19 years ago today, the first power rangers feature length film was released in theaters. A epic action title featuring 5 earth defenders, a plethora of villains, incredible graphics (in 1995) and a main antagonist who's goo would turn good, mild mannered citizens into evil mindless drones. At the same time, nothing takes me back to the excitement of being a 5 year old like the action, the skeleton dinosaur monsters that use to scare me, the choreographed fight scenes and the cringe worthy 90's one liners. Back in an era when a 15 million dollar budget film was a big deal and its 66 million dollar world wide gross made it a hit. While the series itself, adapted by the Japanese tokusatsu series, Super Sentai, has been running since 1993, we've only seen on other movie featuring the rangers, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, which did exceed its budget but sadly didn't generate the numbers the first film has and after a long time and many, many, generations of Rangers, we might get a look at the next coming Power Rangers film created by Saban and Lionsgate at this years San Diego Comic Con. While the details are very very sparse, one can only speculate if its going to feature the latest set of rangers or possibly bring back some of the old members? We'll just have to wait and see this July what surprises we have in store. Lets cross our fingers and hope for the best! The series has certainly kept its popularity and if done the right way, the
Through the promotion of charity organizations twitter account RMCFT we go our first look from the Man of Steel himself. Henry Cavill, who plays superman in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman is seen in an on set photo holding a shirt as well as being dressed in what we can assume will be his reporter outfit for the Dailey Planet. While he's not wearing his iconic glasses, I'm sure they'll make an appearance when the movie hits theaters May 6th, 2016.
Long time motion capture character actor and artist Andy Serkis was originally signed on to Avengers: Age of Ultron as a consultant but has now revealed in an interview to Variety, that he will also have a role in the film as well. He also spoke briefly about his role in the next Star Wars film. While we hasn't gone on to name specifically what role he might play, he did drop some hints and spoke a bit more about his motion capture studio, the Imaginarium, as well as his next role in up coming summer film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes July 11th, 2014. Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters May 1st, 2015.
The new and up coming Bandai title, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, will take players along a new and mysterious journey set in an alternate timeline and feature a brand new character. The character, picture above, is scarce in detail at this time but as you can see, he's wearing a saiyan scouter, a capsule corp jacket (similar to that of trunks) as well as a cape similar to piccolo. Some people speculate that it might be a customizable character as the back ground explains that this new fighter will be able to exist across all time lines of the DBZ universe. Xenoverse will also feature time patrol trunk from the online game, Dragon Ball Online. While the release date has not been announced, you'll be able to play Dragon Ball Xenoverse for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox one. Check out the E3 announcement trailer below.
Super Smash Bro's director Masuhiro Sakurai gave us a little more detail about how the Mii characters will work in the up coming titles. Along side with their fighting combinations being customizable, you'll be able to change the weight and height of your characters as well. Sakurai went on to state that the smaller characters will be more akin to other quicker fighters while the taller ones will naturally be slower but pack a bit of a punch. It add an interested dynamic to the characters that you can design yourself. Look forward to playing with your own Mii characters in Super Smash Bros for 3DS October 3rd, 2014 as well as the Wii U version this holiday season.
Fresh off of the reports of a possible delay due to actor Harrison Fords injury, there seems to also be some fighting between director J.J. Abrams and the planned date of December 2015. It's being reported that His preference would be a modest summer start opening in May 2016. Between this and Abrams only directing Star Wars Episode 6 and not the entire trilogy, there runs a big potential problem, what should they do? It's of course, without a doubt, that Abrams poured himself into this film with the idea of making the Star Wars trilogy that fans will love but is waiting on Harrison Ford worth it or should he allow production pressure and rewrites to meet the 2015 deadline?
There seems to just be more and more bad news for Harrison Ford and Star Wars Episode 7. The first reported ankle injury that's now turned into a broken leg has added quite a few complications for Ford and his reprisal of the iconic Han Solo, so much so that they're expanding new coming cast member Oscar Issac's role to cover the time lost. While expanding the role sounds like they're going to try their hardest to make the movie on time for it's release date on December 18th, 2015, Ford being out for a reported 6 months is a big blow to a film who's release date is just a year and a half away. Maybe then can make up time after his injuries have healed or maybe it's better to re-write his role after all. More on this story as it develops but lets all hope for a speedy recovery for the veteran actor.
It's with a lot if excitement that I can announce that legendary has confirmed a release date to one of the best monster movies of the last ten years, Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. While the movie didn't generate mega blockbuster numbers on the US shores, it still managed to create a lot of buzz on the international market, eventually raking in 411 million. You can look forward to the return of Raleigh, Mako, and the rest of the gang April 7th, 2017.
Gaming website Famitsu has reported that a new Godzilla title will be heading it's was to the PS3 as an exclusive later this fall. The game, which will have you play as different incarnations of Godzilla across different eras, will have you complete challenges whilst destroying buildings and creating mayhem in the cities. While this title has just been revealed, there is no word on whether or not we will see the game in the US but given that it's still a few months away, there's always a chance that announcement may come. Godzilla for the Ps3 will debut later this year.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is a period piece set during the Victorian era of the British Empire. Wait, no. It's a movie about a couple who meets years later after a failed college romance. No, no, that's not right either but honestly, either of those ideas would have made for a more interesting film that this. Age of Extinction picks up after the aftermath of the previous trilogy, leaving the world in a post Alien-mech attack that destroyed much of Chicago. (Spoilers, lots of them ahead) After the the damage left by both the Autobots and Deceptacons, the government has decided that the best option would be to eliminate every transformer they can find to prevent another war breaking out and claiming innocent lives. The problem, aside from the plot, is nearly everything else. You get exactly what you expect from Michael Bay, a few tired stereotypical jokes, blatant in-your-face product placement that's so odd at times it's actually hilarious, jokes that fall flat, and more explosions than you could even handle. By the end of this film, I was actually so exhausted from all of the explosions, I didn't think that there could be a film that had "too much" action. Aside from this, one of the strengths is new lead Mark Whalberg, who starts off the film with Silicon Vally funny man T.J. Miller as the comic relief who sadly does not make it through. The supporting cast of Nicola Peltz, Jack Raynor, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, among others, certainly rounds out the film but the best scenes are centered around Whalbergs father-daughter relationship with Peltz, which has them butting heads throughout the film and even finding a middle ground with Optimus Primes relationship with Bumblebee. While a lot of people argue that this movie is better without Shia Lebouf, due most likely to his actions as of late, I'd argue that the interactions with his embarrassing and sometimes clueless parents actually added to the original trilogy and gave Sam Witwitcky A lot of nonsensical things happened as well, like a scene where Mark Whalberg is able to pick up a faceplate of Optimus Prime with no effort as well as remove one of the enemy weapons and carry it throughout the film. They even haul a small missile by just dragging it around and it was apparently light enough to have on Tucci's back while he was on back of a motorcycle in one scene. Theres a scene showing a, what should have been, 17 year younger version of Mark Whalberg holding his newborn daughter but instead looks nearly identical to the one you're looking at present day. Optimus Prime even flies. They're a handful of other small issues like a scene during negotions to get a motorcycle that seems to move from night to day without any explanation or a scene that has Peltz crawing on long anchor wires being chased by mechanical dog-bots that pull a disappearing act between camera cuts. While the movie did introduce new villains and brought back Megatron as the reincarnated Galvatron, created by Tucci's company in order to create their own Transformers. the ending leaves us with a few questions as Optimus Prime pledges to no longer defend earth and human beings for their actions and launches himself into outerspace to pursue his creators and the new version of Megatron. So, one can speculate, will the next Transformer film take place on earth at all? Will Whalberg and cast reprise their roles or will it feature Optimus Prime on Cybertron or maybe the film will be centered around Bumblebee and the remaining earth dwelling Autobots as they search for the last handful of Deceptacons? While Transformers 5 has already been confirmed, we'll just have to wait and see but Bay and team have quite a few options to explore with the next film scheduled for 2016. I still have no doubt that this movie is going to be one of 2014's biggest blockbuster films.