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Paramount Hosting a Reality TV Show to Cast Chinese Cast Members for Transformers 4

Posted on 04-18-2013 at 12:11 PM by Secretcode under Transformers Movie
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...You read that right. Yahoo! reports that as part of a deal with a Chinese TV studio, Paramount is working on a show named Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search of which the four winners of the show (Two WITH acting experience and two without) will be given roles on the upcoming fourth film in the franchise.

HONG KONG – Having announced plans in early April for Transformers 4 to be a Chinese co-production involving the inclusion of some Chinese content, Paramount Pictures has now gone one step further in shaping the project along Chinese lines – by casting its Chinese roles through a reality television show, one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the country.
Launched at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, the Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search will be a new talent competition television show in which the four winners – two with professional acting experience, two without – will be granted roles in the next entry of the franchise.

The show is set to commence broadcast in China in June 2013, with a panel of judges comprising Sid Ganis, the former head of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the current chairman of Jiaflix; the film’s producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura and casting director Denise Chamian; Paramount’s marketing and distribution chief Megan Colligan.

The film’s Chinese backers will be represented by Jia Qi, deputy director of the film’s Chinese co-producers China Movie Channel; and Liang Longfei, vice-president of m1905, the channel’s portal through which contestants (who need to be over 18) can register for the show.

Producers said the four winning contestants will join “a number of talented Chinese actors and actresses” in Transformers 4. The third film in the franchise, Dark of the Moon, generated $165 million in China, and stands fourth in the country’s overall box-office rankings behind Avatar, Lost in Thailand and Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.

Through pre-recorded video footage, Ganis told the Chinese press that the show will “give actors and fans of the Transformers franchise the opportunity to be appearing in a major motion picture, and it will provide the world audience yet another glimpse of the Chinese people, the Chinese culture and China itself.”

DiBonaventura added that his team “are looking forward to becoming more and more part of the Chinese audience’s experience by bringing the Chinese culture, Chinese traditions and Chinese talent into the movie”.

By hyping the production of the film with a reality show, the Transformers producers have certainly tapped into the demands of China’s vast television audiences. The country’s viewers have become increasingly transfixed in recent years by this format, and the most-viewed programs today are dating shows as well as one in which celebrities participate in an extended period of training in high-platform diving.
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TunaKaan
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that "Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search" is a new talent competition show that will be hitting Chinese airwaves in June.
The film’s Chinese backers will be represented by Jia Qi, deputy director of the film’s Chinese co-producers China Movie Channel; and Liang Longfei, vice-president of m1905, the channel’s portal through which contestants (who need to be over 18) can register for the show. Producers said the four winning contestants will join “a number of talented Chinese actors and actresses” in ‘Transformers 4.’ The third film in the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ generated $165 million in China, and stands fourth in the country’s overall box-office rankings behind ‘Avatar,’ ‘Lost in Thailand’ and ‘Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.’


Through pre-recorded video footage, Sid Ganis told the Chinese press that the show will, “give actors and fans of the Transformers franchise the opportunity to be appearing in a major motion picture, and it will provide the world audience yet another glimpse of the Chinese people, the Chinese culture and China itself.” While Lorenzo DiBonaventura added that his team, “are looking forward to becoming more and more part of the Chinese audience’s experience by bringing the Chinese culture, Chinese traditions and Chinese talent into the movie”.


Paramount Pictures To Cast Chinese Actors For ‘Transformers 4′ Via A Reality TV Show | Flicks and Bits
Shockwaved
I just heard about it.

Not sure what to think about it, but it seems an insane way of casting someone.
TunaKaan
Damn I got ninja'd.
Niv3k
Yeah what?
sideswipeprime*
The only reason they are doing this is for money, they spend a few bucks on a reality tv show to get attention for the Chinese to watch the movie. This is very unnecessary and thisovie is turning like a joke to me. For once can't they stop thinking about the money and making shit transformers films.
Stygian360
This seems... weird. Very obviously a nod towards trying to curry favor with the population of China- a place where the TF movie franchise is quite popular- but otherwise seems pointless. No worse than "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" or any of the other inane stateside reality shows that we have here, but still seems like an odd concept. Perhaps 'circus like atmosphere' is the best way to describe how I feel about this. More and more the hype machine surrounding these movies builds and eventually this cash cow's teets are going to run very, very dry. Then what?
Alejandro27
haha this is an all time low, reality tv is the bottom of the barrel. This has to be for a nonspeaking role, or a one liner at the very least.
MindChamber
lol what a circus is right, I still remember the "Choose Optimus' line" contest, where "Do a Barrel Roll" won first place.

If people dont see how much of a joke Bay considers this property by now, I dont know what will change their minds.
ngnikolaos
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This has to be for a nonspeaking role, or a one liner at the very least.
So basically they will be voicing Transformers.
soundwaverulls
There is no mistake. Transformers 4 is what happens when a shitty director who has waaayy too much money gets bored and wants a laugh.

Bay gets an actor who's actually heard of the Touch and doesn't like it (to be fair, most who aren't nostalgic about it don't like it) then claims he got the idea off the fans.

He castes an actress from the Last Airbender, a film where critics, fans and the general public united to hate it.

He holds a coffee commercial making contest to get someone to be... whatever they want.

And now there's a Chinese reality show to get actors for the film.

You can't help but be impressed by what lengths Bay is going to in order to make this films a joke.
Zress Tayasu
as derp as this news is. I can't help groan at the majority of this thread thus far. isn't this the same stuff you guys have said for the last three movies and in every thread semi-related to the along the way? y'all need to chill. even though I know you won't and it's just gonna keep spiraling through the haterade whirlpool... <.<; don't have to like these things, but not making the rest of us look like a frothing cauldron of hate by association would be nice.
Kevin XI
Sounds super.
TFW10
To me, having a reality show about a future movie sounds like cheap advertisement which may work to advertise the movie but doesn't mean that people will buy the ticket.

Hopefully I'm wrong
BB Shockwave
So, let me get this straight...

Michael "God Bless America and the Army and Explosions" Bay is now selling out to China.
Y'know, the guy who became who he is because PATRIOTISM!!! [/Film Brain] - the army gives him free extras and tanks and jets and whatnot because he portrays them in a good light in his movies. And now, the man goes to work with the country who is currently the US's only equal. If that's not backstabbing, I don't know what is.

Also, a reality TV show. Because we know how great actors are born from Reality TV, right? Let Bay hire some Big Brother actors next. Pure Talent!!!
bman29
Aside from the endless Bay bashing that comes with every new thread that ever mentions him(ya'll need to get a life to quote The Shatner), this looks more like a way of covering themselves and to gain favor when the Chinese finally invade America after they own everything we have.
Noideaforaname
Micahel Bay isn't mentioned or even alluded to in this story, yet...

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You can't help but be impressed by what lengths Bay is going to in order to make this films a joke.
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If people dont see how much of a joke Bay considers this property by now, I dont know what will change their minds.
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Michael "God Bless America and the Army and Explosions" Bay is now selling out to China.
ATLMYK
It's a reality show for a minor role in a major movie. That is all. It's not to help the movie, the transformers franchise is already huge there. The reality producers are using the excitement of being in what will probably be another record breaking movie in the Chinese boxoffice. It cannot be any worse than the reality crap on american TVs today. No need to get pissy over it. I think some posters need their nap time.
bman29
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Originally Posted by ATLMYK View Post
It's a reality show for a minor role in a major movie. That is all. It's not to help the movie, the transformers franchise is already huge there. The reality producers are using the excitement of being in what will probably be another record breaking movie in the Chinese boxoffice. It cannot be any worse than the reality crap on american TVs today. No need to get pissy over it. I think some posters need their nap time.
Yeah I agree with you. Its nothing to get bent over. A nap time and milk and cookies should calm down those that so desperately cling to their childhood.
MV95
What's with all this China stuff? Nothin against the Chinese, but I'm not sure I'm liking the way this is heading. I mean, a reality show? Seriously??
MindChamber
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What's with all this China stuff? Nothin against the Chinese, but I'm not sure I'm liking the way this is heading. I mean, a reality show? Seriously??
America is broke,


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Micahel Bay isn't mentioned or even alluded to in this story, yet...
Considering how hes had his hand in from the renaming of characters to the amusement ride, and the simple fact he has to direct these poeople the Man must've signed off on it at SOME point. He's already pointed out in an interview he doesn't approach the franchise artistically,

So really it's not much of a stretch. Or would you have us believe hes going to let two winners of some reality show walk on set and act without his consent? please....
theledge
Better get myself signed up
Bumblethumper
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You can't help but be impressed by what lengths Bay is going to in order to make this films a joke.
As bad as his films are, it's not for lack of effort.
Cosmic Forge
I can see it now. Here comes the Chinese propaganda machine(lol - I wonder what it's ALT mode is? heh).

Let's hope they keep this whole affair minimal.
Autovolt 127
What a way to cast someone.
ATLMYK
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Better get myself signed up
Hope you get one of the parts. It would be nice to have a insider.
Timesynch
Well, that didn't take long for this thread to devolve into anti-China rhetoric (China is only good enough to make our beloved Transformers toys but not for much else, eh?).

As for the Bay naysayers, I wonder how many of you guys are still going to pay to see TF4 in theaters?

It's an American Idol type show to cast 4 bit movie parts in a country with a lot of fellow Transformers fans. That's it. No more, no less. To make this political or racial or anything else leads me to believe some folks here have a lot of stupid hang-ups that needs to be checked, and hard.
Scorpio
Its a publicity stunt - probably organised by the marketing department. I doubt Bay had any influence in this choice - so please stop randomly blaming him.

Given the Chinese market is currently one of the most untapped for action films we have films such as Iron Man 3 and Transformers 4 competing to try to get some of the audience - in this case Transformers 4 will be partially filmed in China and they'll use a reality tv show to get free extra's on set - while improving publicity for the film.

Here's some methods used by Iron man 3 to try to gain Chinese support;
[VIDEO] 'Iron Man 3' China Commercial -- Rare Promotion
Chinese-Government Officials Were Apparently Given Special Access to Iron Man 3 Set | Vanity Fair
'Iron Man 3' will become the first 4DX release in Japan | Filmonic
China Looks to Iron Man 3, Hollywood as Gateway to US Living Rooms

I wouldn't be surprised if Transformers 4 has a Chinese actor for one of the supporting roles this time around...

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So basically they will be voicing Transformers.
People like you are what keep this forum so enjoyable and provide a good laugh - despite what happens with the movies
SPLIT LIP
I was hoping this was filming for a scene where Mark Wallboard goes on a chinese game show.

Could be worse.

Could be a Japanese game show. :/ (those guys are into WEIRD SHIT)
Scorpio
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I was hoping this was filming for a scene where Mark Wallboard goes on a chinese game show.

Could be worse.

Could be a Japanese game show. :/ (those guys are into WEIRD SHIT)
Some of them are awesome though - they actually make their contestants work for their prizes - rather than just having them answer a few questions or add numbers together.
TheBigBad
They too can win a chance to get a piece of metal embedded in their heads.
Noideaforaname
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Considering how hes had his hand in from the renaming of characters to the amusement ride, and the simple fact he has to direct these poeople the Man must've signed off on it at SOME point. He's already pointed out in an interview he doesn't approach the franchise artistically,

So really it's not much of a stretch. Or would you have us believe hes going to let two winners of some reality show walk on set and act without his consent? please....
"Signed off on" is utterly horrid logic to start blaming someone for something. It's still a giant leap of logic assuming this is something Bay had any real control over, and it's ridiculous to fault only him for this.
PrimulArchangel
Reality shows kill more brain cells in one 30 min episode then weed kills in a lifetime.

So instead of having someone just come in an audition for a role, they are going to hang the bone from a string and have the people beg for it for the enjoyment of the viewers lol . I love Transformers but I would never do something so stupid to get a role in a movie .
SpicyRichter
Maybe this makes me a racist, but I just lost any interest I may have had in this film.
Omnius
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Originally Posted by ATLMYK View Post
It's a reality show for a minor role in a major movie. That is all. It's not to help the movie, the transformers franchise is already huge there. The reality producers are using the excitement of being in what will probably be another record breaking movie in the Chinese boxoffice. It cannot be any worse than the reality crap on american TVs today. No need to get pissy over it. I think some posters need their nap time.
Quoted, enlarged and bolded because some people in this thread really need to read the above.

Edit: Yes, you.
Nako
OK, As I understand it. Iron Man 3 and Transformers 4 will have additional scenes with Chinese Actors that will only appear in the Chinese release of those movies. So I guess were getting 4 slightly different movies. I'm kind of curious to see what they will add.
KnightHawkke
Cool story I guess?

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Maybe this makes me a racist, but I just lost any interest I may have had in this film.
There is only one race... now there are many cultures for sure.
XIII
two words.

SELL OUT
Russian fan
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There is no mistake. Transformers 4 is what happens when a shitty director who has waaayy too much money gets bored and wants a laugh.
I'll see you all next year wearing him on your hands, this "sh?tty director".
We (and many russians) watch some shows about searching talents with big interest. Michael Bay knows, that he will work in very big and "young", fast growing country. People in such countries often have a big potential in arts. It's not only advertisement, it's also like a "oil exploration" .
MindChamber
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"Signed off on" is utterly horrid logic to start blaming someone for something. It's still a giant leap of logic assuming this is something Bay had any real control over, and it's ridiculous to fault only him for this.
is it really that big of a leap of logic really? hes the director and someone is planing to put two no bodies in the movie, one of them a talking role, he has no say? on his film? really? interesting. Of course he has to sign off on it, Fliming and scheduling has to be laid out like a science,. To act like hes totally clueless about this, even more horrid logic. this isnt just some trailer publicity stunt. that he doesnt have to worry about, he has to place the camera on two people that are now part of the script and movie.

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Edit: Yes, you.
people are annoyed because Bay is allowing the movies to be more of a Joke than they already are. It pretty much has nothing to do if they're Chinese, or if its a reality show, or if the exposure is needed. this whole "calm down every movie does this" is complete BS.

Its dumb, garish, and just cheesy. everyone has a right to their opinion neagative or possive. Its pretty annoying when people like to call others, pissy or, whiny because they disagree.
Autovolt 127
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Maybe this makes me a racist, but I just lost any interest I may have had in this film.
I don't think it is, too lose hope because they are picking actors because they won a reality show and only because of that, instead of oh i don't know. Acting Talent.
steelgravekaon
so paramount does a deal for chinese production and casting, etc

and they come up with a reality show to get it done?

who's selling the really cool drugs...cause they just made a shit load of $$$.

This is
steelgravekaon
its idiocy at its finest.

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