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DEADPOOL’s Ryan Reynolds is DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Plus: Dogs & Cats Live Together, Mass Hysteria

DEADPOOL’s Ryan Reynolds is DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Plus: Dogs & Cats Live Together, Mass Hysteria

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In case word hasn't traveled to your neck of the interwebs just yet, there's somehow a Detective Pikachu movie getting made. What's more amazing is that this flick, based on the popular video game and anime series Pokemon, in which "pocket monsters" battle it out for sport, is starring Ryan Reynolds. As Pikachu. The cartoon rodent-looking thing that generally doesn't say anything but repetitive variations on the syllables of his own name. Even after weeks of information slowly dripping out of the tap on this production, we're still asking if there's any way this could be a really expensive mix-up. Are we getting punk'd? Is getting punk'd still a thing? This question and many others need answering as we countdown to the release on this alleged movie. Ryan Reynolds has been acting his p...
Is it Morphin Time for the Upcoming STAR WARS?

Is it Morphin Time for the Upcoming STAR WARS?

Articles, Blog, Culture, Fantasy, Movies & TV, News, Power Rangers, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized
A fun bit of trivia for fans of the Power Rangers and Star Wars action/adventure franchises today. It seems the next in line on the ever-driving train that is the Star Wars saga will have a unique title in international waters that may be of interest to those of us who enjoy the exploits of multi-colored heroes in spandex. Star Wars has never been big in China. While the original film trilogy was launched to overwhelming enthusiasm shortly after its 1970s inception, with a fervor that only seems to keep growing across the long decades as more and more material is released to add to this immense tapestry of stories, the movies never quite caught on with our neighbors. Many Star Wars features never even played in theaters there in wide release until well into the 2000s, in fact. So, whe...
OUTER MAN – Maybe Sometimes The Bad Guys Should Win

OUTER MAN – Maybe Sometimes The Bad Guys Should Win

Articles, Blog, Culture, Gallery, Kaiju, Kamen Rider, monster, Movies & TV, News, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
Who says the big, scary monsters always have to take the L? Special-effects action director Kawasaki Minoru disagrees, and in this comedic flick, he sets about telling the tale of a world obsessed with the fictional television heroism of Outer Man. The superhuman giant battles enormous kaiju to save the world from their uncanny evils to the wonderment of adoring tokusatsu fans everywhere, but then something extraordinary happens. Outer Man, who was only a TV character, suddenly appears in the real world. But instead of protecting mankind, he'd rather be a prick and destroy it. The actors of the Outer Man TV show must band together to fight this new menace or die trying. I guess. This wacky premise that sees the heroes transform into a monster to stop the Ultraman-esque figure from wre...
POWER RANGERS Actor on House Arrest Following Guilty Indecent Assault Plea

POWER RANGERS Actor on House Arrest Following Guilty Indecent Assault Plea

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Disappointing news for the Power Rangers fan community this week. After first denying the accusations lobbied against him, actor Rene Naufahu pled guilty to no less than six charges of indecent assault late last year, and in the Auckland District Court of New Zealand, sentencing has finally commenced. Fans of his time on the childrens fantasy show may know him as the alien villain Gruumm in 2005's Power Rangers SPD, or as the mentor to a group of martial arts pupils in 2011's Power Rangers Samurai. It would seem that the alarming trend of sexual misconduct cases that pervades our society today will truly leave no stone unturned, and that includes the casts of this beloved TV series. New Zealand publication Stuff lays out the upsetting details, which stretch back to 2011 where Naufahu ...
Big in Japan: LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER’s Inspired Casting

Big in Japan: LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER’s Inspired Casting

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Ike Nwala is breaking new ground in the culture of Japanese television entertainment. The 30-year-old Nigerian-American comedian originally visited the country to work for Goldman Sachs but eventually took his career path in a direction better suited to his considerable talents. In this piece from international news giant VICE, we hear his charming story and get a better understanding of just what it means for him to have landed the recent role of Commander Hilltop on the upcoming special-effects action drama Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger. https://youtu.be/GuEQtn2nm9A Who's that Pokemon?! The Super Sentai and greater tokusatsu world has featured a handful of non-Japanese faces in their long tenure entertaining children and children-at-heart, but while we'v...
KAMEN RIDER GAIM Alum Becomes 2018 Olympic Torchbearer

KAMEN RIDER GAIM Alum Becomes 2018 Olympic Torchbearer

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Kamen Rider Baron is trading in his banana spear for a flaming torch this year as Kamen Rider Gaim actor Kobayashi Yutaka will represent Japan as a torchbearer in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Though many of us know him as the uncompromising dancer-turned-antihero Kumon Kaito, both befriending and often clashing with his superpowered rival Kouta, he first made his name as a member of the J-pop group BOYS AND MEN, whose website made the announcement of his Olympics involvement. With vivacious period costumes and inventive style, they caught the eye of many enraptured fans. Their songs "Boymen Ninja" and "Wanna be!" both climbed to the top of the Japanese music charts, securing Kobayashi's stardom for years to come. https://youtu.be/XjThC01xnZI Japan will compete in the Oly...
Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

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Since 1993, Saban has dazzled children and parents alike with the exploits of the spandex-clad heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their many, many offshoots which have stretched their reign of dominance over toy aisles and screens across the entertainment landscape. But, for almost as long, we've heard murmurs of discontent about the state of the company that largely shepherded this beloved franchise to prominence. We've often wondered what it was that made this show tick behind the scenes, and why certain creative decisions may have been made in the last few years, which saw a sharp decline in audience reception, ironically a short time after the newly-christened Saban Brands retook the Power Rangers intellectual property from temporary rights-holders Disney. That was 2010. S...
GODZILLA vs His Budget: Japan’s Toho Studios Co-Financing Future Hollywood Films

GODZILLA vs His Budget: Japan’s Toho Studios Co-Financing Future Hollywood Films

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It's a new day for kaiju fans. The giant lizard Godzilla is enjoying his biggest time in the sun in years as there are several separate titles with his character and related mythology all actively building toward release, both from Japanese studio and primary rightsholder Toho Studios as well as from the US moviemakers at Legendary Pictures. It's a great time to be alive for anyone with an affinity for giant monsters and the humans who flee in terror from them. Unto that breach, word has come down that Toho will now officially co-finance international film productions with their properties, including animated vehicles like Pokemon, live-action adaptations of anime triumphs like your name, and of course, the King of Monsters himself. Nikkei reports on the three-year deal, which sees To...
It’s a Mazinger! Watch MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in US Theaters

It’s a Mazinger! Watch MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in US Theaters

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Grab your popcorn and load up on pocky. Mazinger Z: INFINITY is coming to the United States to treat anime fans to a pulse-pounding action/adventure experience best seen in movie theaters. For a limited time only, the latest entry in the Mazinger super robot manga and anime saga can be found on the big screen courtesy of Viz Media and Fathom Events. We talked about the project a couple months back when the trailer dropped, featuring the voice of Kamen Rider W's Kikkawa Kouji, who sings the film's official ending song, "The Last Letter". Now, as the movie finally sees its Japanese debut, the Toei Animation flick makes its way to US shores for a two-day event across the country. https://youtu.be/qZ2OYb1wxZc Viz and Fathom's official synopsis follows: Ten years ago, the villainous sci...
The Stars Align: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER & KAMEN RIDER BUILD Come to HeroVision

The Stars Align: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER & KAMEN RIDER BUILD Come to HeroVision

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It's been a wonderful season for tokusatsu. From the colorful, high-flying adventure of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger to the intense, take-no-prisoners action of Kamen Rider Build, the world of special effects television has rarely been so exciting. And, as we inch closer to the tearful farewell to the spacey super-team of Kyuranger and ramp up toward the introduction of their successors in the upcoming Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, here's a small picture gallery to celebrate the era of these Toei Company heroes. This brief sampling comes courtesy of HeroVision, the tokusatsu-themed publication featuring high-quality images of the stars and assorted memorabilia from their fantastical series, as well as original interviews and commentary from the people who bring the...