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Wednesday
Oct062010

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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Thursday
Aug062009

G.I. Joe is about to benefit from excessively low expectations (Media Round-Up)

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra has a lot of momentum against it. After seeing the trailer, most movie fans have written it off as crap. Even Paramount, its distributor, thinks it sucks. The company announced that it won’t screen the film to mainstream media reviewers before its release this Friday.

Does Paramount have a master plan we’re not seeing? Executives must know that internet buzz for the movie has skewed negative for the past few months, due in large part to a lame trailer (a version of it can be seen below), Marlon Wayans, and those damn accelerator suits. By choosing to skip the critics, Paramount is admitting that G.I. Joe, its $175 million tentpole blockbuster release—a film with a sequel practically greenlit—is terrible. Without advanced screenings few critics will be able to post reviews until the weekend is well underway. Studios then think that moviegoers will drone into cinemas, blissfully unaware they just made a huge mistake.

In reality, G.I. Joe is likely not as bad as we think. Audiences will expect to see a terrible movie and end up seeing an unoriginal, but watchable action flick. The result: because it didn’t fail completely, everyone will think Rise of Cobra has totally redeemed itself and give it lots of adjectives like “Awesome!” and “Sweet!”

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