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Michael Bay to direct fourth “Transformers” movie

Michael Bay to direct fourth “Transformers” movie (photo)

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Great news, “Transformers” fans! The man who brought the robots in disguise to the live-action big screen is in final discussions to helm the fourth installment of the franchise. Sources close to Michael Bay say an official announcement could come as early as next week.

Those sources caution Vulture that Bay and Paramount do “not have a closed deal.” Apparently negotiations largely hinge on whether he can complete his upcoming film “Pain and Gain” any time soon. If this “Transformers” deal is made, Vulture says Bay will probably start filming “Pain and Gain” as soon as early spring and then will switch into “Transformers” mode by winter 2012.

This next film is rumored to be “definitely not a prequel” and will “delve deeper into the ‘Transformers’ canon to mine older characters and lore.” Sounds like our 10 obscure “Transformers” characters might have a chance after all. The success of the inclusion of Sentinel Prime in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is said to have triggered this decision.

Rumors earlier this year suggested Jason Statham might replace Shia Labeouf in the newest “Transformers” installment. He denied the rumors, but we still probably won’t see Labeouf return for a fourth flick. He’s long been saying that he would not return for more sequels.

Are you glad Bay is going to be the man behind the camera for “Transformers 4”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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