After a little more than a dozen different movie posters, comes the FINAL poster which will be on display in cinemas all over North America come July. The design for the poster is the same as the Taiwanese and UK posters - with the heads of Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron - only without the tagline "Their War, Our World" on the top, as well as the right release date (7-3-7) on the bottom as well as the PG-13 rating.
Transformers guru Simon Furman has updated his blog pages once again. The text below of June 20th and june 21st have been taken directly from his blog entries.
June 20th, 2007
A few items of possible interest concerning the (rapidly) upcoming Transformers movie. First, I’ll be reviewing the movie for Comics International (issue #203, on sale in July sometime). This is, of course, contingent on my actually seeing the movie, but the omens are good for a preview screening sometime this week. The review will go hand in hand with a feature I’ve already written for that selfsame issue of Comics International, concerning the movie itself and the evolution of Transformers in comics form (over the past twenty years or so). I’ll be publishing brief extracts from both review and feature here, in due course. Keep watching. Comics International is available from all good comic stores. Other stuff? Well, I’ve also (above and beyond the new comic stories) contributed some feature material for Titan’s new Transformers comic/magazine (click on the link below for a new promotional advertisement for the title). Issue #1 (on sale July 19th) features a profile on Optimus Prime and a head-to-head (battle profile) between Ratchet and Barricade. Issue #2 (on sale August 16th) features a Megatron profile and a Jazz/Blackout head-to-head. Oh, and if you like these, you should definitely check out the upcoming Transformers: The Movie Guide from Dorling Kindserley (yep, written by me). It features pretty much everything you need to know about the movie characters (robot and human), organizations (Sector 7, etc) and fixtures and fittings (Allspark and so on). It's out on July 4th. advert1.pdf
MAD FOR IT!
June 21st, 2007
Madman, purveyors of Transformers DVDs and apparel down under, are set to release (on June 27) not only their Special Edition of the Transformers (animated) movie but also their Transformers The Complete Collection DVD boxset (featuring the entire G1 animated TV series on 17 discs in a special edition box). The latter release comes complete with an exclusive comic, featuring an all-new strip set between the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Transformers The Movie. Written by myself, with breathtaking art from Nick Roche, the comic harks back to both the original animated series (in style and content) and also the look and feel of the original Marvel UK comic (both Nick and I viewed it as something of a homage to that bygone age). Click on the thumbnail below for a sampler from the story. For more details of the Complete Collection and Animated Movie Special Edition, check out the Madman site here.
The following has been taken directly from the Press Release as announced on PR Newswire.
"Paramount Pictures International Brings TRANSFORMERS to Second Life
LONDON, June 21 /PRNewswire/ --
- Q&A with Director Michael Bay, Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and the Cast From TRANSFORMERS Launches "Sector 7" TRANSFORMERS Experience Within Virtual World Second Life
In anticipation of the worldwide release of TRANSFORMERS, Paramount Pictures International will be launching "Sector 7", an immersive 3-D experience within the fast-growing online community known as Second Life.
A live Q&A with the film's director, Michael Bay, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and the cast from TRANSFORMERS will launch the experience to an invited global audience of press and fans.
In a first for an event of this profile, the Q&A will also be broadcast live as a video stream available for anybody to view both within Second Life and on the web.
Following the Q&A "Sector 7" will open to the public, giving each of Second Life's 7 million residents the opportunity to:
- Explore the high-security "Sector 7" underground facility featured in the movie and rebuilt within Second Life.
- Collect the first of series of official TRANSFORMERS avatars being given away free to "Sector 7" visitors.
- Interact with a wealth of rich-media production material including stills and video exclusives.
- Discover a wide selection of other free avatar accessories, virtual merchandise and hidden 'easter egg' give-aways.
Paramount Pictures International is working with the creative marketing agency Picture Production Company (PPC) to create the TRANSFORMERS experience within Second Life.
Transformers will open in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on JULY 27th
Distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of Paramount Pictures (UK)".
"It's actually physical pieces moving. This all is very complex. This toy [the original Optimus Prime action figure] has 51 pieces. Our Optimus Prime in the movie has 10,108. So what you're talking about, and all that has to be chained. Chained means it's all got to be hooked together so it all travels along together as it moves, whether it's an arm move or a body movement or a transformation. That means it's complex, yes, of course. There's a lot of firepower that has to be in the computers to have all that information travel on, not only the pieces but all the information. The paint, the detail, the colors, the dirt, all the things that are textured onto it".
SiamGXPrime of TFW2005 has posted some photos of the NYC Licensing Show (LIMA), which showcased some Transformers Movie-related items, including a large statue of Optimus Prime and the 1970s Camaro which is Bumblebee's vehicle mode for this summer's movie.
Our own nugget has brought us news about an all new Transformers Movie television spot. The spot aired during a Redsox and Braves baseball game. The spot shows Megatron in his Alt mode for the first time along with a lot of other new footage. The video has already been posted on YouTube. View it by clicking here.
The sadder side of the Transformers fanbase has come to light in a short comment Transformers Movie director Michael Bay gave to Starpulse News Blog. According to Bay in that article, he has received death threats from "fans" while working on the movie.
"I did get a lot of flak from fans on the internet. They'd be like, 'Michael Bay wrecked my childhood. Michael Bay, you suck. We're gonna protest this at your office.' Some did - they protested at my old office, apparently. But it was the death threats that really freaked me out".
The official MySpace page for the Transformers Movie at www.myspace.com/168783921 has presented a new competition for the users on the community-site. Details for this can be found on their blog page. The prize is a movie poster signed by Peter Cullen. The following has been taken directly from the blog-post.
"Protect or Destroy: which side are you on? Participate and get entered to win an official Transformers movie poster, autographed by Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime.
Post the "Transformers Choose Your Side" banner on your page or your friend's page by copying and pasting the code below. Then send this blog a comment letting us know you posted the banner so we can verify. Once you've been verified you will be entered for a chance to win a poster autographed by Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime. Contest runs from 6/18/07 - 6/25/07".
On the same page, more goodies like wallpapers and skins for your own myspace can be found as well
Saturday June 16, Michael Bay participated in a press conference for the Transformers Movie at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles. A transcript of the press conference has been posted online by SuperHeroHype.com. Read the transcript of what Bay had to say by clicking here.
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