Best Stories of the Wek

We’ve reached the end of a very busy week. There were tons of trailers and some pretty big news stories, so this is a pretty beefy edition of the Best Stories of the Week.

Recapping the news from the past seven days, you’ll find updates on the future of Marvel Studios‘ television side and Samuel L. Jackson in the cinematic universe, some rumors about the future of Star Wars and details on the past of a certain iconic character from the saga, a first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, new writers for the Transformers franchise and future universe and more.

Plus, there’s trailers for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Steven Spielberg’s Bride of Spies, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and a double dose of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw and Everest, and that’s not even half of the (mostly) great, new trailers we saw this week. Catch up on the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »


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Kids React to Old Transformers

There are some of us who have been acquainted with Transformers for so long that we tend to forget that there’s a whole generation of kids who have no idea that the Autbots and Decepticons were doing battle decades before they hit the big screen in 2007. And that brings us to another edition of Kids React, this time with some youngsters learning that the Transformers actually hail from the 1980s. Their reactions are pretty priceless. Watch kids react to old Transformers after the jump! Read More »

Transformers writers

A week after controversy hit the Internet about a lack of diversity in developing the Transformers movie franchise, Paramount has hired two new writers. They are Christina Hodson and Lindsey Beer, the first two female writers in a group that includes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Zak Penn (Ready Player One) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost). It’s lead by Akiva Goldsman and their aim is to have a fifth film ready to go when Michael Bay finishes his current movie, then multiple Transformers films lined up to be made after.

Below, read more about Hodson and Beer as well as the Transformers writers room. Read More »

Bumblebee spin-off movie

Every Transformers movie has been a Bumblebee movie to some extent. The yellow robot has been a constant sidekick to the human characters in the franchise, especially in the first three films. But could he lead his own movie?

Paramount is assembling a writer’s room to cobble together more Transformers sequels and spin-offs, with the first one meant to be ready by the time Michael Bay finishes his Benghazi movie. Amid rumors of a Cybertron/origin movie, there’s now talk of a Bumblebee spin-off movie, with the info coming directly from the CEO of Hasbro. Read More »

Transformers Origin Movie

Paramount is pulling together a writer’s cabal to develop new Transformers films and spin-offs for a “Marvel-style connected universe,” and two more people have just been added to the roster. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the pair who did a lot of rewrite work on Ant-Man, have joined the team. More interesting to Transformers fans will be that one idea reportedly being kicked around is a movie that would take place on Cybertron.  Read More »

transformers writing team

Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.

Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »

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Transformers ruin your favorite movies

One could argue that Michael Bay and his Transformers franchise have done enough to ruin filmmaking just by existing. But we can badmouth the director and his penchant for big, mindless blockbusters, lingerie models and endless explosions all day long. It doesn’t change the fact that his movies are successful, and he’s a very intense and efficient director, pulling off some impressive work, even if it lacks a substantial story.

But now his Transformers are getting out of control as they’ve started venturing into other movies where they don’t belong. Autobots and Decepticons are ruining scenes from some of your favorite movies, from Inception to Forrest Gump to Jerry Maguire and more. They must be stopped. Watch the Transformers ruin your favorite movies below. Read More »

Transformers Optimus Prime

Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Lucasfilm is doing it, the Ghostbusters are doing it and now it looks like Transformers will be doing it too.

Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of a A Beautiful Mind (and the writer of Batman and Robin, among other films) is in negotiations with Paramount to lead a brain trust of writers with the aim of upping the output of Transformers movies for the studio. Goldsman will join executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the hiring of a collection of writers to create “a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films.” Read more about this potential Transformers Cinematic Universe below. Read More »

Michael Bay acting - Michael Bay as a NASA Scientist (uncredited) in Armageddon

You probably know Michael Bay for his work behind the camera as a blockbuster action director of films such as the Transformers and Bad Boys movies, The Rock, and Armageddon. Did you know that he’s actually appeared on screen more than a handful of times?

Notably, Michael Bay appears on screen in a brief speaking role in Kinka Usher‘s 1999 superhero comedy film Mystery Men, which starred Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and William H. Macy. This obviously isn’t new, but its one of those things that has recently bubbled up on the social sharing websites. I thought it might be interesting to show you Michael Bay’s acting history. See Michael Bay acting in five different movies and two TV shows, including one episode of Miami Vice, after the jump.

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