got her in so much hot water several crew members posted an open letter to Fox calling her, “dumb as rocks” among other things. “When facing the press, Megan is the queen of talking trailer trash and posing like a porn star,” the loathsome note stated. “And yes we’ve had the unbearable time of watching her try to act on set, and yes, it’s very cringe-able. So maybe, being a porn star in the future might be a good career option. But make-up beware, she has a paragraph tattooed to her backside (probably due her rotten childhood) easily another 45 minutes in the chair!'” Well doesn’t that sound like a nice crew to be around? I wonder who could breed this kind of contempt for their female co-workers?

“Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment stuff that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women,’ LeBeouf told the Los Angeles Times in 2011.”Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think she never got comfortable with it. This is is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact.”

So Michael Bay objectifies women, what else is new? We all knew he was like this and we’ve oddly just let it slide while his idiotic movies make billions of dollars around the world. But what makes me so sad about all this, what upsets me the most, is that these are movies targeted at kids.

The Transformers are, and always will be, glorified toy commercials. The original 1986 movie was made simply to take out the old toyline and bring in a new one. Paramount and Hasbro penned the deal for a live-action Transformers movie to make and sell more playthings to kids. And, to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with that. Star Wars is the most toyetic movie ever made, but it features rich, deep, loveable characters who go on wonderful adventures. Bay’s Transformers movies feature none of that, and instead paints a picture that women are there to be ogled and drooled over. The producers can claim they’re aiming the Transformers movie series at the teenage market (as if that was a good excuse), but the figures sure as hell aren’t. They’re sold to small, impressionable children.

As a comparison, let’s compare Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to the 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie. One features a song which features the lyrics, “dare to be all that you can be” while the other has a woman dry-humping a motorcycle for teenage boys to jack off to. Both are marketed to kids. Just think about that.

Bay putting this sort of nonsense in Bad Boys II is one thing, but a movie designed to make children pester their parents for action figures is something entirely different. And that’s why Michael Bay is a disgusting, deplorable director – and he should be ashamed of himself.

Luke Owen is the Deputy Editor of Flickering Myth, the co-host of the Flickering Myth Podcast and the author of Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made (which you can pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon Us). You can follow him on Twitter @ThisisLukeOwen. »

- Luke Owen

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Transformers 5 Disappoints with Lowest Opening Day in Franchise History

22 June 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Things are not looking great for the Transformers franchise at the box office. At least not domestically. Transformers: The Last Knight has just arrived in theaters and, unfortunately for Paramount, the results are not awesome so far. Transformers 5 has actually managed to put up the lowest first day ever at the box office for the franchise, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the studio's lofty plans moving forward.

According to Deadline, Transformers: The Last Knight pulled in just $15.65 million, including $5.5 million from Wednesday night previews. That isn't just a franchise low, it is less than half of what the second-worst Transformers movie pulled in, which was 2007's original Transformers movie with $36.6 million. The other three Transformers movies all pulled in significantly more on their opening day, with 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen nabbing a series-best $62 million, 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon bringing in a still huge $43.2 million and 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction managing a comparable $41.8 million.

Interest in the U.S. has been falling off for the Transformers movies for a while now, but this drop off for Transformers: The Last Knight still seems somewhat shocking. Typically, one might look to poor reviews and blame them for such bad numbers, but Transformers is a bit of an interesting case. The franchise has never done particularly well with critics (every movie is currently Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes), but that hasn't kept the movies from making bank at the box office. So, looking at the abysmal 16 percent approval rating from critics may be partially to blame for the decline, though, considering the history of the Transformers movies and financial success, despite critics hating them, that doesn't seem like the main reason. One would probably point to general fatigue with the franchise at this point, and that could be problematic.

Right now Paramount has some huge plans for the future of the Transformers franchise. They are getting ready to go into production on a Bumblebee spin-off movie that will take place in the 80s, and they have already confirmed Transformers 6 will come out in 2019. Michael Bay said not that long ago that, thanks to a writer's room that was assembled by Paramount in 2015, they have 14 potential Transformers movies mapped out. Should this trend continue, those plans may never see the light of day. Or we could be seeing a total reboot.

However, there is the foreign box office to consider, which has become increasingly more important to movies like Transformers: The Last Knight in recent years. The first Transformers made a total of $709.7 million worldwide, with $319.2, or 45 percent of the total gross, coming from domestic audiences. Looking at Transformers: Age of Extinction, which wound up being the top grossing movie of 2014 worldwide, only 22.2 percent, or $245.4 million of the $1.1 billion total box office was domestic. Paramount is going to be relying even more heavily on foreign markets this time around. Transformers: The Last Knight is expected to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $65 million total this weekend, and that is definitely not what we've come to expect from Optimus Prime and the gang. »

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All 13 Michael Bay Movies Ranked Worst to Best, Including ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ (Photos)

20 June 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Bay is at it again with “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the 13th feature the prolific action director has helmed. Let’s celebrate by taking a look back at his career and ranking all his movies, from least to most awesome. 13. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009) There are a handful of Michael Bay movies where he closer doesn’t quite have a handle on, well, himself, and “Revenge of the Fallen” is the textbook case. I’m a big fan of Michael Bay‘s tendency toward excessiveness, but this one is excessively excessive. 12. “Pearl Harbor” (2001) The war scenes are great, »

- Phil Owen

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Review: Here’s the Most Ridiculous Hollywood Movie of the Year

20 June 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in medieval times with a drunken Merlin (Stanley Tucci) and closes with a futuristic man-versus-aliens showdown set in Stonehenge. In between those ludicrous scenarios, director Michael Bay’s fifth entry in the most overproduced movie franchise of the 21st century stuffs in a new love interest for Mark Wahlberg, a deep space journey to a robotic villainess intent on destroying mankind, and a robotic British butler with martial arts skills operating at the whims of Anthony Hopkins. It’s an unabashed freewheeling mess of CGI explosions, fast-talking strategies and shiny metal monstrosities clashing in epic battles. And it’s actually kind of fun, in an infuriating sort of way, to watch the most ridiculous Hollywood movie of the year do its thing.

Here’s the thing about the “Transformers” movies. Bay managed to drag a nostalgia-laden franchise best known for the toys it inspired into the 21st century in part by not taking the premise too seriously. That changed after the success of the first live action installment 10 years ago; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” turned the playfulness of the earlier entries into a gleaming mass of commercial showmanship; each runs well over two and a half hours, and “The Last Knight” is no exception.

But the craziest thing about the movie is that it practically dares audiences to grow anxious while watching its restless, bloated contents, and keeps tossing out shiny nuggets of entertainment to cloak from the overwhelming ridiculousness in spectacle. The closest thing in American movies to an epic, Bollywood-style genre mashup, “The Last Knight” continues the trend of the series in borrowing liberally from every filmic tradition possible in the quest to crush all competition and leave viewers with the sense that they don’t need to see anything else, ever. That underlying implication is made all the more infuriating because Bay excels at the aesthetic of distraction, with the masculine intensity of a jock and the soothing words of a hypnotist: Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stupid ride. What, you don’t like fun movies?

Bay’s craftsmanship is impeccable, but per usual, the real stars of the show remain the wizards at Industrial Light & Magic responsible for the range of special effects. The degree of visual information crammed into every frame never ceases to amaze, particularly when enjoyed on an IMAX screen capable of conveying the full scale. It helps that the ongoing story has gotten to the point where Transformers have blossomed around the globe, providing an excuse to unleash so many dazzling images the brain can’t possibly process them all at once.

At the end of the third movie, Transformers leader Optimus Prime left Earth for a mysterious journey back to his home planet, leaving Earth at odds with the remaining Transformers inhabitants as they hid from the law while defending the planet from an onslaught of Decepticons. In other words, we’ve gone beyond the “Age of Extinction” singled out in the 2014 movie and headed into post-apocalyptic territory: Since defending Transformers has been outlawed, rascally inventor Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) hides out in a junkyard with the usual motley gang of tower-sized defenders, including the ever-endearing Bumblebee (still eager to find a new voice box).

Bay’s mastered the art of showcasing these beings and their colorful personalities so well that he could easily craft a digitally-enhanced comedy about passive-aggressive Transformers with roommate problems and call it a day. But bigger things are at stake! Or, at least, more plot is necessary to drive the ongoing perception that this giant mass of moving images deserves your 20 bucks.

Summarizing a Transformers movie is a good way to fall prey to its traps, but here goes: At some point while running from the law, Cade is kidnapped by the mysterious Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins, doing a kooky riff on his “Westworld” character), who maintains a group of aging robots stretching back millennia and belongs to a secret society of humans who have protected the secret of the Transformers’ existence. (These include Da Vinci, Shakespeare and Harriet Tubman, all of whom might have provided more ambitious fodder for a framing device than Tucci’s Merlin, but hey, there’s plenty of time for more sequels.)

In any case, Cade saved a medieval Transformer space traveler who gifted the human with a protective amulet dating back to Merlin’s days, so now the inventor’s a genuine superhero. He’s paired with spicy British academic Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock), a Merlin descendant whose knowledge of the lore informs her understanding of Wahlberg’s qualifications to save Merlin’s magical wand from an incoming alien invasion. Bay’s flimsy capacity for directing substantial women roles gets especially dicey here, with a cardboard cutout version of a brainy academic who ultimately melts into Wahlberg’s arms. Make no mistake: These movies are the most sensationalistic illustrations of the male gaze in history.

They’re also terribly reductive. When Cade and Vivian aren’t scrambling, “Indiana Jones”-style, to comprehend an Arthurian legend, a neurotic scientist played by “Veep” funnyman Tony Hale urges the government to do something about the invaders from space. As if this watered-down “Independence Day” scenario weren’t enough, the movie keeps veering off in jagged directions. At one point, we meet a range of Decepticon villains released from jail to take down the Transformers, a robotic Suicide Squad with names like Nitro Zeus and Dread bot who vanish almost as quickly as they’re introduced.

But, you know, who cares? It’s a “Transformers” movie! More coherent than “Age of Extinction,” the third act of which took place in Beijing for no other apparent reason than to outsource the production to China, “The Last Night” lands a lot of good laughs with its cartoonish robots and equally over-the-top chemistry between its two leads. Hopkins’ character is even helped along by a senile robot named Cogman, an unapologetic C-3Po ripoff whose very existence proves that Bay thinks nothing is sacred in his plundering of cinematic traditions. In these transparent times, when the ills of capitalism are no longer hidden under the guise of moral superiority, the sheer absurd cash grab of “The Last Knight” feels like more than just a commercial coup. It’s the zeitgeist. Just go with it.

Or don’t. In 2007, audiences keen on “Transformers” counterprogramming went to see “The Hurt Locker.” This time, “Transformers: The Last Knight” opens the same weekend as “The Big Sick,” a smart and intimate romcom that transforms those formulaic traditions into a more personal story about the travails of an interracial couple. As summer crowdpleasers go, it’s a lot more credible than “The Last Knight” — and the contrast between the two movies couldn’t be more extreme. One carries the implication that the modern world is a complex place in which the process of discovering new people and ideas leads to bountiful rewards. The other rejects all that and implores you to settle for a flashier version of the same old thing.

Grade: C

Transformers: The Last Knight” opens nationwide on June 20, 2017.

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- Eric Kohn

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All 5 ‘Transformers’ Movies Ranked, Worst to Best (Photos)

20 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Transformers” is probably the weirdest and craziest major movie franchise — an admirable thing if you’re an aficionado of action-heavy genre trash like I am. With “The Last Knight” finally here, let’s take a look at where the latest Michael Bay opus falls in the rankings of the live-action “Transformers” movies. 5. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009) Everything about this one is just…too much. And the Arcee (Rc) Twins, aka the Racial Caricature Bots, are simply inexcusable. 4. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (2014) Michael Bay‘s libertarian screed is amusing enough, but kind of frustratingly straightforward. We prefer when these movies wallow in. »

- Phil Owen

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Can The Last Knight Reclaim Transformers Box Office Glory?

20 June 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After dethroning Wonder Woman, while taking down three other newcomers, the Disney Pixar animated sequel Cars 3 will have a short one-weekend reign atop the box office, going up against the action-packed live-action sequel Transformers: The Last Knight, which opens on Wednesday, June 21, and has no direct competition in wide release either on Wednesday, or throughout the weekend, although there are a slew of indie titles opening in limited release. This final Transformers franchise movie from director Michael Bay should have no trouble taking the top spot, with a projected three-day opening weekend of $84.7 million, with a five-day total from Wednesday through Sunday reaching $157.2 million. If these projections are accurate, it will continue the Transformers franchise's unpredictable track record when it comes to opening weekends.

This franchise shows not only how unpredictable audiences can be, but how front-loaded the industry has become in the past decade. The Transformers franchise kicked »

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‘The Mummy’ Director Alex Kurtzman Says His Film ‘Is Made For Audiences,’ But Even They Don’t Want It

20 June 2017 8:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s a familiar refrain from filmmakers plagued by bad reviews: “I made this movie for audiences, not for critics,” a tired old chestnut often trotted out when both audiences and critics reject a film. The latest director to lean on this excuse is “The Mummy” helmer Alex Kurtzman, who seems to believe that critics and audiences are so very different that one can claim that something was made with just one group in mind.

Unfortunately for Kurtzman, however, it seems that critics and audiences alike aren’t interested in his Dark Universe-launching actioner.

Earlier this month, Kurtzman explained his philosophy towards audiences to Business Insider. When asked about the dismal critical response to the film (currently sitting at 16% on Rotten Tomatoes), the filmmaker said, “Obviously, that’s disappointing to hear…The only gauge that I really use to judge it is having just traveled around the world and »

- Kate Erbland

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Horror Highlights: Cavitycolors’ 5-Year Anniversary Enamel Pin, The Gracefield Incident, The Osiris Child

14 June 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Although it may be hard to believe, it's already been five years since Cavitycolors started releasing eye-popping horror apparel, and they're celebrating this week with a special new enamel pin. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a trailer and key art for The Gracefield Incident and details on Rlj Entertainment acquiring North American rights to The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1, starring Kellan Lutz.

Cavitycolors 5-Year Anniversary Pin: "June marks the 5 Year Anniversary of Cavitycolors, and we are celebrating with a very special Enamel Pin release this Thursday, June 15th at 5 Pm est! Set your reminders!

Back when me and Ricki started our brand in the extra bedroom of my mom's house in 2012, I could've never imagined that we'd be where we are today. Cavitycolors originally started as an outlet to release my personal art and prints, and over time, grew into collaborations with incredible new artists, and taking »

- Derek Anderson

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Rlj Entertainment Acquires The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1

14 June 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated action/science fiction film The Osiris Child. Directed by Shane Abbess (Infini, Gabriel), who also co-wrote the film with Brian Cachia (Infini), the film stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight Franchise), Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles, “Apb”), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, […]

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The incredibly convoluted continuity of the Transformers franchise

13 June 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ricky Church on the incredibly convoluted continuity of the Transformers franchise…

Since 2007, Michael Bay has been at the helm of the Transformers film franchise, delivering five instalments of Optimus Prime and his Autobot allies. Transformers: The Last Knight has promised to reveal the hidden history between the Cybertronian race and Earth and “why they keep coming back”, as Anthony Hopkins states in the trailer. However, the continuity shown in the films is one of the series’ biggest problems.

Each Transformers film has added to the history of the transformers and Earth, though to incredibly convoluted degrees, even retconning some of its own established mythology. Its one aspect of these films I have a problem with because it shows how little the story and history means to Bay and those involved in these films. Let’s just take a look at the incredibly convoluted history of the Transformers franchise.


In the first film, »

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An Aggregated Oral History of 2009 Films Ruined By the Last WGA Strike

18 April 2017 12:51 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The last time Hollywood writers walked out seeking a better deal, there were consequences for several tentpoles and would-be franchises.

Hollywood is facing the threat of another Writers’ Guild Strike, one which would immediately stop all writing and rewriting on guild signatory productions — essentially everything from the major studios. So far, negotiations have been contentious, with the WGA arguing that though the business has seen record profits, the average writer’s income has declined in this boom period. And yet, at the bargaining table, the AMPTP — who represent the producers — came offering not gains, but rollbacks. They basically asked the writers to accept less than their current contracts.

The total cost of what the writers are asking for is not particularly excessive. For instance, the cost to Disney would be $21.2 million a year — barely more than half of Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s $43.9 million salary last year. I don’t want to get too far »

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Anthony Hopkins calls Michael Bay a “genius,” likens him to Steven Spielberg

9 April 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When talking about the most brilliant filmmakers of our time, you’d be hard-pressed to find yourself in a conversation where Michael Bay’s name makes an appearance: unless you’re talking to Sir Anthony Hopkins, of course.

During a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies about the upcoming fifth installment in Bay’s Transformers film franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight (which marks the first collaboration between Hopkins and Bay), Hopkins had nothing but praise for the much-talked-about, little-respected director.

The actor said, “[Bay] was telling me about the work he did on [the Transformers bots] – how he would refine them and go into the special effects guys and design them and get all the details of light on metal and all that. He told me all that at breakfast before I started on the film. I thought ‘This guy’s a genius. He really is.’ He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. »

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How Hollywood may be headed for a writers' strike, and why

3 April 2017 1:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Apr 4, 2017

Why are there rumblings of a new writers' strike in Hollywood, and what are the main issues?

In November 2007, the Writers Guild of America voted to go on strike for fairer payment in relation to studio profits from new media. The Guild represents around 13,000 film and television writers and the 100 day strike led to around 60 TV shows shutting down production altogether, as the steady flow of scripts dried up and other unions refused to cross the picket line, before a deal was agreed in February 2008.

Older readers may remember the 2007-8 television season for shortened episode orders on shows like Lost and Heroes – some will argue that the latter show never recovered the creative heights of its debut year after the truncated second season. You may also remember various half-baked blockbusters that came out in summer 2009, many of which went into production without a completed script, or »

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