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Trailer watch: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The first full length trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has been premiered by Yahoo! Movies.

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The first full length trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has premiered on Yahoo! Movies. This is the second piece of footage from the movie after the 30-second Super Bowl teaser we got back in February and shows the scope and new characters from Bay’s fourth outing with the franchise.

Age of Extinction takes places several years after the events of Dark of The Moon and features an all new human cast led by Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. The younger cast features the likes of Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor replacing the now-gone Shia LeBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. While the cast is new, we can see Michael Bay’s direction and style hasn’t altered much from the first three films.

Dinobots, an evil Kelsey Grammer and continued Bayhem packed into two and a half minutes of Transformers-charged footage makes for a great sneak peak into what June 27th (June 26th in Australia) will bring.

Have the humans finally turned on all the Transformers after the events of Dark of the Moon? Will the Dinobots be the final ally (or enemy?) of the Autobots? And will the fresh cast and direction of the film pump new life into an already successful global franchise struggling to win over critics and old-school fanboys?

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Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt in the Blink of An Eye

The lives of former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and legend Dale Earnhardt are forever entwined

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The lives of former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and legend Dale Earnhardt are intertwined. The incredible and tragic story of that fateful day was told in the 2011 Michael Waltrip book In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything, and now the story has been turned into an upcoming documentary titled Blink Of An Eye.

Waltrip’s incredible career was forever changed on February 18, 2001, the day of the Daytona 500. Waltrip had at that point, gone 462 races without a win. But on that day racing legend Dale Earnhardt had positioned himself at the close of the race to help Waltrip, and his son Dale Earnhardt Jr., finish in 1st and 2nd place respectively as both were members of his team. It would have been a story unto itself except that would be the last race Earnhardt Sr. would ever race. In a tragic accident that reverberated across the nation, Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap.

Blink Of An Eye tells the story of Waltrip’s remarkable career, as well as the guilt and grief he felt after the events of that fateful day. The film features interviews with Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Richard Petty, and was directed by Paul Taublieb (who had previously produced the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau).

The film is set for limited release September 6th in New York and Los Angeles before its nationwide release September 12th.

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Driven and the fall of John DeLorean

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

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Are you surprised that a feature film hasn’t been made about John DeLorean?

It’s a question we asked just months ago when the trailer for Framing John DeLorean dropped; a bizarre film that’s part documentary, part recreation of the life of one of automotive history’s most charismatic characters. Now for whatever reason, we’re getting two John DeLorean films in one year. The second one, titled Driven, is even more bizarre; a comedy/heist/buddy film starring Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) as DeLorean and Jason Sudeikis as a con man looking to set DeLorean up for the fall.

Is this fiction? Is this an exaggeration? Well, we know that DeLorean’s career was ultimately derailed by the less than stellar cars the DeLorean Motor Company was producing, but his drug bust (set up or not), certainly did not help. By the end, once the dust had settled, even DeLorean himself said; “Would you buy a used car from me?”

So we’ll take this movie as one of those “Based on True Events” type of movies that leans into a little bit of truth for the idea but happily flaps its gull-wing doors away into the land of fiction.

Driven is directed by Nick Hamm (Killing Bono) and co-stars Judy Greer, Michael Cudlitz, and Corey Stoll- the perfect “oh yeah! That guy/girl!” trio of co-stars. The film opens in-theatres and on-demand on August 16th.

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