We've already featured Carlos Dattoli's redesigns of the core five Power Rangers (ICYMI, check them out here). Today, we have his take on the White Ranger. There is a fan theory that Zordon was the original White Ranger, but so far canon has Thomas "Tommy" Oliver as the first. I'd be happy with a retcon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie that put Bryan Cranston as Zordon in the white suit during a flashback. In either case, Dattoli's fan design feels like a great update to an already iconic design.
What was happening in the world when Le Guin's book A Wizard of Earthsea was first published? Well, it was 1968...so a lot of dark and absurd things. Can we survive the weight of the awful year that never stood a chance? San Francisco and Greenland are involved, so yes, we can...Listen on PodTyrant
It's always cool when you see something that works for everyday life and cosplay. This Nightmare Before Christmas rubber choker from Hot Topic allows you to wear Sally's stitches without being too over the top.
Hot Topic is running a 30% deal site wide that's set to expire around midnight tonight. So you can pick up this choker for only $4.55. Might also be a good idea to grab some cheap T-shirts, too.
Take this with a grain of salt, but there's a chance writer Dan Harmon may have leaked a spoiler for Marvel Studios' upcoming film Doctor Strange. If you don't want to know what that spoiler could be, it's best to turn back now.
As you know, word broke last week that Harmon was brought on to write some scenes for "additional photography" for the movie, presumably to add some more humor to the screenplay (that assumption takes Harmon's past writing work into account). This could be anything from a post-credits sequence to a script-wide punch-up that could provide the basis for Marvel Studios' built-in reshoots process, but now there's word that Harmon may have leaked a big reveal about the true villain of the new movie.
Ready? Deep breath: CinemaBlend pointed to a Reddit thread which revealed a screengrab from Harmon's computer from his Harmontown presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and in his recent files on Final Draft, there is a document called "Strange Confronts Dormammu." That character is one of Doctor Strange's biggest adversaries in the comics, and though he was rumored to be one of the villains early on, we haven't seen or heard anything concrete about his appearance in the movie. (Mads Mikkelsen is playing a character named Kaecilius, who is a disciple of Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo in the comics.)
Could this actually be a scene in the film? It's possible, but it's also possible that A) the scene ends up on the cutting room floor, or B) it's an elaborate misdirect by Harmon to give fans something to talk about. I find the latter choice slightly unlikely (especially since this was before we even knew he was working on Doctor Strange at all), but in any case, we may end up seeing the flame-headed Lord of the Dark Dimension on the big screen this November after all.
We’ve featured art by Truck Torrence, aka 100% Soft, a few times in the past, and you are probably familiar with his work on the Star Wars and Marvel emojis you may have seen or used on Twitter. On Friday he opened Mass Hysteria 2 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, which is a sequel to his last solo show there. Once again, the show focuses on pop culture crowds, all rendered in Torrence’s signature kawaii style. The pieces feature Lord of the Rings, Willy Wonka, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among others, plus there is a massive Mad Max: Fury Road piece that kind of has to be seen.
I’ve included a few of my favorites below, but you can check out every piece in the collection here, and if you are interested in purchasing a print, or an acrylic laser cut character, or a set of character pins, you can head over to the Gallery 1988 website and start shopping. If you want to see the show in person, it will be at Gallery 1988 through September 17.
I come bearing sad news: The Associated Press reports that actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said Wilder passed away due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Here's the full statement:
“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”
Wilder appeared in only 37 film and television projects from 1961-2015, but he'll have a lasting impact in cinematic history. Aside from his iconic role in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (a truly memorable part in which he showed astonishing range, from mischievous fun to tremendous sadness), the two-time Oscar nominee was best known for his collaborations with Mel Brooks, starring in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers. Those first two are among the greatest comedies ever made, so even if Wilder had appeared in those and those alone, his place in film history would be assured. If we have younger readers who haven't seen those movies, I can't recommend them highly enough.
Last year, there were rumors that Steven Spielberg was trying to coax Wilder out of retirement to star in either The BFG or Ready Player One, but sadly that didn't end up happening.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder. You will be sorely missed.
If you liked Winnie the Pooh when you were a kid but wished it had a little more in common with Mega Man, you are in for a treat. Artist Carlos Dattoli created these giant robot versions of the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood, and he explains a little bit of his inspiration in this note:
Yes... yes I did haha, I've turned Winnie Pooh and his friends into Giant robots!
But this has a very good reason for it...
The idea came up because when I was a little boy, McDonald's in one of their happy meals, gave some hamburgers toys, cups and fries, that you could turn into robots, and as a kid I remember loving those, even though they were very simple, so one day this idea got stocked in my mind, and I had to do it! and mix two things with nothing in common, and this is the result!
(And yes... that little guy right there is Christopher Robin haha)
I actually remember those toys, although I’m still not quite sure how he made the leap to Winnie the Pooh…I guess those kinds of creative leaps are why he’s an artist and I’m an occasional blogger. You can check out the individual robots below. You can't quite call them "cuddly little puffs all stuffed with fluff" anymore.
The first season of Supergirl aired on CBS, but the network dropped the show after season one. Thankfully for fans, The CW — a network that's a much better fit for the series — swooped in and picked it up for season two, and it seems like it's gearing up for its best season yet, with the added bonuses of a new musical crossover with The Flash, the epic four-show crossover, and a new Superman coming along for the ride.
After a hoax poster hit the internet a little while back, The CW has debuted the first official poster for the new season that has star Melissa Benoist front and center, as she should be. It's her show, after all.
Season two of Supergirl lands on The CW on October 10th, 2016 at 8pm.
They called this an anime on Reddit, but I feel that's a bit misleading. Thunderbolt Fantasy, while technically a Japanese animation, uses puppets as opposed to drawings to tell what looks to be a bonkers story. The action and cinematography in this show is absolutely insane looking! Here's a description for the show:
Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dān Fěi and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tiān Xíng Jiàn, are pursued by the evil Xuán Guǐ Zōng clan, who seek to obtain the sword for their master, Miè Tiān Hái.
Below is footage from the opening of the first episode. I think I'm going to have to watch this entire series after!