Friday, September 23, 2016

Walhberg: Cool New Mini-Dinobots

In a live Facebook post early this morning, Mark Wahlberg spoke about his movie Deepwater Horizon that was released today. From that he received fan questions. One of the questions let to the below response:
I will be in Transformers 5. We are shooting in London. I am actually in New York City. I am doing some press for Deep Water Horizon. Then I am flying back to London to finish up the last couple weeks on Transformers 5. Its a cool new story. Its kind of like a man on the run. Sir Anthony Hopkins is also in the film. Got a cool new cast. And cool new robots. Cool new villains. And some cool new Dinobots. You guys are really gonna go crazy for the mini-Dinobots.
So there you go - mini-dinobots. From a budget perspective that should save a lot of money since giant rampaging Dinobots was probably very expensive to film in Age of Extinction. Have to see how they are executed on film before can decide if embrace the idea or not.

Transformers 5 Scenes Set During World War II

It seems we finally learned a new nugget of information regarding Transformers: The Last Knight. A few scenes will be set in World War II, specifically at the "headquarters of Adolf Hitler". Which will be filmed at Winston Churchill's home of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Knowing that Churchill's home will be dressed with "enormous swastika flags, a variety of German military equipment and SS stormtroopers filling the forecourt" is something that some UK residents are not happy with. “I know it’s a film,” Col Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the Sun. “But it’s symbolically disrespectful to Churchill. He will be turning in his grave.” The home is owned by a distant relative of Winston Churchill so his approval is all TF5 production needs.

Michael Bay defended the filming decision saying "People have not been fortunate enough to read the script and they don't know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero. Churchill would be smiling. When you see the movie you'll understand."

This is the same location that Anthony Hopkins and Freya the dog were shown filming at. It seems to me that a portion of the film is about Wahlberg's character looking for an Arthurian artifact (Excalibur?) and he goes to Anthony Hopkins character for information to find it. With a few lines he then sets up a flashback sequence that will probably explain more about the McGuffin. Or Hopkins doesn't actually share a scene with Walhberg but just the location.

Is Hopkins playing Winston Churchill? Churchill was often referenced as a bulldog but actually owned a poodle, but I could see Bay purposely mixing his metaphors by using Freya. While Hopkins has been seen at least twice on TF5 locations set in "modern" times, the locations could easily be adjusted to be set in the 1940s. Has he actually shared scenes with actors (Walhberg, Tucci, etc.) set in present time or is he on set doing scenes in the past while the rest of the cast use the same location to "follow" in his footsteps?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Freya the Dog and Anthony Hopkins Featurette

While the movie is still in production, that has not stopped a brief featurette from being posted about Freya the Dog. Freya is a dog in the UK that as labeled the "world's loneliest dog" due to spending six years in various animal shelters as unable to find a home for some reason (hat tip to the shelters for not euthanizing her, your donations at work). It looks like her and Sir Anthony Hopkins got on well enough. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

IDW December 2016 Transformers Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for December 2016. Four floppies and two trades for that month. Now that the re-introduction of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe via Revolution has ended, Revolutionaries keeps the ball rolling as the lesser known characters mix it up with Transformers characters. Transformers: Lost Light continues the adventures of the Lost Light crew for their not really quest for the Knights of Cybertron. Till All Are One follows events on Cybertron as dead Titans (shorthand for Metroplex/Fortress Maximus scale Transformers) are causing havoc while Optimus continues to navigate problems on Earth. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and more click here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Transformers: Combiner Wars Season Finale

The season (series?) finale of Transformers: Combiner Wars is now available as Metroplex enters the fight against Starscream. If in the United States you can find it at Below is the YouTube embed but its region locked so YMMV.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hopkins, Wahlberg Hang on TF5 Castle Set

While there is little real news on the Transformers: The Last Knight front since Bay has successfully lowered an Abrams-like cone of silence on his production, we can at least confirm that Sir Anthony Hopkins does have a human role in the film and apparently it comes in the back half of the film is the much worse for wear look of Mark Wahlberg is any indication.

The pictures were shot at the castle grounds of Alnwick Castle in Northumbria, UK which included some of the usual Bayhem explosions filmed in part with a drone. Based on Hopkins' costume, I am betting he is playing someone who is an expert on Arthurian legend, sucked into helping Walhberg and company track down the film's McGuffin. The full gallery of the two hanging out on set can be found here. Thanks to Wynton Ray for the link.
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