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‘Transformers’ Stars Reveal Tricks Behind Filming Building-Escape Scene

‘We all felt 12 again, sliding down the side of this building, shooting, screaming,’ Tyrese Gibson tells MTV News. By Kara Warner Shia LaBeouf in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Photo: Jaimie Trueblood For those who’ve seen ” Transformers: Dark of the Moon ,” there is so much going on in the film that one could spend the next 12 months breaking down all the dirty details. We’ve already tackled the nods to “Star Trek” and the “Transformers”-specific Easter eggs , so today we turn our attention to one of the film’s most impressive action sequences: the part when evil Decepticon Shockwave sends his massive, spinning, snakelike destroyer after our protagonists, who become trapped in the upper stories of a tall building. The Transformer proceeds to cut the building in half, leaving our heroes no option but to jump out of the windows and slide down the outside of the building to safety. MTV News had the scene’s stars, Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson explain how they managed to pull off that sequence. “The building comes up on what I can only describe as a crane,” Whiteley explained of the rig used to support and move the specific set piece. “It tilts to about a 40-degree angle. It’s built to look like the outside of a skyscraper,” she said. “Shia, myself, Tyrese, the Marines, we all set at the top, Mike [director Michael Bay] would scream ‘Action!’ and then we would slide down this thing,” she recalled. “And then flower pots, chairs, paper and fake glass, tennis balls, every office supply you could possibly think of would get thrown down after us.” Despite the gravity of that particular scene, it turns out that the boys thought of the tilting skyscraper set piece more like a ride at a county fair. “This thing had to be 150 to 200 feet in the air. It was like a huge slide,” Gibson said. “We all felt 12 again, sliding down the side of this building, shooting, screaming, doing everything we had to do in those scenes.” “It was scary stuff,” he added with a smile. “It was scary with the idea that we are about to be eaten, eaten alive.” “We shot that for three weeks or so,” LaBeouf said. “You’re basically pulling yourself on rope to get to the top of the thing. It’s like a big slide, you know those slides they have at fairs where you get the little brown bag? Brown bag slides, sort of like that.” Whiteley added that in the midst of all the fun had while sliding, she learned very quickly to pay attention to her landing and get out of the way when she reached the bottom of the set piece. “I’d always hit the bottom first. It took one time to realize if I didn’t get out of the way really quick, I was going to get flattened by a 300-pound man coming quite quickly after me!” Check out everything we’ve got on “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Related Photos ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’

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‘We all felt 12 again, sliding down the side of this building, shooting, screaming,’ Tyrese Gibson tells MTV News. By Kara Warner Shia LaBeouf in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Photo: Jaimie Trueblood For those who’ve seen ” Transformers: Dark of the Moon ,” there is so much going on in the film that one could spend the next 12 months breaking down all the dirty details. We’ve already tackled the nods to “Star Trek” and the “Transformers”-specific Easter eggs , so today we turn our attention to one of the film’s most impressive action sequences: the part when evil Decepticon Shockwave sends his massive, spinning, snakelike destroyer after our protagonists, who become trapped in the upper stories of a tall building. The Transformer proceeds to cut the building in half, leaving our heroes no option but to jump out of the windows and slide down the outside of the building to safety. MTV News had the scene’s stars, Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson explain how they managed to pull off that sequence. “The building comes up on what I can only describe as a crane,” Whiteley explained of the rig used to support and move the specific set piece. “It tilts to about a 40-degree angle. It’s built to look like the outside of a skyscraper,” she said. “Shia, myself, Tyrese, the Marines, we all set at the top, Mike [director Michael Bay] would scream ‘Action!’ and then we would slide down this thing,” she recalled. “And then flower pots, chairs, paper and fake glass, tennis balls, every office supply you could possibly think of would get thrown down after us.” Despite the gravity of that particular scene, it turns out that the boys thought of the tilting skyscraper set piece more like a ride at a county fair. “This thing had to be 150 to 200 feet in the air. It was like a huge slide,” Gibson said. “We all felt 12 again, sliding down the side of this building, shooting, screaming, doing everything we had to do in those scenes.” “It was scary stuff,” he added with a smile. “It was scary with the idea that we are about to be eaten, eaten alive.” “We shot that for three weeks or so,” LaBeouf said. “You’re basically pulling yourself on rope to get to the top of the thing. It’s like a big slide, you know those slides they have at fairs where you get the little brown bag? Brown bag slides, sort of like that.” Whiteley added that in the midst of all the fun had while sliding, she learned very quickly to pay attention to her landing and get out of the way when she reached the bottom of the set piece. “I’d always hit the bottom first. It took one time to realize if I didn’t get out of the way really quick, I was going to get flattened by a 300-pound man coming quite quickly after me!” Check out everything we’ve got on “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Related Photos ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’

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‘We all felt 12 again, sliding down the side of this building, shooting, screaming,’ Tyrese Gibson tells MTV News. By Kara Warner Shia LaBeouf in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Photo: Jaimie Trueblood For those who’ve seen ” Transformers: Dark of the Moon ,” there is so much going on in the film that one could spend the next 12 months breaking down all the dirty details. We’ve already tackled the nods to “Star Trek” and the “Transformers”-specific Easter eggs , so today we turn our attention to one of the film’s most impressive action sequences: the part when evil Decepticon Shockwave sends his massive, spinning, snakelike destroyer after our protagonists, who become trapped in the upper stories of a tall building. The Transformer proceeds to cut the building in half, leaving our heroes no option but to jump out of the windows and slide down the outside of the building to safety. MTV News had the scene’s stars, Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson explain how they managed to pull off that sequence. “The building comes up on what I can only describe as a crane,” Whiteley explained of the rig used to support and move the specific set piece. “It tilts to about a 40-degree angle. It’s built to look like the outside of a skyscraper,” she said. “Shia, myself, Tyrese, the Marines, we all set at the top, Mike [director Michael Bay] would scream ‘Action!’ and then we would slide down this thing,” she recalled. “And then flower pots, chairs, paper and fake glass, tennis balls, every office supply you could possibly think of would get thrown down after us.” Despite the gravity of that particular scene, it turns out that the boys thought of the tilting skyscraper set piece more like a ride at a county fair. “This thing had to be 150 to 200 feet in the air. It was like a huge slide,” Gibson said. “We all felt 12 again, sliding down the side of this building, shooting, screaming, doing everything we had to do in those scenes.” “It was scary stuff,” he added with a smile. “It was scary with the idea that we are about to be eaten, eaten alive.” “We shot that for three weeks or so,” LaBeouf said. “You’re basically pulling yourself on rope to get to the top of the thing. It’s like a big slide, you know those slides they have at fairs where you get the little brown bag? Brown bag slides, sort of like that.” Whiteley added that in the midst of all the fun had while sliding, she learned very quickly to pay attention to her landing and get out of the way when she reached the bottom of the set piece. “I’d always hit the bottom first. It took one time to realize if I didn’t get out of the way really quick, I was going to get flattened by a 300-pound man coming quite quickly after me!” Check out everything we’ve got on “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Related Photos ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’

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Stephenie Meyer’s The Host Will Open on March 29, 2013

Upstart distributor Open Road has set a date for Andrew Niccol ‘s big screen adaptation of The Host , Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling sci-fi tale of a young woman ( Saoirse Ronan ) and the body-snatching alien “soul” who takes over her human form. The pic will open on March 29, 2013 — Easter weekend — and begins shooting next February. [ Deadline ]

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‘Cars 2′: The Reviews Are In!

Critics enjoy the visual ride but not much else about Pixar’s latest. By Eric Ditzian Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) in “Cars 2″ Photo: Disney Animated films, much like the big-screen work of Adam Sandler, are so often review-proof. “Hop” didn’t give a hoot that critics eviscerated the Easter Bunny tale, opening to $37.5 million domestically on its way to a $176.8 million worldwide total. And hey, “Grown Ups” and “Just Go With It” were two of the most savagely critiqued comedies in recent memory, yet each one deposited a couple hundred million dollars in Sandler’s already astonishing box-office pot of gold. So does it really matter that critics have flagged “Cars 2,” Pixar’s latest offering and its first sequel outside the “Toy Story” franchise, for a dizzying array of cinematic violations? Nope. The CGI flick is poised to race away with around $65 million this weekend. Kids, and the parents who hold their hands on the way to the theater, will be leading the charge. And they won’t care at all that reviewers have harrumphed at the convoluted storytelling, because they’ll be too busy gawking at what even critics admit are top-notch visuals. But if you’re old enough to read this, perhaps you might care. And thus we present a deep dive into the “Cars 2″ reviews: The Story “Who decided to make Larry the Cable Guy the star? I don’t know, but his Mater, the dopey, good-hearted tow truck from the first ‘Cars,’ is the focus of the sequel, which is sort of like basing a fourth ‘Toy Story’ on Slinky Dog. The star of ‘Witless Protection,’ among other delights, can only carry a film so far. This time out, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is goaded, with Mater’s help, into entering the World Grand Prix to face the cocky Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro). … Mater somehow gets himself involved in international espionage. Someone is trying to sabotage the Grand Prix, and spies Finn McMissle (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) are trying to figure out who and why. Mistaking Mater for a fellow spy — the idiot act is flawless, Finn tells him — Mater is soon wearing disguises and working undercover, haplessly bumbling his way to success.” — Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic The Storytelling ” ‘Cars 2′ plays out like two scripts that have been stapled together. Scenes from one script alternate with scenes from the other, and there are separate batches of characters in the U.S., Italy and England, most of whom don’t have much to do (every movie could use more of Bonnie Hunt, who voices Lightning’s girlfriend, but that’s especially true of this movie). The testing of the Mater/Lightning friendship has charm and gives ‘Cars 2′ what heart it has, but the film spends most of its time on the spy plot, which is not terribly involving.” — Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press The Visuals “Every frame is rendered so beautifully you wish you could pause it: the uncanny wetness of the ocean waves as Finn performs a daring oil-rig maneuver; the glowing lights of nighttime Paris; the sparkling sunshine on Corsica streets as cars zoom through; the gentle gray mists of London. (Note, though, that the 3-D effects are very subtle; my guess is that you wouldn’t miss a thing by seeing this movie in 2-D.)” — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times The Missteps “The tone and emphasis of ‘Cars 2′ veers off course from the start. Too many guns, for one thing. The whole thing is too weapons-dependent to be charming. There’s plenty to watch here, and preteens who found the first ‘Cars’ a bit pokey won’t have the same reaction to this frenetic, globe-trotting follow-up. But I got little pleasure from seeing these cars (plus boats, and a plane) thrown into the spy thriller genre. It’s an intriguing story risk at best, a protracted stunt at worst. The greatest Pixar films have sampled, free-form, an unpredictable variety of moods and styles. Here the mash-ups refuse to jell, and even Michael Giacchino’s score sounds like someone less talented than Michael Giacchino composed it.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune The Final Word ” ‘Cars 2′ is probably the slightest of Pixar’s films — it sort of plays like an espionage-driven episode of the ’60s ‘Speed Racer’ cartoon, only with the Mach 5 doing all the talking in a universe eerily devoid of humans. But if it’s going to be diet Pixar, at least it’s action-packed diet Pixar — with overwhelming, detail-choked production design that occasionally had my jaw lowering like a forklift.” — Michael Russell, Oregonian Check out everything we’ve got on “Cars 2.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com .

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Report: Amber Scaggs Pregnant By Corey Simms, Leah Messer Will Be "Devastated"

Leah Messer is reportedly devastated over a report that Corey Simms’ girlfriend Amber Scaggs is six weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child. As if their heartbreaking breakup wasn’t enough. For Teen Mom 2 star Leah, who has two daughters with Simms, it’s one shocker after another. Corey’s new girlfriend, Amber Scaggs , is a mom herself. Now daughter Bralyn, 1, may be getting a sibling, as reports say she’s expecting again. Protection? Who needs it, are we right people? Corey and Leah in happier times. Tanner ones, too . “She took a pregnancy test and it came out positive,” Amber’s friend Kacy Lynn Rogers confirms. “I know that she was with Corey around Easter, and she is approximately six weeks pregnant, so it makes sense.” TOTALLY makes sense, Kacy Lynn. But reportedly, neither Leah nor Corey – who are not even divorced yet – know that Amber is expecting (although tabloid sources apparently do ).

Big Banks, Bogus Business: Chase To Foreclose On Active Duty Soldier’s Home

These big banks are out of control with their disgusting practices. This guy is in the “sandbox” fighting a mindless war that cannot be won and if he’s fortunate enough to come home, he might not have one? In August, Tim Collette’s son Aaron will spend 15 days on leave from Iraq. Aaron is 20 years old, and he’s been in the Army for about a year and a half. A few weeks ago, his squad was hit with an improvised explosive device. Everybody survived, but it frightened both the soldier and his family. The Army told Aaron he could go anywhere he wanted. And of all the places in the world he could visit, Aaron wants to go home. But Aaron might not have a home to come home to. Collette has been defending his house from foreclosure since 2008. It’s currently scheduled to be auctioned off on June 20. “I just want him to come home and know he can be safe for 15 days,” Collette told HuffPost. “I don’t want him thinking about coming home and having it not be there.” Tim said negotiating with his bank, JPMorgan Chase, has been a living nightmare. When he first asked for help in 2008, he had not missed any payments. At the time, his mortgage was being handled by Washington Mutual, a subprime lending specialist Chase purchased in the fall of 2008. Collette said WaMu told him he would only qualify for a loan modification if he missed two of his $1,100 monthly mortgage payments. So he missed the payments. And the bank began trying to foreclose on him. “They told me that you can’t qualify for a loan modification without missing two payments, so I missed two payments, but I haven’t gotten the modification,” he said. The bank has repeatedly lost Collette’s mortgage paperwork and he receives different, often conclicting advice almost every time he communicates with Chase. After months of wrangling, the bank agreed to a “forbearance plan” that cut Tim’s payments from $1,100 to $600. In 2010, after making 13 months of payments, an unexpected bill arrived on Collette’s doorstep. Chase wanted the $500 a month differential back, plus penalty fees: $9,000 in total. Collette could afford to pay $1,100. But he didn’t have $9,000. After thinking he had arranged for at least temporary relief, Chase suddenly demanded that he pay up, or get out. JPMorgan Chase and its CEO, Jamie Dimon, have spent months apologizing for illegally foreclosing on the homes of active-duty military members currently fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers have an extra layer of legal protection in mortgage lending. Even if you miss payments, a bank cannot evict your family while you fight for your country. “He worries about it,” Collette said. “I don’t talk to him about it when we talk, but he knows what’s going on and he shouldn’t have to think about this when he’s trying to stay alive.” “A lot of us going through this foreclosure stuff now, we paid our bills,” he said. “We got into our homes because we worked for it, and when the economy goes down we just want a hand . . . We gave the banks a bailout and they just stuffed the money in their pockets.” They know a large percentage of those foreclosures are fraudulent anyway. SMH at these banks … Source

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Love & Matrimony-Dom: Don’t Ignore The Dating Non-Negotiables

Bottom line… if you don’t like it now, you really won’t like it later! A couple years ago I dated a woman who was cute, smart, mature, wore dreadlocks like a pro and with whom I shared an overall life perspective. She was also good in bed and had lots of wifey potential…except she had a young daughter whose physical influence was evident all over her midsection. There was nothing I could do to prevent the squishy, stretch mark-laden mass from bothering me. I even asked my mother if I was being ridiculous: she informed me that if it bothers me now, it probably always would, which should be enough to move on. She was right…it was simply a non-negotiable. This happened a couple of times in my storied dating career: I dated women with many characteristics I desired, but when they were deficient in one or two significant physical or personality aspects, I made an effort but ultimately flew the coop. Initially I always felt like an a$$hole, but I ultimately realized that I should never sell myself short, especially in a city like Chicago teeming with single, cute, eligible honeys looking for a stone and someone to bring home for Easter Sunday. Click Here To Read The Rest At MadameNoire.com

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Mariah Carey Easter Belly Art picture

The expectant mom, who#39;s clearly a fan of belly art – as evidenced by her having embellished her belly with a painted butterfly last month – Tweeted on Sunday: “HAPPY EASTER! Ummm. READY!!!!! Done and done.” Mariah Carey#39;s imminently forthcoming twins may not have arrived in time for Easter, but she celebrated with them all the same. On Sunday, the singer, 42, Tweeted a picture of her enormous belly, adorned with a pastel blue Easter egg with one red heart and one blue, in dedication to

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Barack Obama And Family Attend Church Service In DC On Easter Sunday

President Barack Obama and his family attended the Easter Sunday service at Shiloh Baptist Church, which was founded by freed slaves in 1863. The first family entered the church to a standing ovation, then joined in singing with the choir, backed by a live band that included a guitar, keyboard and drums. Rev. Wallace Charles Smith welcomed the Obamas, noting the congregants pray for them every Sunday. At collection time, Obama and his daughters gave money in envelopes provided at their seats. The first family left after two hours, as the service approached its conclusion. The president and his family have attended services occasionally since moving to the White House in January 2009. Last Easter, the Obamas worshipped at a Methodist church. And for a special Easter treat check out some throwback images of a young Barack and his mother Stanley Ann Dunham… Source

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