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Churchill 'Turning in His Grave' Over Transformers Filming

WWII prime minister's home covered in Nazi regalia

(Newser) - Veterans say Winston Churchill is "turning in his grave" after his former home was done up in Nazi regalia for filming on Transformers: The Last Knight, the Sun reports. According to the Guardian , Blenheim Palace in England was outfitted in massive swastika-emblazoned flags and patrolled by Nazi stormtroopers for... 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 »

Wahlberg: Transformers 4 'Most Important Role of My Career'

Apparently someone's standards aren't very high

(Newser) - Mark Wahlberg—who, the Huffington Post points out, has worked with people like Martin Scorsese—thinks his most important role ever is ... Transformers 4. "This is not something where it's already established and I'm just in there to get a paycheck," an apparently very enthusiastic Wahlberg... More »

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 »

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 Nails $372M, No. 3 Opening Weekend

Behind only 'Harry Potter' and 'Spider-Man 3'

(Newser) - Transformers: Dark of the Moon notched a smashing weekend, pocketing an eye-popping $372 million from around the globe and grabbing the No. 3 opening weekend of all time. The third in the franchise pulled in $162 million domestically, but it's proving to be a blockbuster overseas, notes the Hollywood ... 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 »

Transformers Filming Suspended After Crash

Police SUV slams into 'Bumblebee' during filming

(Newser) - The character "Bumblebee" was involved in an unscripted crash during the filming of a Transformers 3 car chase in Washington DC. A police SUV slammed into the yellow Chevy Camaro as it drove through an intersection that had been cordoned off by police, Fox reports. The officer, an explosives... More »

Pentagon Unleashes 'Transformer'

'Origami bot' first step in shape-shifting warfare

(Newser) - Pentagon designers working mightily to create their own brand of "Transformers"—vehicle-warriors that can morph from robot to boat or plane—have unveiled an origami-like model of a small, thin sheet of metal that can change itself itno a rudimentary boat shape to something resembling a paper airplane.... More »

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 »

10 Most Obvious Movie Product Placements

And there are probably a lot more to come

(Newser) - Iron Man 2—with its “$100 million marketing bonanza” featuring tie-ins and cross-promotions with Burger King, Dr. Pepper, Audi, 7-Eleven, and more—proves that “selling out has officially become the way to get movies made,” writes Jo Piazza on PopEater . With that in mind, the 10 most... More »

Hottest Hollywood Star: Toys

Transformers raked it in; expect more of the same from Tinseltown

(Newser) - Move over Denzel and Julia: In a bid to replicate the second Transformers' $833 million box-office take, toys are usurping flesh and blood stars as Hollywood's hottest property—and yes, Barbie and Candy Land have agents. Big-name agencies are working with the likes of Mattel and Hasbro—toys are "... More »

Megan Fox Should Stop Talking

For her own good

(Newser) - Though she's the star of two Transformers movies, “which I guess is an 'accomplishment' of sorts," Megan Fox's real talent has nothing to do with acting, but “lies in her seemingly endless arsenal of opinions,” writes James Brady Ryan of Nerve. “She’s accumulated a... 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 »

Transformers Crew: Fox Is 'Dumb as a Rock'

'Jolie wannabe as ungracious a person as you could find,' grumble workers

(Newser) - Megan Fox is a "dumb-as-a-rock" arrogant brat who likes to imagine she's Angelina Jolie, blasted angry crew members on the set of her latest Transformers film. They grouse about their "unbearable time watching her try to act," and never getting a "thank you" from Fox, even... More »

Harry Potter Is Neutering America

At the box office, the chaste rule, writer says

(Newser) - Remember the old teen sex comedies, where hormones ruled and no one talked about their feelings? Hollywood doesn't, ST VanAirsdale writes in Esquire. Today's sexless blockbusters—think the Harry Potter flicks and Twilight—reflect how "our PG-13 imperative has scrubbed mass culture of its libido." The new leading... More »

Fox's Transformers Audition? Washing Director's Car

Director, actress both claim they don't know where it is

(Newser) - It’s only a matter of time before this hits the Internet: Director Michael Bay made Megan Fox wash his Ferrari, while he filmed her, during her audition for Transformers, reports the Guardian. When Bay was asked what became of the footage, he claimed he—like Fox—had no idea... More »

Ice Age Ties Transformers on Slow Holiday

(Newser) - A sequel-vs.-sequel battle for the box office ended in a tie this weekend, USA Today reports. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen each raked in $42.5 million as July 4th barbecues took a bite out of sales. Johnny Depp’s Public Enemies... More »

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