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13 items from 2016


Scarlett Johansson’s Cyborg Makes Her Debut in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Teasers

22 September 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scarlett Johansson‘s cyborg makes her long-awaited debut in the first teaser trailers for “Ghost in the Shell.”

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.”

“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,” Paul said. »

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Scarlett Johansson Boots Up in First Teasers for ‘Ghost in the Shell’

22 September 2016 4:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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 Suits Up In Leaked Photos For Ghost In The Shell

24 August 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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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

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If checks in with Vca Film and TV alumni as the school rings in 50 years

3 August 2016 7:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Gillian Armstrong's 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing.

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.

Cinematographer Ian Baker (Japanese Story, Words and Pictures) was one of the first, in 1968..

..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

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Ghost In The Shell Producer Defends Casting, Claims Manga Series Is An “International Story”

5 July 2016 8:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Scarlett Johansson may be the highest-grossing actress of all time, but the decision to enlist the Avengers star for Ghost in the Shell caused quite the stir back in April.

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.”

“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,” he explained. “That »

- Michael Briers

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Ghost in the Shell producer addresses Scarlett Johansson casting controversy

2 July 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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'Ghost In The Shell' Producer Talks Diversifying the Cast

2 July 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

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

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‘Ghost In The Shell’ Producer Reacts To Casting Backlash

2 July 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.”

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Photos: Scarlett Johansson Debuts Controversial Look in Hong Kong

The original “Ghost in the Shell” story follows a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg »

- Liz Calvario

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'Ghost in the Shell' Producer Defends Casting Scarlett Johansson

1 July 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Producer Defends Scarlett Johansson Casting

1 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“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

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Kingston Anderson on the dominance of female doco makers in Adg noms

27 April 2016 9:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jennifer Peedom.

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

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Looking for Grace review – heavy drama fails to find what it was searching for

25 January 2016 2:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

Related: Looking for Grace director Sue Brooks on gender diversity in Australian film: 'They just don't get it'

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

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Richard Roxburgh on Looking for Grace, Mel Gibson and directing

10 January 2016 7:21 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Roxburgh in Sue Brooks' Looking for Grace

Richard Roxburgh is gearing up for a busy year..

There's his starring role in the new Australian feature film Looking for Grace, directed by Sue Brooks (Japanese Story), opening on January 26, as well as a new season of Rake airing in February..

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".

Roxburgh's also coming off a film that's at the other end of the local filmmaking spectrum (and one that has provoked grumbling in some quarters) - Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. »

- Harry Windsor

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