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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Whoopi Goldberg Is Channel 6 Boss?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues its Michael Bay-produced reboot effort with the addition of a recognizable cast member as a (somewhat) recognizable character. According to a report surfacing on ComicBookMovie, Academy Award-winning actress and The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg has been cast as the perpetually irate boss of Megan Fox's April O'Neil at Channel 6 News.

Photographs surfaced recently showing Goldberg leaving the New York set of TMNT, wearing a large, seemingly-electrified wig. However, CBM's source has apparently come across the identity of Goldberg's character, revealing her to be Bernadette Thompson, who is described as "an editor at Channel 6 News." The character (should the news prove legit,) would without a doubt be a nod to a character from the 1987-1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, Burne Thompson, the stout, shouting male boss of TV reporter, April O'Neil. Interestingly enough, this character would not be the first nod to the classic cartoon, since comedic actor, and star of the newly-resurgent Arrested Development, Will Arnett is already on board as April's cowardly, conniving colleague, Vernon Fenwick. In fact, one of the more memorable inter-character dynamics on the classic show depicted Vernon sycophantically hanging around Burne, constantly trying to curry favor for any kind of journalistic advantage over his competition with April. It may be the case that this dynamic could be mirrored in the film between Arnett's Vernon and Goldberg's gender-swapped "Bernadette" character.

This, along with several of the other nods to the vintage show which a generation grew up watching could be taken as another sign of goodwill from Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman after the film's disastrous P.R. debut when Bay implied that the Turtles would be "aliens." The comment set the Internet into an unquenchable blaze of hate, and had seemingly lost the purists before a single scene was shot. Now that the movie is in production, things aren't looking quite so bleak and even the Turtles co-creator and initial naysayer, Kevin Eastman has gone on record regarding Michael Bay's handling of his franchise saying that, "He’s been nothing but amazingly respectful." In fact, Bay has recently stated that he "misspoke" in the "aliens" comment and affirmed that the fearsome foursome would NOT be aliens.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a purist-centered title that also came as a result of drama,) is set to bust out of a septic-saturated sewer to hit theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Comic Relief Added, First Look At Optimus Prime, More

Transformers 4 continues work on director, Michael Bay's next world-wrecking robotic rampage. Not only has the film procured another cast member with the talents of comedian, T.J. Miller, but photos (the very first from the film) showing some of Autobot characters in their vehicle form have been released. -- And yes, one of those Autobots is Optimus Prime!

Miller, who is currently on the new Fox sitcom, The Goodwin Games, has also been seen in films such as She's Out of My League, Cloverfield, Unstoppable, and was the voice of Tuffnut in How to Train Your Dragon. However, this role in Transformers 4 could be his most prominent since, according to The Wrap, Miller's character will be buddying-up with the film's main protagonist played by Mark Wahlberg.

"Miller will play a blue-collar mechanic who is a longtime friend of Wahlberg's character."

Translation: He's the hero's wacky, one-liner-dropping, best buddy and the film's comic relief. Miller will now join Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, and Bingbing Li in what will surely be an unmitigated orgy of explosions and giant robots wrecking our cities just for good measure.

...And speaking of those giant robots who like cause explosions and wreck our cities, the very first photos from the film have been released. With production having started near the border of Arizona and Utah, a majestic desert backdrop provides the perfect setting for the unveiling of three Autobot vehicles, most notably, the newest version of the benevolent big rig himself, Optimus Prime...who is covered in flames. Because flames make things look badass...apparently.

Transformers 4 tries its best to keep you chuckling while the world ignites in a whirlwind of robotic rage...and flame decals when it hits theaters on June 27, 2014. Check out the photos of the Autobot vehicles below!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Will Arnett's Character Revealed

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the upcoming live-action reboot film from director, Jonathan Liebesman and producer, Michael Bay is apparently making an effort to drop nods to elements of the classic cartoon series. It's a fact that is quite apparent upon the reveal (by way of a name tag spotted on set pics) of which character, comedic star, Will Arnett will play: Vernon Fenwick.

The name might raise some question marks to people who are either not too familiar or just have a rusty memory regarding the 1987-1996 animated series which was at one time the center of a worldwide "Turtlemania" phenomena. The character in question, Vernon Fenwick was the egomaniacal colleague of TV reporter and Turtle damsel, April O'Neil, who never wasted an opportunity to steal a big story right from under her tight banana yellow jumpsuit. Of course, what makes the pompous, pretentious prima-donna an integral part of most episodes was his craven cowardice, which even the slightest sticky situation would make surface, resulting in much of the show's comic relief.

Appropriately enough, the former (and soon to be again) star of Arrested Development and Up All Night, has been seen in a great deal of set photos with Megan Fox as April O'Neil (who looks amazing) which contextually seem related to her classic canonical job as a TV reporter. Plus, Fox is sporting a yellow jacket in some of the photos; clearly a nod to April's look in the classic animated show. So, while some of those things may mollify fans still upset over Michael Bay's idea of the Turtles being "aliens," we will have to see how THE key element of the film, the Turtles themselves turn out. They will be played in CGI motion capture by Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), and Jeremy Howard (Donatello).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as it is once again called) gets ready to prove that the 5 second rule does indeed apply to sewer pizza when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014. In the meantime, check out a quick video which might jog your memory on Arnett's classic character, plus a set photo of Megan Fox's April and Will Arnett's Vernon...all below!

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Transformers 4: Sophia Myles Jumps On Board

Transformers 4 continues adding to its non-giant-robot supporting cast. It is being reported by The Wrap that London-born actress, Sophia Myles has been cast in director, Michael Bay's next rampaging romp of robots wrecking the world.

According to the report, Myles will fill the role of "a scientist." While nothing is confirmed, the character could potentially be the romantic interest of the lead character played by Mark Wahlberg. The actress has certainly seen her share of "genre" action with roles in Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, a memorable role in a David Tennant era episode of Doctor Who, "The Girl in the Fireplace," and was a regular on the cult-but-cancelled vampire TV series, Moonlight. Now, the beautiful blonde Brit will play a scientist bringing...scientific stuff to help fight the good fight in Michael Bay's cinematic world where Hasbro's prodigious protean paladins treat our fragile little world like it's their personal product placement-permeated octagon, while blowing stuff up in slow motion with hot women arching their backs gracing the background...brought to you by Taco Bell.

Myles joins an ever-growing cast which completely replaces the Shia LaBeouf era of the franchise consisting of the aforementioned Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, and TV icon, Kelsey Grammer, who plays one of the film's would-be human villains. No details are available regarding the plot at the moment. (But, as I have implied, "giant robots blowing stuff up" is a safe bet.)

Transformers 4 goes out to prove that gentlemen AND apparently Autobots prefer blondes when it hits theaters June 27, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Kelsey Grammer Cast As Villain

Transformers 4 has apparently procured its villain, at least one them, anyway. According to a report by Deadline, one of TV's most venerable personalities, Kelsey Grammer has been cast in director Michael Bay's upcoming robot-rampaging sequel...as a villain, no less.

The former Cheers and Frasier actor, who has recently racked-up awards for his performance as a hard-balling, womanizing Chicago mayor on the now-ended Starz series, Boss, will now play a character named Harold Attinger, who is said to be "a counter intelligence guy" and "a key villain" in the fourquel. While details on the film's plot have been kept under tight wraps, it is known that Grammer's (presumably human) antagonistic role will join a growing cast of franchise newcomers headlined by hero, Mark Wahlberg, along with Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor.

Of course, this is hardly the first big-budget genre film in which Grammer has starred. (And no, I'm not talking about Down Periscope.) Grammer portrayed the contemporary version of Hank McCoy, aka the blue-mohaired mutant, Beast in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand; a role later played by Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: First Class and its upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. To Grammer's credit, his performance as Beast mixed an erudite aura with savage badassery that remains one of the few aspects of that particular film (widely considered a trainwreck) that is looked upon positively.

Transformers 4 (title yet to be revealed) uses Frasier's Freudian finagling to confuse its Autobot heroes at theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Gets Title Change?

For a while, the upcoming reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise seemed destined to be heading to theaters in 2014 under the sleekly abbreviated title, Ninja Turtles. Well, according to a report from fan site, TMNT Lair, that destiny has been changed. The film will now forgo any edgy naming attempts and tout the more traditional title of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The report comes after the film's presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas inexplicably touted the (yet-to-be-released) logo displaying the full "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" title. It's a move that could help make progress in placating picky fans whose heads are still spinning from the idea that this reboot from producer, Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman plans to make the foursome into aliens.

Nevertheless, the film, currently in production and working off a recently-rewritten script by Snow White and the Huntsman scribe, Evan Daugherty, has also seen its share of defenders. Most notable, among them, is actor, Alan Ritchson, who plays Raphael in the film. Still sworn to secrecy on the plot details, Ritchson has expressed frustration on the project's notorious reputation, wishing to set the record straight, and reiterating his own love for the franchise. This reported return to a traditional title will no doubt help in that cause.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles uses badass martial arts techniques to reclaim the first two words of its title at theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Splinter

Ninja Turtles, next year's reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has acquired the fearsome foursome's furry father figure. Actor, Danny Woodburn has been cast as the team's mutated rat mentor, Splinter.

Perhaps one of the, if not the most consistently visible little people actors working in the entertainment industry, Woodburn has a vast array of television and film appearances like last year's Mirror Mirror attributed. However, he's probably still best remembered as Kramer's buddy, Mickey Abbot on Seinfeld, who was once blackballed by his peers of child actor stand-ins when it was exposed that he "lifts." He now takes a key role in this Michael Bay-produced blockbuster of the sewer-dwelling sensei who, as the classic theme song indicated, "taught them to be ninja teens."

No details have been revealed on how the Splinter character, who typically sports a Japanese accent will be reflected in this film. Various versions of Splinter have drastically different origin tales with the original comic books and 1990 film portraying him as a murdered karate master's pet rat who learns his master's moves and is eventually mutated. Others, like the classic animated series, as well as the current one on Nickelodeon portray Splinter as the human karate master himself who was mutated into a human rat. Considering that producer, Michael Bay has hinted that the Turtles could be aliens of some kind, this film might completely reinvent Splinter's story.

At this point, Woodburn joins a cast featuring his character's adopted sons and reptilian rookies, Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), and Donatello (Jeremy Howard), who will also be joined by (as evidence from recent photos,) a rapturously-red-headed version of actress, Megan Fox playing the franchise's signature damsel, April O'Neil. Comedy star, Will Arnett has also been recently confirmed for the cast for a yet-to-be-revealed- character.

Ninja Turtles revs up the Party Wagon for a trip to hit theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Gets Will Arnett

The upcoming live action reboot revival of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a new cast member. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the half-shelled heroes' big screen return has cast comedic star, Will Arnett.

While the identity of Arnett's character is momentarily being kept a secret, the report shoots down the obvious choice for prominent male characters by indicating that he will NOT play the sporting-goods-swinging vigilante of the TMNT mythos, Casey Jones. Regardless, Arnett joins a cast of motion-captured Turtles who will accompany Megan Fox, who presumably takes the lead role as signature damsel, April O'Neil.

At this point, Arnett's role is anyone's guess. With all four Turtles already cast in Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), and Donatello (Jeremy Howard), the other notable vacancies for known male characters (human or mutant) are for the foursome's sensei and mentor in the human rat, Splinter, the villain who fancies razor-sharp fashion, The Shredder, and sinister scientist, Baxter Stockman. None of those seem to be a realistic fit for the Up All Night and Arrested Development star, Arnett, which might indicate that the role is completely original to this film's storyline. (Which will apparently depict the Turtles as aliens of some kind.)

The role will nevertheless put Arnett in the midst of what may possibly be his biggest film, yet with this major $125 million project produced by the auteur of explosions, Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Ninja Turtles (as the reboot project is currently known) attempts grandiose sleight-of-hand tricks while playing Europe's "The Final Countdown" when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Transformers 4 Partners With Chinese Company

Next year's return of the Transformers film franchise may be the next film to make content adjustments to court production partnerships in China. It is being reported that Transformers 4 (title not yet confirmed) will work with China-based movie channel, Jiaflix Enterprises in an agreement that will open access to the quickly-expanding film market in the population-brimming nation. -- Not only that, but the robot rampage romp will consequently also do some filming in the red nation, as well.

The news comes just days after the announcement that Iron Man 3, in partnering with Chinese company DMG Entertainment, will actually go so far as to release a different cut of the film for Chinese audiences approved by the notoriously political-censorship-happy State containing new scenes and actors exclusive to their release. While no details have been revealed on what, if anything, will be altered for Transformers 4, it does seem that similar concessions would be made for the Chinese release, considering that Jiaflix Enterprises is an arm of the Administration of Radio Film and Television, controlled by the Chinese government.

At the moment, all that is known is that director, Michael Bay will be aided by the company towards pursuits like:

"Selection of filming sites within China, theatrical promotion, and possible post-production activities in China as well as casting of Chinese actors and actresses in the film."

With Mark Wahlberg stepping in as the main protagonist, along with a set of younger supporting cast members in Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, it will not only be interesting to see how the the film adjusts to the post-Shia LaBeouf era, but how the franchise known just as much for its unadulterated product placement as it is for giant robots will manifest with its new Chinese mandate.

Transformers 4 introduces a giant robot Chairman Mao that transforms into...a chair when it hits theaters (here in 'Murica, dammit!) on June 27, 2014.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Third Film Moves Forward

It is being reported that after the successful weekend of its sophomore effort that the G.I. Joe film franchise will continue soldiering on with a third film.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation certainly did make the most of this past Easter weekend earning $132 million worldwide, outdoing the global opening of the 2009 first film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra by 35%. In the U.S., it would also deliver the second-best performance of that holiday weekend with $41.2 million (only behind the $61.2 million in 2010's Clash of the Titans). Overall, Retaliation looks to be well on track to outdo the $303 million global take of its predecessor.

Whether it was the continually-growing box-office clout of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the presence of Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki's Lady Jaye looking ravishing in that red dress, or just the strength of the franchise itself, the movie managed to find an audience. It's especially impressive considering how fans and insiders had already written the film off as a disaster just waiting to happen. It not only managed to overcome the stigma of a year-long delay for a questionable 3D conversion, but it did so while going into the fray with a director completely new to the action/comic-book/fanboy-centric genre of films in Jon Chu. Indeed, there were many gambles on this film that ultimately paid off in a huge way.

No details have been given about the "whens" or the "whats" (other than the fact it will be in 3D), but there is certainly a wealth of material in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero classic comic book, cartoon, and toy canon from which to draw for a third film. While this film series does not exactly adhere closely to the classics, it could potentially use classic concepts such as: A vengeance-seeking Destro forming his own faction in the Iron Grenadiers. The unruly and destructive biker gang, The Dreadnoks. The eccentrically-evil Crimson Twins, Tomax and Xamot, who like to finish each others' sentences. Or, maybe even Cobra Emperor, Serpentor; a tyrant cloned from a milkshake of DNA taken from the worst despots in the world's history. -- The possibilities are endless.

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Transformers 4 Nabs Its Female Lead

The upcoming fourth film in the Transformers franchise now has a confirmed female lead. Director, Michael Bay has confirmed via his Twitter, that actress, Nicola Peltz has landed a coveted lead spot in the robot rampage romp.

Peltz, who appeared in the notorious The Last Airbender, can be currently seen on the new A&E Psycho prequel TV series, Bates Motel as the romantic interest of the young man destined to don drag and deal death in a shower. She will now follow a sacred tradition upheld by Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whitely of being the film's resident "babe" amongst Bay's monolithic metamorphic anthropomorphs. (Which is a lot more fun to say than simply "Transformers.") It is speculated that she will play the daughter of Mark Wahlberg's main character, while playing romantically opposite to a character from newcomer, Jack Reynor.

The news probably delivered a satisfying moment for news site, Twitch, who back in December actually reported that Peltz, along with Aussie actor, Brenton Thwaites would be the fourquel's featured young couple, only to be debunked. It turns out there was some veracity to their report. (Well 50% of it, anyway.) Now, the wild young coed who's trying to tame the creepy young Norman Bates will tangle with a different kind of loose cannon: GIANT ROBOTS WHO BLOW S**T UP.

At the moment, practically nothing is known about the film's plot (despite a recent widely-publicized false report), however, with the clock ticking closer towards the film's projected release date, you can bet those details won't be left a mystery for too long.

Transformers 4 (title not yet confirmed) uses Burger King-sponsored Decepticons to squash the Bates Motel in slow-motion when it hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Leonardo, Michelangelo, And Donatello

It looks as if the new big screen version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have their titular team assembled. Duel katana-cutter and all-around good Samaritan, Leonardo will be played Pete Ploszek, nunchucking Jeff Spicoli-speaking "party dude," Michelangelo will be played by Noel Fisher, and the tech-savvy bo-staff-swinger, Donatello will be played by Jeremy Howard

This rounding out of primary protagonists for the live-action reboot comes just a few days after the announcement that Blue Mountain State and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star, Alan Ritchson would be playing the sai-sporting wiseguy of the group, Raphael. Now, "the world's most fearsome fighting team" are ready to tackle whatever villainous forces that creative minds like producer, Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman have on deck. -- Even if they're planning to make the foursome into aliens for this movie.

Pete Ploszek, who plays team leader, Leonardo, will, ironically enough, be coming in with the slimmest resume of the bunch, with one-time appearances on Parks and Recreation and Shameless being his only major roles. On the other hand, Noel Fisher, who plays the capricious and sometimes naive Michelangelo is a face that will likely be recognized by most people for something from his vast resume of TV appearances (he also had a run on Shameless), as well as his recent film roles on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and in director, Liebesman's Battle Los Angeles. Jeremy Howard playing the geeky reptilian, Donatello may also trigger some recognition from his various "nerdy" roles like in college romp, Accepted, on TV with Breaking Bad, and as one of Justin Long's quasi-Trekkie buddies in the cult classic, Galaxy Quest.

Now, this trio, along with Alan Ritchson, join the newly-reconciled princess of the Michael Bay universe, Megan Fox for this ambitious and highly-touted tent-pole project, which has apparently nabbed a $125 million budget commitment.

Ninja Turtles (title not yet confirmed) picks out the tightest banana-yellow jumpsuits for Megan Fox to wear as April O'Neil when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Its Raphael

The upcoming Michael Bay-produced live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has cast the first of its famous foursome. According to Deadline, actor, Alan Ritchson will jump on board this proverbial Party Wagon of a production as the sai-stabbing, wise-cracking red-bandana-rocking Ninja Turtle, Raphael.

Seen in sporadic episodes of Smallville, Ritchson is probably best known for his starring role in Spike TV's college football romp comedy series, Blue Mountain State. However, another claim to fame may soon come when he stars as lethal reaping alum, Gloss in this fall's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yet, as far as the importance of characters go, this role in the TMNT reboot could actually be the one that becomes career-altering.

While this opportunity to play Raphael, the Turtle who's "cool, but rude" (gimme a break!) will likely confine Ritchson to a studio for motion-capture work in front of a blue screen, it nevertheless yields plenty of room to bust out some acting chops. This is especially important, considering that Thad Castle, the over-the-top, hazing-obsessed, dim-witted college football star he played in Blue Mountain State remains his most prominent role. With Raphael, he gets to work with arguably the deepest, most emotionally-complex of the reptilian foursome (who, according to Bay, may be aliens this time around) and there's plenty of room for a memorable performance. (Which, I assume Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman must believe he can provide.)

As of now, Ritchson joins the first confirmed cast member, Megan Fox, who presumably plays signature damsel, April O'Neil for this $125 million tent-pole that will be supported by the current Nickelodeon animated series and a vast rebooted line of toys and nicknacks.

Ninja Turtles (title not yet confirmed) will do its best to revive "cowabunga" as a cool catch phrase when it hits theaters on its newly-assigned release date of June 6, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Previous Plot Details Deemed Inaccurate

Remember those plot details that popped up about the upcoming fourth Transformers movie? Well, it turns out that Paramount went into damage control mode quickly afterwards, essentially shooting down the whole thing by labeling it "inaccurate."

The vague plot synopsis in question reported by The Michigan Film Office depicted a story in which mankind's tinkering with remnants of Transformer technology unleashes a new uncontrollable power:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

While not carrying any official seals, the story certainly seemed plausible, given the fact that the source would seemingly have contact with the producers. Also, it has been known for some time that director, Michael Bay has been looking for a game-changing reinvention of the franchise. That plot would have provided one; especially since it falls in line with known Transformers storylines such as the existence of Primus and Unicron, robot deities who exist as the living centers of planets, in this case, Primus within Transformers home planet, Cybertron and Unicron within our own Earth.

Nevertheless, Paramount sent out its army of lawyers (giant robot lawyers who transform into briefcases) to the far reaches of the blogosphere to make sure this story effectively went away. In fact, even the original article itself is now conspicuously missing the paragraph containing the apparently-ersatz explication.

So, what could this mean? Well, it could be the case that this was such an egregious breach of top secret material that "The Big P" has resorted to posturing. Or...well, that it's just not true. And that's fine, I suppose. Hey, some may argue that when it comes to Transformers movies, plots are like green garnishes laying on the side of the plate next to the main course of a marbled, tender, juicy piece of "giant robots blowing s**t up."

We'll still get that main course when Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Plot Details Revealed

Some light has been shed on the plot of the mysterious fourth entry in the Transformers film franchise. A press release from The Michigan Film Office lauds the economic benefits of the production's impending arrival in metro Detroit to shoot backdrop scenes. (Enticed by juicy tax incentives.) However, it also manages to include some details on the movie's plot. It's quite a coup, considering that up to this point, virtually nothing was known.

While director and auteur of explosions, Michael Bay will again settle into the ass-groove indentation of his director's chair, the franchise's previous star, Shia LaBeouf will be stepping away, making room for perennial leading man, Mark Wahlberg, who just recently stepped in front of the camera for the director in the upcoming film, Pain & Gain. Now, it seems that Wahlberg's protagonist character may be dealing with a new breed of malevolent metamorphic mechs in this franchise refresh. According the description:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

Interestingly enough, as the Jurassic Park franchise readies its own long-awaited return and reinvention, it seems that this series will get a similar injection of man-made folly. It could possibly see the debut of new human-hatched hybrid Transformers that would represent a real game-changer. At this point, the details are anyone's guess, but personally, I see this movie delving deeper into the 80's toy series mythos with things like Dinobots and Insecticons.

While Bay's Transformers franchise may have its share of "haters," the undeniable fact is that the first three films were an amazing cash-cow for Paramount, giving them a whopping $2.67 billion dollar worldwide take. They certainly seem to bring something to the table that has moviegoers of all the right demographics flocking to theaters to see them.

Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) helps the Autobots fight a new evil with a Boston accent and "good vibrations" at theaters on June 27, 2014.

UPDATE: Paramount quickly deemed the report "inaccurate."

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