‘Power Rangers’: New Toys Give First Look at Red Rangers Megazord and Sword, Plus Morphers and Power Coins

Up until now, we have only seen parts of the new Megazords from the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. RangerNation.com has the exclusive first look at several toys which reveal the Red Rangers Tyrannosaurus Megazord plus his Power Sword as well as the Rangers’ Morphers and Power Coins which we were treated to a glimpse of in the official teaser trailer that debuted at New York Comic Con.

Up until now, we have only seen parts of the new Megazords from the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. RangerNation.com has the exclusive first look at several toys which reveal the Red Rangers Tyrannosaurus Megazord plus his Power Sword as well as the Rangers’ Morphers and Power Coins which we were treated to a glimpse of in the official teaser trailer that debuted at New York Comic Con.

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The new designs are right in the line with more Japanese inspired look of the new Ranger suits in the film. While I am still partial to the designs from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Super Sentai Series from Japan, I am excited to see what looks like an anime to come life in a live-action American film.

The full site for RangerNation.com launches next month and you can expect to see many of the new toys, most likely revealing Zordon, Alpha, the Putty Patrol and Goldar ahead of the film’s release.

Power Rangers hit theaters March 24, 2017.

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Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

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‘Arrow’: “Penance” Clip

Evelyn Sharp is officially Artemis. Referred to as her code name by the Green Arrow in a clip released by The CW ahead of tonight’s episode titled “Penance” which will see the newly formed Team Arrow 2.0 come together to break John Diggle out of prison.

Evelyn Sharp is officially Artemis. Referred to as her code name by the Green Arrow in a clip released by The CW ahead of tonight’s episode titled “Penance” which will see the newly formed Team Arrow 2.0 come together to break John Diggle out of prison.

Arrow airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

‘The Punisher’: 5 New Cast Members Join Netflix Drama

One of three Marvel series to debut on Netflix in 2017 (the others being Iron Fist and The Defenders), Marvel’s The Punisher is gearing up to adorn itself with both allies and aggressors. No one here at AR was more excited than I was today to hear Marvel’s announcement about the most recent additions to the upcoming Punisher Netflix series.

One of three Marvel series set to debut on Netflix in 2017 (the others being Iron Fist, and The Defenders), Marvel’s The Punisher is gearing up to adorn itself with both allies and aggressors. No one here at AR was more excited than I was today to hear Marvel’s announcement about the most recent additions to the upcoming Punisher Netflix series.

Joining the killing grounds with series lead actor Jon Bernthal is Daniel Webber (11.22.63)Jason R. Moore (A Lonely Place For Dying), Paul Shulz (Nurse Jackie), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), and Michael Nathanson (The KnickWolf of Wallstreet). Webber will play Lewis Walcott, a young veteran re-acclimating to society, Moore has been cast as an old friend of Frank Castle, Shulz plays Rawlins, a member of the CIA that has ties to Castle’s days in Afghanistan, Newman will join as Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s wife (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), and Nathanson will play Sam Stein, a Homeland agent partnered with Dinah (Amber Rose Revah).

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I was also more than amped that Steve Lightfoot, who absolutely blew me away with his work as Executive Producer on NBC’s Hannibal is taking the helm in the same role on The Punisher as well as becoming the showrunner and penning its maiden season’s first two episodes. He had warm things to say about those about to join him.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more talented group of actors to round out the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher. …It’s a thrill to watch them each bring their characters to life with such layered, nuanced performances.”

Even thinking about the gritty, raw, yet openly vulnerable offering from Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle aka The Punisher, I get goosebumps. Having initially seen the character for pages upon comic book pages in my first fragile glances upon more violence-forward areas of the Marvel spectrum, I couldn’t have asked for a better fit in an actor. He absolutely wowed me in the first season of The Walking Dead as the two-timing Shane Walsh. It’s tantamount that Bernthal’s supporting cast can go steel toe-to-steel toe with him, which seems likely to happen. Executive Producer Jeph Loeb had glowing things to add regarding the stellar lineup.

“Marvel TV is very proud of the cast of The Punisher. Each actor brings a special promise who surround Jon Bernthal’s exceptional performance.”

The promise of a gloriously glossy, stylistic and well-acted presentation seems to be rapidly approaching on the horizon for ex-military vigilante Frank Castle’s chilling foray into his own thrilling Netflix drama.

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SOURCE: MARVEL

Deadpool Fans Unite for Change…and Quentin Tarantino?

After the rather drama-free departure of Tim Miller from ‘Deadpool 2’ Friday, it’s obvious there’s an empty seat that needs to be filled on this satire-saturated feature film. Fox has no doubt been mining for the perfect successor for the fan admired director. Some fans however, have decided to actively take matters into their own rapidly typing hands.

After the rather drama-free departure of Tim Miller from ‘Deadpool 2’ Friday, it’s obvious there’s an empty seat that needs to be filled on this satire-saturated feature film. Fox has no doubt been mining for the perfect successor for the fan admired director. Some fan’s however, have decided to actively take matters into their own rapidly typing hands.

Sunday on Change.org, a petition-organizing site for the masses, fans assembled to gather votes to have directing tour de force Quentin Tarantino take to the set for our beloved merc-with-a-mouth. Carl Champion Jr., the creator of the petition is quite confident in the success that having the Academy Award winning Tarantino on the project would bring:

“If there was ever a chance to see Tarantino do a project almost guaranteed to make a billion dollars, this is it. We got a great taste of what this could be like in Kill Bill, but imagine having a guy like Tarantino write dialogue for The Merc with the Mouth! It would be so glorious. Join me!”

Having Tarantino’s spin on our favorite fourth wall-breaking badass would no doubt be something to see, but whether Fox takes the sway of potentially 2500 max dedicated Deadpool supporters is extremely unlikely. The sound of the cash registers at the box office is far too deafening for the clicking of keyboards to be heard over, and it’s the producer’s call on the creative end most of the time.

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Thus far, with only 554 votes left to reach the petition goal, at least some of us agree with Champion Jr. Personally, I love Tarantino’s body of work, but I’m not feeling the feels about him potentially taking the directorial reins of the project. I’d rather see Tarantino do his own thing on his own projects, where he so often shines in full effect. With Deadpool having such an ardent protector and producer in star Ryan Reynolds, who’s vision of the character is so razor-focused it pushes any occluding visions completely out of the way, the next director will no doubt be a handpicked accompaniment to his dyed in the sites dedication. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-5-02-44-pm

SOURCES: CHANGE.ORG, CBR.COM

‘Deadpool 2’ Drama: Ami-Cable Split?

Director Tim Miller parted ways with the rest of his former collaborators on the ‘Deadpool 2’ movie Friday, with the term ‘creative differences’ used as the core cause of his exodus.

Director Tim Miller parted ways with the rest of his former collaborators on the ‘Deadpool 2’ movie Friday, with the term ‘creative differences’ used as the core cause of his exodus.

According to The Wrap, it seems that the film’s leading actor and producer Ryan Reynolds, who renegotiated his deal with Fox in the time since the first Deadpool           installment to include casting and “other creative controls,” had a different vision in a few key areas; the casting of long-time fan favorite Cable was possibly the main cause of the lack of resolution between the two.  It seems that Miller was exploring the option of casting actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline), and Reynolds was just not having it.

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Any actor chosen for the role would ideally have some sort of chemistry with Cable’s ally with benefits, Domino (currently casting with a shortlist in tow), but there are still a lot of variables to mull over in that dilemma. I think Kyle Chandler is an incredible actor, but do I see him as Cable, the time-tumbling prodigal Summers son? Not really. I’m more on Reynolds’ side there. I’ve heard actor Stephen Lang‘s name being fervishly tossed around as a candidate, but I’m not sure how I feel about that quite yet, either. I’m sure we’ll get a lot of great contenders including him for the role as I’d love to see it done right. Crossing my fingers, and feeling confident putting my faith in Mr. Reynolds, as usual.

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SOURCES: THE WRAPSCREENRANT

‘Jessica Jones’: All Women Directors for Season 2

The depiction of rape and sexual violence towards women has been alluded to, and written into storylines for decades, and each time I view such a storyline, I can’t help but overanalyze it with a bit of a racing mind.

The depiction of rape and sexual violence towards women has been alluded to, and written into storylines for decades, and each time I view such a storyline, I can’t help but overanalyze it with a bit of a racing mind. Being a writer who’s even had some of this particularly damaging imagery in my own stories to help lend a voice to those who need it, I was emotionally eviscerated with relief when Season 1 of ‘Jessica Jones’ took the subject head on.

With its main character of Jessica being a survivor of rape, and outrageously outspoken about everything to nearly a volatile level, the show’s efforts soaked in all the feels and displayed the actions that come with being branded with such a trauma; these include violent outbursts, binge drinking, and distancing one’s self from everyone trying to contain the heartbreak bleed out.

‘Jessica Jones’ showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg announced during her keynote panel at the Transform Hollywood symposium that all 13 episodes of Jessica Jones season 2 will be directed by women. Marvel has had an ongoing initiative to diversify across its media boards, and this is just a fantastic effort in that vein. The maturity level, overall graphic telemetry, social diatribes, and emotional content that Marvel has been pouring into its Netflix offerings is truly impressive. Seeing that reflected behind the cameras is a fitting feather in that extending wingspan.

Rosenberg went on during the panel to speak on being in the industry:

“I think the only reason I’m sitting here is because of tenacity. It’s a tough business. You really have to be able to take a hit… I’ve gotten fired so many times, I can’t even count now… That’s the nature of the business, it’s really hard. You have to be able to pick yourself up and say that tomorrow is going to be better than today.”

Tenacity is that rare savory sting of metallic determination on the palate of any person’s career; once you get a taste for it or of it, you can’t live without it scraping the pages of your life. The character of Jessica Jones is striding towards crafting a better life for herself, moving forward from crushing past events, as JJ season 2 starts filming after ‘The Defenders’ which is set to begin in November of this year. Tomorrow may not be coming today, but it is coming, and that is something beautiful for any survivor out there.

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‘Deadpool 2’: Tim Miller Bows Out

Creative differences should be on the radar of pretty much any writing team as that thing you say when there’s nothing else to say, and listed as ‘that other silent killer.’ According to a Deadline Hollywood exclusive, Director Tim Miller has amicably stepped away from the upcoming ‘Deadpool 2,’ due to these aforementioned ‘creative differences’ between him and the film’s star and producer, Ryan Reynolds.

Creative differences should be on the radar of pretty much any writing team as that thing you say when there’s nothing else to say, and listed as ‘that other silent killer.’ According to Deadline, Director Tim Miller has amicably stepped away from the upcoming ‘Deadpool 2,’ due to these aforementioned ‘creative differences’ between him and the film’s star and producer, Ryan Reynolds. This news no doubt will make fans of the first Deadpool outing writhe in their collective seats a little (myself included), as the tone and delivery of the film’s cinematic feel and action was perhaps just eerily glorious.

Miller has been re-delegated by Fox to’Influx’ based off the David Suarez novel that will feature a Mark Bombek script, and is slated for a 2018 release.

Having been with Deadpool posse Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese,  and Paul Wernick since his 2011, it’s sad to see Miller go, but the days of future forward look promising for all those involved.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE