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Ron Perlman and Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Added to the Cast of Transformers Power of the Primes

Transformers News: Ron Perlman and Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Added to the Cast of Transformers Power of the Primes
Date: Tuesday, January 9th 2018 12:02pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): the hollywood reporter

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The final episode of Machinima's Titans Return show has aired on go90 and some fans were surprised to hear what sounded like Mark Hamill as Megatronus. Well, shortly after, The Hollywood Reporter announced that both Mark Hamill and Ron Perlman were going to be part of the third installment to the Prime Wars Animated Trilogy called Power of the Primes.

As seen in this last episode, Mark Hamill will play Megatronus, one of the original thirteen primes. Ron Perlman will play Optimus Primal, the Maximal Leader fans remember from Beast Wars (in a new fictional context of course). Gregg Berger will also be in Power of the Primes, as Grimlock, and WWE's Samoa Joe will play Predaking. Mikey Way and Jamie King have also joined the cast.

The article also states that Wil Wheaton, Judd Nelson and Kari Wahlgren will also return in Transformers: Power of the Primes, which should launch in the scond quarter of 2018.


Transformers News: Ron Perlman and Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Added to the Cast of Transformers Power of the Primes

Peter Cullen Interviewed by Den of Geek

Transformers News: Peter Cullen Interviewed by Den of Geek
Date: Monday, January 8th 2018 1:40am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Digital Media News, Interviews
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): Denofgeek.com

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Recently Den of Geek did an interview with the one and only Peter Cullen. In the article he talks about his role as Optimus Prime and Ironhide throughout the franchise, including the most recent Titans Return animated series. He reflects on the moment when he got word that Optimus would be written out of the Transformers: The Movie (1986). He goes on to talk about how he portrays Optimus and Ironhide in the live action films by Michael Bay.

He later gives some advice in the article to those who aspire to be voice actors. It is worth the read for those who are thinking about being the voice of a character in a show. If you would like to check out Peter Cullen's latest work, Transformers Prime Wars: Titans Return is available on Go90.com.



I was a 1980s kid, and I remember seeing Transformers: The Movie and just being devastated by the death of Optimus Prime. How did you first find out about this plot point, and after Optimus died did you find yourself grieving for the character?

I was stunned when I first read about it. I was reading the script, getting ready to go into recording. I was with Frank Welker and I got to the page, and I just read it and when the dust settled in my brain, i said "wait a minute, this is it, I’m not coming back. Oh damn." Or whatever curse words were available at the time, I chose those that were appropriate.

It was disappointment for sure. As an actor you either learn to put up with rejections or disappointments or you’ll break, you'll succumb. I'm used to that. Most actors are used to that, getting hired for something that means a lot to them. You hope, you hope, you hope. Your hopes shouldn't be dashed because you didn’t get the part. But in my case I was a little disgruntled because there was no explanation, there was no intended meaning behind it, other than years later to find out they were just trying to create a new character to sell more toys. But at the time you interpret that as being “my character sucks, God I must have been terrible in this role.”

We didn’t get fan mail. I never received a letter of fan mail although I was told it did come. And we didn’t have the internet so there was no thermomenter to judge how popular or unpopular something was. So move on, go on to the next job.

Of course now you realize how beloved Optimus is. Jumping ahead a few years when you were first cast for the Michael Bay Transformers movie, was your approach to the film version of Optimus different than his cartoon counterpart?

I think the answer is a two-fold answer. The character traits were ultimately for me going to be the same, but how to enact them and make the change from a small television screen with painted pictures to a full-on, blown up 45-foot character who is talking to human beings in real-life form in a believable way, that was something that had to be contended with. And I might add that Michael Bay and the people in his department were very concerned whether or not Peter Cullen could act. In other words could he act in a real-life situation and the way they were going to conceive it and portray it?

I had to audition a total of three times, they weren’t quite convinced. I don’t blame them, because at the audition Michael asked me if I played any other characters and I said yes, I played Ironhide and Ironhide had a scene with Optimus Prime. There was a girl reading Ironhide not giving it any dimension. I assumed that Michael Bay was at least aware of some of these characters so I said “if you don’t mind I’d like to read that part, I did him two and half years on the television series." She said ok.

Musician Stan Bush to Attend TFNation 2018, plus Concert Info

Transformers News: Musician Stan Bush to Attend TFNation 2018, plus Concert Info
Date: Friday, January 5th 2018 1:04pm CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFNation

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This latest update from TFNation is bound to make a number of UK and other European fans quite happy: there will be a concert during the event, and its headliner is none other than the man himself - Stan Bush! For the first time in a long run of years (other than two gig appearances in 2007 and 2015), the original soundtracker will be headed across the pond to attend the UK summer event, as both day guest and evening entertainer, for autographs, photo opportunities, and more. Dare you book a ticket once they're released in February?

Read on below for more information, and particularly take notice of the extra fee for the concert, due to the added expense of technical equipment and logistics for the gig itself.


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If you attend TFNation in 2018 you'll have the touch! You'll have the power! Most importantly, you'll also have the Emmy award-winning, Transformers Hall of Famer, Stan Bush!

To Transformers fans, Stan is best known for performing iconic songs "The Touch" and "Dare" which featured prominently in 1986's Transformers: The Movie. He has subsequently released additional tracks inspired by the Cybertronians, perhaps most notably, 2007's "Till All Are One".

As well as appearing on countless releases of Transformers: The Movie, his work can also be heard during the Transformers: War for Cybertron video game.

Of course, there is much more to Stan's arsenal than giant robots! He is an Emmy award-winning artist who has released fourteen studio albums over an incredible 35-year career. His most recent album, "Change the World", was released in 2017 and is available at http://www.stanbush.com and on itunes.

Stan has also lent his considerable talents to various movies such as The Wraith (1986) and Kickboxer (1989). He provided music for the US dub of Sailor Moon and most recently, the Netflix series GLOW. In the video game world, as well as the aforementioned Transformers: War for Cybertron, his work has also been included on Saints Row IV and even Guitar Hero!

We'll be putting Stan right in the eye of the storm for the full weekend of TFNation 2018, where he will be participating in panels, meeting fans and signing autographs at no additional cost.

In addition, Stan has kindly offered to perform a full concert for his fans at TFNation!

The concert will take place on the Saturday evening of the convention, after the conclusion of our "Clubcon" evening entertainment for weekend pass holders. Like all events taking place at TFNation, attendance is strictly subject to availability and room capacity.

We appreciate this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of our attendees so, to ensure the concert is as impressive as it deserves to be, TFNation has hired suitable function space, instruments, a professional audio set up and a full live band. This is an additional event, taking place beyond our usual budget, so to accommodate these extra measures (and to avoid a price rise across all ticket types) there will be an additional concert entrance fee.

Tickets will be available from our website, in addition to regular TFNation packages, on 3rd February 2018. For Saturday only attendees, concert tickets will be £20.00. For full weekend pass holders, concert tickets will be on sale at the reduced price of £15.00.

At this time we do not have plans to open ticket sales to non-attendees, as we believe demand will be extremely high and it is important to us that TFNation attendees have first option to watch Stan in action. We may reassess the position closer to the event, but only if available places and capacity allow.

After all is said and done, Stan Bush will be joining TFNation for the entire duration of the convention, from 17th to 19th August 2018, at a place where dreams survive; the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel!

Launch tickets, bedrooms details, further guests and activities will be announced in the coming months. Keep monitoring this frequency.

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Transformers News: Musician Stan Bush to Attend TFNation 2018, plus Concert Info

Peter Cullen on Optimus Prime in Machinima Transformers Titans Return

Transformers News: Peter Cullen on Optimus Prime in Machinima Transformers Titans Return
Date: Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 4:34am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): comicbook.com

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With another episode in the Machinima animated series Transformers Titans Return now available, we also have yet another interview with voice actor and Transformers legend Peter Cullen - the voice of Optimus Prime in the series along with many others - courtesy of Comic Book.com!

The brief conversation can be found below, and you can head here for the full piece. Make sure to check back later on Seibertron.com for a review of the latest episode, too.

During a conversation about Transformers: Titans Return, a webseries that brings Cullen back together with Transformers: The Movie co-star Judd Nelson and other legendary Transformers names, the voice acting legend (who long played Eeyore in Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise) recalled the wild days of early Transformers seasons when none of the cast were sure anyone was watching.

“I’m a Generation One fan, always have been for many reasons, obviously,” Cullen told ComicBook.com. “It’s the beginning and a successful beginning and a continuing journey of success. Generation One, to see it all happening that way again, reminds me sentimentally of the old days. The only thing missing is the cast; I don’t work with the full cast the way that we used to. I miss the days when we would have laugh attacks and production would shut down for five or six minutes due to everyone laughing so hard they couldn’t stop. Those were the days that I cherished.”

He added that in those early days, working with people like Mel Blanc (in some non-Transformers work) and Frank Welker (Megatron), he was constantly floored by the level of talent that he was working with, even if animation was still considered something of an acting ghetto at that time.

“These creative minds, these vocal geniuses playing multiple characters, inventing them, there’s no greater thrill to be sitting and recording with people who are that capable. You’re just in awe; it’s jaw-dropping,” Cullen said. “I have great appreciation for them; and it's great to get someone like Judd Nelson back. What a great, talented person and a special kind of human being. His approach to acting is a great, great asset to the franchise. We don’t have much opportunity to work with too many other people, but Frank Welker I do. We convene together at conventions, et cetera, and we get an opportunity to back and forth with each other, which is laugh-attack-ville.”


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Transformers Rescue Bots DC Douglas to Attend TFNation 2018

Transformers News: Transformers Rescue Bots DC Douglas to Attend TFNation 2018
Date: Monday, December 25th 2017 10:10am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFnation

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We have a gift to us all from the TFNation HQ - the biggest UK fan convention for Transformers, taking place in Birmingham once more this August 2018 - in the form of their first guest at the event: Transformers Rescue Bots voice actor (and major source of news about the show) DC Douglas!

Better known in Transformers for his work on Chase, he's covered many many roles in his career; take a look below at the announcement, and let us know if you'll be joining this summer!

Transformers News: Transformers Rescue Bots DC Douglas to Attend TFNation 2018


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The first reveal of this new season of TFNation comes from the voice acting world, for fans of all ages: introducing, D.C. Douglas!

Famous in the Transformers franchise for his role as Chase the Police Bot in Rescue Bots, Douglas has been a regular go-to resource for updates about the show itself and is also well known beyond the transforming robot world.

If you're a videogame aficionado, you will recognise him as Legion in the Mass Effect series - a gestalt artificial intelligence unit. Both Chase and Legion were similarly influenced by Leonard Nimoy's approach to Spock, in their respective ways.

He has also appeared in seven Resident Evil games as Albert Wesker, as Kamoshida in Persona 5, Pod 042in Nier: Automata, Azrael in Blazeblue, Zero in Zero Time Dilemma 3, Raven in Tekken 6, and foxy grandpa Gunter in Fire Emblem: Fates.

If cartoons and anime are more your thing, you will have heard him voicing X Drake in One Piece, The Professor in Cyborg 009, Jasley in Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO, Genji Kamogawa in Hajime no ippo, Shori Shibuya in God, Save Our King!, and Colonel Rawls on Regular Show, Superman on Family Guy.

His on camera roles include the seminal cinematographic masterpiece Sharknado 2 (Bud), plus Zepht in Star Trek: Enterprise, Pa Kettle in Z Nation, and Aiden Wexler in SyFy’s Isle of the Dead.

D.C. Douglas will be joining TFNation for the entire duration of the convention, offering autographs, photo opportunities where possible and joining panels over the weekend.

Launch tickets, bedrooms details, further guests and activities will be announced in the coming months. Keep monitoring this frequency.

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New Christmas Video From David Kaye: 'Where Are You, Optimus?'

Transformers News: New Christmas Video From David Kaye: 'Where Are You, Optimus?'
Date: Sunday, December 24th 2017 1:17am CST
Categories: People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): David Kaye

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Fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade has shared with us what has become the annual tradition for the holidays from voice actor David Kaye, famous in the Transformers community for the role of Beast Wars Megatron - but also Hardshell in Transformers: Prime, Optimus Prime, Grimlock and Lugnut in Transformers Animated, and MEgatron and Galvatron in the Unicron trilogy series: the David Kaye / Beast Wars Megatron Christmas video greeting!

This year, the song being parodied is Where Are you Christmas, which has become Where Are you Optimus - a good accompaniment to Gary Chalk's You're A Mean One Megatron (from You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch), which we covered here. Check it out embedded below, and happy holidays to all!

Sabrblade wrote:And here's David Kaye's video:


Even More Hailee Steinfeld on Bumblebee: The Movie

Transformers News: Even More Hailee Steinfeld on Bumblebee: The Movie
Date: Thursday, December 21st 2017 5:43am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Collider

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In another interview with actor interpreting the main character of the upcoming live-action Transformers spin-off Bumblebee: The Movie, Hailee Steinfeld talked to Collider about Charlie Watson, her relationship with Bumblebee and to other Transformers movies - in terms of relationships, production, and other aspects of the craft. Check out the relevant sections of the interview copied below, and the piece in its entirety right here!

What is that like going to this huge, big budget…

Steinfeld: It’s not even that. Going from a movie being one of ten females, one of a million cast members to like me and a tennis ball on a stick was quite a shock, but one of the challenges I was willing to accept. It was really incredible. I worked with Travis Knight, who directed [Bumblebee]. It was interesting – with his background in animation, he had a clear end result visually what this film could be. It was nice to have someone who had that because I could use my imagination until the end of the day but it could be something completely different than what they’re thinking. He created these pre-viz for every action sequence that involves the Transformers. I could see it out. He was amazing and the whole experience was really cool. I can’t wait to see it.

How does it compare to other Transformers movies?

Steinfeld: It takes place in the 80s, of course. And it’s very character and storyline driven, which is a bit different, but it still has the elements that Transformers fans love and will see in the movie.

Who do you play?

Steinfeld: I play a character named Charlie Watson, who is a mechanic. She’s in high school… [She’s] incredibly unique and strong and has – something I love about her is that a lot of people tend to underestimate her knowledge and she continuously proves herself and what she knows and creates this incredible relationship with this Transformer.

Is it similar to the relationship Shia LaBeouf had with Bumblebee in Transformers?

Steinfeld: It is in that Bumblebee is the same. He is who he is – that lovable, gentle giant who truly cares. I’m somebody who makes this discovery and is looking for someone to listen to me and to love me and to hear me and that happens to be where he fills the gap.



New Christmas Video From Gary Chalk, Voice of Optimus Primal: "You're a Mean One, Megatron"

Transformers News: New Christmas Video From Gary Chalk, Voice of Optimus Primal: "You're a Mean One, Megatron"
Date: Thursday, December 21st 2017 3:47am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Youtube

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We have an especially cool piece of news for you today, Seibertronians, just in time to get you into the holiday spirit! Coming from a YouTube channel named Candice Santora, we have a brand new video of Beast Wars' Gary Chalk (Optimus Primal) performing a very special version of the classic Christmas song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", dedicated to his old nemesis Megatron. The performance is quite incredible, and the lyrics are extremely clever. It's definitely worth a watch, so you can find the video mirrored down below.

We faithfully await David Kaye's (who voiced Beast wars Megatron) response, and when that does happen, you'll hear about it here, on Seibertron.com!



TFcon Toronto 2018 Guest Update: James Roberts

Transformers News: TFcon Toronto 2018 Guest Update: James Roberts
Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2017 10:44am CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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TFcon Toronto is proud to announce their next guest: IDW writer James Roberts! James Roberts has become a popular figure in the Transformers comics world, serving as the lead writer for both More Than Meets The Eye and the current Lost Light comics. He also worked on Last Stand of the Wreckers and with the Chaos Theory storyline from the 2009-2011 ongoing series, which helped set up his current stories. Roberts will be taking part in both Question and Answer panels and Autograph sessions, while also having several scripts for fans to check out.

TFcon Toronto is scheduled for July 13-15 of 2018 and is being held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2L3, Canada. You can go here for hotel block information for the event, which includes discounted hotel rooms for those attending the event.

Are you excited to see Roberts? Are you excited to spend a weekend with fellow Transformers fans? Let us know in the comments section below!

Transformers News: TFcon Toronto 2018 Guest Update: James Roberts

We are very pleased to welcome back James Roberts the writer of the fan favorite comic book series Transformers More Than Meets The Eye and Transformers Lost Light to TFcon Toronto 2018. Mr. Roberts will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest Transformers convention and will have select scripts available.

Hailee Steinfeld Talks Transformers Spin-Off 'Bumblebee: The Movie'

Transformers News: Hailee Steinfeld Talks Transformers Spin-Off 'Bumblebee: The Movie'
Date: Tuesday, December 12th 2017 1:24am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IGN

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By way of online media and entertainment magazine IGN, we have an interview with the lead character and actor for the upcoming Bumblebee: The Movie - the prequel to the live-action series from Paramount featuring the Transformers, set in the 1980s and the first directed and written by an entirely different creative team (Travis Knight and Christina Hodson, respectively) - and her experience with the production and shooting, the latter of which has concluded.

While perhaps the most notable snippet from the piece, which you can read in full here, is a hint at this being a whole new franchise (read: series of movies, probably trilogy), there are some interesting nuggets throughout about both Steinfeld and director Travis Knight, some of which are copied below!

“It's very character-driven and storyline-driven, which is good. I think will be interesting to see it play out because you still get the action and the Transformers themselves. There's a whole lot in it for the Transformers fans that I think they'll love, but it's definitely about storyline and characters.”

[...]

“It was definitely a process. With his background in animation, he was able to see, visually, a final product. It was nice to have somebody that could verbally translate what that was. But it was difficult. It was hard, I think, for both of us to sort of maneuver,” she explained. “Not only was this something completely new to me but it was something completely new to him and a different, you know, a different way. It was definitely a work in progress but I think we got a good thing going and hopefully, we'll see what happens.”


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