Michael Keaton Has a ‘Need for Speed’

As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.

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ABC has announced that a new reboot of Charlie’s Angels will begin airing Thursday nights at 8:00pm starting this Fall. The network has released a trailer for the series, which is executive produced by Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Columbia Pictures have released a new one-minute tv spot/mini-trailer for Jonathan Liebesman‘s Battle: Los Angeles. Watch it now embedded after the jump. I’ve talked with a couple people who saw early screenings in New York City and Los Angeles, and the buzz is completely positive. I’m very excited to see this movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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‘Battle: Los Angeles’ Super Bowl Commercial


The Super Bowl television commercial for Battle: Los Angeles aired before the big game on Sunday night. If you missed it, you can watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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When Michael Bay gets around to the next Transformers movie (and I expect it will be his next film, a year spent trying to get a ‘smaller’ picture off the ground possibly coming to nothing quite in time) there could be a beefier role for Ramon Rodriguez, Revenge of the Fallen‘s conspiracy nut Leo Spitz. There’s a piece at the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog today profiling the young actor, who does seem to be having a real growth spurt in his career right now. The story was written by Geoff Boucher who reports that Michael Bay “hinted” to him that TF3 would see Rodriguez step up to a bigger role. More immediately amusing, however, was Rodriguez’ description of his audition for this current Transformers film…

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Transformers 2 viral

Did you know there was a viral marketing campaign going on to promote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? You didn’t think those videos on youtube showing robotic alien sightings from around the globe were real, did you? I’ve heard these videos and the website, therealeffingdeal.com, play a big part in the film. Ramon Rodriguez‘s character Leo runs the website which tries to uncover a conspiracy that giant robots are living on Earth. These videos appear on Leo’s blog.

For those of you who missed the action, check out the videos embedded after the jump. And watch carefully, because each of the home video recordings feature brief cameo appearances by Autobots and Decepticons.

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Isabel Lucas in Transformers 2

Above is the first official photo, thansk to MichaelBay.com, of one of the new additions to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. — Isabel Lucas as Alice, a potential new love interest for a college-bound Sam? Or something else entirely? Paramount Pictures has released a bunch of new production photos from the film, check them out after the jump.
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It has been a few days since our last Transformers 2 update, so lets get to it.

A description of a Transformers 2 video game leaked onto the web yesterday:

Transformers 2 video game plot

The key line is “A new transformation system gives you more detailed control as you can switch between Robot, Weapon, and Vehicle modes” Recently screenwriter Roberto Orci revealed that there will be Transformers that transform into weapons in the sequel. But could this mean that all of the Autobots and Decepticons will have a third weapon mode in the new film?

Custom Motorcycle

The photo above gives you an idea of what Arcee might look like in alt mode. Will Kenefick tells the Ventura County Star the he created six custom motorcycles (three hero bikes and three stunt bikes) for Transformers. This pretty much confirms that three motorcycles will combine to form Arcee. According to Kenefick, 2309 hours were put in and each bike cost over $40,000, with $10,000 spent on paint alone. I’ve herd the actual bikes feature the pink and black paintjob seen in the unused concept art from the original Transformers below.

IESB explains what exactly happened in the Jonah Hill situation. Apparently Jonah was offered the part, but walked out of Michael Bay’s office after reading 20-pages of the script. Apparently the character he was to play was Shia’s chubby sidekick named “Jonah”.

Transformers Teaser Trailer

And many people are wondering when we might possibly see the first teaser trailer. The mars rover teaser spot was released on June 29th, almost a year to the day of the release of the first film. Transformers 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 26th 2009, could that mean a new teaser trailer will hit by months end? Screenwriter Roberto Orci responded on Don Murphy’s message boards saying “Probably in fall — maybe late summer…” Eagle Eye, also starring Shia and produced by Speilberg, is the next big Dreamwork/Paramount release that fits in the same genre. If I had to guess, I would say the studio is shooting to release a trailer attached to Eagle Eye. But who knows…. I also can’t see Bay and company going to Comic Con in July empty handed.

The photo below above is our first look at Ramon Rodriguez who plays Leo in the sequel. He was spotted filming a scene at the Richmond Power Plant on Saturday with Megan Fox and Bumblebee. Is MEgan Fox on Ramon’s lap? Could this be confirmation that Sam (Shia) and Mikaela (Fox) are no longer an item in the second film? It would further explain the frat party scenes that Shia filmed opposite Isabel Lucas. Or maybe Leo is Mikaela’s brother?

And meanwhile, a scale model of an F-22 Raptor (Starscream) was spotted being unloaded from a trailer.

contributing sources: Movie Chronicles, neogaf, TLAB, filmonic, TFW2005