peter cullen interview

Voice actor Peter Cullen has been playing Optimus Prime, the righteous leader of the Autobots, for over 30 years. After originating the character in 1984 with the original Transformers animated series, he has returned him countless times in the decades since, playing Optimus in TV shows, video games, and even Michael Bay’s live-action movies. While he’s played plenty of other characters over the years, Cullen is forever tied to this iconic warrior robot.

And if you talk to him, he seems perfectly okay with that. Cullen is back as Optimus Prime in Transformers: Titans Return, an animated internet web series that acts as a sequel to the Transformers: Combiner Wars series. You can watch the show on go90 right now. But first, why not join us for a little chat with Cullen, where he talks about his personal connection with Optimus, the state of the voice over industry, and the passion project he’s working on with NASA.

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what we do in the shadows werewolves

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The pretty-cool-sounding rejected script for The Crow 2
  • Taika Waititi confirms the What We Do In the Shadows sequel
  • Paramount And Hasbro sign a new deal for even more toy movies
  • Ridley Scott thinks the alien from the Alien franchise has run its course
  • Stranger Things 2 sound designers make some noise
  • Lazer Team 2 gets a premiere date

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optimus prime bumblebee

Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in Michael Bay‘s monstrous Transformers franchise, may be one of the worst-reviewed films of 2017, but you can’t keep those Autobots down. Bumblebee, the first in a probably endless series of Transformers spin-offs, is currently in production. And it looks like a familiar character is following Bumblebee into the spin-off: Optimus Prime will be bringing his big, bulky body along for the ride. See the details involving the Optimus Prime Bumblebee spin-off news below.

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bumblebee movie volkswagen beetle

Bumblebee is officially going back to being a bug. While the lovable yellow Autobot took on the form of a Chevy Camaro in Michael Bay‘s Transformers films, Bumblebee’s solo spin will see him rocking the rounded hood once again.

We already knew that the ’80s-set Bumblebee movie prequel would have the Autobot in bug form, but we finally got our first look at the Transformer in vehicle mode thanks to a picture from the set.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee

Production is now underway on the next installment of the Transformers, but it’s going to be much different from the movies we’ve been seeing from director Michael Bay for the past decade. After launching in 2007, the Transformers film franchise has grown to be a convoluted mess of too many stories interspersed with huge, explosive action sequences. Thankfully, it sounds like the spin-off prequel Bumblebee will be heading in a different direction.

Not only will Bumblebee take place in 1987, but the film is said to be in the same vein as The Iron Giant, with significantly fewer Transformers. Taking the role of the teenager who encounters our heroic Autobot is Hailee Steinfeld, and the Pitch Perfect 2 actress has just posted a first look at her character that is pure 1980s rock. Get your first look at Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee below Read More »

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Akiva Goldsman Transformers

When Paramount and Hasbro began laying the groundwork for a potential Transformers Cinematic Universe, they hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room to expand the world. The first movie that resulted from that writers room was this summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight, with a Bumblebee standalone movie next in line.

Things got less certain in the lead-up to The Last Knight’s release, with both director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg suggesting they were done with Transformers movies. Now, /Film has learned that Goldsman is done, too. Goldsman spoke with us at the Television Critics Association, where he was representing Star Trek: Discovery.

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john cena bumblebee

It’s John Cena! The WWE superstar and actor with a surprisingly good comedic timing will be joining the Transformers spin-off movie, Bumblebee, in a lead role.

He’ll be joining a cast led by Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld and a slew of other young, diverse actors including Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.

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Bumblebee movie cast

Paramount’s Transformers spin-off Bumblebee movie is gearing up to put the pedal to the metal/burn some rubber/leave its competition in the dust…okay, okay, I’ll stop. But following the recent casting of Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as the male lead, the film has rounded out its cast with a cavalcade of fresh-faced young actors. Take a look at the latest members of the Bumblebee movie cast below.
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Bumblebee Transformers

The Bumblebee movie has found its male lead — who isn’t a yellow Autobot.

The Transformers spin-off has cast Jorge Lendeborg Jr., who recently appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, as the lead alongside Hailee Steinfeld, who will star as a tomboy mechanic who bonds with Bumblebee.

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Transformers box office

Full disclosure: I have not seen Transformers: The Last Knight. (I’m currently listening to the /Filmcast’s highly entertaining review of it.) But just because I haven’t seen the movie yet, that doesn’t preclude me from exploring its box office performance and attempting to draw some conclusions about where the Transformers franchise might go from here.
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