Taormina bowing 'Transformers'


"Transformers," Paramount's big-budget summer action film from Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, will have its world premiere at the Taormina Film Festival, first-year artistic director Deborah Young said Tuesday (HR 5/30).

Young said the premiere will represent the first time a major U.S. film of that stature has premiered at the 53-year-old Italian festival.

Director Michael Bay, several castmembers and executives from Paramount Pictures will arrive by helicopter in an elaborate ceremony just before the June 21 screening. The film opens elsewhere July 4.