‘Power/Rangers’ — the Ultimate Bootleg Film

Power_Rangers_Poster_DebutThis bootleg short film based on the children’s TV series MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS is called Power/Rangers and was directed by Hollywood veteran Joseph Kahn (Torque), who got big names Katee Sackhoff (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and James Van Der Beek (DAWSON’S CREEK) to star in his bloody, foul-language-filled reimagining.

This movie is so far beyond awesome that I can’t even.

Just watch it. (Defintely NSFW or kids):


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Watch Karen Gillan’s Oculus Trailer

The horror film Oculus was Karen Gillan’s first big project after breaking hearts and leaving the beloved Amy Pond role on DOCTOR WHO, and the film’s first full trailer has just been released.

The flick looks very creepy — even if the clip does not make it clear what exactly the demonic mirror does. Apparently it makes you see things it wants you to see… but is the mirror possessed by a demon, or is it a prison for a demon — or is the looking glass itself evil?

Still, Karen gets to use her native Scottish accent, and the movie co-stars BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff, so how bad can it be? (Wait, don’t answer that… with horror films, the result can be quite terrible.)

Is Ms. Marvel Joining the Avengers Sequel?

msmarvelThere’s long been a rumor that Marvel wants to beef up its superheroine quotient from one — Black Widow — to… er well, at least two. One way to accomplish goal was thought to be adding Ms. Marvel to Avengers: The Age of Ultron. It now appears that may be more than just a rumor.

Latino-Review — which often has very good sources about this sort of thing — claims that Ms. Marvel definitely will be in the movie, but with a slightly altered alter ego:

“Miss Marvel is the last piece of major casting left in the movie. Yeah, Miss Marvel. Now, I’m not going to spoil HOW she is in it, but she is in there, kids.”

So, it will be “Miss” not “Ms.” Marvel? I wonder how that’s going to go down with a certain segment of the viewing population…

As for casting, well… anyone remember the rumors from a few months back that Katee Sackhoff was meeting with Marvel about a hush-hush role? Perhaps that was Ms./Miss Marvel. She certainly would fit the part! And I would love to see her in the role.

Karen Gillan Teams With Katee Sackhoff in ‘Oculus’

When Karen Gillan left DOCTOR WHO (in the heartbreaking “The Angels Take Manhattan”), one of her first new projects was this mysterious movie. We knew Oculus would be a horror movie of some sort, but details were scarce.

Well, now we have the first trailer from the flick, and I can tell you… well, it features a mirror that bleeds.

So, apparently, it’s evil blood.

In case you can’t tell from the trailer (and who could?), Karen plays a woman who believes supernatural forces are responsible for the murder of her parents — a crime for which her brother was convicted and imprisoned.

Oculus opens April 11 in the USA, although it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.

Karen Gillan’s Romantic Romp

This post is a little different: a look at a trailer for a romantic comedy. But this rom-com is special, because it stars the adorable Karen Gillan, best-known to the world as DOCTOR WHO’s Amelia Pond.

Karen left the series last year to strike out on her own, and the result is Not Another Happy Ending, in which she plays Jane Lockhart, a best-selling debut novelist who suffers writer’s block on her second novel.

Next up for Karen is next year’s release of the horror film Oculus (with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff), and she is just about to start shooting Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she was cast against type to play a villainess! (Word is circulating that she will play the bounty-hunting angel Angela, but that character is not part of the Guardians mythos.)

Not Another Happy Ending premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30. Hopefully will get an American release, even if it’s just on Blu-ray.

Riddick’s Trailer is Ridiculously Entertaining

“You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?”

Bringing back that classic line from Pitch Black is an indicator of where creator/director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel are going with Riddick, the third film in the deep-space franchise.

As this ass-kicking debut trailer suggests, Riddick is going back to basics: battling bounty hunters, mercs — and especially monsters that go bump in the dark. We’re back to goggles and the shine job that lets Riddick see in the dark. An all of it with a hard R rating.

Star Trek’s Karl Urban reprises his role as Vaako, while BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff heads the new cast, which includes Jordi Mollà and former wrestler Dave Bautista.

I can barely wait until Sept. 8, when Riddick is slated to hit theaters.

Here’s what the studio wants you to know about the flick:

Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx).  Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless.  Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.  The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal.  With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.”

Finally! First Footage from Riddick!

Every time that I’m reminded of the forthcoming Pitch Black sequel, Riddick, I get excited about it — but the production is so tightly under wraps that leaks have been few and far between, meaning the movie is mostly out of sight and out of mind.

But that should be changing — starting now, with the very first teaser trailer for Riddick, which catches up with the title character sometime after 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. The best part is that writer/director David Twohy is back, and both he and star Vin Diesel want to take the movie back to its Pitch Black roots.


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Soap Opera Weekly: 1/19/10

I don’t know what I enjoyed more about the two-night, four-hour return of 24… It could have been the way Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) started his eighth very bad day snoozing on the couch with his granddaughter, enjoying an afternoon nap just like any other grandfather.

It could have been the guest appearance by Benito Martinez (ex-Acevedo, THE SHIELD) as Jack’s old stoolie. Or the addition of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s erstwhile Starbuck, Katee Sackhoff, as CTU operative Dana, a vulnerable woman with a past…

Was it the familiar New York City environs? Creepy Doug Hutchison (Horace, LOST; ex-Sebastian, GUIDING LIGHT) as a Russian assassin called Davros (just like the DOCTOR WHO villain?)

Or maybe it was the fact that Anil Kapoor‘s President Omar Hassan is the good guy. And the first words we heard him say were, “Let me be clear” — as if he were a certain U.S. president.

Then it must have been the return of Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Renee, who has been scarred in more ways than one, and now resembles Jack more than either cares to admit, right?

But no, it was the way that — against all odds — 24 was able to redeem Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Yes, Jack’s daughter, the plot device to end all plot devices, the butt of myriad jokes and the very symbol of plot inanity — was made palatable once again, when she sent her father to do what he does best, save the world. In seasons past she would have whined about him going to Los Angeles with her, and then probably run over Davros in a crosswalk and get taken hostage. But, no. She did the right thing, and let her old man do what he was clearly born to do, and what the country needs him to do.

Originally published on SoapOperaWeekly.com

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 2.8: Rose

It had been a few weeks since I’d checked up on The CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, so I decided to yield to the flood of acclaim lately and take a look. Naturally, I was somewhat lost about the specifics, but happily I was able to get the gist of what was happening. And I liked what I saw.

Except, there wasn’t enough Elena (Nina Dobrev) for me. She spent most of the episode as Rose’s (Lauren Cohan) prisoner, awaiting the arrival of boogeyman Elijah (Daniel Gillies) with a mixture of fear, heroic resolve and dewy loveliness. Not that she was a shrinking violet; she did everything she could to try to escape, including taking a shot at Elijah himself. Talk about feisty! Of all the actors on this show, I have been most impressed by Dobrev’s growth over the course of the series. (Or has this just been a case of my eyes being opened to what was always there? I was not kind to TVD in the beginning.) Dobrev is more than just another pretty face; she has terrific acting chops. She is particularly adept at the dual role of Elena/Katherine; each character seems like an entirely different person. (Which they are: one’s a merciless, powerful vampire; the other is a high school girl)
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24 Day 8: 12 a.m.-1 a.m.

Dana...or is it Jenny?

Now that Jenny’s trashy ex has been perforated by his partner-in-crime, Nick (who was in turn aerated by Cole), can 24 please get back to the matter at hand – those missing uranium fuel rods?

Dana’s out-of-office domestic intrigue detour has been a terrible drag on the excitement of Day 8. In a lot of ways this season has been a return to form for Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as well as 24 itself. Unfortunately the back-to-basics approach seems have been a warts-and-all transformation, meaning the dull, credibility-stretching subplots are back (Remember Chloe and the baby? Zzzzz…). Has anyone ever labored in an office where the co-workers so worried about one another’s business? Whenever Arlo (John Boyd) wasn’t sexually harassing Dana, he was demanding to know who was talking to on the phone. I know these people are engaged in counterintelligence, but that kind of snooping beggars the imagination.

And viewers have already been asked to suspend their disbelief to accept one of the central premises of the refurbished CTU: Freddie Prinze Jr. as the lead field agent for an anti-terror organization. Now, Prinze may be a pleasant-enough comic actor, but he looks 14 years old. No way is this kid the go-to guy with Jack out of the picture. Cole Ortiz isn’t even Curtis.

Understand, I am a huge fan of Katee Sackhoff (Jenny/Dana), but this storyline has been a giant disappointment for her. She has had absolutely no opportunity to show viewers the charismatic brilliance she displayed as Battlestar Galactica’s Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. Heck, even her gig on the Bionic Woman reboot gave her more chances to shine. As Kara, Sackhoff was magnetic; as Dana, she is passive and reactive. I can understand Sackhoff wanting to show some range, but I really have little interest in seeing CTU’s crack data analyst crack like an eggshell when that loser Kevin showed his squirrely face. I hope the-powers-that-be give Jenny a chance to return to form as Dana and really contribute to the story.

Perhaps she can save us all from the annoyingly nosy Arlo!