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‘Mean Girls’ Actor Daniel Franzese Accuses Bijou Phillips of Homophobic and Physical Abuse on ‘Bully’ Set

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Update (November 13): Bijou Phillips has issued the following apology to TMZ: “I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don’t remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad. I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the Lgbtq community and Daniel.”

Earlier: Daniel Franzese, best known for playing Damian Leigh in “Mean Girls,” has published a lengthy statement on his Facebook page in which he reveals he suffered homophobic and physical abuse from actress Bijou Phillips during the production of Larry Clark’s “Bully.
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Rumored Akira Director Wants Manga Adaptation, Promises Not to Whitewash

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Rumored Akira Director Wants Manga Adaptation, Promises Not to Whitewash
After nearly a decade in development, things may be looking up for Warner Bros. long-gestating Akira remake, with a report surfacing last month that director Taika Waititi has entered talks to direct the film. While no deal is set in stone yet, the filmmaker confirmed that there have been discussions for him to direct Akira, while promoting his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 3, also offering some hints about how he'd approach the material. For one, the director made it crystal-clear that he has has no intention of "whitewashing" the lead roles, if he does end up at the helm. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview, when asked if he would cast Asian actors in the lead roles.

"Yeah. Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah,
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'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Eyed for Live-Action 'Akira'

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Earlier this year, Jordan Peele (Get Out) was under consideration to direct Warner Bros.' Akira, the long-brewing live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series about a biker gang and psychic powers. The series was adapted into an animated movie in 1988 (above). Instead, Peele signed a two-year deal with Universal, leaving the helming opportunity open. Now Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct the project, according to Deadline. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok and we've heard glowing reports about the upcoming superhero adventure. In the past, directors like Justin Lin, the Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra have been under consideration, while actors such as Dane DeHaan, Michael Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena...

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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi

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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi
With his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters in November, director Taika Waititi has just landed his next high-profile project, Warner Bros.' Akira. The director has entered negotiations to take the helm of this manga adaptation, which has languished in development hell for several years, and has never been able to get off the ground yet. This long-gestating Akira movie last made headlines back in May, when Jordan Peele turned down the project, following the success of his hit movie Get Out.

Deadline broke the news today, also revealing that the studio has always planned to make two Akira movies, each of which would cover three books apiece in the 6-volume Akira graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo. The last we heard about this project was that Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has final approval over every aspect of the Akira movie, which may explain why it's taken so long to come to fruition.
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Anamaria Marinca | Written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger | Directed by Rupert Sanders

Based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge against the corporation she was built to serve.

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Home Entertainment Review: Ghost in the Shell

Based on the hit manga and anime of the same name, Ghost in the Shell arrives with controversy surrounding it thanks to more claims of whitewashing. Let’s face it though, there isn’t an asian actress who draws in crowds like Scarlett Johansson and Ghost in the Shell needs every one of those extra pennies to look as good as it does. It’s about time anime started making its way to Hollywood (with Death Note soon to follow), and Ghost in the Shell is a surprisingly successful attempt at breathing new life into a seminal work of art.

Major (Johansson) is a member of Section 9, part of the police that deals with cyber terrorism, lead by Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano). However, Major is a special weapon, a human mind inside a completely cybernetic body. Major, her partner Batou (Pilou Asbaek), and the rest of the team suddenly find themselves
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Breaking Down the Honest “Ghost in the Shell” Trailer

Screen Junkies is an online movie magazine that reviews motion pictures and television shows. This company provides three types of shows that includes their Screen Junkies program, Movie Fights and their Honest Trailers. The company’s Honest Trailers segments showcases movie trailers from various motion pictures and gives a realistic (and often very biased and funny) review of a film that is being previewed. In July of 2017 the magazine did an Honest Trailer review of the Ghost in the Shell live action movie. This film was released in March of 2017 and it stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou

Breaking Down the Honest “Ghost in the Shell” Trailer
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Against The Law review

Catherine Pearson Jul 26, 2017

Here's our review of BBC Two's heart-breaking gay rights film Against The Law, an essential watch starring Daniel Mays...

This review contains spoilers.

See related The Wall review Edge Of Tomorrow and the future of stand-alone sci-fi The Bourne Identity: the battle to make the first film

Director Fergus O’Brien combines drama and real-life testimonies in this superbly performed and deeply moving one-off drama that will make your blood boil.

Against The Law is one of the many dramas to come out (if you’ll pardon the pun) of the BBC’s ‘Gay Britannia’ season, a collection of programmes that mark the Fiftieth anniversary of Sexual Offences Act of 1967, the first legislative step towards the complete legalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom. The drama tells the true story of Peter Wildeblood, a journalist who found himself imprisoned for ‘buggery’ alongside friends Lord Montagu
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Wednesday’s best TV: Against the Law, A Prescription for Murder?

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A terrific dramatisation of Peter Wildeblood’s 1954 imprisonment for homosexuality. Plus: did depression medication cause James Holme’s gun attack on a cinema?

Splendid dramatisation of 1954’s so-called Wildeblood scandal: the imprisonment of the journalist Peter Wildeblood, along with Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers, on charges of homosexuality. Against the Law was the book Wildeblood subsequently wrote about his experiences. Daniel Mays is terrific as Wildeblood and additional testimony from gay men who lived through the period reminds that it wasn’t as long ago as we might prefer to think. Andrew Mueller

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'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Boss Baby (animated comedy; voices: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire; rated PG) Gifted (drama; Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer; rated PG-13) Ghost in the Shell (sci-fi action; Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt; also available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD; rated PG-13) Unforgettable (drama-thriller; Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd; rated R) Awaken the...

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9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’

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9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’
Netflix may have cancelled the Wachowski’s cult hit “Sense 8,” but its adding two of their defining works to its streaming library next month. All three entries in “The Matrix” trilogy are heading to Netflix, as is the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” which means you’ll be able to bring summer to an end by bingeing mind-melting science fiction.

Read More: Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience

Other titles joining the streaming service include underrated gems from Quentin Tarantino and Michael Haneke, plus two of the year’s most exciting documentary films. Check out a complete list of all the new movies joining Netflix in August 2017 below, including our 7 must-binge choices.

The Matrix” Trilogy (August 1)

August kicks off with “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” all becoming available to stream on Netflix. Say what you want about the two sequels, but
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Exclusive: Pilou Asbaek talks Ghost in the Shell and working with Scarlett Johansson

With Ghost in the Shell set for its UK home entertainment release on Digital on July 24th and on August 7th on DVD and Blu-ray, we chat to actor Pilou Asbaek about his role in the film as Batou, and working with Scarlett Johansson who portrays the character of Major.

Were you familiar with the source material for Ghost in the Shell?

I saw some of the anime in the 90s but I can’t say I was a fan. It was a part of my history, but I wasn’t like one of those die-hard fans.

How did you become involved in the film?

It’s actually an interesting story. It’s a very long story so I’ll try to make it short. I worked with one of the producers in a little indie film before that. And he introduced me to the director of Ghost in the Shell,
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Review: Ghost in the Shell

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While fully aware of Japan’s Ghost in the Shell and its impact as a Manga and Anime, I never experienced any version of it. As a result, I watched the recent live-action film version without preconceived notions. I knew all about the casting controversy but until there’s an actress of Japanese descent who can open a movie wide, casting decisions, such as this, will continue. So get over it.

Masamune Shirow created an interesting meditation on where humanity is going as he, like Ray Kurzweil, foresees the day when man and machine blend into a singular being. It won’t be overnight, nor will it be neat and easy. As a result, the question of what does it mean to be human permeates the film as written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, and Ehren Kruger and directed by Rupert Sanders.

The story centers on Major (Scarlett Johansson), an
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The Circle, Ghost in the Shell, and The Boss Baby are among the new Cineplex Store titles this month!

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The Circle, Ghost in the Shell, and The Boss Baby are among the new Cineplex Store titles this month!The Circle, Ghost in the Shell, and The Boss Baby are among the new Cineplex Store titles this month!Amanda Wood7/6/2017 12:35:00 Pm

It’s July! Which means it’s the first full month of full-on summer. Whether you’re looking for something to watch while school’s out or you’re just trying to beat the heat, the Cineplex Store has the movie for you.

This month, there are lots of exciting new releases that you’ll love, and they include a little something for everyone. Sci-fi, comedy, action, animated… you name it, we’ve got it. We want you to love these movies as much as we do, so we’ve put together a little guide of our favourite new store releases for this month.

Movie for a Loonie is still going strong,
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In the city of the world's desire by Anne-Katrin Titze

KEDi director Ceyda Torun: "Cats are so omnipresent." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

There are film cat people such as Michael Haneke seen in Yves Montmayeur's Michael H - Profession: Director with Yves' cat Félix, Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Mia Hansen-Løve's Things To Come, Céline's Bébert in Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Robert De Niro with Lil Bub of Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner's Lil Bub & Friendz at the Tribeca Film Festival and then there is Ceyda Torun's sharp-eyed documentary KEDi with Istanbul as cat central.

Duman has an unforgettable style of scoring little plates of smoked turkey and slices of Manchego cheese

In 2008 at the Museum of Modern Art for Funny Games (starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet), when Michael Haneke was asked by Ed Bahlman if he had any pets, he stated that he is "a cat person.
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Ghost in the Shell Heads for Home in July

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Hollywood, Calif. – “Totally riveting” (Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv) and filled with “heart pounding excitement” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the thrilling and eye-popping Ghost In The Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The future comes early on Digital HD July 7.Set in a world where people are enhanced with technology, Ghost In The Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge
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Major to Report for Duty This July with Home Media Release of Ghost In The Shell (2017)

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The Major will make house calls this summer with Paramount Home Media Distribution's 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie on July 25th, following its Digital HD debut on July 7th.

Press Release (via Broadway World): “Totally riveting” (Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv) and filled with “heart pounding excitement” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the thrilling and eye-popping Ghost In The Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The future comes early on Digital HD July 7.

Set in a world where people are enhanced with technology, Ghost In The Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime.
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Why Get Out Director Jordan Peele Turned Down Akira

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Why Get Out Director Jordan Peele Turned Down Akira
It's been a long and troublesome road for Akira fans who have been impatiently awaiting the long-gestating live-action movie adaptation, which has been in the works for nearly a decade. A few months ago, a report surfaced that Jordan Peele, fresh off the success of his hit thriller Get Out, was being eyed to direct, with Warner Bros. said to be "aggressively courting" the filmmaker for this project. We haven't heard any updates since that late-March report, but while promoting the home video release of Get Out, Jordan Peele revealed that he did in fact turn the Akira remake down, for one very good reason.

While Get Out marked Jordan Peele's feature directorial debut, working from his own script, he had certainly established himself as a strong comedic writer and performer. He served as a writer and performer on Madtv alongside Keegan Michael Key, who he would go on to create Key & Peele with,
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Scarlett Johansson’s Major gets a collectible figure from Threezero

Sideshow has unveiled Threezero’s 1/6th scale Major figure which is based on the likeness of Scarlett Johansson in Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake of the acclaimed sci-fi property Ghost in the Shell. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $168 and is expected to ship January-March 2018; take a look at the promotional images here…

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Sideshow and Threezero are proud to introduce the sixth scale Major collectible figure from Ghost in the Shell. Standing 10.5″ tall, this 1/6th scale figure features a realistic likeness to Scarlett Johansson, tailored clothing, a sub machine gun and more.

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.
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Son Of Sofia takes a top prize at Tribeca by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-04-28 11:49:33

Rachel Israel takes home two with baby Charlotte for Keep the Change - The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director presented by Michael Pitt and Clea Duvall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Best International Narrative Feature is Elina Psykou's Son Of Sofia; Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature goes to Rachel Israel's Keep The Change, and Elvira Lind's Bobbi Jene swept the Documentary Feature honours. The Tribeca Film Festival Awards ceremony was hosted by Michael Rapaport at the Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 27. The feature and short film winners will receive artwork through Jane Rosenthal's Artists Awards program, sponsored by Chanel.

Diane Lane, Amy Berg, Barbara Kopple, Amy Heckerling, Zachary Quinto, Willem Dafoe, Josh Lucas, Best Actor Alessandro Nivola (Liz W. Garcia's One Percent More Humid), Denis O’Hare, Udi Aloni, Alex Orlovsky, Stephanie Zacharek, David Wilson, Ryan Eggold, Clea Duvall,
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