Today 41 years ago, Mazinger Z aired his first animated episode for the first time in Japan! He certainly wasn’t the first mecha in Japan, but he was the first to be taken seriously. Enough to cross the ocean and appeal to the very hard American audiences. Created by Go Nagai, Mazinger Z was known as “Tranzor Z” in the USA, but to the rest of the world he kept his original name and his history spanned countless doppelgangers, some good, some great, others really bad. Alongside Gundam this guy is the gran-daddy of all mechas out there today!
From Marvel Studios: Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012’s smash-hit “Marvel’s The Avengers”! “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the “Kick-Ass” franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in “Nowhere Boy,” for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor Johnson has starred in 2012’s critically-acclaimed “Anna Karenina” and director Oliver Stone’s “Savages.”
Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with “Silent House” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver in “Red Lights,” Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee’s “Oldboy.”
Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will share the screen as leads in the highly anticipated “Godzilla” remake scheduled for a May 2014 release.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel’s The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. "Marvel’s The Avengers" was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
In addition to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.
With Breaking Bad now concluded, AMC needs a viable replacement for the series, and the network may have just found it. After years of unfounded rumors, and being stuck in various stages of development hell, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s Preacher may finally be coming to the small screen, as AMC has ordered a pilot for the series be filmed.
Created by Ennis and Dillon, Preacher is one of the more popular and continually successful series from Vertigo’s illustrious backlist, and ranks right with 100 Bullets near the top of the list of series longtime Vertigo readers have wanted to see translated to television. The project seemed tantalizingly close to being realized more than once in: director D.J. Caruso was once attached to a film adaptation, and Sam Mendes was said to be working on a small screen version for HBO as recently as a few years ago.
Now if you been paying attention to this blog, this is huge news. Preacher might well be one of the greatest stories ever told in comic form and it fits like a ring to AMC to do something like this as their next project. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. This could be the next great series to ever hit TV!
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