Character Stills for Ichigo’s Parents and Urahara Revealed for BLEACH and a New Trailer is Coming Soon

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We all knew these characters would be in the Bleach live-action film and now we know who they’re being played by and how they’ll look. The Twitter account for Bleach posted these pictures showing us Masaki Kurosaki (Ichigo’s mom), Isshin Kurosaki (Ichigo’s dad), and Kisuke Urahara who is one of my favorite characters, and shop owner. They all play a pretty important role and they all look fantastic, although I’m surprised Urahara isn’t blonde. We also know the actors in the roles too! Masami Nagasawa will play Masaki, Isshin will be portrayed by Yosuke Eguchi, and Seiichi Tanabe will play the cooky Urahara.

If these images weren’t enough to get you excited, YonkouProductions sent out a tweet recently saying that a new trailer for the film is on its way. Hopefully it’ll give us some shots of these characters.

Bleach will be released to Japanese theaters on July 20, 2018.

JUSTICE LEAGUE Cartoon Voices Reunite To Read The Script For THE LORD OF THE RINGS

It is no secret that fans of Justice League and the cast have been wanting a reunion to happen. It appears we’ve gotten our wish, sort of. Instead of the revival that I’m sure many of us are still hoping for, the cast got together on the set of Talkin’ Toons. Two videos of the cast have been uploaded and they’re fantastic. The first is the cast lending their Justice League voices to read a bit of the script of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It gives us all something we didn’t think we needed, Kevin Conroy saying “one does not simply walk into Mordor.”

The second video is fun because they all swap roles. Conroy reads some of Wonder Woman’s lines, Michael Rosenbaum reads Batman’s lines, etc. Phil LaMarr steals the show as he reads some of everyone’s lines and puts a little sass on at the end.

Chris Hemsworth Shares Fun Video of Himself Dancing to “Wrecking Ball”

I love seeing moments that let me believe that celebrities are down to earth human beings. Chris Hemsworth, the god of thunder, recently shared a video to Instagram of one such moment. He was with his family and for whatever reason decided to dance along to “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. It’s a nice moment and the fun is of course, interrupted by the dog. What’s your favorite celebrity dance moment?

What started as a ground breaking music video ended in a savage attack by a cowardly K9. Never work with Kids or Animals. #wreckingball #wreckingdog #daddydaycare #murderonthedancefloor @mileycyrus @liamhemsworth

Kevin Conroy Reveals the True Reason BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Ended and Weighs in on Ben Affleck’s Portrayal

For many, Batman: The Animated Series features the quintessential Batman: Kevin Conroy. When fans are asked who their favorite Batman is, don’t be surprised if Conroy is in their top 3, with chances high that he’ll be number one. If so many love the show and the actor, why did it end after 2-4 years (depending on if you count Batman and Robin as part of BTAS)? Many believe that it was for the same reasons many shows end, the viewership was low or the cast was done. According to Conroy, the reason was neither of those. The reason was simply, the creators were running out of good ideas and didn’t want to write bad episodes. At MCM Comic Con in London, Conroy said:

They didn’t stop making the shows because the audience wasn’t there or the actors weren’t there, they stopped, really, because the creators ran out of ideas for stories. And they didn’t want to compromise on the quality of what they had and start creating kind of silly stories.

So they go, ‘Look, we gotta go in a whole new different direction.’ So then they went to Batman and Robin, they brought in Robin, that was the next series. Then they went into Batman Beyond, you know, recruiting a young guy. And then it was the Justice League. They were always looking at different ways to re-imagine the characters, just so they can get new storylines. A lot of it had to do with trying to come up with stories that weren’t becoming ridiculous.

But all the actors would love to have done more of them. You could get all those actors back today, in a booth, to do more animated series shows because everyone loved it that much.

I applaud the creators for not doing what so many seem to do and drag a show out just because it’s doing well. If you don’t have any more good ideas for stories, just stop. Plus, by looking for more great stories we got Batman Beyond which was awesome and Justice League which was amazing.

In addition to this nugget about BTAS, Conroy doubled-down on his approval of Ben Affleck as Batman.

Well, the one thing I will say about that, and I’m not going to get into commenting on actor’s performances. I don’t know if you’re aware, you probably are, in the Twitterverse and on the Internet, there was a lot of criticism when he got cast. Saying ‘Oh my god! He’s going to be terrible!’ And I was telling people ‘Wait a minute! Give this guy a chance! He’s a good actor. Let’s see what he does with it, you know?’

And I think he surprised a lot of people. He really pulled it off. I thought he was really good. So I’m more in his court than a lot of people are, I guess. I think people gave him a hard time before they even saw what he would do with it. There’s a lot of pre-judging.

This of course, is him backing up his claim from August, when he said:

I love seeing all the different takes. I think some of them get Bruce Wayne more than they get Batman, and some of them get Batman more than they get Bruce Wayne. I think Ben Affleck has probably gotten the best balance of the two. He’s a really good Bruce Wayne and a really good Batman.

Who’s your favorite Batman?

Source: Comicbook

Looks Like We’ll Be Getting Some EARTHSEA Movies

Fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin sadly passed away earlier this year. However, before her passing, it looks like she worked out some deals to have some of her works turned into films. We already knew that The Telling was being adapted, but according to Deadline, so is Earthsea.

Producer Jennifer Fox was given the film rights to the series before Le Guin’s passing. Also, Le Guin’s son, Theo Downes-Le Guin will serve as executive producer. I’ve only read the first book, but it was freaking amazing. I am incredibly excited and this gives me the much-needed push to go back and read all 5 books and 8 short stories.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the series:

The series, which was first introduced in the 1960s, is comprised of five novels and eight short stories set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands, imperiled by those who use magic to gain power and upset its delicate balance. Most of its characters are people of color and the emphasis is on understanding nature and human nature, not possessing power over them.

What do you all think about Earthsea being adapted into a feature film?

SHATTERED GRID Writers Talk About Death of SPOILER

If you’ve been following the Shattered Grid story in the Power Ranger comics, you know that there was a bit of a surprise death in the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) issue. If you have not read the issue, be warned of spoilers.

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In the FCBD issue, we get to see Lord Drakkon kill Rita Repulsa. The moment shows us how Drakkon rose to power in his world and it is intense. It turns out Saban wasn’t always on board with this move. Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott, the guys who wrote the comic, were recently on the Ranger Danger podcast and talked about this moment and some other things. You can listen to the whole episode, but here’s what Higgins had to say about Rita’s death:

The thing that I was pitching from day one on this issue was that we see Drakkon kill Rita in Drakkon’s universe, and the note came back for a minute that they didn’t want us to do that because they were concerned we would just gloss over it, and I basically had to promise that we would be devoting...I think we had to do a page breakdown to show them we would devote significant page real estate to it, and so I just felt like this has to be in the issue. You have to have some sort of big reveal in the mythology that fans that have been reading the book will see for the first time. This is the spot to do it, and I don’t know where else to do it in the event, because it’s not big enough to supersede Drakkon’s story in the event but in this free comic book day issue it absolutely can work.

Parrott chimed in as well:

Well, I actually really liked it because we go, before that we go ‘Rita’s the big villain’. And then here comes Tommy and then you basically by the end of this issue you go ‘guess what, Tommy has just usurped the big villain’ which is exactly what the series is setting up, so I really liked that. How it was like ‘oh you know how we just told you in that big double splash that this character’s really important? We just killed her.’ I like that a lot.

Shattered Grid continues with Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #10 coming out June 6, 2018.

Timothy Zahn Clarifies Statements About THRAWN Novels

We recently reported on Timothy Zahn having more Thrawn novels in the work. Unfortunately, it turns out the report was not 100% accurate. Zahn found that he had been misquoted by several news outlets, so he took to Facebook to clarify. He says that he does not have novels ready for Thrawn, but he has outline proposals ready to show and discuss. He also says that he has no idea what is happening in Episode IX or other Star Wars media meaning he has no idea if Grand Admiral Thrawn will appear in any movies or shows. He concludes his message by saying that any news will be announced on his Facebook page and on starwars.com. You can read the entire message below:

PUBLICATION NON-NEWS: Okay, folks, the rumor mill has kicked into gear, and since I'm supposedly the source I need to set the record straight before it goes any further.
First: I do NOT currently have ANY new Star Wars books under contract. What I said was that I had outline PROPOSALS, which isn't at all the same thing. I hope that I'll be able to discuss them with Del Rey and LFL, but that's for the future (which I also said).
Second: I was NOT suggesting, hinting, or winking about anything that might be in Episode 9. I HAVE NO IDEA what is or isn't in Episode 9, or in any other upcoming Star Wars movie, TV show, book, comic, game, sandwich, or anything else. The movies come first, and their content defines the direction of Star Wars for all the rest of the creative people playing in the sandbox.
In the future, people, please quote what I said, and not what you think I said. If this sort of rumor keeps cropping up around me, I may have to stop speaking about Star Wars on convention panels, or even have to stop attending conventions entirely. None of us wants that.
Okay? Trust me: if and when I have any Star Wars book news, I'll share it here. For everything else, look to the official Star Wars site: starwars.com. If it's said there, it's true. If it's not there, it's just a rumor.

BLEACH May Get a Live-Action Film Trilogy

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Bleach is getting a live-action adaptation later this year. This has fans excited, but anxious. The trailer and pictures look awesome, but with how not great anime adaptations have been, we’re all worried this will also be bad and leave a bad taste in our mouths. One Japanese critic of the film did give high praise to the film saying that it may be the best adaptation in the last decade. While this gives us hope, there’s still some concern.

That being said, executive producer Hiroyoshi Koi mentioned that he’d love to see this film become a trilogy. This would be similar to the live-action trilogy of Rurouni Kenshin films that Koi worked on. If Bleach is successful and becomes a trilogy, the sequel would clearly be the Soul Society Arc and I imagine the third film would have to be Hueco Mundo Arc. That makes me a little worried since a lot happens in both of those arcs and I’m not sure how well they could be condensed into a movie each. It would mean that we’d get to see all of the Gotei 13 which would be freaking awesome. Would you like to see the movie turned into a trilogy, or how should they continue?

Bleach will focus on the Substitute Shinigami Arc and will hit theaters in Japan on July 20, 2018.

Alyson Hannigan and More Join The Live-Action KIM POSSIBLE Movie Cast

I loved watching Kim Possible when it came out. The characters were a lot of fun and the adventures they went on were very entertaining. I’ve been interested to see the live-action film that is being made and I hope it doesn’t suck.

We’ve already heard that Sadie Stanley will play Kim Possible and Sean Giambrone will be Ron Stoppable. I imagine they are going to create a CGI Rufus that will look like the stuff of nightmares instead of the cute naked mole rat that he is in the cartoon. We’ve been given a bit more casting information though, so here’s who else will be popping up.

Alyson Hannigan from How I Met Your Mother and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will play Kim’s brain surgeon mother, Dr. Ann Possible. Her mother will be played by The Big C’s Connie Ray. The evil Dr. Drakken will be Todd Stashwick from 12 Monkeys and Gotham. His sidekick, Shego, will be played by newcomer Taylor Ortega. Meanwhile, Kim’s rival Bonnie will be played by Make It Pop’s Erika Tham. The final announcement was for a new girl at Kim’s school, Athena, who will be played by Ciara Wilson from Bisaardvark.

We still need casting for Kim’s twin brothers Jim and Tim as well as her rocket scientist father Dr. James Possible. Who would you like to see in these roles and should they get Patrick Warburton to return as Mr. Barkin?

Kim Possible is set to premiere some time in 2019.

Source: TVLine

Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow and Will Forte Cast in BOOKSMART

Booksmart is the upcoming feature directorial debut of Olivia Wilde and it has made huge additions to the cast. Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, and Will Forte will join the cast of Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Skyler Gisondo, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers, Mason Gooding, Victoria Ruesga, Austin Crute, Eduardo Franco, and Nico Hiraga.

The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, who, on the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

The film could be good and I always want to support newcomers. The script was written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins with some revisions provided by Katie Silberman.