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Review: ‘Bumblebee’ Brings Newfound Emotion, But Similar Beats to the ‘Transformers’ Franchise

With Bumblebee, director Travis Knight and writer Christina Hodson weave together two different movies: 1) A sensitive, familiar riff on E.T. about a young girl who, struggling with the recent death of her father, regains her confidence through a clandestine friendship with an alien and 2) A less bombastic version of a Michael Bay-helmed Transformers movie, complete with Autobot vs. Decepticon lore, mechanical fight scenes with grinding metal sounds high in the mix, explosions, etc. To their credit, Knight and Hodson semi-seamlessly combine both movies without too much tonal clash. It’s just a shame that the end result never amounts to more than a “fine,” “not bad,” “better-than-mediocre” studio picture despite the talent involved.

The talents in question are Knight—current CEO and former Vice President of animation at stop-motion animation studio Laika, who served as the lead animator for the company’s first three films and directed the
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Transformers producer says next movie will be “different”, but it’s not a reboot

Before Transformers: The Last Knight sunk the franchise to new depths in terms of critical and commercial reception, Paramount Pictures planned to follow-up its new Bumblebee spinoff with a sixth movie in the main franchise.

Originally scheduled for release in June 2019, Transformers 6 was pulled from the studio’s slate earlier this year following reports that Paramount and Hasbro had decided to bring an end to the ‘Bay-verse’ and reboot the franchise.

Well, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, “reboot” isn’t quite the correct word, although he does confirm that the next movie will be “different”.

“Reboot, I always hate that word because for one, I’m not sure I really understand what it means,” Di Bonaventura tells SlashFilm. “We are going to do another big Transformers movie. It is going to be different than the ones that we’ve done before.”

“When we did the first movie, at first
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#JointheBuzz with Hasbro’s new Transformers: Bumblebee products

As Bumblebee gears up for release this month, Hasbro has unleashed a brand new wave of products to tie in with the new Transformers spinoff movie, which include a variety of different versions of the fan favourite Autobot Scout along with the likes of Optimus Prime, Barricade, Dropkick and Megatron, and were kind enough to send some our way! Check them out below, and be sure to read our Bumblebee reviews here and here…

Transformers Studio Series 18 Deluxe Transformers: Bumblebee – Bumblebee

This Studio Series 18 Deluxe Class Transformers: Bumblebee — Bumblebee figure converts between robot and Vw Beetle modes in 22 steps and comes with 3 accessories. Remove the backdrop from pack to showcase the upbeat Autobot Scout in the Charlie’s Garage scene.

In the Charlie’s Garage scene from Transformers: Bumblebee, Charlie tunes up her beat up old Vw Beetle and tunes out the world — but her new car is more than meets the eye.
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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee was Steven Spielberg’s idea

During an interview with Yahoo! Movies to promote the upcoming release of Bumblebee, director Travis Knight has credited Steven Spielberg, executive producer on all of the Transformers movies, for coming up with the concept for this first spinoff.

“The original idea for this film actually was Steven [Spielberg’s],” said Knight. “We can thank him for this film even existing… I wanted to pay tribute to some of the movies that meant a lot to me in the 80s, specifically those were those classic Spielberg and coming-of-age movies, those Amblin movies, which always had this beautiful sense of wonder, of laughter, of tears, that really had a deep and strong beating heart at the core of it.”

Knight then went on to express his disbelief at getting the opportunity to work alongside the legendary filmmaker, stating that: “If you would have told an eight-year-old me, who was in a movie theatre sobbing
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Movie Review – Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee. 2018.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Dylan O’Brien, Justin Theroux, John Cena, Angela Bassett, Pamela Adlon, and John Ortiz.

Synopsis:

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

As Michael Bay’s Transformers saga evolved, expanded, and morphed into all-out war between Autobots, Decepticons, and Mark Wahlberg, mechanized action beats hardened over soulful themes of robotic humanity. Floating skybound islands and explosions galore like pockmarks on rusting steel. If there was something Hasbro’s vehicular franchise craved, simplicity comes to mind. Enter Travis Knight’s Bumblebee, a prequel story focused on B-127 – aka Bumblebee – and the Autobot’s first contact with Earth. Stripped of World War III chaos, dizzying animated whirlwinds, once again tuned into the
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Hailee Steinfeld featured in new Bumblebee clip

Following yesterday’s poster for Bumblebee, a new clip has arrived online for the Transformers spinoff movie featuring Hailee Steinfeld, which includes an introduction from director Travis Knight; watch it here…

See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ review of Bumblebee

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Bumblebee

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

The film also stars John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider and is directed by Travis Knight.

Bumblebee opens in cinema on December 21.

Enter for your chance to win two free passes to the St. Louis advance screening of Bumblebee. The theatrical sneak preview will be on December 18 at 6:30 pm.

Answer the following:

Who replaced Optimus Prime as leader of the Autobots?

Add you name, answer and email in our comments section below.

No Purchase Required. A pass does not guarantee a seat at a screening. Seating is on a first-come,
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Paramount releases another new Bumblebee poster

Paramount Pictures has revealed another new poster for the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee featuring the titular Autobot, his new pal Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), Sector 7 ageny Jack Burns (John Cena) and Decepticons Shatter and Dropkick; check it out here…

See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ review of Bumblebee

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story
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‘Bumblebee’ Review

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Megyn Price, Kenneth Choi, Peter Cullen, Marcella Bragio, Gracie Dzienny, John Ortiz, Len Cariou | Written by Christina Hodson | Directed by Travis Knight

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

After five incredibly financially successful, yet critical duds, of Michael Bay Transformer films, Paramount – or Hasbro for that matter – has finally come to their senses and injected new blood into a wailing and often entertainingly fleeting franchise. Of which comes in a burst of excitement and possibility with a new director of Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Peppermint Starring Jennifer Garner on Blu-ray

Revenge has no limits for Riley North in the action-packed thriller, Peppermint, arriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A powerful story about an underdog hero fighting for justice, the high-octane film is directed by Pierre Morel and stars a stellar cast including Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba and Annie Ilonzeh.

Now you can win the Peppermint Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with Jennifer Garner in it? (mine is Elektra!). It’s so easy!

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winner Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

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Movie Review – Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee, 2018.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Adlon, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen.

Synopsis:

In the year 1987, a young Autobot soldier is sent to Earth to scout the planet as a potential hideout for the warring Transformers. Bruised and battered, he disguises himself as a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and hides on the lot of a rundown car repair shop, where he befriends 18-year old outsider, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld).

It’s very easy to forget that the Transformers franchise wasn’t always dialled up to eleven, shouty dialogue accompanied vehicular porn. Michael Bay’s first film had the D.N.A. of producer Steven Spielberg all over its boy and his alien framework. However, as his Amblin fingerprints wore off, so did the appeal of Bay’s toybox pyrotechnics; even a kid will tell you that smashing robots together,
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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Is The Voice Of ‘Bumblebee’ In Paramount’s Standalone Film

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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Is The Voice Of ‘Bumblebee’ In Paramount’s Standalone Film
Bumblebee has found its voice. Maze Runner and Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien is providing the vocals for the title Autobot in Paramount’s first Transformers standalone film, which hits theaters December 21. The Travis Knight-directed origin story will mark the first feature in the franchise to showcase Bumblebee’s real voice. In the previous installments, yellow-and-black Transformer is forced to speak via its car radio.

Set in the 1980s, the prequel stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie who, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers and revives Bumblebee, who is refuged in a junkyard. John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider co-star.

The screenplay is by Christina Hodson and Kelly Fremon Craig. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto & Don Murphy, and Michael Bay are producers. Exec producing are Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian and Chris Brigham.
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Bumblebee finds his voice in Dylan O’Brien

It looks like Bumblebee will finally find his voice in the upcoming Transformers spinoff, as IGN has revealed that Dylan O’Brien is set to voice the fan favourite Autobot in this month’s Bumblebee movie.

“Since we were approaching this as an origin story, we felt that it was appropriate that you got to hear his voice,” said producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura with regards to the character, who in the Michael Bay movies was restricted to communicating via pre-existing media through his car radio. “That’s the simple logic that we employed. The longer term implication of that is different. But the short-term implication of that is, since we really are resetting the mythology, essentially, of who Bumblebee is. And so, that seemed to us to be the appropriate, to get the chance to hear what he sounds like.”

“Dylan has that great quality in his voice of youthful exuberance,
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The Cloverfield Paradox is Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 5th

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This February will mark the one-year anniversary when Paramount and Bad Robot shocked everyone on Super Bowl Sunday with the release of The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix, and on February 5th of 2019, Paramount Home Media Distribution will bring the sci-fi horror film to Blu-ray and DVD.

While the cover art for The Cloverfield Paradox Blu-ray and DVD has yet to be revealed, we have the official press release below with full details, including the news that Paramount Home Media Distribution will also be releasing a Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection on Blu-ray and DVD.

From the Press Release (via Home Theater Forum): Hollywood, Calif. – Take the ultimate journey into the unknown with the heart-pounding sci-fi thriller The Cloverfield Paradox, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 5, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring over 25 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew, The Cloverfield Paradox Blu-ray and DVD
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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Blu-ray and DVD Dropping in February

Netflix surprised everyone when they literally dropped The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix following the Super Bowl with no warning whatsoever. Now we're equally surprised that it's coming to Blu-ray with Dolby Atmos audio and DVD on February 5th, 2019 despite a lukewarm reception at best.

Also debuting on Blu-ray and DVD the same date is the J.J. Abrams-produced Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection that also includes the original Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Why is The Cloverfield Paradox starring Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Ziyi Zhangcoming to Blu-ray and DVD when it's readily available on Netflix? Packaged with the home video release are approximately 25 minutes of all-new bonus features. They include:

Things Are Not as They Appear: The Making of The Cloverfield Paradox

Shepard Team: The Cast

Pre-order The Cloverfield Paradox on Blu-ray for a discounted price at Amazon.
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Jennifer Garner Has a Death Wish! Peppermint Available on Blu-ray and DVD December 11th

Revenge has no limits for Riley North in the action-packed thriller, Peppermint, arriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A powerful story about an underdog hero fighting for justice, the high-octane film is directed by Pierre Morel and stars a stellar cast including Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba and Annie Ilonzeh.

Young mother Riley North (Garner) awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the Lapd and the FBI – as she
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Director Travis Knight And Actor John Cena Talk Bumblebee In New Featurette

Every Hero Has A Beginning. This Christmas, Bumblebee Takes Transformers Back To The Generation One Design.

Have you gotten your #BumblebeeMovie tickets yet? See it in theatres December 21, or see it first with special early access screenings December 8: http://BumblebeeMovie.com 

Watch director Travis Knight and the team behind Bumblebee share why they went back to the beginning for the stunning Generation 1 designs featured in the film.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider.

Bumblebee Hits Theatres December 21st, 2018

Left to right: Hailee Steinfeld
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Cloverfield Paradox Comes to Blu-ray and DVD a Year After Netflix Debut

Cloverfield Paradox Comes to Blu-ray and DVD a Year After Netflix Debut
Take the ultimate journey into the unknown with the heart-pounding sci-fi thriller The Cloverfield Paradox, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 5, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring over 25 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew, The Cloverfield Paradox Blu-ray and DVD are must-own discs for your collection. The film will also be available as part of the new Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection on Blu-ray and DVD.

The Cloverfield Paradox Blu-ray and DVD each include a making of documentary that delves into the inspiration for the story and how the film went from concept and design to completion. The discs also include interviews with the cast as they reflect on the experience of bringing the sci-fi thriller to life.

The third film in producer J.J. Abrams' thrilling Cloverfield franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox follows a group of scientists orbiting Earth on the brink of a devastating energy war.
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Bumblebee featurette showcases the Transformers’ G1 designs

Paramount Pictures has released a new featurette for Bumblebee which sees members of the cast and crew discussing the Transformers spinoff’s Generation 1 designs and star John Cena talking about his memories of being a Transformers fan as a kid; watch it here…

See Also: Transformers spinoff Bumblebee gets an extended sneak peek and TV spots

See Also: Prime 1 Studio unveils Bumblebee collectible statue from the upcoming Transformers spinoff

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home
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Cloverfield Paradox Comes to Blu-Ray This February

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Almost exactly one year since its surprise release on Netflix, the third film in the Cloverfield franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox, is coming to blu-ray with some bonus features. Come inside for all the details!

I love the Cloverfield films and the way the series has explored different genres while building a new kind of cinematic universe. The most recent film, finally gave us some connective tissue to link it all together, though it wasn't exactly how we expected to see it. The Cloverfield Paradox debuted on Netflix, eschewing a theatrical release, but if you're looking to add it to your shelves at home (right alongside the other films), you'll get the chance early next year on February 5, 2019:

Take the ultimate journey into the unknown with the heart-pounding sci-fi thriller The Cloverfield Paradox, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 5, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring over 25 minutes of never-before-seen bonus
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