Michael Bay knows how he likes his movies: big, loud and sleek. In this exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," members of the cast and crew recall what it was like working with the director's distinct style.
It's called ATT-ATT, and it stands for "All the toys, all the time." That basically sums up how Bay likes to shoot his films. When approaching a particular scene, the director prefers to have all different types of film equipment ready to go if inspiration strikes at any particular moment.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, the MTV Movies team is here to ask the hard questions. Which movie had the best ensemble cast of 2011, for one? How about the greatest sex scene of the year? Or perhaps the most important question of all: who was the best movie robot of 2011?
It's a bizarre question, sure, but a fair one to ask: there were a ton of 'bots at the box office this year, some more menacing than others. From the courageous Optimus Prime to the useless '80s Robot, here are your picks for the year's best cinematic robot. Cast your vote after the jump!
From battles in Los Angeles and Chicago to children struggling against otherworldly threats, 2011 was an unforgettable year for fighting enemies from beyond the stars. Keep reading for our top five favorite alien invasion flicks of the year!
5. "Battle Los Angeles"
Though not exactly one of my favorite movies of the year, even I can't deny the awesome imagery of the initial waves of invasion in "Battle Los Angeles." The ground-level action puts you in the grimy trenches of an alien assault on what would normally be a sunny day in California. If you can forgive a thin plot, the visual assault you'll weather in "Battle LA" is worth the rental fee.
Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots and animated role model for generations of geeks, would be nothing without his voice — so, really, the hero you have to thank for years of service isn't Prime himself, but voice actor Peter Cullen.
Cullen, who also provides the iconic voice of Eeyore the donkey of "Winnie the Pooh" fame, first breathed life into the cybernetic lungs of Optimus Prime in the 1980s "Transformers" animated series and movie; and he's still at it, providing the voice of the transforming hero in all three of Michael Bay's "Transformers" movies, most recently "Dark of the Moon." For many fans, Cullen's is one of the most memorable, beloved voices of our childhood — and it'll please you to know that, fans, he loves you, too.
With "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arriving on Blu-ray today (September 30), MTV News sat down for a one-on-one chat with Cullen about Optimus Prime and his heroic legacy.
Proving that not even the threat of global economic collapse can keep people away from giant robot fights, worldwide box office receipts for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” have now surpassed $1 billion. No doubt aided by the additional money brought in by 3D ticket sales, the third Michael Bay “Transformers” movie has grossed $338 million in the United States and a whopping $663 million internationally.
While “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is the first Paramount Pictures film to ever break the $1 billion mark, it’s the tenth movie to do so in history, which also earns it a spot in the highest-grossing films of all time. The list, in order, goes: “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Toy Story 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” “The Dark Knight,” and finally, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which edged out “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” for its place.
FROM MTV MOVIES: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" fended off competition from both an R-rated comedy and a family-friendly film as the third entry in the giant robot franchise maintained the #1 position at the box office with an estimated $47 million during its second weekend in theaters.
"Transformers" passed "The Hangover II" to become the highest-grossing film of 2011 thus far with its 12-day domestic haul of $261 million and crossed the half-billion dollar mark worldwide.
"Horrible Bosses" wasn't able to dethrone Michael Bay's CGI heavy explosion-fest but it does bear the distinction of being the only film in the top five with mostly favorable reviews from critics. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day star in the black comedy, which opened at #2 with $28.1 million.
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Could the "Transformers" franchise be getting a face lift, Jason Statham style?
That's the latest rumor swirling around Hollywood, according to ShowBizSpy. With "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" making bucket loads already, it seems almost a guarantee that a fourth "Transformers" movie will be made, but the gossip site is reporting that director Michael Bay and production company Paramount are looking for someone to lead the franchise in a "new, darker direction."
Statham certainly fits that bill (and we certainly have ideas for how he'd fit into the "Transformers" universe), but... is there any chance that this is actually going to happen? Right now, absolutely nothing is set in stone: no sequel has been officially greenlit, and definitely no one has been cast yet. But that's not to say that the "Transformers" crew aren't looking for a complete overhaul of the original cast to prevent the franchise from going stale. But there are a couple of other unconventional actors we could see fulfilling that order just as well as Statham. Check out our suggestions past the jump!
Amidst fireworks, barbeques, and a whole lot of celebrating America, it looks like a heck of a lot of you made it out to your nearest theater this Fourth of July weekend and watched "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The final weekend box office tally is $97.5 million, not counting its full total since opening last Tuesday. That's a hefty chunk of change, as is the trend with the "Transformers" franchise.
It also got us thinking... what else could your "Transformers"-loving heart buy with that kind of cash? With the help of our highly capable research and analysis department (aka our rusty math skills), we've unearthed a whole bunch of merchandise in disguise that you wouldn't even dream of buying unless you had, say, an extra $97.5 million to blow.
FROM MTV MOVIES: There's no hiding the success of the "robots in disguise" franchise: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" enjoyed the highest-grossing Fourth of July film debut ever over the weekend. Summer sequel mania was in full swing over the Independence Day holiday as the latest "Transformers" movie took in an estimated $97.5 million. "Transformers" beat the 2011 opening-weekend record previously set by "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which just crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide.
Director Michael Bay's third installment in the "Transformers" series took in more than $180 million during its six-day opening, which started with Tuesday night previews. While it beat the Independence Day record held by "Spider-Man 2" thanks to inflation and 3-D screenings, it fell short of the superhero sequel in terms of overall attendance and far behind the last "Transformers" opening as well. Only 38 percent of major critics found the film favorable, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Last weekend's big sequel, "Cars 2," suffered from the largest second-week drop in Pixar's history. The talking-car-centered animated kid flick fell 60 percent to #2 with an estimated $26.2 million, with an 11-day total of $123 million. Cameron Diaz's "Bad Teacher" was #3 on the box-office chart with $14.5 million for an 11-day total of $59.9 million.
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It shouldn't surprise you that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has some pretty big action set pieces, but the one that has all of the cast talking is the epic sequence when leads Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson end up having to slide down the side of a building.
MTV News caught up with the cast in Moscow recently and asked the movie's stars what it was like shooting that scene. As expected, it was exhilarating, scary and even death-defying. But first, some set-up.
"In order to take out a Decepticon, you have to take their vision out first. So part of that, taking out the vision, is you've got to get altitude that allows you to get the proper eyesight, the proper sight line," LaBeouf explained. "So in order for us to get the right sightline with our snipers, we have to get into this building."