Monday, 30 April 2012

Hikonin sentai akibaranger up coming episodes

This would be the first time we will have future episode summaries for the currently running unofficial Super Sentai series, Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, in advance. The next few episodes features the team visiting TOEI! Episode 5: Our Pain☆Yellow Mama Nobuo thinks that they must work together if they want to fight as team, as well as keeping their identities a secret even from their parents. They were surprised when they were visited by Yumeria's mother, who seems to be also a cosplayer. Episode 6: Take Flight Leader! The Painful Trap of Deluded Photography As a delivery boy from SPD (Sasaki Ponpoko Delivery), Nobuo takes the job to deliver something for the studio director at Toei in Tokyo. For him, this is the Holy Grail for any Sentai fan. Thinking that they might learn to finally make the Akibaranger an official team, he took Mizuki along. After delivering the package, they suddenly saw an actual TV shooting and meets the legendary stunt and suit actor Kazuo. Fascinated by his sword play, Mizuki applies as an apprentice. Episode 7: N/A The Yoyogi spider appears. Malshina receives a bunch of flowers and opens her own "Evil Sentai Cafe". Is this created from another delusion? But why? Is this a trap for someone else? Nobuo and the rest of the team receives a message to rely on a map that a new evil cafe is about to open soon. Episode 8: N/A Tsukishima Alpaca appears, and calls Nobuo, claiming to be a producer from Toei. Nobuo is delighted and excited in hopes that Akibaranger will be "certified" soon. Suspicious, Hiroyo Hakase hanged up the phone. However, the three went to Ginza, Toei's main headquarters, but were kicked out of the office. Meanwhile, Hiroyo visits a professor at a university.

Doll Model Venus Palermo Interviewed on Daily Mail Website

The 15 year-old London girl Venus Palermo, whose anime-inspired, doll-like appearance has been the subject of media criticism in Britain, has given a lengthy interview to the Daily Mail website, available here. Written by Kathryn Knight, the article is headlined, "The truth about THAT 15-year-old human Barbie from South London who (with her mother's approval) has become a disturbing internet phenomenon." According to the article, Venus was raised alone by her mother in Switzerland, before they moved to Tenerife and later London. "In 2008 they went to Japan, where Venus first encountered the cult of ‘anime’ — highly stylised cartoons — that inspired her look," the Mail claims. The paper also says that, "Such has been the growing interest in her unusual appearance that, in recent weeks, she has been approached with a number of potentially lucrative commercial offers, including becoming the face of a skin-care line in Japan."

Himizu U.K. Release Details Plus Return of Cult Tetsuo Films

The distributor Third Window Films will release the live-action film of Minoru Furuya's manga Himizu, directed by Sion Sono, in selected U.K. cinemas at the start of June, followed by a DVD/Blu-ray release on August 6. Himizu's scheduled cinema screenings, beginning on Friday June 1, are listed on Third Windows' events page. They include screenings at London's Prince Charles, ICA, Renoir and Riverside Studios cinemas. There will also be showings at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Wales. The film has already won the Audience Award at London's Terracotta Far East Festival Prize in April 2012. In the film, 18-year-old actor Shōta Sometani plays Yūichi Sumida, an abused middle school boy. A certain incident sets him on a descent into darkness. 16-year-old actress Fumi Nikaidō plays Keiko Chazawa, Sumida's female classmate and stalker. Both actors won the Best New Young Actor or Actress Award for their roles in Himizu at the Venice Film Festival in September. Third Window Films also made the following announcement about the cult live-action Tetsuo films, directed by Shinya Tsukamoto in 1989 and 1992, through the site: We are pleased to announce the Blu-ray release of two huge cult classics from Japan: Tetsuo 1 & 2 will be released together as a Blu-ray double-pack in October 2012 with brand new transfers restored from the original negatives by Shinya Tsukamoto himself. Along with these two new restorations, we will also include Shinya Tsukamoto's 45 minute Tetsuo-prototype film 'The Adventures of Electric Rod Boy' (Denchu Kozo no Boken) in the package. Also included will be a new interview with Tsukamoto regarding the restoration as well as talking about the re-release of these cult classics. The Tetsuo 1/2 set will coincide with the DVD/Blu-ray release of Kotoko [a 2011 Tsukamoto film] which is also scheduled for October 2012 Additionally, the company confirmed two other live-action releases. Sion Sono's Love Exposure will be released on Blu-ray on the same date as Himizu, August 6, with a new transfer to HD. Third Window has also acquired Gakuryu (Sogo) Ishii's latest film, Isn't Anyone Alive? (Ikiteru mono inai no ka) which features Himizu's male lead, Shōta Sometani. The film is scheduled for release (no details specified) "sometime towards the end of 2012."

K-ON! Complete 1st Season Set Released Monday

Manga Entertainment will release the first season of K-ON! as a complete box-set on Monday April 30. It contains the 13 television episodes, plus the OVA episode "Live House!" The set is rated PG and its RRP is £39.99. The schoolgirl-band series was previously released on four DVD volumes. In March's Manga podcast, Jerome Mazandarani said there was still a "good chance" that K-ON! Season 2 would be released. Also released on Monday is a 3-disc Blu-ray edition of the controversial 2001 live-action Japanese film Battle Royale, in which a class of schoolchildren is forced to fight to the death. The cast includes Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Chiaki Kuriyama. The pack is released by Arrow Video (rated 18), and contains both the theatrical and Director's Cut versions of the film. It also contains numerous extras, including a 32-page comic called "Battle Royale: Parent's Day." It was created for the Blu-ray release by writers Stefan Hutchinson and Barry Keating, and drawn by Steph Stamb

K-ON! Film's BD/DVD Slated for July 18

A solicitation sheet for retailers lists the limited first edition of the K-ON! film's Blu-ray Disc/DVD release on July 18. According to the listing, the Blu-ray Disc/DVD release is not to be revealed to the public until Thursday, May 3

Funimation Announces Panty & Stocking English Dub Cast

The North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for its upcoming release of the Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt television anime series at Anime Central on Saturday. The dub cast is as follows: Fastener – Christopher Bevins Corset – Chris Ayres Scanty – Colleen Clinkenbeard Kneesocks – Cherami Leigh Brief – Joel McDonald Chuck – Ian Sinclair Garterbelt – Christopher R. Sabat Stocking – Monica Rial Panty – Jamie Marchi In addition, Colleen Clinkenbeard is directing the English dub. John Burgmeier is serving as head writer and the script writers include Jamie Marchi, Leah Clark, and Jared Hedges. Studio Gainax's 13-episode Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt television anime series originally aired in October-December 2010. The story centers around a teen-celebrity-like blond-haired girl named Panty and a black-haired Goth Loli girl named Stocking. The two are angels sent from the heavens to battle the "Ghosts" on Earth. Crunchyroll streamed the series in various countries outside of Japan as it aired. Funimation will release the series on limited-edition DVD on July 10.

PR Samurai - A sticky situation review

Mike and Kevin spar and Mike swears he can beat Kevin and outwits him. Jayden tells them to work togehter. They do so but a new Nighlok Exposar sticks them togehter. He retreats and Serrator convinces Xandred not to destroy the Nighlok. Octoroo comes up with an idea to glue people together. So the Nighlok does so with Bulk and Spike. Jayden tries cutting off the glue with his Spin Sword but is unsuccessful. Jayden gives sage advice to Mike and Kevin as they train to work together but they just keep fighting and making it worse. They move a trash bag and slip and fall and accidentally drop it out. Jii sends them to get grocery. The Nighlok keeps gluing people to stuff. Mike and Kevin are seen outside and Mike tells people it is a school project and then dance a waltx and foxtrot and Kevin doesn't like it and pulls him away. got an idea to have Kevin put him in a cart with the groceries to go home. Kevin tells Mike he is creative, Mike tells him he has no other choice. They run to the bathroom as Kevin drank a lot of juice. The alarm goes off and the remaining Rangers run off. Kevin and Mike spot the Rangers and run after them. The four Rangers stick to their feet to the glue on the floor. Exposar puts more glue on them. Mike and Kevin arrive and see what's happening. Mike tells Kevin to lower his skills to 'be in sync' and then Kevin tells Mike to take the lead and they agree. Exposar smacks Red in the head. The duo morph in an impressive move, they do move in sync fighting Exposar. Blue flips Green and does a windmill move on Exposar. They bring the Nighlok down and the glue comes off---of everyone including Bulk and Spike but Spike stepped on gum. Exposar grows big and the Rangers are in their zords and attack the Nighlok. Jayden is in Super Mega mode and they call for Bull Megazord and Claw Battlzord North (with Octozord) and the Lightzord. It soon becomes sunset. Jayden goes to Shogun Mode and destroys the monster. Deker and Dayu wait for Serrator, who apologizes for not keeping in touch for years. Deker doesn't recognize him and puts his half sword at him. Serrator says they are impressive. Deker wants him to fix his sword. Serrator gives Dayu a magic dagger. Serrator tells Deker he will take a big part in mankind's destruction and takes hi sword. Back at hoem, kevin and Mike work together in the ktichen, making the others laugh. But the eggs fall on the floor. Episode Review: I love that for the first time ever, the close caption was a transparent pink. I don't know how that happened. Mike was so cute in that cart. The MOTD does repeat the same lines too much, especially the puns, it's annoying.

DWM 447 cover

DW fan production

Plaything of Sutekh - Issue One Plaything of Sutekh is a new A5 Doctor Who fanzine covering all eras of the series with 40 pages and colour covers with artwork throughout. The magazine can be ordered from the website What Did the Sixties Do For Who? – a look at how the Troughton era of Doctor Who reflected the changes facing Britain in the late 60s Franks’s Who – the lasting influence of Frank Bellamy’s Radio Times art on Doctor Who illustration. Secret Who – we re-evaluate a clutch of less popular stories and find there’s more to them than meets the eye: Underworld, The Krotons and The Android Invasion. They're better than you may think! Accidental Art – while Nation and Adams were pulling in opposite directions, Ken Grieve’s innovative approach raised Destiny of the Daleks above the norm. A New Direction? – a look at the evolution of Doctor Who under Steven Moffat DWDVD – recent DVD releases Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Daemons Return of the King – a look at (or a listen to) Tom Baker’s return as the Doctor in Big Finish audios Time Leech Charity Edition Featuring the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, Time Leech is a compilation of a three-part web comic originating on the Kasterborous Doctor Who news and reviews website. This compilation is being released as a non-profit project, with all proceeds being split 50-50 between the annual Children in Need event and the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), of which David Tennant is patron. Created by Christian Cawley and Brian Terranova, Justin Abbot and Rick Lundeen, cover art is Martin MacIntosh, with additional credits to Colin Brockhurst and former Doctor Who Magazine editor John Freeman, who advised on the project. A 30 page adventure through time and space, the comic strip originated as a project to find a new comic book artist. Time Leech will be available for £4.99 plus p&p, or £7.99 plus p&p for overseas readers. The ebook version is available CBR and PDF and can be purchased for 99p. The electronic version is available now from the website; the printed comic will be available to purchase from mid-May 2012. Well At Least It's Free Well At Least It's Free is a book compiling fanzine and website articles by fan writer Tim Worthington. Including An overview of the sixties historicals A robust defence of The Underwater Menace An epic-length look at The Daleks' Master Plan Thoughts on the Russell T. Davies era. Also articles on The Tripods, The Box Of Delights, and Barry Letts' adaptation of Pinocchio. Well At Least It's Free is available in print and eBook form, and you can read more about it at Tim Worthington's blog. Clips Dave Clipson has sent us his animation featuring a Dalek and a Cyberman transforming into R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Friday, 27 April 2012

[MV] Kamen Rider 40 x Super Sentai 35 Anniversary LIVE & SHOW

Neo Message about New Magazine MyM

The UK anime and manga magazine Neo posted the following on its facebook page. We're looking into the subject of NEO subscribers receiving issue zero of MyM magazine. (We are not affiliated with this publication in any way.) If you've received this, can you get in touch with Issue 1 of MyM magazine will launch on May 3, selling at WH Smiths and independent newsagents. It will cover anime, manga, games, movies, cosplay and comics. Its publisher, Tarik Alozdi, talked about MyM to the Otaku News website in March.

Anime Screenings at London BFI Southbank June 8 to 10

The BFI Southbank in London (formerly the National Film Theatre) has announced the line-up for a three-day season of anime films from Friday June 8 to Sunday June 10. Seven films will be shown. They include the previously-announced special screening of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, including a live Q&A with the film's director and producer. There will also be new films from Production I.G (A Letter to Momo), Studio Ghibli (From Up On Poppy Hill) and Mad House (The Princess and the Pilot). Tickets will become available to the general public on Tuesday May 8. Members of the BFI will be able to book a week earlier on Tuesday May 1 (at 11.30 a.m.). Directions to the BFI Southbank, near to Waterloo station and the BFI IMAX cinema, are here. All screenings are in NFT1, the main theatre. The full list of anime screenings and events follows, with links to the relevant pages on the BFI Southbank site. June 8 From Up On Poppy Hill (details) 6 pm. The latest Studio Ghibli film, a period teenage drama by Goro Miyazaki set in 1963 Yokohama. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (details), 8 pm. Followed by a live Q&A with director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami. June 9 Oblivion Island (details), 4 pm. CGI fantasy from Production I.G, about a girl on a quest for a magic mirror. Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (details), 6.30 pm. The latest film by Makoto Shinkai, about a girl who finds a fantastic underground kingdom. Gintama: The Movie (details), 9pm. A retelling of a story from the Gintama television series, which is set in an alternate version of Tokyo with samurai and aliens. June 10 A Letter to Momo (details), 4 pm. On a remote Japanese island, a lonely girl encounters a trio of magical mischief-makers who cause chaos in her life. A fantasy film produced by Production I.G and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin-Roh). The Princess and the Pilot (details), 630 pm. An adventure film by the Mad House studio, about a princess taken on a perilous journey through the sky by an ace pilot, in order to stop a war. Akira (details), 8.45 pm. Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 SF classic.

Yoko Kanno's March 11 Quake Anniversary Music VIdeo Previewed

Victor Entertainment began streaming a digest version of the music video for "Hana wa Saku" (Flowers Bloom), the song that Yoko Kanno composed to mark the one-year anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. The song became the theme for NHK's Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Project, which supports the reconstruction efforts in the areas hardest hit. Acclaimed film director Shunji Iwai (Love Letter, All About Lily Chou-Chou, Hana & Alice) not only wrote the song's lyrics, but he also directed the music video. The CD for the song will go on sale on May 23, and a limited edition will include the full music video on DVD. Part of the proceeds will go to the quake-affected areas. 34 singers, celebrities, and sports figures who hail from Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures — the prefectures hardest hit by the disasters — contributed to the vocals: Iwate Prefecture: Chikaco Sawada, Masao Sen, Sayaka Nakaya (AKB48), Kenji Niinuma, Hiroaki Murakami, Erika Yamakawa Miyagi Prefecture: Shizuka Arakawa, Hiroshi Ikushima, ikemen's, Karen Iwata (AKB48), Kohei Otomo, Eiko Kano, Caoli Cano, Ikumi Kumagai, Muneyuki Sato, Sandwichman, Mayo Suzukaze, Kyōka Suzuki, Masatoshi Nakamura, Katsuya Nomura, Miyuki Hatakeyama, Maggy Shinji, Kumiko Mori, Keaki Mori, Mimori Yusa, Yoshinori Fukushima Prefecture: Kumiko Akiyoshi, Tomio Umezawa, Cha Kato, Yuki Kadokura, B-saku Sato, Toshiyuki Nishida, Naoyuki Harada, Takeshi Honda Kanno, as well as Iwai, are from Miyagi Prefecture, and their hometowns were affected by the disaster.

Malaysia's Anime Festival Asia to Host Musical Guests Kalafina, KOTOKO

The first Anime Festival Asia in Malaysia has announced its guest lineup on Thursday for this year's event, which will take place on June 9-10 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Five musical acts who have worked on anime will perform at the festival's concert titled "I Love Anisong." FLOW (Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Naruto), Sea☆A (Cardfight!! Vanguard, Toriko), Kalafina (Black Butler, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sound of the Sky), KOTOKO (Accel World, Waiting in the Summer, Shakugan no Shana), and Maon Kurosaki (Highschool of the Dead, Toaru Majutsu no Index II, Shakugan no Shana III (Final) will perform at the two-day "I Love Anisong" concert. Special guests at the event include Production I.G president, co-founder and producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Ghost in the Shell, FLCL, A Letter to Momo), producer Tomohiko Ishii (Eden of the East, The Sky Crawlers), cosplayer KANAME☆, and blogger-turned-anime producer Danny Choo. Choo will also serve as the event's host. Anime Festival Asia was previously held in Singapore from 2008-2011. This will be the first year the convention will be held in Malaysia.

DW 1st centenarian

The actress Zohra Sehgal today celebrates her 100th Birthday and becomes the first actor to appear on Doctor Who to become a Centenarian. Zohra Sehgal appeared alongside first Doctor William Hartnell in two stories. She played Sheyrah in the second episode of the 1965 story The Crusade. She also had a small role playing an attendant in three episodes of the 1964 story Marco Polo. Zohra Sehgal was born in 1912, in Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, the third of seven children. After attending Queen Mary's Girls College in Lahore she decided to pursue a career as a performer. Her uncle arranged for her to apprentice under a British actor, which involved driving from Lahore to Europe. She became the first Indian to study at Mary Wigman’s ballet school in Dresden, Germany studying modern dance. While there she saw the touring production of Shiv-Parvati ballet by Uday Shankar, who promised her a job on her return to India, something she took up in 1935. In 1942 she married and worked extensively as an actor and dancer in Lahore and Bombay, where she also became involved in Bollywood. She made her film debut in Dharti Ke Lal in 1946, followed by Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar , which became the first Indian film to gain critical international recognition and which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. After her husband's death in 1959, Zohra Sehgal first moved to Delhi and became director of the newly founded Natya Academy before moving to London on a drama scholarship in 1962. Her first role for British television was in a BBC adaptation of a Kipling story, The Rescue of Pluffles. She anchored 26 episodes of BBC TV series, Padosi (Neighbours), made in 1976–77. She was signed by Merchant Ivory Productions appeareing in The Courtesans of Bombay directed by James Ivory in 1982. This paved the way for the role of Lady Chatterjee in the television adaptation The Jewel in the Crown in 1984. She went on to appear in Tandoori Nights, My Beautiful Laundrette, Bhaji on the Beach, The Mystic Masseur, Bend It Like Beckham, Cheeni Kum and others. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, Kalidas Samman in 2001, and in 2004, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, presented her with its highest award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement. In 2008, she was named the ‘Laadli of the Century' by the United Nations Population Fund and she received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor, in 2010. She returned to India in the mid-1990s where she has acted in several films, plays and TV series. She now lives in Delhi with her daughter, where she plans to celebrate her birthday with family and a few close friends from the artistic fraternity.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Ohranger's "Oh Red" Ranger Starts Tokyo Tokusatsu Bar

Masaru Shishido, known for his portrayal of the Oh Red ranger in the 1995 Chōriki Sentai Ohranger tokusatsu television series, started "Crystal Sky," a tokusatsu bar in Tachikawa, Tokyo on April 10. Shishido is the owner of the bar, as well as its "producer," and has created displays where visitors can look at props, photos, goods, and so on from the show. Visitors can also sing karaoke for free at the bar. A variety of food and drink will be offered at the bar, including soft drinks (500 yen, about US$6), as well as beer and cocktails (600 yen, about US$7). The store also has a table charge of 1,500 yen (about US$18), as well as a 1000 yen (about US$12) charge for every hour customers stay at the bar. "Crystal Sky" was also the name of an insert song and ending theme for the Ohranger show. Footage from Ohranger was used to create the American Power Rangers Zeo program.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood DVD Collection in August

Manga Entertainment has tweeted that it will release a ten-disc DVD boxset of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood at the end of August. The company had previously released the 64-part series in five separate DVD volumes. Pre-orders for the new set will begin at the start of May. Asked by Chris Strachan on twitter whether the new release would also include the OVA episodes (unreleased in Britain so far), Manga said it wouldn't. When Strachan pointed out that the OVAs are due to be released by Funimation in America, Manga commented, "We haven't been offered the FMAB OVAs yet! We'll definitely want to release them here

21st Century Boys Manga Listed by Viz's Distributor

The online store for Simon & Schuster, the distributor for North American manga publisher Viz Media, has listed both the first and second volumes of 21st Century Boys, Naoki Urasawa's two-volume follow-up series to his 20th Century Boys series, for English release by Viz Media. According to the website, the first volume of 21st Century Boys is slated for a November 2012 release, and the second volume is due to be released in January 2013. ANN asked Viz for a comment on these listings on Tuesday evening, but Viz has not yet responded as of Wednesday afternoon. 20th Century Boys is also published by Viz Media, as are other Urasawa titles including Pluto and Monster. 20th Century Boys was awarded the 2011 Eisner Award in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia category, beating out Osamu Tezuka's Ayako, Yumi Unita's Bunny Drop, Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, and Natsume Ono's House of Five Leaves. It has been nominated once again for the 2012 Eisner Awards, this year for Best Continuing Series.

people update

Colin Baker appears on tomorrow's edition of the Channel 4 show Get Your House In Order. He attempts to help collector Barry Phillips, who is looking to de-clutter his Doctor Who memorabilia-filled house, by selling items at a convention. The hour-long programme starts at 8pm and will also be available afterwards on catch-up service 4oD. David Tennant has launched the BBC's Shakespeare Season, which forms part of the Cultural Olympiad. He said of the Olympiad: "I'm a bit hazy as to what it actually means, what it all adds up to. But if it means more Shakespeare, it's fine my me." He will be starring in Romeo and Juliet on Radio 3 on Sunday 29th April at 8.30pm and was in Twelfth Night on Radio 3 last Sunday (available on the iPlayer until 13th May). [Radio Times, 22 April 2012] Staying in the world of the Bard, the Royal Shakespeare Company has revealed that it was contacted three times by a man who wanted to buy a pair of David Tennant's unwashed socks - even offering £50 for them. The bizarre request came as the RSC announced that its costumes and props were for hire by the general public, and made particular mention of the crown worn by Tennant as Hamlet in the 2008 production being available for £20 a week. (The RSC refused to sell the socks, by the way!) [Daily Record, 24 April 2012] Gareth David-Lloyd plays the male lead of Dr Robert Cameron in the independent short film Casimir Effect. Billed as a sci-fi romance, it is currently in post-production, having been filmed two years ago, and is looking for support to complete it. The companion, not the Doctor, is the main character in Doctor Who, according to Steven Moffat. With Amy and Rory about to leave the show and a new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, arriving in this year's Christmas special, Moffat told BBC America: "The story begins again, not so much with the new Doctor, but with the new companion. It is their story. The Doctor's the hero, but they're the main character." He added: "I thought about the Doctor travelling on his own and it always faintly depresses me." [Radio Times, 19 April 2012] Talking of companions, Katy Manning has given an in-depth interview to Radio Times, revealing her thoughts about life, the universe, Jo Grant, and everything. A gallery of photos ranging from her debut in Doctor Who to the present day has also been put online by Radio Times. In addition, Manning can be followed on Twitter at @ManningOfficial. Karen Gillan is among the 12 nominees for the title of Fashion Icon in this year's Scottish Fashion Awards, which take place at Clyde Auditorium on Monday 11th June. [Daily Record, 22 April 2012] John Barrowman is urging fans to campaign for his character of Captain Jack Harkness to appear in the 50th-anniversary episode of Doctor Who. "I think it would be a shame if Captain Jack wasn't involved in the 50th anniversary, because he was such a big figure and a big presence within the show itself and also within Torchwood," he told MTV Geek at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. But, Barrowman said: "It's not up to me, it's up to the executives and it's also kind of up to the fans, because if they want it all they have to do is get on those keyboards and start writing." Addressing fans directly, he said: "You have been known to change things!" He added: " I've spoken to Russell [T Davies] about it, he thinks it would be a great idea for Jack to meet Matt's Doctor, I think it would be a great idea, Matt and I actually had a conversation at the BBC once, sitting round a table, thought it would be a great idea, Steven [Moffat] thought it would be a great idea, so again it's one of those things. Great ideas sometimes never happen, they sometimes do, but you know I guess you just have to watch this space." [MTV Geek, 18 April 2012] Matt Smith, Jessica Hynes, Richard Briers, and David Walliams will be providing narration for a second series of the Disney Junior UK show A Poem Is . . . There will be 12 five-minute instalments featuring animation from the Disney vaults. [C21Media, 25 April 2012] Former BBC1 Controller Michael Grade - arguably the nemesis of Doctor Who in the 1980s - meets Steven Moffat in the next instalment of Grade's Radio 2 series On The Box, in which he gives the inside story of the British TV industry from his unique viewpoint. Also taking part (although not necessarily because of their involvement with Doctor Who) are Maureen Lipman, Pauline Collins, Mal Young, June Brown, and Jane Tranter who, as Controller of Drama Commissioning at the BBC, oversaw the revival of Doctor Who. Dishing The Dirt will be broadcast on Monday 30th April at 10pm and will be available afterwards on the iPlayer. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jane Espenson has been talking about her role on the fairy-tale drama series Once Upon A Time, which airs in the UK on Channel 5, as well as her other projects. She also talks about her involvement with Torchwood, saying: "I was very proud of what we did. I thought it turned out amazingly well. I don't think you can ever beat Children of Earth, the previous season, which was an absolute masterwork. But, I thought we did very well. I thought we did things with that show that are not normally seen on American television." [The Hollywood Reporter, 22 April 2012] Anna Maxwell-Martin and Julie Graham have been signed up to star in ITV1's newly-commissioned period thriller The Bletchley Circle. They will play code-breakers Susan and Jean in the three-part murder-mystery drama, which starts filming on location in London at the end of April. [ITV Press Centre, 23 April 2012] Richard Wilson is to narrate his "untrue celebrity autobiography" on Radio 4 next month. The four-part "radiography" will feature dramatised scenes with star names including David Tennant and Arabella Weir. Believe It! starts on Wednesday 9th May at 11.30am. [The Independent, 24 April 2012]

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

DW@50 continues

The second in an occasional series marking the 50th anniversary of events leading to the creation of a true TV legend. Last time we saw how BBC Head of Script Department Donald Wilson commissioned a report into the use of science fiction in television drama. The report was compiled by two script editors for drama, Donald Bull and Alice Frick. Two copies of the report were sent to Wilson on 25th April 1962 - exactly 50 years ago today. Running to three and a half pages, the typewritten report was split into two sections. The first half set out the terms of the survey and the current state of science fiction, with the second half giving a series of conclusions reached by the writers. In compiling the report the authors had consulted previous studies of the genre by writers such as Brian Aldiss, Kingsley Amis, and Edmund Crispin. In addition, Frick, pictured right, had a meeting with Aldiss, the English author well-known for both general fiction and science fiction. His 1961 novel Hothouse, which was composed of five novelettes set in a far future Earth where the planet has stopped rotating, was to win the Hugo Award for short fiction in 1962. Aldiss was then editor of Penguin science fiction in Oxford Previous science fiction television dramas were also studied. Of note were The Quatermass Experiment, the Nigel Kneale series made in 1953, and A for Andromeda, the 1961 series written by acclaimed cosmologist Fred Hoyle and starring Julie Christie. It noted that both series concerned a group threat to Earth from an alien presence in which the whole of mankind was threatened. The report stated that more people watched The Quatermass Experiment and A for Andromeda than liked them, adding that people weren't all that mad about sci-fi but that it was compulsive when properly presented and that the genre did not appeal much to women or older people. It advised caution, saying great care and judgment would be needed "in shaping SF for a mass audience. It isn’t an automatic winner." The report also warned that science fiction "so far has not shown itself capable of supporting a large population." Bull and Frick said "the vast bulk of SF writing is by nature unsuitable for translation to TV", adding: "SF TV must be rooted in the contemporary scene, and like any other kind of drama deal with human beings in a situation that evokes identification and sympathy." The report concluded that there was just a small group of works and writers that would be suitable for adaptation for television. John Wyndham was noted as the chief exponent of the Threat and Disaster story, although it was pointed out that his books had been studied by the department in the past, with only The Midwich Cuckoos being suitable for TV, a book which was not available as the rights belonged to a film company. Arthur Clarke and C S Lewis were also mentioned, with Lewis being dismissed as clumsy and old-fashioned. Clarke was more promising and described as a modest writer, with a decent feeling for his characters, able to concoct a good story, and a master of the ironmongery department. Charles Eric Maine was thought too much a fantasist, obsessed with time-travel and fourth dimensions. Hoyle was considered exciting and well-related to the present day, with the potential to achieve great success. Bull and Frick said that they couldn't recommend any existing SF stories for TV adaptation, although Clarke and Wyndham might be valuable as future collaborators. They were also adamant that it should be written by TV dramatists and not SF writers. Two days later - on 27th April 1962 - a copy of the report was sent to Eric Maschwitz, Assistant and Adviser to the Controller of Programmes, who had suggested to Wilson the previous month that the Survey Group look into the literary merits of science fiction for short, single adaptations. Survey Group Report on Science Fiction 1. We have been asked to survey the field of published science fiction, in its relevance to BBC Television Drama. 2. In the time allotted, we have not been able to make more than a sample dip, but we have been greatly helped by studies of the field made by Brian Aldiss, Kingsley Amis, and Edmund Crispin, which give a very good idea of the range, quality and preoccupations of current SF writing. We have read some useful anthologies, representative of the best SF practitioners and these, with some extensive previous reading, have sufficed to give us a fair view of the subject. Alice Frick has met and spoken with Brian Aldiss, who promises to make some suggestions for further reading. It remains to be seen whether this further research will qualify our present tentative conclusions. 3. Several facts stand out a mile. The first is that SF is overwhelmingly American in bulk. This presumably means that, if we are looking for writers only, our field is exceptionally narrow, boiling down to a handful of British writers. 4. SF is largely a short story medium. Inherently, SF ideas are short-winded. The interest invariably lies in the activating idea and not in character drama. Amis has coined the phrase "idea as hero" which sums it up. The ideas are often fascinating, but so bizarre as to sustain conviction only with difficulty over any extended treatment. 5. These remarks apply largely to the novels too. Characterisation is equally spare. People are representative, not individual. The ideas are usually nearer to Earth - in every sense - and nearer to the contemporary human situation. They are thus capable of fuller treatment in depth. By and large the differences between the short stories and the novels are also the differences between the American and British schools of SF. This again helps to limit our field of useful study. 6. SF writing falls into fairly well-defined genres. At one end is the simple adventure/thriller, with all the terms appropriately translated. Any adult interest here lies in the originality of invention and vitality of writing. On a more adult level this merges into a genre that takes delight in imaginative invention, in pursuing notions to the farthest reaches of speculation. The subtlest exponents here are a group of American writers headed by Ray Bradbury, Kathleen Maclean, Isaac Asimov. In a perhaps crude but often exciting way the apparatus is used to comment on the Big Things - the relation of consciousness to cosmos, the nature of religious belief, and like matters. The American writer Edward Blish, in "A Case of Conscience", is surpassing here. More pretentiously, far less ably, the novels of C.S. Lewis likewise use the apparatus of SF in the service of metaphysical ideas. Then comes the large field of what might be called the Threat to Mankind, and Cosmic Disaster. Most of the novels, and most of the British work find their themes here. This is the broad mid-section of SF writing, that best known to the public and more or lees identified with SF as such. The best practitioner is John Wyndham. Exploiting instinctive psychic fears, the literature of Threat and Disaster has the most compulsive pull and probably indicates the most likely vein for TV exploitation. All "Quatermass" and "Andromeda" fall squarely into this genre. Finally, there is a small lively genre of satire, comic or horrific, extrapolating current social trends and techniques. Again, the practitioners are largely American. 7. We thought it valuable to try and discover wherein might lie the essential appeal of SF to TV audiences. So far we have little to go on except "Quatermass", "Andromeda" and a couple of shows Giles Cooper did for commercial TV. These all belong to the Threat and Disaster school, the type of plot in which the whole of mankind is threatened, usually from an "alien" source. There the threat originates on earth (mad scientists and all that jazz) it is still cosmic in its reach. This cosmic quality seems inherent in SF; without it, it would be trivial. Apart from the instinctive pull of such themes, the obvious appeal of these TV SF essays lies in the ironmongery - the apparatus, the magic - and in the excitement of the unexpected. "Andromeda", which otherwise seemed to set itself out to repel, drew its total appeal from exploiting this facet, we consider. It is interesting to note that with "Andromeda", and even with "Quatermass" more people watched it than liked it. People aren't all that mad about SF, but it is compulsive, when properly presented. Audiences - we think - are as yet not interested in the mere exploitation of ideas - the "idea as hero" aspect of SF. They must have something to latch on to. The apparatus must be attached to the current human situation, and identification must be offered with recognisable human beings. 8. As a rider to the above, it is significant that SF is not itself a wildly popular branch of fiction - nothing like, for example, detective and thriller fiction. It doesn't appeal much to women and largely finds its public in the technically minded younger groups. SF is a most fruitful and exciting area of exploration - but so far has not shown itself capable of supporting a large population. 9. This points to the need to use great care and judgement in shaping SF for a mass audience. It isn't an automatic winner. No doubt future audiences will get the taste and hang of SF as exciting in itself, and an entertaining way of probing speculative ideas, and the brilliant imaginings of a writer like Isaac Asimov will find a receptive place. But for the present we conclude that SF TV must be rooted in the contemporary scene, and like any other kind of drama deal with human beings in a situation that evokes identification end sympathy. Once again, our field is therefore sharply narrowed. Conclusions 10. We must admit to having started this study with a profound prejudice - that television science fiction drama must be written not by SF writers, but by TV dramatists. We think it is not necessary to elaborate our reasons for this - it's a different job and calls for different skills. Further, the public/ audience is different, so it wants a different kind of story (until perhaps it can be trained to accept something quite new). There is a wide gulf between SF as it exists, and the present tastes and needs of the TV audience, and this can only be bridged by writers deeply immersed in the TV discipline. 11. Only a very cursory examination has sufficed to show that the vast bulk of SF writing is by nature unsuitable for translation to TV. In its major manifestation, the imaginative short story with philosophic overtones, it is too remote, projected too far away from common humanity in the here-and-now, to evoke interest in the common audience. Satiric fantasies are presumably out. As far as the writers themselves are concerned, nearly all of them are American, and so not available to us even if we wanted them. We are left with a small group of works, and writers, mainly novels written by British novelists. With the exception of Arthur Clarke and C.S. Lewis, they represent the Threat and Disaster school, which as we have said, is the genre of SF most acceptable to a broad audience. John Wyndham is the chief exponent. Wyndham's books were studied in the Department on an earlier occasion, and we decided that with one exception they offered us nothing directly usable on TV. The exception was "The Midwich Cuckoos", which of course was snapped up for a film. This is indeed the likely fate of any SF novel that could also serve us for TV. 12. Two exceptions to "Threat and Disaster" are Arthur Clarke and C.S. Lewis. The latter we think is clumsy and old-fashioned in his use of the SF apparatus, there is a sense of condescension in his tone, and his special religious preoccupations are boring and platitudinous. Clarke is a modest writer, with a decent feeling for his characters, able to concoct a good story, and a master of the ironmongery department. Charles Eric Maine, who again can tell an interesting story without having to wipe out the human race in the process, is too much a fantasist: he is obsessed with the Time theme, time-travel, fourth dimensions and so on - and we consider this indigestible stuff for the audience. There is scarcely need to mention Fred Hoyle; we consider his ideas exciting, well related to the present day, and only need proper adaptation to TV to achieve great success. We consider "Andromeda" both a warning and an example. 13. It is of course not possible to say what sort of hand Clarke, say, or Wyndham, or any other practitioner would make of writing directly for TV. Perhaps their best role at present would be as collaborators, in the way we are using Hoyle. They are obviously full of specialised know-how, but only a trained TV writer could make proper use of it. 14. Our conclusion therefore is that we cannot recommend any existing SF stories for TV adaptation, and that Arthur Clarke and John Wyndham might be valuable as collaborators. As a rider, we are morally certain that TV writers themselves will answer the challenge and fill the need. Addenda to Joint Report I met Brian Aldiss, editor of Penguin Science Fiction (editing another volume now) in Oxford. He is very knowledgeable and has a large reference library of SF. I believe he is the Honorary Secretary of the British Science Fiction Association, and he told me of the conference mentioned by Duncan Ross. He has been engaged by Monica Sims for the "Let's Imagine Worlds in Space" programme. He will call me sometime soon and come to London, at which time he could meet someone regarding SF for television. He would be a valuable consultant - not a crank - with definite ideas about what could be achieved visually. There are several sources of short stories which might be considered for a series of single-shot adaptations of the kind mentioned in Eric Maschwitz's memo, Perhaps the best would be the Faber (several volumes of which we have read only one) and Penguin Anthologies of Science Fiction. These seem to be the best quality short stories available.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Black Lagoon BR Due July in U.K

Kaze UK tweeted that the first two seasons of Black Lagoon will be released on Blu-ray in July in separate sets, which will both come out at the same time. As usual for Kaze UK releases, the blu-rays will be distributed by Manga Entertainment. Manga posted a packshot for what it called the "UK edition" of Season 1, although the text on the cover is in French. Regarding the OAV sequel, Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, Kaze UK said, "We're waiting on the US dub schedule for that, which has not been set yet." Animated by the Mad House studio, the hardboiled crime series follows the exploits of a team of mercenaries operating out of a lawless Thailand city. It is based on the manga by Rei Hiroe.

Japan's Ruling Party Forms Study Group with Top Manga Creators

Members of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the country's current ruling party, established a study group with manga creators on Tuesday. The Study Group on Manga Industry Development hopes to promote the spread of manga culture in foreign countries. The group will also discuss topics such as the protection of creators' rights in digital manga distribution. Japan's former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akihiro Ohata, the House of Representatives member Yoshikatsu Nakayama, the manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto (Ozma, Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Express 999), the manga creator Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe), and about 40 people met to form the study group. The Osaka University professor Kaoru Satou will serve as the group's chairman.

Stitch! Anime Returns in New Suna no Wakusei TV Special

The Japanese-animated version of Disney's Stitch! character will return in an all-new television anime special, Stitch! to Suna no Wakusei (Stitch and the Planet of Sand), this June. The one-hour special is a sequel to the three Stitch! television anime series (pictured right) that aired in Japan from 2008 to 2011. Like the three series, the special will star the alien Stitch and Yūna, a girl from Okinawa. To confront a planetary war at the sand planet of Katūna, Stitch! must leave Yūna and Earth behind.

Manga Discusses Dragonball Z and Other Releases

A 67-minute podcast can be downloaded from the Manga UK blog. Like the previous edition released in March 2012, it features Jerome Mazandarani, Head of Marketing Acquisitions at Manga Entertainment, together with Jonathan Clements, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia. The host is Jeremy Graves of the website Anime Chronicle. In the podcast, Mazandarani discusses whether the upcoming DVD release of Dragon Ball Z will lead on to further U.K. releases of the franchise; for example, a blu-ray DBZ, or releases for the film spinoffs, the follow-up Dragon Ball GT or the compilation Dragon Ball Z Kai. "We think that if (the U.K. release of Dragon Ball Z) is a success, Toei will want to release more of their catalogue with us," says Mazandarani. "So hopefully we might be talking about Dragon Ball Z Kai next year. Obviously (Toei) have One Piece... It's really crucial to Manga for these Dragon Ball Z boxsets to be successful, because it makes it much more likely that we'll be able to license a lot of (Toei's) other shows for the U.K." (See below for more on Dragon Ball Z.) Mazandarani said the three Bleach films (Fade to Black, Memories of Nobody and The DiamondDust Rebellion) would be for sale on DVD and Blu-ray at the London MCM Expo (May 25 - 27), along with Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts and the first volume of Clannad. All these titles will be on general sale on May 28. Asked about the upcoming sub-only release of Blue Exorcist, Mazandarani said it was "a bit of a gamble" releasing it without a dub, but "Blue Exorcist is so hot right now that it mitigates the risk." He added that if a dub was created later, then Manga might re-release Blue Exorcist to include it, but that would double the costs of the title to Manga. "It puts quite a lot of pressure on (Blue Exorcist) to overperform." On the possibility of K-ON's second series getting a U.K. release, Mazandarani said there was still a "good chance." He said, "I wouldn't write off anything yet; we haven't made a decision on whether to pick up series two." In addition to the Manga podcast, Mazandarani was also interviewed on the latest episode (podcast 296) of Kanzenshuu, aimed at Dragon Ball fans. (The interview starts about twenty minutes in.) During the interview, Mazandarani says it took five years before the terms and conditions for buying Dragon Ball Z became attractive for Manga. The company faced investing £200,000 over nine boxsets. Mazandarani "used twitter and facebook to divert (fan) interest" in Manga's plans for Dragon Ball Z, even while the show's name leaked via the BBFC website and an MCM Expo online event guide. "I was being a real shady so-and-so," Mazandarani says, "but we were under an NDA [Non-Disclosure Agreement] with Toei." Mazandarani said he was "a bit too disingenuous" on twitter, but it was 'partly pure fear, because no information was meant to be public." On the Kanzenshuu podcast, Mazandarani also discusses Dragon Ball Z Kai. Originally, he'd wondered if it would be a better acquisition than the original series. (For one thing, there were fewer grey imports of Kai to the U.K.) However, Mazandarani thinks Dragon Ball Z is more mainstream, whereas Dragon Ball Z Kai is "really more for anime fans." Moreover, Mazandarani says, Toei didn't want Manga to release Dragon Ball Z Kai first. "(Toei's) strategy is to get the big orange (Dragon Ball Z) boxes out first," Mazandarani says. He says, however, that he still wants to release Dragon Ball Z Kai as well.

Power rangers 2013 casting news

The following sides posted on Rangerboard to be said from the Casting Director, names like Sadie, Ava and Reese were used in early casting for Samurai, so most likely they are placeholder names: Any ethnicity male, 18 - 23 to play 17-19 years. Reese is an attractive young man with super hero looks and a nice athletic build. He is a natural leader with honorable intentions. He is a much disciplined young man. (Reese seems to be the Red Ranger. There doesn't seem to be color names to avoid fans knowing if this will be based on Goseiger and Gokaiger since Goseiger has Black and Gokaiger has Green instead.) All ethnicity Male, 18 to 23 to play 17-19. He has good looks with a slim build. He is fearless, fun and athletic. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Any ethnicity Male, 18 to early twenties to play 16-19 years. He is a bit on the nerdy side. He is a studious and highly intelligent. Any ethnicity, 18 to 23 to play 16 to 19 years. Average height. Sadie is a beautiful, sophisticated, intelligent and confident. She is very intuitive and genuinely cares about others. (Most likely Pink Ranger because the description is vaguely like Ahim De Famile/Gokai Pink) Any ethnicity, 18 to early twenties to play 16 to 18 years of age. Average height. Ava is STUNNING and athletic. She is generally unflappable and tough, but has a heart of gold. A young Angelina Jolie type. (Most likely Yellow Ranger because the description is vaguely like Luka Milfy/Gokai Yellow) 2 Male Ranger Sides: Two parts, the first half has a Ranger talking to a cyborg that seems to had been his brother. It seems to be adapted from Gokaiger and localized for Power Rangers. From the vagueness of the writing, this seems to be a placeholder and may not actually be in the episodes. The second half has a Silver Ranger talking to a former Ranger---Ryan, Red from Star Force. Where not such character exists in the actual Power Rangers universe, it seems to be based on the episode where Gai/Gokai Silver meets Ryu/Ryu Ranger of Dairanger, which they are the Five Star Force so it makes sense of a placeholder. They do mention 'Mega Force' which was copyrighted months ago by Saban. Pink Ranger Sides: This seems to be based on the Ohranger tribute episode but Sadie the Pink Ranger seems to be based on Oh Pink and not Ahim/Gokai Pink. There seems to be no personality to it and strange fit, but we'll see how this plays out. So if these Casting Sides and Descriptions are indeed legit, means Gokaiger will become 'Mega Force.' 'Mega' of 'Mega Force' makes sense. If they are the team to have the powers of all past Power Rangers---to have an, albeit, generic name---'Mega' gives an 'epic feel' to it. 'Mega' being one half of the iconic word 'Megazord' used in every team, it seems fitting that the 'Mega Force' is the name for the particular team that has powers of past teams and is for an anniversary season.

BAFTA's Update

The Mill is up for an honour at this year's BAFTA Television Craft Awards for its work on Doctor Who. It has been shortlisted in the Visual Effects category against Bluebolt (for BBC One's Great Expectations), Philip Dobree, Sophie Orde, and Dan Upton (Inside The Human Body, BBC One), and Burrell Durrant Hifle (Wonders Of The Universe, BBC Two). Meanwhile, Steven Moffat's other major show, Sherlock, is nominated in three separate categories at the awards, which are held to recognise behind-the-scenes professionals in TV production - Editing: Fiction (Charlie Phillips, for A Scandal In Belgravia); Sound: Fiction (John Mooney, Jeremy Child, Howard Bargroff, and Doug Sinclair, for A Scandal In Belgravia); and Writer (Steven Moffat, for A Scandal In Belgravia). Doctor Who has failed to make the shortlist in this year's BAFTA TV Awards, but a number of people connected to the show have been nominated for other programmes, and Sherlock features in the nominations line-up as well. John Simm vies against Sherlock title actor Benedict Cumberbatch for the Leading Actor prize for Exile, while Sherlock's Andrew Scott (Moriarty) and Martin Freeman (Watson) are pitted against each other for Supporting Actor. Olivia Colman is nominated in the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category for Twenty Twelve, as is Tamsin Greig for Friday Night Dinner. Ruth Jones, who played Nikki Bevan in the Torchwood episode Adrift, is also nominated for Stella. Hugh Bonneville is shortlisted for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve, and The Fades, which was produced by Caroline Skinner and had Farren Blackburn directing some of its episodes, is nominated for Drama Series, as is Scott and Bailey, which co-stars Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones. Coronation Street, which is produced by Phil Collinson, is nominated for Soap And Continuing Drama, and The Cricklewood Greats, which was created, presented, directed, and co-written by Peter Capaldi, is up for Comedy Programme. Rev, which co-starred Olivia Colman, is nominated in the Situation Comedy category. Sherlock is also one of the nominees in the BAFTA YouTube Audience Award, which is voted for by the public. It was similarly nominated last year but lost out to The Only Way Is Essex. This time it faces competition from Frozen Planet, Fresh Meat, Celebrity Juice, The Great British Bake-Off, and Educating Essex. Voting is open until 5pm on Thursday 24th May. The Television Craft Awards will be held on Sunday 13th May at The Brewery in London, while the TV Awards, including the YouTube Audience Award, will be presented on Sunday 27th May at the Royal Festival Hall in the capital.

Monday, 23 April 2012

PR samurai - Strange case of the munchies review

Emily trains with Mike but trips up when she is 'nice.' Kevin tells her that she is too nice and has to toughen up. Mia and Emily go shopping and have a mini 'fashion show' with a variation song to Power Rangers song with lyrics about love or something. Bulk and Spike just so happen to be at the store. Bulk asks Spike if there is anything he likes when he spots Mia and hides from her. Bulk tells him to speak to her but he doesn't. Mia and Emily leave and Spike spots her Pink Wallet. They see the driver license and they have their address. The new Nighlok makes people hungry and/or thirsty when his dirt hits them. The Six Rangers arrive and fight Moogers. Emily, trying to prove herself, fights the monster and he beats her up. She de-moprhs, Mia, Kevin, Anronio and Mike get dirt on them and de-morph and become hungry. Jayden tries protecting Emily, the monster hits Jayden, he de-morphs but the monster is out of dirt. At the Shiba House, the five Rangers eat like crazy. Emily tells Jii that it is her fault. The monster apologizes to Serrator but he says its fine because they will suffer and the water will increase. Bulk tells Spike that when he returns the wallet, she will get her hero. Spike imagines how it would be, we see the SHiba house. Spike says his heart belongs to the Pink Ranger. Spike and Bulk arrive at the Shiba House. Bulk thinks she is rich. The doorbell is the Power Ranger theme song. Spike thinks Mia opens the door but it is Jii and Jii says that he is not interested in buying anything. Spike says he wants to see Mia, Jii runs off when the Rangers make noise. Bulk and Spike sneak in the house and see the Samurai armor and dojo. Bulk almost faints. Jii fights Kevin from eating flour and gets covered in flour. Bulk and Spike 'mediate' in the dojo and Jii catches them. Bulk tells Jii they want to sign up for training. Jii says there is no training. Jii runs to Emily and tells her to get rid of them. Emily spots them. Emily recognizes Spike as the guy Mia met at the factory. Emily dresses up in a wig and dressed 'tough' and acts like a military drill sergeant. She asks for 500 push-ups. She leaves the room and realizes she can be tough. Emily and Jii try cleaning up the kitchen. Emily then have Bulk and Spike hit the dummy 500 times. Jii gives the five healthy food to eat---watermelon. Emily has the duo to hold watermelons. The shiba alarm go on, Jayden still feels the duty and leaves. Emily puts the alarm on silent. Jayden and Emily run off and Emily tells the Spike and Bulk to not move. Jayden fights the monster in a quarry. Emily comes in her 'tough' fatigues and morphs and protects Jayden from bombs. She creates a wall to defend from his dust. He strangles her and knocks her in the air. She falls after an attack and says she won't give up. Jayden throws her the Black Box. She goes Super Samurai and flies through the air and does a Super Primate Cyclone. Everyone returns to normal. Jii sends the Rangers through the back way to morph. Bulk and Spike are sweating. Bulk's eggs under his chins and hands fall off. The Rangers arrive in their Zords. Emily calls for the Gigazord and is in Super Mega Mode. The monster beats them. Emily goes inside the Ape Zord and disengages and climbs on top of him. The others lift into the air and slash at the monster. She doesn't go into Shogun Mode and the monster explodes. Emily runs off. Bulk and Spike crawl on the floor. Emily returns in her outfit. Spike returns the wallet. She says tomorrow won't be so easy. They groan and leave. Mike checks the fridge and it is empty. Emily gives Mia her wallet. Emily says, "Don't ask." Kevin asks what happened, they don't remember. Emily says it was the toughest day ever. Review: By getting rid of the Rangers who are stuck in 'Shinkenger' mode, they can have a semi-original episode. The concept of Yellow not having confidence and the monster are from Shinkenger but of course the Bulk and Spike plot with Emily is original. Emily going in and out from the dojo to the kitchen was like a metaphor for what the writers go through, staying true to Shinkenger and paying homage to MMPR and trying to combine the two. Emily not going Shogun is disappointing because I wonder when she will become Shogun? I guess they are doing premieres of Super and Super Mega separate from Shogun. Also, Bulk and Spike returning the Rangers something they lost was already done with Antonio's Morpher. It was a pretty good episode overall.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Super hero Taisen - behind the scenes

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“Super Hero Taisen” TV-Asahi Special

TV-Asahi had aired a short TV special “Super Hero Taisen: Special Public Celebration,” for the upcoming dream crossover movie “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen” that will premier on April 21st. The special features interviews on the lead actors Masahiro Inoue (Kamen Rider Decade), Ryota Ozawa (GokaiRed), Sota Fukushi (Fourze) and Katsuhiro Suzuki (RedBuster). Furthermore, additional scenes from the film were seen during the preview. Tsukasa Kadoya / Kamen Rider Decade gathers the past evil organizations fought by Kamen Riders and becomes the Great Leader of "Dai-Shocker" and has begun to attack all of the Super Sentai. Meanwhile, Captain Marvelous / GokaiRed takes control of "Dai-Zangyack", becoming its Great Emperor, has begun to attack all of the Kamen Riders.

Hikonin sentai Akibaranger ep 1 and 2 review

I just checked out subtitled episodes of Akiabranger since I've been busy and I was surprised to find out that when they transformed, it was just a delusion. I was disappointed when I found out as Nobuo Akagi out as well. But not a bad kind of diappointed. I like the plot twist. Here is a small summary of the first two episodes: Nobuo Akagi is a 29-year-old delivery boy who is obsessed with Super Sentai (much as I but I am a substitute teacher). He spots a robbery but just trips his bike and he daydreams of saving the lady. But in real life, the lady saves herself using the bike. Professor Hiroyo Hakase recruits him along with Mitsuki Aoyagi (who wants to be a martial artist) and Yumeria Moegi (a cosplayer who uses a baby voice) to become Akibaranger. She owns a Sentai Cafe with an assistant who cosplays as Sentai heronies and villainesses. The trio transform and train, using their powers. Their goal is to become an 'Official' Sentai as they are 'Unofficial,' in a 'real world' where Sentai is a show. Hiroyo doesn't know the villain and tells the trio to look for bad dealings. At night, they bump into a girl saying there is bad dealings in a night club she works at. They go inside and see Nai and Mea and she becomes a monster and another woman becomes Malseena of the Stema Otsu Corporation's head of redevelopment. They transform and are transported out in the morning in a quarry and fight. Blue is better at fighting. Malseena becomes cold and leaves. Red comments on when bad guys say they gotta go, the monster of the day is doomed. They destroy the monster and then they expect him to grow big but he doesn't. They wait for the sunset. They then return to the Cafe... to find out that it was all just a delusion. She shows them footage of them standing around 'fighting' out in the street. The police saw them and raided the place. So their delusions lead to real life crimes being foiled. And the episode ends. The ending credits have pictures of what it would look like Akibaranger was an actual Sentai with a Christmas cake, an Akibaranger movie and kids dressed with Akibaranger clothes. In the second ep, Akagi is disillusioned about the delusions. Akagi walks around aimlessly and spots Ryuji Sainei and calls him BanBan as he is dressed as BanBan. BanBan says he wants him to be his partner... but it turns out to be an delusion. The real Ryuji hears him and tells him that he is just dressed like that for Power Rangers SPD expo thingy and leaves. Akagi is sad. The girls followed some fanboys going to get bootleg photos of Aoi (the Anime show-within-a-show). Malseena had a pink sticker over DVD covering her 'naughty bits' so the DVD glows and the men are made naked instantly and carry around boards like the sticker. The girls are told to engage her and they transform and eventually fight. They fight off the grunts in comedic fashions and then fight the monster of the day that looks like the first one but he is a different guy, which has a long name which is used for comedic effect. Meanwhile Akagi spots Deka Red on the street and then in an alley they confront each other. Deka Red doesn't talk and does 'charades' with him. He tells him to 'see the light.' Also, we find out that Yellow has a deep voice when her wig comes off. Akagi is inspired and goes fight. He reunites with the team and Hiroyo tells them to take the car. Machine Itashar is a prius that is decked out with Aoi and transforms into a robo. Bascially it ejects the trio and the girls go in the front seats and Red goes on top. They confront the bad guys and fight but the robo ejects them because supposedly they aren't 'deluded enough.' It turns out that Deka Red is just a guy in cosplay that Hiroyo hired. But when the trio battle the MotD, Deka Red appears--shocking Hiroyo. Deka Red tells Akiba Red that they are partners and he becomes handcuffs and they use it to defeat the bad guys. At the end of the episode, Akagi is happy. Review: It's pretty good series, the second episode is more well-put together and flows better than the first one. The first one had a bit of clunkiness when it came to Hiroyo recruiting the three and them transforming. Anyways, I do kind of see myself in Hiroyo except for certain aspects as I am a 29-year-old Sentai fan, but Otaku fans are more well known in Japan, but this is universal with any fanboy, nerd, geek, etc. It isn't as 'scandalous' as I thought it would be. Sure there is looks at boobs, panties, etc but they are quick.

DW Collection 6th and 7th Doctors costume design

The Collectable Art Company has announced the release of the second in their range of Limited Edition Fine Art prints of the original Doctor Who costume designs. The officially licensed print features the 1987 costume designed by Ken Trew for the Seventh Doctor. As with the first release of the Sixth Doctor's costume in February, the print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and the print will be signed by both the designer and the wearer himself, Sylvester McCoy. The print also comes with a 28 page booklet containing an introduction by McCoy, an in-depth interview with Trew describing the production process, plus never before seen preliminary designs and detailed photographs of the original costume. Grahame Flynn, Managing Director of The Collectable Art Company said: Having released Pat Godfrey’s design for the Sixth Doctor in March I am pleased to follow it up with the original design for Sylvester McCoy’s costume by Ken Trew. Ken has had a long association with Doctor Who having first worked on the William Hartnell story, The Myth Makers, as a Costume Assistant. He has designed some major characters for the series including The Master as played by Roger Delgardo and Anthony Ainley. The prints are reproduced using a museum quality process utilising colourfast inks and acid free paper. These prints are of the highest quality and I'm sure that they will be treasured by the most discerning of collectors. We are delighted to be working with Ken Trew and Sylvester McCoy on this project. The prints are available for pre-order now and will be dispatched shortly after Sylvester McCoy returns to the United Kingdom after filming The Hobbit in New Zealand. The print is limited to 750 worldwide, and is available for pre-order from the company's website. The first design print released, for the Sixth Doctor's costume as designed by Pat Godfrey, is still available to order. Grahame Flynn updated us on distribution, saying: Colin invited me to meet him at a recording studio in Somerset to sign the first batch of prints. He was also reunited with his original costume! We have sent out all those prints that were pre-ordered and are pleased to advise collectors that we now have a quantity of prints signed by Colin Baker and Pat Godfrey in stock and available for immediate dispatch. Colin also posed in costume with the design of his coat, as seen here.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Diana Wynne Jones Commemorated

Howl's Moving Castle author Diana Wynne Jones, who died in March 2011, will be publicly celebrated in Bristol (Jones's home city) on Sunday April 22, at 2.30 p.m - full details here.. According to the site: "Family and friends, her agent, her publishers from the UK and USA, and fellow writers, will describe what Diana meant to them. There will be a display of photographs, extracts from an interview, and from the films made of her books, and a reading from the unfinished story she left behind." The event will take place at St George's Church on Brandon Hill (map). Jones's novel Howl's Moving Castle was published in 1986, and adapted as a Studio Ghibli film in 2004, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Jones made some comments on the film in a Q&A in 2005, quoted here. Fan tributes include a 'Howl's Moving Castle' cake, pictured, and a page featuring a crochet version of the fire demon Calcifer, with knitting instructions linked. There are also ongoing online celebrations of Jones's work, including a blog tour and a tumblr page. Jones was one of the most acclaimed British fantasy authors. In 2007 she won the 'World Fantasy Award' for her 'outstanding service to the fantasy field.' Her other books include The Homeward Bounders, Archer's Goon, Fire and Hemlock and Charmed Life.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices to Be Screened in NYC in April

The film distributor GKids announced that Makoto Shinkai 's latest animated feature, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, will be screening at New York City's IFC Theater. Show times are scheduled for the following two weekends, April 21 and 22 as well as April 28 and 29, at 11:00 am. Ticket purchases are available Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below centers on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to find a mysterious boy she just met, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss. The film is the latest work by Shinkai, the creator of Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. Takayo Nishimura (5 Centimeters Per Second, Before Green Gables) designed the characters and oversaw the animation process. Takumi Tanji (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) directed the art, and musical composer Tenmon (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star) collaborated with Shinkai again on this project. The film held its North American premiere at Otakon last July.

Nemacon Returns to Middlesbrough June 23 and 24

The third Nemacon convention will be held in Middlesbrough on June 23 and 24 2012. The venue will be Middelsbrough Town Hall. The events will include cosplay masquerades, a j-fashion show, culture panels, retro versus modern gaming and anime screenings. The skit and masquerade applications are now open here and here. Confirmed guests so far include artists such as Sonia Leong and DestinyBlue. The event is open to over-14s. Two-day tickets can be bought from the site, costing £18.50 plus £1.50 for postage. They can also be bought from Middlesbrough Town Hall box office, either in person or over the phone (01642 729729 or 01642 815181).

DW Series 7 major spoilers

So, It's out there, the person who meets their match in Episode 5 of Series 7, But Dare you read? This is probably one of the biggest spoilers we have posted and you need to be sure you want to read it before you click read more! The Death that happens in the scene pictured below is Rory Williams, it is currently unclear if he will return back alive and then something will happen to Amy but as of this moment, Rory is the character whom dies. Now Rory has come back many times... (In my personal count, probably different to yours he has died 7 times) but that doesn't mean he will come back this time, as from what it seems, this is pretty final! From what we know the episode so far goes like this: Amy, Rory and The Doctor travel to New York in 1918 and settle down for a peaceful trip, while getting coffee for Amy and himself Rory is sent back in time by a Weeping Angel. When the Doctor and Amy finally locate Rory, he’s an old man. He dies shortly after and Amy is left a widow. The Doctor and Amy then visit Rory's funeral where there are still Weeping Angels about... The scene filmed today in the cemetery is thought to be Rory’s funeral as well as a wake scene to be filmed soon.

DWM Special vol 5

Details for the fifth Doctor Who Companion volume covering the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor have been released by Doctor Who Magazine. This edition features the final episodes of the 2011 series and the Christmas Special, The God Complex to The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, plus The Doctor Who Experience and Crash of the Elysium. The magazine is published today, 19th April 2012. The Doctor Who Companion The Eleventh Doctor Volume Five Your complete guide to the award-winning BBC One series! Written and researched by Andrew Pixley. The 2011 season of Doctor Who began in the most dramatic way possible – by killing off the Doctor in the first episode! Unaware of his ultimate fate, the Doctor (Matt Smith) was reunited with his friends, newlyweds Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and together they embarked on an incredible series of adventures in time and space. Their journey took them from a mysterious space prison to an alternative Earth where past, present and future were one, and saw encounters with River Song, Madame Kovarian, the Cybermen, the Silence, Winston Churchill... and even a Minotaur! Now, DWM takes you behind the scenes of these astonishing episodes with an in-depth episode guide – including original storylines, deleted scenes, media appearances, ratings information and hundreds of facts about the day-to-day life of the making of Doctor Who – all illustrated with gorgeous, never-before-seen photographs. This collectors’ edition examines The God Complex, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song and The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, as well as the interactive attractions, The Doctor Who Experience and Crash of the Elysium. This is your essential guide to the worlds of Doctor Who. Get ready to discover a wealth of information – and remember, silence will fall...

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Detective Conan 11th Striker Debuts at #1

The 16th film of the Detective Conan franchise, “Detective Conan: The 11th Striker” recently debuts at the top spot of the Japan Box Office and scoring a goal against the foreign film “Battleship.”

Over half a million came to see it during the weekend of April 14th-15th, resulting in an astonishing opening weekend revenue of 629,740,550 Yen (7.80 million USD). 14.5% more revenue earned compared to the previous film.

Kogoro Mori of the Mori Detective Agency suddenly receives a threatening phone call, and a car explosion comes after. The culprit lays down a riddle to be able to stop the bomb explosions. The threats continue until Conan and the others are at a soccer match between the rivals Ganba Osaka and Tokyo Spirits.

Other movies in the top 10 includes Battleship (#1, 1st), SPEC~Ten~ (#3, 2nd), Crayon Shin-Chan: The Storm Called, Me and the Space Princess (#4, 1st), John Carter (#5, 1st), Bokura ga Ita Zenpen Part 1 (#6, 5th), Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles ~Animal Adventure~ (#7, 7th), Titanic 3D (#8, 2nd), The Artist (#9, 2nd), and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (#10, 6th).

4Kids Plans Sale of Major Yu-Gi-Oh! Assets to Firm Tied to Saban

Documents filed to the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday have revealed that North American anime distributor and Yu-Gi-Oh! anime licensee 4Kids plans to sell what they describe as "substantially all of [their] Yu-Gi-Oh!-related assets" to KidsCo Media Ventures LLC, a company that was incorporated on April 4, 2012, for ten million dollars. While KidsCo is incorporated in Delaware, the address listed in the documents for the company is identical to the address for the Saban Capital Group, an investment firm whose subsidiaries own the Power Rangers franchise and others, and contact emails listed for the company are also tied to the "" domain name. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, an auction will be held for these assets if a qualified bidder appears, but as a "stalking horse bidder," KidsCo will enjoy bidding protections such as a fee that must be paid to them by a winning bidder.

The primary asset that will be acquired in the deal is what the documents refer to as the "Yu-Gi-Oh! Business," which is defined as "business relating to and commercial Use of Yu-Gi-Oh!, including the rights granted under the Yu-Gi-Oh! Grant Agreements, all other Purchased Assets relating to Yu-Gi-Oh!, The CW Block and [4Kids'] right to Use and profit from the foregoing and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Related Intellectual Property, the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Productions."

The proposed sale also includes the sale of rights relating to the Dragon Ball Z series, including 52 episodes of the television show, as well as the company's rights relating to Dragon Ball Z Kai. The closing date for the sale described in the agreement is June 30, 2012.

4Kids filed for bankruptcy last year shortly after a lawsuit was filed by TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Systems, and ADK. The suit reached an "amicable" settlement earlier this year, with ADK and TV Tokyo paying US$8 million to 4Kids.

History of BBC TV centre

A documentary telling the story of BBC Television Centre is to be aired next month with contributions from many people associated with Doctor Who.

Tales of Television Centre has been produced and directed by Richard Marson, who is a former editor of Blue Peter and who wrote for Doctor Who Monthly/Magazine between 1983 and 1988.

BBC Television Centre has been the main studio complex of BBC Television since it opened in 1960. In 2007, the BBC announced its intention to sell the site by the end of 2013 and to relocate its operations to various centres around the UK. BBC Radio Five, BBC Children, and BBC Sport have already relocated to Salford Quays, BBC Drama is based in Cardiff, and BBC News will move into a new state-of-the-art building in central London over the next year.

In its early years, Doctor Who was excluded from the new modern facilities at Television Centre (TVC), with the studios only available for occasional recordings. Doctor Who usually had to make do with limited facilities in the nearby Lime Grove or Riverside studios. From 1964 to 1969, around 56 black-and-white episodes were recorded at TVC, the first being episode two of The Aztecs, The Warriors of Death, which went before the cameras in Studio 3 on 8th May 1964.

Once the series moved into colour, TVC was the almost-exclusive home of Doctor Who. Except for one short foray up to Birmingham to record Horror of Fang Rock, every studio-filmed Doctor Who story from Doctor Who And The Silurians onwards was recorded at TVC during the classic era.

As well as Doctor Who, TVC was also home to some of the best-loved British television programmes of the past 50 years. Comedies such as Dad's Army, Are You Being Served? and Fawlty Towers were made there as well as dramas such as I, Claudius, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth R and every single Shakespeare play. Shows such as Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies and Strictly Come Dancing were recorded alongside programmes such as Blue Peter and Top of the Pops, which saw the centre graced by such stars as The Beatles, Abba, and The Osmonds.

Tales of Television Centre will feature reminiscences from many former star names of Doctor Who, including Peter Davison, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Waris Hussein, June Hudson, Graeme Harper, Brian Blessed, and Sarah Greene. It will also feature Doctor Who-related moments from studio recordings.

Marson told Doctor Who News:
The documentary was commissioned last summer and I started working on it in September, with production concluding in April. We were lucky to have such a lengthy production period because there was a huge amount to do and a very small team of three!

We shot interviews with nearly 60 contributors, both stars and staff, although inevitably a handful didn't make the final cut or feature only briefly. This is no reflection on the quality of what they said, more that certain themes emerged and perhaps they had less to say on these subjects. Happily, the BBC have decided to archive everything we shot - both the interviews and the Steadicam and GVs, all of which were shot in glorious HD. Archive purists, like me, will be pleased that the 4:3 material is presented as such, with borders made from some of TVC's distinctive mosaics.

It was also important to remember that we were trying to tell the story of the building and what happened there, rather than too much specific detail about programmes as such. The other concern was to make it accessible to the many people who will have perhaps some sense of the place but not of the specifics. It couldn't be too 'in'.

One thing I was really determined to do was to let the contributors carry the narrative - in other words, to dispense with having a voiceover. I felt that these have become very hackneyed and sometimes the danger is that the voiceover is almost sneering at the archive material Come Dine With Me-style, and I didn't want that approach. We were lucky to be able to shoot the interviews over a long period of time, as this meant we could quote previous contributors so that we could get reactions and comparisons from others.

There are actually two versions of the programme - a post-watershed version and a pre-watershed version. The former has various adult words and anecdotes, whereas the latter has these replaced with some additional material and archive. Two for the price of one!

On the archive front, we were hugely helped by three key people who will be familiar to anyone who loves the superb Doctor Who DVD range. Andrew Martin at BBC Information and Archives put in a huge amount of work, as I was determined to use as many moments as possible from studio recordings and Christmas tapes, and to locate rare behind-the-scenes material. Jonathan Wood, who graded the programme, also helped locate material, as did Ralph Montagu. Inevitably, some material couldn't be cleared or was just too expensive, but by and large I am delighted with the richness and variety of the archive.

Inevitably, the commission was fuelled by the news that the BBC is planning to leave TVC altogether and, indeed, is in the process of doing so. Every week, another chunk seems to close down. It's poignant for anyone who worked there for a significant period of their career and so, inevitably, this raised a lot of comment and opinion from our interviewees. However, I did feel strongly that it would have been wrong to focus too much on this aspect. It is there but very much towards the end. The programme is a celebration, and the focus is entertainment rather than to raise questions about the whys and wherefores of the sale.

It was a huge labour of love - I myself spent the best part of two decades working at TVC and it was a real privilege to get the chance to say goodbye to it in my own way. I just hope that people really enjoy it and that it helps put their own memories of this eccentric and unique building - home to so much of the best in British TV - in perspective.
The 90-minute programme is to be broadcast on BBC Four on Thursday 17th May at 9pm, and a special preview screening, hosted by Marson and Greene, will take place at the BFI Southbank two days earlier on Tuesday 15th May at 6.10pm, with many contributors and former members of BBC staff present. Click here to book tickets.

The pre-watershed version will be shown whenever the documentary is scheduled before 9pm. A DVD release is, however, unlikely because of rights issues

people update

Eve Myles talks about the roles she would like: "I’d love to do Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - I do enjoy playing big, strong, feisty females. I am too old, but I would have loved to play Dorothy. (and on television) Sherlock – it is really hot. I also love Upstairs Downstairs. I am proud it gets made in Cardiff." [Radio Times, 11 Apr 2012]

Lesley Sharp commented on working with Russell T Davies: "I would go anywhere and do anything for Russell. We did some great work 10 years ago – the TV series Bob & Rose and The Second Coming. It's not true that he wanted me to be the first female Doctor Who, but I would if he asked, obviously." [Observer, 15 Apr 2012]

Matt Smith's sister Laura talks about her influence on his acting aspirations: "When I was 18 I landed a lead role in the West End production of Saturday Night Fever; Matt came to see the show 57 times and I knew he had to have more than a passing interest in performing so I persuaded him to pursue it." However, not all of her ideas came to pass: "I had a friend who worked on Footballers' Wives so I covered Matt in fake tan, gelled his hair, made him wear salmon pink trousers and sent him for an audition - he didn't get the part, which was probably a good thing... that kind of look definitely isn't him!" [Daily Mail, 14 Apr 2012]

John Barrowman spoke about the representation of gay characters on US television during his panel at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, held last weekend: "There's more gays and lesbians represented on American television than anywhere else in the world, and I think that's a fantastic thing. I just don’t think that they're always represented in the right way. I think that there's a diversity amongst [members of the community]. Everybody is different. We're got butch, we've got macho, we've got effeminate — you name it, we've got it. But it always seems that they're portrayed in the effeminate. So I was quite proud to be an action hero. I was quite proud to be an action man, a hero to young men and women, and also gay and lesbian women who could actually look myself and Scott. We are men. We just happen to like men ... If I had someone like Captain Jack when I was younger to look up to, I wouldn't have had to have hidden who I was for a long time, because I would have been proud to be who I was at the age of 8 and 9 when I knew that I was gay. I am exceptionally proud of it. Not every gay man or gay woman agrees with me on how I feel, but that's my opinion and you asked for it and I appreciate that you did ask, so there you go." [Comic Book Resources, 15 Apr 2012]

The actor also got to meet and get the autograph of author Anne Rice at the event! [Anne Rice Net on YouTube, 15 Apr 2012]

Script editor and long-term Doctor Who writer/producer Gary Russell will be appearing at Comic Guru in Wood Street, Cardiff, from midday to 5pm this coming Saturday, signing copies of much of his literary output over the years. The shop has also recorded an interview with Russell, which is being released via their YouTube channel; the first five are available now: 1 2 3 4 5

When joining Twitter, Karen Gillan discovered the hard way what fame can do as her co-star Arthur Darvill observed: "so Karen has NOT turned off her email notifications and her battery has died. Cue 50000 emails. Today just got so much better.«". The actress responded: "Someone could have told me to turn off my email notifications when I joined twitter today Arthur. Plus side? That many cyber friends.«"

Amidst all the Dalek-media-mania of the last fortnight, Dave Saunders (who possesses two originals from the Hartnell/Troughton era), said: "My uncle was a Dalek operator in the 1960s, and I took over in the 1980s. It was tremendous fun. I had to sit inside the Dalek on a wooden platform and operate it all with my feet and hands. The Dalek was on wheels and you would make it move by moving your feet, very much how you would make an office chair move. During rehearsals you had to follow dotted lines that were put on the studio floor and then remember the moves when they were taken away for the action scenes. You also had to wear a black hood so you could not be seen through the mesh of the Dalek’s head." [Shropshire Star, 12 Apr 2012]

(there are more Dalek tales, courtesy of The Sun, 12th April)

The recent Virgin Media adverts starring David Tennant alongside Richard Branson have been pulled from television - in a joint statement between the company and the BBC they said: "Virgin Media has listened to concerns raised by BBC Worldwide about perceived commercial endorsement by the BBC/a BBC brand relating to the recent Virgin Media advertisement. As a gesture of goodwill Virgin Media has agreed to withdraw transmission of the advertisement and BBC Worldwide is now satisfied that the issue has been addressed." [BBC News, 18 Apr 2012]

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Applications for Masquerade at May London Expo Now Open

Applications for the Cosplay Masquerade at the May 2012 London MCM Expo are now open here and the rules are available here. Advance registration will close on May 5 or when all the places are filled.

From the site: "Note that the Masquerade primarily caters for people who have made their own costumes- if you have a commissioned costume or one made of store bought parts it may not be eligible unless you are performing."

The event is open to all ages and costumes from all sources are welcome (films, games, comics, anime, bands, original designs).

One person in the Saturday event will be selected by the judges to represent Britain in the EuroCosplay Championships 2012.

MCM Expo will run at the Excel Centre in Royal Victoria Dock from May 25 to 27.

Kitacon Takes Break Until 2014

he UK spring convention Kitacon, which ran at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole from April 13 to 15 2012, announced at its closing ceremony that it will be taking a break in 2013, and returning in 2014.

On its Facebook page, Kitacon said:

Thank you to every single Kitacon attendee for coming to spend three glorious days of anime party fun! It's sad we're not running in 2013 but we certainly won't be gone during the break. Watch out soon for more information soon for our 2013 activities regarding our "Legacy" project and of course the return of Commander Dekker Dane and Conan - The Duelist (and his Magic Cards) for PROJECT FATE: The Web series.
PROJECT FATE will be a live-action web series based on Kitacon's 2012 opening ceremony video.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression Released Monday

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression will be released on DVD (RRP £19.99) and Blu-ray (RRP £24.99) on Monday April 16 (right). The film is the first in a trilogy of films adapted from the books by Tow Ubukata.

In the story, a teenage prostitute named Rune Balot is caught in an explosion, then turned into an advanced cyborg. Balot takes on the worst of Mardock City's criminals as she looks for vengeance. Megumi Hayashibara voices Rune Balot, in a project directed by Susumu Kudo at the studio GoHands.

The DVD and Blu-ray each contain two versions of the film, a theatrical cut (62 minutes) and a more explicit Director's Cut (66 minutes). The two versions are rated as "15" and "18" respectively, meaning the actual release is rated 18.

The film is released by Kaze UK through Manga Entertainment. Manga is also releasing a "Complete Series Collection" edition of Birdy the Mighty: Decode (RRP £39.99, left). This contains 26 episodes in total - both TV seasons, plus the OAV episode, Birdy the Mighty Decode: The Cipher, which is set between the first and second seasons.

DW series 7 filming images update

Saving the Universe with a clothes pin and old cassette tape?

American fans might chuckle that the Detroit Lions with the 2018 Super Bowl, but there was a time the New Orleans Saints seemed just as unlikely underdogs to do so as well!


Something very, very not good must have happened...

Who is Melody Malone?

Running for whose life?

So whose glasses are they?

It's all fun & games until the sonic comes out

Amy checks the weather report. Really.

Matt looking very Harold Lloyd

A second day's night of filming

Mad man with a car

Looks like there's a trip to NYC circa 1936 if the license plate is any indication

Matt waves to his American fans who came out to watch

Karen wraps night filming

Very cool