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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.

Bumblebee Poster

5 Fascinating Facts About 1986’s Transformers: The Movie

Optimus Prime

With the release of the latest disappointing Michael Bay Transformers film, children of the 1980s are dusting off their copy of the only movie to ever truly capture the majesty of the Autobots and Decepticons: 1986’s Transformers: The Movie. By now, running back to the pinnacle of the cartoon series that started a billion dollar empire for Hasbro, is becoming a yearly rite of reassurance for Transformer fans. The film holds up amazingly well 31 years after its release, but while you might know every line of the ultimate Prime vs. Megatron showdown and all the lyrics to Stan Bush’s classic stadium anthem “The Touch”, there are some wild things about Transformers: The Movie that you just might not know.

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Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #3 (2017) *For My World to Live, Yours Must Die*

While they haven’t specifically used the word, it seems clear that Unicron is the threat in Transformers: The Last Knight and that he is responsible for turning Prime evil (didn’t we do that already?) and trying to consume Earth.  While this is the least annoying of the trailers for the fifth live-action Transformers film, it still doesn’t give me any hope that anything has changed.  What’s more chilling is that director Michael Bay is claiming (I gave the source for CONTEXT) that 14 more Transformers films are in the works following next year’s Bumblebee spin-off, which will be a prequel.  Just mull that over.  TWENTY of these if they keep making money.  For what that will cost, we could go to Mars…..and leave Michael Bay there. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #3 (2017) *For My World to Live, Yours Must Die*

Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*

I try to make it a policy not to pre-hate movies (I reserve the right to occasionally diverge), with the exception of the Transformers series as directed by Michael Bay.  The Transformers were, and are to many people in my generation, an integral part of our childhood memories and Bay has despoiled them.  If they’d ALL been awful from the start I’d understand it more, but the first film was not bad.  It was flawed, but I got my chills moment of Peter Cullen’s voice emerging from a live-action Optimus Prime.  Since then, they’ve been crude, noisy, unbearably long, stupid, occasionally racist, degredations of everything that made the Transformers cool.  Also there’s been a weird move to make Optimus Prime act less and less like Optimus Prime until apparently he’s just the villain in this film.  I say apparently, because this trailer is weird.  It’s shot like a documentary of the life of a little girl who likes bots until things get splodey at the end.  Oh and in case you thought anything has changed, Grimlock barfs up a hatchback.  It’ll make a billion dollars.  Whenever they pry Bay from this franchise, if they even manage to get a genuine fan in the director’s chair, I don’t think you could undo the damage.  But since there will be one a year now, we’ll probably find out.  Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*

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?*