Nothing more than the logo and Nick Fury’s voice over on this short trailer from this year’s Comic-con, but it does bring a little buzz of excitement.
Avengers logo teaser now online August 5th, 2010
Captain America filming in Manchester and Liverpool, UK August 5th, 2010
The BBC are reporting that Captain America filming will take place on the streets of Manchester and Liverpool to recreate a 1940’s pre-war New York. Precisely, Manchester’s Northern Quarter and Liverpool’s Stanley Dock.
America’s First Avenger will battle his foes on the streets of Manchester and Liverpool during filming on the big-budget superhero film.
Manchester’s Northern Quarter is to be transformed into 1940s New York for a dramatic car chase in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Producers chose the Northern Quarter to recreate New York because of its towering buildings and pre-war architecture.
The location was organised through the Vision+Media film office, based at Mediacity in Salford Quays, which brought the big budget production of Sherlock Holmes to Manchester and Liverpool.
Susan Williams, drama liaison manager, said the company was approached by the studio, which is also behind the successful Spider Man and Hulk films, in February.
“We suggested the area to Marvel as its wide streets, towering buildings and pre-war architecture will make the perfect 1940s New York.”
Residents, local businesses and Manchester City Council have all been consulted about the production, which will last about two weeks from mid September.
Details of scenes due to be filmed at Liverpool’s Stanley Dock are yet to be finalised.
Bus explosion in Chicago, Rollbar footage August 2nd, 2010
More action from this weekend’s Transformers 3 filming has surfaced, this time showing a bus exploding and rolling towards the cameras on State St and Wacker Drive. The bus splits clean in two, as if being kicked in the middle by a Decepticon. (Thanks gopher1)
Continued filming in Chicago, Optimus Prime and Wreckers close-ups August 2nd, 2010
This week production moves to the Old Post Office (Monday through Wednesday, 7am-10pm), Van Buren Street is closed for the duration. There will be pyrotechnics.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of close up videos showing Optimus Prime, the Wreckers and Bumblebee emerging from their slumber for a bit of Chicago Transformers 3 filming this past weekend:
More Shia vs. Dempsey, Tyrese and Josh included August 2nd, 2010
If it were in any doubt that Shia was having a major fight with Patrick Dempsey, then this image of Dempsey pointing a gun at his head should quell that. A video has also been captured, showing that Tyrese and Josh get in on the action.
Until now, the weaponized Nascars have been dubbed stunticons, omnibots and rallybots, all three names have been rejected by MichaelBay.com’s Nelson. Nelson has since confirmed that they are actually called Wreckers. Wikipedia provides some background on the characters:
The Wreckers are a sub-team of Autobots in the fictional Transformers Universe, functioning essentially as a commando unit.
Filming last week on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, the Transformers 3 crew were using more cardboard head cut outs. This time, lowfatoreo’s YouTube video has highlighted a new character, red faced and angry looking this could be the robot mode of the Ferrari, Rollbar or a Wrecker, my personal guess is that it’s the red Wrecker. Hat tip to Transformers Live for picking this one out.
Until now it’s been presumed that the Mercedes was the latest incarnation of Jolt, however Nelson has dispelled these rumors on the official Michael Bay site, pointing out instead that the Mercedes E550 is the alt mode of the Einstein lookalike robot, that is called Q (“like in James Bond”).
Shia and Dempsey fight scene July 30th, 2010
A fan, ThatNewTechGuy, managed to capture some of the filming action in Chicago, showing Sam Witwicky going fisticuffs with Carly’s (Rosie Huntginton) boss, played by Patrick Dempsey.
JustJared have also posted some shots of Patrick Dempsey looking very much like a badass:
The Gears of War movie adaptation has been pretty quiet of recent. In April this year rumors that production on a Gears of War movie had slowed down kicked up again–this time from New Line studio sources (as reported by LATimes). Reports suggested the storyline and budget were being dramatically scaled back and that Len Wiseman would be focussing on other projects, namely Nocture. The original budget was expected to be around $100m, it is now thought to be considerably less.
The script by Chris Morgan (“Wanted”) had a lot of buzz around it, and was tweaked late last year by Billy Ray, which included a lot of character work. Reports were good, a sprawling and epic action movie. The change to the budget however makes the film much less epic, and much more a simple invasion story. With this in mind, New Line are searching for writers to make these changes. Until this is ready, production is stalled.
Wiseman has now been attached to the Total Recall remake, and will almost certainly not be directing the Gears movie. Add to this that Kate Beckinsale is his wife, and we’ve lost our only cast member.
What now for the Gears of War movie? A 2012 release? A low budget action film?