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The film, which is being directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), has come in for criticism for “whitewashing”, having cast Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War) and other white actors as characters originally depicted as Japanese in the original source material.
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.
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Rila Fukushima has officially signed on for DreamWorks' Ghost In The Shell, which is the first live-action film adaptation of the popular Japanese manga of the same name. The report provided no further details on her character, but there's a chance she could be one of the members of Section 9. She'll join a cast headlined by Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War) as the Major and that also features Pilou Asbæk (Game Of Thrones), Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Takeshi Kitano (Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen), and Juliette Binoche (Godzilla). Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing with a script from Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) & Jamie Moss (Street Kings). Fukushima is undoubtedly best known for her work in James Mangold's The Wolverine, where she starred along X-Men mainstay Hugh Jackman. She also appeared in the fifth season of HBO's hit fantasy »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Wolverine” actress Rila Fukushima has joined Scarlett Johansson in Dreamworks’ “Ghost In The Shell.” Fukushima joins a cast that includes Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbaek, and Takeshi Kitano.
The film adaptation is based on the popular manga/anime which follows a female cyborg named Kusanagi who leads an elite task force called Section 9 who specializes in counter cyber-terrorism in a futuristic Tokyo.
“Snow White And The Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders will direct the film with a script written by Jamie Moss and Jonathan Herman. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film. Fukushima is best known for playing the DC Comics villain Katana on the CW’s “Arrow” and the mutant Yukio in 2013's “The Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman.
Source: THR »
- J.B. Casas
Fans have been clamoring for a live action adaptation of the manga series Ghost in the Shell for a very long time, and they are finally getting it next year. Though the producers of the film have come under fire for some of their casting choices, they are making a step in what seems to be the right direction. Rila Fukushima, who starred alongside Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, has been added to the cast of the film.
The casting news comes from THR, though the report wasn't able to confirm who she will be playing. Scarlett Johansson is playing the character Kusanagi in the film, which is a casting choice that had many people very upset, as the character is supposed to be Asian. Paramount came under heavy fire for the choice and was accused of whitewashing. Things only got worse when it was reported that the studio had »
Best known for her involvement across both Wolverine and Arrow, the outlet didn’t disclose which character Fukushima would be playing in the 2017 feature, but news of a Japanese actress being drafted in for the high-profile adaptation is certainly promising, even if skeptics still lambaste Ghost in the Shell for whitewashing its preliminary cast.
Whatever your stance, in light of today’s casting, that ensemble now includes Scarlett Johansson in the role of the Major, a deadly human-cyborg who spearheads an elite task force known as Section 9. Meanwhile, there’s also parts for Michael Pitt as key villain The Laughing Man, Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki and Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet. Game of Thrones’ Pilou Asbaek also stars along with Chin Han, Danusia Samal, »
- Michael Briers
Based on the popular Manga of the same name, the movie follows Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Selena Gomez is photographed in the arms of Louis Vuitton Fashion Director Nicolas Ghesquière in the new issue of Vogue Brazil. She replaced Kristen Stewart as his muse last year after a chance meeting at Paris Fashion Week. Ghesquière was instrumental in helping to save Stewart’s career after her 2012 cheating scandal with “Show White and the Huntsman” Director Rupert Sanders. ...Read MoreSelena Gomez Fills Kristen Stewart Role as Nicolas Ghesquière Muse (Pics!) was first posted on May 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm.
- Keith Girard
Rila Fukushima has joined Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks' Ghost in the Shell. Based on the popular manga of the same name, the movie follows Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders will direct the feature from a script written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss. Ghost in the Shell, which will be distributed by Paramount, was widely accused of whitewashing after Johansson and other white actors were cast as the traditionally Japanese characters. The Tokyo-born Fukushima joins a
- Borys Kit, Mia Galuppo
Much gossip was had over Kristen Stewart's time on Snow White and the Huntsman and her absence from its sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War. Now that the film has crashed and burned, Stewart is happy to clear the air on why she wasn't involved. And no, it wasn't her relationship with the director. The Huntsman did surprisingly poor at the box office (it's yet to make back its production budget) considering its star power. Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Chris Hemsworth just couldn't revive interest in the franchise that was launched with Twilight star Stewart in the lead. HitFix's Chris Eggertsen even wrote, "Kristen Stewart's absence was the fantasy sequel's greatest weakness." But she wasn't always meant to be missing. In fact, the actor was originally supposed to reprise her role for the sequel. So what happened? She explains in a recent Variety cover story: Stewart »
- Jill Pantozzi
The "Snow White and the Huntsman" prequel "The Huntsman: Winter's War" bombed at the box office and with critics last month, and now, "Snow White" star Kristen Stewart is opening up about her dismissal from the series -- and how she's glad she turned down a chance to cameo in the disappointing follow-up.
In an interview with Variety, Stewart explained that she was in talks with studio Universal about a possible "Snow White" sequel after the first flick was a hit back in 2012.
"I read a few scripts," the actress told Variety -- but she wasn't impressed.
"None of them were good," she continued. "None of them were greenlight-able."
Stewart told the trade that she met with Universal to discuss the future of the franchise, but that those talks never materialized into anything. And then, she found out about the existence of "Winter's War" via a press release. Here's how »
- Katie Roberts
Kristen Stewart has only starred in one tentpole since wrapping the “Twilight” franchise in 2012: Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which grossed nearly $400 million globally. But she skipped out on the prequel “The Huntsman: Winter’s Warrior,” which opened last month on the shoulders of Chris Hemsworth and bombed at the box office.
In an interview for this week’s Variety cover story, Stewart spoke out for the first time about what happened. “I read a few scripts,” Stewart recalls. “None of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris was more into it. I actually don’t f—ing know.”
She insists that the tabloid coverage of her relationship with director Rupert Sanders — the two were caught kissing by the paparazzi shortly after the movie opened in the summer of »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Kristen Stewart is at Cannes ahead of the premiere of Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" this week to launch the festival. Outside of the "Twilight" franchise, one of Stewart's most famous roles was that of Snow White in Rupert Sanders' "Snow White and the Huntsman" in 2012.
Stewart didn't return for the prequel "The Huntsman: Winter's War" that opened last month, likely a good thing as that film bombed with critics and at the box office. Speaking with Variety this week, Stewart explained why she wasn't involved:
"I read a few scripts, none of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris was more into it. I actually don't f---ing know.
It wasn't a situation where I got kicked off a movie because I got in trouble. We had been in talks months »
- Garth Franklin
Kristen Stewart arrives at a French restaurant in Los Feliz without an entourage — no publicist, no bodyguard. She’s incognito, with a hat pulled low on her head, hands in her pockets, bare arms dressed with tattoos. Looking like any other hipster, she greets the waiter with a mellow “What’s up, dude?” (“dude” and “f—k” are her two favorite words) and orders a glass of champagne with a cup of ice. As she reflects on her life, she takes periodic sips, letting the cubes, one by one, melt into the fizz.
At only 26, Stewart is in the middle of reinventing her career. After catapulting to fame at 17 in the young-adult vampire franchise “Twilight,” she couldn’t leave her house without flashbulbs trailing her every step. The public became obsessed with her relationship with her then-boyfriend (and co-star) Robert Pattinson, and she topped every studio’s wish list for it-girl parts. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Universal clearly thought it had a new franchise on its hands after the success of Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, but that film's sequel/spinoff The Huntsman: Winter's War has officially withered and died at the box office, bringing in a gross of just $19.4 million in its opening weekend and a smidge over $9 million in its second. Throughout its month-long run in domestic and foreign markets (it opened in several territories in early April) the film has managed to climb to $134 million worldwide, but with few territories left to open in and little juice left in its U.S. release, the film will likely struggle to hit the $200 million mark -- or about half of the first movie $396 million haul. First, the sorta-good news: The Huntsman's production budget is about $55 million less than its predecessor, with a total cost of about $115 million as opposed to the original's $170 million. »
- Chris Eggertsen
What were they thinking? That's the question you have to ask Universal and the makers of "The Huntsman: Winter's War."
As expected, the messy prequel-sequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" failed to topple Disney's live-action "Jungle Book" from its box office throne. In fact, no one even expected an opening anywhere near the $56.2 million debut of the first "Huntsman." Nonetheless, it was at least tracking to open with a respectable $24 million or so. And yet it couldn't even muster a debut that big, settling instead for an estimated $20.1 million opening weekend, about what the first "Huntsman" earned in its first day.
What went wrong with Universal's $115 million wannabe hit? Here are five reasons it failed to measure up to its predecessor.
1. No Snow White
How do you tell a Snow White story without Snow White? Granted, the whole fairytale-backstory thing has worked elsewhere, as in "Maleficent" and on »
- Gary Susman
It’s easy to forget about 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Even though the film went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide and was moderately received, it got lost in the shuffle of other huge blockbusters like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, and Skyfall. It was just not very memorable, and although the announcement of a sequel from Universal was not very surprising, it was surprising that they would not bring back Snow White herself, Kristen Stewart, and instead focus on the Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth. A cheating scandal with the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, is seen as the reasoning behind the decision, but it still seems odd that Universal would take that type of gamble when trying to build a franchise. No matter how strange the decision might seem, the world has been given another Snow White/Huntsman movie four years later in the »
- Scott Davis
With The Huntsman: Winter’s War, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his feature directorial debut with the fantasy sequel. Nicolas-Troyan worked on Snow White and The Huntsman, as a visual effects supervisor and second-unit director. After the experience of collaborating with director Rupert Sanders, the 47-year-old visual effects artist decided to finally direct a movie of his own. The sequel stars Chris […]
The post Interview: Why Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Chose to Make ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ His Directorial Debut appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
“The Hunstman: Winter’s War” debuted to $1 million in Thursday night screenings, according to studio estimates.
That’s slightly less than the $1.3 million that the fantasy adventure’s predecessor, 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” grossed in previews. The Universal Pictures release screened in 2,645 theaters with showings beginning at 7 p.m. It will expand to 3,791 locations on Friday.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is expected to pull in between $22 million to $25 million, less than half of the first film’s $56.2 million domestic debut. Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is expected to keep its first place position with slightly more than $50 million. It debuted to $103.3 million last weekend and has continued to play well throughout the week. Besides “The Huntsman” sequel, there are no other major studio wide releases entering the multiplexes this weekend.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is a prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.” It brings back »
- Brent Lang
Not even a magic mirror could have predicted that Disney’s “The Jungle Book” would be this big a hit.
So forgive Universal if the studio thought it had lucked into the perfect strategy, unveiling “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in the spring when it faced less competition from summer blockbusters. The only problem is that “The Jungle Book” is behaving like one of those universe-shaking popcorn season smashes. The live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling stories now has a very realistic shot of hitting $1 billion globally, and, buoyed by critical raves and strong word-of-mouth, may steamroll everything in its path.
Tracking suggests that “The Huntsman: Winter's War” will debut in the mid-$20 million range. It will have to fight for every dollar because “The Jungle Book” isn’t just drawing in young families, it’s appealing to older audiences, as well.
“I’m worried about ‘Huntsman’ under-performing,” said Shawn Robbins, »
- Brent Lang
This was supposed to be a lighter column for me. I had seen Iggy Pop play over at The Capital Theatre in Port Chester last Thursday. I was going to write about how it was an absolutely incredible show, talk a bit about Iggy Pop’s career and how he was a major influence on the comic book series The Crow. Then I read this. And this. I saw friends of my get incredibly upset over this. Hell, I’m upset too. So without putting up much of a fight with myself, I decided this week I’d tackle the growing embarrassment that is the Ghost In The Shell live action adaptation.
- Joe Corallo
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