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Hawaii Five-0: Season Eight Ratings

30 September 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Hawaii Five-0 TV show's ratings declined for several years in a row. In its seventh season though, the CBS reboot basically maintained its demo rating average, and its total viewership grew. With the departures of stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, as well as Masi Oka, will the ratings increase further, or will they sink as a result of the losses? Is this TV series nearing its end, anyhow? Alex O'Loughlin has indicated this eighth season may be his last. Will Hawaii Five-0 be cancelled or renewed for season nine? Stay tuned. A reimagining of the original Hawaii Five-0, this CBS police procedural stars Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale, Jorge Garcia, Chi McBride, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, and Kimee Balmilero. The action revolves around Detective Steve McGarrett (O'Loughlin) and his elite state police task force. »

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Why ‘Death Note’ Is Guilty of Whitewashing, and What We Can Do to Prevent More Movies Like It

31 August 2017 6:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

So Netflix’s “Death Note” is finally available to stream around the world, and everyone is completely thrilled about it with no reservations whatsoever, the end.

Just kidding. While the release of Adam Wingard’s controversial manga adaptation has been overshadowed by everything from Hurricane Harvey to “Game of Thrones” and even a different story of Hollywood white-washing (albeit one with a happy ending, thanks to actor Ed Skrein agreeing to remove himself from the “Hellboy” remake), the movie has been kicking up a fuss ever since it was first announced that none of its major characters would be played by actors of Asian descent. The case may not be quite as cut-and-dry as it was with this year’s ill-conceived “Ghost in the Shell” remake, but the discussion around it may be even more valuable for that.

Below, IndieWire critics David Ehrlich and Hanh Nguyen dig into the issue. »

- David Ehrlich and Hanh Nguyen

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Movie Review: Death Note

26 August 2017 9:28 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Let’s start this by saying the following: This is not the Death Note we know. It’s nothing like the manga or the anime save for the fact that it’s about a boy with a notebook killing people. That’s where the similarities begin and end. The pace is different, the characters are different. With that being the case, know that I will only make comparisons to the original as a way to illustrate the failures and successes of this one. Now, shall we begin?

Death Note, or at least this Death Note, is the story of Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a young boy with a carefree attitude, who finds a book that allows him to kill people by writing their name in it. Because of his checkered past when his mom was killed by a drunk driver and his obsession with making people respect him, he decides »

- Joseph Burge

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Death Note: Story Was Pitched As Two or Three-Film Series, Netflix ‘Ready’ To Make Sequel If Earned

25 August 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Right now, both critics and fans have Death Note tied to a wooden post and are having a hell of a time giving it a lashing. Like many anime or manga adaptations that have come before it (Dragon Ball Evolution, Ghost in the Shell), fans of the source material are picking this one apart for every discrepancy from the manga. If you’ve ventured onto Twitter and looked into this, you’ll notice that this film is getting a decent amount of hate.

Related: Death Note Review - A Film Worth Noting

That being said, unlike the other two films, there are also a good number of folks who are defending the film. Like those of us here at Lrm who have seen the film, some fans who have had a chance to see it actually enjoyed this very different take on the battle between Light and L, despite the »

- Joseph Medina

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Interview: Masi Oka Talks Death Note (Exclusive)

25 August 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Launching a daring and often heated debate over how to best present a controversial subject publicly is often one of the most compelling ways to draw attention to that important cause. Netflix is bringing attention to the deliberation over how to best adapt a beloved series into a different culture with its intriguing new supernatural […]

The post Interview: Masi Oka Talks Death Note (Exclusive) appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Death Note Producer Masi Oka On Working With The Manga Creators & Adapting This Challenging Property For Netflix

24 August 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It's been incredibly rewarding to seen the landscape of film change over the past few years. Yes, blockbusters are only getting bigger and bigger, but we're also seeing a real divide, not only in the content between theaters, TV, and streaming services, but in the actual content being delivered. While things in film have been getting safer and safer on the big screen, there's been a recent surge of truly unique filmmaking thanks to streaming services like Netflix, who are willing to take a leap of faith.

This is the case with Death Note, a film that's been in development for God knows how long. Like Ghost in the Shell and Akira before it, Death Note has passed through several hands on its way to being a film. It passed through the likes of Shane Black and Warner Bros. before it finally landed with Adam Wingard and Netflix, who were »

- Joseph Medina

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Death Note Would Not Have Happened Without Netflix

24 August 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Netflix is changing the landscape of film. If you have yet to hear our conversation on this very subject matter in the latest episode of Los Fanboys, I highly recommend you do so Here (we talk about it during the Death Note section of the podcast). It’s also a subject that was discussed around San Diego Comic-Con time in regards to the upcoming Netflix original David Ayer film, Bright.

Both Death Note and Bright are films that would not have happened without Netflix. They are far too risky and far too genre-specific for normal studios to have been okay going forward with — especially since both would sport R ratings. In fact, in Death Note’s case, it was a production that had been set up at Warner Bros., but they ultimately passed on the script. Luckily for the production, »

- Joseph Medina

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Star Wars: Did This Toy Leak Reveal The Name Of The Han Solo Movie?

23 August 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

For years now we’ve known that Lucasfilm was hard at work at creating a Han Solo film. Since then, there has been all kinds of speculation as to what the film could be called…though most have pretty much ended up with two to three different possibilities. There’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the incredibly cheesy and (hopefully) less likely Scoundrels: A Star Wars Story.

I think it’s fair to say that most fans expected, when all said and done, for the title to end up  with the former two, but of course, we didn’t know. Whenever bringing it up, Lucasfilm would refer to it as the untitled Han Solo film, and given the huge recent director changes, they’re likely going to keep quite on most news for a good while.

Related: A Closer Look At What Happened »

- Joseph Medina

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Death Note Producer Masi Oka On The Challenge Of Adapting A 12-Volume Manga Into A Film

22 August 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

A challange with any film adaptation from a book, comic book or manga has to be the development of characters. After all they only have about one and a half to two hours to tell their story. This becomes an even greater challenge when the characters have a passionate fanbase that want their beloved characters as if they were jumping out of the pages of their books. With the the Netflix film Death Note on a few days away from release, the characters in this film will be subject to the same scrutiny.

Director Adam Wingard did not have the luxuary of a 12-volume series or a 37-episode anime series to tell his story. Light Turner played by Nat Wolff needs to take on the role of "Kira" a lot quicker than fans would probobly want. With that said, it changes the role of Ryuk, voiced by Willem Dafoe, who »

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Netflix continues to branch out with “Death Note”

22 August 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

There’s a notable difference between the types of projects that Amazon and Netflix have been putting out, theatrically speaking. On the one hand, Amazon has been gunning for awards and embracing a theatrical release with things like the Oscar winner Manchester by the Sea. There’s also their burgeoning relationship with an auteur like Woody Allen. It’s a whole concerted effort under their Amazon Studios wing. On the other hand, Netflix has gone for casting a wider net, while only occasionally putting their higher profile films out in theaters, like Beasts of No Nation or this year’s Okja. They only once in a while look at things with an awards type view. So far, they’ve either come up short with would be players like War Machine, or seen things like Beasts of No Nation snubbed. This week, Death Note hits as the latest major Netflix release. »

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What The Death Note Creators Were Adamant About Getting Right In The Netflix Movie

22 August 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Every adaptation has its issues to overcome. Translating anything from one medium to another is a difficult task, and that task is usually amplified the more different the mediums are from one another. In the case of Death Note, we have a 12-volume manga that’s being adapted into an hour-and-a-half film. But in addition to the breadth of content they have to wade through, there’s also the cultural things that needed to be adapted.

Needless to say, the filmmakers had their work cut out for them on this one. But none of this even tackles what the creators of the original manga, writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata, think is the most important aspect of the story. Whenever taking on a venture like this, it’s always nice to defer back to the original creators, in hopes that they can ensure the project stays true to the core of the story. »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Death Note’: Adam Wingard Defends Anime Adaptation Against Whitewashing Claims: ‘It Is a Whole New Thing’

19 August 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like a lot of movies made in the last year, “Death Note” has faced criticism for whitewashing its source material. The upcoming Netflix drama is based on a Japanese manga and, not unlike “Ghost in the Shell,” has changed Japanese characters into American ones: Nat Wolff plays Light Turner (the updated version of Light Yagami), while Margaret Qualley is Mia Sutton (Misa Amane).

Director Adam Wingard addressed those claims to Vulture, saying that his take on “Death Note” isn’t “just taking a character and trying to say a white kid is a Japanese kid. It is a whole new thing. The characters are all very different and it is a different kind of experience all together.”

Read More:‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con

Wingard, who also directed “You’re Next” and “Blair Witch,” got defensive about the same subject a couple months back: “Just clearing up misconceptions. »

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Death Note: Producer Masi Oka Says They’d ‘Love’ To Make A Sequel

18 August 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

In one week, Netflix will release Death Note, the long-awaited American adaptation of the manga of the same name. For those uninitiated, the story follows a high schooler named Light after he stumbles upon a mysterious notebook with the words “Death Note” etched on the front. He soon realizes that this notebook has the power to kill anyone whose name is written inside it. Thinking this as a solution to some of the world’s biggest problems, Light goes on a crusade to rid the world of evil, but when a great detective codenamed L picks up on his scent, it becomes a game of cat and mouse between the two. Can Light truly create a Utopia with the power of the Death Note, or will L take him down for the murder of hundreds?

Related: Death Note Creators 'Love' The Netflix Movie

Death Note producer Masi Oka.

It’s a fantastic premise, »

- Joseph Medina

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Death Note: New Scene Shows The Dynamic Between Light & L, Plus What The Creators Think Of The Movie!

17 August 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

We have eight short days until Netflix releases its film adaptation of the international hit that is Death Note. Just like movies like Okja, Bright, and What Happened to Monday, Death Note is proof of the streaming service’s commitment to creating original films. Yet, of course, with any existing property, Death Note is bound to have tons of rabid fans who are ready to tear it apart at a moment’s notice.

In addition to many fans wanting this movie to be a scene-by-scene reenactment of the 12-volume manga series, we have the additional race issue. Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing, and given the white and black (distinctly non-Japanese, in other words) leads of this movie, many fans are already cursing this flick. But what about the original creators? We reported back around San Diego Comic-Con that producer of the film Masi Oka had revealed that they loved the film, »

- Joseph Medina

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Movie In The Works!

17 August 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

You can file this one under “It’s about damn time.” Ever since it was revealed that Disney would be creating spinoffs films set in the Star Wars universe, it’s been speculated that an Obi-Wan movie would be coming down the line. For years, there’s been buzz about Lucasfilm accepting pitch after pitch after pitch of Obi-Wan ideas, but there’s been nothing truly concrete.

Now, THR is reporting that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry — the man behind Billy Elliot and The Hours — is in early talks to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi film. The plan is that if they’re able to strike a deal, that Daldry would oversee the development and writing of the project with Lucasfilm, so chances are they’ll be hiring a screenwriter once this deal goes through.

Related: Finn Wants Out Of The Resistance In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I am of two minds about this. »

- Joseph Medina

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TVLine Items: Weird Goldbergs Casting, Lost Vet Visits Mozart and More

31 July 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Goldbergs are in for a Weird [Science] season premiere.

Ilan Mitchell-Smith, who starred opposite Anthony Michael Hall in the seminal 1985 film, will guest-star as a teacher named Mr. Connelly in the ’80s film-themed Season 5 premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 8/7c, TVLine has learned exclusively.

This will be Mitchell-Smith’s first TV role since 1991, when he guest-starred on Silk Stalkings. He previously portrayed Andy McAlister in the second season of the teenage Superman series Superboy from 1989-1991.

Related The Goldbergs Spinoff: Nia Long to Star

In addition, World Champion pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg (WWE Raw) will guest-star as Coach Mellor’s brother »

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‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con

21 July 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As soon as the “Death Note” movie was announced, controversy came with it.

The Netflix original film drew early ire for relocating the Japan-set story to the United States and casting a largely white group of actors in the main roles. Whitewashing claims have dogged the picture ever since, so it’s no surprise that director Adam Wingard was eager to show the film to fans.

“This has been a long time coming,” Wingard said, speaking before a secret screening of “Death Note” at Comic-Con Thursday night. “I’ve been on this film for a better part of two years. This is a film that’s had a lot of assumptions and expectations built on it, and the best thing we can do at this point is just show you the goddamn movie. I think we’re very proud of the film.”

Read More‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con

21 July 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As soon as the “Death Note” movie was announced, controversy came with it.

The Netflix original film drew early ire for relocating the Japan-set story to the United States and casting a largely white group of actors in the main roles. Whitewashing claims have dogged the picture ever since, so it’s no surprise that director Adam Wingard was eager to show the film to fans.

“This has been a long time coming,” Wingard said, speaking before a secret screening of “Death Note” at Comic-Con Thursday night. “I’ve been on this film for a better part of two years. This is a film that’s had a lot of assumptions and expectations built on it, and the best thing we can do at this point is just show you the goddamn movie. I think we’re very proud of the film.”

Read More‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Death Note’ Sddc Panel & Clip Show Fans The Light

20 July 2017 5:51 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Netflix made their inaugural presentation at the first-ever Comic-Con Hall H panel with their movie adaptation of Death Note based on the original manga and anime series of the same name. Director Adam Wingard (You're Next) was on hand to discuss the project as were producers Masi Oka and Roy Lee. All of them expressed affection for the source material and determination to bring it to life. Starring Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, and Lakeith Stanfield as L, with Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk, the panel began with a screening … »

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'Bright' director David Ayer: Netflix let you be a filmmaker

20 July 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Streaming giant stages first film panel at Comic-Con in support of Bright, Death Note.

Bright director David Ayer unsurprisingly enthused over the freedom Netflix grants directors during a lively and opinionated session on Thursday afternoon.

Tough guy actor Terry Crews hosted Netflix’s first Hall H session and introduced Ayer, who reunites on the upcoming supernatural crime thriller with his Suicide Squad star Will Smith. They were joined on stage by Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, Con debutants Edgar Ramirez and Lucy Fry, as well as producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless.

The session kicked off with a first-look at the new trailer, which sets the scene of a Los Angeles where humans live side-by-side with magical creatures. Smith’s Lapd officer teams up with an orc police officer played by Edgerton as they get involved in the hunt for a magic wand with devastating power. Max Landis wrote the screenplay.

“This isn’t some »

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