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Sonoma News is reporting that Paramount Pictures is casting local talent for the new Transformers Bumblebee: Brighton Falls film that has begun shooting in San Rafael, California recently. The report says production will continue along the North Coast with shooting scheduled for additional locations such as the Marin Headlands, Mare Island and Vallejo and a possible wrap in September at Santa Cruz, California. The casting call is looking for mostly younger talent as well as other roles and extras. Read the full details on the casting call below.

Confirming a job listing by Boulder Media earlier this week and long-ago reports of plans stemming from the fables TFCU Writers' Room, Hasbro announced in today's investor meeting that a CGI Transformers movie is in the works! Set in the current film continuity but with no firm release date, it is part of a larger commitment by Hasbro to release one animated movie a year. Keep reading for details!

It is about time all those axes swinging around "Transformers: The Last Knight" lobbed off some heads. in this case, those of Akiva Goldsman, and the Writer's Room altogether according to Forbes magazine. Apparently, the fans were not the only ones pointing fingers after "The Last Knight" failed to impress USA movie goers. Even though it managed to keep slowly building what is a not bad $500+ million box office take that many films could only dream about - heads rolled.

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and when word comes down the pipe from Variety that the "Bumblebee" movie will be going head to head with "Aquaman" in the theaters, it is not hard to hear the echo from Big Bang Theory: "Aquaman Sucks!" Sure, good for a laugh. But there's a certain irony here that is more than Meets the Eye. Arguably, these franchise characters both share a sort of disdain from the fandom, followed by an intense puzzlement as to why they are being forced into the spotlight, regardless of the uproar from fans.

Boulder Media has posted a job listing a 3D CG Supervisor for an unspecified animated movie. A subsidiary of Hasbro Entertainment, up to now Boulder has largely worked in the television field. But it appears they're gearing up for a movie, which they say will be the first produced entirely in Ireland. So, what's the property? They don't say, but it's listed as a "very well-known Hasbro property." There's quite a few of those... but about two years ago we did get some news that may tie into this. Keep reading for details!

Deadline reports that actress Pamela Adlon - recent Emmy winner for her show Better Things, and voice of Bobby Hill on King Of The Hill among many others- is in talks to join the cast of Transformers Universe: Bumblebee. Adlon is presumed to be up for the role of the mother of the Hailee Steinfeld character, and hopefully we'll learn more about the film soon. Keep reading for an excerpt from the announcement.

According to the LA Times, the next foray into the Transformers Movie Universe will get a record $22 Million tax credit for shooting the movie entirely in California, USA. The money comes from what is being called a "state program aimed at curbing so-called runaway production." Is it just me, or does it seem odd WE the people should foot the bill for productions that all the profit goes back to the studio? California is not alone, Michigan and other states have provided these incentive before. The idea being, these productions will bring jobs and income to the state.

The Hollywood Reporter has posted an account of a Chinese screening they attended for Transformers: The Last Knight - and the report doesn't sound too encouraging. We'd already heard that box office results were looking disappointing as compared to Transformers: Age of Extinction, but it seems the token efforts made to localize the movie to China and engage in local product placement were the most amusing parts of the film for Shanghai audiences. Keep reading for more details.

WHY oh why didn't Optimus Prime stay on Cybertron?!?! Not that it would have saved Transformers The Last Knight from itself. So many of us wanted to love these movies, but the Bayhem would not be denied. Which, wasn't enough to bring out the fans for a 5th time, even in China. Where Forbes Magazine is reporting the movie has plummeted 78% from its opening last weekend. Paramount cares, but no one else seems to as the crash, bang, boom formula has effectively been run into the ground.

Fans of the Transformers movie franchise will finally know what it’s like to battle a Decepticon up close and personal, as film director Michael Bay takes VR to the next level with “Transformers: The Last Knight” VR Experience, Friday, June 30 for a limited time, free of charge, only in the IMAX VR centres at AMC Kips Bay 15 in New York City and across from The Grove in Los Angeles and in select AMC Theatres lobbies.

The Boxoffice numbers are rolling in for the extended weekend that Paramount always uses to prop up their weekend numbers. Starting on Tuesday, the earliest for the Franchise yet. The film has been slow on the uptake with a mere $40 million in sales in North America. Fans in Asia are taking up the slack with a good turnout that has lifted the 5th movie another $123 Million from China alone. With the rest of the International markets leading Paramount to a hopeful $300 million, recovering the $217 Million it cost to make the movie. Read more from report in Variety.

Despite the premiere happening right now, there have already been advance screenings of Transformers: The Last Knight. And Radio Free Cybertron's own Brian Kilby has seen it! His spoiler-free review is positive, and most surprisingly says that most of the rough edges we've come to associate with the Transformers film franchise are not present here. Keep reading for a sample plus a link to the full review in both text and audio formats!

According to the T-mobile Tuesdays site. T-Mobile users, take notice! You can see the Transformers The Last Knight next Tuesday 6/20 for only $4 via their T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion. Members can download the special App for Apple or Android to get this special deal and many others!

The number crunchers have been tracking all the stats for the upcoming release of Transformers: The Last Knight on June 20th or 21st depending on what you call opening day. The film is projected to do less than $70 Million domestically, which would place The Last Knight at the bottom of the list for Transformers movie sales. Hardly seems to matter as Paramount Pictures is putting most of their efforts on overseas with a huge opening event in China earlier this week. Read on to see the full details from We Got This Covered.

Looking to shave a bit off the cost of admission to see The Last Knight next week? A promotion currently underway from Redbox might help. Until June 30th, if you rent Age of Extinction from a Redbox kiosk, upon returning the movie you'll receive a code to redeem for a $5 voucher to be used towards the purchase of a The Last Knight ticket at a participating theatre. As one night Redbox DVD rentals are typically only $1.50, that's still a net savings even if you choose not to bother watching Age of Extinction at all! Keep reading for more details.

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