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'Battleship' trailer - It's like Transformers meets the open sea

If you loved the Transformers movies, you’re going to love this! At least, that’s the message I’m getting after watching the new trailer for Peter Berg’s Battleship. In some ways, it makes sense. Both are based on Hasbro toys. It’s just that I distinctly remember Battleship being about two warring armada’s, not a few ships and a ton of transforming aliens. Clearly, I’m behind the times. 

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Where's Wall-E? Try and find him in this picture full of famous robots

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There's plenty of actual news going on today, but I spent a good long while looking at this "Where's Wall-E" picture, so I'd say it must be important. Drawn in the style of Where's Waldo?, this picture has just about every robot I've ever seen on TV and in the movies.

Everyone looks accounted for. R2D2, Transformers, Bender from Futurama, the Bad Robot...robot, Sentinals from The Matrix, the Bicentennial Man, Dot Matrix from Spaceballs, the Google Android logo, the robots from Batteries Not Included, and a ton of other robots that I've seen but can't place. For a near-complete rundown of all the bots, check out this Reddit page. Thanks to LaughingSquid for the link. 


Shia LaBeouf is "super proud" of 'Transformers 3', claims it won't suck

(Did Michael Bay crush that little kid's dreams?)

I'm not all that familiar with Transformers, but from what I understand, those that are were rather disappointed with Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, to put it lightly.  Still, despite horrendous reviews, accusations of racism and sexism, and only a 20% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Transformers 2 grossed over $400 million in the United States and more than double that worldwide.  We all knew that Transformers 3 was coming.  It was only a matter of time.  After all, Michael Bay seems to have a pathological need to put out a film about explosions every few years.  

But should we automatically assume the worst of Transformers 3?  Maybe, maybe not.  Either way, star Shia LeBeouf (who plays Sam Witwicky in the movies) has been going out of his way lately to assure fans that Transformers 3 will not suck. 

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First art from possible Voltron: Defender of the Universe movie

Now we're talking. Transformers is a fun diversion, but Voltron is the real deal. JoBlo got its hands on exclusive artwork being used by Atlas Entertainment to pitch its Voltron movie to studios. Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer are penning the film. They're responsible for the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot and are writing screenplays for Dr. Strange and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (a video game) as well. Click on the images to enlarge.

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Transformers 3 stars filming in Detroit soon. Want to be an extra?

Michael Bay has chosen to destroy portions of Detroit in the climax of Transformers 3. As a lifelong Michiganian, I applaud this decision and I'd be more than happy to help him choose which places to level.

Filming in Detroit will start at the end of August and stay in the area for 2-3 weeks. If you'd like to be an extra in the film, follow the directions on If not, you can join me in snooping around once filming starts. I'll need people with ladders, hard helmets, and fake mustaches.


The Box Office is quite Twittery lately

Reuters has written about something I’ve been noticing lately. Movies are flopping a lot faster this year. They’re also rising a lot faster. From my experience, midnight showings are growing more popular, though perhaps its because this year is particularly full of sequels (what year isn’t).

Reuters speculates that social site Twitter is responsible for a lot of the hastening.It’s one of many new ways movie fans are instantly communicating with one another. Many times, people text or Twitter right during the movie, to the dismay of everyone sitting around them.

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Transformers 2 breaks Chinese box office records

Transformers 2 has made 400 million yaun ($59 million) during its box office run in China, where it opened June 24. That’s no small sum, even by American standards. The sum sets Transformers 2 as the biggest movie of all time in the country, sliding ahead of Titanic, but is still less than the film’s opening day numbers in the U.S. of $62 million. There are roughly 4100 theaters in China.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the market in China and clearly shows that there is a strong growing demand for international films,” said Mike Ellis, Asia-Pacific managing director of the Hollywood trade organization, Motion Picture Association of America, speaking with the Associated Press.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) sees the rising tide of cash coming from China, and wants to release more blockbusters there. Currently, China only allows 20 foreign blockbusters a year, in an attempt to grow its domestic film industry.

In 10 years, we are going to see Chinese box office numbers that rival the U.S. from China as its great wall continues to fall.


Harry Potter 6 posts the largest midnight opening ever

I totally predicted this one. $22.2 million from 3,003 theaters: that’s how much Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed at 12:01am last night. It’s a new record, besting The Dark Knight by $4 million. The movie has a shot at the single day record too, which Dark Knight also set at $67,165,092, if it can rake in another $45 million by the end of the night tonight. $45 million is do-able. Transformers 2 made $46 million in it’s opening day, after a midnight showing of $16 million.

I don’t think Harry Potter will be setting any weekend records though. It may trend more like Bruno: down. Much of the audience leaving seemed bewildered and disappointed at my midnight showing. Word of mouth may not go so well, despite the high critical acclaim Half-Blood Prince seems to be getting. From what I’m told, this movie also butchers the book a lot more than the other movies, which will bother hardcore Potter-ites. My review of the movie is here.


Review - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen **

Watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is like having a friend clang all of your silverware together a few inches from your face, and yell sexist jokes in a racially stereotypical voice for 2 1/2 hours, all while you watch the last Transformers.

The plot as I understand it: Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is leaving for college and his parents are having a hard time letting go. He’s still dating Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) who is extremely hot, or so the camera constantly reminds us, but he won’t say the “L” word (love). When he gets to college, he’s treated to an extremely realistic depiction of dorm life and its temptations. This section of the movie might as well be a documentary; my first day of college was exactly the same—full of Playboy models who all want my body and sex parties.

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