No More "Transformers" for Shia? 

It seems that Sam Witwicky may finally leave his robot days behind. The actor who plays the Autobots' pal, Shia LaBeouf, was heard saying he has nothing more to offer to the "Transformers" franchise.

According to The Huffington Post:

The 26-year-old American actor told The Associated Press he was "done" with the action-packed franchise, adding he "doesn't have anything new to contribute."

That's good, since I found his character increasingly annoying after three movies. Where else can director Michael Bay take Witwicky? ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon" movie review)

Plus, compared to the last "Transformers," "Dark of the Moon" suffered a 40% drop on its opening day. But really? $37.3 million box-office take on one day is still gigantic, no?

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Michael Bay's Next Movie! He Wants to Feel "Pain & Gain" for Putting Us Through "Transformers!" 

So "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is lording over our Fourth of July weekend, and it's still up in the air if we get to see "Transformers 4." But now, the director wants to go off course and direct a film that's decidedly very un-"Transformers!" ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon" movie review)

His next project is going to be called "Pain & Gain" and as Bay told MTV News that it would be in the vein of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." This one is based on a true story about the Florida criminal underworld and the extortion and abductions that go with that whole criminal thingie. It's being billed as a dark comedy.

"Pain & Gain" will be budgeted around $20 million, and thank God, it's not going to be in 3D! Bay also revealed that he's hoping "Bad Boys 3" will come to fruition.

Do you think Bay can pull off a criminal dramedy? Does he have what it takes to beat Tarantino? I pretty much have given up on Bay as a director after "Transformers 3." Although I'm happy he's not doing another film that's all vibrantly visual but ultimately empty inside.

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Watch New Trailer for "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" Right Here, Right Now! 
In this fourth installment of the popular franchise, Tom Cruise returns to his Ethan Hunt character with help from producer J.J. Abrams. Cruise is also getting a story credit along with Abrams. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec wrote the screenplay for Brad Bird, making his first live-action feature. His last film as a director was the splendid 2007 Pixar flick, "Ratatouille."

Billed as "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," the film is intriguing to say the least. Hope it's better than the last one! We'll find out when MI:4 opens December 16 of this year!

For now, take a look at the trailer:

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"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Megatron and Optimus Prime, or Michael Bay Get? 

My expectations were low for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The second film in the franchise, 2009’s “Revenge of the Fallen,” treated us to a barrage of noisy visual and aural effects that the third film should be better right? Wrong! The threequel is a soulless, joyless experience with a few eye-popping special effects.

From the underdeveloped script by Ehren Krueger (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) to the wobbly direction by Michael Bay to the overacting histrionics of Shia LaBeouf, “Dark of the Moon” is a disjointed mess that exists solely on the power of the “Transformers” brand. Read More...

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Finally, Female-Centric Pixar Film! Check Out "Brave" Trailer! 
"Brave" looks dazzling, and this new Pixar film is not a sequel nor based on anything. It's original, so I hope Pixar will redeem themselves after giving us the reheated, not-that-funny "Cars 2."

"Brave" comes out Summer of 2012, and a big credit goes to Pixar for finally giving us a film with a strong female heroine! This is Princess Merida's story. (See the film's official plot synopsis after the jump)

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane).

Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Visit the film's official site right here, and its Facebook page right here.

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