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Bumblebee Trailer #1 (2018) *Every Adventure Has a Beginning*

The tagline for the first spin-off in the Transformers franchise is “Every Adventure Has A Beginning.”  That’s a little ironic since it looks like Bumblebee will be the end of the line for the Bay-verse Transformers.  The film, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, opens December 21st, and will be the first live-action Transformers film directed by someone other than Bay.  Travis Knight will be helming the film, but as the trailer hearkens back to the original Transformers movie, the franchise is at a crossroads.

Transformers: The Last Knight was the fourth horrible sequel in a row for Transformers, but the first one that actually managed to underperform at the box office for Paramount.  Two weeks ago, the studio removed the planned seventh Transformers film from their schedule for 2019.  Hasbro, which owns the rights to the franchise, is reportedly looking to reboot the franchise with greater creative control over content, which will require a renegotiation with Paramount before proceeding with future installments.  More from Coming Soon below.

Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Comedy Central’s Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train), and Grace Dzienny (Zoo).

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The film is produced by Transformers franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Chris Brigham (Argo, Inception) will also executive produce. The screenplay is written by Christina Hodson (Unforgettable).

Bumblebee will be released in the U.S. on December 21, 2018.

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Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Teaser #1 (2017) *What Fresh Hell Is This?*

Ok….brace yourselves….we’re going to have to deal with a Transformers movie every year until people stop going to the bloated snorefests or until I can get my hands on Michael Bay and launch him into space.  I love the Transformers.  They were a huge part of my childhood, and I even liked the first Transformers movie.  It was flawed, but I still enjoyed it.  Then came one of the worst sequels ever followed by two more less offensive, but equally boring sequels.  This brings us to Michael Bay’s fifth Transformers film: The Last Knight.  Hasbro has put together a writer’s room for its properties and this film is written by the team that brought us Iron Man.  They’re also already planning a Bumblebee spin-off for 2018 and Transformers 6 in 2019.  Does the increased attention to putting a script behind Bay’s slomo explosions come out in this first trailer?  I’ll let you judge that for yourselves.  Coming Soon has more on the plot and returning characters below.  Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Teaser #1 (2017) *What Fresh Hell Is This?*

Transformers 4 Has a Title and a Poster

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I think I was pretty clear about how I feel about the Michael Bay Transformer movies when I revealed what Prime and Bumblebee were going to look like in the fourth film, but when some fans moan about the Star Wars prequels or Indy 4 and say arrrgh they’re ruining my childhood, THAT is what is achieved by Bay’s molestation of the franchise. To be honest, I liked the first one. It was flawed and very VERY Michael Bay and John Turturro was ridiculous, but it was F/X I’d never seen before and it was ok enough that it seemed awesome despite little warning shots like when Bumblebee took a leak on someone. Then came the second film. I maintain it is one of the five worst major franchise sequels of all-time. It’s offensive, it’s creepy and it’s so disrespectful to anyone who liked these characters that there may or may not be a restraining order on file on the part of Mr. Bay due to my reaction to the movie. But whatever, y’all keep going and its geeky, so here’s number four entitled “Age of Extinction” lending credence to the only real plot point leaked which is here come the Dinobots. Oh, maybe they’ll have giant robot scrotums like Devastator did. Remember how funny that was? Ahhhh, BAY I’M COMING FOR YOU, I’M COMING RIGHT NOW, YOU HEAR ME? OPTIMUS PRIME WAS GOING TO BE MY KID’S MIDDLE NAME!!! BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

First Look at Optimus Prime & Bumblebee in Transformers 4

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I have an extremely visceral reaction to Michael Bay and Transformers being in the same sentence.  You may see those two things and see a director known for making ludicrously overblown films and a franchise based on toys from the 1980s.  I see those two things and see a creepy uncle molesting my childhood.  Too much?  Hmm, no, no that’s pretty much how I feel about his treatment of my beloved Transformers.

I will say this: I had issues with the first film, but I thought it was a good start and there are some awesome moments.  The second film is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.  Had I not been in the midst of a tight theater hopping movie day (do not judge the fiscally challenged), I’d have left either when the mom got high and started running around campus, or when the still inexplicable Terminatrix transformer co-ed bopped into the film, or during any one of the “Michael Bay Makes Fun of African-Americans By Making Them Robots” side shows, or maybe when they took down the Decepticon climbing the pyramids by shooting him in his ROBOT SCROTUM!!!!!  Gimme a second…I have a Xanax here somewhere….alright, sorry, but COME ON!  The third film I didn’t see in the theater, but it was on Netflix or something and I tried it in a fit of boredom or self-loathing and got so bored I only made it through an hour, so that was an improvement.

I say all that to say this: any coverage of the upcoming Transformers 4 is going to be somewhat sparse and may be tinged by sarcasm and geek rage that even I usually keep in check.  But y’all kept going to these, so they’re making more.  Michael Bay is being cagey with the “plot” (plot in a Michael Bay film requiring quotations by Federal law), but the cast is being rebooted and the robots are being redesigned and here are the first looks at Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.  The buzz is they’re going to use Unicron, who was the villain in the 1986 animated film which is the height of Transformers awesomeness (I love mentioning to my wife that Orson Welles voiced Unicron as it seems to elicit primal ape rage).  So here are the new designs and you will no doubt go see creepy Uncle Michael Bay touch my childhood memories in their special places come next summer.  Yes, I know I should probably take another Xanax, but ROBOT SCROTUM (muttering sound as I locate my darts and begin my Michael Bay dartboard stress therapy session)!

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