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'Transformers' behind-the-scenes gives you a peek behind the CGI curtain

Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t going to be in any of the big discussions as awards season kicks into gear, but that doesn’t mean an incredible amount of work didn’t go into one of the year’s most financially successful films.

Director Michael Bay has offered a look at that work, and it’s likely the most interesting thing you’ll see not just about one of the year’s worst movies, but about big-budget filmmaking in general.


'Transformers: Age of Extinction': Michael Bay's car fetish

There’s no denying it: The Transformers movies have an erotic auto fixation. But what carmaker wants its sleekest vehicles to be publicly pulverized on screen? According to franchise director Michael Bay, all of them. “The first time, I had to beg for vehicles,” he says. “But now — I am not kidding you — every car company says, ‘We will fly out any car to show you so it can be in the movie.’” With one catch, he adds: “As long as it’s one of the good guys.”

For Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in the series, Bay managed to sign the Lamborghini Aventador as galactic bounty hunter Lockdown. “He’s just a bounty hunter, so they were okay with that,” Bay says with a laugh. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Super Bowl spot: Dinobots! Galvatron? -- VIDEO

Forget going medieval — the Transformers are going pre-historic.

Even when you see the finished movie, it can be hard to comprehend exactly just went down in a Transformers film. A short Super Bowl spot is even harder to figure out, although that’s probably by design.

Transformers: Age of Extinction dropped a great big heaping wallop of metal-on-metal ass-kicking on Sunday, with a few clues about some of the new robot characters that may tantalize kids who grew up on the ’80s TV cartoon.

Let’s see if we can take a few guesses at what we’re seeing …


'Transformers 4' Hong Kong set sees a second extortion attempt

Police are investigating a second reported extortion attempt at the Hong Kong film set of the latest Transformers movie, authorities say.

A government statement received overnight said a production company crew member was setting up on the roof of a building in Kowloon on Tuesday when four men “intimidated her and asked for money.”

She called police, who arrested a 35-year-old man. He’s being held pending further inquiries. The three others are still wanted. The case has been classified as blackmail, and a police anti-triad unit is investigating. Triads are Chinese organized crime gangs.

Police arrested two brothers last week after director Michael Bay was assaulted at another filming location. They allegedly demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000).

Comic-Con 2013: The pros and cons of mainstreaming geek

To me, Bumblebee will always be a Volkswagen Beetle.

That’s how it was for countless children who grew up watching and playing with Transformers in the early 1980s. Yeah, the Beetle isn’t as badass as most cars. It’s small, goofy, and cute — not very powerful. But the same was true of the kids who loved him, 6-to-10 year-olds who longed to prove, like that little battling ‘bot, that they could be brave and strong like the big ones around them.

When Michael Bay’s big-screen smash-and-grab blockbuster Transformers came out in 2007, the characters I loved as a boy were all back, and more popular than ever. Only this time Bumblebee took the far more formidable form of a Camaro muscle car.

The little boy inside me, who still keeps one of those old shapeshifting VW toys dangling from his rearview mirror, has never recovered. Since the Transformers movies are machines that make a billion dollars every time they are turned on, most fans now would be outraged if the character ever switched back.

That is the cost when geek goes mainstream. You get more of what you love, but you have to share your toys with others.  READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf: 'I'm done' making big-budget studio movies

Shia LaBeouf, the star of the billion-dollar Transformers franchise and the one-time presumed heir to Indiana Jones’ fedora, ripped into the studio system of filmmaking and declared his intention to give it up. “I’m done,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.”

It’s not the first time that LaBeouf, 26, has raised his voice to the movie gods. Two years ago, he told the Los Angeles Times that Steven Spielberg and Co. (including himself) had dropped the ball in the ill-received Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Turns out those comments injured his relationship with Spielberg, who produced several of LaBeouf’s films, including Transformers. “He told me there’s a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there’s a time to sell cars,” the actor said. “It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei.”

LaBeouf, 26, is promoting the indie, Lawless, co-starring Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain, and his upcoming projects are similarly scaled and structured: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman from music-video director Fredrik Bond, and the soon-to-be-shot Nymphomaniac from Lars von Trier.

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'The Amazing Spider-Man': How could its debut stack up against past superhero box office?

When Spider-Man debuted 10 years ago on the first weekend of May, it broke through what seemed at the time to be an unbreakable box-office barrier, becoming the first movie ever to earn over $100 million on its three-day opening weekend — $114.8 million, to be exact. That was a whopping 27 percent improvement over the previous record-holder, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which banked $90.3 million over its first three days of release. A new really high-water mark for box-office achievement had been set, and as Hollywood began to truly understand the financial potential of comic books, the ensuing decade of blockbuster cinema was born.

Ten years later, according to The Hollywood Reporter, tracking reports estimate the debut for Sony Pictures’ reboot of the Spidey franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man, at $125 million or more. While that is certainly good news for Sony, Andrew Garfield’s spandex-clad web-slinger is nonetheless swinging into quite a different marketplace. A $125 million debut just doesn’t quite mean what it used to, but figuring out what it does mean isn’t all that easy, either. Here’s why: READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: 'Transformers' director Michael Bay and James Cameron talk 3-D -- VIDEO

Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

“You know, I’m just a director with a little dream of doing a 3-D movie,” said Michael Bay, referring to his goal of bringing the 3-D element to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Upon hearing that the director was considering using 3-D to shoot the summer mega-action film, James Cameron felt it his duty as producer to step in and solidify the shift. “You got to look at it as a toy,” he said to Bay after inviting him to the set of Avatar to see his 3-D team in action. In this clip, the movie-making moguls discuss the ways they turned Transformers into a mesmerizing 3-D experience that picked up an Oscar nod for Best Visual Effects. READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay will direct the next 'Transformers,' but first he's pumped for 'Pain and Gain'

Michael Bay announced on his website late Monday night that he had signed a two-picture deal with Paramount Pictures that puts him back in the director’s chair for the next Transformers movie. Shia LaBeouf has said rather adamantly he will not make another film in the billion-dollar grossing franchise, and much of the cast from the previous three films are not expected to return. But producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahradian are coming back for the fourth film. The film is already set to inundate theaters on June 27, 2014.

Before Bay returns to the unending war between Autobots and Decepticons that has reduced cities across our fair planet to rubble, however, he will first helm Pain and Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers' Super Bowl ad resurrects Megatron for ride promo

Seriously, how many times does Megatron have to die?  I guess that’s one of the perks of being a robot — replacement parts.

The leader of the villainous Decepticons muscles into this Super Bowl spot, which begins like a glitch in the telecast and turns into an urgent message from Optimus Prime about Transformers: The Ride 3-D, opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in May.

Speculating about whether the deep scars on Megatron’s face indicate that the ride takes place between the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (when he got his dome bashed in) and the beginning of the most recent movie, Dark of the Moon, are probably a little too heavy for the average non-Transformers geek.

Waiting in line at the park for this ride will provide plenty of time to dissect the plot.


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