Never one to be subtle, this week’s Arrow dealt with – surprise! – identity. True identities, false identities, secret identities, yearned for identities; it was all stuffed in there. Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has decided to again become the vigilante he must constantly be choosing which role to play: crime fighter or C.E.O? Laurel (Katie Cassidy) holds true to who she wants to be, the woman who captures the vigilante. And Roy (Colton Haynes) is finally given an identity and perhaps the potential to stop being so fucking annoying. (more…)
You can’t fault his enthusiasm. Comic creator Todd McFarlane is talking once more about the prospects of a new film based on his comic book Spawn in which he discuss how he wants the new film to feel, what other films he wants to evoke, and just what he thinks went wrong with the 1997 film starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo. (more…)
CW is certainly bringing the heat to the second season of Arrow with the series opening the flood gates for lots of new villains and superheros. The latest tidbit of news is this picture of Michael Jai White as the Bronze Tiger. Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim had this to say about White’s Bronze Tiger:
He is such a badass. His performance, our kick-ass stunt department, our incredibly talented costumer designer, and our very gifted props master…they’ve all combined their A-games to create a really great representation of this DC Comics character.
To be completely honest, I was totally unaware that the Cartoon Network (under the [adult swim] banner) was making a spin-off/continuation of the 2009 blaxploitation homage/parody Black Dynamite. Set to premiere July 15th, the 30 minute cartoon is produced by the same team behind The Boondocks and Michael Jai White returns to voice the title role. Tommy Davidson (Cream Corn), Arsenio Hall (Tasty Freeze), Kym Whitley (Honeybee), and Byron Minns (Bullhorn) are also back to voice their characters from the movie.
The simple fact that in less than a month we will get a weekly dose of Dynamite sticking it to the man the way only he can and slapping jive turkeys makes (this painfully white dude) happy.
The trailer is up after the jump. Chump.
You know, I really have to stop getting excited about things that will probably turn out to suck.
History time kids! -No wait, come back, it will be quick- Back in the mid 70′s a comic magazine by the name of Métal Hurlant (Howling Metal) began being published by the French. -No wait, come back, this is something cool they created. Like kissing and fries.- It was ground breaking, moral shaking and, just simply really cool for the time. Eventually it was adapted into an American version called Heavy Metal, that was much the same and great throughout the 80′s. Heavy Metal was adapted by Canadians into an animated movie by the same name in 1981 (which was awesome) and then in 2000 (Heavy Metal 2000 aka Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.²) by 50% of the TMNT creative time (and current owner, editor and publisher of the magazine) Kevin Eastman. The second Heavy Metal movie was not awesome.
Now? Word has it that that a live-action TV series based on Métal Hurlant went into production in France. A French-United Kingdom co-production. 24 half hour episodes to be broken up over two seasons, scheduled for European delivery in April 2012 and November 2012 respectively. Featured actors include Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters.
You may have lost me at ‘France’ but you had me at Rutger Hauer and Michael Jai White.
Let’s what the trailer! It’s after the jump.
The first episode of Kevin Tancharoen’s online web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy -spawned from the 2010 viral video- premiered last week on Machinima.com . In the course of the week, that one 12 minute episode attained over 5 million YouTube hits. While 5 million people can’t be wrong (FYI 5 million is a lot for a web based series. like whole a lot). I did have my complaints. The story followed Sonja Blade (Jeri Ryan), Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) and Jax (Michael Jai White) while they try and stop an evil crime ring run by Kano (Darren Shahlavi). At least, that’s what happens in the first 10 minutes. The episode didn’t really grab me. Too many guns for the beginning. It was a standard cop routine, impaired by pretty mediocre acting, even worse dialog. It didn’t feel like MK. I know Tancharoen’s intent is to put a real world spin on the fantastical elements and characters of the fighting based video game franchise, but the first episode was cliched; one of thousands of generic action movies we see all the time. To be fair, I paid money to watch the Mortal Kombat movies, (yes both of them) I got this for free. This is much better than those.
Now episode two is upon us. Which honestly, should be ep1 part 2. Titled Jax, Sonya and Kano (Part 2) it plays out the rest of the showdown set-up in part one. It’s only 9 minutes (while 6 if you cut out the the recap and credits), half the time as the first, yet twice as good. Huh? How does that work? Well, the direction, production, action, acting, dialogue and thematic elements and so on are simply done right this time around. Clean and concise. You’ll probably be too pissed at the mere 6 minutes of new material (which is a bit ridiculous to wait a week for) to take notice, but really, the difference is night and day. But I do agree, this is nothing they couldn’t have shoved into the 1st episode. It was kinda dumb having two episodes to tell this. Especially when there is only 9 episodes in the whole series. Regardless, Mortal Kombat: Legacy is getting better.
Watch episode 2 below, hit the jump for a newly released press release and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the series in the comments section.
Well, the first episode of the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries is here!
Almost one year ago, the “trailer” popped online showing a more gritty, down to Earth and dark world populated by serial killers, thieves and heroes with a secret. The trailer kicked so much ass that everyone I know was looking forward to it!
Now we finally have the first episode, and to be honest: Wasn’t bad!
It was not as amazing as the trailer, but that’s because an actual storyline is needed.
In this installment, it follows Sonya (Jeri Ryan) and her partner Jax (Michael Jai White) tracking down their arch-nemesis, Kano (Darren Shahlavi)with a little help from Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett).
The action happens fast, and the shoot-out in the warehouse is very well done. I just wish I could see more, as 12 minutes is NOT long enough! But, what I did like were the Easter eggs.
Did you hear about the “Cyber Initiative” and see the familiar looking masks of Cyrax and Sektor? What about the reference to a “red eye”?
You can watch the full episode embedded below. What do you think?
And to wet you appetite even more for what’s to come, here’s a newly released trailer for what you can expect NEXT!
And finally, here is the previously released press release regarding the webseries premiering on Machinima‘s YouTube channel:
It’s got violence, it’s got blood and it was the first fighting game you tried playing in real life only to get suspended from school (guilty). Now the world of kicks, punches and fatalities we know as Mortal Kombat is almost here for the world to enjoy in the live-action Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. A gritty, real-world approach to the fun but completely preposterous, fantastical fighting game. It started out as a fan short that garnered over 10 million views worldwide and now it’s one of the most anticipated series to date.
Director Kevin Tancharoen has been doing a lot of updating of his Twitter the last few days, offering us a hand full of new photos and sneak peaks at fan favorite characters. While the first episode is only days away ( April 12th on Machinima.), we’re uncertain when the likes of Baraka, Raiden, Sub-Zero and Scorpion will make their appearances. I kinda ruined it in the title picture above, but HIT THE JUMP for a closer look at these grounded-in-reality versions.
The Mortal Kombat web-series know has an official title, Mortal Kombat: Legacy. And not only that, but we have out very first clip of the action!
This short clip features Jax (Michael Jai White) taking on Kano (Darren Shahlavi) in a warehouse of some sort. While the clip is not exactly drop your jaw awesome, it shows that the fight choreography is top notch, which is all we really want from the series really.
If you’re a fan of the video games like I am, or just the kick ass trailer that aired all those months ago (which you can view here), you really need to watch the clip embedded below.
Mark your calenders, as it will premiere April 19th on Machinima.
Excited? Why, of course!
Warner Brothers has announced that Kevin Tancharoen‘s highly anticipated web series Mortal Kombat: Rebirth will launch next week! On Tuesday, April 12th Machinima will be hosting a live event where the Machinima crew and web series director Kevin Tancharoen will all be playing the new MK video game. And after that, they will debut the first episode of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth! The web series stars Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White and Darren Shahlavi. As of now it doesn’t specify an airing time, but one would have to assume 12 pm, Pacific Time.
For those not in the know. Rebirth, which you can watch below, was a short film representative of the fighting game and its characters, but in a modernized setting. Brutal and disgusting, offering inspired suspense and horror from films like Seven and Saw. It was met with such collective jaw drop that Warner Bros. green lit a web series.
Oh man, I’m so excited.