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Lies, Half-Truths & False Intel!

Who do we believe?

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     February 15, 2008


Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) back in their old haunts in THE X-FILES 2(2008).
© 20th Century Fox
Who needs speculative spewing gossip rags when the actual production staff—executive producers, directors and stars--- will do the dirty work themselves?
 
Welcome back Maniacs to our second installment of the Top Maniacal Rumors of the Week. In this edition, we’ll focus on the directors and producers who stoke the fires of misinformation about their upcoming projects by leaking pictures and stories designed to create controversy…and generally confuse the hell out of us.
 
What better way to throw off your fanboys around the net than by supervising the leakage of information yourself? That’s what X-Files creator Chris Carter and action-director MichaelBay have set on their agendas. 
 
 
X-Files Werewolf photo a hoax?
 
The Rumor: A few weeks ago, some shockingly revealing set photos appeared online courtesy of Joblo, which seemingly revealed the entire secretive plot concept that Chris Carter has been holding close to his chest. In the set photos, it shows Carter on location in Vancouver, talking with an actor dressed in what looks to be a Werewolf costume. We here at Mania published it, thinking it was too good to be true.
 
Apparently it is…
 
 
 
The Source: Movie Web reports that the photo above could be nothing but disinformation from Carter in a devious attempt to throw us off the real plot concept for the upcoming X-Files 2. Here’s what a source had to say to Movie Hole earlier this week on those hairy snapshots.
 
"Just got off the phone with an old Canuck film buddy of mine. While discussing the many projects he's been working on lately, I asked him about The X-Files, and more specifically, about those werewolf pictures that popped up on the net a couple of weeks ago. After chuckling a bit, he said that Chris Carter knows what he's doing, and that the werewolf did exactly what it was supposed to do- throw people off the X-Files scent. Translation? Those photos that appeared online were nothing more than a hoax by the production!"
 
 
 
The Mania Verdict:. Both Movie Hole and Joblo tend to be more reliable than the average gossip rag. But the funny thing about this situation is that Fox demanded that Joblo take down the werewolf photos. If this is indeed a publicity stunt, why demand the photos be removed? Our take is that the Werewolf photos could have been legitimate, initially, but their too-early release to the general public may prompt a change from Carter and Company. It may not have been deliberate disinformation, but it can probably count as it now.
 
 
Bay: "No Dinobots in Transformers 2! Or am I messing with your head?"
 
The Rumor: For months, there’s been curious speculation on which robots will make their theatrical debut in the 2009 sequel to last summer’s smash-hit, Transformers. Word on the street is that Cybertron, Galvatron and Dinobots might be involved.
 
The Source: Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were the first to get the rumor mill spinning at last summer’s BotCon conference by hinting to us these fan-enticing keywords. Unfortunately, we don’t know if any of this is true.
 
Why?
 
Because director MichaelBay is controlling what is and what isn’t released to the media. He even warned us all back in November that he’ll be supervising leaks with members of his production team.
 
"One thing I do know is, I know how to screw them up more," said Bay. "We're going to leak a lot of false information all over the place. I now know their game. They're going to get a lot of script treatments that they think are going to be the script. They will never see the script. We've got scripts and treatments written up that we're going to leak. No one's going to know."
 
Scoopers who currently think they're sitting on a hot one, here's a head's up. "There's one out that's fake right now. There are going to be many others."
 
So, when Bay announced online this past week that he has completed the rough story outline for Transformers 2 and there are no Dinobots, do we really accept his word at face value? Here’s what he had to say in a video interview a few days ago to IESB.
 
Before he began his interview on updating the sequel’s status, he jokingly said “It's coming shitty right now and I don't know what I'm going to do," he said with a very serious look, "I might scrap the project."
 
That automatically has us on guard on whether Bay is enacting his disinformation campaign.
 
For his part, star Shia LaBeouf is also excited about the sequel in today’s interview with Empire Online, though admittedly, he wouldn’t touch upon singular storyline issues like the Dinobots because of he doesn’t want to be reprimanded.
 
“I know of a few things I have to work on for the next one,” said LaBeouf. “I’ve seen pre-vizes of the action scenes and I just saw Michael yesterday. It’s going to be bad-ass. We’re not making another one unless it is, and Mike is definitely not resting on his laurels — he’s doing insane shit again. And the pre-vizes that I’ve seen… it’s just massive. If the first one was any indicator of how massive massive can be, this is going to blow that out of the water. It’s insane. Mike’s mind was just kind of made for this — it’s amazing. There’s going to be a lot more characterization with the robots, which I’m excited about. I was a fan of Transformers before the movie came out. And there’s going to be a lot of action…That goes unsaid, I guess”.
 
 
 
The Mania Verdict:For now, it’s safe to say that the Dinobots aren’t getting an inclusion into the sequel. But what’s to say that will be true when screenwriters Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman begin penning the screenplay over the next few weeks? It’s hard to believe anything from director Bay when he’s already warned us of his sinister plans of false intelligence. Production will begin in the next four months and may go through several screenplay drafts before the finished product hits theaters June 26, 2009.
 
 
 
 
Lost: Strike is over, Where’s my Full Season?
 
The Rumor:After reports broke that the WGA strike was finally coming to an amicable end, fans of the mega-hit ABC show Lost have literally been falling over the water cooler in their excitement for a full (shortened) 16-episode Season 4, as opposed to just an even shorter 8-episode plan. As soon as the strike officially ended, everyone wanted to know what we’d get. The first quote from a production insider, executive producer Damon Lindeloff, certainly seemed to be optimistic for fans wanting the full slate. But, unfortunately, it went downhill from there.
 
 
The Source:
 
Here’s what executive producers Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse had to say about getting a full season. 
 
"We are going to execute our full story plan for season four," Damon.Lindeloff tells E’s Kristen. "This simply requires a shift from high-octane storytelling to superhigh-octane storytelling. It requires no cramming, only a slightly heavier foot on the gas pedal...So, hold on to your hats. Those of you waiting for the long-anticipated Jin and Hurley Ping-Pong tournament, however, will be very disappointed."
 
But Lindeloff may have been optimistic a tad too soon. After a meeting with ABC brass, the next few leaks spelled out a change in philosophy.
 
"We're going to try to make as many [episodes] as we can and do a good job of finishing out this season," Cuse tells Variety. "We'll have to compress some of the storytelling we planned for this season, and that may not be a bad thing. Damon and I feel like we know how we can finish it off and still make it a really, really great story."
 
 
Show runner Cuse elaborated more with TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello:
 
 
What came out of your meeting with ABC today?
Cuse: Damon [Lindeloff] and I are going to try to make five more episodes before the end of May, which is ambitious. But we've found
ourselves in a situation where we had eight episodes of story planned, and we're going to try to fit that into five hours of the show. Even though it's going to be very hard to execute, we felt like any less would be doing a disservice to the story we had planned. We really want to give the fans the best possible experience and ending... to Season 4.

Any chance that the first of the five episodes will air the week after that last pre-strike episode — thus eliminating any scheduling gap?
Cuse
: No, there's probably going to be four weeks between the airing of the first batch of episodes and our new episodes.
 
 
 
The Mania Verdict: So, we’re getting more episodes, but not the whole 16-flavor enchilada. The new official plan for Lost Season 4 is to air 7 episodes consecutively, 2 of which have been shown already, before taking a month long break. Under the new plan, the show would leave the air on March 13. We would then need to wait a month until April 17th or April 24th before seeing the final 6 episodes.
 
Are we going to eventually see the other 3 shows? Well, yes. Cuse has said in the above interview links that the commitment was for 48-one hour blocks of television. So that’s what we’re getting, strike problems or not. Those 3 additional shows will air somewhere down the line. 
 
If you have any real juicy rumors worthy of discussion, drop me a line at jarrod@mania.com. Include “Top Rumors” in the title of the email, your username and the link to the story. You may find yourself scooped in next week’s column.

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joeybaloney 2/15/2008 8:49:13 AM
However this season of Lost pans out I hope they'll at least give us a bit of an earlier start next season. This season of Lost, BTW, has been fantastic so far!!
CalamityJohnson 2/15/2008 10:17:14 AM
Am i the only one that wants to see Soundwave back in the Transformers mytho? Sure, a tape deck would be outdated, but maybe some kind of console system or CD player of some sort. He was always my favorite bot and I'd love to hear the famous: "Ravage eject! Laserbeak eject! Rumble eject!"
mckracken 2/15/2008 10:34:19 AM
Calamity, stop me if I'm wrong but they DID use a boombox in the first Transformers, if I understood correctly, it was an original robot created for the movie and not soundwave... also if you'd love to hear the famous line "Ravage Eject! Lazerbeak Eject! Rumble Eject!" uttered again, go back and watch your Transformers cartoons again. I would much rather have Galvatron or Cybertron over Soundwave and the Dinobots.
rgtchtiger 2/15/2008 11:17:59 AM
mckracken, You're half right. There was a boombox used in Transformers, but the character was not created specifically for the movie. The character in question was Frenzy, and in a bit of irony Frenzy was one of Soundwave's cassettes in the cartoon. Frenzy similar duties in the cartoon and was twins with Rumble. Personally, I'd love to have Soundwave be featured in the sequel. The writers simply couldn't find the best way to update his character for 2007, and they also couldn't find a logical way for audiences to buy into the concept of "mass shifting" where a robot in the cartoon could shrink to the size of a cassette player and grow to the size of a giant robot. Personally, I think the best way to incorporate Soundwave is to have him be a spy satellite in space. His cassettes from the cartoon could act as probes used to explore new regions on the Earth and throughout the solar system (and possibly further).
experiMENTAL 2/15/2008 11:18:22 AM
Calamity, what is this 'tape deck' you speak of? Frenzy was Bay's answer to Soundwave. You're not gonna get much closer than that. I'm all for Galvatron, but in order for that to translate well, they would need to change the origin. Unicron, like Galactus, would look ridiculous onscreen. Bring back Megtron/Galvatron for part 3. I'd like to see Starscream come back to Earth with Astrotrain full of reinforcements, namely the Constructicons. Yeeeeeah! The Autobots can just be finishing up building Metroplex and recruiting that Mountain Dew machine bot from TF1. Just kidding. but not.
bdd 2/15/2008 12:24:21 PM
I don't get why Lost can't get all 8 episodes done. Filming might take a little while, but don't most shows film an episode a week? I want 8 episodes damnit! And I think X-Files 2 story is being covered up because it's THAT bad and don't want anyone to know how bad it is until the movie airs.
Hobbs 2/15/2008 2:48:48 PM
I'm bummed about Lost as well and I wonder how much they are going to charge us for an incomplete season 4 when it comes out on DVD. I have no problem wth the Dinobots in the story as long as they serve a purpose and are not added just for the sake of adding them. If Transformers want to blend in they can't do it looking like Dino's. Yeah, yeah, I know its a popcorn flick but I still enjoyed it. X-files and the werewolf...who cares. It's the X-files, not Indiana Jones, the Matrix, or Star Wars. Though you have to give them perks for starting the buzz about the movie and gaining interest.
mckracken 2/15/2008 2:56:13 PM
personally I have always felt that 1) the X-files werewolf pics were authentic and 2) Carter had his people order the pull down of the pics quickly and 3) then created a cover story that said those pics werent authentic but in fact, a hoax. No Chris they werent a hoax at first, you saw them yourself holding this authentic movie prop (it wasnt a guy in a full bodied werewolf costume, I have the pics on this computer, it was just the anamatronic puppet werewolf head itself and three people including Carter were looking at and touching it) took the werewolf out of the movie after the photos were leaked. Of course we'll never know for sure if it was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Carter or a genuine security breach that was made to look like a hoax after the fact, the bottom line remains, if they were genuine photos (as I suspect) Carter has since altered his movie which is a major bummer since I LOVE WEREWOLVES.... and that was a damn cool anamatronic werewolf puppet he was looking at!
Hobbs 2/15/2008 3:25:43 PM
If you really think about it...does knowing a werewolf is the main spoiler of the X-files make you NOT want to see the movie? My guess is that if you want to see this movie you are going to see it regardless of what you see or hear. I guarantee you the box office numbers for the x-files will have nothing to do with early leaks about the script.
mortellan 2/15/2008 5:21:51 PM
No mass shifting? Of course they had mass shifting in the movie. That gigantic cube everyone was after? It went from the size of a building to a box big AND light enough for LeBouf to carry? Uh huh ;)
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