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Optimus Prime Rides A Dinobot Into Battle In Transformers: Age Of Extinction Super Bowl Spot

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Well, as Super Bowl XLVIII churns on, we’ve finally gotten our first look at Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. And the verdict is…it looks pretty much like all the other Transfomers movies: loud, over-the-top mechanical carnage involving giant robots that all look alike. There is a bit with Optimus Prime riding a Dinobot, though, so that’s something. Also there are some humans doing stuff, but let’s face it, nobody goes to these movies for the human cast.

The one main thing the trailer has going for it — aside from Mark Wahlberg making the same perplexed faces he perfected in The Happening — is the end, featuring Optimus Prime riding Grimlock the Dinobot into battle. The only thing that keeps it from being a perfect microcosm of all things Bay is that nothing is exploding in the shot.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Producer Says The New Film Is Not A Reboot

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CadeBefore Transformers: Age of Extinction went into production, director Michael Bay said that the movie would be a complete re-design of the franchise, rather than an outright reboot. While it remains to be seen what exactly that means, one of Age of Extinction‘s producers chimed in with how Transformers 4 will build off of the last film in the series, Dark of the Moon.

In an interview with The Hollywood News, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura talks about Age of Extinction and why the film series needed to go in another direction after the success of Dark of the Moon in 2011. While Age of Extinction will acknowledge the events of Dark of the Moon, Transformers 4 will follow new characters. Di Bonaventura compares what Bay and his team are doing with Age of Extinction to the Star Wars film franchise. Di Bonaventura says:

It’s definitely not a reboot. It’s an interesting question about what you should call it. On a certain level it’s a continuation of the previous stories, in the fact that it acknowledges what has transpired before it. It acknowledges in the last movie, the destruction of Chicago, it’s actually something that carries through the sort of emotional repercussions of that, not unlike 9/11 has emotional repercussions in the real world. In a fantasy world there are repercussions to what occurred.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Toy Offers Your First Look At The Dinobots, Sort Of

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DinobotsWhen Michael Bay said that the new Transformers trilogy will be a complete re-design of what we know from the widely popular franchise, we figured that Age of Extinction would feature new Autobots and Decepticons. When it came out that the fan-favorite Dinobots would appear in the new film, fans got excited to see Bay bring the pre-historic Transformers to life, and now we have our first, though admittedly oblique, look.

According to Seibertron, packaging for the Age of Extinction toy line reveals the Dinobots in their dinosaur state. The packaging features Grimlock (Tyrannosaurus Rex), Slag (Triceratops), Slash (Velociraptor), Swoop (Pterodactyl), and a mysterious Spinosaurus. The new-and-improved Optimus Prime also sits pretty on the front of the box. Considering the box art, this seems likely to be the box for a new Optimus Prime toy.

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A Manmade Transformer And An Indie Video Game Make For Awesome Marriage Proposals

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If you’re finished looking to H.P. Lovecraft for your dating connections, and are in need of a way to tell your beloved that you want to spend the rest of your live with him or her, you might think about taking her out to a nice dinner and proposing in the middle of the meal. When she wakes up from her boredom-induced coma, she just might say yes. However, if you want a more extravagant way to express your passion, take a note from this Chinese man, who proposed using a larger than life Transformer that he built, and from this video game designer, who created a game that worked as a proposal to his girlfriend. Whoever said love is dead forgot to check for a pulse.

Using over 400 drawings as a reference point, the Baoding native reportedly spent over $10,000 and used more than 40,000 rivets to create this 24-foot tall behemoth of metal badassery. It took him ten months to complete, which is longer than some people date before misguidedly getting hitched. I certainly hope the person he proposed to said yes, as this would have been a pretty big waste of…well, nothing really, now he has a robot. Even if he went on as a single man, he’d always have a gigantic Optimus Prime in his yard. That’s much better than the lattice fence and empty plant pots that are in mine.

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Mark Wahlberg Reveals His Transformers: Age of Extinction Character

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With Transformers: Age of Extinction at the center of summer 2014, Michael Bay will deliver a new Transformers movie unlike anything we’ve seen before. Age of Extinction will feature new Autobots and Decepticons like the Dinobots and the villain Cyclonus, but it will also feature a family with Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yaeger at the center of the action. This is the first Transformers movie that has some real Hollywood star power behind it, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Age of Extinction will perform at the box office with Mark Wahlberg in the lead.

In an interview, Wahlberg explains how he got involved with Transformers: Age of Extinction. The two biggest reasons why Mark Wahlberg agreed to star in the new film are his children and getting another opportunity to work with Michael Bay after starring in Pain & Gain. Wahlberg explained:

“Well, it was exciting because it was the first time my kids were really interested in a movie I was doing. Any time they see me with a gun, like Contraband or Pain & Gain, they want to see that, too, but they can’t because of the language and all that stuff. But I loved working with Michael Bay, and I thought he had a really interesting way to make it new, different, and fresh. Plus, being in movies that have the potential to be hugely successful allows me to make smaller movies that I’m really passionate about.”

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Footage Screened At A Detroit Elementary School

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Transformers visits a Detroit SchoolWhile Michael Bay wrapped production on Transformers: Age of Extinction a few weeks ago, the new Transformers movie still has a presence in the city of Detroit. As we all know, Detroit is going through some tough times, so anything to inspire or drive its residence to re-building the city is all for the better. Apparently, Age of Extinction is lending a helping hand to Detroit’s youth.

According to The Detroit Hub, one of Age of Extinction‘s co-producers, Allegra Clegg, visited the children of Durfee Elementary-Middle School in a promotional campaign by Paramount to encourage school attendance. While at the school, Clegg screened three minutes of footage from the upcoming Transformers movie to the school’s students.

Clegg also gave the students advice on how to break into the film industry, and how making movies can help your community. “It takes thousands of people to make a movie like Transformers. The entire community has to come together to make it a success,” said Clegg. “Detroit and Michigan are great places to shoot a project.” The Detroit Hub writes:

When it came time for questions, the kids started out a little shy, but warmed up quickly. They grilled Clegg on everything from how the film’s robots were named to how she got into the business to how they could get a job in Hollywood and what they needed to study now as elementary and middle schoolers to someday do what she is doing.