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Tons of Movie News from various websites

Transformers News: Tons of Movie News from various websites
Date: Sunday, August 27th 2006 11:22pm CDT
Category: Movie Related News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Various sources (see article)

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This past weekend, many of the major movie websites were out in L.A. on the set of the Transformers movie. I'm writing this news article blind because I still don't have access to the site since it hasn't resolved yet with SBC/AT&T on the new server. I have access to my design site still and access to the live database. Please bear with me if it's not formatted correctly.

LatinoReview stated that the scene of the movie that they saw filmed this weekend was "... part of the conclusion of the film when all threads of the story converge onto the city streets of downtown Los Angeles. Shia, Megan, Josh and Tyrese share this scene and without giving anything away will have the audience at the edge of their seat."

IGN.com stated that "The scene being filmed was one near the end of the movie as the battle between Autobots and Decepticons rages in the streets of Los Angeles. The specific shots we saw were of mayhem and terror - extras running through smoke, the military folk reacting to the carnage, and the Autobots - in vehicle form - ostensibly getting in position for combat.

Michael Bay informed LatinoReview.com about how a few of our favorite Transformers measure up:
Jazz : 13 feet tall
Bumblebee: 17 feet tall
Ratchet: 24 feet tall
Iron Hide: 26 feet tall
Optimus Prime: 28 feet tall
Megatron: 34 feet tall

Jazz is indeed the Pontiac Solstice, which is no surprise since Chevrolet (Camaro - Bumblebee), GMC (GMC 4x4 Truck - Ironhide) and Hummer (H2/H3? - Ratchet) are already represented in the predominantly General Motors lineup per their agreement with Dreamworks.

According to MovieBlog.com, the producers stated that Hasbro had the final say on all character designs. That should hopefully be some good news for fans who were disappointed with the leaked images of the various Transformers. None of the producers seemed to be concerned about the negative fan reaction. One Producer summed up his feelings like this: "It's like a child who throws a tantrum because he thinks he's getting something he won't like on Christmas ... but I'm the parent who knows that when they open that box they're going to be blown away". Or like the Christmas where my Dad got me knock off He-Man toys instead of the real thing because he thought they looked the same.

We've been a little hard on Don Murphy. Sometimes he deserves it ... but he is one of the original people who shopped the idea of a Transformers movie back around 2002. Love him or hate him, we wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for Mr. Murphy.

Josh Duhamel: "Make no mistake, this is the Robot's movie... not ours".
Michael Bay stated Transformers will be "pretty edgy for a family film" and will be PG-13.

Producers talked about "story structure, Transformers designs, key elements from the series that must be preserved, and whether there are already sequel plans."

Don Murphy stated that they are definitely looking into getting Frank Welker to voice Megatron.

Furbys will be sacrificed in this movie.

Full trailer to hit theatres this upcoming holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Film is seeking permission to be 1st movie to film the exterior of the Pentagon since 9/11. The movie will also shoot in various cities, including L.A., Chicago, Detroit and Washington." (though this is the first we've heard of these other cities)

SciFi.com: "The film will feature a top-secret military unit called Sector 7."
SciFi.com: Spike's Grandfather plays a key part in the beginning of the story.

Here are the links to the various articles about this weekend on the set of Transformers

John's Transformers Set Visit Notes (8/26/2006)
http://www.themovieblog.com/archives/2006/08/johns_transformers_set_visit_notes.html

Transformers Set Report (8/26/2006)
http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/728/728564p1.html

Transformers Set Visit Preview! (8/26/2006)
http://www.latinoreview.com/news.php?id=907

Transformers Spoilers Revealed
http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=3&id=37687

Did Your Favorite Make The Cut? 'Transformers' Writers Reveal Robot Roster (8/18/2006)
http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1538947/story.jhtml

Information About the Movie Design for Jazz?

Transformers News: Information About the Movie Design for Jazz?
Date: Friday, August 25th 2006 1:01pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Rumors
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Decepticon4Life of TFW2005

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News and rumors about the upcoming Transformers Movie have been circulating around the internet. That latest rumor was reported by Decepticon4Life of TFW2005. This rumor is about the design of the character Jazz. Here is what was reported:

"Grey Body.
Visor over eyes.
Claw like fingers.
Body is similar in design to Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in that it has exposed gears, similar feet.
Pontiac Solstice?
Front end of the car becomes his chest."

More from Brian Goldner on the Transformers Movie

Transformers News: More from Brian Goldner on the Transformers Movie
Date: Friday, August 25th 2006 12:39pm CDT
Category: Movie Related News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Brian Goldner

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Earlier today we reported here some statements made by Brian Goldner. Goldner has posted yet another statement on Don Murphy Boards. Here is what he posted:

"How do I say this--You guys say you want to see robots NOW, and then, when you see early work-in-progress, you flip out!!!

Let me try to frame where we are headed with TRANSFORMERS, and draw some analogies...you loved G1 the first time you saw it ( and every time since), and so did we...It told a NEW story of sentient beings that have human-like characters, and yet, there is so much more to them than what's on the surface...they transform from recognizable objects to unimaginable robots. They have their own history, and rivalries that we witness, and get swept up in... We all owe it to the next generations of folks to use the technology, storytelling, and access (to real contemporary vehicles/military) that TRANSFORMERS provides to drive this forward...your input in very important as it helps to shape the delivery of TRANFORMERS as a LIVE-ACTION movie. We will show you robots, when they are right....they will be PHOTO-REALISTIC. In fact, this movie could have never been produced much before today....this is worth the effort.

We need to tell an origin story because not everyone is as versed as you in the history....we need to explain elements of the TRANSFORMERS that can be glossed over in animation...there are logic gaps that do need to make sense when a broad global audience buys a ticket and wants to enjoy the show as much as you will...we continue to make progress.

Starcream is a complex character. He is loyal, and yet ready to mutiny all at the same time. He is two-faced and duplicitious...his character will be played out in his design...as he evolves he is looking very cool....

Megatron too is a very important link from past (G1) to present...there are major story elements that will come to light as you watch the film that make his evolving design ring true...of course, he has always had big guns...just wait to see what we have done here....again, LIVE-ACTION....

The comments and jokes about leaving the boards are unjustified...there has never been a group of producers, writiers, and studio executives more engaged in this project, and for that reason not always attached to these boards.

thanks...bg"

Brian Goldner speaks out about the leaked Movie Images!

Transformers News: Brian Goldner speaks out about the leaked Movie Images!
Date: Friday, August 25th 2006 12:30am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Rumors, Digital Media News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Brian Goldner

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Brian Goldner has been on damage control with the release of the leaked Transformers movie Megatron pictures. This is what he had to say on the Don Murphy Boards:

Good Afternoon--Let me answer your questions. Starscream is simply the coolest, most aggressive military jet in the skies. The military has given us unprecedented access to deliver this character to the audience in the most compelling way. He is Very much like G1. As noted to Nelson earlier in the week, the details, deco, weapons, and sculpt itself will change as we move from grey model to final form.

Megatron is an early style board. Without revealing too much of the story, there is a very important reason for his look to have evolved from pure G1; although the final look is a work-in-progress--ILM has just recently begun all their CGI development. Megatron has a iconic personality, and approach that dates back to G1. Throughout time he has had a very big gun....

First Images of Transformers Movie Megatron!

Transformers News: First Images of Transformers Movie Megatron!
Date: Thursday, August 24th 2006 9:56am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Rumors
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Flint, AintItCool.com

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Flint of the Energon Pub has alerted us to possible concept images of Megatron from the forthcoming Transformers movie!

AintItCool.com have posted these images of Megatron, whilst reminding us of Hasbro COO Brian Goldner's recent statement that images such as these "are VERY early forms of toys and will be revised and changed, and will gain tremendous detail as they move toward finished products".

Images are hosted here now since Ain'tItCoolNews.com pulled them down.

Megatron on Michael Bay. Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?

Megatron on Michael Bay. Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?

Megatron on Michael Bay. Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?

Megatron on Michael Bay. Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?

Transformers Movie Toy Prototypes described as 'VERY early forms' by Hasbro Official

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Toy Prototypes described as 'VERY early forms' by Hasbro Official
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 2006 10:17am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Reximus Prime

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Thanks to nelson at Michael Bay's forums ShootForTheEdit.com for letting us know of the message he received from Mr. Brian Goldner (COO of Hasbro)

We're assuming that this is in reference to the poorly received prototype figure unveiled last weekend that is supposed to be Movie Starscream. Thanks to Reximus Prime for keeping us informed once again!

Brian Goldner writes:

Please let the people on the board know that any grey models they have seen are VERY early forms of toys and will be revised and changed, and will gain tremendous detail as they move toward finished products...

thanks and regards,

Brian Goldner


This may come as a relief to many who were not happy with the Starscream prototype, however it still remians to be seen how much these prototypes will be revised and changed before the movie is released.

Movie Starscream prototype - BOOO!!!!

Total Film Magazine's 15 Things You Need To Know about ... The Transfomers Movie

Transformers News: Total Film Magazine's 15 Things You Need To Know about ... The Transfomers Movie
Date: Monday, August 21st 2006 2:33pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Total Film, Shinobi Rendar

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UK Movie Magazine Total Film has published the following article about the forthcoming Transformers Movie. Most of these things we already know but it is great to see it in print.



Total Film also have a full transcript of the Webcast from with writers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci broadcast earlier this week at their website.

Don Murphy's Sunday Post: Happy Accidents

Transformers News: Don Murphy's Sunday Post: Happy Accidents
Date: Sunday, August 20th 2006 4:44pm CDT
Category: Movie Related News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Raymond T.

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Well fans, we've apparently hit a nerve with Mr. Murphy. Gotta love the Internet. There really isn't much news in his post today but it does confirm a few things. You can find his original post at http://www.d13satellite.com/donmurphy/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13292

Here's what he had to say today:

Happy Accidents (A Random Sunday Posting)
Hey there Stooges---

There’s a lot of good stuff to tell you about showing SHOOT-EM-UP to the studio and them loving it… about another project that looks like it will happen… about something I so desperately wanted to do in 2002 but got wronged by a friend, and now the karma turns. Like I say there is a lot of good stuff to tell you.

But let’s talk Transformers shall we? There has been a lot of leaks of photos, scripts, tidbits both true and false. Roberto and Alex spoke on a webcast this week. Lots of things coming out which are costing people their jobs. Good stuff, bad stuff.

But you know what? You haven’t actually SEEN a damn thing yet.

Now the negative ninnies out there, the people like Bowspearer who just live in a cesspool of hatred, will say “We’ve seen enough. This isn’t my Transformers.” To those people who are so old school and stuck in their ways I say the following- Go away. Seriously. We don’t need you here. You hate and you haven’t SEEN a damn thing yet.

Oh sure, Prime doesn’t look EXACTLY like he did in the cartoon. The Autobots are only five. The Decepticons don’t have Soundwave. There are complaints out the wazoo. Well you know what?

I have complaints too. There are things I wanted in this film which are not going to be in there. But I know what some of you know- filmmaking is not a democracy. Hell, Adam Goodman is in charge of production at Dreamworks. He’s the guy who BOUGHT this film. He is working day and night to get this ready for July 07. There are things I know he wishes were in the film. But they aren’t. You’ve talked online here to Brian Goldner. He owns the property but everything is not EXACTLY as he wishes. Tom Desanto is the most devoted producer out there- I know there are things he wishes were in there. You saw that Alex and Bob didn’t get everything they wanted. And Michael Bay, who spends 16 hour days shooting this mega-film? Michael Bay who sets up every shot himself and oversees to the point of operating the camera at times? He’s made a zillion compromises to get a great film he can be happy with.

No, filmmaking is a series of happy accidents. When Tom and I shopped this project around every studio passed, including Dreamworks and Paramount. When those two studios and others came around, we ended up with Dreamworks because Steven Spielberg and Adam Goodman (and creative VPS John Fox and Marc Haimes) knew that this was a BIG cool idea for a franchise. Hell, those guys wanted it in cinemas THIS summer. It’s now 07 because everyone wants to get it right. No one is trying to make anything but a great film here.

When I say you haven’t SEEN anything, think about it. You’ve seen a toy mold. A truck still. A Bumblebee model with a guy underneath it.

You haven’t SEEN Bumblebee transform. You haven’t SEEN Optimus walk or Megatron awaken. You’ve seen sketches, designs and stills. Most of you get it when Brian Goldner says “We are doing something here that has never been done.” He’s right. The technology is there to make a LIVE ACTION Transformers film. To make several of them. But this is not a cartoon. There are cartoons already. Hasbro is making more. This is something new and different. LIVE ACTION robots.

So you negative ninnies- I’d like you to give us a break. And if you don’t, I’d like you to go away for a while. Seriously. Come back in six months. Wait until you SEE something that Michael and ILM and all of us have done. Not some leaked bullshit from some coward. Wait till you SEE the magic that I believe will be Transformers the Live Action Movie. Then if you don’t like what you see, hate away. Till then, I challenge you to be a grown up and reserve judgment. Even the majority who seem to like what you see have a right to hate later on.

We’re trying to do this right- to appeal to the fans and the rest of the world. Cullen is hired. Welker is going through the process. Other things are being reviewed and considered.

There will always be someone who wants to hate. That’s so easy.

But I challenge the haters to wait until they SEE a Transformer in Live Action.

And the rest of you, most of you, thanks for the many suggestions and kind words. It continues to be a surprising and fun ride.

Hang Tight Stooges, Hang Tight.

Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay

Transformers News: Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay
Date: Saturday, August 19th 2006 1:10pm CDT
Category: Movie Related News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Reximus Prime

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Thanks to Reximus Prime for letting us know that Nelson on Michael Bay's website posted a new update last night at http://michaelbay.com/blog/files/7f6231b3b5f5d881ea253b3069aa72ba-34.html

Here's the text from the above link:

Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay
08/18/06 07:47 PM | Permalink
Nelson here...

I just barely caught Michael in between takes. Among the things he mentioned:


  1. They will be releasing more teaser posters in the coming months.

  2. Paramount made studies and concluded that the TF "ANNOUNCEMENT" was the 2nd highest rated "teaser" this summer.

  3. They just finished shooting a lot of Pentagon interiors on a soundstage in scenes that involved many Chiefs of staff in their huge war room.

  4. Shia just was recently suspended over the edge of a 20 story building in a very dynamic and intense scene.

  5. The average transformation time from normal mode to alt mode and vice versa is about 3 to 4 seconds.

  6. The leaked pictures are legit (although a somewhat early rendering).

  7. Filming of massive chase scenes will begin in the following weeks.

  8. The CGI transformations by ILM are looking wicked and nastier every single day.

  9. Part 1 will be about why the transformers came to earth.

  10. This movie will be a new start for the live action franchise that will not be based on any particular TF TV series and/or comic book.



And last but certainly not least, the Autobots are:

Optimus Prime: idealistic view of humanity.
Bumblebee: underdog, spy, most "connected" to humans
Jazz: style, loyal, eager, contemporary
Ratchet: new form, medical officer, science officer. Emergency vehicle.
Ironhide: tough, tough stare, first in battle, classic cowboy, gritty. Optimus' oldest friend.

Decepticons are:

Megatron: survival of the fittest, social darwinism, less idealistic view of humanity. Sees himself as advanced, sees humans as lower.
Starscream: seems faithful but plotting, "we will see a lot of that dynamic," explains why he does not push it, waits for his opportunity.
Brawl: eager for battle, jumps in. From non-G1 character, experimental, but will be in sequels. First disguised non-flyer.
Bonecrusher: closest to constructicon but not giving away mode. Hates other cons except Megatron. Doesn't want friends.
Barricade: scout, hunter, lures into trap.
Scorponok: closest to Beast Wars, fitted to environment.
Frenzy: "had some evolution for us," started off as Soundwave but had contradictions and changed to stay truer to G1. Smaller, able to infiltrate. Stealth spy, can hide anywhere.
Blackout: comes in, takes out fighting ability, sends EMP, first-tier attack, transporter, biggest vehicle.

New Images of the Transformers Movie toy line have surfaced!

Transformers News: New Images of the Transformers Movie toy line have surfaced!
Date: Saturday, August 19th 2006 1:07am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Solidus, Reximus Prime, Kickback of TFW2005.com

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Today has been a busy day for the News Crew, but it's not over yet! Kickback of TFW2005.com has gotten ahold of images from an "un-named source" of prototypes for The Transformers Movie toy line! As of now, there are only images of 5 of the announced characters. Click Here or Here at your own risk to see the images!

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