Ben Schwartz Reveals He Had a Second Character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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Last Friday was the ever-popular Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). This “holiday” always features fun posts on social media from everyone including stars like Mark Hamill, and this year was no different. The crazy thing was a post from Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation. Fans know that Schwartz helped create BB-8’s voice for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he revealed he had a second role in the movie. He posted two photos to Twitter of him dressed up as a Stormtrooper. How crazy is that? Two and a half years after the movie came out, and we’re still getting surprises. Sadly, he didn’t reveal what scene(s) he was a Stormtrooper in, but it’s fun to know that any of the bad guys in armor could be the annoying Jean Ralphio. Now I’m waiting for a fan video of a Stormtrooper who talks/sings like him.

Enjoy a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fight Choreography from Live-Action BLEACH Film

We are just over 2 months away from the release of the live-action Bleach film in Japan. I hope that we find out about a western release soon as I would definitely watch it based on the trailer alone. I think it looks amazing! If you watched the first trailer and walked away concerned about the fight scenes, I hope I can help ease your fears. A video has been circulating on Twitter that shows Taichi Saotome (he plays Renji Abarai) practicing some swordplay with a trainer. It’s looking good to me and I am sold.

Joining Saotome is Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki, Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki, MIYAVI will play Byakuya Kuchiki, and Ryou Yoshizawa is Uryuu Ishida. I am worried that there’s no information about Chad or Orihime as they may not be integral to the Substitute Shinigami Arc that will be portrayed in the film, but they do gain importance later one, especially in the Hueco Mundo Arc.

Bleach will premiere in Japan on July 20, 2018.

This Fan-Made Poster for BLEACH Final Arc Will Make You Wish They Brought the Anime Back

The anime for Bleach ended back in 2015, before the manga finished. This has left many fans, including myself longing for the final arc to be brought to life. I hope that the anime is brought back for one final season similar to Fairy Tail because that last arc would be so cool to watch. One fan decided to create a poster for the 1000 Year Blood War Arc and it is incredible! I guess we’ll just have to settle for fan-made projects and the live-action movie that comes out later this year. Hopefully, they’ll announce the true final season so that we don’t end the anime with the Fullbringer Arc.

This should be an official poster. from r/bleach

POWERPUFF GIRLS Get Awesome Manga Artwork

I loved The Powerpuff Girls when I was a kid. I loved the style and everything about the show. My favorite character was Bubbles. She was hardcore! My favorite villain was of course Mojo Jojo. There was such a whimsy with the show that I don’t know how you could not fall in love with it. A Twitter user by the name of @Deem939 went ahead and drew the girls in a manga art style and it looks awesome! I know we just got a reboot of the cartoon, but can we get another reboot that’s an anime? Or maybe we can just get a manga series?

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Hugh Jackman Tells Ryan Reynolds to Back Off on Trying to Get Wolverine in a DEADPOOL Movie

Ryan Reynolds is still trying to get Hugh Jackman to suit up as Wolverine for the Deadpool films. He is trying so hard, but Jackman is a little turned off from how hard Reynolds is trying. While being interviewed on Good Morning America, the topic came up and Jackman took the time to deliver this message to Reynolds:

I love you, man. I love Deadpool. I can’t wait to see the movie. You’re one of my best friends. Blake, the fam, the whole thing. But back it up a little. Play a little hard to get. It’s too much; it’s not sexy.

I think Wolverine could be a great addition to the films, but Reynolds has been trying a bit too hard. Should Reynolds back off a bit, or ramp up his efforts?

Deadpool 2 will be released May 18, 2018.

Ryan Coogler Would Love to Do a Spin-Off of BLACK PANTHER Centered on Female Characters

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I really liked Black Panther and one of the great things about it is that most, if not all, of the characters, were strong characters. T’Challa and Erik Killmonger may have been the two main characters, but Shuri, Okoye, Nakia, M’Baku, Agent Ross, Zuri, and pretty much everyone else was really strong and well-written characters. A lot of the side characters have gotten a lot of love with some fans even calling Shuri their favorite Disney princess. In fact, director Ryan Coogler was asked at a panel at the Cannes Film Festival if the women were just as important as the men in the film.

I think you could argue they are more important. There’s a whole section of the film where T’Challa is out of the movie and you’re just following the women, that’s one of my favorite parts of the movie when I watched it, and I didn’t expect that.

That part of the movie you feel like you’re watching something fresh and new, that part of it was exciting. We have these actresses who could easily carry their own movie. Some of them have before. We were so fortunate. I would watch a movie with them!

After giving the women such praises, he was asked the follow-up question of if he would make a spin-off that focuses on the women from the movie.

Oh man, that would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version.

I would love to see this movie simply because I thought these characters were awesome. I’d love to see a movie of Nakia and Okoye kicking butt with maybe some spy elements in it. Make Shuri their Q and you’ve got an almost James Bond film. Would you like to watch a movie that focuses on these great side characters?

Source: Variety

A Japanese Film Critic Praises The Live-Action BLEACH Film

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We are roughly two and a half months away from the release of the live-action adaptation of Bleach. Live-action adaptations are typically not well received and so many fans like myself are cautiously optimistic. It appears we may have more hope shine on the project as a Japanese critic, Fujimoto Yousuke, claims to have seen a preview of the film and he had high praises for it in a tweet he sent out.

The text roughly translates to:

Come to think of it, “BLEACH” I saw the preview was the best. Director Shinsuke Sato + Yuji Shimomura What the action director has accumulated has come to fruition. The “usage” of CG and the action is very skill movie. It is one of the best in the live action of the last ten years. How to put together from the original, costume without a sense of cosplay is wonderful. I was really impressed.

It’s sounding really good. Could it be that this breaks the curse of horrible adaptations of anime? Is this the turning point? I certainly hope so.

The movie will follow the events of the Substitute Shinigami Arc from the anime and Manga. Bleach will be released in Japan on July 20, 2018, with no current announcements about a western release.

Dave Bautista Improvised One of Drax’s Best Lines in INFINITY WAR and Details on Alternate Scenes

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This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. If you have not seen the film yet, please avert your eyes now and click that back button.

I was really surprised at how well the Guardians of the Galaxy were handled in Infinity War. I was not a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which left me a little worried about their presence in Infinity War. However, they were used really well, and Drax especially was used for great moments. One of the most memorable is when he says, “Why is Gamorra?” It turns out that line was improvised by Dave Bautista. Man, I can’t believe how many great moments were improvised. Christopher Markus, one of the writers, explained:

“The script only said, ‘Where is Gamora?’ ‘I’ll do you even better: Who is Gamora?’ And then one day Bautista just goes, ‘I’ll do you one better: Why is Gamora?’ It’s like, ‘OK, you’re very good at your job.’

It’s also fun to find out what changed between drafts of the script. For instance, Markus and Stephen McFeely explained that in one draft, Spider-Man doesn’t chill with Doctor Strange and Iron Man. Instead, Falcon is hanging with them. Markus explains that it was then changed because there wasn’t as strong of a connection.

There was one [version] where Spider-Man did not go to space, and where Falcon went to space. And it was fun, it was interesting, it’s always great to have those guys in various situations and there was a lot to do with them in both situations, but we weren’t getting as much emotion as we could if we brought them back to people who know them.

Of course, there’s also the scene we were all expecting: the reunion of Captain America and Iron Man. This was reportedly cut because of pacing, and I don't blame them. The movie is already jam-packed with story and details, a big reunion scene would've either slowed down the movie, or it would not have done the moment justice. Plus, the movie's about Thanos. Not the Avengers.

Our first sort of wonky draft [had] the idea that they had to get back in the same room together and deal with that,” McFeely said. “[But it] meant that you’re slowing down your Thanos [Infinity] Stones [quest] to deal with other threats from other movies. And that became, as much as we wanted to do, and as many times as we wrote those scenes, it became clear that this movie needed to be propulsive and be about Thanos and what he represented to the Avengers.

What has been your favorite change that has been revealed? Your favorite improvised moment?

Source: /Film

A Botanist Weighs in on Baby Groot Debate

Even though James Gunn has come out and said that Baby Groot is the son of Groot, fans still argue about this very fact. So, what does a botanist have to say about the matter? Enter James Wong. He breaks down how botany explains that Baby Groot is really a clone of Groot and that there may be a million more Baby Groots on Xandar. Which side are you on?

The Writers of DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES Are Now Working on Netflix’s THE WITCHER Series!

I know a lot of fans are excited for the Netflix series based on The Witcher. It will be based on the books and not the video games, in case you were wondering. For a while now, we’ve known that the showrunner would be Lauren S. Hissrich from Daredevil and The Defenders and she’s finally revealed the other writers for the series.

Some of the folks in the picture include Jessica Jones veteran Jenny Klein, Daredevil’s Sneha Koorse, Clare Higgins of The Worst Witch, and Declan de Barra who worked on The Originals. That’s not a shabby creative team. The first season of the series will adapt the first 2 books across eight episodes. Of course, the author of said books, Andrzej Sapkowski, is on board as head of the creative team. Sadly, we don't have a casting list or release date yet.