Archive - Jun 2009

Date

June 28th

Canada.com interviews Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel is known to Transformers fans as Lennox, who led a small group of surviving soldiers across the desert in the first "Transformers" film. Duhamel returns in "Revenge of the Fallen" once again leading soliders against the Decepticon threat. Canada.com has posted an interview with the star. The article notes many facts about Duhamel including "...Duhamel and his girlfriend, Stacy Ferguson, a.k.a. Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, were married Jan. 10 in Malibu.

LA Times interviews "Revenge of the Fallen" fx guru John Frazier

In the world of Michael Bay, you need explosions. The bigger they are, the better and to help bring the battles in "Revenge of the Fallen" to life, Michael Bay recruited effects meister John Frazier. The LA Times recently interviewed Frazier who discussed the pyrotechnics used in "Revenge of the Fallen". Accoring to the article "...his 2007 summer movie blockbuster features the biggest explosion ever filmed with live actors, according to special effects supervisor John Frazier.".

June 27th

Robot Replicas Optimus Prime reviewed

Robot Replicas return as part of the "Revenge of the Fallen" line. Gone are the "Revoltech" like joints, replaced with a whole new unique joint system. BWTF reviews its first "Revenge of the Fallen" Robot Replicas figure: Optimus Prime. You may read the review of Robot Replicas Optimus Prime here.

"Revenge of the Fallen" earns $126 million in its first three days

"Revenge of the Fallen" is on track to becoming a commercial success. After opening to $60 million on Wednesday midnight showings alone, the film's three day total is now up to $126 million. While the film has received much criticism from the press, it looks like there is still a huge appetite for big robot action two years after the release of the first movie. I get a feeling a third movie is almost a guarantee at this point.

Race, stereotypes and Transformers collide with criticisms of "Revenge of the Fallen"

Among the recent criticisms of "Revenge of the Fallen" are accusations of offensive racial stereotypes used in the portrayals of twin Autobot brothers Mudflap and Skids. ABC.com has published an article covering this issue. Of the two characters the article states "...they do little real fighting and mostly squabble amongst themselves. One of them even sports an ornate gold tooth, serving no real function.". My personal feelings are that you can take the pair as "wannabe gangsters" of any race.

Asbury Park Press interviews Tyrese Gibson

The Asbury Park Press recently interviewed "Revenge of the Fallen" star Tyrese Gibson. Gibson has been tireless in his efforts to promote the movie, even appearing at June's Botcon 2009 event! Of his future projects the article states "...and he'll produce an upcoming reality TV show about firefighters for BET. Gibson's company, HQ Entertainment, also will produce a new comic series with Image Comics called "Mayhem."".

June 25th

BusinessMirror interviews Shia LaBeouf

When the first "Transformers" came out in 2007, Shia LaBeouf was a rising star who was slowly building up his credibility in Hollywood. Now two years later with a huge number of pictures under his belt for someone so young, he is one of Hollywood's most prominent young stars. BusinessMirror recently interviewed the "Sam Witwicky" actor and discussed topics such as filming around explosions, how his life has changed in the past few years and what he does in his spare time.

New York Daily News interviews "Revenge of the Fallen" actress Julie White

Julie White is the delightfully funny actress who portrays the stubborn and hilarious character of Judy Witwicky in both "Transformers" films. After years of the issue of "Spike's mom" being ignored, it was cool to see the family aspect of the human interest teenager focused on in a Transformers story. The New York Daily News interviewed the actress who is appearing in "Twelfth Night" this summer.

Botcon 2009 Leozak for auction

Missed Botcon 2009? Here's your chance to own the attendee exclusive Leozak figure sealed in package! My ebay auction is up here. Happy bidding!

June 24th

Transformers invade San Diego - sort of

Entertainment site Shoot Online has posted an article discussing "Revenge of the Fallen" filming in the city of San Diego. The city served as the backdrop for several key scenes including one involving a car being suspended from a helicopter! The article states "One of the most electrifying scenes in the movie was filmed while a CH-53 Marine helicopter flew up and down the city's waterfront over San Diego Bay while a Saturn was suspended in mid air.".