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Entertainment Geekly: A serious attempt to understand why every movie is about Magic Blood now

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

This summer, it’s all about the blood. Young Harry Osborn was hankering for some Spidey-plasma in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, because Peter Parker’s very special blood is a cure-all for the Green Death Disease that apparently afflicts all Osborns. Mystique’s blood was the secret sauce that transformed the Sentinels from giant gawky robots to shapeshifting protean-powered T-1000-bots in X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Confused? It’s all here in this pamphlet.)

In the underrated Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise huffs an alien attacker’s hemoglobin and winds up absorbing the alien’s reboot-button superpowers. And in the exactly-rated Trans4mers, evil nerd scientists corpse-mine some dead space robots and come up with a new element that allows anyone to create anything they want. This element is called “Transformium”–which could mean that, in the world of Transformers, human blood is referred to as “Humanium.” READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Why you need to watch 'Transformers: The Premake' right now


Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

At this point in the history of our species, there have been four Transformers movies, and only one of them was any good. It came out in 1986 and it ran under half an hour and it featured the voice of Orson Welles as an all-consuming extraterrestrial planetary demon-god himself. Two decades later, Michael Bay took the simple idea of robots turning into cars and produced a trilogy of films about Shia LaBeouf banging supermodels and saving America from incoherent villainy and stereotypes of people who aren’t white dudes. READ FULL STORY

Rovio announces 'Angry Birds Transformers,' seriously


Can there possibly be enough versions of Angry Birds? Definitely not, answers Rovio, the company behind the game. On Monday, they announced Angry Birds Transformers.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds,” said Rovio Chief Marketing Officer Blanca Juti.”This mash-up is going to appeal to those who grew up with the brand in the 80s, as well as fans of the brand today.” This is the thirteenth game in the franchise, which also includes books, toys, drinks, and a movie in production. The Angry Birds Transformers line will also include “consumer licensed goods and a product line from Hasbro,” according to the press release. So if you’re a big fan of Angry Birds and Transformers, there will be plenty to buy.

Angry Birds Transformers, which, again, is a real thing, is the third cross-franchise Angry Birds game. In 2012, Rovio released Angry Birds Star Wars. A year later, they followed it up, per Star Wars tradition, with a sequel. This Transformers variant ties in nicely with the upcoming movie Transformers: Age of Extinction, due in a couple of weeks. In September, Rovio will introduce something called “TELEPODS technology,” which lets players “teleport their favorite Angry Birds Transformers characters into the game and gain unique powers.” Okay.

Now 'Transformers' is an allegory for immigration


Transformers: Age of Extinction is nothing like all those other Transformers movies. Like, do you know how many robot dinosaurs were in Transformers 1-3? Zero. And do you know how many robot dinosaurs  are in Trans4mers? Approximately one million percent more, and they breathe fire, just like real dinosaurs. Just kidding! Everyone knows dinosaurs aren’t real. But the fourth Transformers movie is real. And it’s not just real: It’s reality. READ FULL STORY

Take a moment to bask in the new 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' poster


Listen, Michael Bay is Michael Bay. He makes movies with sexy explosions targeted at teenage boys who loves babes, guns, and slow-motion babes with guns. He is unapologetic, even when he apologizes. He has already made three Transformers movies, about which you either have an opinion or you purposefully have no opinion. Transformers: Age of Extinction will probably not change anyone’s mind, except to the extent that there is a lot more Mark Wahlberg and a lot less Shia LaBeouf and a lot more of robots that can disguise themselves as dinosaurs. “Isn’t a robot disguised as a dinosaur actually more noticeable than just a plain old robot?” is the only logical question anyone can ask about this development, and the only logical answer to that logical question is “SCREW YOU DINOSAURS ARE AWESOME.” READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' winner Danielle Bradbery takes The EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO


Last week, 16-year-old aspiring pop-country singer Danielle Bradbery won The Voice. Shortly after, she received a new guitar from her finale duet partner Hunter Hayes on Today (“I need to learn how to play the guitar more,” she told EW, “and then I’ll carry it around”), and it became one of her answers to our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below:

'Transformers 4' sets up reality TV competition to cast extras and curry favor in China

With Iron Man 3 setting opening-day records in China, it’s become imperative for every Hollywood tentpole to pay homage to the world’s second-biggest movie market. At last month’s Beijing Film Festival, Paramount and Transformers 4 went decidedly all-in with their own China strategy. Not only will Michael Bay shoot scenes in China for the next installment in his robot franchise, now starring Mark Wahlberg, but the sure-blockbuster announced that it will also include speaking roles for the four Chinese actors who survive a new TV reality show.

The competition has already begun online and organizers expect approximately 80,000 contestants will enter for the chance to play a Kung Fu fighter, sexy lady, computer geek, or precocious Lolita-type. Correctly titled the Transformers 4 Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show and scheduled to air on Chinese television in June, the show will feature a panel of six judges led by former AMPAS president Sid Ganis and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

But what exactly is the panel going to be judging? A story in the Hollywood Reporter hinted that the enormous field of candidates would be winnowed down by online voting after “auditions and testing.” What will the criteria be? And how will the judges articulate what they want and don’t want to see from the finalists? READ FULL STORY

'Transformers: Legends': The Robots in Disguise go mobile! -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

After battling it out on the big and small screens in various blockbuster films and thumb-blistering videogames, the Transformers are taking their epic fight to smart-phones. Combining the addictive, strategy-focused play of a collectible card game with the ability to crush giant robots like empty beer cans, Transformers: Legends is aiming to put a fresh spin on the towering titans’ familiar sci-fi saga.

Siding with the Autobots or Decepticons, players can unleash hell behind hundreds of upgradeable metallic menaces when Legends hits like a pavement-buckling punch this holiday season. Before deciding to defend or decimate all mankind from behind your customizable deck though, check out the exclusive trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers the Ride 3-D' at Universal Studios Hollywood: Just like the movies, but better -- VIDEO

Whether you love the Transformers movies or you spend hours online composing detailed take-downs of its many perceived flaws, you’ve likely said the following words regarding them: “It was just like a theme park ride!” Well, starting Friday, you can experience first hand what a Transformers theme park ride is actually like, when the imaginatively titled Transformers the Ride 3-D officially opens to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood. I got a chance to preview the ride already, though, let me just spoil things for you right now (UNNECESSARY SPOILER ALERT): In every way that matters, riding the Transformers ride is exactly like watching a Transformers movie, but better.  READ FULL STORY

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