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  • The Complex 'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

    12/28/2013 2:15:07 PM PST · by Daralundy · 78 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 13, 2013 | Shane Harris
    When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the...
  • Transgender advocates wary of Bruce Jenner spectacle

    04/12/2015 7:42:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 4/11/2015 | Hailey Branson-Potts
    ....The video game “Dragon Age: Inquisition” soon introduced a transgender character, Amazon’s “Transparent” picked up a Golden Globe for its take on a transitioning retired professor, and even “South Park” won praise for an episode on gender identity. And then the Bruce Jenner story happened.
  • How to Kill a Transformer

    03/10/2014 9:10:50 AM PDT · by null and void · 113 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Lou Frenzel
    Transformers are the most vulnerable components in the power grid and they are under attack. The main components in our power grid distribution system are transformers. They step up the generated voltage to a higher level for more efficient transport over very long lines. Then they step the voltage back down in several stages for final consumption. These transformers are located at the power plants and thousands of substations. They are big and right out in the open. Weather does not bother them, but bullets do. They are the weak links in our power grid. Last year someone decided to...

    02/03/2014 10:18:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | February 2, 2014 | Staff
    The first footage from Michael Bay's fourth entry in the Transformers feature film franchise—Transformers: Age of Extinction—debuted Sunday night in a TV spot trailer which aired during Fox's Super Bowl broadcast.
  • New Transformers Flick Costs Each Michigan Taxpayer $1.36

    07/11/2011 1:48:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2011 | James Hohman
    The third live-action "Transformers" movie hit theaters this week and is sure to have a decent opening. Regardless of whether any Michigan resident chooses to watch it or not, as a taxpayer, they’ve already been forced to support it. That’s why Michigan residents should ask for a discount when purchasing their tickets. Michigan offers qualified and approved film productions refundable tax credits based on how much they spend in the state to make the movie. Since the tax credit is refundable and has little to do with the company’s tax liability, it is effectively a subsidy check from the state...
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Movie Review

    06/29/2011 6:54:11 AM PDT · by Neoavatara · 334 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | June 29, 2011 | Neoavatara
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third in the Transformers series, is in some ways the perfect summer movie. A movie where you can turn off your brain, ignore reality, and simply enjoy sugar sweet Hollywood mayhem. The movie starts with a basic concept: that the space race in the Cold War was focused on reaching the moon first, not for its scientific achievement, but to obtain alien technology that both the Soviets and Americans secretly knew had crashed on the dark side of the moon millenia ago. Americans, led by Neil Armstrong, get there first...but keep the information hidden.
  • Obama in Transformers 3

    06/27/2011 8:52:21 AM PDT · by erod · 12 replies ^ | June 27, 2011 | Harry Knowles
    According to, Obama will present Shia LaBeouf's character, Sam Witwicky, a medal in Transformers 3. Excerpt bellow Meanwhile, for the very first time Shia LaBeouf finally wrestles a bit of respect for his character. And for the name of Sam Witwicky. You see – here’s a character that has saved the world twice from the nightmare of Decepticon rule – but has never been given any real world respect. *****You’ll see Obama give him a medal – but he can’t explain what it is for.******** Saving the world curiously doesn’t have any real world applications, beyond prepping you for...
  • Michael Bay: Megan Fox Fired for Hitler Comment [Bimbo Babbles, Gets Bounced]

    06/21/2011 7:21:15 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 93 replies
    NBC ^ | 06/20/12 | Eric Alt
    In May 2010, as production geared up for the third installment in the "Transformers" franchise, Megan Fox's publicist released this statement. “Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3, It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.” Well, that statement may not jive with reality. "Transformers" director Michael Bay recently told the Daily Mail that Fox was fired from the production after she gave an interview comparing Bay to Hitler. The comparison, to put it mildly, did not sit well with executive producer Steven Spielberg. "You know the Hitler thing?" said Bay. "Steven said,...
  • CA Senate bill mandates gay history in schools

    04/15/2011 5:44:17 AM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 4/14/11 | lisa Leff/AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate. If the bill is adopted by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history.
  • DC Police SUV Hits Bumblebee at 'Transformer 3' Filming in DC

    10/13/2010 12:38:31 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 26 replies ^ | October 12, 2010 | Fox 5 News
    A D.C. Police SUV was involved in a wreck at the filming of "Transformers 3" in Washington D.C. While the movie was filming a car chase scene on 3rd Street and Maryland Ave in southwest D.C., the police SUV collides with a yellow Chevy Camaro, which in the movie series is known as the character Bumblebee. The police SUV was not supposed to be there and the wreck itself was not scripted. The police officer driving the SUV is a 25-year veteran senior explosive ordnance technician. He was taken to a local hospital and sustained minor injuries. Law enforcement sources...
  • Transformers 3 Studio Contradicts Police In Skull-Slicing Incident

    09/04/2010 12:33:56 PM PDT · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 6 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 09/04/2010 | Matt Hardigree
    As investigators attempt to determine the cause of the Transformers 3 accident that sent a 24-year-old extra to hospital with brain injuries, Paramount, the studio behind the film, is suddenly contradicting eyewitness and police reports. Michael Bay's Transformers 3 was wrapping up filming in Hammond, Indiana — after spending the past few weeks shooting throughout the Chicago-land area (the photo above is from earlier in Chicago shooting, and not from the incident in question) — when a stunt reportedly malfunctioned. The result? 24-year-old first-time extra and aspiring actress Garbiela Cedillo was sent to the hospital with serious head trauma in...
  • Director Michael Bay Named in Pistol-Whipping Lawsuit

    08/25/2010 8:58:37 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | 25 Aug 2010 | Matthew Belloni
    "Transformers" director Michael Bay has been sued by two men who claim they were pistol-whipped by his security guard outside a trendy nightclub. The complaint, for battery and negligence, was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Joshua Stewart and Paul Klimczak. The men say that exactly two years ago they were struck in their heads with a handgun by Bay's unidentified security guard after being booted from Kiss nightclub adjacent to Beso restaurant in Hollywood. They were treated at a hospital for broken teeth and bones, according to the lawsuit. Bay is not claimed to have participated in...
  • Battle of the Transformers starts even before the opening credits (Bay Wants to Blow up DC)

    06/11/2010 6:53:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies · 290+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2010 | Jonathan O'Connell
    As the story goes, the Transformers -- enmeshed in intergalactic battle -- traveled from the far-off planet of Cybertron all the way to earth in pursuit of an all-powerful talisman. They are having trouble handling the National Park Service, however. .................................................... Kathy Hollinger, director of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, acknowledged that the plans amounted to "a lot more than D.C. has ever been accustomed to in terms of scale and impact," including, for instance, simulated explosions and pyrotechnics at locations along Pennsylvania and Independence avenues.
  • MICHAEL BAY'S REVENGE! No More Megan; UPDATE: Suggested Replacements

    05/20/2010 6:35:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies · 554+ views
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | May 20, 2010 | Nikki Finke
    I can tell you that this new statement from Megan Fox's PR flack about why the actress won't be appearing in Transformers 3 is absolutely untrue: "It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best." What a pantload. I stand by my scoop that Paramount and Michael Bay kicked her to the curb by not picking up her option to do the threequel.
  • Megan Fox Dropped From 'Transformers 3'

    05/19/2010 9:32:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,516+ views
    Access Hollywood ^ | May 19th 2010
    Megan Fox Dropped From 'Transformers 3' Megan Fox has been axed from "Transformers 3," Access Hollywood has confirmed. A source at Paramount, the studio behind the film, told Access that Megan, who played star Shia LaBeouf's love interest in the franchise, would not return for the third movie. VIEW THE PHOTOS: 'Transformers' Sexy Siren Megan Fox The source said that in order to take Shia's character - Samuel James Witwicky -- in a new direction, it was better if Sam wasn't tied down to a love interest. On Wednesday night, however, reps for the actress told People that it was...
  • Hollywood poised for record-breaking year at the box office (Best ever $9.682 BILLION)

    12/10/2009 5:24:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies · 1,582+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/10/09 | Amy Eisinger
    Hollywood poised for record-breaking year at the box office; 2009 set to best 2007's record intakeBy Amy Eisinger DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Thursday, December 10th 2009, 3:26 PM The Hollywood box office is having its best year in history, reports Box Office. This week the box office grand total for 2009 is expected to hit $9.682 billion -- surpassing previous record holder 2007, when the tally was $9.68 billion. With potential top-grossing holiday films still to come, Hollywood is bracing for their first $10 billion year ever. Movies that are still on the way this year include James Cameron's...
  • Breaking....Obama and the Autobots defeat Megatron and Decepticon

    10/09/2009 11:04:08 AM PDT · by Trueblackman · 1 replies · 199+ views
    09 October 2009 | Trueblackman
    President Obama and his Autobot Allies defeated the evil Decepticon forces lead by Megatron. Air Commander Starscream was quoted as saying "We knew the battle was over when Obama appeared on the battlefield and in the end personally ripped out Megatron spark." Optimus "The Hater" Prime could not be reached for comment.
  • ‘Transformers’ Director Made Megan Fox Wash Ferrari for Audition

    07/07/2009 3:20:15 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 34 replies · 7,134+ views
    Thai ^ | July 7th, 2009 - 6:30 pm ICT by ANI
    New York, July 7 (ANI): ‘Transformers’ director Michael Bay reportedly made Megan Fox wash his Ferrari, as part of her audition for her role in the film. Bay had called the sizzling actress to audition for ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ at his house. “He made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her,” The New York Post quoted Jason Solomons having said in Britain’s Guardian. He added: “She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed — ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.’” ‘Transformers:...
  • Transformers Director Puts Megan Fox in Her Place (in the Wall Street Journal)

    07/02/2009 11:19:52 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 52 replies · 2,773+ views
    Hollyscoop ^ | July 2, 2009 | Bridget Daly
    Megan Fox is becoming known not only for her ravishing looks, but for the controversial statements that come out of her mouth during interviews. She’s come under fire for several statements she’s made in the last few weeks, including slamming Scarlett Johansson in Esquire for being “too smart.” Her latest rant was about Michael Bay, the director for the Transformers franchise, which, by the way, put her on the map. Megan slammed Bay, saying he focuses too much on special effects, and not enough on acting. Bay was quick to put Megan back in her place, telling the Wall Street...
  • 'Transformers': Worst-reviewed $400 million hit?

    06/29/2009 4:15:13 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 34 replies · 1,263+ views
    AP ^ | 06/29/09
    LOS ANGELES - After just five days, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is halfway to $400 million domestically, a box-office milestone only eight other movies have reached. If it climbs that high, the "Transformers" sequel will be by far the worst-reviewed movie ever to make the $400 million club. Critics and mainstream crowds often disagree, but "Revenge of the Fallen" sets a new standard for the gulf between what reviewers and mass audiences like. The movie pulled in $201.2 million since opening Wednesday, the second-best result for a movie in its first five days, just behind "The Dark Knight" with...
  • `Transformers': Worst-reviewed $400 million hit?

    06/29/2009 9:31:15 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 16 replies · 720+ views ^ | Jun 29 06:50 AM US/Eastern | DAVID GERMAIN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - After just five days, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is halfway to $400 million domestically, a box-office milestone only eight other movies have reached. If it climbs that high, the "Transformers" sequel will be by far the worst-reviewed movie ever to make the $400 million club. Critics and mainstream crowds often disagree, but "Revenge of the Fallen" sets a new standard for the gulf between what reviewers and mass audiences like.
  • Transformers: Worst-Reviewed $400 million hit?

    06/29/2009 4:47:48 AM PDT · by Federalist Society · 31 replies · 1,555+ views
    AP ^ | June 29, 2009 | David Germain
    After just five days, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is halfway to $400 million domestically, a box-office milestone only eight other movies have reached. If it climbs that high, the "Transformers" sequel will be by far the worst-reviewed movie ever to make the $400 million club. Critics and mainstream crowds often disagree, but "Revenge of the Fallen" sets a new standard for the gulf between what reviewers and mass audiences like.
  • "Transformers": A Swipe at Obama?

    06/24/2009 2:02:12 PM PDT · by Jewbacca · 60 replies · 4,511+ views
    Variety ^ | June 24, 2009 | David Cohen
    Variety's David Cohen saw the latest "Transformers" movie --- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" --- and filed this report on its reference to President Obama, but not, at least in his eyes, in a good way. Cohen writes, "So as usual in these movies, the federal bureaucrats are portrayed as annoying if not villainous. The President's man, "Galloway," is a bespectacled blowhard who becomes an obstacle to our brave fighting men and their alliance with the noble Autobots. In this movie, exactly one real-life politician is named: "President Obama." They went out of their way to make sure they named...
  • Obama: No Preconditions for Negotiations with Decepticons

    06/24/2009 10:48:21 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 600+ views ^ | June 24, 2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    You thought his outreach to the Iranians was a disgrace: Variety's David Cohen saw the latest "Transformers" movie --- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" --- and filed this report on its reference to President Obama, but not, at least in his eyes, in a good way. Cohen writes, "So as usual in these movies, the federal bureaucrats are portrayed as annoying if not villainous. The President's man, "Galloway," is a bespectacled blowhard who becomes an obstacle to our brave fighting men and their alliance with the noble Autobots. Operating specifically under presidential authority, he makes all kinds of mischief. He...
  • Opening day at midnight: Transformers 2 (Michael Bay Unleashed)

    06/24/2009 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 953+ views ^ | June 24, 12:14 PM | Steven Lebowitz
    A couple of years ago the television show “South Park” put out a 3-part episode entitled, “Imaginationland” that went on to win an Emmy. In the episode, terrorists have taken over our imaginations in Imaginationland and the US government enlists the help of some Hollywood filmmakers to help come up with ideas to help stop the terrorist. One of the directors they enlist to try to help them was Michael Bay. Michael Bay offers some great actions sequences which anger a general to say, “Those aren’t ideas. Those are special effects!” A confused Michael Bay replies, “I don’t understand the...
  • Isabel Lucas might make audiences forget Megan Fox in the new 'Transformers'

    06/24/2009 9:57:23 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 14 replies · 1,496+ views ^ | June 24th 2009 | BY Patrick Huguenin
    When "Transformers" hit the big screen in 2007, audiences knew to expect a turbocharged bunch of feuding robots, backed by an arsenal of CGI wizardry. What they also got was the impossibly hourglass-shaped Megan Fox bending over the engine of hero Sam Witwicky's bumblebee-yellow Camaro. The mechanically savvy Mikaela still holds the crown as every robotics nerd's dream date. But starting today, she better watch out. In "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," she faces competition that comes with sweeter weaponry than the average Decepticon. Australian hottie Isabel Lucas joins the franchise as Alice, an alluring classmate Sam (Shia LaBeouf)...
  • Military Unites With Hollywood on ‘Transformers’

    06/23/2009 5:32:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 839+ views
    LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2009 – “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” hits theaters nationwide tomorrow as the culmination of more than a year of Defense Department support, ranging from script and uniform notes to C-17 aerial maneuvers and jumps from the Army's Golden Knights parachute demonstration team. The first Transformers film released in July 2007 used a variety of Air Force assets. In the latest film, DreamWorks and Paramount studios partnered with all four services to highlight America's military members and combat power on the big screen. Deciding how and why to work with the services was essential in making...
  • She may be a movie beauty, but is Megan Fox the DUMBEST star ever?

    06/23/2009 4:43:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies · 4,366+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2009 | By Staff
    Megan Fox looked like a Greek goddess at the Los Angeles premiere of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. The actress made a stunning appearance last night at Mann's Village Theatre, but the words that tumble out of her mouth aren't quite in the same league. The 23-year-old American has amazed fans with her ignorance as she travels the world promoting her movies with red-carpet comments and magazine interviews.
  • Obama strokes Michael Bay's ego, so the director puts the prez in Transformers 2 (BAAAAAAARRRRRRFFF)

    06/20/2009 3:39:24 PM PDT · by max americana · 18 replies · 661+ views
    sci fi wire ^ | June 20, 2009 | sci fi wire
    Would you believe President Obama called Michael Bay, director of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, "a big-ass director"? Neither would we, but the director insists it happened. And to return the favor, Bay put the new prez in his upcoming giant-robot movie. OK, not exactly: He put references to the real-life president into the story, including images on a few background TV monitors. But the message is clear: If giant robots fight on Earth, Bay wants Obama in the Oval Office. In a press conference Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif., Bay explained that he was inspired to put Obama in...
  • Film Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    06/19/2009 10:54:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 857+ views
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | June 19, 2009
    Film Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen BY DAVID EDWARDS Two years after the eardrum-assaulting first instalment, Michael Bay's 'bots return for more decibel-laden carnage in this summer's first bona fide blockbuster. Big, loud and definitely not clever, it's a giant, lumbering idiot of a movie that, were it not for all the explosions, would send the most devoted action fans to sleep. With a yawning hole where the plot should be, a cast chosen for their looks rather than their acting chops and nothing to offer except stuff blowing up, what we have is two hours of director Bay...
  • Megan Fox's Sizzling Premiere Style

    06/15/2009 6:01:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 2,491+ views
    Megan Fox's Sizzling Premiere Style Star wows at 'Revenge of Fallen' Premieres APJune 14: Actress Megan Fox poses for the media as she arrives for the German premiere of her movie 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', in Berlin, Germany. [Pics in URL]
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (First Reviews Coming Out)

    06/15/2009 12:57:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies · 2,279+ views
    Daily Mirror ^ | June 14, 2009 | Mark Adams
    This sequel starts relatively modestly with the revelation that Transformers have been around since 17,000 BC (cue cavemen fighting alien robots), before switching to a less-nerdy-than-before Sam (LaBeouf) getting ready to go to college. Mysteriously, his supersexy girlfriend Mikaela (Fox) is still with him - though naturally neither can quite bring themselves to say the 'L' word. Sam accidentally touches a shard of the ancient Transformer technology and finds his mind flooded with hieroglyphics.
  • Megan Fox Says Directors Wanted Her On The Casting Couch

    06/06/2009 5:31:19 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 99 replies · 8,237+ views
    Hollywood rag ^ | 06.05.09
    Megan has blown apart Hollywood's casting couch culture - insisting several leading film directors have tried to bed her since she found fame. The Transformers beauty has attended a number meetings with top moviemakers to discuss potential roles. But she was shocked when they made moves on her during the interviews - and immediately turned them down.
  • Megan Fox Squeezes Herself Into A Pair Of Denim Hotpants In Thrilling New Transformers 2 Trailer

    05/03/2009 6:29:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 73 replies · 12,599+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | May 03rd 2009
    Megan Fox squeezes herself into a pair of denim hotpants in thrilling new Transformers 2 trailer By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 01st May 2009 As if watching giant robots fighting for control of the planet wasn't enough, producers have given film fans another reason to watch the new Transformers sequel - the sight of Megan Fox in hotpants. The stunning actress squeezes her curves into a tiny pair of denim shorts as she reprises her role as sexy biker Mikaela Banes in the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In the opening scenes of the latest trailer of the action movie,...
  • Almost Transformers: When Home Appliances With Australian Accents Attack

    10/27/2008 4:48:30 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 6 replies · 434+ views
    Gizmodo/YouTube ^ | 10/27/08 | Merrick & Rosso Show
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  • Transformers!

    08/14/2008 7:51:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 167+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2008. | LAVENDER VROMAN
    Giant shape-shifting robots invaded the Antelope Valley this week as a production crew for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" shot scenes for the action sequel at a Palmdale quarry. The crew arrived Monday and was slated to stay through today, filming at Service Rock Quarry, at Palmdale Boulevard and 75th Street East, and at Antelope Valley Aggregate on Avenue T in Littlerock. The quarry is doubling as an excavation site in an action sequence featuring a helicopter, pyrotechnic explosions, wind machines, debris and gunfire. "Transformers" crew members are occupying a large base camp with rows of trailers, trucks and cars,...
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to be filmed in New Mexico

    06/13/2008 10:30:22 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 33 replies · 85+ views
    KVIA / ABC7 ^ | June 9, 2008
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  • The 50 best movie robots - (...we rate the most celebrated 'artifical people' in movies)

    07/25/2007 7:50:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies · 1,895+ views
    Times Online ^ | July 25, 2007 | Michael Moran
    July 25, 2007 The 50 best movie robots To coincide with the release of Michael Bay's epic Transformers movie we rate the most celebrated 'artifical people' in movies Michael Moran We selected the fifty most memorable robots in film and rated them in four different categories: Plausibility (meaning how likely it would be that, with advances on currently existing technology, such a device could be built) Coolness (just how well designed, shiny or generally well-appointed the robot appeared to be) Dangerousness (scoring not only on built-in weaponry, but the robot's eagerness to use it) Comedy Value (how effective the robot...
  • Bush Proposes Sending Transformers™ to Iraq

    07/23/2007 5:25:21 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 15 replies · 1,274+ views
    Newsweak ^ | July 17, 2007 | Andy Borowitz
    July 17, 2007 - Increasingly frustrated by the Iraqi government’s failure to meet a series of defined benchmarks, President George W. Bush today proposed sending a group of giant robots known as the Transformers™ to Iraq. Aides to the president were vague as to when Mr. Bush arrived at his new Transformers™ strategy. But sources say that he devised the plan last week, shortly after a surprise visit to a multiplex in Bethesda, Md.
  • Political Cartoons of Michael Ramirez (new 7/11/07 cartoon goes after Hillary)

    07/10/2007 7:18:34 PM PDT · by RDTF · 7 replies · 1,087+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2007 | Michael Ramirez
    Get a unique perspective on today's issues with the political cartoons of IBD's Pulitzer Prize Winner, Michael Ramirez.
  • First arrest under NYC's new piracy law (Guy Illegally Tries To Record Transformers Movie)

    07/09/2007 6:02:06 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies · 754+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | July 5, 2007 | Tom Hays
    A moviegoer caught secretly recording the sci-fi blockbuster "Transformers" has been charged with unauthorized use of a video camera in a theater in the first arrest under a new New York City law that stiffened penalties for pirating films. A criminal complaint accuses Kalidou Diallo of slipping a video recorder, video player and remote control into a sneak preview of the film at a Bronx theater Monday night. "This is the first time someone has been arrested and charged with the new illegal camcording law," City Hall spokesman Jason Post said Thursday. In May, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation that...
  • 'Transformers' Huge $152M First Week Sets 7-Day Non-Sequel .....; 'Sicko' Stalls

    07/08/2007 12:21:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 936+ views ^ | 7/8/2007 | staff
    SUNDAY AM: Paramount says PG-13 Transformers officially made $22.7 million Friday and $25.9 million Saturday and a projected $18.9 million Sunday from 4,011 North American theaters. After a record breaking Fourth Of July mid week opening, I'm told the DreamWorks battle of the bots hauled in a hefty $67.6 million this weekend for a 6 1/2 day cume of $152.5 million. So, in even less time, Transformers now has scored the biggest 7-day opening of all time for a non-sequel, passing Spider-Man 1 ($151.6M), The Passion Of The Christ ($144.6M) and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone ($129.4). In addition,...
  • Vanity: Vehicles in Transformers (need some help IDing some of them

    07/08/2007 7:14:39 AM PDT · by oakcon · 24 replies · 1,284+ views
    I just watched Transformers last night (completely blew me away, you have to see it) but I was curious about a couple of the vehicles the Decepticons turned into. I know: Starscream=Raptor Bonecrusher=EROC (thanks to another thread on FR) Blackout=Blackhawk but the two I'm not sure about are the stealth plane Megatron turns into, and the huge three-cannon tank that one of the others (his name eludes me at the moment) turns into. Anyone know what those are? Or were they just made up? (I was drooling over the military stuff the entire movie - and the cars were pretty...
  • 'Transformers' Targets 150m Week, Could Pass Non Sequel Record, Latinos Flock to See Bots

    07/07/2007 11:00:54 AM PDT · by hardback · 27 replies · 1,276+ views
    Dealine Hollywood Daily ^ | Saturday, July 7th, 2007 at 07:30AM | Nikki Finke
    SATURDAY AM: Paramount says PG-13 Transformers made $22.5 million Friday from 4,011 North American theaters and has a new cume of $107.4 million. Box office gurus tell me that, after a record breaking Fourth Of July week opening, the DreamWorks battle of the bots should haul in $60 million this weekend for a 6 1/2-day cume of $150 million. That's 50% more gross receipts than Paramount anticipated, and 20% more than box office gurus predicted. That's also equivalent to the budget of the rock 'em, sock 'em movie without marketing costs. "Word has gotten out to the parents that it's...
  • US domestic Transformers: The Movie numbers

    07/06/2007 8:39:57 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 41 replies · 1,309+ views ^ | Friday, 06 July 2007 | Daytonus   
    News - Movie News Written by Daytonus    Friday, 06 July 2007 The Thursday US domestic Transformers: The Movie numbers are in, and Box Office Mojo pegs it at about $19,208,000, down a third from Wednesday, but still quite respectable.  That takes the domestic gross to $84,934,000, and together with the known international numbers (which sadly only go through July 1st), accounts for a grand total of $121,187,961 worldwide.See the Box Office Mojo page here, and then come discuss it in Skunkobot's thread.     transformers02:08
  • "Transformers" smashes July 4th, Wednesday records

    07/05/2007 6:56:57 PM PDT · by xcamel · 18 replies · 500+ views
    Reuters/ca ^ | Thu Jul 5, 2007 3:31 PM EDT | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sci-fi action film "Transformers" smashed another box-office record by grossing $29.1 million on its second full day of release -- the most ever for a July 4 holiday, according to figures released on Thursday. "Transformers," based on the shape-shifting characters of the popular toy line and cartoon television series, broke the previous Independence Day record held by "Spider-Man 2," which grossed nearly $22 million on July 4, 2004, the box office tracking service Media By Numbers reported. The film's second-day tally across the United States and Canada also marked the biggest-ever Wednesday for a non-sequel movie,...
  • The New TRANSFORMERS Trailer

    07/02/2007 9:08:14 PM PDT · by ROTB · 21 replies · 1,276+ views
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    Resistance is futile! All my base are belong to them! The video is on at this link
  • Servicemembers Get Sneak Preview of ‘Transformers’

    06/29/2007 4:35:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 39 replies · 1,139+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 – Under the cover of darkness in the nation’s capital last night, servicemembers from all branches deployed into theater -- the movie theater. About 600 military personnel and family members attended a sneak preview of “Transformers,” the summer science fiction action-adventure film set for national release July 3. Audience members cheered as virtuous Autobot transformers fought in concert with their U.S. military allies against the depraved Decepticons, while the clash between good and evil played out in stunning images and bone-rattling sound. “That was without a doubt the best movie I have ever seen,” Army Staff...
  • Robot builds itself for special tasks

    02/22/2007 10:23:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 580+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 2/22/07 | Lisa Zyga
    (Left) Independent s-bots with blue lights, and (right) s-bots joined into a swarm-bot with red lights. Credit: Groß et al. ©IEEE 2006. In one of the latest studies on autonomous robots, scientists sat back and watched as their robot created itself out of smaller robotic modules. The result, called “swarm-bot,” comes in many varieties, depending on the assigned task and available components. As the current state of the art in autonomous self-assembly, swarm-bots offer insight into the potential versatility and robustness that robots may possess to perform missions beyond human abilities. A project coordinated by Professor Marco Dorigo, which was...
  • From Holloman to Hollywood, Transformers make movie magic

    07/11/2006 7:11:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 843+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Larry A. Simmons
    7/11/2006 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Lights, camera, action! Airmen at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., home to the Air Force's only operational F-117 wing, got to experience a new kind of rush as Hollywood invaded their base. The DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures live-action film "Transformers," set to release in July 2007, will feature several different aircraft including the F-117 Nighthawk from Holloman and the CV-22 Osprey from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. More than 300 Airmen participated as extras in the movie and providing logistical support during the filming. "It's a thrill to know my face will be seen in a...