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A weird truth: Even in the midst of the current comic book gold-rush, major studios can't seem to get a good anime or manga adaptation off the ground—although the influence of those works can be seen everywhere. This weekend's Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic that's heavily (perhaps even problematically) inspired by anime and manga. As tangentially connected to the art form as Big Hero 6 is, could it be the harbinger of a sea change in Hollywood's approach to manga and anime? Tackling this question can be kind of tricky—after all, "anime" and "manga »
- Joshua Rivera
On the all new episode of the Super Cool Nerd Show, we're very happy to announce we've met and exceeded our goal in raising money for the Extra Life charity. Tonight we're also talking up the amazing Age of Ultron trailer, and recapping all the latest in the world of geek culture. Come inside to check it out!
Thank you So Much to everyone who's donated to our Extra Life campaign! Big shout out to Jason Gahan for matching our first $1,000 and to Zander Price, Anna Longoria, Scott Fane, Lori Hunt, Marianna LeMay, Ewing Celita, Amy Manning, David Farnell, Devin Pike, Laura Heller, Alaina Gilmor, Brittany Gholson, Elexandria Moore, Gail Petty, Pam Hamre, Familia de Sparks, and all of the anonymous donors who helped us get our first $1,000!
We still have a little more time to reach $2,500 so Jason the X will be forced to cosplay as Sailor Mars during »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
• "Visionary Director" would be so much more impressive as a description if it weren't so overused.
• The tag line is basic but it does cleverly have a double meaning with the last bit "... and everyone bought it"
• A lot of people seem to be sure that this one won't be a major Oscar player but apart from test screenings (a notoriously unreliable source of info) no one has seen it so it's one of our mystery movies when it »
- NATHANIEL R
It's time for the Tuesday Toy Review and I've got some good ones for you. So it looks like we're reaching the end of the Thrilling 30th from Transformers with the last figure Windblade seeing release. I picked up Leader class Jetfire who's awesome. Also after some shipping issues I finally got my Masterpiece Wheeljack. And finally I got a new Sailor Moon figure who's a great slight deviation from the other Sailor Scouts. Check out the reviews below.
Toy Review Tuesday is your spot for reviews on the latest tosy and collectibles that you care about. We examine how they're built, the quality of the sculpt, and whether or not it's something that's worth your attention! Be sure to check back with us every Tuesday for all new reviews.
-Jason the X
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
Pharrell Williams is no stranger to animation; "Happy," his biggest solo hit, was from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack. Now the super producer-turned-"Voice" coach has taken his fondness for animation and video games a step further in the new video for "It Girl." Gwen Stefani should love it. The psychedelic clip mashes up "Sailor Moon"-like anime with 8-bit Nintendo-style gameplay and surreal, painterly animation. Williams pops up in different forms throughout -- usually sporting a variation of his trademark hat -- to interact with jailbait bikini girls. He even selects different outfits for his wide-eyed anime friends to wear, before buying them a spaceship thing to blow up other things. It's good old-fashioned, creepy fun. Or maybe it's just creepy. You be the judge. Watch it below: "It Girl" is on Williams' solo debut "Girl," and the video premiered on "Today" earlier this morning. »
- Dave Lewis
Sailor Moon is in the midst of experiencing an revival. Between the old show getting a complete upgrade with new voice-over, and an all-new anime sticking closer to the original manga, it's never been a better time to love Magical Girls. Artist No Flutter has been drawing (and selling prints of) steampunk-themed ladies for years. Her most recent efforts combine two things beloved by the Internet: fancy neo-Victorian dress and the Sailor Scouts. Why fight fight against evil in a micro-mini when you could do it in panniers? If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the gentle thrum of hundreds of sewing machines as cosplay enthusiasts bring these amazing designs to life. After the jump, see them all and pick your favorite! (Mine is Neptune because reasons.) »
- Donna Dickens
You love comic book movies. We love comic book movies. Let’s just spend the rest of this post talking about comic book movies. We kick things off today with your first official look at the anime version of Guardians of the Galaxy. No, Japan isn’t making its own animated feature about this summer’s most lovable box office heroes – but the Guardians will be appearing on the anime series Marvel Disk Wars. So, they’ve been all gussied up for their big moment. All in all, it looks like what you’d expect. Star-Lord looks like he could have walked off the set of a video game, and Gamora isn’t sporting a Sailor Moon outfit, so it’s off to a good start. We will admit to being a little disturbed by Rocket Raccoon’s super cuddly...
- Mike Bracken
Unless you live under a rock — or don't live on social media — you know that Apple hosted their annual reveal today. The Twittersphere was alive with activity; both fans and detractors rapid-firing text into the void at a rate so fast, everyone's feed looked like a "Matrix" simulation. Apple showcased the new iPhone 6, with its myriad of levels and features. But the real story was just one more thing… …the Apple Watch. Not the iWatch (because that's what our digital overlords are doing and they don't want us to remember that every time we compulsively check the time). Reception was mixed but we collected some of the funniest reactions below! #1 - We don't need fancy gizmos to soothe our existential crises. I don't need some new piece of technology to tell me who I am. I am a blood thermos. — Mike Primavera (@primawesome) September 9, 2014 #2 - Something about this event seemed »
- Donna Dickens
Babs Tarr, the comic artist who recently helped design the new Batgirl look for the DC universe, did this really cool piece of Sailor Moon fan art that she calls Bōsōzoku Sailor Scouts. Tarr has a fun, colorful, and energetic style of art. The Batgirl comic she's working on looks like it's going to be great.
Thanks to io9 for the heads up! »
- Joey Paur
Megan Fox wouldn't mind jumping into the superhero pool. The actress tells me she'd be up for some action-packed crime fighting. "I don't have one specifically in mind, but there's a comic book called Gen 13 that they need to make into a movie," Fox said, explaining that there are "three female ass-kicking superheroes. That's an opportunity to put three super-hot, awesome badass girls in a movie, and I imagine it would be so lucrative." The fierce trio includes characters Caitlin Fairchild, Roxanne "Freefall" Spaulding and Sarah Rainmaker. Fox also suggests Sailor Moon, but warns, "I wouldn't want to be in this, but they're all schoolgirls and »
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find a cute kitten version of Boyhood, Vin Diesel singing Sam Smith’s Stay With Me; Benicio Del Toro’s Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape, Sith versions of Disney Princesses, Sailor Moon + Avengers, and more! All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Sam Smith’s reaction: “Surreal. Thanks man haha.”
Disney Drive-On with The Muppets – Episode 1
- Justin Vactor
Like the megalomaniac in a one-dimensional Hollywood blockbuster, Takashi Murakami won’t be satisfied with anything less than world domination. So what better way for the influential Japanese artist to expand his grip on the popular imagination than by making a children’s movie with massive commercial appeal? That was the idea anyway, although Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” failed to connect with local auds when released in April 2013, leaving the likably dopey pseudo-Spielbergian pastiche — which blends Godzilla movies, Pokemon cartoons and other stock fantasy elements with disappointingly generic results — to do the rounds of special-event screenings at international film festivals and museums.
Often likened to Andy Warhol in the way his output attempts to elevate low culture to a position of artistic respect, Murakami couldn’t have chosen a more different entree into filmmaking from his idol. Whereas Warhol’s first cinematic forays were edgy, sexually transgressive works that played »
- Peter Debruge
This week, a group of Sailor Moon fans recreated an entire episode of the anime classic, shot for shot. Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson worked out together, and Jimmy Kimmel — whose wife just had a baby — received some parenting advice from kids. Also, the theme song for Michael Bay's upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was released, and it's absolutely terrible. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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- TV Guide News
Around 9 p.m. Saturday night in Los Angeles, a small but eager group stood in a building entrance lit only by Christmas lights and the flashlight of a lone security guard. A large, service-like elevator hit the ground floor, and soon, they slowly ascended to what’s called The Syrup Loft for an event seemingly ridiculous in theory, but executed with unbridled commitment: The Nicolas Cage Art Party Los Angeles.
It all started earlier this year. While working the night shift at Bed, Bath & Beyond, producer/curator Ezra Croft had an epiphany: He should hold a Nicolas Cage-themed art show. »
- C. Molly Smith
Sailor Moon fever hasn't been at levels this high since the heady halcyon days of Cartoon Network's 'Toonami.' Between the all new series based on the original manga — 'Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal' — and the original anime series being re-released in its original Japanese, it's never been a better time to be a magical girl. As long as you have a Hulu subscription anyway. But something was still missing. Something old and hilarious and kind of broken. The original English dub. What about those of us who want to relive our angsty teen years and our nascent interest in anime fandom that would eventually lead to the Geocities precursor to Tumblr? What About Us? 'Sailor Moon' has not forgotten us. In fact, the English dub is being remastered and released in a DVD box set on 11/11/14, complete with all new dialogue. There are only a couple of »
- Donna Dickens
The clip runs under a minute and shows the famous scene where Usagi meets Mamoru for the very first time (also commonly known as the "30" test score scene).
As to be expected, the ongoing debate over "sub vs. dub" continues to be alive and well. However, the issue that appeared to be causing the most howls from longtime fans was the replacement of "meatball head" with "bun head". Representatives with Viz did go on record stating the dub will be close to the original Japanese translations when compared to the Americanized puns Dic used in 1995.
In the Japanese dialogue, Mamoru actually calls Usagi "odango" which can be translated to mean either "dumpling" or "bun". Still, it appears longtime fans »
- email@example.com (Jonathan M Cook)
Bee and Puppycat #1-2
Written by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
Published by Kaboom!
Bee and Puppycat is undoubtedly unusual and also utterly unique, which is a little surprising considering it wears it influences on its sleeve. The brain child of Natasha Allegri, Bee and Puppycat owes a lot to the shojo and magical girl genres of manga and anime, particularly Sailor Moon, with a side helping of influence from shows like Powerpuff Girls. It also takes after the animated creations by Allegri’s peers: Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and Steven Universe. A Venn diagram illustrating the overlapping fanbases of these four properties might as well just be a single circle.
Natashi Allegri is a storyboard artist and writer on the Adventure Time TV series, and she’s even the creator of the Fionna and Cake characters (she also wrote »
- Trevor Dobbin
What happens when you take San Francisco and mash it together with the anime aesthetic of Neo Toyko? Well if you're Disney Animation Studios, you toss in robots and telekinetics then sprinkle with a group of teens loosely based on Japanese Sentai (think 'Sailor Moon' or 'Power Rangers'). Shake it together with an Origin Story™ and you've got the basis for 'Big Hero 6.' Earlier today Disney released the first official trailer for their latest in-house CGI offering. And quite frankly, it looks adorable. Who doesn't love a robot who manifests drunken behavior when his battery runs low? But while the characters and comedic timing in the trailer shine through, repeat viewings reveal a couple of sly Easter Eggs. What? You don't actively seek out the hidden gems lurking in the background animation of every Disney film? Are you new here? The trailer focuses on an exchange between »
- Donna Dickens
Bryan Fischer doesn’t want to think about gay sex while eating a Whopper, Sam & Cat comes to early end, Emmy Awards are not about making audiences happy
Angelica Celaya has been cast in Constantine as Zed, who acts more as a foil for Constantine than the original female lead Liv would have. “Zed has a little more smarts, has a little more wherewithal. By design, she’s more assured. She comes from a very, very dark background. Even down to the love interest at the end of the day. Zed is the first character in the Hellblazer comics whom Constantine gets romantically or sexually involved.” So they’re going to establish that he likes girls up front. There are no plans to reshoot the pilot, as people drop in and out of Constantine’s life all the time.
Bryan Fischer is upset about the Proud Whopper, because he doesn »
- Ed Kennedy
The new Sailor Moon reboot, Sailor Moon Crystal, is set to premiere on July 5th, but fans don't have to wait that long to see some new footage from the series. Sailor Moon's new transformation sequence has leaked online with a comparison to the original, and it comes from Matthew Pearl. We also have the opening title sequence of the series, thanks to Kuchenreich, who attended an early screening of the anime. You can hear all of the fans excitedly scream in the background.
Via: Kotaku »
- Joey Paur
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