No Pink Spandex

Legacy MMPR Communicator at New York Comic Con 2015

Thanks to Dekablue on Twitter, we can now take a look at the Legacy MMPR Communicator. Comes with interchangeable bands.

Naomi Scott is Pink Ranger in Power Rangers Movie

Naomi Scott has been named for the role of Kimberly in the Power Rangers film slated for 2017. Her recent work includes The Martian and Terra Nova.

(Courtesy: @PowerRangersMovie via Instagram)

Elie Dekel Leaves Saban Brands

In an interview with License! Global, president of Saban Brands Elie Dekel has announced his stepping down as head of the company effective immediately.  He will, however, remain with Saban Brands as a senior advisor while he pursues other interests.  Launched in 2010, Saban Brands celebrates its fifth year of operation by already having  more than quintupled its first-year retail sales.

“Five years ago we accomplished what we intended to do and then some,” says Dekel. “That spirit and productivity will continue through the company. It was the right time for me to leave, and the company is in a very strong position.”

Chosen as the new leader of Saban Brands is their first-ever Chief Executive Officer Janet Hsu, the president and Chief Operating Officer of Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty.  Her new role begins officially on August 17.

“Janet is a visionary leader with a strong track record for driving global business expansion and leading innovative strategies,” says Adam Chesnoff, president and chief operating officer, Saban Capital Group, to whom Hsu will report. “Janet has been responsible for some of the world’s largest and most successful brands. Her extensive and diverse background across licensing, merchandising and retail has led to many major accomplishments. We look forward to working closely with her at Saban Brands to continue to grow the company and its expanding portfolio of brands.”

Power Rangers Movie to Shoot in Vancouver

According to the website yvrshoots, the Directors Guild of Canada has announced the shooting location of the upcoming Power Rangers feature film.

Under the production code “SHIRT”, filming is currently scheduled to take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from January 18 through April 12 of next year.

Written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, directed by Dean Israelite, and produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, this film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.  It will be released in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Ciara Hanna in “The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story”

Ciara Hanna (Gia from Power Rangers Megaforce) will play Heather Locklear in Lifetime’s upcoming The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story. CBS’s The Insider took a behind-the-scenes at the feature.

The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story will air October 10 on Lifetime.

(Courtesy: ShyRanger from Rangerboard)

Jack Guzman in “Extant”

Jack Guzman (Danny from Power Rangers Wild Force) appeared in the August 19 episode of CBS’s Extant.

He’s the carnival security guard Molly asks for help to find her father.  The episode is #209, “The Other Side”.

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey Confirmed as Power Rangers Movie producers

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the successful movie producing team of Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey discuss how they came together, their numerous hits (and some misses) in the theaters, and their slate of what’s to come.  Bowen also mentions why he came on board for Lionsgate’s Power Rangers film.

When I was very young I lived in Japan for three years. It was at a time when there were probably four stations. All you could watch were Japanese-language shows, so I started to fall in love with Japanese superheroes. When I moved out to Los Angeles in the early ’90s, I’d nostalgically watch the Power Rangers, and it would put a smile on my face. Now I watch it with my 3-year-olds. Some of these stories were wonderful, and it’s exciting trying to update it for a modern audience.

Written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, directed by Dean Israelite, and produced by Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, this film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.  It will be released in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Power Rangers Movie Character Summaries

In a report from Collider, sources close to them have given the character descriptions of the five main characters from the upcoming Power Rangers feature film.

  • Jason – 17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee. Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are.
  • Kimberly – 17 years old, unconventionally cool all in a way the popular girls wish they were. In fact, she was one of those girls, but isn’t anymore. Not since she’s returned to school after an absence of 6 months. Rumors are flying as to why; rumors she seems not to care about, because she’s come back with this new rebel-without-a-cause, edgy attitude. But the truth is, it’s all masking a deep secret that makes her feel profoundly vulnerable.
  • Trini – 17 years old, mysterious and extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making Trini the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient, contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it – least of all to herself.
  • Billy – 17 years old, slight and awkward. Billy is challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, but always odd. Sometimes in a fun way, sometimes not, Billy is a kid with no filter. Showing his emotions, understanding sarcasm, and dealing with his OCD is a constant challenge. Has never really had any friends and instantly gravitates towards Jason.
  • Zack – 17 years old, always the life of the party. Filled with bravado and swagger, Zack’s tough and cool on the exterior. A charming guy who’s never had trouble with the one-liner, nor lacked confidence around women. A great athlete that’s never wanted to play on any team but his own. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which is that he lives in a trailer park with his single mom, and because of it, feels deeply inferior to all his peers.

Written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, directed by Dean Israelite, and produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, this film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.  It will be released in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Brian Casentini New Senior VP of Power Rangers Brand

In a report from Business Wire, former Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Saban Brands Brian Casentini has been named the new Senior Vice President of the Power Rangers franchise exclusively.  This means he will a have a hand in all creative elements of the television series, and as previously announced will serve as an executive producer of the upcoming feature film.

From Joel Andryc, current interim President of Saban Brands: “We are pleased to appoint Brian Casentini to a more focused role overseeing the Power Rangers franchise.  Brian has been instrumental in elevating Power Rangers since Saban re-acquired the brand in 2010, and there is no one better suited to take it to the next level.”

Chosen to fill Brian’s position as Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Saban Brands is Rich Magallanes, a high-powered producer at Nickelodeon who was instrumental in the success of such cartoons as SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents, and helped develop the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Christina Masterson in “Toyota” Commercial

Christina Masterson (Emma from Power Rangers Megaforce) is in a new commercial for the Toyota Corolla.  She’s sitting in the passenger seat taking in the sights on the open road at nightfall.

Boom! Comics acquires Power Rangers license

Comic book powerhouse Boom! Comics announced to The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly that they’ve partnered with Saban Brands to become the new publisher for Power Rangers.  At San Diego Comic-Con this July, they’ll be handing out six introductory single-page issues, each featuring a different one of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  Boom! says their series will focus exclusively on the MMPR era, targeting those that grew up on it.

“We have big, big plans that will build on the core universe of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” said BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon. “We can’t give too much away just yet, but the story we’re kicking off with is vast in scope.  Fans of BOOM! know we treat the existing properties we collaborate on with a focus on authenticity and quality.  That’s the same sensibility we’re applying here.  The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have an awesome fan base and we can’t wait to show them how much fun we’re having.”

The comic series officially begins in January.  Boom! Comics is now the third American publisher of Power Rangers comic books, after Marvel and Papercutz.

(Courtesy: Mugenhunt from Rangerboard)

Dean Israelite Interview with

Dean Israelite, director of the upcoming Power Rangers film, held an interview with about his directorial debut film Project Almanac, now on DVD, as well as a few select tidbits about our anticipated Power Rangers movie.  He even addresses a question surrounding POWER/RANGERS, the Adi Shankar-produced and Joseph Khan-directed fan film.

Israelite: We’re in a soft prep phase right now doing a bunch of design work. We’re creating, or I should say re-imagining, the world in a cool, updated, contemporary, really fun way. I think it’s really exciting and we’re on a really interesting, surprising track. I can’t wait to start shooting, which will be in a few months. Did Joseph Khan’s Power Rangers short create a big headache for you?

Israelite: No, but I wasn’t on the project yet. I’ve only been on the project for, I think, four or five weeks. To me, I think it’s just a demonstration of how vibrant and vital the brand is. I think it’s really exciting that it got so much play. It’s encouraging that there are adults, like me, who are still fans and grew up on it and still want and have an interest to see the Power Rangers matured and brought to screen.

Written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, and produced by Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, this film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.  It will be released in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Amy Jo Johnson Interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Amy Jo Johnson was recently featured on The Hollywood Reporter website for her directorial debut film, The Space Between.  She also wrote the screenplay and will portray the character Amelia in the project, alongside two of her former Flashpoint cast members, Michael Cram and David Paetkau.

Johnson last year put on her iconic pink Power Rangers suit and busked in downtown Toronto after she surpassed her $75,000 Indiegogo fundraising goal. “I’m not very squeamish. It was a lot of fun,” she told the Hollywood Reporter  about her mini-concert; Johnson’s friend David Yost, who was Blue Ranger on Power Rangers , came up with the idea.

The movie is set to begin shooting in Guelph, Ontario, Canada this July.

(Courtesy: ranger_scout from Rangerboard)

Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Press Release

Outlining their projects for 2016, Saban Brands issued a statement regarding Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, the rebranding for the television series taking effect next year.  We also learn that new episodes of Dino Charge return to Nickelodeon in August.


Los Angeles, CA (June 8, 2015) – Saban Brands today announced Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Super Charge as the title of the upcoming season of the Power Rangers television series, which will premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2016. This super-charged season will follow the Power Rangers as they continue their quest to unite all 10 Energems by tapping into brand-new battle gear, Zords and Megazords to save the universe. Additionally, for the first time in franchise history, there will be 10 Power Rangers on the same team. Power Rangers Dino Super Charge will also continue to spotlight the series’ core themes of friendship, teamwork, responsibility and helping others for fans of all ages.

“With the current season, Power Rangers Dino Charge, we’ve already seen an overwhelming response and it very quickly became a huge success, as fans were excited for the return of the popular dinosaur theme for the first time in more than 10 years,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “With Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, the new season will still feature the same amazing team of Power Rangers, but will be super-charged with history-making twists and turns and, of course, epic new villains, Zords and Megazords, making this one of the best seasons yet!”

Fans can watch the current season, Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge on Nickelodeon every Saturday at 12 p.m. (ET/PT). All-new episodes of Power Rangers Dino Charge will return this August on Nickelodeon. For more information on Power Rangers, please visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

Director Dean Israelite Discusses Power Rangers Movie

Dean Israelite, director of the upcoming Power Rangers film, spoke briefly with IGN about its current stage of development and what we can expect from the impending theatrical feature:

“I think it’s going to be a fun, joyful [movie] but one that feels completely grounded in a real world, with real characters going through real things.”

Written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, and produced by Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, this film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.  It will be released in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Power Morphicon 2016 Dates?

Reiko Chiba (Mei from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) announced on her Facebook page that she will be attending Power Morphicon in 2016 on “8/12/2016.” This leads one to believe that PMC will be the weekend of August 12-14, 2016.

No official word yet from Power Morphicon on dates for next year.

Episode 191: Interview with Ciara Hanna

No Pink Spandex – Episode 191: Interview with Ciara Hanna (1:07:51, 47 MB)

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Show Notes

Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Spy
Topics: We talk with Ciara Hanna (Gia from Power Rangers Megaforce) about her stint on reality television, auditioning for Megaforce, her castmates, and the Megaforce finale. We also are visited by Mikey and Jonathan from Rangerstop’s Superhero Toy & Comic-Con who make a very special announcement about their newest guest. WE ALSO have a surprise ranger guest drop in! It’s a packed show!


Rangerstop’s Superhero Toy & Comic-Con

Lionsgate Explains Change Behind New Power Rangers Movie Release Date

The Wrap reports that during Lionsgate’s rundown of their upcoming films, they’ve shown their absolute faith in the success of the impending Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie despite it no longer bowing during the summer months, explaining that they see it as a “significant series of movies.”

From Lionsgate Motion Pictures Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman:

“We’re very excited and with Dean’s [Israelite] vision; we felt very comfortable looking for opportunistic dating,” he explained.  “We really believe that great movies deliver no matter what date they’re on.”

And from Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer:

“We’re picking a date where we think we can win.”

Directed by Dean Israelite, written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, and produced by Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, this film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.  It will be released in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Mike Chaturantabut in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Mike Chaturantabut (Chad from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue) appeared in the May 12 episode of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

He’s one of the Inhumans flanking Gordon when they teleport onto S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sea base, going uncredited because he has no speaking parts.  The episode is #222, “S.O.S. Part Two”.

Erin Cahill in “Land Rover” Commercial

Erin Cahill (Jen from Power Rangers Time Force) is in a new commercial for Land Rover. She is part of a wedding party that gets caught in the rain on their way to the altar and hurry into the SUV.  She sits in the middle of the backseat and has one line.