Deadline has learned that Paramount Pictures is moving up the release date of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon from Friday July 1st 2011 to Wednesday June 29th 2011. This new move gives the threequel more room from Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper, which open on July 8th and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which opens on July 15th. Paramount is also showing confidence in the film, as Bad Teacher and Cars 2 open five days earlier.

This is kind of expected news as Paramount has a history of doing this with the franchise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was moved from Friday June 26th 2009 to Wednesday June 24th 2009 and the release date of Transformers was moved from July 4th 2007, to on day earlier – July 3rd 2007 a handful of weeks before release.

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Clip #2

Yesterday, Paramount Pictures released the first clip from Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon which chose to showcase the acting abilities of Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely, over showing any big giant robots. Today they have released a second clip via Twitter. The new 41-second clip also doesn’t featuring any giant transforming robot action, but it is a bit more exciting. Josh Duhamel gives a speech to his team before they wing-suit into Chicago, which has been invaded by Decepticons. Unfortunately the clips stops right after they jump out of the aircraft, because this is where the really amazing shots begin, with actual wing-suited men flying in and around the skyscrapers of Chicago with Decepticons in pursuit firing away. Watch it now embedded after the jump

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On Wednesday night, I attended a presentation on the Paramount Pictures lot called “3D: A Transforming Visual Art – a conversation with Michael Bay and James Cameron“. I has expected going into the presentation that it would be an evangelical sale of the future of 3D filmmaking, but it was nothing of the sort. Michael Bay was as honest as you can get, explaining how everything and anything can, and did, go wrong while shooting his movie with Cameron’s 3D camera rigs. To every critique, Cameron had a quick rebuttal about how the issues have since been fixed with the newer digital video cameras or how solutions are just around the corner. Cameron was also honest, admitting that 3D filmmaking is still in the early stages, and it will only get better — smaller cameras, lighter rigs, requiring less techs on set, and a more streamlined post production process. The easier it is for filmmakers to use the tools, the better they will be able to creatively employ them.

I have also been a strong supporter of digital 3D filmmaking. After Avatar, movie studios jumped at an opportunity and shot out a bunch of crappy post 3D conversions. Bay calls those films “bullshit 3D” and Cameron said that some studios are “trying to wedge [3D] into post production like its a sound mix.” So for a while now, I’ve drawn a line between movies shot in 3D and those movies converted to 3D after the fact. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the first film to make me question myself. Pirates 4 was shot in 3D and it felt just as unnecessary as the post conversion on Thor. Was I wrong about 3D?

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If anyone who watched the latest trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon thought it had too much action in it, today is your lucky day. Yahoo has the first full scene from the film and it’s totally devoid of action. Or robots. Or walls with color on them. In the scene called “My Secret Weapon” we see Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) totally out of his league girlfriend Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whitely) introducing him to her boss Dylan Gould (Patrick Dempsey). Awkward banter and jealousy ensues.

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Michael Bay knows that a good many people hated the racist caricature Autobots, Skids and Mudflap, in the second Transformers film — really, are there any characters more generally despised in a blockbuster from the last decade? —  and he’s willing to pay a huge bounty to prove that they’re not in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Over the weekend, AICN ran the first review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and though the review as it stands now has been edited, the original copy mentioned comic relief ‘street’ robots. Combined with the fact that one trailer has shots of characters that appear to be Skids and Mudflap, that led to the expectation that the characters really do reappear, despite previous insistence to the contrary. Now the director has posted a couple messages throwing down the gauntlet with respect to the duo. Get the challenge details below. Read More »

Capone from Ain’t It Cool News has posted the first movie review of an unfinished 2D cut of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Capone says that the threequel is “easily” the “best entry in the Michael Bay-directed franchise.” Be warned, the review contains a lot of plot information and character spoilers. For those of you who want a taste without any details, I have gathered a few choice excerpts below:

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Yesterday the first full-length trailer dropped for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Now the poster is here, and it packs everything into the frame: Optimus, destruction, a space ship, Shia, and the film’s new leading lady. I don’t think there’s much more to say other than that you can see the whole thing after the break. Read More »

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Trailer

With the exception of the look at the film given to a few invited writers, we haven’t seen any new footage from Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon since TV spots hit for the Super Bowl and Daytona 500. In fact, we haven’t seen very much footage at all in general. That changes now as the new, full theatrical trailer is here, and you can see it after the jump. Read More »

Paramount Pictures has released a few stills from Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Apple to promote the upcoming trailer premiere. Monday they released a first look at Shockwave, Tuesday we got an image of Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), and today we get a photo of a huge nasty Decepticon space ship over a destoryed Chicago skyline. See all three images after the jump. Another image is set to hit the web tomorrow (April 28th) morning, before the trailer premieres at 4:00pm pacific time.

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There are a whole bunch of new photos from summer films hitting the internet today: a new image of Captain America and his slightly battered shield; super-detailed character posters featuring Sinestro and Kilowog from Green Lantern; new Transformers: Dark of the Moon shots, and probably the best look yet at Jason Momoa as the new Conan. They’re all after the break. Read More »