TMZ reports they’ve spoken to local law enforcement and Rick Medina a.k.a. Ricardo Medina, Jr. (Cole from Power Rangers Wild Force) has been arrested and formally charged with the stabbing death of his roommate Joshua Sutter.
Last year, Medina was involved in a fatal encounter with Sutter apparently stemming from an argument over Medina’s girlfriend. Medina immediately alerted police, and after an initial investigation, charges against him were dropped and he was released from jail. But the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department today says the district attorney has now charged Medina with one count of murder. According to the KTLA-5 Los Angeles news crew, prosecutors request he be held on $1 million bail.
The family of Joshua Sutter assumes this new action was taken due to evidence not matching Medina’s claim of self-defense. Chiefly, that Sutter was said to be the attacker yet had defensive wounds on his hands, and allegedly burst into Medina’s room yet most of his blood was found outside the room.
If convicted, Medina would face 26 years to life in prison.
According to IGN.com, Saban Brands is naming the 2017 incarnation of Power Rangers (TV show, not movie) Power Rangers Ninja Steel and has provided the following synopsis:
Saban’s Power Rangers Ninja Steel starts deep in space, where Zircon is the reigning champion of the most popular intergalactic game show in the universe, and monsters battle to prove who is the mightiest warrior. Zircon is determined to become invincible by controlling the mythical Spirit Crystal, which contains six supernatural Ninja Power Throwing Stars. The only thing standing in his way is a new team of heroic teenage Power Rangers who possess the Spirit Crystal. The evil Zircon sends his warrior contestants down to Earth to steal the Crystal, where each epic battle against the Rangers is broadcast throughout the universe. Together, the Rangers must master their arsenal of Throwing Stars, Zords and Megazords, each made of legendary ninja steel, in order to stop this evil threat and save our planet from destruction.
Ilia Volok (Master Org from Power Rangers Wild Force) appeared in the January 5 episodes of CBS’s NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans in a crossover event.
He plays one of the three Russian criminals that stops the autopsy van, credited as “Burly Man”. The episodes are NCIS #1312, “Sister City: Part 1” and NCIS: New Orleans #212, “Sister City: Part 2”.
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Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, Tristan, Spy, and more!
Topics: Originally recorded December 20, 2015. We made it! It only took 10 years but we finally made it to 200! We discuss a little news and welcome our cavalcade of stars. It’s time to reminisce on our favorite moments from the past 10 years, do a little Q&A, and much more. We even make an announcement! Yes, this episode is full of surprises so listen right now!
Episode 1 – When Evil Stirs
The Rangers believe their work is done after they’ve defeated Sledge and his evil monsters. Unbeknownst to them, an even more powerful monster is picking up where Sledge left off and is closer to the Rangers than they think.
Episode 2 – Forgive and Forget
Snide plans to contaminate the city water with venom that makes you forget who you are in hopes that the Rangers will be infected. Meanwhile, Riley has a score to settle with an old rival at the Amber Beach Marathon.
Episode 3 – A Date with Danger
Chase tries to impress his new girlfriend, Kaylee by showing how talented and accomplished he is. But when it becomes more about him and less about her, Kaylee starts to fall for the Black Ranger instead.
Episode 4 – Nightmare in Amber Beach
Shelby receives a pillow from an unknown sender. When she uses it to take a nap, she starts living a nightmare. The Rangers suspect this must be from Snide so they all make sure to stay awake, but that proves to be harder than they thought.
Episode 5 – Roar of the Red Ranger
Tyler tries to master the new T-Rex Super Charge Mode, but after Heckyl plants a virus in Kendall’s computer, the T-Rex Super Charger malfunctions and makes Tyler go wild! Luckily, the Aqua Ranger is able to step in before it’s too late.
Episode 6 – Forged Under Fire
Tyler looks forward to catching up with his dad after not seeing him for the past 10 years. When Tyler’s Energem becomes cracked, he is forced to mend it by placing it in Hot Lava and prove to his dad he’s not a kid anymore.
Episode 7 – Home Run Koda
Kendall creates a new Victory Charger that requires the core 5 Energems. But when Riley becomes Koda’s coach on the Amber Beach Earthquake baseball team, he has a hard time pulling himself away from the game to help the other Rangers.
Episode 8 – Riches and Rags
When Ivan mistakes a thousand year old suit of armor as a training dummy, he finds himself in debt after destroying it. Heckyl sends in a hybrid monster named Spell Digger to spread greed to anyone who touches his gold coins.
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Forbes Magazine contributor Scott Mendelson has posted his thoughts on Lionsgate trading a release date meant for the final film in the Divergent series to the upcoming Power Rangers movie. While he mentions that Hollywood is capable of creating a blockbuster film no matter what time of year it debuts, he makes an argument that the spring may be more fortuitous than the summer these days.
In terms of long term goals, the success of the first Power Rangers movie is significantly more important to Lionsgate than the success of the final Divergent movie. All due respect, the sci-fi teen lit franchise is basically playing itself out at this point, and it’s not like Lionsgate has to keep interest above room temperature in the hopes of spin-offs or prequels or whatever every studio wants to do whenever a franchise ends.
He also gives credit to the studio for snapping up Ludi Lin right before his film Monster Hunt makes big money in China.
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Anyone remember the wonderful interview Lisa J and Spy conducted with Alyson Kiperman Sullivan in which Alyson mentioned a secret project she was working on with other Power Rangers alumni? Well, this is it!
Power Pin Ups is a 2016 calendar featuring Pink and Yellow Rangers from several seasons of the franchise in cheesecake imagery evoking the artistic style of modeling posters from the 1930s and ’40s. Featured are Erin Cahill (Jen from Power Rangers Time Force), Karan Ashley (Aisha from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Catherine Sutherland (Kat from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Deborah Philips (Katie from Power Rangers Time Force), Ciara Hanna (Gia from Power Rangers Megaforce), Nakia Burrise (Tanya from Power Rangers Zeo), Anna Hutchison (Lily from Power Rangers Jungle Fury), Alyson Kiperman Sullivan (Taylor from Power Rangers Wild Force), and Alison MacInnis (Dana from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue), Alyson and Alison being the visionaries of this idea along with the behind-the-scenes help of Steven Skyler (Antonio from Power Rangers Samurai) and Secret Sky Productions.
The 2016 Calendar Girls project was spearheaded by Wild Force Yellow Ranger, Alyson Kiperman who, through friend, Realm Aquino, contacted Time Force Pink Ranger, Erin Cahill, who then contacted the rest of the wonderful ladies who are officially the 2016 Calendar Girls! Together with Alison MacInnis and Steven Skyler of Secret Sky Productions and Power Pin Ups, the team made this calendar into a reality!
Power Pin Ups was a daydream of Alison M’s when Erin contacted her to discuss the calendar idea, and when the assembled group gathered to discuss themes, it just made sense for the calendar project to make its debut as a “pin up” project, thus why several of the girls have a true pin up vibe! It was joy to work with such amazing, talented and creative women, each one is so beautiful inside and out! Special thanks to Alden Dobbins, a key member of our team!
By visiting the official website, you can purchase the calendar shipping in mid-December for $55. You can also add a signature from the actresses who posed at an additional $20 each, as well as complimentary images featuring Jason Faunt (Wes from Power Rangers Time Force) and Najee De-Tiege (Kevin from Power Rangers Samurai) for $40 each.
Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, Shamus, and Jason
Topics: We discuss Rose McIver giving advice to new cast of Power Rangers film, the alleged budget for the Power Rangers film, Becky G’s interview with Vibe Magazine, pictures from Doubutsu Sentai Juuouger, Power Rangers Dino Charge Episode 20 “One More Energem,” and more!
If you would like to contribute your favorite NPS moments of the past 10 years, then let us know at the following places:
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Nakia Burrise (Tanya from Power Rangers Zeo/Turbo) appears in a new ad for Straight Talk Wireless.
She plays a mom detailing their Bring Your Own Phone plan, and at half the cost of the competition, it means savings enough so her son can go to college. But her son doesn’t need it because he wants to be a magician.
Reset your calendars, Power Rangers fans!
Entertainment publication Deadline reports that Lionsgate is doing a little reworking of their 2017 schedule. The final film in the Divergent series has been moved into the summer release slate, meaning that newly open slot in the spring season will go to the upcoming Power Rangers film instead. Get January 13 out of your heads, the premiere will now be two months later, on March 24, 2017.
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.
GQ Magazine has uploaded an interview with Kyle Higgins, head writer of the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic from BOOM!. Their piece examines the endurance of the brand, and how Kyle and his team of co-writers (including Steve Orlando and Mairghread Scott) hope to deepen the storytelling in some regard.
It’s 2015. It’s 2015 Angel Grove, It’s a 2015 version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and it focuses on the Green Ranger. As far as modernizing it goes, [it's] the aesthetic, and really being able to dive into the characters in a way that the show wasn’t able to, because we’re telling a big serialized story. I don’t want to say it’s going to make them cool, but it’s going to make them feel like more well-rounded people. It won’t feel like 1994.
According to a corresponding report from Entertainment Weekly, the Issue #0 one-shot will be released on January 13, 2016. Issue #1, beginning their Green Ranger serial, comes out in March with eight variant covers on sale. Every issue afterward will have a “Villain Variant” cover, availability determined by the amount your retailer orders, a high enough number earning the variant cover and the store’s pick of how many issues they receive sporting it. Each cover will be illustrated by different artists. And news from IGN states there will also be a “Zord Variant” cover for every issue as well, all presumed to be drawn by Goñi Montes, who famously illustrated the Issue #0 covers.
TIME.com has uploaded their own interview with Becky G, who plays Trini in the Power Rangers movie coming in 2017. She talks a lot about the work she’s put into her impending debut album, and what people can expect from bringing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers back to the big screen.
[TIME:] Were you a Power Rangers kid growing up?
[Becky:] For sure. I think for some people, they’re like, “Isn’t Power Rangers cheesy?” No! What’s so cool about being a part of this is we’re going to give it a whole new identity. It’s going to be so much more creative and so much more relevant to now. I feel like a lot of kids, and even people older, too, are really going to be able to relate to it.
[TIME:] That’s what I’m interested in—why now? What does a Power Rangers reboot have to offer the world in 2017?
[Becky:] I can’t say much about it, but like I said, I feel like it’s going to be so relatable. It’s not just, “Morphin’ time!” [Gomez puts her hands together and acts out the old morphing sequence.] Literally you’re going to see these kids grow up in front of your eyes. That to me is going to be so cool to play because this is my first movie ever. I was just in Vancouver, where we’re going to be shooting, and apartment-hunting—I’ve never lived on my own! This is a whole new experience for me, and this character is also experiencing something new for her as well.
[TIME:] I like the taco necklace you’re wearing, by the way—that would be the best gift I’ve ever received if someone gave it to me.
[Becky:] Thank you. Well, I’ve been trying to eat healthy because I have to be a Power Ranger, and if I can’t eat the food, I want to wear it.
Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Shamus
Topics: We discuss the Power Rangers film script cover leak, and Power Rangers Dino Charge Episode 15 “Rise of a Ranger,” Episode 16 “No Matter How You Slice It,” Episode 17 “World Famous (in New Zealand),” Episode 18 “Deep Down Under,” and Episode 19 “Wishing for a Hero.”
VIBE Viva has uploaded an interview with Becky G, who plays Trini in the upcoming Power Rangers movie. She discusses her large family, what being Latina means to her, and acting having always been a dream of hers.
Then [my agent] sends me this role, didn’t tell what it was for, and I’m like, ‘Girl I ain’t got time for this! I’m tired, I’m on a tour bus. I don’t feel like self-recording, reading these lines.’ And she’s like, ‘Becky, they won’t leave me alone.’ Like just record it and I’ll leave you alone. So a few days went by and I was like I’ll just record it. I sent it in and she’s like you know what this is for? I was like what? And it was Power Rangers. Then I was excited! And when I was reading the lines, it felt cool, like the character. Later, she tells me that the director saw it and that he loved it and he would like to meet me. It’s a casting process so they have to see other people for the same role. It was between me and a couple other people, but I got the call that I was going to be the yellow Power Ranger. It just felt so right. Yellow is my favorite color, so I was like this is meant to be. [Laughs] I’ll be filming at the top of next year in Vancouver, Canada.
Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Shamus
Topics: Originally recorded November 22, 2015. We discuss the DiFilippo Triplets’ Rant, Power Rangers Dino Charge Episode 11 “Break Out,” Episode 12 “Knight After Knights,” Episode 13 “Sync or Swim,” Episode 14 “True Black,” and much more.
Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Spy
Topics: Originally recorded Sept. 6, 2015. We’re taking you back again to our discussion on Power Rangers Dino Charge Episode 9 “When Logic Fails” and Episode 10 “The Royal Rangers.”
Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Spy
Topics: Originally recorded June 14, 2015. We’re taking you back again to our discussion on Dino Charge Episode 5 “Breaking Black,” Episode 6 “The Tooth Hurts!,” Episode 7 “Let Sleeping Zords Lie,” and Episode 8 “Double Ranger, Double Danger.”
Hosted by: Lisa J, Jer, and Mikey
Topics: Originally recorded March 1, 2015. We’re taking you all the way back to our discussion of Episode 3 “A Fool’s Hour” and Episode 4 “Return of the Caveman.”
In our recent interview with Alyson Kiperman Sullivan, she talked about her work in 80s/90s commercials and look what we have here! Check out 17-year-old Alyson in a Slim Jim commercial with Macho Man Randy Savage:
Warning: This editorial contains mild spoilers for Go-Busters, Kyoryuger, and ToQger.
The holiday season is upon us which means that the current season of Power Rangers is winding down. So on the eve of Dino Charge becoming the third iteration of the franchise to receive the redundant descriptor of “super” for its sophomore season, I thought it would be a good idea to look towards the future of the brand and its impending theme. The post-Saban reclamation model of Power Rangers has decided to elongate one Super Sentai series into two American counterparts and leave us wondering what is next.