13 Hours Trailer

Hoping to find the same audience that made American Sniper a hit around this same time last year, Paramount Pictures is releasing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi this weekend. And now a new international trailer has arrived, showing what director Michael Bay can do with action and drama that doesn’t have any transforming robots, but still has plenty of gunfire and explosions. Check out the new 13 Hours trailer after the jump! Read More »

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Michael Bay

We’re a short week away from Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie. The director, once again using his clout from the Transformers movies, tells a story about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, originally titled 13 Hours, should be a slight change of pace for Bay.

After the jump, watch a 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi featurette on Michael Bay’s work ethic.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Villain

If you thought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 was already crowded with our four heroes in a half-shell, their reporter pal April (Megan Fox), vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), supervillain Shredder (now played by Brian Tee), scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and the arrival of Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus) and Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), you may not like this latest update.

Michael Bay has confirmed that one more villain from the TMNT universe will make their big screen debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and it’s one that some fans have wanted to see for awhile. Read More »

Michael Bay

After directing Transformers numbers one through four, Michael Bay has confirmed he will return yet again to direct Transformers 5. The news doesn’t come as a surprise, as Bay entered talks to direct last fall after months of speculation (and let’s be real, totally reasonable assumptions). There’s a catch this time, though: It’s going to be the last Transformers movie Bay will ever direct. Or so he says. For now. Read the Michael Bay Transformers 5 comments after the jump.  Read More »

Optimus Prime Auction

We all have cars, but wouldn’t it be cool if we had Transformers? Sadly, we’re not likely to have full-size cars that can transform into sentient robots anytime soon, but if you’ve got a huge load of cash lying around, you can have the next best thing.

Automobile auction house Barrett-Jackson will be having a special auction at the end of January, and there are two very special items up for bid that should get any Transformers fan excited. Full-size and functional Optimus Prime and Bumblebee cars will be up for sale. Find out more about the two vehicles below! Read More »

13 Hours posters

On Veterans Day, I was invited to Paramount Pictures to preview 25 minutes of footage from Michael Bay‘s new film 13 Hours, followed by a post-screening reception with Bay, producer Erwin Stiff, and the real-life heroes portrayed in the film: Mark ‘Oz’ Geist and John ‘Tig’ Tiegan. What I saw from the film was unlike any Michael Bay film I’ve seen before. Sure, the footage was everything we expect from Bay: explosive, intense and beautifully cinematic (yes, you know I’m a fan), but the tone and feel of the story was unlike his previous work: it felt more grounded, more serious. Somehow this contained story based on real-life events about an attack on an American compound in another country felt more epic than giant transforming robot aliens battling it out on Earth. If you haven’t yet, watch the trailers for the film here.

After the footage, I was honored to talk to some of the real-life heroes that the movie is based upon. I was taken aback and moved by the stories of these contractors who selflessly put themselves in danger. Tig showed me where pieces of shrapnel went through his body, leaving huge scars. Just hearing his stories made my body hurt and feel like much less of a man.

These guys acted as consultants on the film, and I want to share one story I heard that night: It was about the first meeting they had with director Michael Bay. One of them suggested to Bay that he could maybe squeeze in a T&A shot of his girlfriend getting dressed as his character leaves to go to work at the beginning of the film. Without any hesitation, Bay responded (note: I’m paraphrasing) “This isn’t the film for that.” The consultant replied, “Good, I was just testing you — I was going to walk right out that door if you agreed.” I thought that was funny, yet really telling about this story. It’s not your typical Michael Bay movie.

After the jump you can see three new posters for Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, which Paramount has given to us to premiere.

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13 Hours Red-Band Trailer

The events that occurred in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 were a tragedy that quickly turned into a hot-button political topic. Even now, years later, the argument over what “really” happened rages on, with people loudly and angrily taking sides depending on whether they get their updates from Fox News or MSNBC. It’s a sticky mess that needs to be handled with nuance and insight. So who better to take it on than Transformers director Michael Bay?

In predictable Michael Bay fashion, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi seems to turn the situation into an excuse for handsome men to act all badass against a backdrop of pretty, expensive explosions. After all, if there’s one thing Americans of all political persuasions can agree on, it’s that we really enjoy movies about stuff blowing up. Watch the 13 Hours red-band trailer after the jump.
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transformers humans

Do people go to the Transformers movies to understand “the human experience,” to see what it truly means to be alive? Probably not, but the four Transformers movies have focused quite a bit on its human protagonists, which hasn’t always satisfied fans of the series. The franchise is expanding with spinoffs and animated movies, which will, once again, follow the point-of-view of the humans.

Learn more after the jump.

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Transformers 5 sequels

We already know that Transformers 5 is in the works at Paramount Pictures, and Michael Bay is in early talks to come back and direct yet again, though the filmmaker himself said they’re still working out specifics and nothing is official yet. Yet again it has also been said that this will be the last Transformers movie Bay will direct, but that doesn’t mean the franchise won’t continue after that.

In fact, Hasbro executive vice president and chief content officer Stephen Davis recently partook in the MIP Junior Conference and revealed that the writers room that was assembled over the summer for the Transformers franchise has resulted in a plan for a total of four live-action sequels, which means we’ll get Transformers sequels rolling out for the next 10 years. Read More »