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Transformers’ Next Trilogy Depends On The Success Of Age Of Extinction

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age of extinctionIn 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was originally going to be the last movie in the widely popular Transformers film franchise, or at least that incarnation of it. The actors and director had new projects lined up. Then Dark of the Moon made $1.1 billion worldwide as it climbed to be the sixth highest grossing movie of all time. Paramount and Hasbro would be foolish to let that lucrative cash cow get put out to pasture, so they lured Michael Bay back for a fourth installment with Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is due in theaters in June 2014.

While the next Transformers film is likely to be another giant blockbuster for Paramount and Hasbro, plans for a new Transformers trilogy are at a standstill until the box office results for Age of Extinction are all accounted for. In an interview with Rob Moore, the Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, he says that Transformers 5 and 6 will hinge upon the success of Transformers 4. Moore tells M1905:

Well, each time we’ve waited until the movie has come out to start the next one. Making sure we’ve made a really satisfying movie that was popular and then starting to figure where the next adventure should go. But certainly, our hope is that we can continue to make Transformers movies well into the future. We don’t have the plans yet, but it is certainly my hope that there is a 5 and a 6.

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Miss USA Transforms Into Optimus Prime

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You may all recall back in September when ignorant people across the Internet came together to take a collective shit on the newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, just because she was of Indian descent. And now Miss USA, Erin Brady (of Connecticut), is also a target of disdain, albeit for completely different reasons. For the National Costume Competition of the Miss Universe Pageant, an event where the contestants generally tend to honor their countries’ histories, Brady came out in full Transformers regalia, decked out from above-the-head to toe as Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. One might think it’s just a publicity stunt that Michael Bay cooked up to promote his upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction, but the esteemed director clearly had nothing to do with this, as there were no mega-explosions or mini-explosions or any explosions of any size.

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Meet Dreamer, The Humanoid Robot Getting Screentime With Mark Wahlberg In Transformers

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DreamerRobots can do most tasks humans can do, including making cameos in movies. I’m not talking about Haley Joel Osment or Short Circuit — this time I’m talking about Dreamer, the humanoid robot created by the University of Texas Human Centered Robotics Lab, which will appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

I love pretty much all things robot, but before we talk about the virtues of this particular model, I just have to say that Dreamer is a pretty terrible name for a robot — or for anything, for that matter. Robots have all kinds of cool names: Voltron, R2D2, HAL, Marvin, Bishop, Twiki, Data, Tom Servo, Asimo…even Siri’s better than that. We get it! It’s supposed to be human-like! Except one of the things it can’t do yet is to dream or be sentimental. It doesn’t need an anthropomorphizing name! Okay. Rant over. I should really be talking about how this robot is going to get 30 seconds of screen time in the new Transformers movie. It’s unclear exactly what these 30 seconds will involve, so I’ll just tell you about this robot and you can let your imaginations go wild.

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Artist Turns A Ford Fiesta Into A Transformer

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Fiesta TransformerEvery time I come across one of these stories, I’m equal parts amazed at how creative humans are and how we can turn just about anything into just about anything else, and jealous that I don’t have the ability or the motivation to transform an ordinary object into something awesome. Although eventually, if I keep writing about projects such as turning a car into a sculpture of a squatting Transformer, perhaps the mojo will rub off on me.”

The UK’s Hetain Patel sums up his work pretty simply — it’s “about being.” Patel explores identity formation by examining one’s use of language and movement. He’s a multi-media artist whose work includes everything from sculpture to photography to performance art, which is pretty much exactly how I’d sum up the idea of Transformers.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Toy Concept Art Features Optimus Prime

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grimlock-optimus-prime-bumblebee-transformers-age-of-extinctionWith Transformers: Age of Extinction about eight months away, the film’s production has moved from Chicago to Hong Kong. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing new images from the film, but for now we have concept art from Hasbro that gives us an idea what the Autobots will look like in the latest Transformers movie. We’ve already seen some of the robots in disguise in car form, and now we’re getting a better look at the Autobots as robots.

The images below from tfw2005.com are the licensing artwork for the new-and-improved Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Grimlock, the T-Rex member of the Dinobots. The new images also showoff Optimus Prime in action as a robot with a new look, new weapons, and a shield. The new Optimus looks like he definitely got a new coat of paint when compared to how he looked in the first Transformers trilogy. It’s going to be interesting to see how the filmmakers behind Age of Extinction will explain why the Autobots and Decepticons got a makeover. Optimus Prime almost looks closer to how he appeared in the original animated series, with a Japanese influenced look.

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Michael Bay Attacked During Production On Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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Michael BayWhile Michael Bay movies are generally known for their chaos and carnage, actually shooting his films has been relatively safe for the production’s cast and crew. That is until someone tried to attack the 48-year-old action director while he was filming Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong.

According to Variety, a man allegedly under the influence of narcotics stormed on to the production’s closed location in Hong Kong and swung an air-conditioning unit at Michael Bay’s head. Yes, someone tried to assault Michael Bay while he was making a Transformers movie. Bay was not injured in any way, but he “ducked and wrestled the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident.” Expect Michael Bay’s next movie after Age of Extinction to star himself as a kickass new superhero.

Paramount Pictures stated that, after Bay subdued the man, police scuffled with the attacker as well as two other suspects before arresting all three men. No cast or crew (or Transformers) were injured in the attack.