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Fred McNamara on Paramount’s plans for a shared Transformers universe…
It’s almost laughable how aggressive the internet turned when Paramount announced they were treating their live-action Transformers franchise to a Marvel Cinematic Universe-styled expansion. We’re also being treated to a constant stream of rumours regarding whether or not Transformers 5 will be a two-parter, the introduction of such classic character as Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus and Unicron, and the more recent suggestions that Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox may be returning to the series as well as a prequel being on the cards.
But do any of these rumours get your blood pumping? Should we actually be excited for an expansion of the Transformers films? Does such an expansion means that there is now a massive opportunity for the franchise to redeem itself? Or is this just another classic example of films being made by executives/accountants/corporate-type »
- Gary Collinson
Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black are still super tight! The "Shallow Hal" costars reunited at Rob Reynold's art show in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday, and Gwyn shared a cute selfie of her and Black at the event via Instagram. "Ran into #jackblack at #robreynolds beautiful show, vanishing point. @laxart #oldfriends," the blonde beauty posted with the pic. While it's been almost 14 years since the two starred in the 2001 comedy, it's great to see that they've still stayed in touch. In the movie, the 42-year-old beauty played a 300 pound woman named Rosemary, while Jack played her love interest Hal ... who loses his superficial tendencies after he is hypnotized to see the inner beauty in all women. Paltrow's been keeping a low-profile lately, and even ditched this year's Met Gala to spend time with her gorgeous daughter Apple. "This was the red carpet in my house last night," the proud mother-of-two captioned the cute candid. »
- tooFab Staff
Paramount is beginning to reveal details about its ambitious plans to, ahem, transform its mega-grossing Transformers franchise into an expansive cinematic universe comprised not only of direct sequels to Transformers: Age of Extinction but all manner of prequels, sidequels and spinoffs as well. Speaking at the Global Consumer Conference 2015, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner announced plans to push forward with stand-alone movies involving one Autobot that audiences have already grown attached to in the main series.
Referencing Paramount’s blossoming relationship with a writer’s room comprised of some of Hollywood’s most prolific scribes, Goldner stated that one current plan is to build a movie around Bumblebee, the yellow Autobot who communicates exclusively through audio clips via his car radio. The alien became best friends with Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) in the first three movies and continued to forge strong bonds with humans in Age of Extinction, protecting the Yeager family from powerful enemies. »
- Isaac Feldberg
There’s long been rumblings of Paramount Pictures trying to turn the mega-successful Transformers series into a vast shared universe similar to Marvel’s immensely successful McU and it’s now looking like they’re following the comic giant in more ways than just basic concept.
Last week news broke that the writers team brought together to plot out the future of the franchise included Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Zak Penn (The Avengers) and now Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who worked on rewrites for Ant-Man, are on board. It makes sense to pick writers with a strong past turning questionable ideas (remember that Iron Man was far from a sure thing at the time) into fresh, entertaining films who also have the ability to juggle foreshadowing later entries and sneaking in throwaway references. Going so close to Marvel, however, could also seem like »
- Alex Leadbeater
It was revealed last week that several new writers had been hired by Paramount to expand out their Transformers franchise and universe, including sequels, prequels and spin-offs. Among the names were Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and now we have two new names to add to the list.
Deadline are reporting that Ant-Man scribes (post-Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, of course) Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been hired by the studio to start work in the Transformers Universe. According to the website, the duo will tackle a live-action prequel movie under the working title Transformers One, which will be set on Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons.
“I’ve also heard that this might be an animated feature but that Barrer & Ferrari are also going to »
- Luke Owen
When he was first spotted in his full Crossbones outfit on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the Twitter-verse lost their minds with the new design. Some people liked it, some people loved it and there was those (of course) who weren’t keen.
“It’s funny because people really responded to it – it went viral, trended [like crazy], so I’ve been getting phone calls.” Grillo told radio station 93.3 Wmmr. “Crossbones is a violent, violent villain in this series, and I finally feel I’ve been understood now. I feel complete; [people] get me.”
The actor also added that he’s been having a blast on the set of Captain America: Civil War, also tweeting that he’s not done just yet. “[These movies] film for months and months and there’s a lot of characters, so It’s great fun.” he said. “And everybody down here gets along real well. Me, Evans, »
- Luke Owen
Paramount continues to add personnel to its planned Transformers cinematic universe, as it's recruited another pair of writers to join the assorted projects it has in the works.
The studio has opted for a writers' room approach to its next swathe of Transformers films, with Akiva Goldsman heading it up. Also on board are The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost).
Jennifer Connelly and British actor Paul Bettany's 3-year-old daughter, Agnes Lark, is not very impressed that her dad is an Avengers superhero. She is, however, quite enamored with another one. The 44-year-old actress made her comments in an recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, three weeks after the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bettany, also 44, plays the android The Vision, marking the first time he appears in person in a Marvel film. He also provides the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., the A.I. assistant of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, a role he also portrays in all three Iron Man films and the first Avengers movie. Connelly and Bettany are also parents to son Stellan, »
The Transformers writers room has just gotten a little bigger. Deadline are reporting that screenwriting duo Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have joined up with Paramount Pictures to help bring to life an expanded universe for the multi-billion dollar franchise, including prequels, sequels and, of course, spin-off movies. While they aren't likely to be recognizable names yet, the pair did help re-write Ant-Man for Marvel, in the wake of Edgar Wright's departure. Barrer & Ferrari join fellow McU scribes Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in the Transformers writing room, alongside Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend). So far it is unclear which writer will be working on which film, but Deadline have claimed that Barrer & Ferrari expect to be working on a live-action feature. The site also believes that one of the titles »
After spending a year over at Marvel rewriting Ant-Man to accommodate for Peyton Reed taking the reins from Edgar Wright, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have moved over to Paramount Pictures, where they’ve become the latest to join a Transformers brain trust being assembled by Akiva Goldsman. Deadline first reported their involvement and also made mention of one pitch that’s fast gathering steam over at the studio: an origin story set on Cybertron called Transformers One, that may be animated and land in between live-action installments.
Barrer and Ferrari join already-enlisted scribes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2, The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in Goldsman’s writer’s room. The team is hard at work figuring out ideas for Transformers sequels, prequels and spinoffs in hopes of having nailed down the »
- Isaac Feldberg
You may have already seen the story about Michael Bay and the other Transformers producers tasking Akiva Goldsman with assembling a writing team to hash out more films and essentially construct a shared universe for different stories to work in. Deadline reports that Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are joining the group. The pair, who completed an uncredited production re-write on the Marvel movie about the shrinking superhero (based on work that Adam McKay and Paul Rudd did to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script), joins a team that already includes Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Lost/Fringe man Jeff Pinkner and The Incredible Hulk’s Zak Penn.And according to Deadline’s story, one of the big ideas being batted around is crafting an origin story for the Autobots and Decepticons that would explore their early days on Cybertron, »
Samsung has revealed its Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, and it's as cool as Tony Stark himself.
The device sports the same red and gold colour scheme as the superhero's armoured suit, and comes with matching accessories.
A wireless charging pad and a Clear Cover come bundled with the phone, and a custom Avengers theme is pre-installed on the handset.
Samsung entered a global partnership for marketing with Marvel Entertainment in June, a deal that has seen Samsung products appear in the studio's films, such as the recent blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The company has gained a powerful ally in the smartphone war, but Htc still has real-life Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr in its corner to promote the One range.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition will be available in "select countries", but is yet to reveal whether one of them is the UK. »
Yesterday we brought you a look at Hot Toys’ Iron Legion, and now we’ve got promotional images for another of the company’s Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible figurine line in the 1/6th scale Iron Man in his Mark Xlv armor…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame B) and Linda Cardellini »
- Gary Collinson
Hot Toys has officially introduced its latest Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale collectible figurine for Tony Stark’s armored Iron Legion drone, which comes with a finely detailed armored body, metallic red, white, and blue colored on armor with weathered effects and Avengers decals, interchangeable armor parts, and a specially designed figure stand. Check it out…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho »
- Gary Collinson
Following Cosbaby Series 1 and Series 1.5, Hot Toys has now unveiled its latest addition to its line up of collectibes for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with Cosbaby Series 2, which Tony Stark’s new suit from the movie Iron Man Mark Xlv, Ultron Prime, Ultron Mark I, War Machine Mark II, Black Widow and Vision! Take a look…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. »
- Gary Collinson
Chris Evans feels ''incredibly comfortable'' playing Captain America. The 33-year-old actor has confessed he was nervous when he first landed the role because he was worried comic book fans wouldn't accept him but now, having starred as the superhero in a number of films, he's comfortable enough to mix things up. Asked if it's easy to slip back into character, he said: ''Absolutely. When you first take on the role, it's intimidating, and you're scared the fans may not accept you. Now, I feel incredibly comfortable with it, and that's when you start trying to challenge the character and forge new territory.'' The 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' actor is set to appear alongside Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man in the next instalment in the Captain America franchise, 'Civil War', but insists his character - who is also named Steve Rogers - will still be the main focus. »
The most recent Transformers movie made more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office last summer, in spite of harsh reviews.
As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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Another day, another slew of behind-the-scenes photos to pick through. With yesterday serving up a barrage of stills for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, today sees the pendulum swing back in Marvel’s favor and, specifically, Captain America: Civil War. We’ve already see the First Avenger engage in fisticuffs with Frank Grillo’s Crossbones, but this latest selection turns the attention to some of the film’s supporting characters: Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
It appears as though the production is still located in an African marketplace, which will presumably stand in for an area near – or indeed within – Black Panther’s Wakanda. Reports suggest it is here that a global incident forces the world’s elite into action over the superheroes, before rolling out a divisive registration act that essentially seeds the titular battle, headed up on each »
- Michael Briers
Today we have a bunch of new photos from the set of "Captain America 3: Civil War," giving us a look at Captain America (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Check everything out below. Plot: After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. The new movie is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
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