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Michael Bay Storms Bethlehem (Pennsylvania)!! + Optimus Prime = "Offensive" In Britain!!

Merrick here...
tn sent in some atmospheric photos from last night's TRANSFORMERS 2 shoot. A gargantuan steel mill (HERE) has been re-purposed to present some sort of Chinese complex for a pivotal scene in the film. Love the image of the train rolling through...could look bad-ass on the big screen.


Finally, I thought you'd enjoy this article about a dude who got hassled in London's Heathrow airport because his TRANSFORMERS T-shirt was considered "offensive".
'It's a 40ft tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm. There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what I'm going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?;
...says the man who donned the controversial threads. Read more about it HERE. Maybe the Brits weren't fans of the re-design?

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  • June 3, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Britain's turning into America

    by Fuck The Napkin

  • June 3, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    thats all.

  • June 3, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    those street lamps are doing some quality work

    by just pillow talk

    as well. Those will look badass on screen too.

  • June 3, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by ChiefRoberts

    What a load of shit! Security is too tight in this country! What a joke!!!!!

  • June 3, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    OK, maybe not!

    by ChiefRoberts

    But still, you couldn't make this shit up could you? Cool pics by the way!

  • June 3, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    What´s with all these Transformers news?

    by CuervoJones

    Not a very interesting item.

  • June 3, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    wow...could be the worst attempt at a "first"

    by just pillow talk

    Missed it by that much....

  • June 3, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    This must be

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    where they resurrect Jazz.

  • June 3, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Hillbilly T-shirt = terrorist threat

    by SpencerTrilby

    welcome to earf

  • June 3, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by spacehog


  • June 3, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 3, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    damn straight

    by thinboyslim.

    flames on optimus = being considered a terrorist

  • June 3, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    See what I mean

    by rogueleader66

    Instead of some sort of discussion on the topic, you get a bunch of retards with nothing better to say than Fuck Michael Bay or Damn you Michael Bay. Great intelligent discussions we got going on here.

  • June 3, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    It's all about the Black Hawks

    by subfreq

    Doesn't matter what the film is, it's always better with a few black hawks in it. Chuck in a couple of giant fighting robots as well and it's game over.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Energon Cubes

    by rboymtj

    I'm a Philly dork so I drove out to check this out last night. Pretty impressive what they're doing to the old steel plant. Unfortunately they only wanted Asians as extras for Bethlehem. Decepticons making energon cubes in some token Asian nation perhaps? I went to the casting call for the rest of the local locations: Princeton, NJ & Philly, PA. There were thousands of hipsters/dorks in line, here's hoping they have some big crowd scenes.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    The sad thing is

    by bobjustbob

    Mr. Bay could be spending his time helping all the starving children instead. Or he could be helping sort packages at a food bank.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Optimus Prime isn't offensive in the UK

    by photoboy

    But Michael Bay's fucking awful film and shite robot designs are! TINO2 will be just as offensive, if not more so.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    The English are just pissed that they aren't in Euro 2008

    by messi


  • June 3, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    I still like my description of the robot designs

    by bobjustbob

    Shredded Chevy

  • June 3, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    to MERRICK, you're full of mistake

    by daehkcid

    Hi Merrick. Do you read news when you report them? Yesterday you said Don Murphy said there will be 20 transformers (which he didnt claim), and now you say this guy think it's Megatron.. if you read his story, it's the security guard that keep saying "Megatron", not the guy with the t-shirt himself.. Worthless Merrick..

  • June 3, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by onemanarmy

    Now MCMLXXVI has just as many fanyboys as Michael Bay. Fuckin losers...TF1 kicked ass, you all know it, and you're all a bunch of haters. Get off Bays' dick. Get off of the "omg muh childhood iz raped now" bandwagon, and get a fucking life. If you don't like the movie or the concepts don't bother clicking on the TB links. Fucking dolts.

  • June 3, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by dekionplexis

    DIE BAY, DIE. That is all.

  • June 3, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by Sixtyhurts

    Astrotrain. You heard it here first.

  • June 3, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Maybe Optimus was framed by Megatron

    by bobjustbob

    I've heard about stuff like that.

  • June 3, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Britain is fucked

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Labour are as bad as the tories now, there is effectively no opposition, so we continue to slide further into an Orwellian nightmare whilst most of the population stares zombie-like at the tv watching strictly cum dancing and X factor.

  • June 3, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Glasgow airport security

    by bobjustbob

    Inspected my checked backage and confiscated my tent stakes. I tried to complain that this was CHECKED baggage. Going into the cargo hold. Where I (or anyone else) couldn't get to. It wasn't like I was trying to board the flight with a pair of sharp knitting needles stuck down my pants.<p><p>The could care less. I was dumbfounded.

  • June 3, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Train? - Astrotrain?

    by BetaSword

    Well, as i look at the Train, it comes to my mind, that there might be Astrotrain. - just a thought -

  • June 3, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Good thing onemanarmy

    by password.swordfish

    has never posted anything negative anywhere. Otherwise s/he'd be an enormous hypocrite. Don't form your own opinions, people, just ask what you can and cannot like.

  • June 3, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I live close...

    by biggen

    I live about a block away from where there shooting and they have the place lit up like the frikkin sun from 4pm-6am the next few days. We also got notices from the township to not be alarmed by simulated gunfire, helicopters, and a explosions during the week. Bay has arrived... Also I'm not sure if the train that was pictured is part of the shooting, it's been there for the last twenty years.

  • June 3, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Damn straight pword

    by onemanarmy

    I'm just a realist. I've been on this site for a very long time, and I've never seen anything as retarded as the pissing and moaning about Michael Bay and the alleged downfall of the Transformers dynasty. Well, the Rob Zombie / Halloween TB's were pretty bad...but with very good reason. The monotonous TF / Michael Bay thing was played out last year. No matter how bad he fucks the Transformers up...he's still getting paid bank, and he's still going to keep making movies. Get over it.

  • June 3, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    MCMLXXVI is my hero

    by bobjustbob

    BTW, is there some rarely-used definition of realist that I'm not aware of?

  • June 3, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by password.swordfish

    It's extreme, but that doesn't mean people can't still think the movie was awful. I did, and not the whole "raped my childhood" bit. I just found it to be vapid, insultingly stupid at times, and lazy filmmaking at it's worst. Just my opinion, but I should be able to state it on a movie website.

  • June 3, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I'm afraid so bjbob...

    by onemanarmy

    re·al·ist - 1. One who is inclined to literal truth and pragmatism. A Realist being a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly. Pragmatism being a practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems, the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth. Forgive me for my lack of capitalizing the letter R when addressing myself as being a pretentious dick.

  • June 3, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    By all means, you are correct pword.

    by onemanarmy

    I couldn't agree more. After all, expression of ones opinion is the intent of having Talkbacks in the first place, right? I also feel that TF was nothing more than eye candy and over acting. I would be a liar if I said I didn't enjoy the movie. However, having grown up with G1 cartoons, toys, etc. I'd never go as far as some of the mothers basement dwelling fanboys that put the movie on the same level as a sexually abusive step that it destroyed their childhood and life will never be the same. The posting of Fuck you Michael Bay over and over is prepubescent at best. And the people that post things of the ilk should be banned from wasting bandwidth.

  • June 3, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by password.swordfish

    It's hardly worth the effort some people are putting into hating it. Although I don't think the "Fuck you Michael Bay" is solely a result of Transformers (the man has been sucking for years), I'll concede that it is pretty pointless.

  • June 3, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by iwishilivedinfinland

    Those trains were just running like business as usual, had nothing to do with the filming. I was there from 8-6 AM, Tyrese is there, and they were filming the ground soldiers storming through the city to the big blast furnaces that are all lit up, while 3 black hawks flew at ground level through the place. Explosions are tonight and tomorrow night, and then they're done and out of here. I'll provide pictures up here tonight.

  • June 3, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Feel better?

    by password.swordfish

    Um, kind of not sure if you've read my other posts, but I'm on your side of this debate. I've been trashing his ass up and down the past few talkbacks, and I completely agree that he's at least partially responsible for dumbing-down cinema. All I said was that just repeating over and over Fuck Michael Bay, as amusing as it is to me, is hardly going to sway anyone's opinion (if that's even possible on this site). Hence the pointless. I didn't say it wasn't funny.

  • June 3, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    FMB...I just lol'd

    by onemanarmy

    Yes an Internet Moniker, a coward, attempting to repress rights and opinions, etc. etc. Last time I checked, the internet wasn't America. And as far as your rights are need to recite your interpretations to me. Defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic just so happens to be part of my job description. Congrats on making an ass of yourself....your entire statement is a huge contradiction. Good job staying true to form though.

  • June 3, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Thus quote onemanarmy

    by bobjustbob

    QUOTE: "TF1 kicked ass, you all know it"<p><p>So are you saying that not accepting the fact that some people disliked TF1 and did not think it "kicked ass" is "accept(ing) the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly."<p><p>Wow. I guess you and I read the definition differently.<p><p> Here's what I think: Michael Bay probably doesn't care what I think. Michael Bay probably doesn't care what you think. Michael Bay probably doesn't care what any of us think. Michael Bay is laughing all the way to the bank. But, this be a movie fan site, we are free to voice our opinions. We can even be rude. It's great if you liked TF1. It's great if you didn't. <p>IMO, that's being a Realist.

  • June 3, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Thus quote onemanarmy

    by bobjustbob

    QUOTE: "Well, the Rob Zombie / Halloween TB's were pretty bad...but with very good reason."<p><p> So you're saying that it's ok slag something when you agree it's ok? But it's unacceptable if you don't agree? So expecting everyone to like the same movies as you and if they don't you throw a fit is "being a practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems." <p><p>Wow. I guess you and I read the definition differently.<p><p>Here's what I think: Between everyone on this site we've seem thousands of movies (maybe more.) The chance that everyone on this site to have to same opinion on every movie is unrealistic. I think there are some movies that I love that a large number of people on this site hate. I think they would be kind enough to tell me this is the occasion occurred. They may even say in very rude terms. I think there are many movies that a large number of movies that some people on this site love that I hate. I think I would be kind enough to express my opinion should the occasion arise. I may be snarky and/or silly about it, but I try not to be rude. ... and so on and so on...<p><p>IMO, that's being a Realist.

  • June 3, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Thus quote bobjustbob

    by bobjustbob

    Damn! I wish this board had an editor.

  • June 3, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    What I liked about Transformers

    by bobjustbob

    The one scene that I thought was well done was Optimus Prime's first fight (on the freeway.) The physics felt a little off but I really liked the energy of the combat.

  • June 3, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    And the sword was cool.

    by bobjustbob


  • June 3, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    one last thing oma

    by bobjustbob

    You assert that people you have issues with should be banned because you don't like what they say. You assert that because you are tired of hearing what people have to say (and/or how they say it) about Transformers it is your opinion they should be banned. Because you don't like it.<p><p>And you call me "pretentious."<p><p>Wow. I guess that we have disagree on a definition again.<p><p>I've never made any assertions that your opinions are wrong and that you are not entitled to them. I never asserted that my opinion is the superior opinion and anyone who disagrees is wrong. I've never asserted that it's my place to decide who should and shouldn't post. I've never asserted a position that because I'm "tired" of something it should be off-limits. Listen. My shit stinks as bad as anyone else's on the site. Probably more than many. I'm just trying to have some fun and express my opinions in a way that is my style. I'm not trying to offend anyone. Really. But I'm not interested in anyone telling me what to say. My opinions about movies are awesome. So are yours. So is the opinion of everyone else on this site. Even Harry's.

  • June 3, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    "Maybe the Brits weren't fans of the re-design?"

    by TinSpider

    I know I wasn't. The fucker deserved getting shit for wearing such cunty apparel.

  • June 3, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    "I demand this Chinese complex to be AWESOME!!!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 3, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Wasn't the t-shirt Megatron?

    by thebigtexas

    Wasn't the t-shirt Megatron?

  • June 3, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    How did you all even find this Talkback?!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I don't see it anywhere on the main page.

  • June 3, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    What's up you crazy bastard?<P>I should have remembered to follow the Big Bots...

  • June 3, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I saw that helicopter in person!

    by boba_rob

    Last week, I went down on my lunch break to check out the set and that very same helicopter was flying around the steel plant, circling, coming in for landings, then taking off before actually touching down. I sent photos in to Harry. Anyway, was there again tonight. Everyone in town was sitting around watching. Not much going on, but its exciting nonetheless. Can't wait to see this local historic landmark on the big screen in a huge summer blockbuster.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Hook, line, and sinker.

    by onemanarmy

  • June 3, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    This coming from you?

    by onemanarmy

    Someone with such a clever pseudonym as FuckMichaelBay? I'm just glad to stimulate your feeble mind away from your fixation of bashing a man you admire so much as to incorporate his name into your alias. Congrats on posting something with actual content. You sir, are hilarious. As for bjbob...good times as well. Obviously yes, we do disagree on definitions. However, my point still stands (and clearly exhausted by your responses) that you sir are in fact a pretentious dick. I'm flattered that you would take so much time out of your busy schedule to respond not once, but thrice. Good game.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    As for Harry...

    by onemanarmy

    Leave that beautiful, ginger headed sex machine out of our banter. I admire the man, even more so I admire his operation here. It's times like this that I fall in love all over again with AICN. ;p

  • June 4, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    It took me three viewings before I realised there were robots in it. I couldn't tear my eyes of Megan Fox - and whenever she wasn't on screen, I spent all my time looking to see where she'd gone. Or playing with myself. Ancient English rites, y'all.<P> There'd better be Megan in TF2. I loves me some Megan.

  • June 4, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Someone keep an eye out down there. If we see Swayze, Rob Lowe or C Thomas Where's My Movie Career Gone Howell, we know this is in fact Bay's remake of RED DAWN. Or TRANSFORMERS 2: RED DAWN RISING. Wolverines vs Decepticons! LEA THOMPSON VS MEGAN FOX! AAAAARRHHHHH!!!!!

  • June 4, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    I'm fucking ecstatic that we aren't there: No plastic St. George's Crosses everywhere, no loathsome chavs dominating every pub, no pathetic building up of England into THE GREATEST FUCKING TEAM EVER, no inevitable penalty defeat to Germany in the quarter Finals, no rash of self-serving Autobiographies from fat overpaid cunts like Lampard ("Went to Germany, played like shit, missed penalty, world didn't end"). <P>Why would we be disappointed?

  • June 4, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    just for pillows.

  • June 4, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Madison Avenue?

    by onemanarmy

    Haven't heard of the group, however after a bit of research it comes as no surprise that you would be familiar with them. One Man Army is/was a punk rock band from the 90's. Google fails you my friend. Thank you, come again.

  • June 4, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Wrong again Mr. Bay Fetish

    by onemanarmy

    The Army never used a slogan until the US instituted the all volunteer Army in 1971. From which "Today's Army wants to join you" lasted until 1973. Which then changed to "Join the people who've joined the Army" for 6 years. From 1979 - 1981 it was "This is the Army," followed by "Be all you can be" for twenty years. "An Army of One" lasted from 2001 - 2006, and it's now "Army Strong." My knowledge of military history trumps your latest attempt at imitating intelligence. Have a nice day.

  • June 4, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Hey Mr. Bay!

    by bobjustbob

    I have a friend who plays guitar REALLY LOUD.<p><p>Can he write your soundtrack?

  • June 4, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!!<p>Ok, calm the fuck down people, I'm kidding! :-D

  • June 4, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, cranes, buildings, trains and silos

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and what looks like a prop helicopter model. Where's Shia? Swinging from a vine?

  • June 4, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay just phoned...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...and he wanted to thank M-O-M for paying to see his movies.<P>Heh.

  • June 4, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay Rules

    by j2talk

    as pointless as Damn You Michael Bay by MCMLXXVI

  • June 4, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    In conclusion FMB....

    by onemanarmy

    Your supposed "manipulation" is the defense you use for poor play on words? Thanks for the laugh. I'm sincerely happy that you're amused. Maybe not as amused as myself, but amused nonetheless. Your admittance to said word play furthermore shows your lack of any form of a life with meaning, purpose or ambition other than expressing your hatred (a la jealousy) for a man that couldn't care less about either of us. I must admit that I highly doubt there's even a shred of truth in your latest nonsense though. Especially from a man who addressed the internet as America. Keep trying though, one day you'll find yourself in a place entirely populated by people dumber than yourself. They'll admire you for the witty tidbits of knowledge that you've so eloquently attempted to share with me. I find myself with no remorse in admiting, I won't be there. ;p It's been fun chap.

  • June 4, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by Atrocity Cometh

    They always have to have the last word. Nice stereotyping though Fuck.

  • June 4, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Ahh the irony!

    by Atrocity Cometh

    My point being that you're stereotyping someone I'm pretty sure, is NOT European in any way shape or form. A true "Euro" would spell with proper English (i.e. colour, posuer, etc.) So now using big words, and be it a front or just blatant intelligence, either way the given use of words means that he or she has to be British? And yes, your actions remind me of women. The "manipulation," the word play, the last word thing. I could elaborate, but I'm sure you get the point. That indeed is a stereotype, but being ousted via wording means someone is a "pompous, egomaniacal British ass." Give me a fucking break. You're a douchebag lad. (Oh teh noes I said lad, I must be British now!)

  • June 4, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Second FMB

    by slugbat

    Of course all my hate is illegit because I'd rather be Bay right now, doing blow off the nipples of hot models. Seriously, I'd rather be the hack, and take the nipples and the blow and the boobies and nips than be me and care about film quality and a shit job. </depression>

  • June 12, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by slkboxrman

    to say that the purpose of talkbacks is to state ur opinion and then flame on the people not sayin what U think they should be saying is being big time hypocritical....well transformers was amazing, it seems that many of u think there was no story or it wasnt up to ur high GAY standards....i suggest u check out the oscars every year for "good storytelling" that will make u all commit suicide(hopefully)