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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.


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


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.

Check out your week in pop culture below: READ FULL STORY

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