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14 items from 2016


Actor Michael Pitt Cast as the Main Villain in Ghost In The Shell

5 February 2016 6:03 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Boardwalk Empire" actor Michael Pitt has been cast as the main villain for DreamWorks' film adaptation of "Ghost In The Shell" starring Scarlet Johansson. Pitt will playthe antagonist known only as "The Laughing Man", a cyber-terrorist who is half human/half cyborg with a taste for the theatrical.

Rupert Sanders ("Snow White And The Huntsman") will direct the film based on a script by screenwriter Jonathan Herman. Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul producing. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will serve as executive producers. Paramount Pictures will co-finance and distribute the film which is scheduled for a March 31st, 2017 release date.

"Ghost In The Shell" is based on the critically-acclaimed Japanese manga by Masamune Shirow, which tells the story of a cybernetic covert-ops agent, named Motoko Kusanagi, who leads a highly-trained counter-cyberterrorism task force called Public Security Section 9. The special »

- J.B. Casas

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Ghost In The Shell Adds Michael Pitt As The Laughing Man

5 February 2016 4:13 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though it was previously reported that British actor Sam Riley would be playing this character, according to Variety it’ll actually be Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Funny Games) who will bring the villainous Laughing Man to life in director Rupert Sanders’ live-action take on classic manga/anime, Ghost In The Shell.

This Catcher In The Rye-obsessed baddie is described as “the ultimate hacker, capable of such feats as hijacking multiple video streams simultaneously, taking over someone’s cybernetic brain entirely and editing his own images out of someone’s cybernetic eyes, and all in real time.”

He’ll be the chief antagonist to Scarlett Johansson’s “augmented-cybernetic human” leader of the covert Section 9 team, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Danish actor Pilou Asbaek has also siged on as Kusanagi’s second in command, Batou.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing this big screen adaptation of Ghost in Shell from a script by Bill Wheeler. »

- Mark Cassidy

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Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt To Play The Villain In Ghost In The Shell Opposite Scarlett Johansson

5 February 2016 2:19 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Variety reports that Rupert Sanders' live-action take on Ghost In The Shell has cast its baddie. According to them, Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Hannibal, Funny Games) is in final talks to play The Laughing Man: a Catcher In The Rye-obsessed terrorist/hacker. If he signs on he'll join Danish actor Pilou Asbaek as Section 9 second in command and all-round tough Sob, Batou, and Scarlett Johansson as the "augmented-cybernetic human" leader of the covert team, Major Motoko Kusanagi. It was previously reported that British actor Sam Riley would play this role, but evidently he'll be bringing a different baddie to life. The story "follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology." Avi Arad »

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‘Ghost In The Shell’ starts filming; Michael Pitt joins the cast

4 February 2016 11:22 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ghost In The Shell movie: The film version of the popular manga has started shooting, and Michael Pitt has joined the cast.

The Ghost In The Shell movie has started shooting. The big-screen version of the Manga series is being brought to the screen by Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, and will star Scarlett Johansson as a special-ops cyborg who is part of a task force named Section 9 that deals in the most dangerous criminals and extremists.

In more casting news, Michael Pitt, an alumni from Boardwalk Empire and the Hannibal TV series, has joined the film and will play its villain. He will play the character of The Laughing Man in the Ghost In The Shell movie, a part that The Hollywood Reporter describes as an ‘antagonist [who is] is a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot.’

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Jonathan Herman wrote the »

- Paul Heath

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Michael Pitt to Play Villain in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’

4 February 2016 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Pitt is in talks to play the villain opposite Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ “Ghost in the Shell.”

Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) is directing the adaptation of the popular anime film, with Paramount on board to co-finance.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing, while Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are exec producing.

The story follows the exploits of a female member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit (Johansson), which specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Pitt is in talks to play Laughing man, who proves to be the ultimate hacker, capable of such feats as hijacking multiple video streams simultaneously, taking over someone’s cybernetic brain entirely and editing his own images out of someone’s cybernetic eyes, and all in real time.

Borgen” alum Pilou Asbæk recently joined the cast as well. The film »

- Justin Kroll

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Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost In The Shell Movie Hops From Disney To Paramount, 2017 Release Date Still Intact

26 January 2016 7:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Despite reports to the contrary, Rupert Sanders’ live-action Ghost in the Shell movie remains on course for its March 2017 bow, but rather than Disney helping to shepherd the long-awaited manga adaptation to the big screen, Variety writes that Paramount has now picked up the project and will co-finance.

Indeed, Sanders’ sci-fi picture isn’t the only feature to be affected by the new distribution deal, with fellow adaptation The Girl on the Train also set to be released through Paramount, which also keeps hold of its original release date of October 7, 2016.

Thrusting Under the Skin star Scarlett Johansson into the lead role as Motoko Kusanag – squad leader of the elite Public Security Section 9 – Ghost in the Shell brings the fictional metropolis of Niihama to life in all of its neon-drenched glory. Last we reported, Maleficent star Sam Riley had emerged as an early frontrunner to nab the coveted role of the film’s chief villain, »

- Michael Briers

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Moves to Paramount From Disney

25 January 2016 7:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks’ “Ghost in the Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson, has shifted from Disney to Paramount, keeping its March 31, 2017, wide release date.

Paramount is also co-financing the film. Disney had previously announced the March 31 release date.

Pilou Asbæk stars in the adaptation of the popular Japanese franchise along with Johansson. Johansson will play a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit attempting to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

Snow White and the Huntsman” helmer Rupert Sanders will direct the movie. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing, while Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are exec producing.

Ghost in the Shell” was previously adapted as an animated feature in 1995, but this will mark its first live-action portrayal. The success of the manga series has also led to a TV series and a series of video games.

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- Alex Stedman

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Sc Films, 6 Sales Join Forces (Exclusive)

25 January 2016 3:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London/Madrid – In a sign of building concentration in the world’s international film sales’ sector, as well-known players’ seeking to spark synergies and economies of scale while broadening the breadth of combined slates, Simon Crowe’s London-based Sc Films and Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales, located in Madrid, are joining forces.

Kicking off at February’s Berlin European Film Market, Sc Films will represent 6 Sales’ slate. Fuentes, who will continue to head 6 Sales, will attend Berlin to take meetings on 6 Sales titles. She will relocate all 6 Sales operations, including bookings and collections, to Sc Films’ London offices by March 1.

The operational alliance builds on current relations. Sc Films and 6 Sales already have two joint animation productions in early development, Crowe said. The partners also look a good fit. Launched 2006 by Crowe and tech entrepreneur Matthew Joynes, Sc Films does make live-action pick-ups, such as France-set suspense-thriller “Road Games,” from “The Host »

- John Hopewell

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'Ghost In The Shell' shifts from Disney to Paramount

24 January 2016 5:44 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DreamWorks’ cyber-thriller starring Scarlett Johansson has shifted from Disney to Paramount - although the March 31 2017 release date stays the same.

Paramount is co-financing Ghost In The Shell, an adaptation of a manga comic about an operative who sets out to bring down a hacker.

Rupert Sanders will direct the film and his credits include Snow White And The Huntsman. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are the producers. »

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Paramount to release 'Ghost In The Shell'

24 January 2016 5:44 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DreamWorks’ cyber-thriller starring Scarlett Johansson starrer has shifted from Disney to Paramount although the March 31 2017 release date stays the same.

Paramount is co-financing Ghost In The Shell, an adaptation of a manga comic about an operative who sets out to bring down a hacker.

Rupert Sanders will direct the film and his credits include Snow White And The Huntsman. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are the producers. »

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Japanese animation 'Gamba' gets Us, international sales deals

22 January 2016 2:52 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Shirogumi production execed by Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad lands partners.

Animation specialist Sc Films has picked up international sales rights to Japanese family adventure animation Gamba (3D) ahead of the Efm.

Released by Toei in October 2015 to the tune of $2m, Gamba charts the story of a town mouse who wants to go on an adventure and visit the ocean.

Along the way he meets Chuta, who needs help defending his village from an attack by weasels, led by the evil Noroi. Gamba must learn to stand up for himself and through team-work protect his friends.

North America will be handled by Kevin Iwashina’s Preferred Content.

Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad (Iron Man) is an executive producer on the $16m family film which is produced by well-known Japanese animation outfit Shirogumi (Stand By Me Doraemon).

Directors are Yohichi Ogawa, Tomohiro Kawamura and Yoshihiro Komori from the classic novel by Atsuo Saito.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Netflix 2016 confirmed details: Black Mirror, Love, Kimmy Schmidt S2, The Get Down & more…

19 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.

2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:

Black Mirror

British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Doctor Who) and Canada’s Mackenzie Davis (The F WordHalt and Catch Fire) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes »

- Dan Bullock

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Netflix Announces 11 New Series Release Dates

17 January 2016 11:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.

Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »

- MovieWeb

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Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 4, ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Season 2, Baz Luhrmann Drama & More

17 January 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has revealed the premiere dates for 10 shows, including the fourth season of “Orange Is the New Black” and the second seasons of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Grace and Frankie.”

As for new shows, Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch,” Winona Ryder’s supernatural series and Will Arnett’s comedy are all on the slate, plus Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated music drama “The Get Down,” which will premiere this summer with the first half of its first season.

Premiere dates for a group of children’s shows were also announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Returning Shows

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2 — Friday, April 15, 2016

The Emmy-nominated comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper returns to Netflix for its second season, as the streaming service picked “Kimmy” up for two rounds when it bought the sitcom from NBC (the network that passed on the show »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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