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Chinese farmers have started building giant 'Transformers' models

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction recently set a box-office record in China, and now it’s starting to make a cultural impact there as well.

China Daily reports that a group of farmers in Xiaoye, a village in the nation’s eastern Shandong province, have started welding gigantic models of the robots from the film. The robots cost up to $16,000 and are being bought by property developers to put everywhere from housing developments to malls.

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Mark Wahlberg in 'Transformers' is the best bad performance of the year

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So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW‘s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.

Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who have been raised on Transformers and probably love it—a situation which we can only resolve by doing a better job of training the next generation to enjoy movies about actual human beings. And in fairness, there’s an argument to be made for Michael Bay’s incoherent beer-commercial dude-fascism. It’s possible that future generations will revere him as a genius, sort of like how those skinless mutants in Beneath the Planet of the Apes made a god out of an atomic bomb. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Girl Meets World,' 'True Blood' premiere, 'Transformers' in theaters, and more

This week gets off to a supernatural start, with the return of both True Blood and Teen Wolf, but by the time it’s over, just about all of your pop-culture appetites should be filled. We’ve got finales, premieres, a big summer blockbuster, and some summer tunes to add to your beach playlist.

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