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“Transformers 4” will have a “new cast” of Autobots and Decepticons

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Don’t expect to see many familiar faces when “Transformers 4” hits theaters.

We already know that the original human cast of the series won’t be returning for the fourth “Transformers” film, but it turns out that we might be losing a lot more than just them. Hasbro President Brian Goldner spoke at the UBS Best of Americas 2012 Conference yesterday and reportedly claimed that “Transformers 4” will introduce new Autobots and Decepticons.

“Transformers 4 will have a new cast of [robot] characters and it will be a story revolving around these new characters,” he said according to Comic Book Movie.

The reasoning, apparently, is because “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” didn’t do well for toy sales even though it did great in the box office. The third “Transformers” film didn’t introduce any new characters, so it didn’t make sense for audiences to buy new figurines. Introduce new Transformers and, boom, you have an increase in sales.

Based on Goldner’s statements, it’s clear that “Transformers” is a cash cow franchise more than anything else right now. The live action series is well passed its due date, but it continues to make boatloads of money and apparently serves Hasbro well in toy sales. We’ll likely get another trilogy out of the reboot of the franchise, despite the fact that Michael Bay plans on leaving after number four.

But the “Transformers” series is nothing without its robot leads, so it makes sense that Hasbro would introduce a new cast of characters. Even without the films, Hasbro, Paramount and DreamWorks could take the new Autobots and Decepticons to the small screen and create a new Saturday morning cartoon out of them. We get the mentality here, we just aren’t very happy about it.

“Transformers 4” is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2014. It will reportedly take place in the future and head to space.

Do you think it’s a smart move to introduce new “Transformers” robots for the new series? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…