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With exactly a week to go until it arrives in cinemas, Paramount Pictures has released another new poster for the upcoming live-action remake of the acclaimed sci-fi property Ghost in the Shell featuring Scarlett Johansson along with a featurette which gives us a behind the scenes inside look at Major’s apartment; check them out here…
See Also: Watch the first five minutes of Ghost in the Shell
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost In The Shell” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
- Amie Cranswick
Way back in 2002, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Katushiro Otomo’s classic manga/anime Akira. The film promptly sank into development hell though, with every attempt to begin production running into budgetary, scheduling or casting issues. Today, however, it was revealed that the studio is eager to get the production moving again, no doubt fuelled by the anticipated success of Rupert Sanders’ Ghost In The Shell.
Akira takes place in Neo-Tokyo, a city built on the ruins of old Tokyo after a gigantic and devastating explosion. Its heroes are biker gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda, who become embroiled in a government conspiracy to unlock latent psychic talents. The anime beautifully combines sleek cyberpunk yumminess, body horror and surreal dream elements, all set to a cacophonously bizarre soundtrack of dissonant chanting.
- David James
New poster for Justice League, Spiderman:Homecoming and a Ghost in the Shell clip top our weekly round-upNew poster for Justice League, Spiderman:Homecoming and a Ghost in the Shell clip top our weekly round-upScott Goodyer3/24/2017 3:22:00 Pm
Nothing gets us quite as excited as a stunning new poster for a film.
We got a few of those to feast our eyes on today, with Alien: Covenant dropping a beauty of a new poster, and Justice League releasing two new posters (and with one being an Aquaman character poster, we know there's definitely going to be more to come).
The path to paradise begins in hell. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/QuMfpGFQjU
— Alien: Covenant (@AlienAnthology) March 23, 2017
Bolder United #JusticeLeague #Aquaman #UniteTheLeague pic.twitter.com/8X5d4nHFwA
— Justice League Movie (@justiceleaguewb) March »
- Scott Goodyer
The director of the original Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii, has weighed in on the whitewashing controversy surrounding the remake, saying that there is no basis for the criticism leveled at the decision to cast Scarlett Johansson in the lead role rather than an Asian actor.
Related: Worse than a whitewash: has Ghost in the Shell been Hollywoodised?
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- Guardian staff
Yesterday, a new photo surfaced from the Edinburgh, U.K. set of Avengers: Infinity War, which gave fans their first look at the returning Avenger Vision. While he was certainly expected to be back for this massive superhero ensemble, Marvel has yet to confirm any cast members at this time. Paul Bettany's iconic character is confirmed by these videos, though it isn't clear if that the actor himself is doing these stunts, or if it's his double. This latest video shows Vision in action, using his super powers to escape a fight.
The video surfaced last night from Twitter user "Mundo Vengador," who claims that this video shows, "Vision being kidnapped and fighting two aliens on the set of Avengers: Infinity War." Unfortunately, this Twitter user wouldn't elaborate further on this scene, or reveal who exactly these aliens are. It's possible that these aliens are working for Thanos (Josh Brolin »
The Tribeca Film Festival announced programming today for its N.O.W. (New Online Works) section, an inspired array of established and emerging creators who are pushing the boundaries of online storytelling.
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Top-lining the section is the premiere of “Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock,” a documentary from the Oscar-nominated team of Josh Fox and James Spione and Executive Producer Shailene Woodley. The project is a collaboration with indigenous filmmaker Myron Dewey about the Native-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Eli Roth’s Crypt TV will premiere “Monster Madness,” a series of several character shorts; and Op-Docs, The New York Times’ award-winning forum for short, opinionated documentaries, will screen three films at the Festival.
- Jude Dry
"I have to do a deep dive. I have to get inside her memory." Paramount Pictures recently showed Major jump off a skyscraper in a nearly five-minute-long clip from Ghost in the Shell, and now they've revealed a look at the character taking a very different type of dive... into someone's memory.
"In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out »
- Derek Anderson
Disney remake scores more than 85,000 comments.
Beauty A The Beast, Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic, received the most buzz on UK social media for the second week in a row, garnering almost four times more comments than all of the other films included in analysis combined.
The Emma Watson-starring musical received 86,940 comments, 12,959 of which indicated an intent to view, between March 16-23. The other films listed on the UK buzz chart, supplied by analysis firm Way to Blue, received 22,270 total comments.
Power Rangers garnered 928 intent-to-view comments out of 9,496 total and moved up one spot to second in social media buzz this week ahead of its March 23 premiere.
For an explanation of the Way to Blue chart and its methodology, which tracks ‘overall buzz’ and important ‘intent to view »
This week sees another comic book adaptation arrive at movie theatres, while the Lego Batman and Logan are still pulling audiences in at the multiplex. Ah, but this film is not another superhero slugfest (we’ll have three more of those from Marvel Studios, and two from Warner/DC by the year’s end). No this comes from the “upper classes” of illustrated narratives, those “serious and somber” graphic novels (kind of a “highfalutin'” moniker). Several prestige flicks have been based on such books, like The History Of Violence and The Road To Perdition (both earned Oscar noms). The “graphic artist” (hey, I’ll bet he’d prefer cartoonist) behind this new film is no stranger to cinema. Matter of fact, this is his third feature-length movie adaptation. The first was my personal favorite flick of 2001, the quirky Ghost World (no ectoplasmic apparitions, but a teenage Scarlett Johansson). Five years »
- Jim Batts
Controversy has surrounded Ghost In The Shell’s casting of Scarlett Johansson since the moment she was first announced as The Major, its taciturn cyborg hero. Known as Motoko Kusanagi in the original anime and manga versions of the story, the character has generally been identified as Japanese, leading to accusations that Johansson’s casting was a whitewashing of a previously Asian part.
Now, the anime’s acclaimed director, Mamoru Oshii, has fired back at the controversy, saying he sees no problem with Johansson playing the character he once helped bring to life. “What issue could there possibly be with casting her?” Oshii said in an e-mail interview with IGN. “The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name ‘Motoko Kusanagi’ and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress »
- William Hughes
Paramount is steamrolling past critics toward its imminent rollout of “Ghost in the Shell,” a sci-fi action thriller based on a popular Japanese manga series and set in a world where many humans have opted for “cyber enhancements.”
The project received criticism across the board, including from Margaret Cho and George Takei, for casting white actress Scarlett Johansson in the lead character, which was renamed from Motoko Kusanagi to Major. Mamoru Oshii, director of the 1995 anime version, recently voiced his support for the project, noting that the character could be any race since she is a cyborg.
The studio has released a banging first five minutes in what reads as a move to drum up interest in the controversial project. It opens with Johansson as Major free flying off of a skyscraper, crashing through a glass window, »
- Jude Dry
Samantha Bee is going full frontal with Hillary Clinton. The “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” host has been tapped to introduce Clinton at Tina Brown’s annual Women in the Word summit, which is set to take place April 5 – 7 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Clinton will be on hand for a conversation with New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof. Also Read: Samantha Bee Edits Trump Tweet to Call President a 'Giant Baby' Other participants at this year’s summit include Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Dunham, Cecile Richards, Scarlett Johansson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Masha Gessen, Dr. Annie Sparrow, »
- Tim Kenneally
It has certainly not been a smooth road for Paramount’s release of “Ghost in the Shell,” to say the least. Criticized as yet another example of Hollywood whitewashing, the Scarlett Johansson-led film has faced nothing but controversy leading up to its March 31 release date.
While Johansson’s casting has been decried by many — including George Takei and Margaret Cho — one notable defender has been the original director of the classic 1995 anime version, Mamoru Oshii. In an interview with IGN, Oshii voiced his approval of Johansson and displeasure with fans who took issue with her portrayal of The Major.
“What issue could there possibly be with casting her?” Oshii asked. “The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name ‘Motoko Kusanagi’ and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her. »
- Juan Diaz
Cue the handmaids.
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.
The TV lineup »
- Hanh Nguyen
For Scarlett Johansson, being a working mom is something to be proud of. After filing for divorce from her husband of three years, Romain Dauriac, the four-time Golden Globe nominee has resumed life with her 2-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac, as a single woman. Since the news of their secret summer split became public, Dauriac's lawyer Hal Mayerson has blamed the actress' work for causing a runaround in his client's life. "Mr. Dauriac is tired of having to run his life and his child's life based on Ms. Johansson's shooting schedule," he told the Associated Press (via The Hollywood Reporter.) However, the star doesn't view her job as a detriment, »
For nearly thirty years, Daniel Clowes has been at the forefront of San Francisco’s second wave of underground cartoonists, first making waves with his anthology comic, Eightball, which ran for fifteen years. One of the many serialized comic stories in that comic was Ghost World, which was turned into a popular indie movie in 2001, directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring a very, very young Scarlett Johansson.
Five years later, Zwigoff and Clowes reteamed for the comedy Art School Confidential, also based on an Eightball story, and around the same time, Clowes shifted away from Eightball to writing and drawing stand-alone graphic novels.
One of those graphic novels was 2010’s Wilson, which Clowes has now adapted into a movie starring Woody Harrelson as its cantankerous title character, who goes on a quest to reconnect with his ex-wife Pippy (Laura Dern), and find their now-teen daughter Claire (Isabella Amara). It’s »
- Edward Douglas
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
Scarlett Johansson is standing up for herself after filing for divorce from her husband, Romain Dauriac. In an interview with the UK’s “Lorraine” on Thursday to promote her new film “Ghost in the Shell”, the 32-year-old actress appeared to respond to her former partner’s claim that he was “tired” of being the “primary parent” to their two-year-old […] »
- Cat Williams
Author: Zehra Phelan
Are you worthy of your life? That decision is in the hands of the bearer of the Death Note so be sure to be kind to all those you encounter. Thanks to Netflix, all will be revealed in their upcoming original film, Death Note in August, but first, we have a teaser to wet your appetite.
What is the Death Note you may ask! Death Note is Netflix own live-action adaptation of a hugely popular manga series brought to life for Western audiences. With Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell released into cinemas next week, Netflix has followed suit in adapting the series which first debuted in Japan in 2003, clearly not wanting to be left out of the trend which is taking the big screen by storm.
This isn’t the first time this story has been adapted, in Japan it has had four live-action films, »
- Zehra Phelan
Ghost in the Shell is getting ready to hit theaters in a little more than a week, but for those of you who are feeling a little impatient, you can check out the first five minutes of the movie online right now. Paramount decided to give fans a little taste of what's to come by releasing the clip online today, and it is very heavy on the action. Despite the controversy surrounding her casting, it also seems like Scarlett Johansson is kicking some serious butt as Major and looking good doing it.
Paramount initially debuted the clip during a Facebook Live streaming event but they later released a slightly extended version of the clip to their YouTube channel. In the video, we see Major hanging out on a rooftop listening in on an important meeting that has to do with "cyber enhancement." Things quickly get out of hand and the bullets start flying. »
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