November 9, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Mark Wahlberg To Star In Transformers 4
The week in Hollywood movie development news -- following last week's announcement of Disney's plans for Star Wars Episode VII -- seemed almost late-August-like in terms of relative activity. What did make the news this week included stories about The Giver, Tarzan, Transformers 4, the not-going-to-happen-anymore sequel to Top Gun, and yes, indeed, more stories about Star Wars Episode VII.
March 9, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Megan Fox
It wasn't too long ago that Megan Fox found herself at the dizzying center of the celebrity maelstrom. Through no particular fault of her own, she was teetering on the brink of media overexposure -- the kind that comes from the usual perception of someone (and more often an actress) suddenly becoming too big, and too fast. Fox's well-publicized (and rather humorous) feud with her Transformers director Michael Bay lead to her being dismissed from the third installment (quick: try and remember the name of her replacement), while her would-be star vehicle -- the hopelessly misunderstood Jennifer's Body -- bombed with critics and audiences. Yet Fox's career is taking an arguably more interesting turn now that the white light of scrutiny has subsided: she's got roles in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up sequel This is 40 and Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator on the way, and this week stars as part of the ensemble cast of Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids. In the well-received comedy-drama, Fox plays Mary Jane, the much-younger girlfriend of single-dad-with-a-twist Adam Scott, while getting to act alongside a cast that includes Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
We got a chance to chat with Fox about the experience recently, as well as her thoughts on doing more of this kind of comedy in the future. Read on for that, but first, she reeled off her five favorite films.
December 9, 2011
Weekly Ketchup: Fourth Transformers Movie Is On Its Way
This week's Ketchup includes news for the latest movies in the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, sequels for Grown Ups and The Lincoln Lawyer, an American Psycho remake, biographical movies about Charles Dickens and WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, and new movie deals for (likely) AARP members Anne Rice and Stan Lee.
August 27, 2010
Alex Kurtzman Says Welcome to People
Screenwriter du jour Alex Kurtzman will make his directorial debut with "Welcome to People," a script he co-wrote with partner Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert -- and it definitely isn't what you'd expect from the fellows who brought you "Transformers" and "Star Trek."
June 11, 2010
Michael Bay Talks Transformers 3
USA Today sat down with Michael Bay on the set of "Transformers 3," which the director promises will do away with the "dorky comedy" of the previous installment and "has a really killer ending" to the trilogy. Oh -- and it'll be in 3-D.
May 26, 2010
Michael Bay Searches for Megan Fox's Transformers 3 Replacement
According to Deadline, Michael Bay has narrowed his search for Megan Fox's replacement in "Transformers 3," with Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the top of a short list that also includes Sarah Wright ("The House Bunny") and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker.
July 22, 2009
Exclusive: Latest on Transformers 3 with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
RT attended the London press junket for G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra this afternoon, and while talking to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about all things Cobra, we also took the opportunity to quiz him on the future of the Transformers franchise. So as well as discussing the future involvement of director Michael Bay and the controversy surrounding a couple of well-publicised characters, we quizzed him on who we might see make an appearance in the third part. So read on for all things Transformers, and look out for our extensive chat about G.I. Joe coming up in a couple of weeks.
September 2, 2008
RT on DVD: Transformers Hit Blu-ray; Watch Office DVD Blooper Reel
Get ready, boys and girls; we're gonna try something new this week at RT on DVD. We've sifted through all the breaking news, announcements, and new releases of the DVD world to bring you the most absolutely awesome and notable bits of the week. You'll laugh, you'll cry (from laughing), you'll add tons of new items to your Netflix queue...
August 12, 2008
Bernie Mac's 15 Roles to Remember
Planning a Bernie Mac movie marathon this weekend? Entertainment Weekly has helpfully compiled a list of the comedian and actor's 15 most memorable roles.
July 8, 2008
Transformers Concept Art Released
Fifteen concept art images for the first Transformers -- including a shot of the aircraft carrier that didn't make the final cut -- have been released by artist Tim Flattery.
July 3, 2008
Kurtzman and Orci Talk Transformers 2 -- and More
Want the inside scoop on Transformers 2, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, and Cowboys & Aliens? You're in luck -- Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing team behind all three, chatted about their new and upcoming projects in a new interview with ComingSoon.
June 3, 2008
Heathrow Security Staffed By Decepticons
A man wearing an Optimus Prime t-shirt is claiming he was nearly arrested at London's Heathrow Airport for refusing security personnel's demands that he change his clothes.
June 2, 2008
2008 MTV Movie Awards Winners
Forget to tune into the 17th annual MTV Movie Awards last night? No problem -- here's a list of the evening's winners, including the coveted Best Summer Movie So Far award!
March 6, 2008
Hasbro's Brian Goldner Talks G.I. Joe
There's been a ton of speculation about Stephen Sommers' live-action G.I. Joe adaptation -- and now that the movie's filming, executive producer Brian Goldner is doing what he can to separate fact from fiction.
March 4, 2008
Rush Hour 3 Takes '07 DVD Rental Crown
It may not have been quite the box-office phenomenon that its predecessors were -- and critics may have disliked it enough to keep it down at 20 percent on the Tomatometer -- but that didn't stop Rush Hour 3 from emerging as the top DVD rental of 2007.
February 12, 2008
Michael Bay Says He Already Wrote Transformers 2
It looks like the Writer's Guild strike could end any day now. But while Michael Bay is not only ready to jump back into development on Transformers 2, it turns out he's already finished writing the story.
January 9, 2008
Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks G.I. Joe, Transformers 2
You think G.I. Joe and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura doesn't hear your grousing, film fans? Well, he does -- and fortunately for you, he isn't the type of unimaginably wealthy mogul to hold a grudge.
November 10, 2007
Bay Prepares to Fake Out Transformers Fanboys
Michael Bay went through the wringer with the fanboys on Transformers. He addressed every concern -- early designs, scripts, remaining faithful to the source material -- and delivered a movie that won over most audiences, grossing nearly $320 million in America alone. But with Transformers 2 in development, Bay isn't taking any more lip service.
October 31, 2007
Paramount Gives G.I. Joe Its Official "Yo"
For Stephen Sommers' live-action G.I. Joe feature, getting the green light from Paramount has been half the battle -- and now, as IGN Movies reports, the battle is half won.
September 27, 2007
Megan Fox to Star in Hack/Slash?
She's already proven she can hold her own against giant robots. For her next trick, will Megan Fox take on undead serial killers?
August 29, 2007
Joust Going from Arcades to Theaters
If you thought film versions of Monopoly and Battleship represented the dirt-covered floor of the basement in Hollywood's withered creative brain, think again: GameDaily is reporting that plans are afoot to bring Joust to a theater near you.
August 27, 2007
LaBeouf to Be Disturbia Director's Last Man?
Only a few short years ago, Shia LaBeouf was just another Disney Channel tween actor hoping to make the leap from a family sitcom to the big screen. These days, he's leading a master class in how to build a grown-up career, as evidenced by star turns in Disturbia and Transformers and his upcoming performance in Indiana Jones IV. Now, MTV Movies is reporting he could go from boy to man to the man.
August 21, 2007
Michael Bay Rolling Out From Transformers 2?
Hollywood enfant terrible Michael Bay has had some choice words with the actors and producers he's worked with in the past, but this time's he publicly locking horns with his biggest foe yet: the major Hollywood studio. Paramount's and Dreamwork's decision to switch exclusively to HD DVD isn't just going to lose Blu-Ray users, but also possibly Bay himself.
August 20, 2007
Transformers To Return On Even Bigger Screens, With Even More Footage!
It's hard to dispute that there has never been and will never be a more perfectly Michael Bay project than one in which giant robots from outer space come to Earth and blow stuff up. In fact, the only way Transformers could have been more quintessentially Bay is if it had been on even bigger screens. Like, oh, we don't know, maybe IMAX screens.
August 10, 2007
Voltron Film Getting Closer to Reality
After nearly three years of development, preparations for the Voltron movie look to be entering the home stretch: Variety is reporting that New Regency and the Mark Gordon Company are in the late stages of negotiations to bring one of 1984's best-selling toys to the big screen.
August 5, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Bourne Beats Bart for Box Office Crown
Matt Damon set a new opening weekend record for the month of August with the top spot bow of The Bourne Ultimatum, the third installment in the actor's signature spy series. The frame's other new releases saw more modest openings while most holdovers held up well. The wide assortment of popular hits allowed the North American box office to soar to the highest grossing August weekend in history.
July 22, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Sandler Tops Potter for #1 Spot
Adam Sandler scored the ninth number one opening of his career with his latest comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry which edged out former champ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the top spot at the North American box office.
July 19, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: Can Chuck and Larry Beat Up Harry?
Two new star-driven Hollywood comedies face off at the box office this weekend in an attempt to unseat Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix from the top spot. Adam Sandler headlines the gay marriage pic I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry while John Travolta goes one step further starring as a heavy-set mom in the musical Hairspray. For the first time in nearly a month, no new release gets an early midweek headstart.
July 17, 2007
G.I. Joe Update: The Cobra Team Will Be Involved!
When Latino Review took a look at the first screenplay for the (eventually) upcoming G.I. Joe movie, they definitely did NOT like what they saw. But with Transformers making all kinds of money, Hasbro seems especially eager to please their fans.
July 16, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Pottermania Strikes with $330M Global Bow
Hogwarts fans flexed their muscles at the North American box office showing up in droves once again for the extended opening weekend of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" which seized control of the multiplexes with its top spot debut. Most holdovers fared well too as no film in the top ten suffered a decline of more than 50%.
July 9, 2007
"Transformers" Scribes Present a New Alien Theory in "2012"
"Transformers" screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are already at work on their next sci-fi film. This one may be somewhat science fact. The adaptation of "2012: The War For Souls" builds off of one man's predictions for our very real future.
July 3, 2007
Patriotic "Transformers" Breeding Love for the Armed Forces?
Fans expect a lot from the "Transformers" movie but one thing that might not be on their list is patriotism. Yeah, they handled all the robots and characters and voices and visual effects. But it's actually a movie where the military are the heroes. Granted, our boys' weapons don't make much of a dent in the Decepticons, but at least they try.
July 2, 2007
Critical Consensus: "Transformers" About As Much As Meets The Eye
"Transformers" comes out tomorrow with some major chips on its shoulders. The movie has to please both the hardcore and fair-weather fans, along the nostalgia-impervious moviegoers expecting only summer entertainment. What do the critics, probably among the last on director Michael Bay's list of concerns, have to say?
July 2, 2007
"Transformers" Hunks Distracted by Explosions
Dialogue is not usually what people remember about Michael Bay movies, but consider how vital it is that the characters say the right lines to explain all the fantastic action going on around them. It's hard for actors playing soldiers to remember how to describe the battle with giant robots when real bombs are going off around them.
July 1, 2007
Writer Promises Fun "Transformers" Script
The trailers show giant robots tearing through cities and turning into vehicles, so we know they got that right. But they only give a hint at the humor in "Transformers." It's not just one liners. The film puts Autobots into fish out of water situation to derive comedy. Balancing that without losing the kick-ass fun was the screenwriters' job.
June 28, 2007
Non-Fan Bay Was Schooled In "Transformers" Nostalgia
Michael Bay kind of resented the "Transformers" toys at first. They made him go to Transformers School at Hasbro before he took on the project. Going through that experience actually made more of a "Transformers" fan out of him.
June 26, 2007
Bay Gives "Transformers" Robots Graceful, Kung-Fu Moves
You think of big robots invading cities and it's hard to imagine any nuance to it. "Sky Captain" had stiff, hulking hunks of metal marching in formation. One of Michael Bay's mandates for "Transformers" was that in robot form, they had to be graceful.
June 25, 2007
Powerful New "Transformers" Ad
You guys know I've just recently come around on this "Transformers" flick. I was pretty skeptical at first, but with each new trailer and promo spot, I'm getting just a little more geeked for the movie...
June 6, 2007
"Transformers" Tidbits, Vol. 3
It's been confirmed that "Transformers" will now open on July 2nd at precisely 8pm. (Plus we have some new cast interviews to check out.)
June 4, 2007
"Transformers" Tidbits: Clips and a Bump!
The new trend: Movies inching their release dates up just a little bit early. Those who can't wait to see "Transformers" can catch it just a little bit earlier than July 4th. Plus there's some new clips online.
May 29, 2007
Flashy New (International) "Transformers" One-Sheet
After "Spider-Man 3," "Shrek the Third," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," I'm pretty weary of Part 3s. That, and a few other reasons, is why I'm getting pretty excited for this crazy-looking "Transformers" movie. Figured you might want to check out the newest poster.
May 23, 2007
Who Wants to See a Live-Action Dinobot?
OK, I'm just a little bit confused by all the secret codes and fancy websites, but here's the bottom line: Apparently the "Transformers" flick will contain at least one Dinobot appearance. Neat!
April 30, 2007
"Transformers" Tidbits, Vol. 2
How about a nice batch of "Transformers" tidbits this fine Monday morning? We have pics, news, and (yes) the first fanboy review to hit the 'net.
April 16, 2007
Optimus Prime Speaks in New "Transformers" Spot
Wow, I've never seen this many different websites respond to one TV spot like I have here. I guess it only makes sense, since "Transformers" hits a lot of different geek demographics: The movie nuts, the toy collectors, the animation buffs, the automobile enthusiasts...
April 13, 2007
New Images: "Transformers," "Shrek 3," And More!
Peep this batch of updated photo galleries for even more eyefuls of Autobots and Decepticons ("Transformers" in action!), animated green ogres ("Shrek the Third"), SNL's new kid on the block ("Hot Rod"), and Neil Gaiman's fairy tale come to life ("Stardust").
April 11, 2007
First Full Look at the Bumblebee "Transformer"
So far you've only glimpsed Autobots and Decepticons in fleeting, as they smash their way through clips and trailers or loom in the distance of production stills. Now peek at the first detailed visage of a "Transformer" online!
April 3, 2007
More New "Transformers" Pics Online
Between all the different trailers, posters, concept art, and production pics, I've lost track of which "Transformers" goodies are new and which ones are old-hat by this point. But Yahoo! has some stuff with the word "new" on it, so here's your chance to get a fresh update.
April 2, 2007
LaBeouf on "Transformers"' 20 Set Pieces
Shia LaBeouf continues to hype up his upcoming summer movie "Transformers," but manages to keep releasing new juicy tidbits. Now he estimated the number of big action set pieces, and it's high.
March 28, 2007
"Transformers" Posters and "Ocean's Thirteen" Pics!
Two new posters for "Transformers" have been making the rounds since Monday evening when they first appeared on Ain't It Cool News, beating USA Today to the punch. One poster, with the word "protect," shows the side profile of Optimus Prime, the leader of the benevolent Autobots, while the other, features the side profile of Megatron, the leader of the menelovent Decepticons, with the word "destroy."
March 19, 2007
Michael Bay Signs Up for "2012"
No it's not part of the series that includes "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010," but it looks like Michael Bay is going to helm the science-fiction adventure "2012: The War for Souls," based on an upcoming novel by Whitley Streiber.
March 13, 2007
LaBeouf Says MPAA Not the Boss of Spielberg; "Transformers" Avoids R Rating
Fresh from dispelling rumors that he was all set to star as Harrison Ford's son in next year's "Indiana Jones IV," Shia LaBeouf has dispensed more behind-the-scenes information about a high-profile film -- this time, one he definitely is a part of, summer's Steven Spielberg-produced, Michael Bay-directed "Transformers."
March 9, 2007
Producer Defends Mac's Crazy "Transformers" Role
When Bernie Mac told Rotten Tomatoes that he plays a used car salesman who sells the "Transformers" in the upcoming live-action movie, it may have worried many fans. It's funny, but is it really appropriate for the material? The film's producer, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, assured fans that there is no disrespect.
March 8, 2007
Producer Talks "Transformers," "G.I. Joe" & "Beverly Hills Cop 4"
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been absolutely everywhere these days, hyping his new Mark Wahlberg action flick "Shooter" to everyone with some bandwidth. When he sat down with Latino Review, he doled out a little info on movies like "G.I. Joe," "Transformers" (of course), and even the next "Beverly Hills Cop" sequel.
March 7, 2007
Box Office in 2006 a Big Boost Over 2005
Remember when everyone wouldn't shut up about the box office "slump" in 2005? Well, that story is now a distant memory. The 2006 domestic box office was up 5.5% over 2005 ... and that's a lot of money.
March 5, 2007
"Transformers" Effects Progressing but Not Done
As the release of the live action "Transformers" movie approaches, some web sites have been strategically shown footage. While reports have improved some skeptical notions, the work is not complete, says producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.
February 26, 2007
J.J. Abrams to Produce AND Direct New "Trek"
We all kinda knew this was coming, didn't we? Although he's been attached as a producer for a few months, J.J. Abrams will also direct Paramount's next "Star Trek" permutation. Cool.
February 22, 2007
"Transformers" (Real Life) Cars Make Their Debut
Did you know that the live-action "Transformers" will all be based on actual cars? Which means that each hero and villain are basically ... walking, talking, brawling advertisements. Kind like watching Ronald McDonald beat up on Burger King.
February 20, 2007
Shia LaBeouf as Indiana Jones Jr.?
Let's just toss this particular piece of movie gossip into the "wait and see" pile to see how it turns out. According to a few sources, word is that Shia LaBeouf may be cast as the son of Indiana Jones in the next Indy flick.
February 16, 2007
Michael Bay Talks "Transformers" ... and "Bad Boys 3"?
With his "Transformers" movie about to move into a worldwide full-court press push, director Michael Bay sat down with MTV's Josh Horowitz to discuss his "robots in disguise" epic ... and that's not all he talked about.
February 15, 2007
Four "Transformers" Clips Unveiled at Toy Fair
Michael Bay and his various Hasbro buddies descended upon the Toy Fair recently, and they brought with 'em a quartet of unfinished scenes from their "Transformers" movie. No, the clips aren't online yet, but I do know of someone who'll describe 'em for you.
January 24, 2007
"Transformers" Screenshots Meet the Eye
Director/producer/blockbuster king Michael Bay is getting ready to fill your Fourth of July with an army of giant, shape-shifting robots from outer space. We're talking, of course, about the Bay-directed, live-action "Transformers," in which the '80s toy icons, given a CGI buff 'n' shine, arrive on Earth to do battle over the ultimate fate of Shia LaBeouf's film career. (Just kidding about that last part. We think.)
December 26, 2006
First Good Peek at Optimus Prime
The recent trailer has me pretty enthused for Michael Bay's "Transformers," but it's tough finding new stuff to say every time a new piece of promo material hits the wire. Anyway, Empire Magazine has Optimus Prime on its most recent cover. Pretty nifty, too.
December 20, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: "Transformers," Honestly!
A few days back I teased my fellow movie freekz into thinking the brand-new "Transformers" teaser was available for viewing. It was a dirty trick, but I was in that kind of mood at the time. But in order to make it up to all you Tomato-patchers, I now offer you the real and true link. I swear. I just watched the trailer myself! Click here for the flipbook.
December 19, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: "Transformers," Finally!
Wow, yay, finally! A teaser trailer for Michael Bay's (and Steven Spielberg's) long-discussed, semi-anticipated and inevitably-profitable "Transformers" has hit the net....!
December 13, 2006
Transformers Teaser Trailer Online Next Week!
CanMag has confirmed with Paramount that the first official teaser trailer for "Transformers," not an announcement trailer, will appear online on Wednesday, December 20th in HD. Direct feeds soon to follow.
December 6, 2006
(More) New Transformers Pics!
I get the feeling that this is going to be a weekly occurrence until Michael Bay's "Transformers" is finally released, but here you go: More new pics of the robo-vehicles!
November 28, 2006
Decepticons Terrorize Tyrese Gibson
Wanna see a picture of Tyrese Gibson being chased by a Decepticon? I didn't either, really, but I gotta admit -- those villainous "Transformers" actually look pretty cool.
November 17, 2006
Shia Chats About "Transformers" Sequels
Young actor Shia LaBeouf was recently doing the Q&A thing in support of his work in "Bobby" when he dropped some none-too-shocking news about his "Transformers" contract -- and yes, it involves sequels.
November 10, 2006
Nifty New "Transformers" Featurette
Apparently there's a very swanky "Transformers: The Movie" DVD package coming up soon, one that'll be full of mid-80s animation goodness -- and at least one extra goodie: A teaser/featurette on Michael Bay's live-action "Transformers" flick.
October 24, 2006
"Protoform" Transformers Toys
Time for our weekly piece of "Transformers" schpiel: New "protoform" figures have hit the 'net, and they'll allow you to see what the creatures look like in one form or another. Well, they're big ... and pretty tough-lookin'.
October 2, 2006
Put Some Words in the Mouth of Optimus Prime!
Fancy yourself a screenwriter? Got some dialogue that you think would be just perfect for Optimus Prime? Well, get ready for your big break, because Paramount is apparently holding a contest in which YOU can pen some banter for the giant robot to speak.
September 28, 2006
"Transformers" Production Winding Down
The main unit shooting is just about to wind down on Michael Bay's "Transformers" flick, and producer Don Murphy has the semi-interesting news posted on his own message board. Elsewhere, screenwriter John Rogers talks about some of the changes made to the initial screenplay.
September 21, 2006
"Transformers" Trailer Around Turkey Time
According to one of the admins over at the official "Transformers" message board, we can expect to see an actual trailer for the sweatily-anticipated action-fest some time between "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas." Which sucks because I had "Valentine's Day" on my Transformers Trailer office pool.
September 11, 2006
Autobot Bumblebee Caught "Sunbathing"
We've seen pics of what Megatron and Optimus Prime may look like in the upcoming "Transformers" movie, now there's a pic of Bumblebee floating around as well. Ain't It Cool News' 'Quint' found a pic of the yellow Camaro (originally a VW Beetle) "sunbathing" on the "Transformers" set. What's more interesting are the random items around the wood planks he's lying on, including some copper springs and a rubber glove.
August 29, 2006
Tyrese Gibson as "Luke Cage"?
Marvel's got a "Luke Cage" movie sitting somewhere on the back burners, and filmmaker John Singleton is apparently involved in some capacity. And now we have the very first piece of casting gossip. I ask you comic fans: Would Tyrese Gibson make for a solid Cage?
August 29, 2006
Original Spock Chats About New "Trek"
No, no, don't get your panties in a bunch. As much as we love Leonard Nimoy, we're not expecting to see him pop up in any new "Star Trek" movies -- but apparently he does have a clause in his contract that says he's allowed to 'veto' any new actors vying for the Spock character...
August 28, 2006
Visit the "Transformers" Set!
Well, not you personally. Sorry. But the IGN FilmForce guys were able to make a visit to the Los Angeles set of Michael Bay's live-action "Transformers" epic, and they came back and wrote up a report. Because that's what they do.
August 25, 2006
"Transformers" Concept Art: Megatron Redux?
Since a week can't go by without some tidbit of "Transformers" news, check out a few "possible concept images" of Decepticon leader Megatron from the toymakers at Hasbro. By the looks of it, the big fella's getting some major 21st century upgrades.
August 18, 2006
Which "robots in disguise" will show up for Michael Bay's live-action "Transformers" next year? Two of the pic's screenwriters showed up online this morning to reveal just which Autobots and Decepticons we can look forward to seeing duke it out on the big screen.
August 17, 2006
"Transformers" Pics: Less Than Meets the Eye?
Hey, here's something fun to do for about nine seconds: Check out a pair of new "Transformers" character pics and then decide for yourself if A) they're real, B) they're fake, C) you really give a wet slap either way.
August 9, 2006
Official "Transformers" Footage from Bay's Own Blog
I've seen some "early Transformers footage" that turned out to be fake, so from now on I'm only going to rely on 'official' sources when sharing any future "robots in disguise" videos. And I suppose that producer Michael Bay's own blog would qualify as 'official'...
July 25, 2006
Dane Cook to Make "Transformers" Appearance?
Now here's a piece of geek-news that we certainly didn't see coming. At the Comic Con we learned that Peter Cullen would be returning to voice head "Transformer" Optimus Prime, which is very cool, but now comes word that exceedingly popular comedian Dane Cook would be popping up in the mega-hyped Michael Bay flick. Wha...?
July 22, 2006
Comic-Con 2006: Transformer Voice Cast Buzz
This year's Comic-Con is the last where Transformers movie news can possibly be revealed, as the film releases next year on July 4th. As such, plenty of aspects of the film are being hinted at while the main, big secrets of the film remain under lock and key. At today's Hasbro Transformers toy panel, the toy company debuted the new 20th Century edition DVD box, and talked briefly about the upcoming live action Michael Bay film based on their toys.
July 18, 2006
Spielberg Talks "Indy 4," "Jurassic Park 4," "Transformers," etc.
You simply won't find a bigger Steven Spielberg fan than Steven Awalt. The guy's website, SpielbergFilms.com, is an absolute shrine to one of the planet's most beloved filmmakers. Heck, the man himself even stops in from time to time to keep up with all the gossip. (He was never asked to direct "Angels & Demons," by the way.) Anyway, Steven A. finally got to interview Steven S., and the result is a few mild scoops.
July 11, 2006
The Comic-Con is Coming!
I attend several film festivals each year, but there's always one movie-centric event that I'd really love to attend: The San Diego Comic-Con. Movie geek heaven is what I like to call it. Read on to find out why...
July 11, 2006
"Transformers" Loses a Big Cast Member
In an effort to deliver the timeliest and geekiest giant versatile robot news, all the movie sites have been reporting that Michael Clarke Duncan would star in Michael Bay's "Transformers." And he was going to. But he's not anymore.
June 30, 2006
Teaser Bulletin: Transformers
If you have a few half-hours to spend waiting for the website to load, you just might find the first "Transformers" teaser over at the official movie site. Since my computer is a refurbished Apple IIc, I won't even bother, but those of you with "cable modems" might fare a little better.
June 26, 2006
Wanna Be in the "Transformers" Movie?
Are you between the ages of 16 and 23? Do you LOOK like a high school student? (If you're seventeen, I sure hope you do!) If so, you might be able to land a gig in Michael Bay's "Transformers" movie! (Although I wouldn't hold my breath...)
June 23, 2006
"Indiana Jones 4" Script Near Done; Spielberg Always Busy
Master filmmaker Steven Spielberg has averaged a movie a year since the year 2000, so we understand if the guy needs to take a few months vacation, but (as usual) the guy's back burner is absolutely stuffed with alluring projects ... not the least of which is the ravenously anticipated "Indiana Jones 4."
June 20, 2006
"Transformers" Teaser Hits on July 4th
Those who've been patiently reading the "Transformers" tidbits are probably wondering when they'll be able to see some kind of footage ... and the upcoming teaser trailer just might offer some! (It'll premiere online on July 4th and play in theaters in front of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.")
June 14, 2006
Tyrese Talks "Transformers"
Singer turned actor Tyrese Gibson is pretty happy with the way his career's headed, what with all the movie roles and CDs and women drooling over his handsomeness. He recently sat down with the Movieweb folks, and dropped a few nuggets regarding his participation in Michael Bay's "Transformers" movie.
June 12, 2006
Spidey and Supe and Optimus Prime!
It's pretty convenient that ComingSoon.net and SuperheroHype.com are sister sites, because that allows us to share their "miscellaneous" reports all in one handy place. Today's tidbits include: "Spider-Man 3's" New York adventure, a "Transformers" production photo from the Hoover Dam, news of a new "Superman Returns" trailer being attached to "Click," and some interesting promises from the head of DC Comics.
June 9, 2006
"Transformers" Poster & Official Site Launch
ComingSoon.net and AICN have some "Transformers" goodies to get your weekend started on the right foot. Click here to check out the brand-new and rather slick poster for "Transformers," and then click here to read all about the official "Transformers" site, which has recently been launched!
June 1, 2006
New "Transformers" On-Set Pics
Head on over to ComingSoon.net for directions to some all-new on-set snapshots for Michael Bay's "Transformers." A bunch more pics (and spoilers, ugh) can be found over at AICN, too.
May 30, 2006
Bay Talks About His "Transformer" Toys
Would you believe Michael Bay has time to post in a blog? Yep, one of Hollywood's most hectic filmmakers has taken to posting "Transformers" updates in his movie blog right here. And so it begins: "We finished our first week. One of the best first weeks on a movie I've ever experienced. We shot over 250 set ups."
May 24, 2006
Transformers: The Title?
The guy who plays heroic Secret Service agent Aaron Pierce on "24" (Glenn Morshower) dropped a few inadvertant hints recently: Seems he's headed to "New Mexico" to shoot a movie for "Spielberg & Bay" called "Prime Directive." Hmmmm.
May 16, 2006
Michael Bay Buys His Very Own FX Company
Michael Bay already owns his own production company (Platinum Dunes), so obviously he has to own his own FX house! This explains why the "Transformers" director and a partner dropped what must have been a LOT of cash to purchase well-regarded FX company Digital Domain.
May 15, 2006
Tyrese Gibson Joins the "Transformers" Ensemble
The giant robots are, of course, the stars of the "Transformers" universe, but there certainly doesn't seem to be a shortage of flesh & blood actors signing on for the massive production. The newest names added to the call sheet are Tyrese Gibson ("Four Brothers"), Rachael Taylor ("Man-Thing"), and Amaury Nolasco ("The Benchwarmers").
May 12, 2006
"Transformers" Tidbits, Vol. 1
JoBlo points us toward some really nifty "Transformers" CG animation, but also reports that it's not from a company connected to the flick. But if you want a gander at how live-action "Transformers" might look, you'll certainly want to give this a peek.
May 3, 2006
"Transformers" Find a Fox in Their Midst
Beautiful young actress Megan Fox ("Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen") has been signed to play the female lead in Michael Bay's "Transformers" flick. She'll be joining a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Bernie Mac, and a few other non-robotic beings.
April 26, 2006
"We will actually see Cybertron"
AICN's Quint had a very private one-on-one pow-wow with uber-director Michael Bay, and the topic of conversation was extremely Transformer-centric. Click here to read all about the flick's pre-production designs, a handful of action scene animatics, and Michael Bay's gigantic dog. (Sounds like a great dane to me.)
April 21, 2006
"Transformers" Cast Shaping Into Something Cool
IGN FilmForce snagged some solid scoopage by learning the names of several actors attached to Michael Bay's "Transformers" adaptation. We learned last week that Shia LaBeouf was signed up, but now comes a parade of names, including Jon Voight, Bernie Mac, John Turturro, and Michael Clarke Duncan.
March 29, 2006
"Transformers" Get Shia With Their First Cast Member
Busy young actor Shia LaBeouf is in late-stage talks with Paramount to star in their (and Michael Bay's) upcoming big-screen rendition of "The Transformers," says IGN FilmForce. Modern movie fans will recognize the young Mr. LaBeouf from his work in flicks like "Holes," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," "I, Robot," and "Constantine."
September 23, 2005
Clooney Expresses Confusion at "Transformers" Involvement
One little piece of geeky gossip that's been making the rounds is that George Clooney will be voicing the heroic Optimus Prime in DreamWorks' impending adaptation of "The Transformers." We guess someone forgot to tell Mr. Clooney.
April 7, 2005
Michael Bay Contemplates a Transforming Career Move
Ever since Steven Spielberg climbed aboard as executive producer on the Paramount / DreamWorks project "The Transformers," fans have been wondering who the director will be. Buzz earlier this week stated that it was going to be a toss-up between Michael Bay ("Armageddon") and Roland Emmerich ("The Day After Tomorrow"), but Variety reports that the gig may be Bay's ... if he wants it. Based on the extremely popular cartoon and toy characters of the 1980's, this big-screen "Transformers" adaptation is presently scheduled to begin shooting in the fall, and the studios have pegged November '06 for its release.
February 11, 2005
Cruise, Spielberg Talk "War of the Worlds"
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg took some time off from their busy "War of the Worlds" shoot in Los Angeles to speak with the press about their forthcoming movie. In the interview, Speilberg revealed that wanted to make this movie 12 years ago, but lost interest when "Independence Day," as well as other "scavenger films ... that sort of picked the bones of H.G. Wells," came out.