No Pink Spandex

Episode 180: Interview with Jeffrey Parazzo

No Pink Spandex – Episode 180: Interview with Jeffrey Parazzo (1:06:35, 46 MB)

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Hosted by: Lisa J and Jer
Topics: We talk with Jeffrey Parazzo about his time on Power Rangers, upcoming projects, and much more. What project is he working on with fans at Power Morphicon 2014? Listen and find out!

Episode 179: Interview with Brad Hawkins

No Pink Spandex – Episode 179: Interview with Brad Hawkins (1:04:46, 45 MB)

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Hosted by: Lisa J and Jer
Topics: We talk with Brad Hawkins about auditioning for Power Rangers and VR Troopers, upcoming convention appearances, and much more. Did he regret not being the Mighty Morphin White Ranger? Listen to find out!

Links

Brad Hawkins on Facebook
Brad Hawkins on Twitter

Patricia Ja Lee in Time Warner Cable Commercial

Patricia Ja Lee (Cassie from Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers in Space) is in a new commercial for Time Warner Cable. It doubles as an ad for How to Train Your Dragon 2, so she rides a dragon in it.

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Amy Jo Johnson Wants To Be in Power Rangers Reboot?


Last week, Amy Jo Johnson posted on Twitter her interest in seeing what the upcoming Power Rangers movie has in store.

Beyond curious to see what @HaimSaban & @lionsgatemovies does w/ 3rd Power Ranger film I WANT TO PLAY IVY OOZE!!

First off, Ivan Ooze will forever be called Ivy. Blue Ivy ain’t got nothing on him! Second, Amy Jo as the villain and not just “good gal on a spell?” Yes. Yes indeed. Make this happen!

Max Landis Rumored To Write Power Rangers Movie

Schmoes Know reports that Max Landis (Writer, Chronicle) has turned in a draft of the screenplay for the upcoming Power Rangers movie to Jim Miller (Executive Vice President, Production & Development at Lionsgate), Allison Shearmur (Executive Producer, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Haim Saban.

Then Landis took to Twitter and started posting his opinions about reboots. Hmmm…

Reboots should focus on the fun ideas at the center of the original property. “Dark and gritty” isn’t for everything. Something that was fun and colorful should remain fun and colorful. Just up the intelligence and the character. That was what the first JJ Trek did so well, or Winter soldier, or even the new Godzilla. As a writer, the last thing I’d want would be to force a tone that doesn’t belong onto a story. Tone is story. That said, if the property wasn’t open to evolve, I’d want no part and get out ASAP.

But then posts the following:

As I’ve said before, as of right now, I am not directly involved in Power Rangers. Whether I have been or will be again, no comment. The good news is, regardless of whatever’s happening in Angel Grove, I have three, possibly four movies coming out next year. So…yeah.

Hmmm indeed. On May 16th, Landis took to Twitter again and posted the following:

The worst part of being a recognizable, accessible screenwriter is that all of your minor failures or successes are broadcasted. Imagine if you were an actor, and every audition you went on and didn’t get, it was announced you “failed” to get the part. Or let’s say you were in a movie, and shot your scenes, and now what happens next you don’t control. that’s like screenwriting. So far I’ve had one movie, with one tone. The ones that are coming are all VERY different from Chronicle, and each other. I have a very specific trajectory and goal for myself, and I’m trying to get there before the movie industry falls apart completely. So you can imagine how bizarre it is to hear these voices yelling opinions about scripts they’ve never read, projects that do or don’t exist. Oh well, haters gonna. for now.

Video: Matt Austin’s Vision for MMPR Reboot

Not only did Matt Austin show interest to be the director for the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie and had an online petition started for him, he has now cut together some character videos from existing clips to help us get the feel of what he would do. It does not mean that he wants Chloë Grace Moretz as Kimberly….or does he?

http://www.vimeo.com/94965814 http://www.vimeo.com/95293106 http://www.vimeo.com/95293971

Episode 178: He Had It Comin’

No Pink Spandex – Episode 178: He Had It Comin’ (1:40:47, 69 MB)

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Show Notes

Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Spy
Topics: Power Morphicon, New MMPR Comic from Papercutz, Dino Charge Casting Sides and Callbacks, New MMPR Reboot Movie, Matt Austin Wants to Direct New Power Rangers Movie, and much more.

Matt Austin Interested in Directing New Power Rangers Movie

Ever since Saban Brands and Lionsgate made the announcement on May 7th about making a new live action Power Rangers movie, the topic has been the talk of the town including trending on Facebook. Speculation has been rampant about release dates, the cast, and the director.

One person who is throwing his hat in the ring for the director’s chair is Power Rangers SPD’s own Matt Austin. After his stint on SPD, he has gone back to directing short films and TV shows and is currently directing his feature film Pretend We’re Kissing. Here’s his statement:

If I were to helm the Power Rangers Reboot, I’d try and make sure the whole thing retained an adventurous/tongue-in-cheek tone – even though I’m sure it would be set against the backdrop of the end of world. I don’t think this needs to be “dark” but I don’t think it needs to be campy either. At the end of the day it has to be kid friendly. (Every adult AND kid I know loved The Lego Movie.) I think it’s sad that there are little boys and girls obsessed with Spider-Man and Superman and they can’t even go see the films of their heroes. On an economic front, that doesn’t make a lot of sense either. That’s a lot of tiny bums in seats they’re missing out on.

On a content note, it wouldn’t make sense to try and compete with the X-Men, Iron Man’s and Captain America’s. They just can’t, even with the nostalgia factor. I’m very looking forward to seeing The Guardians of the Galaxy. It looks like it has a great sense of humor. Things like that movie, other teen hero flicks like Attack the Block, films I grew up with like the Goonies or The Last Starfighter, and even Pixar’s The Incredibles, would be the wells I would draw on for inspiration. I also think it would be fun to have it set in the 90s, when the show premiered.

I don’t know how many “well-known” directors are going to be attracted to the project, so if it’s going to be someone new and unknown, why the heck can’t it be me? I have directed teen series (Mudpit), my documentary on John Hughes (Don’t You Forget About Me) certainly has made me a bit of an expert coming-of-age films and my experience as an actor on the series is nothing to sneeze at. If Marc Webb, a filmmaker with zero action movie experience (500 Days of Summer) can be hired to do Spider-Man (B unit did all the action sequences), based on his style and attention to character, story and relationships, why can’t I go from my past shorts, features, and my recent film (Pretend We’re Kissing) to this?

Episode 177: It Was Manslaughter

No Pink Spandex – Episode 177: It Was Manslaughter (1:37:25, 67 MB)

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Show Notes

Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Tristan
Topics: Power Rangers Dino Charge Casting Sides, Power Morphicon, Kamen Rider Gaim, and much more.

Christina Masterson in Coca-Cola Commercial

Christina Masterson (Emma from Power Rangers Megaforce) is in an ad for the new Coca-Cola Sixer.

She’s second from the right on the couch, with all her friends eating Chinese while they watch TV.

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Ilia Volok in “Rake”

Ilia Volok (Master Org from Power Rangers Wild Force) guest starred in the April 5 episode of Fox’s Rake.

He played the defendant in a trial against former Governor Markham, accusing him of assault when the public figure took a ride in his taxi.  The episode is #111, “Remembrance of Taxis Past”.

Adelaide Kane in “Jeopardy!”

Adelaide Kane (Tenaya 7 from Power Rangers RPM) was featured in the April 28 episode of the Jeopardy! game show.

She introduced a category and delivered the $200 clue for a column celebrating The CW series Reign and their take on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.

(Courtesy: Storm Eagle from Rangerboard)

David de Lautour in “Once Upon a Time”

David de Lautour (RJ from Power Rangers Jungle Fury) guest starred in the April 20 episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

He played Prince Jonathan, a man after Cora’s heart who is ultimately revealed to have been a commoner.  But in one magical night together, they ended up conceiving the girl who would grow up to become the Wicked Witch.  The episode is #318, “Bleeding Through”.

(Courtesy: Snow_Prince from Rangerboard)

Amy Jo Johnson in “Covert Affairs”

Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) will be joining the cast of USA’s Covert Affairs.

She will portray Hayley, “a National Counter Terrorism Center investigator who knows how to stand her ground.  A persistent woman who’s an expert at taking control, Hayley goes head-to-head with Auggie when the intelligence community faces a united threat.”

The fifth season of Covert Affairs premieres June 24 @ 10PM.

(Courtesy: Kennedyzl from Rangerboard)

Ilia Volok in “Intelligence”

Ilia Volok (Master Org from Power Rangers Wild Force) guest starred in the March 17 episode of CBS’s Intelligence.

He played Dominik Salvi, one of two brothers who are leaders of an anti-nuclear terrorist organization known as the NSR.  The episode is #111, “The Grey Hat”.

(Courtesy: PRFan from Rangerboard)

PRESS RELEASE: LIONSGATE AND SABAN BRANDS PARTNER FOR POWER RANGERS LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM

LIONSGATE AND SABAN BRANDS PARTNER FOR POWER RANGERS LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 7, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Saban Brands, a strategic brand management company that acquires and builds global consumer brands, are partnering to develop and produce an original live action feature film based on the iconic Power Rangers property, it was announced today by creator of Power Rangers Haim Saban and Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. The announcement
marks another step in Lionsgate’s continued commitment to build a broad portfolio of branded properties and franchises with global appeal.

Saban launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a live action television series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVD’s, comic books and other merchandise.

The two companies noted that, with an extensive and extremely devoted worldwide fan base as well as a deep and detailed mythology, the Power Rangers are primed for the big screen. The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.

“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level,” said Saban. “They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight and Divergent. In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we’re confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise,” said Feltheimer. “The Power Rangers stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever. We have the ideal partner and the perfect brand with which to create a motion picture event that will resonate with moviegoers around the
world for years to come.”

ABOUT SABAN’S POWER RANGERS
Saban’s Power Rangers franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, Power Rangers quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph”
into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks. For more information, visit www.powerrangers.com.

ABOUT SABAN BRANDS
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The
company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB’s portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and
Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com. Parent company Saban Capital Group recently launched a new subsidiary, Saban Films, which acquires and distributes independent feature films.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 34 television shows on 22 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first and second installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage, Mud and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Episode 176: Prettyhairopolis

No Pink Spandex – Episode 176: Prettyhairopolis (1:11:52, 50 MB)

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Show Notes

Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Tristan
Topics: Power Rangers Super Megaforce Episodes 7 and 8 “Silver Lining” Parts 1 and 2.

Episode 175: Challenge Accepted

No Pink Spandex – Episode 175: Challenge Accepted (47:37, 33 MB)

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Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, Tristan, and Spy
Topics: Power Rangers Dino Charge casting sides and character bios, Judd Lynn as Executive Producer of Dino Charge, Austin St. John coming back, and more!

Episode 174: Interview with Brian Ward, Director of DVD/Blu-ray Production at Shout! Factory

No Pink Spandex – Episode 174: Interview with Brian Ward, Director of DVD/Blu-ray Production at Shout! Factory (1:12:19, 50 MB)

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Show Notes

Hosted by: Lisa J and Jer
Topics: We talk with Brian Ward of Shout! Factory about producing the “Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Seasons” set, including all the difficulties and the triumphs. And yes, we bring up the Time Force edits.

Links

Order “Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Seasons” on Shout! Factory

Episode 173: Interview with Hilary Shepard

No Pink Spandex – Episode 173: Interview with Hilary Shepard (46:28, 32 MB)

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Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Spy
Topics: We talk with Hilary Shepard about her time on Power Rangers and her recent book Shesus. What does Hilary have in common with Grace Jones? Were there any issues with Carol Hoyt? Listen and find out!

Links

You can pick up your copy of Shesus at Amazon.com in Paperback and eBook.