The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a car expert breaks down the accuracy of car scenes in movies like The Fate of the Furious, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Gone in 60 Seconds, and more. Plus, Adam Savage puts together a prop replica of the thermal detonator from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman answers the web’s most searched questions about him. Read More »
Netflix has carved out a nice chunk of territory for itself with anime shows based on recognizable properties like Castlevania, Dragon Quest, Godzilla, and Ultraman, and soon the streaming service will take audiences to Cybertron in a Transformers anime series.
During New York Toy Fair this past weekend, the first trailer debuted for part one of Netflix’s Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, entitled Siege, which takes us back to the intense planetary battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that’s rarely been seen in the live-action movies. Check out the trailer below.
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Prime yourself for another onslaught of robots. Paramount and Hasbro are looking to revamp the Transformers franchise with two dual movies being developed separately. The first script is being penned by Joby Harold, who co-wrote the upcoming Zack Snyder zombie movie Army of the Dead, while the second, written by Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt, will reportedly be a reboot of Transformers: Beast Wars.
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Universal Studios Beijing is bringing the magic of the movies to China in the form of a huge new theme park, as well as the signature Universal CityWalk entertainment complex, and two new resort hotels. Today, the seven themed lands that make up the new theme park were revealed, and they include some Universal Studios favorites like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic World, but also lands for Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, the Minions of Despicable Me, and more.
Find out more about the Universal Studios Beijing lands below. Read More »
Earlier this week, we featured a new HasLab project asking collectors to crowdfund the creation of a life-size Cookie Monster replica. But the Hasbro collector initiative has a completely different toy that is vying for even more money in your wallet. It’s The Lord of Chaos, The Planet Eater, The Chaos Bringer. It’s the one and only Unicron.
After debuting in the 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie, HasLab wants to bring Unicron to your toy shelves in the form of the largest converting Transformers figure ever created. Unicron changes from planet mode to robot mode, and if you’ve got enough money, he can bring chaos and destruction to your toy collection. Read More »
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Sing 2 and The Croods 2 get new release dates
- Get hyped for The Conjuring 3 with new promo art
- Travis Knight talks about the ending of Bumblebee
- Trolls is hitting the road with a live show
- All that and more.
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Bumblebee hits Blu-ray tomorrow, but before we get to that, let’s take a look at the “official” VHS release. Honoring the spirit of the Transfomers prequel’s 1980s setting (and April Fools’ Day), Paramount is releasing the film on VHS…sort of. While VHS copies of Bumblebee do exist, they’re not for sale anywhere. Instead, you’ll have to make due with this funny Bumblebee VHS trailer.
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen seemingly tested any faith fans had in the franchise following the satisfying 2007 live-action debut of the toy-based franchise. Since then, every sequel in the Transformers franchise has made less and less money, to the point that Transformers: The Last Knight barely made more than half of what the previous sequel, Age of Extinction, earned at the domestic box office.
Sadly, that continued disappointment didn’t bode well for Bumblebee, which is currently the lowest grossing movie in the entire Transformers franchise ($3 million under The Last Knight), both domestically and globally. But the good news is that Bumblebee was received extremely well by critics. Not only is it the highest rated film in the franchise with critics at Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s the second most beloved by general audiences, second only to the original Transformers from 2007. What does all this mean for the future of the Transformers franchise? Executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently talked about the possibilities. Read More »
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The Transformers universe is about to get a whole lot sexier. According to franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, new Transformers movies might introduce a love story between Transformers – because sure, why not? What else is there left to do with this series but have two giant robots cuddling up and getting busy? They could even play some Barry White music from their car radios. And when they kiss…sparks could fly. Literally. This writes itself, people.
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Last year’s Transformers prequel Bumblebee took a stripped-down approach to its story about an alien robot by eschewing excessive action in favor of an Amblin-style relationship between the eponymous Autobot and Hailee Steinfeld’s human character. But according to the film’s producer, they still haven’t quite landed on the right balance between character moments and action beats.
In a new interview, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who’s produced every Transformers movie thus far) says he plans to switch things up in Bumblebee 2 and the rest of the planned Transformers films to create “a fusion of Bumblebee and the [Michael] Bay movies” with “a little more Bayhem.”
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