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The Transformers Get Down In This TV Spot And Introduce Mark Wahlberg’s Character

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Michael Bay is preparing to assault the collective eyeballs of the entire world with Transformers: Age of Extinction next week. Considering that the previous three films have raked in multiple billions of dollars, it’s rather likely that just about the entire world will wind up seeing this movie. Even though that is almost a given at this point, Paramount Pictures isn’t one to skimp on promotion, so they’re back to tease the June 27 release date with a new TV spot, a featurette introducing you to the human protagonist, and the announcement that Transformers 5 has already been scheduled. And if that isn’t enough, there’s even a brand new Honest Trailer for the second film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

This latest television ad–apparently the 20th, which is totally believable–is like a conglomerate of clichés. You have giant robots entreating others to roll out, the old gang gets back together, and someone gives something a whirl. And Mark Wahlberg calls Bumblebee by the affectionate nickname “B,” because he has to prove that he is hip and relevant, and because Bumblebee’s name does in fact start with the letter B. At least they didn’t include the bit where the nerdy guy asks Wahlberg for his insurance after an alien spacecraft crashes into his car, which might have made me cry.

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Science Fiction Takes Over The Oscars

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Historically, science fiction has been all but ignored by Hollywood’s “legitimate” awards. Geeks have been forced to go to places like the Saturn Awards, for their favorite genre films to get the attention they deserve. This is the year that changed.

The 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning and not one, but two science fiction films were nominated for Best Picture. The Academy’s expanded ten nominee format allowed both District 9 and Avatar to get recognition. This isn’t some Benjamin Button cop out either. These aren’t standard, Oscar bait dramas which steal a little sci-fi ideology to bring in crowds. By any measure, both films are hard science fiction. The real deal. Geeks are taking over.

Below is the complete list of this year’s Oscar nominees. In addition to Avatar and District 9 sitting comfortably in the Best Picture category, you’ll see movies like Star Trek and Transformers 2 dropped in the technical categories, traditional realm of the forgotten science fiction movie. Not this year. This time it’s different.

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Complete Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen Image Gallery

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I like robots. You like robots. Even better if they’re oversized transforming robots standing next to Megan Fox. On June 24th we’ll have all both the giant transforming robots and all the Megan Fox we can handle, until then here’s the full, complete image gallery of every Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen still in existence! Browse them all after the jump: