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This Is What Happens If You Watch the First Three ‘Transformers’ Movies at the Same Time

Also in the Afternoon Links: More scarily good Lil Wayne, details about Michael Chiklis’s ‘American Horror Story’ role, and Seth MacFarlane evidently loves reading.

Transformers needed a (sorta?) reboot worse than you thought. The first three movies were clearly one movie made three times in a row, but this startling new video investigation proves it’s even worse than you thought. Bumblebee appears at almost the same second in each movie; same with, um, Josh Duhamel. Just watch. Carefully. It’s like that old two-identical-Nickelback-songs-at-the-same-time video, but if people were watching and talking it out, and if there were a directorial equivalent of Nickelback. Wait …

One firsthand account makes it sound like the Shia debacle is being somewhat overblown. But … there’s also video of him running after that homeless person on the street.

Frank Darabont may get into the franchise biz/back into movies with the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel.

Reading Rainbow crushed its $1 million Kickstarter goal in, like, 40 seconds, so it set a new bar at $5 million. Now, with the campaign’s deadline five days away, Seth MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1 million in donations.

This is the third strong, energetic Weezy song in a row. Tha Carter V has a better chance than ever at being good. Also, Wayne premiered this song by passing it to his Clippers buddy Chris Paul and having him tweet it out. [via]

Orphan Is the New Black.

NBC’s airing a doc about Miley’s Bangerz tour next month.

Judd Apatow might make a Hulu comedy with Community’s Gillian Jacobs.

You can go to an IMAX theater and watch 17 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy a few weeks early.

We heard a while ago that Michael Chiklis was joining American Horror Story: Freak Show. Now we know he’ll play a strong man (like, the circus kind), be married to Angela Bassett’s character, and spend time on screen with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates.

Bruce Willy and 50 Cent star in The Prince.

She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) have signed to Columbia, their first major label. They’ll release their new record this autumn.

Difficult Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) may direct a Victory remake.

Skyfall cowriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are stepping in to punch up John Logan’s script for the new Bond.

And the de-Arquette’d Courteney Cox is getting married to Johnny McDaid, pianist/guitarist for England’s Snow Patrol.