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
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" just nabbed the record for biggest March opening weekend in box office history with a $166.1 million total in North America.The opening for the Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment film overtook the previous March record-holder, "The Hunger Games," which made $152.5 million in 2012.
The total for "Batman v Superman" also represents the biggest opening of 2016, the 2nd largest opening in Warner Bros. history, and the 7th highest domestic opening weekend in box office history.
The superhero battle starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot was also a huge hit around the world.
The film opened in 66 markets this weekend, including China, and made an impressive $420.1 million globally. That's the 4th biggest worldwide opening ever.
The film by Warner Bros., which like CNN is owned by Time Warner, (TWX) opened in 4,242 theaters domestically this weekend.
For Warner Bros. and DC, it was critical that the film took off with audiences because it is the foundation of several sequels and spinoffs the studio has planned around the brand over the next decade.
"Batman v Superman" brought in a big box office despite bad reviews.
The big box office for "Batman v Superman" was impressive considering that Batman and Superman not only had to overcome villain Lex Luthor, but also harsh reviews.
"Batman v Superman" received a 29% rotten score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. Some critics blasted the film for its overindulgent special effects and lack of story.
Yet, the bad reviews did not prove to be Kryptonite at the box office.
"There are simply certain brands, characters and concepts that transcend the objective critical narrative and go straight to the emotional heart of the collective fan base," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore (SCOR). "Perhaps the bat suit and Superman's cape are made of Teflon after all."
WELoveFine is sponsoring a Star Trek 50th Anniversary design contest. From their website: "For 50 years we have boldly gone where no man has gone before, traveling through space and time. We have discovered alien races and alternate timelines. This has spanned from television to the big screen down to our handheld devices. Now it is your turn to take part to live long and prosper through your art! WeLoveFine is happy to partner up with StarTrek.com and the creators of Star Trek Online at Cryptic Studios to judge the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Design Contest!!
You could win one of 5 stellar prize packages being sponsored by WizKids and the creators of Star Trek Online or a tailored retailer exclusive prize package if you are chosen by Think Geek to have your design exclusively sold by them first!
PLUS!!! WeLoveFine is happy to roll out a new program for every winner to receive commission on all shirts sold. (Full details coming soon)
You will have until March 30th to submit up to 10 designs. We want to see your best designs celebrating 50 years of Star Trek!! Set your phasers to stun and give her all you got!!"
For more information, visit their website: http://community.welovefine.com/m/contests/detail/star-trek-50-contest.
Source: StarTrek.com It’s official. Bryan Fuller, who will co-create, produce and serve as showrunner of the upcoming Star Trek series, has just announced the news that Nicholas Meyer has joined the show's writing staff and will be a consulting producer.
"Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan 'round the Mutara Nebula and 'round Genesis' flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek's greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff," said Executive Producer, Bryan Fuller.
Meyer, of course, is beloved by Star Trek fans worldwide for directing (and co-writing, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch in early 2017. In the U.S., a special premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will also be available on television stations and platforms in other countries around the world.
See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/nicholas-meyer-joins-new-star-trek-series#sthash.X6YQWWOK.dpuf
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