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The "Power/Rangers" fan film is back online after briefly being taken down Thursday.
The owners of the copyright, Saban Entertainment, ordered the film to be taken down for copyright infringement — but it seems that they have worked out a deal with the fan film's makers.
Copyright legality aside, having the film taken down might not have been the best move for Saban. The film was being distributed for free so it isn't like Saban was losing out on any money.
And even though "Power Rangers" might still be popular with kids, the short film drew some attention from adults who grew up with the show.
Which could be great for the company seeing as a big-budget live action reboot is coming from Lionsgate in 2016.
Cheesy fan films are common, but most don't get take-down orders from copyright holders.
So what was it about the "Power Rangers" film that bugged the original creators so much?
The film's director, Joseph Kahn, told Deadline that Saban was worried "Power Rangers" fans would "confuse [the] super-violent film with their 'Power Rangers' brand." Re-uploaded versions of the gritty film are now accompanied by disclaimers stating the project isn't affiliated with Saban.
And the original Green ranger, Jason David Frank, was a bit turned off by all the excess violence and cursing in a franchise created for children.
"I'm just a PG-13 guy. The cuss words, the drugs, it just doesn't fly with me," Frank said on his Facebook page.
To be fair, this is a fan film in name only. The crew clearly spent a lot of money trying to make this look like an authentic Hollywood project.
It stars a well-known actor like James Van Der Beek and has effects that look put together by Hollywood professionals.
Digital Trends even writes, "It's so well-made, one could make an argument that it’s actually competing with — and over-shadowing — the main brand."
But it's hard to argue a 15-minute YouTube video could compete with two decades worth of television programming and feature films — even if one of them starred a villain named Ivan Ooze.
Click here to watch the fan film (WARNING: GRAPHIC).
This video includes images from Getty Images.Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:52:18 -0500
A fire reportedly broke out late Saturday near Disneyland's "It's a Small World" attraction in Anaheim, California.
According to the Orange County Register, a Disney spokeswoman said the blaze started about 9:20 p.m. PT and was extinguished 30 minutes later.
Nobody was hurt in the fire, which may have been caused by fireworks, the newspaper reported. The "It's a Small World" ride wasn't damaged.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:13:39 -0500
Taco Bell is testing out a new treat: Cap'n Crunch doughnut holes filled with milk icing.
According to Time magazine, the menu item is being sold in Bakersfield, California.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:18:22 -0500 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories