Guess How Many Explosions Are In The First Transformers Movie?

Go on, guess! And then watch Dylan Browne's supercut, which counts out exactly how many times things blow up, large or small, in the first installment of Michael Bay's Transformers franchise. Here's a hint — the movie is 144 minutes long, and don't bother guessing less than that. » 1/28/15 6:40am 1/28/15 6:40am

How Product Placement Took Over Science Fiction, From E.T. To Star Trek

These days, product placement is an accepted part of science fiction. We're used to seeing big brands splashed all over every TV show and movie about aliens or the future. But it wasn't always this way. Here's the quick-and-very-dirty history of how on-screen advertising became a science fiction mainstay. » 1/19/15 8:25am 1/19/15 8:25am

Mark Wahlberg'll Be Back For More Transformers Films. And Soon.

Contrary to earlier rumors that Mark Wahlberg's first appearance in the Transformers franchise, Wahlberg himself has said that he's contracted for a "couple" more and that he expects to be back on the set "soon." » 12/18/14 10:00pm 12/18/14 10:00pm

Paramount Thinks Transformers 4 May Be The Best Picture Of The Year

Because they've just taken out an ad asking the Academy to consider the movie about giant robots blowin' shit up for Best Picture, as well as pretty much every other available Oscar. Transformers 4 was the least egregiously awful movie in the franchise, but does that achievement make it Oscar-worthy? I say thee nay. » 12/09/14 6:40am 12/09/14 6:40am

Is This Concept Art From The Teenage Mutant Ninja Alien-Turtle Movie?!

Artist Tsvetomir Georgiev just released a bevy of unused villain concept art for the Michael Bay-produced TMNT movie, seemingly back from the first draft when the Turtles were going to be aliens. Which means this may be the first look at "Schrader," the soldier-Shredder William Fichter was supposed to play. » 10/14/14 6:48am 10/14/14 6:48am

The Transformers films are much more palatable when retold by Toys

Michael Bay's Transformers films have received a lot of stick over the years - but what happens when Transformers toys themselves take a look at them? A pretty funny few minutes, actually. » 10/05/14 12:04pm 10/05/14 12:04pm

Michael Bay Is Bringing This Breathtaking SciFi Book To Life

Cosmic Motors is one of those coffee table books that seems kinda cool, you pick up on a whim, then unwittingly read cover-to-cover before it burrows into your brain meat forever. It's cars and planes and racing all rolled into a thin sci-fi storyline, and now Michael Bay is making a movie out of it. » 9/03/14 3:03am 9/03/14 3:03am

7 Deadly Sins Of Talking About Pop Culture

We love to argue about pop culture, because geeking out about movies, books and television makes them even more fun. But sometimes these discussions can go to a terrible place. Here are seven mistakes to avoid when having a spirited debate about entertainment. » 8/27/14 10:00am 8/27/14 10:00am

Michael Bay Is Pretending To Be Done With The Transformers Movies Again

Michael Bay told USA Today that, having made the incredibly successful and yet strangely lackluster Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, he plans to take his movie-making in a new, exploding robot-less direction. But please don't bother to wipe your brow in relief quite yet. » 8/11/14 2:20pm 8/11/14 2:20pm

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Fails In Every Possible Way

It's not enough to say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is kind of a lousy movie. You want to be able to draw some kind of lesson from its crapness, or at least pick through the debris for some hint of what it could have been. To that end, here are all the ways that TMNT 2014 fails. » 8/08/14 9:00am 8/08/14 9:00am

Here's The Best And Worst Of The Last Ship In One Short Video

There's a lot to love about The Last Ship, the TV show about the crew of a heroic Navy destroyer trying to save the world from a global pandemic. But there's a lot that makes us roll our eyes so hard, we get a headrush. See both aspects of the show in one brief clip. Spoilers ahead... » 7/14/14 3:52pm 7/14/14 3:52pm

The Transformers Trilogy Contains Only 20 Minutes Of Robots Fighting

Someone made a supercut of all the footage of the Autobots and Decepticons actually battling each other in the first three of Michael Bay's Transformers films. It's a nice highlight reel, but the real story is this: These movies contain less than 5% of giant robot-on-robot action. » 7/10/14 12:30pm 7/10/14 12:30pm

Producer Says A GI Joe/Transformers Movie Is "A Possibility," But...

But don't get too excited. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of both the Transformers and GI Joe movie franchises, has announced that a crossover movie between the two franchises is something they might do in the future, but for now it's not even something being discussed. » 7/07/14 6:20am 7/07/14 6:20am

Michael Bay Movies, Or: Why Your Eyes Love What Your Brain Hates

We're big fans of Tony Zhou's cinematic analyses, but we're especially fond of his recent breakdown of Michael Bay's visual approach, which manages to acknowledge the director's knack for spectacle while identifying him as a slave to his own system – a gratuitous, over-evolved action style we love to hate. » 7/05/14 10:03am 7/05/14 10:03am

Transformers: Age Of Extinction: The Spoiler FAQ

Did you watch Michael Bay's newest cinematic aberration this weekend and come away confused? Our patented Spoiler FAQ has the answers to every question you have about the Transformers: Age Of Extinction! (Yes, including the one about statutory rape, since Michael Bay decided to bring it up.) » 7/01/14 10:00am 7/01/14 10:00am

"Destruction Supervisor" On Transformers And Pacific Rim: Best Job Ever

Say what you want about the Transformers sequels: they give good mass destruction. We spoke to Industrial Light and Magic's Michael Balog, who was "destruction supervisor" on the last two Transformers movies, plus Pacific Rim. And he told us the secrets of making destruction look real. And real awesome. » 6/30/14 12:31pm 6/30/14 12:31pm

In Transformers 4, Michael Bay Urges You To Smash The Patriarchy

The new Transformers movie expertly duplicates the experience of taking an endless road trip with your father, who refuses to see you as a separate person and who is also quietly falling apart. It's dull, horrifying and miserable. But after nine hours, you realize you're seeing the failure of patriarchy, in miniature. » 6/27/14 9:00am 6/27/14 9:00am

Transformers 4 Actors Explain Why Michael Bay Hit Them With A Broom

How does an actor work with a co-star who is a giant CG robot that they can't see on set? In our exclusive interview, two of the stars of Transformers: Age of Extinction explain how Michael Bay and a broomstick stood in for the Autobots and Decepticons during filming. » 6/25/14 12:20pm 6/25/14 12:20pm

All The Secrets Of The Last Ship's Devastating Plague Apocalypse


The Last Ship
, the Michael Bay-produced show about the disease that wipes out most of humanity, and the one Navy vessel that can save us, premieres Sunday on TNT. The pilot was touted as the biggest TNT has ever done, but can the show sustain that level of action for the rest of the season? We visited the set to find… » 6/18/14 10:06pm 6/18/14 10:06pm