According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Mattel have finalized a partnership, with Margot Robbie also on board as co-producer via her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, as well as star as the titular character in an upcoming adaptation of Barbie.
“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” said the Academy Award-nominated actress in a statement. “I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”
Warner Bros. has released a new short for the upcoming The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The new short is holiday-themed with Emmet (Chris Pratt) planning a massive holiday party that can ominously be seen “from space.”
In the end, the lovable builder brings together all of Apocalypsburg. The short features plenty of the humor that made the first film so fantastic, and does a great job of building hype for its sequel, which hits theaters on February 8th, 2019.
While the first two G.I. Joe films weren’t exactly a success for Paramount, the love of character Snake Eyes, played by Ray Park in both films, was a no-brainer given his “cool-factor.” With that in mind, Variety has learned that the studio has tapped Robert Schwentke (Red, R.I.P.D.) to direct a spin-off film starring the Ninja, with a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast).
It’s currently unknown if Ray Park will reprise the role, as it is said to be a reboot for the character, which is a bit unfortunate given his success in the first two films. Paramount currently has an Untitled G.I. Joe Movie set for release on March 27th, 2020, so it’s possible the film even has a release date already.
Disney and Pixar have followed us yesterday’s Toy Story 4 teaser trailer with a second, very meta clip introducing two more new characters, Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele), who are very excited about the first look at Toy Story 4, despite not knowing the film’s longtime quotes. We even get a bit of back-story for the new characters:
“Woody’s journey in Toy Story 4 includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.”
Paramount Pictures has revealed a new trailer for the highly anticipated Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, giving us plenty more of what to expect from the film, both from a story and surprise perspective. First looks at Cybertron, and even G1 Optimus Prime and Soundwave, which I’m sure fans are elated to see.
The movie stars Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny. Travis Knight is directing, from a script by Christina Hodson. Bumblebee hits theaters on December 21st, quite a crowded day this year.
Converse has unveiled a full look at their new line of Official Hello Kitty sneakers, releasing worldwide on August 14th. The line will feature 6 designs, with two for each signature style, the Chuck Taylor, Chuck 70, and One Star.
Prices will vary based on style, but you can hit the jump for a look at the full line of shoes.
After the recent acquisition of the Power Rangers franchise by Hasbro, it was thought that Hasbro would reboot, ignoring the 2017 film that was widely panned by critics and fans, but according to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, that’s not exactly the case.
Hasbro is apparently in early plans to develop a sequel to the film, which truly had potential, but just needed a little more help in crafting a better story, with better visual effects. In the meantime, Hasbro expects new Power Rangers merchandise to start hitting shelves in early 2019.
McDonald’s Japan has revealed a new set of Pokémontoys for Happy Meals that promote the upcoming movie – Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story. The film is set to release this Friday, on July 13th with the toys becoming available just a few short days ago.
The toys feature three different Pikachu toys, an Eevee toy, and a toy for each Alolan starter. In addition, McDonald’s Japan has also released a video spotlighting each toy and how to use them, which you can check out after the jump.
Sega and Kotobukiya have teamed up for an incredibly massive display advertisement for the upcoming PlayStation 4 release of arcade-favorite, Border Break. The display is a huge set of styrol resin parts that connect to form the largest model kit in history.
The parts are on display at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. You can hit the jump for more pictures of the incredible display, as well as a video of their development.
The Good Smile Company has unveiled the latest in their line of Overwatch Nendoroid figures, and the newest addition is a terrifying rendition of fan-favorite, Junkrat. The figure comes with some fun weapon accessories, and a bevy of horrifying faces to plant on your figure.
Junkrat will be releasing in January 2019, and will retail for approximately $40. Hit the jump for more images.
Lego has officially revealed their new Voltron set, and it is quite something. The kit is one of the largest robots that Lego has ever produced, coming in at a massive 2,321 pieces. Based on a design submitted by Lego Ideas user Len_D69, the Lego Ideas Voltron is based on the design first seen in the beloved 1984 animated series, rather than the version currently seen in Netflix and Dreamworks Animation’s Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The set includes the ability to form all 5 lions, as well as Voltron itself, as well as the Blazing Sword and Voltron’s shield. If you’re at SDCC, the Defender of the Universe will cost $180 and be available in limited supplies, or you can pick it up from the official Lego website starting August 1st. Hit the jump for more pictures of the fantastic set.
Vinyl toy manufacturer, Super7, has announced what is now officially the best action figure ever featured at SDCC. Back in the early days of the internet, memes were comical and light-hearted, and the “What’s Up?” Prince Adam was one of the finest. Now, that moment in internet time has been immortalized as an action figure.
The figure will be available alongside the rest of Super7’s Masters of the Universe and She-Ra figures and accessories, and will be featured at their SDCC pop-up. Hit the jump for a small refresher on the meme, as well as a look at the full figure.
Japan’s hobby giant, the Wave Corporation, has unveiled a new addition to their line of Japanese candy cabinet 1/12 scale models: the Sega Astro City. The level of detail on these are insane, and they are available this August for ¥3,200 over on Wave’s website.
Additionally, there are two others in the series, available here and here. You can hit the jump for more images of the Astro City 1/12 scale model.
Warner Bros. Animation has released the first official teaser trailer for the sequel to the smash success, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic Bricksburg after the events of the first film. The trailer gives us more of what made the first film so fantastic, and this looks to be just as great.
Reprising their roles from The LEGO Movie are Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy, Will Arnett as Batman, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, and Alison Brie as Unikitty. They are joined by Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Arturo Castro as, respectively, newcomers Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, Sweet Mayhem and Ice Cream Cone. The film hits theaters on February 8th, 2019.
Paramount Pictures and Hasbro have released the first official trailer for the upcoming Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee. The film is a prequel showing Bumblebee’s time on Earth before the events of the first Transformers film, and the character design looks incredible, being a bit more like his original design.
In 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a junkyard, to be discovered by 18-year old Charlie, searching for her place in the world. Adventures ensue, and the two go on the run from Sector 7, which seems to be lead by John Cena. Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and The Two Strings), Bumblebee hits theaters on December 21st.