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”).
I’ve started blogging this movie a little late in, sorry for that. I’ve been a tad busy getting married and so on. Where shall we begin? Principle photography for the third Transformers movie started at the end of May, with a rumored budget of $200m. The Transformers 3 release date is currently set to July 1st, 2011, likely to be in 3D — but that cardboard cut-out converted 3D rather than an Avatar immersive 3D. A change from the previous two movies, Orci and Kurtzman step out, and Ehren Kruger takes centre stage as writer of the third part in the soon to be trilogy. As a trilogy, according to Bay, this will be the final part, “it really ends”.
Shooting in Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit and Moscow. Possibly also in Africa, China and Texas.
In interviews, the film makers have promised to include more character development and solid storytelling, parts of TF2 severely lacked in these departments. Rather than all out robot carnage, Michael Bay says this movie is shaping up to have a bit of mystery; rumors suggest that it’ll revolve around a Transformers link hidden in the USA/USSR space race, involving Soundwave. Meanwhile, Sam is growing up and moving on.
The big story, Megan Fox is out, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is in — but not as Mikaela, her character is called Carly. Newcomers also include Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Alan Tudyk.
Shia LaBeouf — Sam Witwicky
Josh Duhamel — Captain Lennox
Tyrese Gibson — Master Sergeant Epps
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — Carly
John Turturro — Agent Simmons
John Malkovich — Sam’s boss
Frances McDormand — National Intelligence Director
Patrick Dempsey — Carly’s boss
Unknown cars spotted on set include a Ferrari 458 Italia and a blue 2011 Mercedes Benz E350, believed to be autobots. Three Nascar automobiles and a Chevy Tahoe vehicle have also been spotted, believed to be decepticons.
They’re selling the 17 foot Bumblebee model, at auction it is expected to fetch up to $80,000. Alongside him will be a number of Megan Fox outfits and over 100 props from the Transformers movies. Bids can be made over the internet or phone via Profiles in History.
Auctioneer Profiles in History said it expected the 3,200 pound (1.45 ton) Hero Bumblebee robot from the first movie in 2007 to fetch $60,000 to $80,000 at the Oct 8–9 auction.
The motorcycle costume worn by Fox as Mikaela Banes in the blockbuster 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, along with her shorts and tank top, have an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, said anything worn by Fox was in great demand by collectors.
“‘Transformers’ made her a star and I expect her costumes to perform very well at auction. The 17-foot Bumblebee robot speaks for itself … it’s such an amazing spectacle and a pop culture icon that I expect bidders to go crazy,” Maddalena said.
Bids can be placed in person at the auction in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, by phone or live on the Internet.
With the general release of Transformers 2, it’s time to open up the floor to comments and find out what you guys thought of it. We’ve already shared our thoughts in our extensive review: Movie Chronicles Transformers 2 review.
Some questions to prompt debate
Did the new robots add to the film?
Which was the best new character?
Which was the worst?
What would you have done different?
Did the movie fly by too quickly or did you think it was too long?
Were Skids and Mudflap annoying or genuinely funny?
What was your biggest disappointment or favorite part?
Hundreds of tomorrow night’s midnight show times for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (debuting June 24 at 12:01 a.m.) are already sold out across the country. A few facts from Fandango below:
* Sold-out midnight show times (on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning) can be found all across the U.S.A., in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Denver, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Tulsa, Fresno and Buford, Georgia.
* Exhibitors are continuing to add 3:45 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. show times on Wednesday morning to meet the fan demand.
* Currently, the film is selling twice as many tickets on Fandango as the original Transformers sold at the same point in that film’s sales cycle (two days before release date).
* The movie currently represents 87% of today’s ticket sales
* And as we noted yesterday, TF 2 showings at 500+ theaters in China are sold out 1.5 weeks in advanced.
Time in Moscow
Back from Moscow. Fresh from a visit to the former KGB, with second in command. He told me in his office I’m one of 10 American’s, one being a President, to ever be allowed inside what is now called the FSB. The only reason was he heard I was in town and he is a fan of my films.
Last night with my crew I saw the IMAX version. Once you get used to the giant format and your eyes adjust, it’s an awesome experience. I have been waiting until the film was final to judge, and I’m really pleased. You have to make a point to see it this way — It could be the very best way to see Transformers.
C’mon guys critics? Give me a break. Do you all have short term memory? They killed the first one, and it still became a world-wide smash. I made this for the you, the audience!