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Fan Interview with Peter Cullen, Voice of Optimus Prime in Machinima Transformers: Titans Return

Transformers News: Fan Interview with Peter Cullen, Voice of Optimus Prime in Machinima Transformers: Titans Return
Date: Wednesday, November 15th 2017 5:34am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Collider

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You should be aware by now that the second animated series from Hasbro and Machinima featuring the Transformers, Titans Return, is being released in the US on the go90 app platform - and surely soon to follow for non-US viewers by other means, like its predecessor Combiner Wars. Our review of the first episode can be read here, and a review of the second will be making its way to the front page later today, too.

With that covered, you may want some more behind the scenes material, and Collider is here to provide the content - namely, an interview conducted and coordinated via Twitter with the voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, returning to the franchise once more after the live-action movies and the animated shows Robots in Disguise and Rescue Bots. Check out some selected parts below, and read the whole piece here - which touches on a lot more than Titans Return, but always in a Peter Cullen and Optimus Prime shape!

It’s impossible to separate you from Optimus Prime, having voiced the character for over 30 years, but looking into the far-off future, what would make you step away from voicing Optimus?

Cullen: Yeah, well that’s been done before. I’ve already rehearsed that scene. [laughs] I’ve only done five movies since then, so it’s not like we’re talking, in terms of expansive years, since 1986, I’ve done a few games, Machinima, the second series now with them. Other than that, it’s been a very frugal way of making a living as Optimus Prime. What’s in store for him, I don’t know. But I’m not willing to give it up as long as it’s popular and people care for it. I would respect that part and continue on without much debate. But whether or he’s going to? I don’t know. I can’t speak for the multitude of people who are behind the steering wheel of this huge machine. If it all goes well, I’ll be doing it for years to come!

What was his reaction to being approached to play Optimus prime



Cullen: Elation, because I had waited a couple of weeks, which is not uncommon when you’re auditioning for a series and when they inform you that you have that role or that part. But more to the point, I had no idea who Optimus Prime was outside of the small audition that I did. In those days, back in the 80s, we were constantly doing cartoons, Frank Welker and I. We would meet at auditions sometimes or end up on a show and say, “Hey! You got a gig? So did I! That’s great!” That’s how we met by the way. Over the years, you try to add up all those feelings and say, “What actually happened?”

I remember the audition, I remember doing an impersonation of my brother who was a Marine, and heeding his advice, not to be an a-hole. Be real, don’t be Hollywood, that kind of thing. An audition that lasted perhaps a few minutes ended up changing my world, my life. That character has affected many different people’s lives in many different ways; I’m always overwhelmed by that, humbled by it, to tell you the truth.

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What’s his favorite moment or scene as Optimus

Cullen: I would probably have least-favorite scenes. [laughs] I would include, the most important one, when I did the death scene. The other ones are doing all the screaming, yelling, blood-throat scenes; those are my least favorite. My most favorite scenes, which they don’t do enough, are when he’s written to express compassion and understanding. They never really want to express that level of Prime, which I thought was his most important, valuable trait.


Transformers News: Interview with Voice of Optimus Prime Peter Cullen on Machinima Transformers: Titans Return

IDW Publishing Promotes Greg Goldstein to Publisher, Chris Ryall and David Hedgecock Receive Expanded Roles

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Promotes Greg Goldstein to Publisher, Chris Ryall and David Hedgecock Receive Expanded Roles
Date: Tuesday, November 14th 2017 7:43pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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A new press release from IDW Publishing brings us news of some reshuffling over at the company behind pretty much all major Transformers fiction from the past decade, with current President and COO Greg Goldstein being promoted to Publisher.

The news that affects us more directly however, as Transformers fans and Hasbro Universe (reluctant?) inhabitants, is that as a result, two household names are assuming new roles too: Chris Ryall and David Hedgecock! Ryall, current CCO, is returning to his Editor in Chief disguise - aka the Chrischarger of the days in the -ations letter pages (just in time for another coming of All Hail Megatron); Hedgecock, one of the people behind the Hasbro Universe Revolution and First Strike shenanigans, will assume the mantle of Associate Publisher; both can be heard in episode 170 of the Twincast Podcast too, right here! Read on below for more.


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Promotes Greg Goldstein to Publisher, Chris Ryall and David Hedgecock Receive Expande


IDW Publishing Promotes Greg Goldstein to Publisher
Chris Ryall and David Hedgecock Receive Expanded Roles


San Diego, CA (November 14, 2017) – Today IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the promotion of Greg Goldstein to Publisher effective immediately, as well as other staff changes.

“As company President, Greg has proven to be an invaluable asset to IDW and continues to put his heart and savvy into a company that is near and dear to me,” said Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Media Holdings. “His passion coupled with his intimate knowledge of the business will serve him well as head of publishing.”

Adams, who co-founded IDW Publishing, will continue as CEO of the parent company of IDW Media Holdings, which in addition to IDW Publishing, also includes IDW Entertainment and CTM Media Group as its subsidiaries. In addition to his continued management of IDW Media Holdings, he will be pursuing new business opportunities across the three divisions.

IDW will also see other shifts take place within its editorial staff. Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall will once again assume the role Editor-in-Chief, too, working directly with the editorial department in continuing to advance the strategic and tactical abilities of the group. Additionally, David Hedgecock will take on the newly created role of Associate Publisher, further developing the company’s strategic goals by synergizing processes throughout the entire publishing division.

“I could not be more honored that Ted has put his trust in me to continue guiding the direction of IDW’s future in this expanded role,” said Goldstein. “Equally, I have tremendous faith in Chris, David, and the rest of the IDW team to help lead us to even greater success.”

In addition to adding Publisher to his title, Goldstein, who joined IDW in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer, will also retain the title of President.

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About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Promotes Greg Goldstein to Publisher, Chris Ryall and David Hedgecock Receive Expande

DC Douglas (Chase) Watches Rescue Bots with Jon Bailey

Transformers News: DC Douglas (Chase) Watches Rescue Bots with Jon Bailey
Date: Thursday, November 9th 2017 7:14pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Qwan | Credit(s): Jon Bailey

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Seibertronian jON3.0 - whom you may also know as Jon Bailey, the EpicVoiceGuy and voice of Optimus Prime in Machinima's Combiner Wars series - recently sat down with DC Douglas (voice actor for Chase the Rescue Bot) to watch an episode of the Rescue Bots series and discuss the business of voice acting. The two watch one of Douglas' personal favorite episodes - I Have Heard the Robots Singing, which you too can watch along with (provided you have a copy of the episode) and listen to their running commentary on. Also present is a bit of talk about the business, how Douglas got involved, his inspirations for the character of Chase, some behind the scenes discussion (which Jon promises includes some great stories), and more!

Check out the embedded video below, and share your thoughts! Don't forget to go show DC Douglas some love for his work (he's on Facebook and Instagram at @mrdcdouglas, Twitter at @dc_douglas, and he has a Youtube channel too), and talk with jON3.0 about the experience on Youtube or right here on our very own Energon Pub forums!

jON3.0 wrote:I recently had the opportunity to sit down with DC Douglas - voice of Chase the Rescue Bot - and watch one of his favorite episodes! We talked about how he got the job, his inspiration for the voice, stories from the studio and more! We also played the Rescue Bots mobile game which is coming in a few weeks. Check it out! Good to be back. More TF stuff coming soon!


Great Lakes Comiccon Welcomes David Kaye

Transformers News: Great Lakes Comiccon Welcomes David Kaye
Date: Wednesday, November 1st 2017 12:17pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Great Lakes Comiccon

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Thanks to an update from their Facebook page, we have news that David Kaye, the well loved voice actor who lent his voice to the mean purple dinosaur known as Beast Wars Megatron, will be attending the Great Lakes Comiccon in 2018! David Kaye had his first Transformers experience as the voice of Megatron from both Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and eventually voiced Optimus Prime in Transformers: Animated, on of the few voice actors to voice both the big bad and the Prime himself.

Great Lakes Comiccon will be held on February 23-24, 2018 at the Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan.

A new day... a new month... a new guest annoucement!

Join us in welcoming David Kaye to the Great Lakes Comic-Con! Appearing on Saturday, February 24, 2018 ONLY!

David is best known for being the voice of Megatron on Transformers Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and more! He was also the voice of Animated Optimus Prime, General Hawk on G.I. Joe and much more!

http://greatlakescomiccon.org/kaye.html


Transformers News: Great Lakes Comiccon Welcomes David Kaye

Transformers News: Great Lakes Comiccon Welcomes David Kaye

John Ortiz to Star in Transformers Universe: Bumblebee

Transformers News: John Ortiz to Star in Transformers Universe: Bumblebee
Date: Sunday, October 29th 2017 5:58pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Deadline

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According to online news source for the entertainment industry Deadline, we have another cast member joining Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr and more - with a dip back into the 1980s and the classic G1 Bumblebee Volkswagen design for at least this one prequel movie. Actor John Ortiz, recently seen in Kong: Skull Island, has been cast in a yet unknown role! Find out more about the news below, and let us know what your thoughts are on this movie so far.

EXCLUSIVE: Actor John Ortiz has landed two roles. He’ll first join Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena in Paramount’s Bumblebee, the first spinoff of the Transformers franchise. The pic, which will bow in theaters Dec. 21, 2018, has Travis Knight directing from a script by Christina Hodson.

It’s set in 1987, where Bumblebee, who is refuged in a junkyard, is discovered and revived by Charlie (Steinfeld) who, on the cusp of turning 18, is trying to find her place in the world. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg are producing with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.


Transformers News: John Ortiz to Star in Transformers Universe: Bumblebee

More Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy (RID Omega Prime)

Transformers News: More Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy (RID Omega Prime)
Date: Wednesday, October 25th 2017 9:44am CDT
Categories: Toy News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Loopaza Megastore

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Courtesy of the Loopaza Mega Store Facebook page, we have scans of the latest issue of Figure King Magazine, featuring a nice look at the recently surfaced Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy! The Car Robots / Robots in Disguise combiner - of God Magnus and Fire Convoy - can be seen in multiple modes below, along with some Legends images, RC Sqweeks from The Last Knight, and an announcement for next month's issue centering on Masterpiece Dinobot. Check it out, including an piece (in Japanese) on voice actors Takashi Matsuyama (God Magnus) and Satoshi Hashimoto (Fire Convoy and God Fire Convoy)!

Figure King No. 237 Transformers

This month's Figure King of Transformers covering the Car Robot Encore God Fire Convoy featuring new sound effect and paint job.


Transformers News: More Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy (RID Omega Prime)

Transformers News: More Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy (RID Omega Prime)

Transformers News: More Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy (RID Omega Prime)

Transformers News: More Images of Takara Tomy Transformers Encore God Fire Convoy (RID Omega Prime)

Hasbro Appoints Greg Mooradian for Allspark Pictures

Transformers News: Hasbro Appoints Greg Mooradian for Allspark Pictures
Date: Wednesday, October 11th 2017 8:05am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Variety

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Continuing the build-up of its movie side-company, after the Allspark Animation trademark registration, Hasbro has appointed a new head of Allspark Studios according to Variety: Greg Mooradian. The news brings the consequence of a development of Hasbro's current deal with Paramount going forward too, but for now, read more about the appointment here and below!

Hasbro has hired seasoned veteran Greg Mooradian to oversee the company’s film division, Allspark Pictures, as it attempts to create a full-fledged movie studio. As president of Allspark, he will oversee film and television production starting in January. Sources say the company has been making an effort to raise money to start its own studio for some time, and is trying to attract funding in the nine-figure range in order to properly develop its own slate of films. The hope is to transform itself into an industry player to rival Marvel Studios.

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Mooradian is currently a production executive at Fox 2000. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Mooradian, who previously worked at Paramount, helping guide “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the big screen, as well as Hasbro hits like “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers.” He left Paramount in 2013.


Transformers News: Hasbro Appoints Greg Mooradian for Allspark Pictures

Peter Cullen Confirms to be in the Upcoming Bumblebee Live Action Film

Transformers News: Peter Cullen Confirms to be in the Upcoming Bumblebee Live Action Film
Date: Monday, October 2nd 2017 3:47pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): CineMovie

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Fellow Seibertronian Stuartmaximus has found a youtube video from CineMovie which has Peter Cullen confirming that you will hear his voice in the upcoming Bumblebee Live Action film. He is short and to the point with his "yes" as you can see below.
We do not know if that means the film will begin in current times and be told as an older tale or if we will hear the voice through narration or even if Peter Cullen will be voicing Optimus Prime at all, though it is what everyone would assume.


Transformers:Bumblebee Movie Reveals First Decepticon

Transformers News: Transformers:Bumblebee Movie Reveals First Decepticon
Date: Thursday, September 21st 2017 2:19pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): LAKIA's Official Twitter

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LAKIA Studios on Twitter tweeted a new picture featuring President & CEO Travis Knight on the set of the live-action Bumblebee film that is filming and in production now. In it we get a look at the car that is going to be the alt-mode of a Decepticon. No word on who the Decepticon is, but the car does look nice! Be sure to check out the pic below.

Transformers News: Transformers:Bumblebee Movie Reveals First Decepticon

Adam Beechen Robots in Disguise (2015) Q&A

Transformers News: Adam Beechen Robots in Disguise (2015) Q&A
Date: Wednesday, September 20th 2017 3:44pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Adambeechen.com

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Adam Beechen, showrunner for Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015), has a blog and is running a Q&A session on it. On his blog he is known as sunnova and it is definitely worth checking out for some neat trivia, answering any pressing questions you might have about your favorite characters, and a window into the creative development process of the RiD show. Be sure to browse it!

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Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017