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Paramount released five, 10-second cryptic teasers for the live-action movie adaptation of the hit Japanese manga series, offering brief glimpses of Johansson’s cyborg-human special-ops officer named Major. She sports a jet black bob and stealthily brandishes a handgun in one scene. The half-droid disconnects herself from her cubicle/docking station in another.
The film has also been the subject of much controversy, prompting accusations of whitewashing, as the character Johansson depicts was distinctly Japanese in the comic series. Producer Steven Paul told Buzzfeed in June that fans will love the film’s “international approach.”
- Joshua Terry
Considering the trend of live-action remakes, those behind a Hollywood adaptation of Masamune Shirow‘s iconic Japanese franchise Ghost in the Shell certainly have quite a hill to climb — not to mention how much pre-release talk has surrounded its casting. However, we’re at least vaguely curious as to what director Rupert Sanders has in store and today we get the first look thanks to a set of brief teasers.
“I don’t think it was just a Japanese story. Ghost in the Shell was a very international story, and it wasn’t just focused on Japanese; it was supposed to be an entire world. That’s why I say the international approach is, I think, the right approach to it,” producer Steven Paul tells Buzzfeed. “We’re utilizing people from all over the world. … There’s Japanese in it. There’s Chinese in it. There’s English in it. »
- Jordan Raup
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Section 9 is suited and booted in a new wave of photos for Paramount’s live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation.
Casting light on the movie’s diverse cast, these leaked images were first unveiled by anime giant Crunchyroll and find Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, while Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk assumes the role of cybernetic ninja, Batou. What leads us to believe that these pics are the real deal is the fact that the hairstyles of Johansson, Asbæk and their co-stars match up with those glimpsed across previous set photos taken on the streets of Hong Kong. We await confirmation from Paramount nonetheless.
Based on Masamune Shirow’s beloved manga series, it’s no secret that Ghost in the Shell has received a lot of flak for its casting process. Addressing those white-washing claims, producer Steven Paul noted that Paramount’s feature is »
- Michael Briers
Secret City director Emma Freeman remembers Vca Film and Television School, where she studied for three years in the early 2000.s, .as a place where .a lot of people were really scraping things together to make their movie..
.That's what I loved about that school., Freeman says..
.It taught me about being a storyteller and it also taught me to be resourceful. Never to be limited by what you have..
Vca Film and TV is celebrating 50 years of scraping things together this year, from its opening at Swinburne in 1966 to the jump to the Vca in 1992 and beyond.
..I had no idea what I wanted to do when I completed the course,. Baker says.
.I didn't really know that I wanted to be a cinematographer, even though »
- Harry Windsor
That’s because Masamune Shirow’s beloved manga series is viewed as a decidedly Japanese story, leading many to decree that the addition of Johansson was nothing more than whitewashing on Paramount’s part. According to producer Steven Paul, that’s simply not the case, as Ghost in the Shell boasts a “very international story.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Paul leapt to the defence of Paramount’s high-profile adaptation, revealing that the studio is “utilizing people from all over the world.”
- Michael Briers
Back in April, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks released the first image of Scarlett Johansson as The Major in the upcoming live-action manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell, prompting a wave of criticism towards another instance of Hollywood “whitewashing”. Speaking to Buzzfeed, producer Steven Paul has addressed – and attempted to play down – the controversy, stating that it is an “international story” and that they have done “great honour” to the source material.
“I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it,” states Paul. “They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed. There [are] all sorts of people and nationalities in the world in Ghost in the Shell. We’re utilizing people from all over the world…There’s Japanese in it. There’s Chinese in it. »
- Gary Collinson
Since the announcement of the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga series Ghost In The Shell, fans of the beloved manga series criticized the studio (Paramount and DreamWorks) for whitewashing Major Motoko Kusanagi who is played by Scarlett Johansson.
BuzzFeed recently interviewed producer Steven Paul to discuss Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks' "Ghost In The Shell." The producer talked about how the audience will react once they see the film saying:
“I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it,” he said. “They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed.”
Fans have remained optimistic since it was revealed that the production cast white actors in place of Asian actors such as actress Scarlett Johansson who is playing the main character in the film. »
- J.B. Casas
Ever since the first image of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” feature film was released, the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga series has received backlash with fans declaring another Hollywood whitewashing incident.
Now, Steve Paul, a producer on the film has spoken out about the criticism, telling BuzzFeed that he thinks fans will have a change of heart when they see the final product.
“I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it,” he told the website. “They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed.”
The original “Ghost in the Shell” story follows a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg »
- Liz Calvario
Way back in January 2015, actress Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role for Paramount's long-awaited live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. While not much was said about the casting at the time, several fans started speaking out against her role as Kusanagi when the first photo was released, since the character is actually an Asian woman in the original manga created by Masamune Shirrow. While the backlash has died down considerably since the photo was released, one of the movie's producers has addressed the controversy.
The first photo that debuted in April arrived when "whitewashing" was quite the hot-button topic, in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Emma Stone's casting as a half-Chinese/half-Hawaiian woman in Aloha, Rooney Mara playing a Native American character in Pan and the Caucasian cast of Gods of Egypt were all quite controversial before the photo debuted. BuzzFeed spoke with Ghost in the Shell producer Steven Paul, »
“Ghost in the Shell” fans were none too happy when Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role of the Japanese-based story, but now a producer on the film is defending the decision. “I don’t think it was just a Japanese story,” Steven Paul told Buzzfeed. “‘Ghost in the Shell’ was a very international story, and it wasn’t just focused on Japanese; it was supposed to be an entire world. That’s why I say the international approach is, I think, the right approach to it.” Johansson will be playing a character known simply as the Major, despite the fact the character. »
- Joe Otterson
The Australian Directors Guild awards will be handed out in Melbourne next Friday, and Adg executive director Kingston Anderson is feeling bullish about the work under the spotlight.
"If you look at the nominations this year, you'll notice in some categories there are five nominations", Anderson said.
"That's unusual, and that's because a lot of the judging panels said the quality of the entries was so high. They noted that over the last three years they've seen the quality go up, across television and short film particularly."
Anderson calls the trend "really exciting, and gratifying. It's clear that we're producing good people, and we're continuing to produce good people."
He sees the Adg's annual awards, presented across eighteen categories, as vital..
"You've got the opportunity to see the best of the best in directing, in anything from short films through to feature films to online content to documentary to animation. »
- Harry Windsor
Although boasting strong performances, the fling-us-here and fling-us-there structure of Sue Brooks’s family drama feels gimmicky and lacks a certain grace
In her 2003 tear-jerker Japanese Story, Australian director Sue Brooks uses sudden unexpected tragedy to transition from a pleasant cross-culture romance to an emotionally gut-punching drama. Its tale of a foreigner’s dalliance with a local in the Pilbara desert plays like a high-art equivalent of Dumb Ways to Die, but the film generated considerable acclaim and attention regardless.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Richard Roxburgh is gearing up for a busy year..
If things pan out, there's also Babyteeth, Roxburgh's next film as a director - the actor's first foray behind the lens since 2007's Romulus, My Father.
Roxburgh describes Looking for Grace, the fragmented story of parents (Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell) trying to track down their runaway daughter (Odessa Young), as one of "these little independent films [that] are such an important part of the whole diagram of our industry".
- Harry Windsor
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