End of Week Recap: Michael Bay, Hasbro and the Future of 'Transformers,' More New 'Breaking Dawn' Pics and the Oompa Loompa Candy Taste Test!

This week featured a he-said-they-said war of words between Michael Bay and Hasbro regarding the future of the lucravtive Transformers franchise while King Kong heads to the stage and The Punisher is resurrected on TV. Plus new trailers for Piranha 3DD, Tintin, Chronicle and Scorpion King 3?! Let’s take a look back at the week…

 
News
 
 
Hasbro announced that they were in talks with Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to direct a fourth Transformers movie. Bay later said he was not in negotiations with the toy company and that he was concentrating on a smaller budget crime comedy he’s been meaning to make for several years now. Later, word leaked that Transformers 4 and 5 would be filmed back-to-back and the rumor that Jason Statham would replace Shia LaBeouf resurfaced.
 
In an interview with Advocate Magazine, Kellan Lutz says that director Bill Condon has added a gay vibe to Breaking Dawn – Part 1. "Bill has Taylor Lautner topless all the time and we have so many cast members I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the characters was gay." Add punchline here.
 
Minute to Win It host/TV chef Guy Fieri admitted he’s "weird-ed out" by gay people… He probably won’t be watching Breaking Dawn.
 
Mickey Rourke is apparently not doing The Expendables 2. Instead, Rourke is currently filming opposite Colin Farrell in the comedy Seven Psychopaths.
 
Milla Jovovich took to her Twitter account today to express her frustration with distributor Summit Entertainment for not adequately promoting The Three Musketeers, which opens today. Jovovich said, "Are Summit promoting it as a family adventure movie? Or are they resting on their laurels from Twilight in making no effort?" You can check out the first five minutes of The Three Musketeers, which opens today, down in the video section. By the way, The Three Musketeers opens today.
 
With Premium Rush being bumped to a late-August ’12 release date, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is now in talks with Quentin Tarantino to join the already awesome cast of Django Unchained. Tarantino aims to being filming in January 2012 for a Christmas 2012 release.
 
M*A*S*H/Fatal Attraction/Star Trek editor Peter Berger has died.
 
Michelle Monaghan revealed that she had skin cancer.
 
FOX is developing a TV series for The Punisher. The story will find Frank Castle as a New York detective who moonlights as a vigilante, seeking justice for those the system failed.
 
King Kong is heading to the stage as a musical.
 
Bingbing Li, one of the actresses rumored for the Asian Bond Girl role in James Bond 23, will play Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution.
 
General Motors is looking to bankroll a Cannonball Run remake with Guy Ritchie as director and Brad Pitt as Burt Reynolds J.J. McClure.
 
Edgar Wright is planning on screening a bunch of movies he’s never seen before over the course of a seven-night screening bonanza known as Films Edgar Has Never Seen at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. You can view the full list of movies and add your suggestions here.
 
Anne Hathaway has joined the cast of Les Miserables co-starring Hugh Jackman.
 
This week in frivolous lawsuits, a 40-year-old woman is suing Amazon because their IMDB site lists her age which resulted in her losing her job. Also, a man is (boldly) filing suit that Hangover 2 was based on his life story.
 
Should’ve seen this coming. Occupy Wall Street has spurred Michael Moore to develop a new film.
 
David Fincher says that despite a great audition, Scarlett Johansson was “too hot” to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fincher also added that he views the series as a “pervy franchise.”
 
 
Pics & Posters
 
More new Breaking Dawn pics were revealed (is it Nov. 18 yet?!) as well as a news blast that the Twilight trio would be immortalized in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. Check out the image below and the rest of the new pics here.
 
 
Thor + Corgi = Thorgi, Dog of Thunder.
 
 
Check out these surreal fan-art portraits of Hunter S. Thompson.
 
 
Drive fans, check out the ever-expanding fan poster art gallery over on the Drive Facebook page.
 
 
Who wouldn’t want a TRON Lightcycle? For $55,000, this baby’s all yours!
 
 
Check out Noah Hornstein’s collection of minimalistic movie posters ranging from Inception to Fargo.
 
 
Ninja Turtle Watermelons
 
 
Bad pun or clever play on a movie title?
 
Is this the iPhone5 prototype? Yeah, probably not.
 
 
New posters this week for Contraband, The Grey, Hugo, In Time, Arriety, Chimpanzee, Melancholia, Woman in Black, Chronicle and Tower Heist. Click images for larger versions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Videos
 
With the success of The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time before this happened:  

 

 
Walt Disney’s Sin City
 

 
Jon Bon Jovi opened up a ‘pay what you can’ restaurant in New Jersey and spends time scrubbing pots and pans when he’s not performing in front of thousands of people, helping operate the Philadelphia Soul arena football team, serving on President Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions or getting ready to promote Garry Marshall’s latest disaster-piece, New Year’s Eve.
 

 
Last week, it was revealed that Hilary Swank and Jean Claude Van Damme had been paid to attend human rights violator Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th birthday bash. Swank has since donated the money to charity. Check out the video released this week of Swank brown-nosing with the Kadyrov who once threatened Chechan citizens that if they sided with the rebels, their entire family would be killed.
 

 
Check out the first five minutes of The Three Musketeers which Milla Jovovich would like you to know, opens today!!
 

 
An Oompa Loompa Candy Taste Test!
 

 
So you weren’t able to make it to New York Comic Con to check out the Avengers panel? Stitch Kingdom did and they have the 44-minute video to prove it. No telling how long Marvel will let this stay up, so enjoy it while it lasts!
 

 
 
 
Trailers
 
Did you know that Scorpion King 3 is on its way to DVD and Blu-Ray shelves? Starring Billy Zane and Ron Perlman, check out the trailer to the third movie:
 

 
The latest Adventures of Tintin trailer brings us more of the action and adventure reminiscent of the Indiana Jones series.
 

 
Christian Bale protects the women and children in The Flowers of War trailer from legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou.
 

 
Bikini babes, DD’s and shotgun legs star in this Piranha 3DD teaser trailer.
 

 
The first look at supernatural thriller Chronicle debuted this week.
 

 
Interviews
 
Our two-part The Three Musketeers interviews:
 
 
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