Martinis and Popcorn: ‘Transformers’ to Dominate Box Office

Transformers: Dark of the Moon has high expectations to land the #1 spot in the box office this holiday weekend, de-throning Cars 2. Although the Michael Bay film could garner enough attention on its own, Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are causing a stir themselves.

PHOTOS: Transformers premieres in New York City

Shia LeBeouf appears to be enjoying the limelight Transformers has returned to him. He’s making the most of the situation and simultaneously entertaining us with behind-the-scenes accounts of verbal feuds with director Bay on The Late Show with David Letterman and a kiss-and-tell interview in Details on his hook-up with Megan Fox and bad date with Hilary Duff.

While LeBeouf is hilariously entertaining, critics are saying Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s acting is simply something to laugh at. The 24-year-old model replaced sex kitten Megan Fox in the third installment of the Transformers franchise, hoping the heavy backing of a box office hit would launch her acting career.

“Huntington-Whiteley shows up in a figure-hugging, tightly-whitey dress but she’s all window dressing and doesn’t exactly excel at delivering her banal lines. Poor Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She may be beautiful but she can’t act for toffee,” complains Daily Mail critic Baz Bamigboye.

While the Transformers red carpet premieres were electrified by her presence, the on-screen chemistry between her and LeBouf fizzed. Fear not, her alternative options to acting aren’t too bad:

  1. Return to a lucrative modeling career;
  2. or accept her claim to fame being Jason Statham’s girlfriend/eye-candy

Also releasing this weekend: Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts; and Monte Carlo starring teen queen, Selena Gomez.