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Trailer Watch: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Super Bowl was the first time audiences got a taste of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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The Super Bowl played host to many exciting new TV spots for a host of upcoming blockbusters. And while there were new teasers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (plus an all new full trailer), the Super Bowl was the first time audiences got a taste of the fourth instalment of the Transformers movie series.

The new film, titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, is set for release June 26th and will see Michael Bay return to direct once more. Gone are Shia LaBeouf and the majority of the previous cast, replaced by the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz and Jack Raynor. However, what most fans of the series is expecting, is the debut of the cartoon series most noted characters, the Dinobots. Just how dinosaurs fit into the puzzle that is robots from a distant planet? Well, if Michael Bay’s history is anything to go by, we’ll most likely get a little bit canonical accuracy mixed in with a dose of originality and Bayhem. Much speculation and teaser dissection has already taken place over at the official Michael Bay forums, with keen eyes and observers noting down the potential characters and possibilities the teaser holds.

What we do know of course is that the most important of all Dinobots, Grimlock, will finally make his big screen debut.

Michael Bay doesn’t disappoint with the first teaser, giving us a glimpse of the prehistoric machines alongside a still that features Optimus Prime riding Grimlock.

Giant transforming robots doing battle atop giant transforming dinosaurs? What’s not to like?

We impatiently await the first full length trailer to flesh out the 30 or so seconds we’re given here. Hopefully much sooner than later.

Grab the hi-res image below:

TRANFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool

Can one distill cool into one documentary?

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If there is one thing that has been indisputable about the legacy of Miles Davis is that he was the personification of ‘cool’. And it seems like there was no decade where he was making music that he wasn’t ever cool. We once said about Miles Davis and his cool that “no matter how scrupulous your selection – one cannot distill cool into thirteen tracks, no matter how good“. Now the unenviable task of distilling that cool into a succinct document falls into the hands of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary detailing the life, music, and legacy of Miles Davis.

Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before hitting the festival circuit through the year. The film chronicles the rebellious nature of Miles Davis, detailing his desire to constantly break from the norm, with director Stanley Nelson saying;

“He was an extraordinary artist celebrated for his restless artistic aesthetic and his ceaseless innovation.  He changed the course of music five or six times.  By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who redefined the original American musical genre, jazz, and continues to influence generations of rock, funk, and hip-hop artists.”

Abramorama will screen the film today, August 23rd in New York with director Stanley Nelson taking part in a Q+A. Tickets for this screening, along with future screenings, can be found here.

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Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars

“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”

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“We all have our broken pieces … nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”

On the heels of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album Western Stars, Warner Bros Pictures has announced the release of the cinematic experience accompanying the album. The new film features Springsteen performing all 13 tracks from the new album, accompanied by a full orchestra in his 100-year-old barn. The film will also showcase old home footage as well as Springsteen’s life-earned ruminations we’ve seen through his career- brought to life recently with his stint on Broadway and on his Netflix special.

Warner Bros. exec Toby Emmerich has said about Western Stars and Springsteen;

“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead.”

Western Stars will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 5th. The film was produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis with Springsteen executive producing it. Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.

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