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'Transformers 3' confirmed for 2011

Ending a complete lack of suspense, director Michael Bay announced on his Web site Thursday that he is officially on board to direct a third "Transformers" film for Paramount. The release date has been shuttled up a full year, from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2011.

Stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are slated to return, as is "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" co-writer Ehren Kruger. Steven Spielberg will executive produce, as he did on the first two films, which have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide.

Hollywood Reporter, October 1

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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'Transformers 3' confirmed for 2011

Ending a complete lack of suspense, director Michael Bay announced on his Web site Thursday that he is officially on board to direct a third "Transformers" film for Paramount. The release date has been shuttled up a full year, from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2011.

Stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are slated to return, as is "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" co-writer Ehren Kruger. Steven Spielberg will executive produce, as he did on the first two films, which have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide.

Hollywood Reporter, October 1

Well...it clearly spells dollars...don't mess with the formula, I guess.

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It's interesting that Kurzman and Orci will not be working with Bay on this one. Apparently they were not happy with some of the directions that Bay took their TF2 script. And they had some harsh things to say, especially about the racial angle of Bay's finished film.

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Good for them. Can we go ahead and give Transformers 3 the "Worst Film of 2011" title?

Edited by Phill Lytle

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It's interesting that Kurzman and Orci will not be working with Bay on this one. Apparently they were not happy with some of the directions that Bay took their TF2 script. And they had some harsh things to say, especially about the racial angle of Bay's finished film.

That's something that just killed me. Much of the humor is derived from racial charicatures to the the point of the offensive. In fact, any nice moments the film had (and there were ideas I liked, regardless of Bay's execution) just do not make up for the fact that Bay leans heavily on racial stereotypes in both films with few characters of color among the heroes to balance it out. We have a black soldier...but everyone else is an over the top stereotype. What are Bay's issues non-White people?

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'Transformers 3' Bringing Back 'Core Mythology' With Shia LaBeouf And Megan Fox

Goldner wants to see "Transformers 3" hearken back to the alien robots' roots and integrate more elements' from their established past.

"What we’re really doing is getting back to some of the core character development and storytelling. And I think there’s some elements of the core story that the filmmakers, Michael in particular wanted to tell," Goldner explained. "He’s really well-versed in the Transformers lore. So I think you’ll see, you know, less bedlam, more characters."

MTV Movies Blog, March 1

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Mike Fleming: "Michael Bay has added some quality actors to Transformers 3. He has set John Malkovich and Frances McDormand to join Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. McDormand will play a big role, the National Intelligence Director. Malkovich plays Shia's character's first boss."

What kind of double-bill will this make with Burn After Reading, I wonder.

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If they get George Clooney? I am in.

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Now we can rest easy.

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The cast gets more and more interesting. The latest addition? Firefly, V and I Robot veteran Alan Tudyk.

Oh, and Shia LaBeouf just told reporters: "When I saw the second movie, I wasn't impressed with what we did. There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone." He says the third movie will be better.

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MICHAEL BAY'S REVENGE! No More Megan

EXCLUSIVE: I've just learned that Paramount won't be picking up Megan Fox's option on Transformers 3 -- and that it was "ultimately" director Michael Bay's decision. (So he gets his revenge for her remark comparing him to "Hitler".) Right now Bay et al are finishing up the script for the threequel and "giving Shia a new love interest makes more sense for the story," an insider tells me. . . .

Deadline.com, May 19

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...makes more sense for the story...

Deadline.com, May 19

Because that has always been the top priority on the Transformer movies.

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In other news, Bay is breaking with CGI for the robots and instead will be using contortionists inside live-action robot costumes on miniature sets. Still no definitive word on whether the live-action robots will be filmed in 3D.

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In other news, Bay is breaking with CGI for the robots and instead will be using contortionists inside live-action robot costumes on miniature sets. Still no definitive word on whether the live-action robots will be filmed in 3D.

That sounds like the Sweded version.

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Confirmed: Megan Fox wasn't released from 'Transformers 3'... she quit

Sources close to the production tell HitFix Megan Fox was not written out of "Transformers 3," nor was it Michael Bay's decision to drop her from the film. She left the picture. Late this afternoon, her publicist released a statement exclusively to People.com stating that it was Fox's choice, but people haven't run that part of the story. They just keep writing that she was canned.

Stories like this are always tough to parse from the outside. Everyone wants to be the party in control, the one who made the choice. And in this case, it makes a great story to blame Fox's brash outspoken manner in interviews on her suddenly not appearing in this franchise. But I think it's important to at least try to figure out what happened, since we're talking about people's professional lives here. . . .

Drew McWeeny, Hitfix.com, May 20

Megan Fox Quit 'Transformers' Over Michael Bay's Abuse

EXCLUSIVE -- Megan Fox walked away from "Transformers 3" because director Michael Bay was "verbally abusive" toward her and "she had enough and decided to get out early," an individual close to the actress has told TheWrap. . . .

And while Deal Central was skeptical at first that Fox would walk away from such a lucrative role, persistent whispers around Hollywood indicated that there was another side of the story. . . .

Bay has a history of demeaning his leading ladies, including "Pearl Harbor" star Kate Beckinsale; an individual close to the actress recalled that the director "wasn't very nice" to her on the set, either.

Apparently, Fox wasn't the only "Transformers" cast member affected by Bay's rude behavior. TheWrap also learned that "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" star Isabel Lucas chose not to join her co-stars on a publicity tour for the film because she didn't get along with the director, who was described as being "too powerful" and "not well-liked" by the female talent community. . . .

TheWrap.com, May 20

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Bay an unpleasent mysogynist? No way.

I'd say the guy's dislike for women beyond their "aesthetic value" is pretty clearly on display in most of his films.

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What Nez said.

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I'd say the guy's dislike for women anyone and anything beyond their "aesthetic value" is pretty clearly on display in most of his films.

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Bay an unpleasent mysogynist? No way.

I'd say the guy's dislike for women beyond their "aesthetic value" is pretty clearly on display in most of his films.

No kidding. Check out the acting credentials of Megan Fox's replacement:

Huntington-Whiteley previously worked with Michael Bay in a commercial he directed for Victoria's Secret, but she has no other acting credits to her name. She has appeared on the past four installments of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," and was a guest on "Britain's Next Top Model." She's also reportedly dating "Transporter" star Jason Statham.

New 'Transformers 3' Star: Rose Huntington-Whiteley

(This article also notes that Bay mispelled the poor girl's last name while making the casting announcement on his blog...

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Next 'Transformers' is due for a switch

Bay is not one for mea culpas, but he says he can do better. "This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings," the director says.

Bay calls the second film's villain, The Fallen, "kind of a (expletive) character." The new movie's foe is certain to make fans of the original '80s incarnation smile: Shockwave, the robot cyclops-turned-laser-cannon, who became dictator of their home world of Cybertron after the other Autobots and Decepticons journeyed to Earth.

"One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy," Bay adds. So the twins, the two bumbling, slang-spewing robots? "They're basically gone," he says, though John Turturro returns for comic relief. . . .

Plot details are under wraps, but it delves into the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet's most dangerous secrets. "The movie is more of a mystery," Bay says. "It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened."

While Optimus Prime, Megatron and even Sam all have died and been resurrected, di Bonaventura says this film will have no do-overs: Die, and that's it.

Bay hints that there may be a lot of that. "As a trilogy, it really ends," he says. "It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending."

USA Today, June 10

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Next 'Transformers' is due for a switch

"One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy," Bay adds. So the twins, the two bumbling, slang-spewing robots? "They're basically gone," he says, though John Turturro returns for comic relief. . . .

Huh. I called it racist humor.

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You can't get anywhere in downtown Chicago right now, this film is being shot all over the place and they are literally ripping up city streets in the process. It's the talk of the town, but I find it annoying. On Sunday you couldn't even walk across Michigan Ave. to get to the lake. These Transformers have yet again found another way, a brand new approach, to annoy me.

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Persona wrote:

: You can't get anywhere in downtown Chicago right now, this film is being shot all over the place and they are literally ripping up city streets in the process.

Are these streets that they would have had to fix anyway? Like, has the city found a way to get the filmmakers to save the taxpayer a few pennies?

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