With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, many people are trying to find a costume Alex The Movie Geek put together an Optimus Prime costume in 5 days for $5 out of used cardboard boxes. Alex put together a 9-minute video showing how he constructed the costume. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Teefury’s T-shirt of the day is a design titled Plastic Heroes created by Nova Scotia-based artist PowerPig. The design should bring back memories for anyone who played with action figures growing up in the 1980′s. A note from the artist:
Today’s toys are super detailed and super articulated, and that’s cool. Still, they’ll never come close to the awesome action figures we had when we were young. This design is a tribute to the toys that defined a decade, which for many of us are now abandoned, broken, or simply lost to time
Priced at only $9, the tee will only be available on Wednesday, September 1st 2010. So act fast! Hit the jump to see the full tee design in higher resolution.
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We’ve known for a couple months now that Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley would be taking over as the love interest for the third entry of Michael Bay‘s Transformers series, and have even got a few glimpses at her showing off her assets on set. But there still hasn’t been any explanation as to what her place in the film would be, or if her cleavage’s screen time would be able to compete with that of Megan Fox.
Finally, we have a little bit of insight into what character she’ll be playing. No word on the cleavage yet though. Learn more about Whiteley’s character’s affiliation with the Transformers mythology after the break. Read More »
The photo above shows a 33 feet tall Optimus Prime statue which was constructed completely out of junk car parts spotted at the Bird’s Nest at Beijing Olympic Park in China. The movie’s Optimus Prime is 32 feet tall and made of 10,108 parts. So this is in fact “life size.” Hit the jump to see the full image.
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What if Scooby Doo‘s Mystery Machine van was actually a robot in disguise? TeeFury’s T-Shirt of the day was designed by Captain Ribman, the same guy who made the popular”El Boba” Boba Fett as a Lucha Libre wrestler shirt. Titled Mystery Mech, the design imagines what a Scooby snack powered Autobot might look like. See the full design after the jump. The good news is that you can grab a copy for only $9 plus shipping. But with all of Teefury’s designs, the tee will only be available today and today only.
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On Easter Sunday, I landed in New Orleans to sweat and drop by the set of RED, yet another comic book adaptation, but one packing the following A-list cast:
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren (as a tea-sipping sniper with a 50-cal machine gun), Mary-Louise Parker, Star Trek’s Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Nip/Tuck‘s Julian McMahon, and Ernest Borgnine
And I would be remiss not to list the movie’s possible scene hog: a stuffed toy pig with wild eyes toted around by Malkovich’s character…a paranoiac-genius. Shocked? The movie, due in October, is loosely based on a very lean 2003 WildStorm comic book series by Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hammer, whom we spoke with on set. Willis stars as a retired assassin named Frank Moses, a hermetic, once-valuable man now wanted dead by pesky/shady forces. Naturally, Moses seeks defense and camaraderie from a badass crew of vets (Malkovich, Mirren, and Freeman). The film, described as “hard PG-13,” is directed by Robert Schwentke, best known for the Fincher-aping Flightplan.
RED is an acronym for Retired Extremely Dangerous, and the ensemble aspect means the end product should comfortably fit into the current action zeitgeist of grizzled, last hurrah actioners (The Expendables) and specialized, quick-quip posses (The A-Team). However, on set producers compared the tone not to other genre properties but to Ocean’s Eleven with a splash of True Lies. Ellis and Hammer have both publicly endorsed the decision to forgo their comic book’s bloody, quasi-polemic seriousness in addition to much of the storyline (wherein Moses was a lone wolf). After the jump are thoughts from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Constantine), and my own observations (excluding a strip club excursion later that night with various web editors). Look for interviews with several cast members, including an expletive-liberated Willis in top form, closer to release.
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TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is an exceedingly stupid movie. To criticize the plot for being aggressively unfocused and convoluted would serve very little purpose, because it suggests the movie is even remotely concerned with having a plot. For the purpose of saving time, I will summarize the overall story thusly: a lot of goofy shit happens, and none of it makes any sense. By comparison, the first Transformers is practically Shakespearean in its masterful storytelling abilities. This sequel is obviously less concerned with taking the franchise in interesting new directions than it is playing everything on as epic a scale as the increased budget will allow. With that in mind, if you appreciated any elements of the original Transformers beyond the visual thrill of seeing hunks of shape-shifting metal beating the shit out of each other, it’s very likely that this sequel will strike you as substantial disappointment. I, however, managed to enjoy the first Transformers strictly in spite of its non-robot elements, not because of them. So while Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may take things a couple of steps further in the realm of tedious subplots, annoying characters and asinine sight gags (wrecking ball testicles? robo-humping? …Oh Michael Bay, you scamp!), those—like myself—that are able to avoid getting worked up over those unfortunate inclusions will still find themselves rewarded with the familiar selling points of the franchise: giant robots, fast cars, hot chicks, and explosions. There are also some new ones, such as Optimus Prime busting out dual swords from his arms to Slap Chop some Decepticon scum. Such are the film’s unsophisticated pleasures. With the right mindset though, scenes like these offer more than enough enjoyment to satisfy the cravings of many an action junkie—granted that you’re able to decipher what’s going on throughout the unreserved chaos of Michael Bay’s shooting style.
Notable Extras: DVD – 2-disc includes audio commentary by director Michael Bay and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the multi-part documentary The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen (this feature includes Seeds of Vengeance: Development and Design, Domestic Destruction: Production – United States, Joint Operations: Production – Military, Wonders of the World: Production – Middle East, Start Making Sense: Editing, Under the Gun: Visual Effects and Running the Gauntlet: Post-Production and Release), the featurette A Day with Bay: Tokyo, a 25 Years of Transformers featurette, the NEST: Transformer Data-Hub which explores the conceptual artwork of the film, the multi-angle featurette Deconstructing Visual Bayhem which includes commentary by pre-visualization supervisor Steve Yamamoto, extended scenes, and Linkin Park’s New Divide music video. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as The ALLSPARK Experiment interactive feature, the Giant Effing Movie featurette, The Matrix of Marketing archive of trailers, poster art and other marketing materials, and additional NEST: Transformer Data-Hub information options for each robot.
|BEST DVD PRICE*
|Amazon – $14.99
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $20.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at Target, Best Buy and Amazon.
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
|Amazon – $19.99
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Humans think about sex. Animals think about it. Even big giant robots like those seen in Transformers think about it. Joshua Winship Carpenter’s T-shirt design “Lonely Robot Dirty Mind” depicts this exact situation. Available on a Navy American Apparel tee sized Extra Small to XXXL for $18 on Threadless.com.
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