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Faded Nostalgia Kicks TMNT Reboot

But $35.3M is good enough for a box-office win

(Newser) - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise appears to be debuting in half-lives, with Out of the Shadows scoring a $35.3 million win at this weekend's box office that was a sharp drop from the first reboot's $65 million. "In 2014, people were running out to see... More »

Transformers 4 Is Just Plain Awful

Critics advise you stay away from this noisy summer flick

(Newser) - Womp womp. According to critics, the Transformers franchise should have been kept to a trilogy. The fourth installment of this robot-smashing series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is getting the nod from just 20% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The upside? It has a 74% approval rating from audiences. Here's... More »

Michael Bay Chokes at CES Appearance

He loses place on teleprompter, walks off stage

(Newser) - Transformers director Michael Bay has made headlines again, this time for a bizarre incident at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday. Bay was taking part in a news conference about Samsung's new curved TVs when there was a problem with the teleprompter, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Michael Bay Fights Off Guy Wielding... Air Conditioner

Bizarre attack took place in China

(Newser) - Michael Bay's own rep calls it "bizarre": While filming the latest Transformers flick in China today, the director had what the rep describes as "a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a... More »

Pain & Gain Might Be Sort of Brilliant

Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson star in Michael Bay's latest

(Newser) - Michael Bay's latest movie is a bit of a shift from Transformers—it's a smaller-budget film based on a true story about bodybuilders who get involved in kidnapping. Critics offer mixed reviews:
  • At Salon , Andrew O'Hehir calls Pain & Gain "a thoroughly reprehensible and frequently hilarious
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Michael Bay: No, I am Not Sorry About Armageddon

Director responds to headline-getting quote

(Newser) - Before Michael Bay brought Megan Fox to the world's attention , he brought us something else: Armageddon, a movie that Roger Ebert called "an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense, and the human desire to be entertained," as Vanity Fair fondly recalls. Well, Bay... More »

6 'Dumb' Stars Who Are Actually Really Smart

You should actually listen to Dr. Oz, it turns out

(Newser) - If you've ever assumed Dr. Oz is just like Dr. Phil, or that Jerry Springer and Flavor Flav are both kind of a joke, take a look at this Cracked list revealing secret celebrity smartypants:
  • Dr. Oz: Considering he's best known for peddling health tips on daytime talk
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12 Actors Who Have Belittled Their Own Movies

And why we only get mad about it sometimes

(Newser) - Cloud Atlas certainly has inspired its stars to diss their past projects. On Chelsea Lately Tuesday, Halle Berry reminisced about how she met her fiance Olivier Martinez "on a s**t movie, Us reports. She was referring to Dark Tide, which came out earlier this year and did not perform... More »

Despite Struggles, Oprah Still Highest-Paid Celebrity

Three filmmakers also make it into top 5, plus ... Dr. Dre?!

(Newser) - We all know Oprah Winfrey hasn't been doing quite as well since she ended her iconic talk show to start her own network. But thanks to her massive empire—Harpo Productions, her magazine and radio station, and a number of popular shows she's involved in—she managed to... More »

Sandler, Jack and Jill Rule Razzie Noms

Actor's 11 nominations more than double previous 1-year record

(Newser) - Adam Sandler dominated like no other would-be thespian that bane of awards season, the Razzie Awards nominations, pulling in 11 nods as an actor, writer, and producer, reports the LA Times . Among the lowlights this year:
  • Sandler's 11 nominations are more than twice as many as anyone else ever
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Worst Summer Blockbusters Ever

Sorry, Transformers fans

(Newser) - The summer blockbuster: proof that, when it comes to movies, budget is often inversely proportional to quality. In Time , Everett Rosenfeld and Gilbert Cruz reflect on the worst of the worst:
  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Director Michael Bay’s only priority: explosions.
  2. Star Wars: Episode IThe Phantom Menace:
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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Not Much to Howl At

With blinding effects and a pointless plot, critics say it's an Optimus Crime

(Newser) - Negative reviews are like Energon Cubes to Michael Bay—they only make him stronger. His first two Transformers movies were universally trashed by critics, and the latest—Transformers: Dark Of The Moon—is no different according to its 37% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes . But it's not like Optimus... More »

Hitler Slam Got Megan Fox Fired

Transformer sexpot axed for comparing director to Adolf

(Newser) - A key insider has finally confirmed what many suspected: Megan Fox got bounced from the Transformers series that made her famous because she compared her director to Adolf Hitler. The order to fire her came directly from producer Steven Spielberg, reports the Telegraph . The 25-year-old actress claimed last year that... More »

5 Movie Myths About Guns

For starters, it's hard to blow up a car with one

(Newser) - Hollywood just loves its guns, but it doesn't always get the facts straight. Robert Evans of Cracked.com busts 5 common gun myths:
  • Bullets blow up cars and stuff (Jaws, Casino Royale, Matrix Reloaded): If it were that easy to make flammable things go boom, every car accident "would
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10 Best Fake Twitter Feeds

You don't have to be the real McCoy to be hilarious

(Newser) - If only @BPGlobalPR were the real deal: The spoof account is far more entertaining than BP's actual one (find a clear demonstration of that here ). Time's Newsfeed shares 9 more spectacular, satirical Twitter feeds, with sample tweets:
  1. @FakeAP Stylebook : "'horrible tragedy'—use this phrasing to differentiate the described
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Meet Megan Fox's Transformers Replacement

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a Victoria's Secret Angel

(Newser) - Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the new Megan Fox…in Transformers 3, at least. The Frisky runs down 10 must-know facts about the 23-year-old Brit:
  1. Love life: She’s been linked to Kylie Minogue ex Olivier Martinez and Ronnie Wood’s son, and she’s currently dating action
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Montag 'Auditions' for Transformers 3

She hopes stiff shoot-'em-up will win role

(Newser) - Is she kidding? A deluded Heidi Montag hopes to snag the next top spot in the Transformers franchise with an audition tape showing her awkwardly moving around targets and shooting. "This is for you, Michael Bay," she announces to the director before she begins the video, which is... More »

Megan Fox Dropped From Transformers

Actress is dropped from third film

(Newser) - Without Megan Fox, what exactly is the appeal of Transformers 3? The world will soon find out, because the sultry actress has been dropped from the July 2011 film. After her highly-publicized comments against director Michael Bay, many aren’t surprised to hear the news—but Bay himself had welcomed... More »

Emma Watson Is Top-Paid Woman in Hollywood

'Harry Potter' star banked $41M, ranks just 14th among moneymakers

(Newser) - Emma Watson made more money last year than any other actress in the world. The Harry Potter star banked over $30 million from acting and modeling jobs; she has worked on ad campaigns for Burberry and People Tree. Watson ranked 14th on Vanity Fair 's list of Hollywood's top moneymakers,... More »

Sexism Taints Megan Fox Flap

Transformers brouhaha isn't about what she said, it's about her having an opinion

(Newser) - With the “big pile of poo” stirred up by Megan Fox and the Transformers crew maintaining its place in the spotlight, it’s time to realize Fox “has guts to call a spade a spade”—in this case, by calling out director Michael Bay, writes Melissa Silverstein... More »

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