Teresa Palmer Cast in Transformers 2

Teresa Palmer first entered our radar when she was rumored to be cast as Wonder Woman. It was later revealed that Palmer was actually cast as Batman baddie Talia al Ghu in the now defunct Justice League movie.

But now that the Australian actresses’ schedule is clear, the Courier Mail is reporting that Palmer has been cast in Michael Bay’s Transformers 2. Palmer recently starred opposite Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories. Bay also cast another Aussie, Rachael Taylor, in the original film. Earlier today it was reported that Jonah Hill is in early negotiations to costar opposite Shia LaBeouf in the sequel.

Jonah Hill in Transformers 2

Jonah Hill is in early negotiations to costar opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers 2 according to EW. Hill would likely play the role of Sam’s college roommate Chuck.

[CHUCK] 19-25 yrs., Sam’s roommate at Princeton. He runs a conspiracy theory website. Funny in an irreverent, edgy way, he is shocked to see his conspiracy theories come to life. (2nd Lead)

But of course, Michael Bay claims the casting breakdown which leaked to the web earlier this month was actually misinformation. Yeah, right… I actually think Hill would make a perfect addition as Sam’s conspiracy theory obsessed friend.

Discuss: Does Jonah Hill belong in Transformers 2?

Page 2 for April 28th 2008

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Expect the first reviews of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Sunday May 18th at 6:30am-ish eastern time, as that is when press at Cannes will have seen the film. Domestic press will see the film later that afternoon/night at nationwide press screenings. [jeffwells]

Harland Williams
will make the transition from acting to directing with “Wing Man“, a new $10 million dollar comedy. [moviehole]

5.5 million households added a high-definition television set to their furnishings for the first time during the period from last year’s holiday season to this year’s Super Bowl. [imdb]

My Name is Bruce

Horror-movies.ca has new photos from Bruce Campbell‘s My Name is Bruce.

On April 29th, Apple iTunes will release the long-awaited end credits overture “ROAR!” from Cloverfield by Michael Giacchino. [Bloody-Disgusting]

Wanted PosterAICN has another new Wanted movie poster featuring Angelina Jolie’s scrawny arm.

Seven people were injured Saturday in a collision between a bus and several cars during the filming of G.I. Joe in the center of Prague. [shh] Filmdrunk‘s headline GOD TRIES TO STOP GI JOE MOVIE is both hilarious and in bad taste.

Deadbolt wonders what Quentin Tarantino could do with a big screen adaptation of Grand Theft Auto.

The good people at Pixar are growing frustrated of the Walt Disney Imagineers. [jimhill]

io9 ponders Why Do Anti-Heroes rule Science Fiction?

FilmSchoolRejects counts down the15 Must See Movies of Summer 2008.

Mobile animatronic WALL-E’s are being built for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (previously known as Disney-MGM Studios). [pixarblog]

Victor Salva is prepping not only Jeepers Creepers 3: The Creeper Walks Among Us, but also a fourth film in the franchise, which is said to shoot back-to-back for MGM. [Bloody-disgusting]

Transformers 2 will film at the infamous Air Force boneyard in Arizona known as The Boneyard. [shh]

Starpulse takes a look at the best and worst films by Quentin Tarantino.

Page 2 for April 25th 2008

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

T-Rex Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie has updated his MySpace profile with a new image which reads “Tyrannosaurus Rex – 51% Motherf—er, 49% Son of a Bitch” which gives us a couple new clues to his next film.

TwilightShock has new set photos from the upcoming adaptation of Twilight.

Transformers 2 is set to begin shooting on June 2nd 2008 (presumably in Philadelphia?). [tfw2005]

Nick Stoller has been hired to write and direct Get Him to the Greek for Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures. The film will star Jonah Hill as a fresh-out-of-college insurance adjuster who is hired to accompany an out-of-control rock star (Russell Brand) from London to a gig at L.A.’s Greek Theater. [variety]

Kevin Smith
will release a series of online short behind the scene videos in the lead up to Zack and Miri Make a Porno. [MMM]

Crocs plan to release footwear inspired by WALL-E. I’m guessing they will still look like clown shoes. [pixarplanet]

Wesley Snipes
‘s tax-evasion hobby will cost him three years in jail. [defamer]

HulkThe Incredible Hulk has been spotted selling EAS’ Myoplex in Magazines. [SHH]

The founder of the first ever British Jedi Church and his brother were attacked by a Darth Vader impersonator while being filmed talking about Star Wars by a local TV documentary crew. District Judge Andrew Shaw demanded that police track down the impersonator and said: “I hope the force will soon be with him.” I kid you not. [telegraph]

Filmmaker Spike Lee has hooked up with Nokia to direct a movie made with cell phone footage from everyday people in what he calls the democratization of film. Sounds like Spike Lee got a Nokia payday. [UGO]

io9 has a look at Toxic Avenger: The Musical.

New Optimus Prime Concept Art?

New Optimus Prime Concept Art?

Update: /Film Reader Chad has confirmed that the art is actually believed to be a fan creation, which was first posted on October 17th 2007.

Concept sketches of an alternative movie version of Optimus Prime complete with trailer attachment have shown up online. I love how the trailer combines with the cab/body when Optimus transforms into autobot form. Some are claiming that these concept sketches were unused ideas for the first film, while others claim they are potential ideas for Transformers 2. Considering the fact the images have remained online for a few hours, I’m guessing they fan creations. Either way I’m impressed. May-be Michael Bay leaked the photos to spread more misinformation, which he will tomorrow fess up to in his latest “I tricked you guys” message board posting.

New Optimus Prime Concept Art?

source: TFClub.com, Karim

Michael Bay

You’ve read about the casting breakdowns, constructicon rumors, and supposed treatment leaks, Transformers 2 director Michael Bay claims it was all fake.

“Sorry everyone, everything you are reading (other then we are shooting in Philly) is false,” Bay wrote on his website Shoot For the Edit. “We are going to give so much disinformation on this film to confuse everyone.”

Okay, so let me get this strait… Bay and company orchestrated this complex plan to release false information to the internet movie websites, and when everyone actually chomped down on the bait, he jumps out from around the corner and reveals it was all a scam to keep you out of the know? I’m not saying this information isn’t misinformation, but why set this stuff up if you’re going to publicly deny it minutes later? Isn’t the whole point to keep fans confused? Or maybe Michael Bay’s denial is misinformation? Wait, I’m confused.

More Star Trek Details

Star Trek

Screenrant has a report from a Star Trek panel this past weeknd at Creation Entertainment’s 16th Annual Grand Slam: The Sci-Fi Summitin Burbank, CA. Here are some highlights:

  • The movie will be rated PG-13 and have a budget “far below” $200 million. A $160 million price-tag has been floating around the web for months now.
  • The most interesting tidbit revealed a story (I had yet to hear) about of how JJ Abrams came onto the project. Apparently Steven Spielberg read the script and helped convince J.J. Abrams to sign on to the project. TrekMovie reports that Spielberg also visited the set during shooting scenes on the Enterprise and helped JJ Abrams work out a scene to help ‘with the action’
  • Leonard Nimoy also admitted that “it would have been damaging to the story to put Shatner in the film.” As much as I want to see William Shatner in the film, an attemp to erase Captain Kirk’s death from Star Trek: Generations would waste valuable screen time, and just serve to sidetrack the story.
  • The USS Enterprise will be assembled in space, although parts of it will be assembled on Earth.
  • Screenwriter Roberto Orci claims that the film was pushed back because “Paramount really wants it to be a summer blockbuster.”
  • There is at least one Star Trek reference in Transformers 2

You can read the full report on Screenrant.

Bigger and More Giant Robots in Transformers 2?!

Devastator

Transformers 2 is gearing up for it’s mid-Summer production start and IESB has a juicy rumor on the Decepticon line-up is… and trust me it’s HUGE, epic even….

Scrapper, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Hook and Long Haul

That’s right… The six constructicons that combine to transform into the huge robot known as Devastator. Obviously, some of the names will have to be changed for the sequel, since they have already used the names in the first film. Names aside, how cool is that?

Robert also has a possible cast/character listing which includes Chuck, Sam’s funny conspiracy theory-obsessed roommate at Princeton, Professor Colan – Sam’s Physics teacher, a bunch of military personnel, the CEO of Massive Dynamics who will testify in front of congress, a Texas Congressman, an FBI director, and a CNN Reporter.

Check out a vintage Transformers toy commercial featuring Devastator after the jump.

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Transformers 2 and Avatar in Philadelphia?

Transformers

Has Transformers 2 begun location scouting?

It is revealed in an article in Mainline Today that Michael Bay’s big budget sequel has applied for tax incentives to shoot in and around Philadelphia starting in June. M Night Shyamalan‘s big screen live action adaptation Avatar has also applied for the same incentives.

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Disney Announces 2009 Release Schedule

Disney

Last week Paramount and Fox announced major post-writers strike schedule shuffles. I speculated that because of ‘the rule of threes’, that one more studio would announce a reshuffled calendar by Friday. And here we are on Wednesday, with a bunch of new dates from Disney. Let’s take a look at the new Disney schedule:

The big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has been moved forward from mid-June to July 10th 2009. Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 hits theaters two weeks earlier on June 26th. Disney believes they will make more at the box office with the head start.

The sci-fi adventure comedy sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain starring The Rock will hit theaters on March 13th 2009, up against Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D will hit theaters a week later on March 19th 2010.

The Jonathan Mostow Sci-fi action adaptation The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis has been given a holiday release: November 20th 2009. The film with counter DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Set in a future world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robot avatars, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate a murder mystery.

The Wild Hogs sequel titled Old Dogs starring John Travolta, Robin Williams and Seth Green, has been pushed back from a 2008 TBA to April 10th 2009. The original film was released in March, so it’s likely that Disney didn’t want to deviate from the marketing formula. Dogs will go up against Paramount’s Renée Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39.

The Hannah Montana Movie will now counter Fox’s comic book prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1st 2009. This means that Disney’s animated 3D movie G-Force had to be moved to July 24th. Not a great date considering that it will now go head to head with New Line’s animated Planet 51 and The Weinstein Co’s horror remake Piranha 3D.

The big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher has been bumped from it’s October 9th 2008 date to a prime 2009 Valentine’s Day release. In effect, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal will now get a September 25th release.

source: Variety