Talking about Micheal Bay’s Transformers films is always prefaced with a colloquial acknowledgment about how bad these films are, that they are superficial spectacles void of any substance and how they flounder on basic storytelling; and how despite all that, audiences still manage to go see these films in droves. So why say it again.. or did we just do that? Eh, whatever. Since world wide audiences are gluttons for punishment, and or keep holding out (like in a abusive relationship) on the hope that things will get better, Micheal Bay is at it again with the explosions, robots, and Mark Walhberg with Transformers: The Last Knight, the 5th film in the series.
Not much has been known about this film other than there’s a promotional poster featuring Optimus Prime with purple eyes (above), along with the “Last Knight” moniker, and that prior stars Mark Walhberg and Josh Duhamel will return, along with Anthony Hopkins in a new unlisted role. Who/What is this Last Knight. Is it Optimus? Is it a NEW Transformer? Well, the answer may surprise you. (more…)
We’ve finally gotten a glimpse what the Micheal Bay version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ sensei Splinter will look like. It’s not a full body you get to see everything, but you can get the idea along with what I’m guessing is Tony Shalhoub‘s voice doing the teaser’s voice over. (more…)
You know what’s funny? How all the Bayformer haters out there hoot and holler with their loathing for the Transformers franchise, but one word changes everything. That word is… Aspen! A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. OK, that line was from Dumb and Dumber. Really, though, that trigger of “aw yeah” would be the Dinobots. Those fan-favorite, simple minded, heroic robotic dinosaurs. Yes my friends, the amount of unnecessary violence, racism and sex in the first three Transformers films would have all been OK had they just featured Grimlock and the other Dinobots.
While winning over most fans, but further distancing others (like myself), T4 promise to give us the long demanded Dinobots. How do we know this? Well, not only was there a recent Toy preview indicating such, but a new teaser poster and official title have pretty much confirmed it.
It’s going to be called Transformers: Age of Extinction. You can see the first teaser poster below.
Straight from the set of Micheal Bay‘s reboot of the much beloved TMNTfranchise comes this latest group of on set stills. There are a lot to look at so why not peruse the gallery below and met me on the other side to discuss.
Megan Fox is certainly looking good in these shots. Notice the Sai in her boots when she is with Raphael in that classic trench coat disguise from the comics and prior movies. There’s also Whoopie Goldberg, and Will Arnett on set. Hopefully some on set video will pop up on the Internet in the near future, that seems to be the pattern these days, some on set stills, then some video of the scenes those stills came from.
We’ve got a whole year before this comes to the big screen on July 6th, 2014. They feature Raphael in a terrible trench coat disguise, Whoopie Goldberg, Megan Fox, and Will Arnett.
There’s some new shots coming out of Micheal Bay’s Transformers 4production that just started shooting. We get another look at Drift, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse from yesterday and over there, on the back of that truck, is that Bumblebee sporting a brand new look and paint scheme? What’s that rusty old tractor-trailer truck, is that Optimus Prime before his makeover? Take a look at the pictures below.
That’s certainly a different look than the slick new Optimus Prime look Bay tweeted out yesterday. The leader of the Autobots should look the part.
What do you think about Bumblebee’s new look? Is Bay trying to make Bumblebee look like a bad-ass? Could that just be a new disguise for Bumblebee, something to help him get a closer look at some new Decepticon shenanigans? I’ve always liked that Bumblebee looked kinda wimpy next to the other Autobots and Decepticons, but when he fought he showed his true heroically kick-ass self.
Like it or not there’s another Micheal BayTransformersmovie in the production pipeline. Principal photography on the fourth Transformers film is set to start this Thursday. Paramount has released a couple of new images of two new Autobots, don’t get to excited though, it’s just their robots in disguise look.
First up is the 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than a whopping $2.4 million! The character name is most likely Drift.
I guessing this beauty will have its own computerized stunt double as well as on set security. A much cheaper car was stolen off the Captain America set after all, and don’t forget the last Transformers movie had police cars crashing the set and damaging Bumblebee.
The second is a special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet’s upcoming 2014 production car. Slingshot is thought to be the character name. You know Chevy is going to cross market the heck out of this movie and new car.
Those are two sweet looking cars, and just what we’ve come to expect from Bay’s Transformers franchise. The only question left is, “What horribly racist and demeaning accents will the two new characters use?”
Lastly, Bay has given the world its first look at the updated look of one Optimus Prime in truck form, via his own website, accompanied by the following description: “The completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America).” Welcome to Pimp My Transformer on MTV.
In related news, The Wrap is reporting that TJ Miller (Pictured above) has been cast in the film as the blue-collared comic relief mechanic and friend to Mark Wahlberg’s character, I’m sure he’ll be saying , “Hi to his mother.” for him.
The other day we got a look at the actors playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all suited up in motion capture suits on set. Today there’s a video to go along with it. The TMNT foursome has been captured by Shredder’s Foot Clan, who are frog marching (I tried Turtle marching, but it just doesn’t have that same zing as Frog) them somewhere, most likely to face Shredder.
Jonathan Liebesman is directing the film, based on the comic book characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Megan Fox stars as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchsonas Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter, and William Fightner, although not officially announced, is expected to play Shredder.
During last night’s Las Vegas CinemaConMicheal Bay announced the casting of Stanley Tucci in Transformers 4. Tucci joins Mark Walhburg, Jack Reynor, and Nicola Peltz, Bay also teased the audience with the casting news of a mysterious young actor that will be announced shortly.
Tucci’s most recent work in Jack the Giant Slayer is still in theaters and his reprisal of Caesar Flickman in The Hunger Games: Catching fire hits theaters on November 22nd.
Bay recently described Transformers 4 as a: “Chase from Hell.”
The horror that is Micheal Bay‘s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to haunt the nightmare’s of TMNT fans everywhere, but the latest news out of the production is actually pretty good news. Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games, Smalleville as Aquaman), has been cast as Raphael, the red bandana mask wearing, sai welding ninja turtle.
At least Ritchson won’t have to wear some bulky rubber suit, he’ll be doing performance motion capture and voice overs, much like the Hulk or Planet of the Apes characters. One can only hope that if Warner Brothers ever gets their act together on a Justice League movie, that Ritchson will still be available to play theKing of the Sea.
This casting has been the only ray of hope for this NerdBastard. The reboot is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman. I’ve got mixed feelings about his past work, I did like Battle Los Angeles, but the same guy brought us Darkness Falls, the story of:
A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.
Yeah, the tooth fairy gone bad. I’d rather watch the Rock’s Tooth Fairy, both versions are horrible horror stories.
What other actors do you think should fill out the cast? We’ve already talked about Megan Fox‘s casting as April. Who might play the other turtles and their Sensi Splinter? There is still the villains to cast as well, Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady.
TMNT is scheduled to hit theaters on June 6th, 2014.
The two men that created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird appear to be on opposite sides of the Micheal BayTMNT reboot fence. Laird recently expressed his disappointment in the casting of Megan Fox while Eastman has remained a positive vocal supporter of the project. Eastman recently talked with CBR about the Bay reboot:
One of the things that’s awesome about the relationship I’ve had with Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman and some of the producers, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker on the series, is that It’s probably amusing to a lot of people what the press puts out there and what they say people behind the scenes really want to do with the movie, but [Platinum Dunes’] main goal is actually to make the best possible “Turtles” movie with respect to the fans and the core audience as possible. We’ve learned from movies like “The Avengers,” which to me was a superhero movie so good to me personally that I practically wept. It was perfect, you know what I mean? That’s the stuff that I grew up on. Joss Whedon just knocked it out of the park, the whole team did, and that includes choreographing all the interlocking movies. From everything that I’ve seen in the [“TMNT”] script and the development and everything they’ve asked my input on specifically, it’s gonna be an awesome, familiar, solid “Turtles” movie. It’ll have everything that fans are gonna want and then some.
Much like you look at what they’re doing at Nickelodeon with the new animated series, it’s all based solidly on the “Turtles” foundation, but they’ve hit the reset button. They’ve taken it back to the first episode, with the Turtles first time above ground after many years of training with Master Splinter. They’re making a “Turtles” origin that is firmly rooted in “Turtles” history, but a slight tweak here and a slight tweak there. It’s been enjoyable and the IDW series is much the same, in that it’s firmly rooted in “Turtles” history, but multiple “Turtles” universes.
I think Tom put together such a great tapestry. I think you’ll see some of that with the movie. It’ll touch on that same “Turtles” foundation, that same 30 years of “Turtles” history, so you can just pick and choose parts that you like but still keep it firmly rooted in “Turtles” history.
When we did the first movie with [director] Steve Barron back in 1990, it was a perfect hybrid of what Peter and I were doing with the original black and white series and what we were doing in the animated series, like with April being a news reporter. Issue #2 of [1984’s] “Turtles” she was a scientist. Then in the IDW series she was a scientist again. Everything’s there and everything can be traced back to the original group.
I think everybody’s going to be pleased with what the movie’s going to be and I hope we can pull stuff from there in to the “Turtles” universe, although I think in a lot of ways it’s already there in the IDW series.
Has Eastman drunk the Micheal Bay Kool-Aid? Does he know things we don’t, perhaps his press comment have merit, or perhaps he’s just trying to make the most out of a bad situation and protect his intellectual property as much as he can while still making a buck.
I’m really interested to see what the first clips or trailer looks like. I imagine it might not actually suck hairy balls which could spark another Internet flame war between TMNT fans and Micheal Bay haters. Both fan and anti-fan bases are pretty large and vocal.
Which side of the fence are you one? I personally don’t hold much hope for the project because Bay can’t seem to grasp the connection between bringing fans into the mix while opening the franchise to the mainstream movie going audience.
My biggest problem with Bay isn’t all the explosions or the sub-par actors and actresses usually cast in his movies, it’s the horrible writing and toilet humor. I’m dreading seeing some Turtle testicle jokes repeatedly through the movie. I’m willing to bet hard money on each turtle banging some crook in the balls and shouting some horrific joke. Bay can’t just make the joke once, it has to be peppered throughout the entire movie, repeatedly smacking you in the face with it at every turn.