Friday, September 22, 2017

Reports from Bumblebee Set Suggests Many or Just One Transformer

The Bumblebee movie continues to film in Vallejo, California. While the production has done a good job of preventing much about filming from coming out, there has been a bit here and there. A large gallery of 86 images shows multiple 80s era cars that all could be Transformers or simply set decoration. Below is a list that TFormers compiled of their best guess of the make and models of vehicles seen in the pics. Chances are one or two of them are Transformers, but but which ones?

One vehicle that is likely a Decepticon is the red 1971 Plymouth GTX that Bumblebee director Travis Knight is posing with. While the light obscures some, you can just make out a Decepticon symbol on the hood.

BB Set Vehicles:
• 1968 Camaro SS (red)
• Early 1980s Volkswagen Rabbit LS (green)
• 1985 BMW 325 (silver)
• Oldsmobile Cutlass (brown)
• Chevrolet Monte Carlo (light blue)
• 1968 Pontiac LeMans (green)
• 1970s Dodge Charger Sport (darker blue)
• 1960s Mustang (light blue)
• 1980s Datsun 280z (orange)
• 1980s Jeep Wranger (brown)
• 1980s International Harvester Scout (red)
• 1980s International Harvester Scout (charchol)
• 1979 Datsun 510 Wagon (blue)
• 1979 Datsun 510 Sedan (green and white)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Peter Cullen, Frank Walker Talk Transformers

As part of the upcoming Blu-ray release of Transformers: The Last Knight (on 9/26), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Megatron) spoke with Collider about the characters that they have been voicing for touch over 30 years now. Click here to read the entire interview, a few highlights below.

- The pair first worked together in 1979 for Mighty Man and Yuff

- Welker on design change of Megatron from cartoon to movie: "But it is interesting to see the changes from the animated version, the G1 version, which was pretty basic, to now with all of the technology and incredible things that they’re doing with design and color and sound … it’s a really interesting—excuse the pun—but true transformation. I’ve enjoyed watching it. I’ve actually had to change my voice to match the size and the differences in the characters."

- Welker enjoyed the ad libbing that Michael Bay encouraged when voicing Megatron for the movie.

- Difference in filming between cartoon and movies is cartoons often had all the voice actors in a room that allowed them to "kind of play off each other. You can build...almost like a play" while the movies required them to work " with Michael Bay, the sound engineer, and a camera on your lips"

- Welker at one point threw his jaw out for 15 seconds doing wolf fight noises while Cullen remembers coughing up blood due to roars for 1986's King Kong.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Clips from Transformers: The Last Knight Home Release Extra Features

Transformers: The Last Knight is officially available for digital download for $20. The Blu-ray release, which will also include a digital download code, will in two weeks on September 26. A breakdown of the release along with store exclusives can be found here. To mark the occasion, Paramount provided six sites with clips of the special features including with the movie. Below are the ones from Comic Book Movie (Stanley Tucci as Merlin) and Coming Soon (filming at Stonehenge). The rest could not be embedded so click these links if interested: CBR (filming opening medieval battle) | Under the Radar (look at veterans that performed in film) | Crave (stunt work) | Collider (Bayhem)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight Concludes US Box Office Run

Its official, outside of the appearing soon at the super cheap old theaters, Transformers: The Last Knight has concluded its box office run in the United States. I think there are a few territories left to go but none of them major enough to move the box office total enough to matter from a business making decision perspective for Hasbro and Paramount. After the first weekend I made a prediction for the film's box office: " estimated worldwide take by the time the movie leaves theaters of $150M US + $225M China + $250M Rest of world = $625M." Surprising myself I pretty much nailed it with a slight over estimation of the US box office take. According to Box Office Mojo the total comes to $130.2M US + $228.8M China + $245 Rest of world = $604M. As I said before, while most movies would love this total, Hasbro and Paramount did not spend $217M + who knows in other expenses (advertising, etc.) for this kind of result. They were expecting an $1 billion box office take and would have accepted close to that number. This kind of drop often ends in franchises ending or relaunched (see all the Spider-Man movies).
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