Michael Bay once again is prepared to take out his checkbook for a cause, in this case in bringing someone to justice for animal cruelty. From his website.
There is a disturbing video going around the news outlets. It's a video of blonde young woman in a red sweatshirt casually tossing squealing puppies into the fast-moving river one by one.The video is disturbing enough that the folks over at 4chan are on the case. As it turns out, the 4chan threat might have lead Bosnian Katja Puschnik to post a video (pulled by YouTube) apologizing for her actions. She wrote:
Michael Bay has informed me that he is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the woman in the red sweatshirt and the person who shot this act of cruelty.
If you have any information, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"My name is Katja Puschnik and I would like to apologize [sic] for my behavior. The puppies belong to my grandma and she told me to get rid of them because they were only 3 days and they were ill. They had parasites from their mother. I didn't knew [sic] exactly what to do so I thrown [sic] them in the river because it was a short death. I did not want to make them suffer. I am really sorry for this:("Local police are apparently investigating this but it has not been verified if this confession is real or not.
In an interview with Moviemikes.com actor Lester Speight talks TF3 and his career. Below is the Transformers 3 part of the interview and his role of Hardcore Eddie.
MG: Tell us about your role in the upcoming “Transformers 3″?No idea if the $400 million budget figure is true but I think it is likely way too high. It will likely be a while before find out for sure. If true, I take it as great news as Bay is such a budget hawk that the more he has to spend, the more screen time of Transformers in robot mode we are likely to get. (link via TFW2005)
LS: I am not sure if you know but “Transformers 3″ has just eclipsed “Titanic” as the largest budgeted film ever. $400 million (incorrect, see below) and still going north! We are totally taking over downtown Chicago. The city is buzzing and it is crazy around here. I play Hardcore Eddie. Tyrese’s character Robert Epps calls me in. I was in a war with his father. I always told his dad I would look out for him and watch his back. I am doing all the heavy shooting, rocket launchers and kicking ass. Hardcore Eddie is old school soldier who has seen it all and done it all. I am just kicking ass and blowing up shit. Michael (Bay) just created such a great character.
Update: That was quick. Bay has already emphatically shot down the budget figure. Apparently making sure this false figure doesn't spread was important enough to post after a 4 month hiatus.
"Leister is moron. He has no clue about much, other then to try to get internet hype. He's been on the movie a total of 10 days the guys is just letting his ass talk. Movie is $ just above Revenge. He knows not to talk about this movie!" That would put the budget in the expected $200 million range. Lester might want to be careful. A little editing ninjutsu and he will wind up on the cutting room floor.
The Ultimate Transformers Blog has posted this art from Josh Nizzi (from his website I guess) that shows a concept of Optimus Prime combining with his trailer. I have a feeling this is Transformers 2 art but still cool looking idea, especially with the electric axe. Thanks to Scorpio for the link.
In the last bit of news, Discovery Communications Headquarters (part owners of The Hub channel) was the site of a hostage situation this afternoon. The suspect, James Lee, was shot and killed after appearing to be prepared to shoot a hostage that moved. He was the only one killed during the incident. Apparently the man was mentally disturbed and had a website that demanded Discovery Channel "stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants." Congrats to the Montgomery County PD in Maryland for successfully rescuing the hostages.