SMASH! SMASH! SMASH! What we got here is a early look at a Super Bowl XLV cross-promotion commercial for the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. Titled, “Al’s Chevy Dealership”, the Super Bowl spot is a spoof of a local car dealership commercial gone wrong. FYI, don’t have a guy in a mascot suit smash a mallet into a Camaro. Especially, when that Camaro is Bumblebee. BTW, I like the commercial, but I still hate Michael Bay. Hit the jump to check out the commercial!
At Cannes Film Festival, Shia LeBeouf recently spoke about his true feelings regarding two films that he starred in that received a lot of criticism about how much they blow. The two movies in question were Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Steven Spielberg and George Lucas‘ Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). We all have our opinions about how shitty these two films were, but rarely do you ever have an actor/actress/director/etc. that will publicly say the same. As Topless Robot put, takes serious balls for anyone in Hollywood to criticize their work, especially when its been so financially successful. Transformers ROTF made over $835+ million just in the box office worldwide and Indy racked in a cool $785+ million in the box office. Shia is a serious box office juggernaut has his last films six films made at least over $150 million. That is quite an impressive resume for a 23 year old with a long career ahead of him. Even with the huge success of his film, Shia will willing to call it as he sees it and won’t pull back the punches.
Shia first spoke about the weak story that doomed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” LaBeouf said…
“You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg, who directed]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.”
LaBeouf said that he could have kept quiet, especially given the movie’s blockbuster status, but didn’t think the film had fooled anyone. “I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you’ve made … . And I think if you don’t acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you’re promoting a movie.” LaBeouf went on to say he wasn’t the only star on the film who felt that way. “We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn’t happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn’t universally accepted.”
LaBeouf added, “We need to be able to satiate the appetite,” he said. “I think we just misinterpreted what we were trying to satiate.”
Considering Shia’s relationship with director Steven Spielberg, I am pretty sure if was hard for him to say and be quoted on it.
“I’ll probably get a call. But he needs to hear this. I love him. I love Steven. I have a relationship with Steven that supersedes our business work. And believe me, I talk to him often enough to know that I’m not out of line. And I would never disrespect the man. I think he’s a genius, and he’s given me my whole life. He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”
When asked about the problems faced in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and less than spectacular reviews by critics, Shia feels the same way as most Transformer fans do.
On the second movie, “we got lost. We tried to get bigger. It’s what happens to sequels. It’s like, how do you top the first one? You’ve got to go bigger,” LaBeouf said. “Mike (Michael Bay) went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. … You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”
Unlike, Indy, Transformer 3 is underway and Shia promises to make it up to the fans for the problems found in Transformers ROTF.
“There’s going to be a lot of death, human death. This time, they’re targeting humans,” LaBeouf said. “It’s going to be the craziest action movie ever made, or we failed.”
As much as I like and trust Shia LeBeouf, it is hard to say whether Transformers 3 will be any different considering Michael Bay is STILL fucking attached to the project as director and douche bag.
Considering the failures (storywise) of Transformers ROTF and Indy 4, Shia also is very aware of what may happen if his role in the highly anticipated sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleep is not a success with critics and fans.
“If I was going to do it twice, my career was over. So this was fight-or-flight for me.”
As much as I hated Transformers ROTF and Indy 4, I can honestly say that Shia was not part of the problem. I seriously believe that he is a impeccable character and dramatic actor and feel that the blame is on the writers and the vision of the director and producers. Personally, I don’t feel right that he takes the burden of the crappy nature of those two films, but I do applaud him for his honesty. I doubt Michael Bay has the balls to do the same. I enjoy his acting and will most likely fork out the money to see his films. Even Transformers 3.
From the hilarious and creative minds at How It Should Have Ended comes “How Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Should Have Ended“. Last month, we featured HISHE’s last release which was the insane Terminator How It Should Have Ended that had a really awesome mash-up of Terminator and Back to the Future. This time, HISHE pokes fun at all the ridiculous plot holes and mistakes in Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 movie (AKA Bayformers). HISHE mixes their signature blunt humor with funny animation. Consider how epic HISHE animation parodies are, they still couldn’t address all the screw ups and folly that Transformers Revenge of the Fallen had to offer. I don’t believe anyone can. DIE BAY DIE! Hit the jump to see the bitchin’ video!
If this Taiwan, you be dead.
Taiwan… Why are you so bad ass? In an attempt to promote and celebrate Taiwan’s Recruitment Center of National Armed Forces, Taiwan released a 60 second commercial featuring the country’s various armed forces such as the army, air force, and navy. To make it more interesting and “hip”, the commercial also features a ton of Transformer-like mechas. It is pretty obvious that this is a blatant rip-off of Michael Bay‘s Transformers, but who gives a shit. I am only disappointed that the United States military didn’t think of this first. On a sidenote, if Taiwan DID have a fighting force of mechas, would they become a global military threat? I think not. If these mechas are anything like the toys or electronics Taiwan produces, most likely they will fall apart and crap out after two or three days. USA! USA! USA! Hit the jump to see this crazy commerical!
Men and women think about sex ALL the time. Apparently, this is also the case with robots like Transformers and Gundams. Threadless.com designer/artist Joshua Winship Carpenter (AKA injosh) from Flushings, New York created a bitchin’ piece called “Lonely Robot Dirty Mind”. Here we have a Gundam/Optimus Prime mash-up lookin’ robot thinking about the “A” and B”s. What a perv.
The tees are available for both men and women and the designs are printed on navy American Apparel tees. Comfortable!
Oh, how the mighty have fallen… Let’s face it. The economy is in shambles, business are filing bankruptcy daily, and the unemployment rate is at a record high! As Bumblebee finds out first hand, even the Autobots are prone to unemployment. Now that Sam Witwicky has grew up to become an ungrateful douche, he fired Bumblebee as his guardian to pursue a “normal” life. Also, with the Decepticons and “The Fallen” defeated, there is just not much to do for an unemployed Autobot.
As with humans, when your financial circumstances become dire, many move into one of the oldest profession. Sales.
Bumblebee is found working at a local Chevrolet dealership, trying to promote the new Chevy Camaro line. The once proud Auto warrior has become nothing more than walking billboard, forced to transform in front of potential customers to entice them to purchase a car. Maybe he should have turned into a Toyota instead. He might make better commission.
It was raining… the day I saw him…
The grey one had killed his yellow friend…
… he wanted REVENGE.
Thanks to Twitter friend, The @GreatWhiteSnark, for showing me this little gem. This 3 panel ‘Transformers’ art piece was done by digital artist, Andrew Ley (artist location listed as Masnchester, Amsterdam, Canberra). It is quite a stunning piece featuring a grim glimpse of a battle scene between Optimus Prime and Megatron. Unfortunately, Bumblebee has already become a casualty of war by the hands of the leader of the Decepticons. The brilliant color selection and design style by Andrew Ley definitely puts ‘Bayformers’ to shame. It kind of reminds me of the conceptual art for ‘The Iron Giant’.
You can find Andrew Ley’s other work at Concept Art.