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Power Rangers hires Bill Hader as Alpha 5

Aye-yi-yi! Comedy voice-legend Bill Hader is on board to play Alpha 5 in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. Read more after the jump.

The Power Rangers marketing machine is in fully swing. Things got off to a rocky start when Elizabeth Banks‘ Rita Repulsa was revealed. Fans of the original tv series weren’t too crazy about the reptilian new look. Fortunately the snazzy new posters featuring the rangers and their Zords made people forget about it. Slowly but surely the cast is revealed as well. Bryan Cranston was revealed along with Banks to be starring as holy-head-in-a-tube Zordon. The positive response to Zordon and the sheepish response to Bank’s Repulsa proves one thing. Power Rangers fans want things the way they were, but better! But still, you know, the way they were. Now they’re closer to getting it than ever. News just dropped that Alpha 5 will be making an appearance voiced by an actor who’s all too familiar with sci-fi franchises.

Screenrant is reporting that unstoppable funny-man Bill Hader will be stepping into the role of Alpha 5.

If you’re not familiar with the original show, or you’re a little foggy on the nineties, here’s a breakdown. Alpha 5 was a robot that assisted the Rangers on their zany adventures. He mainly assisted by hanging out with Zordon, waving his arms around and screaming “Aye-yi-yi”. He also panicked a lot, hence the aye-yi-yi-ing. Despite being pretty unhelpful he was a freaking hoot and a fond favourite of power rangers fans. The news that he’s even featuring in the film is a plus. Throw in a comedy heavyweight like Hader and things are looking way up for Power Rangers.

Hader has been showing up all over the place recently in voice roles. In 2015 he stole the show as BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens, not to mention playing Fear in Inside Out. In 2016 alone he did voice work in 4 movies: Bloodbottler in The BFG, Stan in Finding Dory, Leonard in Angry Birds and a whole mess of characters in Sausage Party. Hader played a big part in making those films great despite them not all being smash hits (sorry BFG, not sorry Angry Birds). If he can nail Alpha 5 he could have another voice-acting home-run for 2017.

There’s definitely a strong smell of comedy coming from the Power Rangers camp. The latest set of Zord posters show they’re not taking themselves too seriously. Adding Hader to the mix is a clear sign that you want to up the funny. Hopefully the script will give him enough room to strut his stuff.

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24th, 217. Watch this space for all the latest Power Rangers movie news.

“Inside Out” Review: The Most Entertaining Therapy Session You’ll Ever Have

The Skinny
You’re entering a dimension within the realms of the human mind. A sub-psychological space where the emotional state of an 11 year old girl, Riley, is in the hands of 5 emotions. In this bizarre reality, Riley is caught in a crisis of the mind when her core memories are lost and she loses the vital connections to her own personality; it is up to Joy and Sadness to restore her memories while Fear, Anger and Disgust try to hold her mind together. This is a dimension which we call… The Twilight Zo- I mean, Inside Out. Continue reading “Inside Out” Review: The Most Entertaining Therapy Session You’ll Ever Have

Brand New Trailer for “Inside Out” Gets Down to the Plot

Between Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond and Jordan Hess taking on Overnight at 42nd Street, we’ve been talking a lot about Disney recently. Oh, and did you hear about Tim Burton helming a live action adaptation of Dumbo? Sorry, sorry, I was supposed to move away from Dinsey in this post. Because now we’re getting some fresh bits and pieces from the Pixar camp.

A fresh new trailer has been released for the animation Inside Out, which will be bursting onto the big screen this summer. The two and a half minute sneak peek premiered on The Ellen Show While the first trailer we got a few months ago gave us a solid segment of the film about different emotions living inside a young girl named Riley’s brain, we didn’t get much of the plot . Fortunately it looks as though this new trailer will give us a better idea of the story arc. Check it out below, courtesy of Ellentube:

Well that’s a stunning piece of Pixar loveliness! So from the looks of things the films will focus around Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) as they try and fix a problem with Riley after an emotional move to San Francisco.

Inside Out will be out on June 19th, but don’t get too emotional about it. See what I did there?

Pixar’s New Year Gift Basket: Fresh Artwork and Images for “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur”

The Pixar publicity train just keeps on chugging even into the New Year period when things tend to slow down everywhere else…especially with real trains.  In anticipation of two hot projects the studio has released respectively a  new image from Inside Out and some more concept art for The Good Dinosaur.

As we know, Inside Out is set for a June 19th, 2015 release and explores the adventures of emotions Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) as they live in the the consciousness of an 11-year-old girl. We already have character posters, a teaser and a full-length trailer that plays out a good dose of footage from the film itself. Now to add to the mix is a still from the feature, showing the emotions watching what looks to be a memory. The image is inkeeping with the bubbly sleekness of the trailer and isn’t so much a big reveal as it is a warm reminder of things to come. Check out the image below, courtesy of Slashfilm:

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And behind door number two we have some concept art for The Good DinosaurIt’s no secret that the project has had a few bumps in the road with the changing of hands from Up director Bob Peterson to The Incredibles animator Peter Sohn. We won’t be seeing this project in theatres until next November 25th, 2015, so all we’ve had so far is similar artwork. But from what we’ve seen, the visuals and in particular the landscapes are going to be stunning. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand and Bill Hader. Have a look and see what you think, courtesy of FirstShowing:

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Get a better look with a close-up here!

Hopefully some finished shots or maybe even a trailer will be making their way to us very soon, but in the meantime we have Inside Out to look forward to.

Which Pixar project are most psyched for?

Full-length “Inside Out” Trailer shows us (add inside pun here)

We’ve been in desperate need of a Pixar fix recently, and the chances are we would have happily accepted any old adorable nonsense. But fortunately, what we got was a pretty fulfilling trailer for Inside Out, ready for release in 2015. We’re living in a month of Sony hacks and bad blood, so it’s nice to get a little bit of colour and cuteness in our lives to remind us that, hey, we still have Pixar films! Well, we won’t have it for a months now, so the a short piece of footage will have to do. Check out the trailer, courtesy of Empire:

Despite the fact that very little of the film’s plot about the emotions inside our heads is revealed, we get an extended piece of footage. This is probably a better idea given the nature of the film’s concept. But don’t worry, you get more than a good look at the emotions themselves: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Inside Out looks to be a dependable animated feature for next year. Any info on plot points will be posted as it becomes available.

What do you think of the latest Pixar offering?

Gotham Awards – All the Winners

The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.

I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin

Best Actress

Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks

Best Actor

Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER

Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash

(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)

Steve Carell accepting his prize...the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.
Steve Carell accepting his prize…the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.

Best Documentary

CITIZENFOUR — WINNER                                                                                Actress                                                                                                                                  Life Itself                                                                                                              Manakamana                                                                                                                          Point and Shoot

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant

Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams 
Claire Carré, director, Embers

Independent Film Audience Award

Boyhood — WINNER

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People

Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER

Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child

Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.

What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?