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Thanks to a Twitter post, and "not denined" by Nelson, the name of the Ferrari in Transformers Dark of the Moon is called Dino.
Named after Ferrari founder's late son, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, the name also represents a brand for mid-engined, rear-drive sports cars produced by Ferrari of the same name.
Paramount Pictures have produced some more teaser images from Transformers: Dark of the Moon which you can view below.
TakaraTomy have published the below adverts for their Transformers: DarkSide Moon Heat Scramble card game. If that fails to load you can view the video here.
Stay with Transformers At The Moon for the latest Japanese Transformers news
In a strange turn of events, which will no doubt turn out not to be true, Michael Bay's message board administrator Nelson posted the following comment on on ShootForTheEdit.com when asked about who the red robot in Transformers: Dark of the Moon was following on from a post by him that it was not Mirage.
I have embolden Nelson's posts below to help distinguish them from the questions that prompted the answers.
"All I will say is that he speaks with an Italian accent and is named after a famous Italian."
This was followed by the posts
"That doesn't mean s**t. In the comic and novels the twins are still in it." in response to a post by Jason Gould where Jason posted "Come on guys it's Mirage, his name is already in the toys, books, and Novelization.". Nelson then went on to quote Plague1980 wh posted "Are
we talking about two different red robots here? In the children's books
besides Sentinel, the only other red Autobot is the Ferrari which we
all know is Mirage. Now if you are talking about another bot that we
dont know about and trying to hint at it, the first famous Italian name
that comes to mind is "COSIMO" as in Cosmos lol" following up with the response "Don't act dumb. You know I'm talking about the red Ferrari."
This mean that Paramount must have had to hired a new voice actor to record all of Mirage's lines and also have re-recorded any dialogue that names the character, though going by the first two movies this is also feasible. It must have happened fairly recently as not only does the novelisation of the film refers to the character as Mirage but so does the toys and the prequel video game by Activision in which he speaks with an Arabian-based accent. All of the other characters within the video game are voiced by the same voice actors as the Dark of the Moon movie.
We will keep you up-to-date on this story as it develops
When we posed the following over on ShootForTheEdit "This is very interesting . I know you won't want to give out the new name for the character but I was wondering when this change took place.", Nelson simply replied with "In the movie script, he was never called Mirage to begin with.".
I have since replied to clarify my question and I will let you all know if Nelson replies to that.
Nevermore complied a great lists of quotes that Nelson posted on TFW2005.com over on the ShootForTheEdit thread linked to that the start of this article that go some way to explain what went down with the character.
"Think about it.Mattel owns the toy merchandising rights to Ferrari. Why would Ferrari allow one of their flagship car to be named after a
Hasbro property name (Mirage) in one of the biggest movies this
year––thus undermining Mattel and possibly creating a huge clusterhug? And before you say "Well the toy is not named Mirage," look again, that's no Ferrari.
"In all the treatments and scripts all the way up to the post production of the DOTM movie, the Ferrari was never referred to as Mirage. He was referred to by other names such as Rush & Enzo, but never as Mirage.Capisce?""The point is the Ferrari in the film can't be named after any Hasbro TF name. Period.
So, as Nevermore himself put it over on ShootForTheEdit, Dark of the Moon is "a movie based on Hasbro's Transformers property includes a character as a Transformer who must not be named after one of Hasbro's Transformers characters. I guess that shows how little say Hasbro has in these movies."
Sources of the quotes:
We have updated theTransformers toys instruction sheets section of the website with some new PDF instructon sheets entries.
Of the updates, the following new entries were added into the database:
You can download copies of the instruction sheets from our Transformers toys instruction sheets section of the website.
Michael Bay has posted two new Transformers: Dark of the Moon TV Spots over on YouTube. The spots are titled "Everything" and "Secret" and can be viewed below.
Paramore have annouced that they too will feature a song, Monster, on the Transformers Dark of the Moon soundtrack. The known tracks are listed below.
Linkin Park - 'Iridescent'
Paramore - 'Monster'
My Chemical Romance - 'The Only Hope For Me Is You'
Taking Back Sunday - 'Faith'
Staind - 'The Bottom'
Art Of Dying - 'Get Thru This'
Goo Goo Dolls - 'All That You Are'
Theory Of A Deadman - 'Head Above Water'
Black Veil Brides - 'Set The World On Fire'
Skillet - 'Alive & Awake' (remix)
Mastodon - 'Just Got Paid' (ZZ Top
American Metal band, Mastodon are the latest band to annouce that they have a song on the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack, due for release on coming June 14th.
Their facebook page stated
They will have their cover of ZZ
Top's classic "Just Got Paid" featured, alongside cuts from Linkin Park,
My Chemical Romance, Black Veil Brides and more.
There is a new Goo Goo Dolls song, "All That You Are" featured on the
Transformers 3 soundtrack. You can check out the full track listing and
pre-order the soundtrack today at the link below!
Transformers: Dark of the Moon | Official Soundtrack & Score Site www.transformers3music.com"
Paramount Pictures have issued the following press release:
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON PRESENTS LINKIN PARK - LIVE IN MOSCOW ON JUNE 23RD IN SUPPORT OF MOVIES WORLD PREMIERE IN RUSSIA
May 23, 2011
HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 23, 2011) – In celebration of Paramount Pictures’ TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, Linkin Park will perform a special outdoor concert at Vasilyevsky Spusk of the Red Square in Moscow – with the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Basilica as the backdrop – on June 23rd at 9PM. The 3D Michael Bay film will open the Moscow International Film Festival on the same night.
Linkin Park will perform several of their hit songs including the single, “Iridescent,” which is the end title song in the upcoming third Transformers film. The movie opens worldwide beginning June 29th. Stars from the film are scheduled to attend, along with director Michael Bay. Tickets for this free concert will be available beginning June 1st through June 21st, to learn more about obtaining ticket information go to http://www.energyfm.ru or http://www.linkinpark.com beginning June 1st.
One of the most successful collaborations between music and film, the previous Linkin Park singles to appear in the first two Transformers films, “What I’ve Done” from the first Transformers film, has sold over 4 million downloads worldwide, and “New Divide” from 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, crossed the 3 million mark. Both songs were top selling singles for the band, and went to #1 on the modern rock radio charts (with “New Divide” spending 14 weeks there). The special show in Moscow is produced by Live Nation and will occur during Linkin Park’s upcoming European tour, which begins June 11th in Austria with stadium, festival or arena shows in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Switzerland, Italy & Belgium.
Linkin Park European Tour Dates:
June 11 Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival
June 12 Donington, UK @ Download Festival
June 14 Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Global Arena
June 16 Helsinki, Finland @ Kaisaniemi Park
June 18 Leipzig, Germany @ Festweise
June 19 Oberursel, Germany @ Hessentag
June 21 Hamburg, Germany @02 World Arena
June 25 Munich, Germany @ Messegelaende Riem Stadium
June 26 Imola, Italy @ Sonisphere Festival
June 28 Arendal, Norway @ Hove Festival
June 30 Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Wercher Festival
July 1 Arras, France @ Arras Main Square Festival
July 2 St. Gallen, Switzerland @ OpenAir Festival
July 4 London, UK @ iTunes Festival
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is the third film in the Transformers franchise and the first shot in 3D. It is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The movie opens in the United States on June 29, 2011. ©2011 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.
HASBRO, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. ©2011 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.
has updated with a couple of images of new Transformers Dark Of The Moon Human Alliance Toys. The
first is a repaint of Human Alliance Sandstorm, ?resembling a lunar rover coming with a NEST driver wearing a space suit. The second is a Formula 1 car which is either the Human Alliance figure previously announced on a TakaraTomy Product list, or a new toy. The colour scheme is quiet Dragstrip like. Click for larger images.
Michael Bay Dot Com has updated their official YouTube channel with a short video of directors James Cameron and Michael Bay discussing filming in 3-D from the press event "3D A Transforming Visual Art a Coversation with Michael Bay and James Cameron".
Autobase Aichi has posted the first image of Takara Tomy Transformers Dark of the Moon Black Optimus Prime, which is a black repaint of the Hunt for the Decepticons Voyager Battle Blades Optimus Prime.
This figure is exclusive to Lawson's convenience store in Japan, and can only be purchased when a customer buys aTransformers Dark of the Moon movie ticket from Lawson's store. The total cost of the figure plus a movie ticket is Japanese Yen 6760.