In what may be remembered as the least surprising news of 2015, it sounds like Michael Bay will be returning again for the next installment in the Transformers film series. At CinemaCon, Vice Chairman of Paramount Rob Moore was said to have "promised" theatre owners attending the event that Bay was already in the process of developing the next Transformers movie. It was previously reported that Bay had opted to take on a different project which would keep him from directing a fifth Transformers movie. Keep reading for more!
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hasbro has hired writer Akiva Goldsman to head up the writing team that will work on expanding the Transformers movie world into a broader cinematic franchise. CEO Brian Goldner revealed this in Hasbro's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, and added that Transformers 5 is expected in 2017. A director is not mentioned, and while Michael Bay was named in connection with the project in rumors it's entirely logical that the financially successful director would be consulted on what "his" franchise would do next. Keep reading for more info!
Multiple news sources are confirming that Leonard Nimoy, best known as Star Trek's Mr. Spock but also a repeated presence in Transformers media, has died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83. An actor, director, photographer, and much more, Mr. Nimoy was in all things he chose to do an artist, first and foremost, who gave his work the attention and forethought it deserved. He will be missed, and the thoughts of the TFormers staff go out to Mr. Nimoy's family.
As is standard practice, the winners of the Razzies were announced the morning before the Oscars ceremony, and Age of Extinction was recognized! While it was nominated in nine categories, it only won two: Worst Director for Michael Bay, and Worst Supporting Actor for Kelsey Grammer. However, Grammer was cited for performance in four
movies - TF4, The Expendables 3, Think Like A Man Too, and Legends of Oz. Keep reading for a full list!
Up next in the slow trickle of Transformers items being shown at WonderFest, the Medicom display has what may be our first look at the Age of Extinction deco Optimus Prime Bearbrick figure. Back in December we brought you images of the packaging art, but had yet to see the figure itself. Now that we have, we can say with certainty that it's an Optimus Prime Bearbrick in a deco that could be interpreted as being inspired by the movie. Keep reading to see for yourself!
From Masabon we've got many photos of the Deluxe Stinger just released by TakaraTomy. With its only representation in Hasbro's AOE line being Legends recolors, AD-32 Stinger is the first iteration of the character (we use the term loosely here) that can mix with the rest of the normal product line. Recolored from the "modern" Bumblebee figure, it's a good likeness as a robot, but of course doesn't remotely match the Pagani vehicle mode. Click through to check out all the mirrored photos!
Following up on our previous report of 3A Toys doing their take on Dark of The Moon's redesign of Megatron in in a higher-end, non-transforming figure, we have more details about the upcoming item thanks to decemberist. In addition to a full accounting of standard accessories, we've found out about what surprising items will be exclusive to one retailer, as well as the price you can expect. Keep reading for the full list!
Via an Ebay seller we have some new looks at the soon to be released two pack of Human Alliance Barricade and Soundwave. Human Alliance Soundwave was limited in release originally, though this edition may not be much easier to get due to its high base price and being an Asian market exclusive item. And despite this, neither toy appear to have any significant deco additions over their individual releases. Click through to check out the photos.
World of 3A has posted a series of photos showing their upcoming Dark of The Moon Megatron. This 18-inch tall figure does not transform, but features plenty of articulation, lots of sculpted detail to make it as visually accurate to the design as possible, LED lighting, and even has a fabric cloak to hide the unsightliness of the head wound given to him by Optimus Prime. The first one, from before Optimus shot his head off his body Just Because. Keep reading to check out all the photos!
While a nomination for Best Picture was only ever possible within the realm of Michael Bay's fevered, explosion-laden imagination, historically the Transformers films have picked up nominations (though never a win) in the visual effects categories. But Age of Exinction will have to content itself with laughing all the way to the bank, as it's been ignored by the Academy this Oscar season. Oh well, there's always the coveted Golden Raspberry Awards,
where TF4 is very
well represented. Keep reading for a link to the full list of nominations for the curious!
In 2014, the Dinobots went to the movies, and we were all asked to believe that Mark Wahlberg was an inventor. From Texas. The Age of Extinction toyline brought a new look and a new approach to Transformers movie toys, and ExVee and RAC have looked at what worked, what didn't and what was completely unexpected. Keep reading to see our picks for the best - and worst - of 2014!
Age of Extinction was certainly financially successful, making a killing in the international box office score for 2014. But that lends no weight to it being an objectively good movie. Following on this, the short list of nominations for The Razzies, honoring the worst of the worst movies of the year features Age of Extinction in seven categories with a total of nine nominations across them. Given some of the competition, we're not sure if it can claim a prize in any of them, but I'm sure it's an honor just to be nominated! Keep reading for the full list of categories AOE and its cast and crew are up for.
You may associate the word "gross" in a completely different way when it comes to Age of Extinction, but hate it or love it it was a monetary success. Box Office Mojo has published their yearly tally of worldwide box office numbers, and clocking in at just shy of $1.1 billion is Age of Extinction, followed by Guardians of The Galaxy. But take note, this success relies heavily on worldwide ticket sales, with China likely being a major contributor. In domestic numbers, AOE falls fifth earning just $245 million, beating its estimated budget - but not by much!
In a recent interview with MTV, Mark Wahlberg was asked whether his time with the Transformers movie franchise had concluded. Wahlberg announced he had committed to making additional films in the series, and went on to reference "Mr. Bay" when vaguely alluding to going back to work. We can expect to see a return of Cade Yeager, but whether this also indicates Michael Bay has (again) agreed to direct after saying he was moving on or if Wahlberg is simply misinformed about the current state of affairs remains to be seen. Click through and watch the embedded video!
Film data site The Numbers has posted a list of the highest-grossing actors of all time- that is, actors who have appeared in films which have collectively had the highest overall ticket sales. Topping the list by approximately one Age of Extinction is Frank Welker, who has secured the top spot from previous record holder Samuel L. Jackson. So that movie was
good for something, it turns out. Keep reading to see the top ten and get a link to the full list of 100!
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