The Bagger 288, also known as the Excavator 288, is the largest land vehicle in the world. Somehow, I hadn’t heard of it until now—probably because it’s hanging out in Germany, where it was built by Krupp AG, one of the biggest steel and arms manufacturers in the world through World War II when it then switched to making industrial machinery. The Bagger was completed in 1978, and surpassed NASA’s Crawler-Transporter as the most massive terrestrial vehicle known to man, weighing in at 13,500 tons. Here’s the real thing, which inspired a music video that will leave you scratching your heads, it also features a bunch of animals head banging to its sheer awesomeness.
We all know that director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to be a huge hit this summer. And now that we know for sure it’s the start of a new trilogy, there is going to be a ton more robot action in our future. Even though Paramount could probably just dump a new Transformers movie in the theater and bring in an absurd amount of money, that’s never stopped them from going all out on the promotion end of things. Last night, during the MTV Movie Awards, the studio debuted a new TV ad for Age of Extinction, and today they’re right back at it with three new photos.
This video plays like many of the other spots and trailers we’ve seen. It introduces us to the new hero of the franchise, an inventor/mechanic named Cade, played by Mark Wahlberg. As indicated, some time has past since the last movie, Dark of the Moon, and Transformers themselves have, apparently, become a thing of the past. We’ll get to the reality of that claim in a moment.
Given that the first three films in franchise have already raked in billions—yes, that last word is with a B and an S—of dollars worldwide, nothing we say here will have much impact on whether or not audiences show up for Michael Bay’s latest giant robot adventure, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The crowds will most certainly be there for the fourth installment. The one thing that we could say to hype things up, however, is that the Dino-bots finally show up for some fun, and are featured, among others, in this new collection of character posters. Bay also confirmed some speculation about the future of the franchise, as well as his potential involvement.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s lucrative giant robot franchise, doesn’t even open until the end of June, but that doesn’t mean that Paramount and Hasbro aren’t going to go ahead and pencil-in another one. That makes sense, the previous three movies have netted the studio and toy manufacturer multiple billions of dollars, and we all know Age of Extinction will earn a pretty penny, too. Whatever the fifth chapter winds up being called, it is tentatively slated to open in 2017. When you’re basically printing your own money, you can plan this far in advance.
Nothing is official, but according to a leaked promotional schedule, it certainly looks like there are plans for Transformers 5 to drop in the second quarter three years from now. Everything else on this picture appears pretty accurate—the first trailer for Age of Extinction hit in the first quarter, the movie will actually open in quarter three, and the Blu-ray and DVD will most likely be on the shelves just in time for the holiday season at the end of the year.
Do you guys remember the trend of string or orchestral tributes to music artists, with rock bands getting the bulk of the attention? I loved that stuff — and am equally interested in this Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series of lullaby tributes — and it is a solid basis for my adoration of the video seen above, in which Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble AJCW performs 43 cartoon themes that cross the decades, from the xylophone hijinks of Looney Tunes to the magical flute of Adventure Time. (It’s actually 47 if you count the doubled-up bits.) If I can get comfortable with this entire thing as a ringtone, I’m pretty sure my journey through this life will have been for a reason.
With CinemaCon well underway and all the major movie studios and theater chains in Las Vegas to showoff their latest and greatest, Paramount Pictures has definitely put Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Paramount screened footage of the next Transformers film for press and exhibitors during CinemaCon and io9′s Meredith Woerner supplied a pretty entertaining rundown of they saw.
Warning: At least one major spoiler for Age of Extinction below!
We get an introduction to Mark Wahlberg’s character, Cade Yaeger. He’s an inventor and single father, tasked with raising his leggy teenage daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) after the loss of her mother. The footage is described as “the most Michael Bay-iest movie ever.” This is a good thing if you’re a fan of his work (like I am), but if you’re not, it’s not likely this movie will convert you. Apparently Tessa is some sort of computer whiz and programmer, which I’m sure will come into play later on in the movie. The footage screened also shed some light on why the U.S. Government wants to hunt down all of the remaining Transformers after the events of Dark of the Moon. Woerner writes: