Source: Scoop magazine
Now that key roles have been cast, it’s time to work on the costuming for the new Power Rangers movie. First up is the new, drastically different look of Rita Repulsa, as played by Elizabeth Banks.
The image of Rita, the evil humanoid alien bent on destroying the Power Rangers, was first revealed to People. “I’ve never played a villain before,” Banks told People. She’s looking forward to “world domination – and being unpredictable as a character.”
The new costume gives her a reptilian look, with shimmering emerald green coloring, scaly cuffs, pointed claws, sharp angles, and what appears to be protruding bone structure in her forehead. “It’s definitely a modern and edgy reimagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” Banks said about the costume.
It is definitely very different from the large, flowing gown and elaborately wonky headgear worn by the original series Rita, played by Machiko Soga in Japanese made footage, voiced by Barbara Goodson.
Banks also shared that she and filmmakers wanted to give Rita a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers. Based on the costume, it seems that Power Rangers will be more of a reimagining than a standard reboot, making fans wonder just what will the Power Rangers’ suits look like.
Power Rangers will be in theaters on March 24, 2017. It will be directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), starring Naomi Scott (Kimberly/Pink Ranger), Becky G. (Trini/Yellow Ranger), R.J. Cyler (Billy/Blue Ranger), Dacre Montgomery (Jason/Red Ranger), and Ludi Lin (Zack/Black Ranger).
Gareth Thomas, star of '70s BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7, has died aged 71.
As Roj Blake in the cult series, the Welsh actor led a group of rebels on their Liberator space ship against an evil federation that ruled the galaxy.
Born in 1945, Thomas attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the 1960s and later became a Rada associate. Yet he remains best known for Blake's 7, which ran on BBC One from 1978 to 1981. At its peak, the series was watched by 10 million viewers and was sold to 40 countries.
Thomas claimed never to have watched a single episode of the show, which was derided by some for its shaky sets and basic special effects.
The show also had a distinctly pessimistic tone - typified by the final episode, in which all the main characters were apparently killed off.
His death was confirmed by a friend who worked on a Blake's 7 remake, according to the Press Association.
The R.I. SENEfest will take place April 19-23, 2016, at venues across Rhode Island, and this year, they will feature an evening of
Sci Fi Films. The Southeast New England Film, Music, & Arts will feature the Sci Fi shorts on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Varnum Memorial Armory, 6 Main St, East Greenwich R.I., 02818, starting at 8:30pm. Admission is $10 for all screenings, Seniors/Students $8, or 2 for $15. Tickets are available at the door. For more information: www.senefest.com
The SUPER MEGAFEST COMIC CON SPRING SPECTACULAR takes place
Friday, April 8th from 4pm to 9pm,
Saturday, April 9th from 10:30am to 6pm
Sunday, April 10th from 10:30am to 5pm
at the ROYAL PLAZA TRADE CONVENTION CENTER located at 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, MA 01752.
This year’s event will feature Hollywood Icons & Celebrities, an awesome array of Comic Artists, Authors, plus Science Fiction, Wrestling and Rock & Roll legends!
Comic, Movie and TV fans will be thrilled with the rare appearances of:
***GUEST OF HONOR***
JAMES MARSTERS - Spike of Buffy/Angel, Smallville,Torchwood, Caprica and much more!
PETER MAYHEW - Chewbacca of Star Wars!
KEVIN SORBO – Star of Hercules, Andromeda and much more!
RIC FLAIR - ( Sat & Sun) Legendary Wrestling Super Star!
DINA MEYER - Starship Troopers, SAW, Birds of Prey and more!
CASPER VAN DIEN - Starship Troopers, Tarzan, Sleepy Hollow and more!
MICK FOLEY- (Friday & Sat) Wrestling Superstar!
THE WARRIORS Reunion - featuring Michael Beck, Dorsey Wright, Thomas G Waites, Terry Michos and David Harris!
LEE MERIWETHER - Batman's Catwoman, Barnaby Jones and more!
JOEY MOLLAND - of BADFINGER rock n' roll fame!
CORBIN BERNSON - starred in L.A. Law, The Dentist, Psych, Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors, General Hospital, Cuts and much more!
ERIC BISCHOFF - WWE, WCW and more!
DRITA D'AVANZO - (Sat & Sun) Star of Mob Wives!
MICKIE JAMES - professional wrestler, actress, model and country singer!
BUTCH PATRICK - Eddie Munster and much more!
SARA JEAN UNDERWOOD - Actress, Model & fan favorite! ATTACK OF THE SHOW!, EPIC MOVIE & MTV'S Ridiculousness plus much more!
KAYLA COLLINS - Actress, Model, Disc Jockey & Music Producer, Designer, and Entrepreneur!
PETE BEST - original drummer for The Beatles!
HARLEY RACE - (Sat & Sun) Legendary wrestler!
CYNTHIA ROTHROCK - (Sat & Sun) Queen of Martial Arts films!
STEVE CARDENAS - Rocky the Red Power Ranger!
KADROLSHA ONA - Queen of the Paranormal!
MARK LINDSAY - formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders!
SUSAN COWSILL - of The Cowsills
COMIC ARTISTS include:MIKE GRELL - Comic artist for Legion of Super Heroes, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, The Warlord, and Jon Sable Freelance and much more!
GRAHAM NOLAN - Inkpot Award winning cartoonist best known for BATMAN in Detective Comics and as the de-signer of BANE!
ALEX SUVIAK - Marvel and DC Comics Artist - including Spider-man, Green Lantern, Superman and more!
JOE JUSKO - painted almost every major Marvel character over the last three decades!
BOB BUDIANSKY - comic book writer, editor, and penciller, best known for his work on Marvel's Transformers comic and much more!
BO HAMPTON - comic artist including Batman, Vampirella and more!
JACK PURCELL – Artist JSA, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batgirl plus much more!
JOE ST PIERRE - Comic artist for an amazing array of Super Heroes including Spider-man, Fantastic Four and more!
BILL ANDERSON - Artist for hundreds of comics for Marvel, DC, Image, Comico, First and many more!
JOHN HEBERT- X-Men Adventures, Punisher, Deathlok and current Captain Action artist!
MARK MCKENNA - Artist for Marvel and DC comics - The X Men, Spider Man, Batman, The Justice League and more!
More Artists to be announced!
The stars will be signing autographs and doing Q & A sessions with fans throughout the day. Professional photos with most celebrities will be available on site!
X-Men and other Marvel and DC writers and artists will give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities and costumed fans!
The Super Megafest presents the best exhibitors on the East Coast with one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from TV, Movies, and Rock & Roll that you will ever find!
Other attractions include an amazing Costume Contest (including a children's category), stunning Movie Cars, mischievous Pirates and much more! After hours, enjoy a multitude of shadowcast movie performances and parties, including the COME TOGETHER MUSIC FEST and CosCLUB Dance Party, ensuring the event has something for all ages.
For more info log onto WWW.SUPERMEGAFEST.COM
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