Say what you want about Michael Bay but there’s one thing that’s pretty undeniable. No one else in Hollywood can make a movie quite like him. Bay’s latest film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens this week, and after all the reviews and box office analysis is over, the conversation will predictably turn towards director himself. Bay is a polarizing presence in Hollywood. His movies are huge action epics that regularly forgo character and plot development for impressive, high priced visuals. For some, that’s what big summer movies are all about. For others, it’s the bane of their existence. Still, he’s doing things on screen that no one else can and while that might lead to box office billions, it doesn’t necessarily mean respect.

Finding people who hate Bay and his vision of film making is easy. It’s those other people, people who pray at the alter of Bay, that are a bit harder to find. In this latest video from The Monocular Group, you’ll see a very funny take on what makes Bay so special. Read More »

Paramount Pictures has a couple awesome projects in the works this week with Mondo. First up, on Wednesday, comic book stores everywhere will get in copies of Captain America: First Vengeance #4 with cover artwork by fan-favorite artist Tyler Stout. You can see a hint of that above. Then, they’ve teamed with artist Jesse Phillips to do posters for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Three thousand copies of the original will be handed out exclusively to attendees of special Tuesday June 28 screenings at Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and a variant edition will be sold on @MondoNews Wednesday June 29. See images of all these pieces after the jump. Read More »

Brightness has been one of the most common complaints about the presentation of 3D films in the past year. And so Michael Bay and Paramount are trying to be strict with exhibitors with respect to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The studio is pushing a specific digital print mastered to deliver “almost twice the brightness if standard 3D projection,” and Michael Bay has been pushing theater owners to project the film at the proper brightness.

This seems like a good PR move in the wake of falling 3D attendance and increasingly loud grumbling about the quality of 3D projection. But is it just a trick on Paramount’s part to score more 3D dollars while shutting out other studios from 3D screens? Read More »

As you probably recall: Back in 2009, actress Megan Fox went public with her professional issues with Michael Bay, calling her Transformers director “a tyrant” and likening him to Napoleon and Adolf Hitler. Fox (unsurprisingly) caught heat for her comments, and though Bay made some attempts to smooth things over, the two continued sniping publicly and eventually parted ways. Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was brought in to replace Fox as Shia LaBeouf‘s even more improbably gorgeous love interest, Fox pursued other projects, and the story should have ended there.

Unfortunately, Fox, Bay, and LaBeouf all have a tendency toward what might politely be called outspokenness, and what might less charitably called a constitutional inability to shut the hell up — and so here we are, a year later, still reporting on this ridiculous story. Bay is attempting to set the story straight. Again. And this time, he’s bringing Steven Spielberg into it for some reason. Sigh. Read the latest chapter in this tiresome and apparently endless saga after the jump.

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Subtract another three hours off your Transformers: Dark of the Moon countdown clock. Paramount just announced that they’ll open the film, exclusively on 3D and IMAX 3D screens, on Tuesday June 28 at 9 p.m. It’ll open in all dimensions 3 hours later, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday June 29.

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I wouldn’t normally recommend watching a Linkin Park music video but… you should check out the video for the band’s single “Iridescent”. The video features a bunch of new footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It is almost like a new one and a half minute trailer released in the form of a clip-package music video.

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Paramount Pictures has released eight new photos for Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which first premiered on Yahoo. The new shots feature a mix of human character shots and big robot rendered action. Check the new stills out after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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A slew of new clips were released over the weekend, offering better looks at possible future summer blockbusters Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and 30 Minutes or Less. Whether you want to see the gorgeous world of Oa, an evil alien robot copy machine, or Aziz Ansari molding the future leaders of tomorrow, we’ve got something for you. (If you want none of those things, though, you’re out of luck.) See the clips after the jump.

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One of the complaints lodged year after year during summer movie season is that we don’t see enough real action. Tentpoles are increasingly propped up with CGI-enhanced mayhem rather than the in-the-flesh work of real stuntmen. Or, when the stuntmen are at work, their effort is so obscured by layers of post-production noise and quick cutting that it is difficult to appreciate their effort.

I don’t know what the ‘wingsuit’ sequence in Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon will look like. While the film features real men in real wingsuits ‘flying’ between the buildings of downtown Chicago, the final edit may obscure some of their real-world derring-do. So here’s a behind the scenes featurette that presents an unvarnished look at some of the most purely physical — and possibly most awesome — action in the movie. Read More »

If you’ve been waiting for the full video of Michael Bay and James Cameron getting all geeky and talking about 3D, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, that video has been released. The bad news is that it’s only about 15 minutes long. Even so, it’s a jam-packed 15 minutes filled with positive and negative spins on 3D and discussion of how Cameron helped Bay decide to bring 3D to the $195 million third Transformers film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which opens June 29. The full discussion is embedded after the jump. Read More »