Back in September, we reported that Transformers 4 would follow the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, we weren’t sure how it would follow the third movie other than how director Michael Bay left the world after the events in Chicago. Today, Bay has shed a bit more light on how the plot of Transformers 4 will relate to the previous films. Speaking to TMZ, Bay says that the new movie will take place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Hit the jump for more, and click here for our previous report regarding the casting of Mark Wahlberg as the film’s lead. Transformers 4 is due out June 27, 2014
Transformers: Dark of the Moon will get a second Blu-ray release in the new year, with a 4-disc Ultimate Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD combo pack due on January 31, 2012. Director Michael Bay promises:
“This Blu-ray 3D of Dark of the Moon will blow you away. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get a 3D television, this is it.”
Additionally, if you are willing and able to spring for the 7-disc set with the whole Transformers trilogy, you receive a plaque of movie images signed by Mr. Bay. The 4-disc set has nearly 4 hours of bonus features; the 7-disc set offers more than 10 hours. Hit the jump for the full rundown on what to expect, plus cover art.
While watching Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it’s impossible to deny two things: Bay is a master of spectacle, and Bay needs to work with people who keep him from his own worst habits. But when you’ve turned the Transformers toy line into a franchise, and made two films that have been hugely successful (and with the third film making over a billion dollars worldwide), it’s hard to argue against that success. But still. Shia Labeouf and Rosie Huntingly-Whiteley star as the romantic leads who try to anchor metal punching metal in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and our review of the Blu-ray of follows after the jump.
Did you miss a chance to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon on IMAX in its initial run? No, you did not. It has made over $1.1 billion. Still, if Michael Bay did one thing right (and that may be the case), it was the production of a truly IMAX-worthy spectacle. Consequently, Paramount has decided to re-release Transformers 3 in 246 North American IMAX theaters from August 26-September 8. Even better:
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D.”
I couldn’t tell you exactly what all that means, but I imagine the trademarked remastering process will take a pretty awesome experience and make it marginally better. Are you in?
Shortly before Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released, I got the chance to speak with Tyrese Gibson on the phone. Since I hadn’t yet seen the film, I couldn’t ask specific questions about the plot or his character. However, since I was able to visit the editing room earlier this year, where I also saw about 15 minutes of the film before its release, I knew enough about the story and the insane Chicago action sequence that we had plenty to discuss. In addition, Gibson talked about Fast Five and Fast Six, filming Transformers in 3D, if he has the desire to direct, how he ended up writing a bestselling book (How to Get Out of Your Own Way), his new album Open Invitation, Twitter, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the audio and transcript.
I usually don’t cover box office stuff because I don’t really care. However since, Paramount basically decided to give Transformers: Dark of the Moon a six-day opening weekend by releasing the movie at 9pm Tuesday night, the box office gross will be kind of ridiculous. However, for its opening day, the new film opened with $37 million, which is far short of the $62 million Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made on its opening Wednesday, but more than the $27.9 million the first Transformers grossed. Combined with its Tuesday night opening, Dark of the Moon has already grossed $42.5 million thus far and we haven’t truly reached the July 4th weekend yet. Expect the final weekend tally to be almost as silly as the movie itself. [erc Box Office]
A Michael Bay movie cannot be measured by the same standards as a normal movie. A Bay movie cares not for compelling characters, narrative cohesion, or realistic emotions. Instead, a Michael Bay movie must be judged on its “Bay-ness”. How gigantic are the special effects? What levels of homophobia, sexism, and racism can the humor reach without being outright offensive? How long can the camera linger over the curves of the sexually-charged lead female character without starting to feel like really expensive porn? Transformers: Dark of the Moon is about as Michael Bay as Michael Bay can get within the confines of a PG-13 movie (his gold standard in the R-rated realm is Bad Boys II). The movie is far more successful in its action sequences and its humor (homophobic, sexist, and racist as it may be) than 2009′s abysmal Return of the Fallen), but lacks the charm of the first film in the franchise. But since “charm” can’t be digitized and bought for millions of dollars, Bay is all about the set pieces and judging by that metric, the final hour of Dark of the Moon is his masterpiece.
With director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon getting released next week, Paramount has sent over three clips from the film. Even thought the clips had previously been released, I figure a few of you haven’t seen them, and I’ve also put them in one video player so they’re easy to watch.
Everything I’ve seen from TF3 tells me this is going to be one hell of a ride. Here’s my reaction to watching 15 minutes of footage. Remember, Bay filmed the third installment in 3D, so it’s definitely worth checking it out in 3D. After watching a number of scenes in 3D a few weeks ago, I think TF3 will raise the bar like Avatar. We’ll find out next week. Hit the jump for the clips.
Paramount will premiere Transformers: Dark of the Moon one night early, exclusively at 3D and IMAX locations on Tuesday, June 28 at 9PM. This will make so much money — enough to design and construct a Prime. I hope it’s also good. The trailers look very cool, but I’m nervous about the Fool Me Twice potential.
Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White with John Malkovich, and Frances McDormand star in the third Transformers movie, directed by Michael Bay. Read the official announcement after the break.
Eight new images from Transformers: Dark of the Moon have been released. This proves yet again that the movie exists and that it will feature actors and giant robots. Thank goodness. I’m glad we could clear that up.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, John Malkovich, and Frances McDormand. Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens in 3D on June 29th.
A new image of Transformers: Dark of the Moon villain Shockwave has been released, and he looks mighty tough. Images of the new Transformers have been unveiled over the past couple of months in anticipation of the film’s release. Judging by the trailers, Michael Bay’s third film in the Transformers trilogy looks to be quite epic. Speaking about Shockwave specifically, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura discussed his epic epicness with USA Today:
“He’s always been a mean, mean guy, but he’s even more menacing and more dangerous. He’s bigger, badder, with a greater arsenal. [He’s] just a ball of destruction, pulling whole skyscrapers down. He’s a messy guy to have in our world.”
Hit the jump to check out the image, as well as a new featurette from the film. Transformers: Dark of the Moon stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, and voice work from Hugo Weaving, Peter Cullen, and Leonard Nimoy. It hits theaters in 3D on June 29th.
A few new images from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon have hit the net. As most of you know, I’ve seen a lot of footage from the 3rd installment and everything is telling me that Bay has made something special and it’s going to be a huge improvement over Revenge of the Fallen. Also, unlike a lot of filmmakers that don’t know how to use 3D, Bay is using 3D to help tell the story. I think TF3 will be the best looking live action 3D movie since Avatar. Hit the jump for new images of Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel and Michael Bay.
Last week, Steve attended a special presentation that not only included footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but a conversation between directors James Cameron and Michael Bay about 3D. Video of that conversation is now online and while they do get somewhat technical at points, it’s still interesting to hear what they have to say.
Hit the jump to check out the video. We’ll all see how well Michael Bay used 3D when Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens June 29th.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is easily one of the biggest films to come out this summer and if history has proven anything, it’s that the movie will break box office records and Linkin Park will contribute a future chart topper for the soundtrack. While neither of those statements can be confirmed as true until June 29th when the movie hits theaters, they’ll both likely be validated at the movies world premiere in Russia this summer. Michael Bay’s 3D robot fighting extravaganza is set to open the Moscow International Film Festival on June 23rd. In attendance should be most of the film’s stars as well as Bay.
The very same night as the movies premier, the franchise’s favorite band Linkin Park (ugh) will play a free outdoor concert at Vasilyevsky Spusk of the Red Square in Moscow in honor of its release. Linkin Park has provided two #1 singles for the franchise, “What I’ve Done” for the first Transformers, and the underwhelming “New Divide” for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The concert is free and tickets are available beginning June 1st through June 21st on www.energyfm.ru or www.linkinpark.com. Hit the jump for the press release.
Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon has moved up a couple day on the release calendar. THR reports that the film, which was originally set for July 1st, is now coming out Wednesday, June 29th. While this move gives the picture a five-day opening weekend, it also puts it closer to the likely box-office juggernaut Cars 2. However, I think there’s plenty of room for both films to make a disgusting amount of money.
Insiders tell THR that Paramount always planned to move up the release date, which isn’t surprising since they did the same thing with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A new trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released later today so keep an eye out for it.