Don't you hate road-rage drivers? Well, look on the bright side -- at least when you're driving down the highway towards the video store, you don't have to contend with Bonecrusher going on a mad rampage in the next lane over. The above pic is the first of fourteen that Paramount Pictures has released to us, as their Summer 2007 Preview. There are more images from Michael Bay's Transformers, as well as a handful of pics from Shrek the Third, the Sienna Miller fairy tale Stardust, and the Andy Samberg action-comedy Hot Rod. Oddly, despite the blockbuster punching-power of Transformers and Shrek the Third, the one I'm looking forward to most is Stardust, by far. I don't know much about it, except that it has Sienna Miller and it's got some hippy-dippy Princess Bride kind of vibe, and the first trailer popped up on some Russian website a few weeks ago. That's enough for me! After the pics, check out Paramount's press notes for each film.




Sam Witwicky (SHIA LABEOUF, right) turns to BUMBLEBEE™ (left) to help him combat an alien race in "TRANSFORMERS."




BONECRUSHER® and OPTIMUS PRIME® do battle in "TRANSFORMERS."




Lennox (JOSH DUHAMEL, left) is menaced by the alien SCORPONOK® in "TRANSFORMERS."




Mikaela Barnes (MEGAN FOX, left) and Sam Witwicky (SHIA LABEOUF, right) are hunted by an alien race in "TRANSFORMERS."




The adventurous traveler Tristan (CHARLIE COX, left) learns the true meaning of love from Yvaine (CLAIRE DANES, right) a star that has been turned into a beautiful young woman.




MICHELLE PFEIFFER plays the evil witch Lamia in "Stardust."




The idealistic Tristan (CHARLIE COX, right) crosses swords with the formidable Captain Shakespeare (ROBERT DE NIRO, left) in "Stardust."




Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG, center front) receives help and encouragement from his crew, which includes Dave (BILL HADER, left rear), Rico (DANNY MCBRIDE, right rear), his half brother Kevin Powell (JORMA TACCONE, left front) and the pretty girl next door Denise (ISLA FISHER, right front) in "Hot Rod."




Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG) is a legend-in-his-own-mind stuntman in "Hot Rod."




Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG) is a legend-in-his-own-mind stuntman in "Hot Rod."




Shrek (MIKE MYERS) struggles for the wheel with Artie (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) in Far Far Away-in DreamWorks "Shrek the Third," to be released by Paramount Pictures




Shrek (MIKE MYERS) begrudgingly submits to a royal primping as he prepares to stand in with Fiona as the king and queen of Far Far Away due to King Harold's illness in DreamWorks "Shrek the Third," to be released by Paramount Pictures




Donkey (EDDIE MURPHY) and Puss In Boots (ANTONIO BANDERAS) set sail with Artie (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) in DreamWorks "Shrek the Third," to be released by Paramount Pictures


SHREK THE THIRD


DreamWorks Animation SKG Presents
A PDI/DreamWorks Production
Based upon the book by William Steig
Story by Andrew Adamson
Screenplay by Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman and Chris Miller & Aron Warner
Co-Directed by Raman Hui
Executive Producers Andrew Adamson John H. Williams
Produced by Aron Warner
Directed by Chris Miller

Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Justin Timberlake, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, John Krasinski, Ian McShane

Synopsis: When Shrek married Fiona, the last thing he had in mind was becoming the next King. But when Shrek's father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly croaks, that is exactly what he faces. Unless Shrek (with the help of his trusted companions Donkey and Puss In Boots) can find a suitable King for Far Far Away, the ogre could be stuck with the job. The most promising candidate, Fiona's cousin Artie, an underachieving Medieval high school slacker, proves to be more of a challenge than they bargained for.

Release: May 18, 2007

This film is rated PG for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action.

CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE



TRANSFORMERS


DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present
In Association with Hasbro
A di Bonaventura Pictures Production
A Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production
A Michael Bay Film
Executive Producers Steven Spielberg Michael Bay Brian Goldner Mark Vahradian
Produced by Don Murphy Tom DeSanto Lorenzo di Bonaventura Ian Bryce
Based on Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS™ Action Figures
Story by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and John Rogers
Screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Directed by Michael Bay

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Megan Fox, with John Turturro and Jon Voight

Synopsis: Our world will be changed on July 4 when aliens make Earth their final battleground in "TRANSFORMERS." As the forces of evil seek the key to ultimate power, our last chance for survival rests in the hands of young Sam Witwicky (SHIA LABEOUF)
Release: July 4, 2007

This film is not yet rated.

CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE



HOT ROD


Paramount Pictures Presents
A Michaels/Goldwyn Production
Executive Producers Will Ferrell Jimmy Miller Jill Messick
Produced by Lorne Michaels John Goldwyn
Written by Pam Brady
Directed by Akiva Schaffer

Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, with Sissy Spacek and Ian McShane

Synopsis: Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG) has a problem – his step-father Frank (IAN MCSHANE) is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass.

Release: August 3, 2007

This film is not yet rated.

CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE



STARDUST


Paramount Pictures Presents
In Association with MARV Films
A Matthew Vaughn / Lorenzo di Bonaventura Production
A Matthew Vaughn Film
Executive Producers David Womark Kris Thykier Peter Morton Stephen Marks
Produced by Matthew Vaughn Lorenzo di Bonaventura Michael Dreyer Neil Gaiman
Based on the Novel Written by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Charles Vess
Screenplay by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Everett, Peter O'Toole, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro

Synopsis: From the imaginations of best-selling author Neil Gaiman and director Matthew Vaughn comes "Stardust," this summer's one totally original fantasy epic that is destined to enchant and excite audiences of all ages.

Following the adventures of a young man who sets out on a quest to prove his love, and finds far more than he bargained for, "Stardust" takes on every fairy tale in which anyone ever wanted to believe. From wicked witches to dashing princes, flying pirates to dueling swordsmen, magical spells to mystical destinies, it all adds up to a funny, romantic tale of true love and high adventure unlike any other.

"Stardust" begins in the sleepy English village of Wall, so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for hundreds of years, kept the villagers safely apart form the strange, supernatural realm that lies just on the other side. It is here that young Tristan Thorne (CHARLIE COX) makes a wild-eyed promise to the prettiest girl in the village (SIENNA MILLER), whose heart he hopes to win: that he will bring her back a fallen star. But in order to make good on his promise, Tristan will have to cross the forbidden wall, and enter a mysterious kingdom lit by unending magic and unfolding legends of which he will quickly become a part.

In this fantastical realm known as Stormhold, Tristan discovers that the fallen star is not the meteorite he expected, but a beautiful, spirited young woman (CLAIRE DANES) injured by her cosmic tumble. Now, she is in terrible danger - sought after by the King's (PETER O'TOOLE) scheming sons for whom only her secret powers can secure the throne; and hunted by a chillingly powerful witch (MICHELLE PFEIFFER) desperate to use the star to achieve eternal youth and beauty.

As Tristan sets out to protect the star and bring her back to his beloved on the other side of the wall, his journey will bring unforeseen romance, high-flying adventure, and incredible encounters with a pirate captain (ROBERT DE NIRO), a shady trader (RICKY GERVAIS), and an enchanted unicorn among other surprises. But if he can survive on his wits and the strength of his newfound love, Tristan will also uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams.

Release: August 10, 2007

This film has been rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and some risqué humor.