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Sorry, old school Power Rangers fans. It looks like the new movie arriving next year won’t feature too many nods the original series, as original Black Ranger actor Walter Jones says that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast were not asked to participate in the new movie:

It’s not likely. Unfortunately, we were not invited to be part of the film, which is confusing to me, but I’m excited about the film nevertheless.

Honestly, just getting the original actors back for quick background cameos would have engendered a lot of goodwill for this film, which has been under fire from annoyed fans since the moment it was announced. As someone who doesn’t have a horse in this race (I have no love for the Power Rangers, although I enjoyed the original show when I was young), it’s been fascinating to watch this project continuously fail to win over its core audience.

jurassic world deleted scene

Universal has announced that Jurassic World: The Exhibition is set to arrive in the United States following a successful debut in Melbourne, Australia. It will open at the The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 25, 2016 and run through April 2017. Here’s what you can expect from this thing:

Guests can discover the prehistoric creatures that ruled the earth for over 100 million years, from the first astounding sight of the 24-foot tall towering Brachiosaurus, to a riveting encounter with a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex — the experience is a fascinating and realistic simulation of an actual visit to the Park as seen in Jurassic World. Through advanced technology developed by Creature Technology Company, visitors can explore the wonders of Jurassic World as they take on the role of actual guests and tour the Park through lifelike re-creations of the iconic moments from the record-breaking global film franchise.

Visitors will “travel” to Isla Nublar as VIP guests and will be able to explore the Park as part of a specially guided tour. They will stop by The Creation Lab and “step behind the glass” to see real world science surrounding dinosaur DNA, and finally be able get closer than ever before to encounter the incredible T-rex.  And, for the first-time ever, guests will have the opportunity to go inside the Raptor Training Paddock in an all-new immersive experience that is making its worldwide debut as part of the Exhibition’s U.S. premiere.

If they really wanted to complete the illusion, they’d end every day by unleashing the dinosaurs on the guests and letting only the strong survive, but hey, I guess you can’t have everything.

Daft Punk documentary trailer

Oh My Disney has posted an article about how Daft Punk were recruited to compose the score for Tron Legacy and it’s a fantastic read full of amusing anecdotes about the making of the film, the work ethic of all involved, and notes on all kinds of things that didn’t happen. For example, here are some details about the Daft Punk/Jay-Z single that was recorded and never released:

Finally, I asked if there was ever an attempt to create a conventional end credits song and single for the film and soundtrack album. Leib said he “tortured” Daft Punk with pleas for a single, and that they collectively decided on approaching Jay-Z. Leib helped orchestrate a “secret” meeting between Jay-Z and Daft Punk. “So they get together and record a song,” Leib said. Daft Punk was really excited the song, but Leib hadn’t heard it yet. Finally, on a night flight to London to record the score, they “whipped out a pair of headphones” and asked Leib if he wanted to hear it. He still remembers his first listen (“You’re flying to London with rock stars and everybody else is asleep and you’re not”), thinking that it was “epic and amazing” but was worried that the filmmakers behind the movie would feel the lyrics and tone were “too rooted in real life and rap for their fantasy movie.” Still, Leib thought it was a singular “event.”  Unfortunately, the song never made it to the final film.

The whole thing is very much worth your time.

Ghostbusters Extended Cut - Blu-ray Cover

With the Ghostbusters remake hitting Blu-ray and DVD next month, people are once again wondering if Sony has changed the title to Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. After all, that title appears at the end of the movie, has been heavily featured in the marketing, and is depicted on the cover of the home release. io9 is here to remind us all that that the movie is still just titled Ghostbusters, no matter what slogan/tagline/subtitle gets added to to promotional materials. Here’s director Paul Feig:

It was basically the studio realizing for the video catalogs, and that kind of thing, [there would be] two Ghostbusters. And I didn’t want to make it like 2016. That sounded like Airport ‘77. The next year, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s an old movie.’ I didn’t want to have to anchor with that, so they basically said they liked [Answer the Call].

So there you go. That’s that.

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