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The Explosive Movies That Crushed The Box Office On Independence Day Weekend

July 4th, 2014 8:01am EDT
Wild Wild West
The weekend following Independence Day here in America has become a must-perform spot on the calendar for movie studios. This year, the 4th of July lands on a Friday, leaving us bereft of new releases (although Transformers: Age of Extinction, which came out on the 27th, should do nicely). So with nothing new coming out, let's take a look at the bombastic films we celebrated freedom with in years past.

Wild Wild West

If there's one thing you need to know about Will Smith, it's that he loves July 4th. No other actor has benefited more from releasing films around Independence Day than Wil...
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Autobirds & Deceptihogs Heading To App Stores In Rovio And Hasbro's Latest Mashup, 'Angry Birds Transformers'

June 16th, 2014 4:38pm EDT
Angry Birds Transformers
Rovio Entertainment, creators of hit mobile phone and tablet game Angry Birds, has teamed up with Rhode Island-based toy company Hasbro to bring a new Transformers version of the hit app across multiple platforms.

Angry Birds Transformers is set to bring "Birds disguised as robots in disguise" to app stores later this year, a mashup that follows the success of the Angry Birds Star Wars and the [highly underrated] Angry Birds Rio games.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds,” Rovio's Chief Marketing Officer Blanca Juti said i...
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20 Of The Coolest Aliens From Pop Culture

June 7th, 2014 9:00am EDT
20 Of The Coolest Aliens From Pop Culture
We have a fundamental obsession with the idea that aliens exist. In all probability they do - but we've got no actual idea what they might look like, sound like, think like or smell like. And if there's one thing the human mind does when it's not sure about something - it's create an identity from scratch. And that's what some of our most prolific directors and writers have done with some of the most beloved science fiction series in pop culture.

The result is a near infinite library of alien species that could very well be more extravagant than anything nature can produce. This library of...
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First Full Trailer For 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Features Optimus Prime & Dinobots!

March 5th, 2014 5:01pm EST
First Full Trailer For 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Feature
One month after a 45-second teaser trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted during the Super Bowl, Paramount Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for the film, clocking in at just shy of two-and-a-half-minutes.

Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) drives past a billboard that reads "Remember Chicago: Report Alien Activity" at the beginning of the trailer, which appears to take place several years after the third installment in the franchise, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. That film wrapped up with some serious destruction of the city of Chicago as the Decepticons attempte...
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Design Upgrades And New Characters From 'Transformers 4' Unveiled

May 30th, 2013 1:01pm EDT
Transformers 4
Four new images from next summer's as-yet-untitled Transformers sequel have been released, showing new upgrades for Autobot leader Optimus Prime and fan-favorite Bumblebee along with two new characters in their sleek and sexy vehicular form.

Three of the new designs were revealed on the Transformers facebook page Wednesday, while director Michael Bay posted a shot of the new-look Bumblebee on his website Thursday.

While Prime has maintained most of his original look and paint job, save for a few new curves in the custom redesign by Western Star; Bee's new form is a bit less yellow as a "h...
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Mark Wahlberg To Replace Shia LaBeouf In 'Transformers 4'

November 9th, 2012 8:39am EST
Mark Wahlberg
One way to freshen up (or destroy) a popular franchise is to change the lead actor. It can work - Jeremy Renner did a decent job taking over from Matt Damon in the "Bourne" series - but we're not sure how it will affect the blockbuster "Transformer" films.

Director Michael Bay just announced that Mark Wahlberg will join the fourth installment of the franchise, replacing Shia LaBeouf.

Bay wrote on his website, "Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on 'Pain and Gain' and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise...
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Michael Bay Calls Out Hugo Weaving Over 'Transformers' Complaints

October 19th, 2012 7:52pm EDT
Michael Bay
Transformers director Michael Bay appears to have taken aim at Hugo Weaving in a scathing blog post after the actor confessed his work as the voice of robot villain Megatron was "meaningless" to him - but promptly removed the online item.

The Matrix star revealed this week that he did no research for the role and simply showed up to read his lines, without ever meeting Bay in person or setting foot on set.

He told movie news website Collider.com, "It was one of the only things I've ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn't care about it, I didn't think about it... I don't regret ...
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Michael Bay Launches 'Crash The Super Bowl' Filmmaker Competition

September 21st, 2012 2:26pm EDT
Michael Bay
Director Michael Bay is offering aspiring filmmakers the chance to work with him on his next Transformers movie.

Bay is teaming up with bosses at Doritos to launch Crash the Super Bowl, a contest allowing wannabe moviemakers to create advertisements for the snack brand.

The two top commercials will air during the Super Bowl broadcast in January and fans will be asked to vote for their favorite in an online poll.

Bay, who got his start making commercials before transitioning into Hollywood, will invite the director behind the advert with the highest score to work for him on the next Tra...
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Will Smith Wants 'Bad Boys 3'

May 25th, 2012 8:15pm EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are eager to reunite for a third Bad Boys movie - as soon as they find the perfect script.

The Hollywood star is currently busy promoting the third installment of his Men In Black film series, and it appears he has trilogies on his mind - he'd like to revisit the action comedy.

He says, "I talked to Martin about that a couple of weeks ago. Martin is into it. (We've) got a couple of screenplays, the story's gotta (sic) be right."

Smith and Lawrence first teamed up to portray Miami, Florida police detectives for the original Bad Boys in 1995; a sequel was ...
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'Transformers: The Ride- 3D' Promises Thrilling Adventure

May 22nd, 2012 8:35am EDT
Transformers
Move over Harry Potter and Green Lantern - Universal Studios has developed a theme park ride based on Michael Bay's immensely popoular "Transformers" franchise. The $100 million project, called "Transformers: The Ride - 3D," is expected to change the way theme park attractions are created, according to the New York Daily News.

The visual effect supervisor from Industrial Light and Magic, Jeff White, worked on both the movies and the attraction. According to White, the designers created footage in 4k resolution, which is quadruple the number of pixels found on most screens.

The ride feat...
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Megan Fox Cuts Off TV Interview Over Baby Question

May 4th, 2012 10:14am EDT
Megan Fox
Steve Jones' interview with Megan Fox was cut short on Thursday when the British TV personality breached guidelines by asking the actress about baby rumors.

The former host of The X Factor was interviewing the Transformers star about her new gig as the face of gadgets store The Sharper Image for news show Entertainment Tonight when he asked Fox about her favorite toy.

He then stumped her when he quipped, "Do you know the ultimate gadget that every man wants? A baby."

Puzzled Fox replied, "A baby?" and then added, "Oh, I know where you're going with this?"

The actress has yet to addr...
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Megan Fox Credits 'The Dictator' With Reigniting Her Love Of Acting

April 10th, 2012 9:16am EDT
Megan Fox
Megan Fox fell back in love with acting thanks to her cameo appearance in The Dictator, because it gave her the chance to break away from her "sexy, icy image."

The Transformers beauty has made a name for herself playing sultry sirens or mean girls in films such as Jennifer's Body and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

She is set to appear in Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie - in which she's credited as "herself" and gets paid to sleep with the title character - and she relished the chance to show off her comedic talents and change film fans' opinions of her.

She tells Britain's The ...
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Megan Fox Pregnant With First Child?

March 28th, 2012 3:14pm EDT
Megan Fox
Actress Megan Fox is pregnant with her first child, according to a report.

The Transformers beauty, 25, wed her longtime boyfriend Brian Austin Green in June, 2010 and became stepmother to the 38-year-old actor's son Kassius, who turns 10 on Friday.

However, editors at Star magazine allege Fox is now expecting a baby of her own.

A source tells the publication, "They just found out and are incredibly excited. It's still early, so they are only telling close friends and family members... Kassius can't wait to be a big brother."

Representatives for Fox and Green had yet to respond to r...
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Original 'TMNT' Star Blames Michael Bay For 'Sodomizing' The Franchise

March 20th, 2012 9:14am EDT
Robbie Rist
One of the stars of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has written an angry letter to director Michael Bay over his plans to remake the films.

The Transformers helmer is planning to bring back the characters for a new live action movie, but actor Robbie Rist, who played Michaelangelo in the 1990s films, is not happy with Bay's idea to recreate the turtles as "alien" life form instead of radioactive mutants.

Rist has written an open letter to Bay and posted the note on his Facebook.com page.

He writes, "You probably don't know me but I did some voice work on the first ...
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Blu-ray 3D Review: 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' - A Two-And-A-Half Hour Thrill Ride That Defines The Format

January 28th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Director Michael Bay wasn't kidding when he said that the 3D Blu-ray version of Transformers: 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," he adds - and he couldn't be more right.

Those sneering at the very thought of bringing 3D into their living rooms and - gasp! - having to wear glasses to get the effect simply haven't experienced the latest technology.

In my experience, not one soul has uttered anything other than "cool," "awesome" or "oh my gosh" when they got their first look.

Like it or not, 3D is here to s...
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Megan Fox Slams Elizabeth Taylor Role Reports

January 26th, 2012 8:55am EST
Megan Fox
Actress Megan Fox has dismissed reports linking her to the starring role in an upcoming movie about Elizabeth Taylor.

The Transformers star was named as a frontrunner to play the Cleopatra icon in Lifetime network's forthcoming TV biopic Liz & Dick, about Taylor's love affair with Richard Burton.

Fox was said to be in direct competition with Lindsay Lohan for the coveted part, but the brunette beauty insists she has nothing to do with the project.

In a post on her official Facebook.com page, Fox writes, "Contrary to recent media reports I am not, and have never been in discussions to ...
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Emma Watson & Rupert Grint Are The Highest-Earning On-Screen Couple

January 7th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint & Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have been named the highest-earning on-screen couple of the past five years.

Bosses at Forbes magazine and Box Office Mojo have compiled the new list, based on onscreen chemistry and box office success, and "Harry Potter" co-stars Watson and Grint have beaten the competition after together helping to rake in $4.2 billion over the course of the study.

Coming in a distant second are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart of "The Twilight Saga" films with takings of $2.5 billion and original "Transformers" co-stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are third with earnings...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Arrives On Blu-ray 3D Jan. 31 With Hours Of Bonus Features

December 29th, 2011 11:10pm EST
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
7-Disc Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray of All Three Films Also Blasts Off for a Limited Time in a Spectacular Deluxe Package Including a Plaque of Movie Images Signed by Michael Bay

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Paramount Pictures' global smash hit Transformers: Dark Of The Moon returns to Earth January 31, 2012 in a four-disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack with UltraViolet™ and a Digital Copy. A must-own film for every home media collection, Transformers: Dark of the Moon features "jaw-droppingl...
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Shia LaBeouf Involved In Alleged Brawl In Vancouver

October 18th, 2011 8:28am EDT
Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf allegedly became embroiled in a scuffle outside a bar in Canada on Thursday, according to reports.

The Transformers star, who is currently in Vancouver filming new movie The Company You Keep, was enjoying a night out at the city's Cinema Public House when he reportedly clashed with another patron.

The pair was allegedly ejected from the venue by security staff and subsequently became embroiled in an altercation outside.

A video, obtained by TMZ.com, allegedly shows LaBeouf being punched by an unnamed man as he lies on the sidewalk.

The footage then appears to show sever...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Blasts Off On Blu-ray & DVD Friday, September 30

September 13th, 2011 9:26pm EDT
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favorite characters including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular Transformers franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty Autobots in a thrill-packed adventure that...
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Shia LaBeouf: 'Marilyn Manson Is Like A Brother To Me'

September 1st, 2011 11:17am EDT
Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf has struck up a close friendship with Marilyn Manson after directing the shock rocker's latest music video.

The Transformers star is a longtime Manson fan and now counts him as one of his dearest pals after shooting the promo for his single, Born Villain.

LaBeouf tells MTV.com, "I love Marilyn. Manson is like a brother to me now. He's a real sweet dude, a real close friend... Marilyn Manson to me is an indelible figure. He's a big deal to me, and in my childhood, I don't know of a scarier figure in art."

"He, in my teenage years, was the scariest thing in the world, so pa...
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Megan Fox Removing Her 'Negative' Marilyn Monroe Tattoo

August 23rd, 2011 2:23pm EDT
Megan Fox
Actress Megan Fox has tired of her famous Marilyn Monroe tattoo - because she doesn't want the Hollywood icon's "negativity" to rub off on her.

The Transformers star has proudly displayed the face of the late Hollywood icon on her forearm for years, but Fox admits she has grown tired of the ink - and now she's having it removed.

Speaking to Italian fashion magazine Amica, she says, "I'm removing it. She was a negative person, she was disturbed, bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life."

And the beauty is considering erasing some of the other nine tatto...
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Sarah Michelle Gellar To Return To 'All My Children'

August 4th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will return to her TV roots for a guest appearance on All My Children before the popular U.S. soap ends in September.

In a cost-cutting move, ABC TV bosses axed the beloved show earlier this year, sparking an outcry from a number of devoted fans and celebrities who got their big breaks on the program.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star launched her acting career in 1993 as Kendall Hart Lang on the long-running daytime drama and now she's set to return for a cameo.

She tells UsMagazine.com, "When I heard that the show was canceled, I didn't understand. It j...
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Josh Duhamel Lands Black Eyed Peas For Minot Benefit Concert

August 2nd, 2011 10:24am EDT
Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel has recruited his wife Fergie's band the Black Eyed Peas to play a flood relief fundraiser in his North Dakota hometown next month.

Rising flood waters destroyed much of the Transformers star's native Minot in June, and left many people in neighboring regions without shelter.

He pledged his support to the area and was named honorary chairman of a fund established for those left homeless.

Now, Duhamel is helping to organize a benefit gig for residents - and he's enlisted the I Gotta Feeling hit-makers to take the stage.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Big ...
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Rihanna To Model For Armani

July 11th, 2011 2:31pm EDT
Rihanna
R&B beauty Rihanna is set to strip off for a sizzling new advertising campaign after signing on as a spokes model for Emporio Armani's underwear and jeans collection.

The Umbrella hit-maker will follow in the footsteps of Transformers beauty Megan Fox, who set pulses racing in the 2010/11 advertising campaigns.

Rihanna will grace billboards worldwide for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans from September.

The singer is in good company as an Armani model - British soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria previously fronted ads for the underwear line, as did Portuguese spor...
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What Celebrities Would Be 'Horrible Bosses'?

July 8th, 2011 10:30am EDT
Horrible Bosses
“Horrible Bosses,” a black comedy starring funnymen Jason Bateman, Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Jason Sudeikis, is about three friends who conspire to kill each other’s torturous bosses. Although it doesn’t premiere in theaters until July 8, I have already heard buzz about the film’s epic hilarity from people who have attended early screenings. In honor of the movie's release (that also boasts the comedic stylings of Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, a brunette Jennifer Aniston and a beer-bellied, balding Colin Farrell), I’m using my powers of imagination for good and ex...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Sets Single-Day 2011 Sales Record

July 1st, 2011 12:06am EDT
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
The new Transformers film has set the North American box office on fire after landing the biggest single-day ticket sales of the year.

The blockbuster sequel, which stars Shia LaBeouf and British model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, hit cinemas at midnight on Tuesday and went on to shift a staggering $37.3 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada alone in its first 24 hours.

The figure suggests Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is on course to break $100 million over the Independence Day weekend.
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Shia LaBeouf Says Michael Bay Is Aggressive & Hard To Work For

June 30th, 2011 11:31am EDT
Shia LaBeouf
Actor Shia LaBeouf has spoken out about his "aggressive" Transformers: Dark Of The Moon director Michael Bay, revealing he's a tough guy to work for.

LaBeouf first started working with the demanding movie mogul when he was just 17, and he admits the two men have fallen out while shooting the high-intensity, big-budget Transformers franchise.

Even the music choices the actor makes to get him fired up for high-octane scenes has been an issue on set.

LaBeouf reveals, "He's an aggressive guy, hard to work for. Demanding... These movies are hard to make.

"(One day) we were shooting under a r...
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Rocks Red Gown, Ruby Red Lips At 'Transformers' Premiere

June 29th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked striking in a metallic red gown at the premiere and afterparty for "Transformers - Dark of Moon" in New York City yesterday.

The Victoria's Secret model was so shocked when director Michael Bay asked her to audition for the latest Transformers film she thought he was joking.

Rosie replaces Megan Fox, who was reportedly fired from the franchise after she likened the director to Hitler in a magazine interview.
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'Transformers' Robots Poke Fun At Megan Fox

June 28th, 2011 10:45pm EDT
Megan Fox
Megan Fox has been dissed as a "mean" girl in the new Transformers sequel - by tiny robots.

The actress, who was reportedly fired from the film franchise after suggesting working with director Michael Bay was like taking orders from Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, has been replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in new film Dark Of The Moon.

Former love interest Shia LaBeouf has hinted that Fox was not well-liked on the set in a recent interview and now writers have had one more dig at the sex symbol in the new film.

While they herald her beauty in a scene where LaBeouf's...
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