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Lionsgate and Saban Brands send word that they are partnering to develop and produce an original live-action feature film based on the ‘Power Rangers’ property. Saban launched ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ as a live-action TV series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVD’s, comic books and other merchandise. The rest of the press release reads as follows.
The two companies noted that, with an extensive and extremely devoted worldwide fan base as well as a deep and detailed mythology, the “Power Rangers” are primed for the big screen. The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.
From DreamWorks Animation comes these two new clips from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’ The sequel checks in with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon pal, Toothless, five years after he brought humans and dragons together on the island of Berk. An outsider who’s now the village hero, Hiccup is on the verge of adulthood, with his chieftain father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), grooming him for responsibility. But he’d rather embrace what’s left of his carefree childhood.
Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’ Set For October 2016; Jeff Nichol’s ‘Midnight Special’ Opening November 2015
Warner Bros. Pictures have announced a few changes and additions to their upcoming slate of films. First up, Ben Affleck’s Dennis Lehane adaptation, ‘Live By Night,’ has been moved from its original Christmas Day, 2015 release date to an October 7th, 2016 date. Other than Affleck, no other cast is currently known. The story is about the making and unmaking of a gangster in the prohibition era.
Next up, Jeff Nichol’s (Take Shelter, Mud) sci-fi thriller ‘Midnight Special’ has been penciled in for a November 25th, 2015 bow. ‘Midnight Special’ will reportedly star Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Michael Shannon. The project would mark the Nichol’s first studio movie with both ‘Take Shelter’ and ‘Mud’ successfully taking the festival route before being picked up for distribution by smaller distributors.
Andy Buckley is the latest addition to the cast of ‘Jurassic World, joining the likes of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, Irrfan Khan, original ‘Jurassic Park’ actor B.D. Wong and Vincent D’Onofrio, who will play the film’s villain. Buckley is perhaps best known for playing the CEO David Wallace in ‘The Office.’ He will be seen as a detective in ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ and appeared recently on HBO’s ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and ABC’s ‘Trophy Wife.’ There’s no word yet on who he’ll be playing in the much anticipated film.
While we await a new full-length trailer for the film, these two low-res images have arrived online from Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ featuring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. The all-star cast for the film also includes Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Batista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry and Enzo Cilenti co-star.
This latest behind-the-scenes featurette has arrived online for ‘Belle, featuring writer Misan Sagay, director Amma Asante, and star Gugu Mbatha-Raw discuss how they were inspired by the painting and how the work of art has influenced the film’s creative message and story and place in history. ‘Belle’ tells the inspiring true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy officer in 18th century England who is taken in by her uncle. However, little was known about Dido’s life besides a 1779 painting made of her and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray.
‘Belle’ hit US theaters on May 2nd in NY and LA, and opens across the US throughout the months of May and June. The film opens on June 13th in the UK. ‘Belle’ also stars Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton and James Norton.