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Monday, June 30, 2008

TRAILBREAKER... There’s no word that this Autobot will show up in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (whose production has entered a temporary hiatus due to a potential Screen Actors Guild labor strike, which may happen by July 8 as speculated by other Blogs), but this fan art is so darn friggin’ cool that it needs to be posted anyway. It was first posted by Jolin on Michael Bay’s official message board:

Fan art depicting the Autobot named Trailbreaker.
Courtesy of JesterPictures.com

Here are kick-ass, fan-made images of Hound, Cliffjumper and Scavenger as well:

Fan art depicting the Autobot named Hound.
Courtesy of JesterPictures.com

Fan art depicting the Autobot named Cliffjumper.
Courtesy of moron2themax

Fan art depicting the Decepticon named Scavenger.
Courtesy of JesterPictures.com

Sunday, June 29, 2008

WALL-E holds hands with a deactivated Eve.

WALL-E... I saw the film yesterday, and Pixar has done it again. Even though the title character isn’t the most original-looking (Short Circuit, anyone?), Pixar did an excellent job making him a character you can definitely root for. Not to sound sissy-ish or anything (I’ll watch the Angelina Jolie assassin flick, Wanted, some other day), but even as a dude I couldn’t help but feel for the ‘bot whenever he had that sad droopy look in his eyes. Okay, nevermind— That did sound sissy-ish. But it was interesting how WALL-E and Eve communicated with each other by only saying the other robot’s name. Whenever they said each other’s name, it meant something else [WALL-E: "Eeeve!" (Translation: "I miss you and want you to be with me.") Eve: "WALL-E!" (Translation: "I miss you too, and wanna get laid by you, robotically.") Just kidding about that last part]. In terms of the other characters, that robot (named M-O) that had to clean the dirty tracks left behind by WALL-E onboard the spaceship Axiom was cool...but is that cockroach immortal or something? If roaches could survive being squashed that many times in real life, we're f*cked.

WALL-E bonds with his cockroach buddy.

Fred Willard’s live-action cameo in an animated film was funny...but if the movie were to take place in real life (for some odd reason, I like bringing up real life in this journal entry), the future of humanity would be screwed as we know it (at least I didn't use the "F" word this time). Mankind’s existence depends on a bunch of fatasses (who have been living in space for 700 years) recolonizing the Earth! That's a drag. Famed Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt did a great job on the audio for the film (and also did the voice for WALL-E and M-O). That is all.

WALL-E hitches a ride through the cosmos.

More screen shots from the film:

WALL-E Montage 1.
WALL-E Montage 2.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A minion of Soundwave?

A NEW DECEPTICON... On Tuesday night, the Transformers Live Action Movie Blog posted this image of a puppet "attacking" Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Transformers 2 newcomer Ramon Rodriguez inside a car at New Jersey's Princeton University (where production had been filming since Monday). Who is the puppet of, I don’t know. Seeing as how Frenzy supposedly died in the first film, could this be one of Soundwave’s minions? Take your pick: Ravage, Rumble or Laserbeak? That puppet does have a beak, or something similar to it.

On his official message board, Director Michael Bay—now back home in Miami since filming for Revenge of the Fallen has begun hiatus in preparation for a potential Screen Actor's Guild labor strike starting next Monday, had this to say about the puppet today:

"What that picture is - that is not a complete Transformer. We use detailed puppets for effects for sizing and color - the real effects are later completed but the robots are much more complicated.

I will post soon to tell you all about the shoot.

Michael"

Cool.

Revenge is coming...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The SR-71 Blackbird during this month's filming of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

JETFIRE... Jolin of JesterPictures.com posted up this totally kickass fan-made image on the message board of Don Murphy...who is one of the producers on the live-action Transformers films. It is of Jetfire, the Decepticon-turned-Autobot whose vehicle mode will be an SR-71 Blackbird in Revenge of the Fallen. If the actual robot mode of Jetfire looks at least half as cool in the movie as in this artwork, we’re set.


Fan art depicting Jetfire...a Decepticon-turned-Autobot who will be featured in TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.
Courtesy of JesterPictures.com

UPDATE: Found more cool fan-made artwork...

More fan art depicting Jetfire...the Decepticon-turned-Autobot who will be featured in TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.
Courtesy of Ra88's deviantART page

Friday, June 20, 2008

Starscream.

REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Update... It has been 18 days since the start of filming for Transformers 2, and I thought I’d post up some pics that were taken over the course of the shoot. But first, here’s an article about Megan Fox talking about next year’s summer blockbuster that was posted on MTV.com yesterday:

When Michael Bay got behind the camera for his most recent film, he chronicled a lot more than just automobiles transforming into robots from outer space. Millions of fans also watched then 21-year-old Megan Fox transform from an obscure actress best remembered for a Lindsay Lohan movie into one of the most desired hotties on the planet.

Now, the Transformers star is back on the set with Michael Bay – and true to the director’s favorite word, she says he’s making an awesome sequel.

"As big as the first movie was, this is 10 times as big, 10 times as many set pieces, explosions, and acrobatic stunts," she told us about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. "Shia and I make out a little bit; I don’t know if anyone wants to see that."

Something tells us that Shia LaBeouf wants to see it.

Regardless, Megan insisted that the blossoming romance between Sam and Mikaela is only one of the many plotlines Bay will be juggling for the June 2009 flick. But according to the actress, some last-minute scrambling has been taking place to make sure their romance can hold its own among all those Autobot vs. Decepticon showdowns.

"You know, we’ve been having script meetings, and we’ve been reworking the script, because they wrote it fast because of the writer’s strike," she explained. "And, we’ve just been going through and trying to do some character stuff for Shia and myself in the middle of this crazy world that they’re in."

"I can tell you that we’re on locations in some really exotic places," she added. "It’s just going to be a badass movie. It’s just going to be a popcorn-visual-spectacle, summer film."

As for Michael Bay’s main directorial input to his lead actress, Megan had this to say: "His main note to me is just to look hot; so I try my best."


Megan Fox.

The 8 photos below, though not in chronological order, shows filming that was done in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; and various locales across Philadelphia. Principal photography for Revenge of the Fallen will last for around 84 days...with filming also taking place in New Mexico, Arizona and New York. Even if a SAG strike occurs at the end of this month, Paramount/Dreamworks has placed a built-in hiatus in the production so filming won’t be affected should a labor walkout occur. Anyways, onto the pics:

TRANSFORMERS 2 Filming Montage.
TRANSFORMERS 2 Filming Montage.

For more info, go to this Transformers Movie Blog.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Fallen, Pic 1.

REVENGE OF THE FALLEN... I was bored and just thought I'd Photoshop this image of Megatron into the demonic Transformer known as Fallen...who is rumored to be in next year's Transformers sequel (hence the new subtitle for the film):

The Fallen, Pic 2.

Monday, June 9, 2008

AND THE OFFICIAL TITLE for Transformers 2, according to the official Hasbro website and Michael Bay's homepage, is:

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

Monday, June 2, 2008

TRANSFORMERS 2 begins filming today.

THE FIRST DAY OF SHOOT! There have been rumors that filming began in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, but today is officially the start of principal photography for Transformers 2! Production is currently taking place at the steel mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania...which is substituting for a Chinese city in the sequel. In terms of locations that will be used for TF2, Pennsylvania, numerous sites in Arizona (such as Sedona and the U.S. Air Force's 'Boneyard'), Washington D.C. and even the country of Jordan are reported to be places where Michael Bay will film for next year's summer blockbuster.

Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In terms of actors and actresses who are returning or will be playing new characters in TF2, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Jon Voight and Megan Fox (Thank God! She won a Spike TV Scream Award for 'Sci-Fi Siren', by the way... Yesterday, Transformers won the 2008 MTV Movie Award for Best Movie) will be reprising their roles along with Shia LaBeouf in the film. Rainn Wilson (from Juno and TV’s The Office) will be making a cameo as a college professor in the movie. Matthew Marsden (from Rambo and Black Hawk Down) will play a British Special Forces soldier who teams up with Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel's characters. Isabel Lucas—who apparently is replacing Rachael Taylor as the hot blonde Australian chick in TF2—plays a female character named ‘Alice’.

The Boneyard in Arizona.

There are also rumors that Jazz is returning for Transformers 2! Cool. There are reports that 20 robots (10 each for the Autobots and Decepticons) will be featured in the sequel. And lastly, here’s hoping the Screen Actors Guild doesn’t screw things up come June 30. If a union walkout occurs by that time, then I guess Optimus Prime and robotic Co. will be the only ones working this summer, haha. Sorry Megan. I still love ya.

Will Jazz return in TRANSFORMERS 2?

UPDATE (June 3): For more info, go to this Transformers Movie Blog. Someone who was lucky enough to drop by the Bethlehem film set last night sent this video over to Superherohype.com. Pretty cool.