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.
If you’re lucky, you get one great teacher; one teacher who steps into your life and makes a difference that lasts the rest of your days. In some cases, you may have to actively stalk that teacher to engage his burnt out, underpaid, overworked, teenager-warped soul….but that’s just what you gotta do then! The Edge of Seventeen was a hilarious, wonderfully acted film from 2016 that got absolutely no recognition, which is a shame, because Hailee Steinfeld was Oscar-worthy and Woody Harrelson got his best comedic role since Cheers.
Steinfeld’s dramatic, over-the-top Nadine is stymied when she runs into the jaded stonewall that is her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), constantly harrassing him for advice and counsel against his will, especially holding him hostage during his lunch break. The relationship that they build over the course of the film is touching and always darkly funny, never more so when Nadine’s hysterical threat to jump in front of the largest moving vehicle she can find is calmly met by a withering dueling suicidal rant from Bruner. Everyone in high school should be so lucky to have a Mr. Bruner.
It’s hard to remember, but there was a time when Kevin Costner was the biggest movie star in the world. The world. From about 1989 to 1992, Costner was THE MAN. I would love someone to some day write a book about the making of Waterworld that ate up years of Costner’s life and completely decimated his career (through his own doing, though, no doubt). After taking time away, in the last two years, Costner’s been making a comeback as a character actor in The Hatfields & McCoys, Man of Steel and Jack Ryan earlier this year. I’ve really enjoyed those outings of his and look forward to seeing him try to blend with ensembles, because he really can bring something to the table. It’s when he’s the main attraction that his faults as an actor swing center stage. 3 Days to Kill pairs Costner with McG, whom you’ll recall from such things as ruining the Terminator franchise. Continue reading Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill (2014)
One of the most overlooked films of the year and, unfortunately, I don’t think that bodes well for future entries in the franchise was Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic: Ender’s Game. I reviewed it initially here, but I remain very pleased with the film and if I did have one complaint it would be that they seemed to bank very heavily on future films being able to explain things that only hardcore fans of the world would understand. Continue reading Ender’s Game DVD/Blu Ray Date and Details