Guess Who’s Back? Back Again…

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer…is back)

At San Diego Comic Con 2013, a select few fans were treated to a very immersive event hosted by Legendary pictures to promote their new Godzilla. Many were skeptical because the last time us gaijin took a crack at the King of the Monsters it became a running joke. We enter a Tokyo inspired street filled with classic ‘Zilla memorabilia when klaxons start blaring and we are ushered to safety by a group of officials. We are led through an office building to be evacuated by helicopter. Too late, we have to exit out into an architectural office and sit very still. Outside, the rain is pouring down and inside the power has gone out. Lightning strikes and amidst the thunder comes a different rumble as this new Godzilla lumbers into view and walks past the office window. He’s beautiful and there is a collective clapping as he disappears. Suddenly, his newly tapered snout rises to glare at us directly in the office and his roar shakes the office. The woman next to me covers he ears and I shit…just a little. Jump ahead to the following year and I sit in the theater watching Godzilla blow radioactive fire down the gullet of the second MUTO and it’s head pops off. More applause…a little more poop. WOW. Legendary stepped up and killed it. It was an outing to see how we would react because shortly after it was announced that the next film would feature several more mythic monsters. Jump ahead to 2017. Kong: Skull Island is released and we knew. Come on! We knew why Kong was suddenly 200-300 feet tall. So he could square the hell up with Godzilla at some point. More poop…and then the post credit scene…Unknown

Extinction event level poop!!!!! (I loved those jeans too…I digress) Jump ahead one last time…

In the legendary Hall H at San Diego Comic Con 2018, Legendary pictures came with the cast and a legendary trailer (I’m a big Kung Fu Panda fan…sue me) for 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Let’s get us pesky humans outta the way shall we? Replacing Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston will be the stunningly talented Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones). Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins reprise their roles but who cares because…well at least 4 iconic monsters are going to be taking the lead!!! So much poop!!

Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidora, and the real king, Godzilla take center stage in a battle that could potentially destroy the world. As far as I’m concerned…what a way to go!! Check out all the monster-y goodness in the first trailer below and be prepared…for poop.

 

 

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Go Go Get Me A New Pair Of Pants!!

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(Nicholas Dye/Staff Writer)

It’s here! After months of teaser posters and tidbits, Saban Brands and Lionsgate Films have delivered the first teaser trailer for 2017’s Power Rangers film. I have been skeptical of the film simply because it treads in the footsteps of the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers from the 90’s and I hold that near and dear to my heart. I am proud to say that I am nothing if not excited and intrigued by this new take. A departure from the sugary sweet good guys that comprised the original team, these teens all seem to be in trouble of some type or are all branded as misfits and outcasts. Often times the glue that binds, they are drawn together and make a discovery of five different colored discs that lead them through dramatic physical changes. The trailer gives us our first look at Elizabeth Banks’ version of legendary baddie Rita Repulsa who kicks up the grit factor by claiming “I have killed Rangers before.”

Power Rangers stars the aforementioned Banks as well as Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as the voice of the bumbling Alpha 5. The only question left is…when will my boy Jason David Frank show up as the Green Ranger!? Make your way to theaters on March 24th, 2017 to watch these new Rangers “Discover the Power.”

The Blacklist Revisited.. A Look From Nowhere At “Trumbo”

(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

During the late 1940’s, the fear of communism was sweeping the nation and the label of “communist” was a one way ticket to a destroyed life. At this time, the US government established the House Committee on Un-American Activities and this committee began to summon anyone they suspected of less than American qualities.

There was one community they questioned and, in some eyes, used as an example, that group was the big names of Hollywood. There was no position that was protected and everyone seem to be getting summoned, but there were some professionals that refused to answer these subpoenas. This group were known as “The Hollywood Ten”

These writers, producers, and directors decided to refuse to answer the committee’s question, as they claimed that this form of questioning stepped on their constitutional rights. These actions were not tolerated and contempt charges were leveled, after a House of Representatives vote of 346 to 17.

The members of “The Hollywood Ten” were hit with fines and jail times, but a lingering punishment was attached to them, “The Hollywood Ten” were now blacklisted. While on the black list, these people could not find work in the Hollywood system and their lives were altered forever.

At first, the black list contained only “The Hollywood Ten” and the list continued to grow. The list continued through the 1960’s and contained over 150 names, but it all started with “The Hollywood Ten” and Dalton Trumbo was a member of the group.

Dalton Trumbo was a screenwriter and novelist, he enjoyed some success and built a strong career, but everything changed in October 1947. In that year, Trumbo was placed on the black list and he wasn’t ready to disappear into Hollywood oblivion. Trumbo’s time on the black list and his battle to regain his career is the plot of the new film called “Trumbo”

“Trumbo” is directed by Jay Roach and follows the career of Dalton Trumbo, who is played by Bryan Cranston, as he is black listed and decides to rebel against the system.

When watching the trailer of “Trumbo”, you realize this story revolves around a forgotten era of Hollywood and this era is a period of time that some viewers will not understand. The Hollywood black list is a time where the victims didn’t sit and complain, they just simply wanted to get back to work and “Trumbo” is a film that will get this story out to a generation that could use a reminder to fight for you passion.

The cast and crew that assembled for this project seem to be dedicated and passionate about the subject. Honestly, I can not wait for the release of the movie in November.

CLICK HERE For This Movie’s Official Website..