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WATCHING It’s not 2017... it’s 1984

By Ian Sherr | CNET


his past week, we learned what’s in the new health care law being crafted by Congress, we found out IBM can cram a lot of data onto a single atom, and... what else? Oh yeah, your TV could be spying on you. And so could your phone, your tablet and your friggin’ car. It all came from more than 8,000 top secret documents reportedly from the Central Intelligence Agency and released by WikiLeaks. Aside from scaring the bejesus out of us, it also brought new life into our collective gallows humor and tendency to quote from George Orwell’s dystopian classic, “1984.� That’s the novel where people are constantly spied on by Big Brother, the omnipresent all-seeing government. One of the most potent tools in its arsenal was a “telescreen,� or a television that can spy on you. So, yeah, welcome to the future. It turns out the fantastical tech we’ve brought into our lives, from phones that sit on our nightstands to tablets that entertain our kids, also have cameras and microphones that can be used to spy on us. What’s even more sigh-inducing than all these new revelations — which are being compared to 2013’s shocking Edward Snowden leaks involving the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs — is how shoulder-shrug-emoji ev-

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eryone is about it. The truth is that even though no one has so far confirmed the authenticity of the WikiLeaks documents, and the CIA isn’t supposed to spy on us domestically, these disclosures are a kind of confirmation of things hackers have been telling us for years. “We know we have a spy agency,� said Dan Petro, an associate at security research firm Biship Fox. Even the CIA basically said, “Yeah, so what?� “It is the CIA’s job to be innovative, cutting edge, and the first line of defense in protecting this country from enemies abroad,� Jonathan Liu, a CIA spokesman, said in an emailed statement. “America deserves nothing less.� A decade ago, talk of this type of spying was relegated to conspiracy theorists and the “tinfoil hat� crowd. Now it’s just part of everyday life. And just like the people in “1984,� it turns out there isn’t much we can do about all this, aside from convincing government to change. Though Microsoft, Google and Apple say making sure your software is up to date should keep you safe, it’s hard not to feel like maybe the only true answer would be to just ditch our tech once and for all. These are the times we live in. Big Brother is watching. No amount of how-to-ing is going to solve this one. WATCHING, continued on Page 9

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‘Farleigh Field’ sweeping and riveting novel By Elise Cooper MilitaryPress

JJ: I have to let you know that my grown kids who said that if I didn’t come today that I couldn’t show my face ever again. Naomi Scott: <laughing> Oh my gosh no! JJ: They were raised on “Power Rangers� and even took time when they were younger to explain it all to me. So knowing you are coming into this generational and iconic series, how is that for each of you? Ludi Lin: We are asked this a lot and each time we answer it brings us a new perspective on it all. Certainly in the beginning there are a lot of fans emailing us about their excitement and sharing their stories. They are also in their 30’s and sharing their memories of watching the “Power Rangers� when they were a kid. Also there certainly is a responsibility that we take seriously because I grew up watching the “Power Rangers� as well. If you watch the movie and see the script we saw from the beginning, there is so much about the story that I’m excited about and the reason being is that this is the story that wasn’t told in the original series. It delves deeply back into the background of these characters. It’s the origins story of how these kids become heroes so you have a chance to get attached to the characters. Dacre Montgomery: It’s a chance to see the development without the masks on and the spectacle that comes much later. LL: So it’s less episodic “Power Rangers,� but more the whole complete arc of the entire story of how they become super heroes. Naomi Scott: I didn’t grow up watching the series per-se, but I so remember playing “Power Rangers� with my brothers and wanting to be a Power Ranger. I think that shows that even if you didn’t watch the shows you wanted to be a Ranger. Red was

“In Farleigh Field� by Rhys Bowen is a fact filled historical mystery. The story takes place during 1941 in the English countryside. Inspired by the events of World War II this is a sweeping and riveting stand-alone novel involving class, family, love, and betrayal. After a German parachuter plummets to his death, this English town is turned upside down as people struggle to find out what his mission was, and is there a German spy in their midst. Elise Cooper: Will you turn this into a series? Rhys Bowen: No. It was meant to be a stand-alone novel. Even though at the end of the book I did leave some openings I really wanted to make sure this is not a series. For so long, I have always wanted to write about WWII. I enjoyed coming to a conclusion and moving on to other stories. With my two series I write in the first person. This makes the world intimate, but also is limiting since I cannot write about anything my character does not know. The world is seen through their eyes. With this book I had a much bigger scope and was able to focus on all the characters including Jeremy, Ben, Pamela, and her sisters. I was able to write the many different perspectives. EC: Will there be another standalone? RB: Yes. Next year the story will take place in Tuscany. It alternates between WWII and the 1970s. A British airman crashes and the story covers what happens to him. In the 1970s his daughter tries to find out about the incident. EC: Why the WWII era? RB: I think it was the last time we had a feeling of good versus evil. Everybody felt if we do not stop the evil it would be the end of the world. Because of that they were willing to make sacrifices with a great sense of duty where everyone rooted for each other. I was born in the middle of World War II. Even after the war, in England, everything was rationed until 1953, and every time you went for a walk you passed a bombsite. It was a grim atmosphere. EC: Women played an important role during WWII? RB: Both World Wars gave women

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An updated version of ‘Power Rangers’ hits theaters later this month.

‘POWER RANGERS’ SET TO REIGNITE BIG SCREEN Childhood favorite, franchise to return By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress


oming to the big screen this March from director Dean Israelite, Saban Entertainment and Lionsgate are the iconic heroes known as the “Power Rangers.� A group of high school students discover an alien ship and what they find inside is about to change their lives. Superpowers are bestowed and another generation will get to know the name Power Rangers who now must stop an old enemy and save the world. “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers� are iconic characters that came to American televisions in 1993 from the “Super

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Sentai� Japanese material. Since then the heroes have morphed to other series such as “Might Morphin Alien Rangers,� “Power Rangers Zero,� “Power Rangers Turbo,� “Power Rangers in Space,� “Power Rangers Lost Galaxy� and so many, many more. In 1995, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie� hit movie houses and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie� followed in 1997. Now Saban’s “Power Rangers� is ready to break out in theaters in an epic way to reignite the adventure imagination in families everywhere. I had the opportunity to speak with the Red Ranger Jason Scott played by Dacre Montgomery, the Black Ranger Zack Taylor played by Ludi Lin and the Pink Ranger Kimberly Scott played by Naomi Scott. Jeri Jacquin: Wow, I get to talk to three Rangers. I’m pretty excited about that. How are you all doing? Montgomery, Lin & Scott: We are doing great! <in unison which made us all laugh>


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by Art Garcia Jr.


ith the release of receiver Stevie Johnson, losing Danny Woodhead to the Ravens and Keenan Allen trying to return from a knee injury, the Chargers are in need of another playmaker for quarterback Philip Rivers. Although Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams have been productive and are great stories of undrafted players making an NFL roster, the Chargers need to bring in a big-time, high-impact receiver if they have any hope of competing for the AFC West title. Whether it be through the draft, free agency or a trade, there are a number of offensive weapons out there for Telesco and the front office to bring in and at least warrant a tryout. As for the NFL draft, many analysts believe there are three receivers deserving of first-round grades — Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross — who will be available for the Chargers in the first round. With the evaluations from the NFL Combine now in the books, there are a few pundits who predict the Chargers will go the receiver route rather than safety. Here is a look at those predictions and where each receiver ranked amongst some draft “experts.� Military Press storage west 1-4 pg horiz_02-16.pdf

Western Michigan’s Corey Davis is thought to be among the first wide receivers chosen in the NFL Draft.

Corey Davis, 6-3, 213 Western Michigan Ranked No. 12 overall by Scouts Inc., No. 16* by Ourlads’ and No. 12 and No. 18 by ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., respectively, Davis appears to be neckand-neck with Williams for the top receiver slot — depending on the week. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke has the Chargers 1 taking 2/12/2016Davis 11:00:10with AM their first pick.

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Burke: “Davis long has been considered this class’s WR1 ’round these parts. The Chargers have a very interesting collection of receivers, led by the oft-injured Keenan Allen, but Davis can be better than any of them ... and soon.� Pundits predicting Williams will be the pick at No. 7 include Cole Thompson (Draftwire), Matt LaPan (FOX Sports) as well as the UT’s Eddie Brown** (in his latest mock draft). Williams is ranked No. 15

by Scouts Inc., No. 19* by Ourlads’ and No. 15 and No. 13 by McShay and Kiper Jr., respectively.

Mike Williams, 6-4, 218 Clemson Thompson: “With the top two safeties off the board, this turns the Chargers’ attention to the other side of the ball. Williams is a No. 1 receiver with his size, strength and ability to win in the air. Pair him up with Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin and watch Philip Rivers have a top-flight receiving corps for the rest of his career.� LaPan: “The Chargers have a very good outside weapon on Keenan Allen, but his injury history is making it so the newest team in Los Angeles need to draft more help for Phillip Rivers. Mike Williams has the size, speed and athletic ability to be a true number one receiver in the NFL. Williams has a solid 6-3 frame with good muscle distribution, long arms and big hands, all the physical traits one looks for in an outside receiver. He has good strength and quick feet, allowing him to get off the line clean more often than not. Williams also showed endless resolve in returning from an injury to be one of the top targets in college football.� *The rankings by Ourlads were posted prior to the combine. **In his first mock draft Brown had the Chargers selecting Alabama OT Cam Robinson. WIDE RECEIVER, continued on Page 9

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No other service over the last decade has been hit harder by budget cuts and sequestration than the U.S. Coast Guard. In a time when our maritime services have been asked to do more with less, the Coast Guard has been engaging increased maritime threats with its leanest force in decades. While today’s focus is being steered towards the U.S. Navy’s 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA), which called for a 355ship Navy, there has been relatively little discussion about increasing the size of the U.S. Coast Guard. “We are depleted of resources.â€? Coast Guard commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft recently stated to a packed audience at the annual West 2017 conference in San Diego. “When you add both transnational criminal organizations, plus the Arctic‌we need to move from being a bantam-weight fighter to being a welter-weight fighter.â€? The mission requirements for the Coast Guard are mind-boggling. Today, the Coast Guard protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. Additionally, it has the imposing requirement to safeguard an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompassing 4.5 million square miles stretching from the far reaches of the Arctic Circle to the South Pacific and from the Caribbean/Atlantic to Guam in the Western

National Security Cutter Munro completed builder’s sea trials in August

Pacific. This U.S. EEZ is a vast area that includes nine time zones and is one of the largest EEZs in the world. In President Donald Trump’s recent address to Congress, he said, “We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross – and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.� The salient point here is that a majority of illegal drugs, cocaine in particular, come into this country via the maritime routes – where the drugs are in their most concentrated and in their most vulnerable form. A critical asset in the cam-

paign to combat this illicit trade is the Coast Guard’s Legend-class National Security Cutter. A significant shortfall in the force structure of the Coast Guard fleet is the current shortage of High-Endurance Cutters. During the height of the U.S. drug interdiction efforts, the Coast Guard had a fleet of 12 Secretary-class 378-foot High-Endurance Cutters. Today, only five remain in service and the cost to maintain these 50-year old ships has become an unsustainable burden on the Coast Guard’s budget. In 2008, to start the replacement of the

aging High-Endurance Cutters, the Coast Guard commissioned the USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), first of the Legend class. Shortly after commissioning in 2009, Bertholf completed an extended operational deployment and exceeded all operational expectations of a “first-of-a-class� vessel. The major concern with the current planned Coast Guard force structure is that it calls for only eight (now nine) National Security Cutters to replace 12 High-Endurance Cutters. Since the commissioning of the Hamilton-Class HighEndurance Cutters in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the maritime security landscape for our nation has changed dramatically. With the Department of Defense heavily involved overseas, the Coast Guard has taken the lead, appropriately so, in protecting and securing America’s homeland and our own backyard, as illustrated in the Commandant’s Western Hemisphere Strategy (September 2014). In summary, as the new administration strives to enhance our overall national security posture, there should be serious consideration given to building at least 12 National Security Cutters to replace the 12 retiring ships in the High-Endurance Cutter program. A “one-for-one� NSC for HEC replacement strategy would better secure our nation and help the U.S. Coast Guard combat a host of emerging national security threats on multiple flanks.

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‘You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people’s souls and thoughts.’ Herbert Hoover 31st. U.S. President Served March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933

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tion for Reichspräsident. t Emperor Haile Selassie abolishes slavery 31st. U.S. Vice President in Ethiopia on April 17. Served March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933 t The Nazis win 37 percent of the vote in the Reichstag election July 31, becoming the largest party in the Reichstag. World events t Forrest Mars produces the first Mars bar t Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New Worldâ€? is in his Slough factory in England on Aug. 1. published Feb. 1. t Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship t Germany walks out of the World DisarFeb. 25 by naturalization, opening the op- mament Conference on Sept. 1. t Mohandas K. Gandhi begins a hunger portunity for him to run in the 1932 elec-

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strike in Poona prison, India on Sept. 20. t The Soviet famine of 1932–33 begins Sept. 22, millions starve to death as a result of forced collectivization and as part of the government’s effort to break rural resistance to its policies. The Soviet regime denies the famine and allows millions to die.

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t Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the infant son of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family home March 1 near Hopewell, New Jersey. He would be found dead ten weeks later. t Four people are killed when police fire

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upon 3,000 unemployed autoworkers marching outside the Ford River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Mich. on March 7. t Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time May 2. t The first of approximately 15,000 World War I veterans arrive in Washington, D.C. May 29 demanding the immediate payment of their military bonus, becoming known as the Bonus Army. President Hoover would order their removal in late July. t The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression July 8, bottoming out at 41.22. t The 1932 Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles on July 30. t Babe Ruth makes his famous called shot in the fifth inning of game 3 of the 1932 World Series on Oct. 1. t “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century� debuts on American radio Nov. 7. It is the first science fiction program on radio. t Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats President Hoover in a landslide victory for the presidency Nov. 8. t Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City on Dec. 27.

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MARINE STRIVES TO TAKE DOWN LANGUAGE BARRIER CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan – It’s 9 p.m. Class is over, but instead of rushing out, U.S. service members and Okinawan students casually chat. The loitering doesn’t bother Master Sgt. Anthony M. Camina, a native of San Antonio, Texas. In fact, he created this beginner English class primarily for this purpose. “I think this class is a great bridge between the U.S.-Japan alliance because it builds meaningful relationships between one another,� said Camina, an electronics maintenance management chief with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group. Camina’s desire to strengthen ties between U.S. service members and the local community comes from his love of Okinawa. Camina, who is serving his second tour here, said he enjoyed his initial experience so much that he chose orders back as an incentive to deploy to Afghanistan. Looking back over his 24 years of service in the Corps, Camina said the courtesy and hospitality of Okinawa make it “the best place I’ve been.� Camina and his wife Michelle, who share a desire to serve the community, spoke to every community relations representative throughout the island about volunteering here, he said. Camina eventually met Takayuki Kayo, Camp Hansen’s community relations specialist, and collaborated with him to start

Private First Class Devon J. Ridenour (left) and Lance Cpl. Giovanni L. Ramires (right), both intelligence specialists with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, and an Okinawan resident present a class project during the Kin-Hansen Friendship English Class. | Photo by Lance Cpl. Andy Martinez

the Kin-Hansen Friendship English Class. The class has now been running for approximately one year, with approximately 30 people regularly attending. “(Camina) is just truly dedicated, thoughtful and so willing to give something back to the local community,� said Takayuki.

Camina, who says he speaks “cave manâ€? Japanese developed through years of interacting with Okinawans, can’t teach the class by himself. Senior Okinawan students act as a communications bridge, speaking in Japanese to explain difficult language concepts to new students. English-speaking volunteers, mostly U.S. service members, provide oversight and pass on more advanced knowledge to the senior students. Fumino Nakama, an intermediate English speaker who can converse without an interpreter, said, “I like this class because I learn English, and I can make new friends here.â€? The informal class is getting more popular. It started small, at Richamocha CafĂŠ in Kin Town, but circumstances caused Camina to relocate to the Kin Town Central Community Center. “We ended up getting more people showing up than we anticipated,â€? Camina said. “We outgrew the coffee shop; then we moved to a classroom in the community center, then into a bigger classroom because

the class was getting bigger and bigger.� Today, the classes take place each week, Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. Camina said he hopes the class will do more than just build stronger relationships with the community. He also hopes it will enhance Marines’ personal and professional development through opportunities to teach periods of instruction and mentor students one-on-one. “Here’s a young Marine who’s teaching a 60 to 70 year-old person who’s been around the [block],� said Camina, “and they’re looking at him for guidance.� The young Marines look back, searching faces for sparks of comprehension as they instruct. They search for common ways to express information unfamiliar to their audience, cycling between the roles of speaker and listener in a friendly tug-ofwar where the roles of teacher and student intertwine. Meanwhile, Camina recalls the awe of stepping into a new culture for the first time, and relives his experience each week as an English instructor.

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So what now? The one answer we know will work is to go low tech, and get your devices off the internet. The LG TV I bought in 2010 that doesn’t have any apps or a connection to the internet? I’m holding onto it for longer than I expected now. If you’re worried about your exotic Netflix, HBO Go and Hulu movie watching habits getting into the wrong hands, there’s always VHS. And thanks to the Video Privacy Protection Act, if you can find a video store still renting tapes, you’ll be (mostly) safe. But move quick, because the last VCR maker stopped production last year. Oh, and you can always ditch that Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad, too. It turns out “1984� is still in print, on dead-tree paper and everything. You can even buy it with cash from your local bookstore so there won’t be a record in your credit card statement. In Orwell’s novel, the protagonists, Winston and Julia, rent a room without a telescreen to conduct their affair. But they get caught by the Thought Police anyway because their landlord, in a twist, turns out to be an agent in a sting operation to catch thought criminals. Sadly, there’s not much lower-tech you can go with people. Maybe move to a desert island?

The Endzone: Post combine head scratcher — It never ceases to amaze how much emphasis is put on a players’ performance at the combine as opposed to their actual performance on the field during their college career. Williams is the perfect example. Considered one of the top two receivers entering the draft, he is now being down graded for failing to run the 40-yard dash for the scouts at the combine last week. On March 4 Rotoworld posted: “Add Williams to the list of Combine ‘losers.’ He elected not to run the 40-yard dash — draw your own conclusions on that one — and then posted a poor vertical as a jump-ball specialist. There was one positive. Williams logged a strong 10-foot-1 broad jump at 6-foot-4, 218 pounds.� Three days later on March 7, Rotoworld posted: CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that Clemson WR Mike Williams could slide out of the top 20 picks. “Rang refers to Williams’ “lack of juice� during positional drills as “alarming.� The 6-foot4, 218-pounder chose not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, always a decision bound to raise a few eyebrows for players coming to Indianapolis with questions surrounding their top-end speeds. We saw a similar situation with Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell last

Clemson’s Mike WIlliams shouldn’t let the naysayers get him down.

spring. Treadwell did not run the 40 at the Combine in 2016 and was ultimately drafted by the Vikings with pick No. 23.� Some advice for Williams — keep a copy of every negative report printed and use it as motivation to prove it all wrong and google wide receiver Steve Smith. Feeling disrespected after being drafted in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft

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my favorite color so I had to be the Red Ranger. The fact that there were two girls was always cool to me because it showed how girls also wanted to be Ranger heroes too. For me, it has been exciting and we all focused on who is Kimberly Hart. I think we are able to have a blank canvas because this is an origins story so aside from the iconic character from the original series, we have a chance to find out who Kimberly Hart is. I was excited about that because I could bring in who I thought she is. JJ: It’s interesting that back in the original series, having a female superhero character wasn’t a common thing really. NS: No, it really wasn’t. JJ: The girls were always the sidekick or a little in the background instead of front and center they way they were and are in the “Power Rangers.� NS: Absolutely. I think it is important and maybe that’s why it has such a broad appeal. You have the diversity that is also cultural in the mix that makes an impact. JJ: Once you become the heroes, the diversity isn’t the focus because once you put the masks on it’s about what you bring to the table as a group. DM: Jeri, I’m stealing that from you. NS: Yes, we are stealing that from you. LL: Let me just make a note here. <we all break out laughing which continues to make this interview the best time I could have with iconic characters sitting right in front of me> JJ: Dacre, the Red Ranger has had such a big responsibility in the past, how was carrying on that tradition for you? DM: I went to drama school and think of everything as an ensemble. My parents worked behind the camera in the film industry and I was taught growing up to appreciate every piece of the puzzle to bring it all together. The watch-face doesn’t exist without all the cogs behind it so for me I just consider myself one of the five watchfaces if you will. There was definitely the deal with me rallying the troops and I felt so supported all the time off screen by my cast mates. When the camera rolled with that support it was easy to play into that camaraderie and going into battle together. It’s a huge responsibility, don’t get me wrong, I mean your own kids were huge fans and now there are young kids who are big fans so this means a lot to a lot of people. JJ: My kids will be watching but you don’t need anymore pressure right? NS: It’s weird, I don’t feel that pressure only because my responsibility is to the character of Kimberly. It’s different to what’s gone before and even if I was doing a different movie as an actor that’s how I feel about it. LL: I hope everyone will enjoy it for different reasons. So you have the old school fans that are older and now the new kids like your grandkids. Do your grandkids know about the “Power Rangers?� JJ: This is Naynay (nickname for Grandma) you’re talking to here, of course they do. I mean there’s a whole DVD library of the series that gets borrowed and

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Dacre Montgomery plays Red Ranger Jason Scott in the newest “Power Rangers� film.

borrowed. One of these times I probably tem to us to use in the tank for the film. I won’t see them ever again. So you are thought that was amazing to have happen. LL: You got the exclusive Jeri. I didn’t getting three generations who are in-theeven know that. know about the “Power Rangers.� JJ: Don’t share that with anyone else NS: Man, that’s just absolutely incredfrom this moment on okay? <laughing> ible, seriously that’s just amazing. JJ: The technology they use in the film, Final question, for all the fans eagerly anhow was that for you as actors to play into ticipating the film, when they walk out of the theatre what do you hope they take your characters? LL: There is so much technology, the away from the film? NS: I definitely want them to feel like physical sets were also technology. The first time we stepped on the set it dawned a kid whether they are or not. If only to on us that we were part of this huge super have a couple of hours to just be enterhero massive budget movie. Before that we tained and indulge themselves. Isn’t that were just running around in dirty clothes what movies are suppose to be? Shouldn’t getting blown up. When the “Power Rang- there be escapism just for a little while? I ers� suits came in we saw the technology love to go and see films because it’s nice to and were stunned by how much detail get away from everything that’s going on in the world. went into them. DM: I second that. DM: They look exactly like the movie LL: I think I just want them to imagine, poster in real life. LL: The other piece of technology is that just imagine. DM: It’s escapism absolutely. That’s after we put the suits on the special effects team puts on the computer effects. That’s why I go to the movies. why it was so shocking for me to screen the You heard it here first folks! The “Power movie. I finally saw the final product that Rangers� want you to gather up everyone is so seamless and entertaining. DM: Here is a piece that hasn’t been that is a fan and even a few that don’t know they are a fan and escape into a shared with anyone. NS: Jeri, you are getting an exclusive world of fun. The action packed film will bring it and right here <laughing> JJ: Really? Okay, I’m ready – hit me I’m thrilled that the Rangers took a moment out of their busy schedules to share with it. DM: They built a tank for us in the wa- their own excitement about the upcoming ter scenes and the filtration system in the Saban’s “Power Rangers.� Saban’s “Power Rangers� will be in thetank was transported from the Olympics. It is the very same filtration system and we aters March 24! had a large body of water that was heated. It was 40,000 gallons of water or some ri- Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on diculous amount like that and they heated films and television, go to http://moviemaven. the whole pool. They transported the sys- XXX NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN t OFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN




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