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Transformers

After several rumors, set photos, this teasing interview with Mark Wahlberg, and a recent interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, it seems that the Dinobots are actually, really, totally going to appear in "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

It makes sense, right? This is a series that is looking to kickstart a new trilogy with a new leading man. Wouldn't it be a good idea to bring in a few fan favorites? The Dinobots have been beloved members of the "Transformers" universe since the mid-1980s, and but are bringing in more characters that the hardcore fans are particularly attached to a good idea for series that hasn't been that concerned with that population from the beginning?

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Earlier this week, MTV News ran an interview with Mark Wahlberg in which he danced around the question of whether the Dinobots would appear in "Transformers 4," as they're rumored to. "None of your business," he said. "You don't want me to get replaced halfway through production for divulging secrets."

While we have to admit that Wahlberg is definitely capable of trolling us on this one, we can't help but think that there's something to the rumor based on his response.

If that is the case, it's time you got your crash course in Dinobots, or at least a quick review, before "Transformers 4" hits theaters in June.

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Monsters

We have come to the end, the final round of MTV Movies Blog's Great, Big Movie Monster Brawl!

In the lead-up to "Pacific Rim," which is in theaters today, we have been pitting horrible beast against horrible beast to see which modern movie monster would reign supreme.

After three rounds we have narrowed down the final contestants to the lovely creatures so you see above, so click past the jump to reach about the two newest entrants and vote for your choice.

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Monsters

After two rounds in MTV Movies Blog's Great, Big Movie Monster Brawl, age has been the main factor in winning reader votes to decide the ultimate big screen beast. Godzilla ruled Round 1, and now Round 2 looks to belong to the "Cloverfield" monster.

That will be the biggest challenge for one of our combatants in Round 3, what we're calling the Misunderstood Monster Division. Only you can decide the victor and the greatest giant monster of all time.

Vote after the jump!

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Godzilla Host

We're not sure if you heard the ominous, thundering footsteps in the distance, but they mean only one thing. This Friday, Guillermo del Toro's ode the the kaiju movies of old, "Pacific Rim," will hit theaters like a giant fist punching a hole in a skyscraper.

For an occasion such as the release of "Pacific Rim," it doesn't feel like enough to simply tell you that the movie will open in theaters starting with the early shows Thursday night. We have to celebrate the return of the giant movie monster in a way that suits the genre: a winner-take-all battle royale of the best modern enormous beasts.

Read more after the jump!

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Despicable Me 2

The Fourth of July may have split the weekend up for new releases, but if you were outside grilling up hot dogs and burgers and didn't make it to theaters on America's birthday, you have a big choice to make for Saturday and Sunday.

Two big tentpoles, one stand-up film, and an indie charmer are making their way to the big screens this weekend, and we were a little curious about which one will earn your hard-earned bucks.

So what will it be? Will Gru and his minions win over your heart again, or are you setting off on a high plains adventure with the Lone Ranger and Tonto?

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Starting tomorrow, you can see Johnny Depp playing a Native American man in a movie that is said to have cost $250 million. Casting across race is by no means a new concept—you can read about some of the worst examples over at Next Movie—but rarely is it seen on this scale.

When we spoke with Depp at the junket for "The Lone Ranger," he talked about playing Tonto with a respect to the culture that isn't seen that often in pop culture.

"It was something I felt a pretty intense passion for, for a long time. Just taking into consideration the way that Native Americans have been portrayed in old-school TV series as sidekicks or savages," Depp said. "I just thought it was a way to flip it completely on its head and an opportunity to send great respect and thanks to the Native Americans for all they've lived through and went through in their existence. I guess it was to portray the Native American with the integrity and dignity that they deserve."

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Last week, we asked you to pick your top three favorite movies from the first half of 2013 in no particular order. Since today marks the official start to the second half of 2013, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at what those results were and how you voted.

Click past the jump for a breakdown of your top five movies from the first half of 2013!

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Iron Man

Can you believe that 2013 is nearly half over? In the first six months of the year, you probably saw more than a few movies, and this is usually the time when we look back at the films that have come and gone to see how 2013 is shaping up.

The some of the most anticipated movies of the year pleased fans to no end, like "Iron Man 3," "Man of Steel," and "Star Trek Into Darkness." A literary adaptation, "The Great Gatsby," made for an unlikely box office champion, and "Fast & Furious 6" proved that the series is still a force to be reckoned with.

But what are your favorite movies from the first half of 2013? Pick your top three films in the poll below!

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Ever since "Veronica Mars" took to Kickstarter to get their movie going, there has been a very loud and confusing debate (mostly over Twitter) about whether all of this was okay. It only got worse with Zach Braff, who was a polarizing figure even before he decided to make his movie "his way," so it might interest those who aren't utterly exhausted by the conversation that an even more controversial figure has thrown his many hats into the ring.

James Franco just kicked off an indiegogo campaign to bring the three short stories featured in his first book, "Palo Alto," to the big screen. The actor has hand selected three of his favorite NYU filmmakers to each take on one of the stories. Franco put in money himself, but he needs an additional $500,000 to completely fund the project.

But before you start trying to fit your screed about how wrong this is into 140 characters, you might want to read the next part.

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