“TF3” Updates: Story’s End, James Avery, and SHOCKWAVE?!

{mosimage}For those that remembered the rumor of James Avery, Uncle Phil from the TV show "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", voicing a Transformer in Transformers 3 some time back, The Examiner has stated that he will be voicing Silverbolt for the film. Whether this Silverbolt will be anything like his G1 cartoon incarnation remains to be seen. Second up is USA Today with an article that carry hints of how the story will go, plus fans' favorite mono-optic logical Decepticon Shockwave!

Read up at The Examiner on James Avery, USA Today on the third-part's story, and sound off at our discussion thread!

'Uncle Phil' James Avery isn't dead after all

June 6, 5:22 PMEntertainment ExaminerMichael Essany

A crazy rumor has run away at an unbridled pace this weekend.

The rumor: James Avery – better known as "Uncle Phil" from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" – is dead.

The only problem with this speculation is that the actor is still alive.

At 61, James Avery is doing quite well for himself.

A representative for everybody's favorite TV uncle says James Avery is doing great and will assume the voice role of "Silverbolt" in the upcoming blockbuster Transformers 3.

Looks like the internet rumor is just the latest celebrity death hoax.

In other words, Will Smith can torment "Uncle Phil" for many more years to come.

Next 'Transformers' is due for a switch

LOS ANGELES — The Transformers promise they can change, baby.

With shooting underway on a third movie and plans to debut next summer, Michael Bay and Co. acknowledge missteps with the last one and aim to upgrade the shape-shifting robot franchise with a more coherent story, less goofball humor and a pledge that characters who die will stay dead. It will also be in 3-D.

Revenge of the Fallen was the No. 2 movie of 2009 (behind only Avatar), earning $836 million worldwide — clearly very popular, though complaints from some moviegoers and a negative fusillade from critics made the filmmakers take notice.

"I'll take some of the criticism," says Bay, standing at a set built to resemble a dilapidated nuclear reactor. "It was very hard to put (the sequel) together that quickly after the writers' strike (of 2007-08)."

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says the rush strained the plot: "We tried to do too many things in the second movie, which didn't give enough time in any one of them. We were constantly jumping to the next piece of information, the next place."

Bay is not one for mea culpas, but he says he can do better. "This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings," the director says.

Bay calls the second film's villain, The Fallen, "kind of a (expletive) character." The new movie's foe is certain to make fans of the original '80s incarnation smile: Shockwave, the robot cyclops-turned-laser-cannon, who became dictator of their home world of Cybertron after the other Autobots and Decepticons journeyed to Earth.

"One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy," Bay adds. So the twins, the two bumbling, slang-spewing robots? "They're basically gone," he says, though John Turturro returns for comic relief.

The new film features Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) taking his first tenuous steps into adulthood while remaining a reluctant human ally of Optimus Prime. "Shia has this great line: 'You know, I've saved the world twice, but I can't get a job,' " di Bonaventura says.

Megan Fox, who played Mikaela, was dropped just before shooting, so LaBeouf's character also has a new love interest, played by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

"I love Megan and I miss the girl," LaBeouf says, flecked with fake blood and dirt during a break between shooting. "But Sam and Mikaela became one character, and here … you have discovery again from a new perspective."

Plot details are under wraps, but it delves into the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet's most dangerous secrets. "The movie is more of a mystery," Bay says. "It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened."

While Optimus Prime, Megatron and even Sam all have died and been resurrected, di Bonaventura says this film will have no do-overs: Die, and that's it.

Bay hints that there may be a lot of that. "As a trilogy, it really ends," he says. "It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending."