Power Rangers (@ThePowerRangers) Movie To Feature First Openly Gay & Autistic Superheroes!

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The movement for inclusion and representation of all types of people continues to make waves and break new ground. This time around the frontier moves beyond the superhero/action adventure genre in the upcoming Power Rangers movie.

Yep, one of the Power Rangers will become cinema’s first openly gay superhero, and another will be on the autism spectrum!

The news broke earlier today, much to the surprise of fans and moviegoers everywhere. “Trini Kwan,” the Yellow Ranger,  portrayed by Becky G., will apparently be a lesbian in the film, but a fledgling one, meaning she is just coming to realize and accept her sexual orientation. Meanwhile, “Billy Cranston,” the Blue Ranger, played by RJ Cyler is on the autism spectrum. This definitely falls in line with the film’s motif of the Rangers being outcasts and different in high school.

via The Hollywood Reporter

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Power Rangers is breaking down a barrier no superhero movie has before. The Lionsgate reboot of the ’90s children’s TV show is the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.

During Power Rangers‘ second act, there’s a scene in which the titular heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger, Trini (Becky G), is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, with one character assuming she’s having “boyfriend problems,” and soon realizing that perhaps she’s actually having “girlfriend problems.” It’s a small moment, but one director Dean Israelite calls “pivotal” for the entire film.

“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s OK.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”

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Prepare To Laugh! Obama-Era White House Comedy Movie On The Way!

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The subject matter they can turn into movies defies human logic. Then again when you have movies like Soul Plane, Snakes On A Plane, or Howard The Duck, then you know just about anything can have its moment in cinematic history.

Well now it looks like there is a new comedy on the horizon, a film based on the Obama-Era White House!

Yep, you read right, a comedy about President Barack Obama’s eight year stint in the White House is on its way!

via The Shade Room

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A former White House stenographer and Universal Pictures have joined forces to bring the people an Obama-era White House Comedy film! 

So, according to The Hollywood Reporter, From The Corner of the Oval is a two part deal! We hear Beck Dorey-Stein, the former stenographer, has pitched the idea of a book–also titled “The Corner of the Oval” which got picked up by Universal to turn into a film. 

Long story short, the storyline follows a waitress who ended up working in the White House. Short story long, the waitress, a woman, lives in Washington, D.C. and is at an “all-time career low;” but life couldn’t keep her down. Life takes a turn for her which landed her in the White House “navigating a series of misadventures in life and love.” There is not concrete air date for the movie–however we hear that the book will be published in 2018. 

I know you’re wondering: “how much will the film focus on the Obamas?!” I had the same thought! 

The Jasmine Brand reports that the movie will focus less on the fort family, and more on the White House and it’s staffer

We are not sure how to feel about this film, but right now we can all use some laughter and I’m sure there were some pretty crazy things that went down in The Oval Office during Obama’s time. Will you be watching? Comment below?

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Awesome! “Atlanta” Actress, Zazie Beetz (@AfroFrias), Cast as “Domino” in “Deadpool 2!”

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The comic community is officially fanboying/fangirling over the latest superhero movie news! Apparently, “Deadpool 2” has cast actress, Zazie Beetz, as the mercenary/mutant superhero, “Domino!”

As you may already know, Zazie is one of the break out stars of Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed FX series, Atlanta, where she plays Earn’s love interest/daughter’s mother, “Van.” Check out the picture “Deadpool’s” leading man, Ryan Reynolds tweeted below!

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Warner Bros. (@WarnerBrosEnt) Set to Produce Standalone “Nightwing” Movie!

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The DC Cinematic Universe is expanding and quickly–at least with the Batman Family!

Warner Bros. Studios has announced that the superhero, Nightwing, will be getting a standalone film!

As you may not know Nightwing is the code name usually associated with Richard “Dick” Grayson, Batman’s first sidekick and the first Robin (There have been four to date). Dick’s early childhood was spent in the circus where he was an acrobat alongside his parents. However, like Batman, his world was torn apart when his parents were murdered. Seeing him as a kindred spirit, he was taken in by the Dark Knight and soon demanded to be trained and fight by his side at the age of nine. Since then has has grown to become the most agile human on the planet, a prolific leader of multiple teams, and even served as Batman during times Bruce Wayne was either dead, injured, or missing in action.

via Comicbook.com

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Recently, McKay continued promotions for his latest Batman venture on the Shanlian Batman podcast, and it was there that the director compared Nightwing to Bruce Wayne’s Batman.

According to the director, Wayne is bogged down by the privileges of his life, and they make him more “dour and angry.” As for Grayson, the character avoids that sort of chic behavior because of his upbringing as a circus performer.

“They’re people who live hand-to-mouth and that’s something that informs him and his attitude,” McKay explained. The director also noted that “all the same things happen” to Grayson which Wayne went through since both men had their families die rather tragically.

When it comes down to it, McKay sees Grayson as a person with the same pitfalls as Wayne, but the younger hero carries his vigilante duties with a very different outlook on the world.

“He’s a fascinating guy to me because he had all the same things happen to him. He’s got some of the same negatives as Bruce Wayne and then from a society standpoint – obviously he was adopted into Bruce Wayne’s life – but he didn’t start that way. He’s this guy who has all these negatives and then even more negatives and yet he remains. Those are things why I like Dick Grayson, why I like the idea of Nightwing as a movie,” McKay explained. 

We cannot wait for more info on the upcoming Nightwing film? We do know Deathstroke The Terminator, a frequent foe of Nightwing’s will appear in the next solo Batman movie. Perhaps Nightwing will appear in it too. It would make a great segue into the character’s own solo film! We will keep you posted on more information as it becomes available!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] Rubble! Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” (@thegreatwall) Bombs Opening Weekend!

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Matt Damon is definitely one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. However, even a film starring him can take at the box office. That is exactly what happened with his latest film, The Great Wall! The film did horribly its opening weekend, only earning 25 millions dollars–its budget was 150 million dollars, however! YIKES!

To be fair a few other films had horrible debuts. Ice Cube’s Fist Fight only earned 14.6 million and a Cure For Wellness earned under 5 million. These numbers are odd considering this is a long weekend when you include President’s Day. Fifty Shades Darker is the exception (unsurprisingly) taking in 20.9 million in its third weekend!

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Congrats! Donald Glover (@donaldglover) & James Earl Jones (@jamesearljones) Cast as Simba & Mufasa in “The Lion King” Remake!

Donald Glover cast as Simba in Disney's live action The Lion King Remake

Donald Glover (aka “Childish Gambino), may very well be having the best year ever!

Not only will he be a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars movie, his hit series Atlanta won a number of Golden Globes, and now he has been cast in the role of a lifetime in Disney’s The Lion King remake! It has been reported that the rapper/singer turned actor will voice the film’s protagonist, Simba!

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As you recall, Disney has been remaking its animated films into live action movies;  Maleficent, Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and The Beast have already been released or are soon to debut. Live actions films based on Aladdin’s Genie, and The Little Mermaid are already in the works. The Lion King, however, stands out as the “creme de la creme” of animated films, holding the title of the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its live action remake may very well prove to be the shining jewel in Disney’s new approach to these classic films.

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Get The Details! “Frozen 2” Disney Crossover & Elsa’s Girlfriend?!

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Frozen is undoubtedly one of Disney’s most beloved and legendary films. Although it is not old when compared to films like Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King,  or The Little Mermaid; its characters are just as memorable and may be even more relevant to present times.

Fans everywhere went crazy last year when Disney announced they were making a sequel to the hit film; and now details of what will be happening to Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the gang have begun to surface!

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Elsa, Anna and Tarzan

Apparently the sequel feature appearances from other Disney characters. The first interesting detail of Frozen 2 may very well address their long lost brother, Tarzan! As you recall, in an interview last year the creator of Frozen confirmed that the Elsa and Anna’s parents did not perish at sea, but were instead shipwrecked and gave birth to The King of The Jungle. The new film may be set to explore all the siblings meeting in a familiar theme Tarzan fans already know about, “two worlds, one family.”

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