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New Movie Teaser Trailer is Online NOW!!!

Transformers News: New Movie Teaser Trailer is Online NOW!!!
Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2006 2:57am CST
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases, Media
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Crimson Dynamo of & Kaiser Convoy

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Crimson Dynamo of Don has found a sneak peak of the new Transformers Movie Teaser Trailer scheduled to debut online later today.

Click here to see this cinematic marvel in the making (In French)!

Update #1! An English version has been found on Yahoo UK thanks to member Kaiser Convoy! Click Here to hear it in English!

The Teaser Trailer will be officially be online at Yahoo Movies in less than 24 hours. You can check out the countdown here

Remember to keep visiting for any updates on the Transformers Movie.

Update #2! Transformers has uploaded the new trailer, but this time with a small difference. At the end of the trailer, Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime's motto, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings".

"Live Free or Die Hard" takes on Transformers next summer

Transformers News: "Live Free or Die Hard" takes on Transformers next summer
Date: Tuesday, December 19th 2006 4:00pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s):,

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Next summer's blockbuster Transformers movie just found itself some competition in the form of Bruce Willis' "Live Free or Die Hard" movie. Die Hard was originally supposed to open on June 29th but instead has been moved to July 4th. You can check out the "Live Free or Die Hard" trailer at The trailer debuted this past weekend with Eragon in theatres nationwide.

New Transformers Inspired Stan Bush Song Reviewed!

Transformers News: New Transformers Inspired Stan Bush Song Reviewed!
Date: Tuesday, December 19th 2006 6:25am CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Fan of Stan, mr_sinister_31

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As revealed here exclusively at, Stan Bush has been working on a new Transformers inspired track possibley for use in the forthcoming live action Transformers Movie.

mr_sinister_31 of the Don Murphy Message Board has been lucky enough to hear the new track first hand and has posted a small review of the song here. He writes:

Put simply, this song rocks. I was pleasantly surprised. I'd describe it as a meshing of electronic and straight ahead hard edged rock. This is most definitely NOT 'The Touch -- Part Two'. It's starts off with roughly a minute or so of eclectic drums/electronic sounds. I closed my eyes and it felt like the type of ambient music you'd hear in the background of an expository scene. It reminded me of some of the music from 'The Island' actually.

At around one minute in the song starts in earnest. Now, this is Stan Bush singing, and it sounds like Stan Bush singing. So if you're expecting something else than you'll be disappointed. I just felt the need to point that out. That being said, the dude sounds good. Really good. The lyrics evoke what the Transformers are about. What they are, what they represent, why they're here. Basically, it accomplishes what the lyrics to the original Transformers theme did, but in a fresh way.

As yet there has been no confirmation that the track will appear in the Transformers Movie. or as part of the original soundtrack. The SEIBERTRON News Crew will keep you update with any futher developments.

Open Letter from Anne Bryant, composer of original TF theme song

Transformers News: Open Letter from Anne Bryant, composer of original TF theme song
Date: Monday, December 18th 2006 10:34am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Anne Bryant

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I received an email from Anne Bryant this morning, who is the original composer of the popular Transformers theme song from the 1980s animated series. She wanted to express her thanks toward the show of support the Transformers community has shown her. Here is the letter that she wrote to all of you.

An Open Letter from Anne Bryant

Dear Transformers Fans,

Thank you for your support of the Transformers over the years, and thank you for your support of my original Theme Music, which has become associated with the Transformers products and properties. Because of your support, "The Transformers" has truly reached a pop culture status.

I also write to thank you for your many kind and supportive remarks regarding my exhausting, six-year litigation process. The blogs have been favorable, in the main, and I can tell you that your support means much to me in my David versus Goliath struggle to claim the royalties long due to me.

To clear up any confusion here as to my motives and timing, I can say that my investigation into my pathetically negligible royalties for the TF theme began in 1994, six years prior to filing a formal lawsuit in 2000; including that in 1998, I contacted BMI, and then, as instructed, I repeatedly followed their formal inquiry procedures to the letter [for two years], without a single response from them. These big organizations have all of the records, so it is difficult for a composer to unravel problems, or perhaps even to identify honest mistakes, without their help; without their cooperation. As such, frustrated with the lack of response from BMI, I packed up all of my correspondence, proofs, contract numbers, original registrations and payment forms and went to see my attorney. He also tried to get satisfactory information from BMI for several months, but lacking any serious help, we moved to file a formal claim so that we could demand records from them. Concurrent with this, it became evident that my themes and songs [Transformers and others] were being used on a multiplicity of recording products licensed by Sunbow without any accounting statements or royalty payments to me, hence, the scope of this legal action.

As indicated above, in no way was this lawsuit motivated by the new DreamWorks live action movie; the movie was not even a glimmer on the horizon when all of this began. I don’t know whether they plan to use my theme in the new movie, and of course, I would love it if they do, but this litigation is first and foremost about the past and present royalties due; the future for Transformers, Jem, ML Pony and GI Joe and the other themes, if there is one, can be handled when the case is decided or settled.

Additionally, I can tell you that I have no rights to claim royalties for music composed by Ford Kinder, my former partner in our production company, except in any instances that our interests may overlap. We were separate writers -- not collaborators -- who jointly owned a production company we formed to take responsibility for all aspects of the full and final production of music that either he or I composed. As such, we credited any music that we produced through our company to both of us. This we did in order to build our company name. Ford and I wrote and produced several hundred pieces of music each year; this was our profession. Basic fees were paid to our companies for our services as producers, arrangers, *musicians and singers. And always, we were to be compensated, personally, as composers solely through our royalty payments. This is standard in the Commercial Music Business: writers write for royalties; professional writers always retain their royalties. So, this is what I am demanding in my court action: account for and pay the past and present royalties as agreed, and correct the records for the future.

I sincerely hope this will clear up any misunderstandings any of you may have; and I hope you will continue to support my efforts to be fully compensated as I face this well-financed, brutal opponent that would rather pay millions in legal fees, than pay to settle this matter.

See you at the movies: 7-4-7.

With all good wishes,

* Additionally, you may be interested to know that no "Secondary Market Payments" have been made to union musicians and singers for the use of their performances on TF, JEM and other television themes originally produced for Sunbow and GBI. Sunbow simply lifted these performances onto recording products and licensed them to distributors without making those payments required in their Union Contracts. The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Musicians are working to recover payment to the performers in actions separate from my lawsuit.


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  • Master Click Tempo Timing Software

  • TV Loonland Companies

  • Transfomers in Popular Science Magazine

    Transformers News: Transfomers in Popular Science Magazine
    Date: Friday, December 15th 2006 6:48pm CST
    Categories: Movie News, Media
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): csusandman and Popular Science

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    Our own csusandman has brought us some interesting news about Transformers. In the latest issue of Popular Science there is an article about the upcoming Transformers Movie. Here is what csusandman posted from Popular Science:

    "Your Guide to the Year in Science 2007
    Transformers: The Movie
    Planet Earth is the front line in the epic battle between Autobots and Decepticons when director Michael Bay's live-action movie Transformers opens on July 4. Based on the animated series and popular action figures of the early 1980's, Bay's Transformers (brought to life by CGI) can change from, say, a 25-foot humanity-hating robot into a deadly jeet fighter in four seconds flat."

    The Ark: another new TF book from IDW featuring animation models

    Transformers News: The Ark: another new TF book from IDW featuring animation models
    Date: Wednesday, December 13th 2006 1:16pm CST
    Categories: Cartoon News, Media
    Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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    We just received a message from Jim Sorenson about an upcoming book that he's working on for IDW called "The Ark".

    From: Jim Sorenson
    Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 1:14 PM
    To: News Staff
    Cc: Seibertron
    Subject: News & Rumors: New TF book coming out

    Thought you'd be interested - I've signed a deal with IDW to produce a book of Transformers animation models. It's called The Ark and will be shipping in late May 07. ISBN: 1600100805. The scope is the US cartoon, 1984 - 1987 with a possible 2nd volume covering Japanese material and US commercials from 1988 - 1990. Don Figueroa has done the cover.

    The News Staff will be sure sure to provide you with more details as information becomes available.

    Victory UK DVD Release Update

    Transformers News: Victory UK DVD Release Update
    Date: Monday, December 11th 2006 5:22am CST
    Categories: Cartoon News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):, Metrodome

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    Metrodome has posted the following update on their message board regarding their upcoming UK DVD release later this month of the thirds Japanese G1 cartoon arc Transformers: Victory.

    "Welcome to the Transformers AV podcast of the opening episode to Transformers Takara Collection Vol 3 – Victory, presented in its original Japanese language with all new subtitles from Jordan Derber.

    To download the episode you’ll need a pc or mac and itunes (free to download from

    We’ll be posting the episodes in five segments over five days – with the first going live on Monday 11th December, and the next four parts going live day by day.

    A broadband connection is highly recommended, unless you’ve got the patience to let 20mb files download through a dial-up connection.

    It’s very simple to get the podcast – once you’ve downloaded itunes you can just click on this link: t?id=208000532

    Alternately you can click on the iTunes Store section of the itunes and search for Transformers. Our podcast is listed as being available from Metrodome.

    The podcast is of course just a taster to the full 4 disc Victory boxset released in full on December 26th!

    Happy downloading!


    Earlier, Metrodome also posted pictures of the packaging of the Victory box on their message board, which you can find here

    New York Supreme Court: TF composer sues Sunbow and BMI

    Transformers News: New York Supreme Court: TF composer sues Sunbow and BMI
    Date: Friday, December 8th 2006 12:04pm CST
    Categories: Movie News, Press Releases, Media
    Posted by: Seibertron

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    Index No. 5192/00
    Index No. 2821/02

    *** PRESS RELEASE ***

    December 7, 2006, Carmel, NY

    After six years of grueling litigation and four appeals which were won by her in 2006, the composer of the well-known Transformers Theme, The JEM Theme and feature songs from the JEM TV SHOW, and several other American, pop culture musical themes and songs originally composed in the 80’s for HASBRO Toys and Entertainment Properties, is finally getting her days in Court at trial in a tiny courtroom in New York Supreme Court in Carmel, NY. Anne Bryant, the composer, is seeking to recover an accounting of and payment of both performance and publishing royalties she claims should be paid to her from the producer-publisher, SUNBOW PRODUCTIONS, NY [which is now owned by its parent company LOONLAND AG, Germany] for millions of CD, VHS and DVD sales and licenses which she says use her music without paying her the royalties she says she is owed. On the eve of the December 4th trial, Bryant says she suddenly received a small check from TV Loonland for "music royalties" but Bryant says, although it is an admission of responsibility, it is a mere drop in the bucket.

    The composer is also suing her performing rights society BMI claiming among other things that it allowed changes to be made to her song catalog without her authorization.

    According to Bryant, the long road to trial began when she discovered that her 100% composer’s share of the hugely valuable Transformers Theme music had been reduced to a small fraction in her BMI writer’s catalogue. BMI’s counsel, Judith Saffer argues that it is not possible for BMI to police the catalogues of its many affiliated writers because they have no way of knowing if the new registrations they accept for the same title are accurate. In Saffer’ view, it’s up to the BMI writer to bring a court action against another writer if there is an infringement. Bryant says that BMI’s stated position is to remain neutral but then asks why BMI would not protect its writers by at least checking with the original registrant when a song with the same title is later presented for registration. "Others are being unjustly enriched by my music," says the composer. "It appears to me that BMI writers cannot expect their works to be safeguarded by BMI"- a performance rights organization that represents more than 300,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers. The composer also claims that because of BMI’s laissez faire position, these corrupted registrations have diminished her writer’s royalties across the board, finding their way into her SONY ATV catalogue, after Sunbow passed on the altered publishing catalogues to the mega-publisher. Bryant also claims that she is not given credit for her songs in three newlyproduced Transformers television series airing on The Cartoon Network.

    The composer hopes to be made whole for the millions of dollars in back royalties due to her since 1994 for her many valuable themes. And with the DreamWorks TRANSFORMERS LIVE ACTION MOVIE [#1] scheduled for release on July 4, 2007, she also seeks to secure her professional screen credits, in the event that the Dreamworks movie uses her theme.

    Bryant has been represented by Patrick J. Monaghan of Monaghan, Monaghan, Lamb & Marchisio a small New Jersey and New York firm. Monaghan has represented and won settlements in the past on behalf of the former managers of the artists Meat Loaf and Billy Joel in separate cases. Sunbow is represented by Gloria Phares, Esq. a partner in the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, & Webb. BMI is represented by its in-house counsel Judith Saffer, Esq. Bryant says she will sue anyone who is using her music without authority. "The Transformers best days are yet to come," she says. "I look to the Court to achieve justice and secure accurate royalty accountings and payments to me in the future." I have faith in the American judicial system and I am not going to be cowed into submission by a huge corporation with millions to spend on lawyers.


    On the Web:
  • Anne Bryant on

  • Master Click Tempo Timing Software

  • TV Loonland Companies

  • Sony Gives Thanks to the Fans

    Transformers News: Sony Gives Thanks to the Fans
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 4:47pm CST
    Categories: Company News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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    SONY BMG Music Entertainment has thanked the fans who contributed to the recent Transformers: The Movie - 20th Anniversary Special DVD release in their latest news letter. The following has been taken directly from their news letter.

    "December 6, 2006

    Happy Wednesday!

    We wanted to take the opportunity to thank every fan who contributed to the success of this DVD - on December 2nd, we debuted on the Billboard DVD Charts at #10!

    Don't forget to download your bonus TRANSFORMERS cell phone wallpaper, accessible through the DVD exclusive site! There are also three additional cell phone wallpaper designs that you can purchase - get Optimus Prime, Hot Rod and Unicron for your phones!"

    Teletraan-1 Makes the Top 10 Movie Servers List

    Transformers News: Teletraan-1 Makes the Top 10 Movie Servers List
    Date: Friday, December 1st 2006 7:17pm CST
    Categories: Cartoon News, Media
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): diablien, Vibrant Technologies, and

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    Our own diablien has brought some interesting news to our attention. Vibrant Technologies, a company that sells computer servers, has made a list of the Top Ten computer servers that have appeared in Movie. Teletraan-1 is on the list with the likes of MCP from Tron and The Source from The Matrix. To see the entire top ten list click here.

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