Did Michael Bay Plagiarize Himself? 


Thanks to our friends at Autoblog, it seems that Michael Bay copied his own "The Island" for his latest hit, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

The editing is suspiciously similar, don't you think?



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All Hail "Transformers: Dark of the Moon!" 


As predicted, Optimus Prime and Megatron ruled our Independence Day weekend! "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" took the No. 1 spot despite critical drubbing. ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon" movie review)

The Michael Bay extravaganza took in $97.5 million at the box office from Friday to Sunday and set a new Independence Day weekend record. If you include Monday, "Transformers 3" has made $116.4 million. But wait there's more! Include its opening night on Tuesday and we have a whopping domestic total of $181.1 million! And factor in its overseas total of $217.9 million and Paramount's franchise has sold $399 million worth of box-office tickets.

"Transformers" will remain with us for a very long time!

Meanwhile, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts did not have a good weekend. Their latest romantic comedy, "Larry Crowne," tanked at the box-office with just $15.7 million landing at No. 4.

Selena Gomez also did not have a good weekend. Her new movie, "Monte Carlo," debuted at No. 6 with just $8.8 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for Independence Day Weekend 2011:

1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $116.4m. Total: $181.1m.

2. Cars 2, $32.1m. Total: $123m

3. Bad Teacher, $17.6m. Total: $63m

4. Larry Crowne, $15.7m

5. Super 8, $9.5m. Total: $110.1m

6. Monte Carlo, $8.8m

7. Green Lantern, $7.9m. Total: $103.7m

8. Mr Popper's Penguins, $6.9m. Total: $51.9m

9. Bridesmaids, $4.2m. Total: $153.8m

10. Midnight in Paris, $4.3m. Total: $34.5m

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Watch My "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Movie Review! Oh, and Have an Explosive 4th of July Weekend! 


To read my "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" movie review, click here.

Here's more info on the film from Yahoo:

Genres:

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Adaptation and Sequel

In Theaters:

June 29th, 2011 (wide)

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo.

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Shia LaBeouf -- Sam Witwicky

Josh Duhamel -- Lt. Colonel William Lennox

John Turturro -- Simmons

Tyrese Gibson -- Robert Epps

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley -- Carly Miller

Patrick Dempsey -- Dylan Gould

John Malkovich -- Bruce

Frances McDormand -- Charlotte Mearing

Ken Jeong -- Jerry

Directed By: Michael Bay

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Bruce Wayne Confronting Selina Kyle! "Dark Knight Rises" Shoot Captured by Fan Video! 


I don't know about you, but my appetite is strong for anything "Dark Knight" especially, for anything Christopher Nolan is doing! So I was happy to see the clip below via The Huffington Post captured by a fan while the "Dark Knight Rises" crew was shooting in Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, England.

Wollaton Hall is the make-believe Wayne Manor and in the blurry video, you can see Christian Bale aka Bruce Wayne confronting Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. It's not the best footage but it'll do for now, at least until the film opens on July 20, 2012.



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Hurray! We'll Get to See "Thor 2!" 


Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are teaming up for the "Thor" sequel, and the house of Mouse has set its release on July 26, 2013!

YAY!

I love "Thor," it is certainly one of the brightest spots this summer! ("Thor" movie review)

But this news comes with both good and bad.

The good news, Chris Hemsworth is coming back as the God of Thunder! (Chris Hemsworth interview for "Thor")

The bad news? Well, director Kenneth Branagh is not returning to helm, although he may be back in some sort of producing capacity. But honestly, Branagh's storytelling sensibilities benefited "Thor" greatly! (Kenneth Branagh interview for "Thor")

Although, according to Deadline, Branagh's exit was done amicably.

Since Disney acquired Marvel, the studio has been busy utilizing its profitable partnership. "Iron Man 3" will return on May 3, 2013, and yes, Robert Downy Jr. will don the suit again.

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