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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sweepstakes: 'Transformers 2' Movie Prizes

Watch TV on PC - 12,000 TV Channels and Movies Enter now for your chance to win prizes in our @ The Movies section's sweepstakes in conjunction with Hasbro Toys, to celebrate the release of the science fiction adventure "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Hasbro, the creator of the original toy line, is ready for the second live-action "Transformers" movie adventure with a whole new line of toys based on "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." In the film, (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons. Michael Bay directs from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" opens in theaters and on IMAX screens nationwide June 24.

The Sweepstakes
One Grand-prize winner will be selected at random to receive a Bumblebee Voice Mixer Helmet; a Bumblebee Plasma Cannon Arm Blaster; a Leader Class Optimus Prime action figure, a Leader Class Megatron action figure; two action figures from the following assortment: Voyager Class Optimus Prime, Starscream, Demolisher or Ironhide; and a Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky action figure.

[The grand-prize package in our Hasbro "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" movie sweepstakes includes, clockwise, from top left: a Bumblebee Voice Mixer Helmet; a Bumblebee Plasma Cannon Arm Blaster; a Leader Class Megatron action figure; a Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky action figure; and a Leader Class Optimus Prime action figure.]
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The grand-prize package in our Hasbro "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" movie sweepstakes includes, clockwise, from top left: a Bumblebee Voice Mixer Helmet; a Bumblebee Plasma Cannon Arm Blaster; a Leader Class Megatron action figure; a Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky action figure; and a Leader Class Optimus Prime action figure.
Two first prize winners will be selected at random to receive a Leader Class Optimus Prime action figure or a Leader Class Megatron action figure; a Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky action figure; a Voyager Class Optimus Prime, Starscream, Demolisher or Ironhide action figure; and two Robot Heroes two packs

Two runner-prize winners will be selected at random to receive a Voyager class Optimus Prime, Starscream, Demolisher or Ironhide action figure; a Deluxe class Sideways, Sideswipe, Rampage or Breakaway action figure; and a Robot Heroes two pack.

The contest runs June 18, 2009, through July 1, 2009. The contest is for U.S. residents only. For a complete set of contest rules, click here.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS storm toy aisles prior to Hasbro's new live-action TRANSFORMERS movie invading theaters this summer

Watch TV on PC - 12,000 TV Channels and Movies TORONTO, Jun 18, 2009 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) ----DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Film Elevates the Excitement

and Action from 2007's Blockbuster TRANSFORMERS Movie

This summer, the colossal battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS continues when the "ROBOTS IN DISGUISE" once again invade movie theaters around the world. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Hasbro, debuts June 24th, 2009 and continues the saga of the 2007 Worldwide blockbuster film that finds two warring factions of robots colliding in a major battle on planet Earth.

On May 30th, Hasbro launches its new line of movie-based TRANSFORMERS toys that capture the action and excitement of the new film. Fans will love the new action figures showcasing popular characters like OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE in multiple scales - with many featuring lights and authentic sounds and phrases from the movie. Kids can pretend to be a TRANSFORMERS robot by wearing the new BUMBLEBEE MOVIE VOICE MIXER HELMET that lets children mix their own voices with music and includes "tune-in radio phrases," just like BUMBLEBEE. To complete the fantasy, kids can pretend to battle the DECEPTICONS with the new TRANSFORMERS MOVIE BUMBLEBEE PLASMA CANNON. This awesome arm blaster converts from BUMBLEBEE'S robot arm to his plasma cannon and features lights and signature TRANSFORMERS sound effects. And, long-time fans will be thrilled with one of the most powerful DECEPTICONS, the new TRANSFORMERS MOVIE CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR figure, a monstrous robot that combines six vehicles into one giant robot.

For 25 years, Hasbro has provided kids with hours of MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE action with their figures that convert from robot to vehicles and back again. Legions of boys around the world grew up creating fantastic adventures and battles set on both the planet CYBERTRON and Earth that featured the heroic AUTOBOTS - like OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE - clashing with the evil DECEPTICONS, led by MEGATRON. The toys' popularity reached new levels with the release of the first live-action TRANSFORMERS movie, cementing the toys and the brand in the upper stratosphere of pop culture.


Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a Worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


The 2009 Transformers Movie Line includes the following toys
available on May 30, 2009


(Approximate retail price: Starting from $15.99; Ages: 5 & up; Available:
Beginning May 30, 2009 with additional waves throughout the summer)

For more than 25 years, TRANSFORMERS action figures have been known for
their "MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE" play pattern, with robots converting into
vehicles, and then back to robots again. This summer, TRANSFORMERS movie
action figures featuring the new film's most popular characters will be
available in three scales: DELUXE, VOYAGER (larger scale), and LEADER
(largest scale and includes lights and sounds). DELUXE includes 24
characters, VOYAGER will offer 11 characters, and LEADER will feature
three, including OPTIMUS PRIME and JETFIRE.


(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: May 30, 2009)

In the 2007 TRANSFORMERS movie, BUMBLEBEE was a scene-stealer and an
instant favorite among kids and long-time TRANSFORMERS fans. Now, kids
can pretend to be the fun-loving AUTOBOT character BUMBLEBEE with a role-
playing helmet. The toy allows kids to mix their voice through a
"radio" - just like BUMBLEBEE - and also features realistic robot battle
sounds and radio tune-in phrases to add authenticity to the play


(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Ages 4 & up; Available: May 30, 2009)

The ultimate companion to the BUMBLEBEE MOVIE VOICE MIXER HELMET, the
blaster and defend the Earth against its evil invaders. Features
electronic lights and sounds.


(Approximate retail price: $34.99; Ages 4 & up; Available: May 30, 2009)

Designed to enable easy play for younger fans, TRANSFORMERS MOVIE POWER
BOTS are 10-inch robot-only versions of favorite TRANSFORMERS characters.
These large-scale, chunky action figures include lights, sounds and
battle features. This summer, Power Bots styled after Bumblebee and
Megatron from TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN will join this exciting
and unique line.

The 2009 Transformers Movie Line includes the following toys
available after July 26, 2009


(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Ages 4 & up; Available: July 26, 2009)

Taking POWER BOTS to the next level with a second mode for "mega" action!
BOT figure is face down, he appears to be six different vehicles, but
when standing upright, he is the monstrous DECEPTICON DEVASTATOR.


(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: July 26, 2009)

For the first time, the new TRANSFORMERS MOVIE HUMAN ALLIANCE collection
allows kids to play with the human characters alongside the TRANSFORMERS.
When the TRANSFORMERS are in vehicle mode, the human figures fit inside
and can go along for the ride. When the TRANSFORMERS are in robot mode,
the human figures can be positioned at different battle stations. Three
different characters will be available in 2009 - complete with a 2 1/4-
inch human action figure - including BUMBLEBEE and friend Sam Witwicky.


(Approximate retail price: $129.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: August 2009)

The largest and most powerful foe the AUTOBOTS will encounter in this
monstrous DECEPTICON robot made up of six separate construction vehicles
DEVASTATOR allows kids to re-create the film's awesome action sequences.


(Approximate retail price: $5.99; Ages 3 & up; Available: August 2009)

When TRANSFORMERS characters are "ROBOTS IN DISGUISE," they take on the
look of some of most contemporary vehicles in the world, such as the
Chevrolet Camaro Concept, Ford Mustang and GMC Topkick. For the first
time ever, Hasbro offers mini-vehicles of TRANSFORMERS characters that
allow kids to engage in the classic play pattern of racing cars across
the floor, as well as on play sets and tracks. The robot version of the
character is featured on the underside of each non-converting vehicle for
kids to easily identify the characters unique to the TRANSFORMERS
universe. Twelve mini-vehicles will be available in single packs in 2009,
and include MUDFLAP/Chevrolet Trax and SKIDS/Chevrolet Beat (pictured).


(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: August 2009)

Created specifically for the new TRANSFORMERS R.R.M.'s line of mini-
vehicles, the TRANSFORMERS RPMs DEVASTATOR TRACK SET provides fast, mini-
vehicle play within a dynamic track set by leveraging the iconic battle
and high stakes drama found in the new movie. The track will bring
DEVASTATOR to life and enable fans to re-enact the climactic movie battle
between the AUTOBOTS and DEVASTATOR.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

'Transformers' blasts back: Another Michael Bay direct hit

Watch TV on PC - 12,000 TV Channels and Movies By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY

In Michael Bay's sandbox, everyone is a toy soldier.

Deep amid the luminous dunes of New Mexico's white gypsum desert, the filmmaker's deeply sunburned battalion of crew workers constructed a set to resemble a sandblasted Egyptian town beside a massive ancient temple.

This is where Bay and his moviemaking army prepared to shoot the climax of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and when the film makes its debut Wednesday, moviegoers will see only a portion of the epic battle.

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The long, lonely road to the movie's set starts at Holloman Air Force Base and stretches arrow-straight for miles through the scrub-filled vastness into Army territory. Roughly a square half-mile of sand has been cleared of unexploded artillery on the testing range to make room for the Egyptian set.

The sky is clear, but overhead there is screaming thunder — fighter jets, low and loud, rip by on training missions. A giant, weathered sign on the side of the road reads: "Maximum Speed Limit In the Great State of New Mexico — Mach 10."

Swiftness is a virtue on the Transformers set, too. It's early morning, and Bay already has Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox running for their lives as packs of dynamite go off behind them. Geysers of dust and debris spew into the air and pepper Bay and his bank of television monitors with chunks of foam designed to look like rocks.

Soldiers toting machine guns surround rocket launchers at the crest of surrounding dunes, stained black with soot after days of shooting battle scenes.

Amid the structures in the village is a crashed Black Hawk helicopter and a pair of M1 Abrams tanks with cannons large enough to shoot slugs the size of fire extinguishers tipped toward the horizon. Gathered around the tanks are scores of off-duty military personnel, hired as extras.

The filmmaker, then 43, is watching the action unfold on a bank of TV monitors. He's wearing an Autobot ball cap, pulled low to shade his eyes from the sun, and a Decepticon T-shirt, perhaps symbolic of which side of the robot battle is closest to his heart.

Duhamel joins Bay to watch the replay. "This really is your sandbox," he tells the director. "And we are kinda like your toys."

Bay gives a smirk, but seems preoccupied by his screens. When the actor leaves, the filmmaker confides, in an uncharacteristically soft voice, a story from when he was a kid.

"I made home movies that way," he says, still looking at the replays on the screen. "I'd do little firecrackers on the train set. … I actually set my bedroom on fire once." He smiles and rolls his eyes. "The fire department came. It was a little Super 8 movie where the aliens invaded."

But the sound and fury that as a grown-up have earned him $2.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales only got him into trouble then. "That wasn't fun," he says. "I got grounded. Two weeks."

Constructive criticism

Critics have never given Bay much respect, and aren't likely to start now — not that a lack of Oscars and accolades has hurt his swagger. Bay acknowledges his movies aren't deep, but he is proud of his rock'em, sock'em style of popcorn filmmaking. "It just makes you feel good, makes you smile. It's such a guilty pleasure," he says.

There is undeniable craftsmanship and imagination in Bay's cinematic eye-candy, but his movies also are, in an offbeat way, personal works of self-expression. The filmmaker is big and boisterous, hot-headed one moment, silly the next, prone to wisecracks, and ready to turn serious when the situation is dire — just like his films. Both also have a softer, sentimental side.

While his style might not have been the best fit for such true-life stories as Pearl Harbor, Bay seems to have found his niche with Transformers, a testosterone fairy tale where good and evil are clearly delineated and Bumblebee, a teenage boy's first car, doesn't only open the world to him, but helps him save it.

When he's on the job, however, sentimentality takes a back seat to intensity. He is direct and blunt — though often kids around a little, too.

After watching a scene in which Duhamel tries to rescue Fox from her hiding spot beneath a blown-out wall, Bay stops the action and runs out to coach the actor.

"Take her hand this time. When you ran the last time, you ran away like a (expletive) girl and left her!" the director says.

Duhamel sarcastically thanks Bay for the constructive criticism — in full view of a visiting reporter.

Bay says to the journalist, in an even louder voice: "You'll be doing me a (expletive) favor if you print that!" Then laughs. Duhamel just shakes his head.

There is more than a week of filming to be done before the action moves to the actual pyramids in Egypt. But before the set is abandoned, Bay would like to see some of it destroyed for real with cameras rolling.

The U.S. Department of Defense agreed to partner with the filmmakers, seeing Transformers as a morale-booster for troops who get to participate and a training opportunity. Army liaison Lt. Col. Gregory Bishop tells Bay that the Army is happy to let tank crews practice target shooting on the set.

Bay's face brightens. "Live rounds?"

Bishop shakes his head. "No, training rounds. Inert. They're dead rounds. But they shoot, and you just pyro-up the house, Hollywood-up the house, and make it blow."

Bay squints one eye. "Can we shoot one live round?"

Bishop is unbending: "You're going to make it look better than what we could do."

"Maybe," Bay concedes. "But it would look cool."

Bay gives it one more try, explaining his philosophy. "I mean, when I was doing (a commercial for) Victoria's Secret, I had Petra Nemcova and Heidi Klum in the bathtub together. The company was like, 'Mike, Mike. We can't use this, we can't use this.' And I'm bent over the camera saying, 'Uh, OK, let's just see what it looks like.' "

The director flashes the most devilish of grins. Ultimately, Bishop wins out.

Months later, Bay says the dummy cannon shots were plenty good. "Let me tell you, you have never heard such a wallop," he says. "You can't imitate that digitally — the dust and the fire. It's just more of a PahhOOOOOmph!"

The heat really is on

On the set in 105-degree desert heat, Bay seems to be solar-powered. As the day goes on, he becomes only more animated. And he isn't opposed to doing some heavy lifting.

The time comes to collapse a giant column on the temple; a Decepticon will be added later as digital animation, pushing it over to crush LaBeouf's and Fox's stunt doubles. The columns are about four stories tall, as thick as grain silos and made out of wood and plaster.

After it succumbs to the power of explosives and crane cables, a school-bus-sized slab has to be removed.

The skinny Bay gets under it with 17 other crew workers to haul it off, like ants carrying a half slice of bread. "This is how they did it, huh! Don't you think? This is how they built the (expletive) pyramids!" Bay says, cheering his soldiers on.

They take a circuitous path; colored flags all around them mark packs of dynamite, wired beneath bags of cement mix (which makes an appealing dust plume when they blow). The pyrotechnics crew has been preparing for the day's big finale shot, meant to simulate a bombardment by B-2 Bombers.

Mike Wever, the special-effects technician and bomb triggerman, surveys the explosive-planting.

"Whatever Bay wants is what we try to give him," says Wever. "Sex is sex, dialogue is dialogue, but what people want is special effects. Bayhem, that's what it's called. That's what I like to call it. Whenever we do a Michael show, it's a new level of Bayhem."

Wever warns to stay away from the 14 large, white plastic garbage cans placed around the temple. They are full of gasoline and wired to explode for the finale shot.

Activity soon reaches a fever pitch. The bombs are set, the actors are ready. About 10 cameras are rolling, one on a helicopter hovering above. Tanks and soldiers aim their weapons at invisible mechanical invaders.

Bay storms around the set aligning soldiers and war vehicles, clearing the town of all visible film equipment as they prepare to shoot. All of the guns will be blazing, and bombs will be erupting into a great wall of fire, as LaBeouf, Fox, Duhamel and Gibson race from their hiding place to behind friendly lines, scampering between the stomping feet of gigantic Decepticons.

Burly grips haul around armloads of rubber machine guns. Others set up smoke canisters and rig stuntmen to fly off tanks when they are shot.

There's a race to finish before sunset, but a craft services worker shows up with a pickup full of fresh pizzas. He is swarmed by the crew, until Bay hops off a golf cart he is steering and hollers: "Get those (expletive) pizzas the (expletive) out of here!"

End-of-the-day shoots are always tense. The moment just after the sun sets creates a uniquely haunting light, and Bay prefers to shoot his big action scenes in the very limited time. Almost a dozen cameras are rolling — one of them on a helicopter above.

Bay is visibly nervous. Before settling behind his monitors inside one of the mock buildings, he watches as a water truck and firefighting crew roll down the sand road and hide out of sight behind a wall.

And the 'Action!' begins

The director bites his lower lip and says, in that uncharacteristically low voice: "I'm gonna burn my set down."

The emergency equipment is in place to prevent such a disaster; the loss of the set would be devastating for the production.

Everything is in place — action! The cameras are rolling, the actors are running. The helicopter thrums overhead, and the scores of military extras are machine-gunning the shape-shifting robots supposedly marching toward them. When the actors are clear —KAR-ROOOOM!!!

The dynamite packs explode, and those plastic garbage cans of fuel vaporize, sending their contents skyward in a great, billowing tidal wave of fire that momentarily makes twilight as bright as high noon.

Bay and his crew are cheering, high-fiving, cursing joyfully and bear-hugging each other. Even the scorned pizza man would have felt the love.

But then the wall of black smoke clears, and the temple and adjacent buildings come into view. The tops are fully engulfed in flames.

The joyful curses turn serious. Bay watches as the firefighters race to the rescue, getting the blaze under control — just like the scene that played out in his bedroom with fireworks, a train set and a Super 8 camera.

But this time, he won't be grounded.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Sneak: Transformers 2

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(12A) 147mins

THE rule Michael Bay applied to his Transformers sequel is if the original made £350million then don't, er, transform it.

Stunning ... Megan Fox

Stunning ... Megan Fox

DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures.

Understandable as that is, this re-run of the previous thrills and spills displays a disappointing lack of ambition.

Shia Labeouf's heroic Sam again finds himself holding the key to a powerful energy source being sought at all costs by baddie robots the Decepticons.

And goodie robots the Autobots again kick rear spoiler as they seek to protect Sam.

A US bureaucrat again fears the Autobots are the problem, there is a replica shoot-up at the Witwicky household and, yes, our first view of Megan Fox is from behind in her hotpants.

Most of the male teen audience would have asked for their money back if Bay hadn't shown that shot of Fox, who plays Sam's girlfriend Mikaela.

A lot of tongue-in-cheek fun is had with Fox's sex goddess status.

A cute little enemy robot tries to hump her leg and in another scene she dresses in a burka.

It's silly moments like this and some spectacular visual effects which earn Transformers 2 three hats. Without them it would have been unbearable.

Hero ... Shia LaBeouf

Hero ... Shia LaBeouf

Just like Gordon Brown, this film outstays its welcome. There is no need for a movie based on a kid's toy to last two and a half hours.

Bay again weighs the featherlight plot down with unimportant, annoying characters.

The worst offender being Sam's college dorm mate who is forever wimpering that he doesn't want to die. The Sneak was hoping he would.

Also, for anyone unfamiliar with the various robots in disguise, it is very difficult to tell the goodies and baddies apart.

They are though, at least, a welcome relief from all the nerdy nonsense about keys, matrixes and symbols that dominate the climax.

What started out as mega fun, finishes as a mega drag.

BEST LINE: A mini robot telling Mikaela "You're hot, but you sure ain't too bright."

BEST CHARACTER: Bumblebee, the sports-car-turned-robot, has more depth than the human cast.

FAMILY RATING: Mild swearing and violence.

BUM NUMBNESS: It'll hurt your bot.

Rating: Three hats.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

'Transformers' Stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox On Their Favorite Robots

Watch TV on PC - 12,000 TV Channels and Movies 'Some of the coolest action sequences and set pieces I've ever seen in a movie is with Devastator,' Fox says.

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BEVERLY HILLS, California — Do you spend your evenings sleeping under Bumblebee bedsheets? Have you ever gone into a drive-thru wearing an Optimus Prime mask? Well, it might finally be time for some new toys.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" storms into theaters June 24, bringing with it a slew of brand-new robots in disguise. Recently, we caught up with the human stars of the movie — and got the scoop on their favorite freewheeling co-stars.

Megan Fox on Devastator - "Devastator is a really cool robot because he's a Constructicon, and we didn't have a Constructicon in the last one," explained the actress, who plays sexy Mikaela Barnes in the film series. "He's just massive. And the damage he does, it's mind-blowing to watch it. Some of the coolest action sequences and set pieces I've ever seen in a movie is with Devastator."

Shia LaBeouf on Scalpel - "There's an interrogation scene, it's just me on a table surrounded by five robots — one of whom is inside of my mind," LaBeouf said of his favorite scene in the film, which revolves around a small, spider-like Decepticon who can transform into a microscope and goes by the nickname "The Doctor." "[Another robot] is looking at my thoughts on a board. And I'm being held down by another one who is holding my arms, and another robot's holding my legs as I am talking to a doctor robot."

Ramon Rodriguez on Ravage - "Ravage is a good one that people are going to love to see what he can do — in the cartoon, he used to come out of Soundwave," remembered self-professed "Transformers" geek Rodriguez, who joins the series in the sequel as Sam's friend Leo. "Soundwave was this guy who had a tape cassette, and he would let out a bird that would fly like a spy, and he would also let out this tiger. So [Michael Bay] implemented the tiger in the movie, and the tiger can do a bunch of different things ... people are going to be really excited to see that kind of stuff, that he's actually bringing some of the old original ones back."

Tyrese on Sideswipe - "I love the new Corvette," grinned the car-loving actor who plays USAF Sergeant Epps, referring to an Autobot fighter who employs swords in battle. "That silver Corvette in the movie is crazy! It's a Stingray; I love the car, and I love the way he looks when he transforms. I [loved] Bumblebee on the first one because I love the car and I just love the character of Bumble — but I think my new favorite is this Stingray Corvette, man. I got to have that car in my collection when it comes out!"

Check out everything we've got on "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Movies have transformed Tyrese Gibson's life

Watch TV on PC - 12,000 TV Channels and Movies By Kelley L. Carter, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES — Every day Tyrese Gibson admires a framed photo that sits on his desk at his Los Angeles office.

In it, his two acting heroes Will Smith and Denzel Washington are posed together. Each time he glances at it, he's reminded of why he's so picky with film projects.

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Gibson's dream is to create a career that combines the best of Washington's and Smith's — a mix of gut-wrenching acting and explosive adrenaline-rush projects.

"Denzel works really hard and keeps a lot of people on edge on movie sets because he's so focused and he expects the best from everybody," Gibson says, pointing to Washington in the photo.
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"And Will, his approach has been very global: to be the biggest movie star in the world," he says, placing the photo back in its spot.

"I definitely want to be Tyrese," he says. "But if I had it my way, my goal would be to try to be somewhere in the middle of those guys."

Gibson's on his way.

The 30-year-old actor returns to the big screen Wednesday in the hotly anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He reprises his role as Air Force Technical Sergeant Robert Epps, who has recently been promoted to master sergeant.

The action film is a departure from Gibson's previous work. With the exception of 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious, Gibson has performed in smaller films such as 2005's Four Brothers and 2006's Waist Deep.

"I always want to be associated with something that's going to have people feeling good, motivated, have people walking away saying 'Man, I thought my life was rough, but it's nowhere near as rough as that,' " he says. "What you decide to do in these films does have an impact on the people."

Being a part of the big-budget Transformers franchise has allowed the actor and singer to pursue other projects. He sings a Babyface-penned duet with Jewel on the Transformers soundtrack, and he'll produce an upcoming reality TV show about firefighters for BET. Gibson's company, HQ Entertainment, also will produce a new comic series with Image Comics called Mayhem.

Gibson says that when he first signed on for Transformers, he had no idea it would perform as well as it did. Worldwide, it was the highest-grossing non-sequel movie in 2007, earning more than $708 million.

He shakes his head for a few moments in disbelief, thinking about the possible magnitude of the sequel.

"This is a real monster right here," he says. "I believe that people are going to love Transformers 2. I think the chemistry among the cast is so much better in the sequel. Everybody had a job and we all came there to do it. I really believe that people are going to walk away enjoying this movie."

In his office — which many days doubles as his home — the divorced dad of 1-year-old Shayla allows his eyes to fall over the relics of his career. There are pictures of him with A-listers (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Luther Vandross, to name a few) on a wall of fame near his in-office studio. Framed movie posters and notes from famous friends decorate the place.

"It's only by the grace of God that I've been able to go from a 30-second commercial when I was 16 to somehow figuring out a way to still be relevant in 2009. To show up and hear any kind of screams and have anybody happy to see me is a very big deal," he says.

"All I wanted was to be able to go shopping and spend over $50 a month on clothes for school and get this phone number of a girl who lived up the street. I had no goals. I just can't get used to it. And I don't want to."

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9 Fresh 'Transformers 2' Photos Emerge

Watch TV on PC - 12,000 TV Channels and Movies Starscream and Megatron fighting, Optimus Prime standing beside a sphinx and Sam Witwicky speaking to Jetfire are among the new pics found for 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
9 Fresh 'Transformers 2' Photos Emerge
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On the last days leading to the theatrical release of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", Paramount Pictures have let out a series of brand new images from the "Transformers" sequel. The fresh photos are counted nine in all, and two of them come out exclusively via USA Today.

The two pictures published by the paper exhibit Optimus Prime standing tall beside an Egyptian sphinx as well as Sam Witwicky talking to Jetfire with Mikaela Banes, Agent Simmons and Leo watching from the side. The other seven photos include a closer look at twins Mudflap and Skids, the rooftop battle between Starscream and Megatron, and a capture of half-burned Sam.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is set a year after the end of the 2007 blockbuster "Transformers". It follows Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes as they become the target of attack by Decepticons due to Sam's knowledge over the origins of the Transformers and their ancient history on Earth. Battling the Decepticons' effort to capture Sam, Autobots unite with U.S. military and an international coalition to fight back the villains' attack.

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox return as Sam and Mikaela respectively. They are joined by several original cast, including Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, as well as new additions, such as Isabel Lucas, Ramon Rodriguez and Rainn Wilson. This movie has been pushed forward to see a June 24 U.S. release.

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