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One Piece Manga Series To Get Live-Action Hollywood Series Adaptation

21 July 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Hollywood is always in search of the next big I.P. As we’ve seen in decades past, they’ve reached for video game properties, comic book properties, board game properties, and toy properties. No matter what there is, if it has a recognizable brand, it’s certainly worth some exploitation. One of the many other brands Hollywood has been attempting to adapt over the past decade or so has been anime adaptations.

Admittedly, the list of films adapted from anime or manga is short: we pretty much have Speed Racer, Dragon Ball Evolution, Ghost in the Shell, and the upcoming Death Note flick. Of the three films that have actually come out, exactly none of them clicked with audiences (though Speed Racer has since garnered a cult following — and deservedly so, as the film is pretty great). Like with video game properties, they’ve been tough nuts to crack, »

- Joseph Medina

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The Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels — IndieWire Critics Survey

18 July 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show based on a comic book, manga or graphic novel? Any current, older, live-action or animated show is fair game.

Erik Adams (@EricMAdams), A.V. Club

Batman” (1966) spent the better part of the past 50 years as the candy-colored punching bag for the “Biff!”s and “Pow!”s of those aiming to “protect” the character’s integrity — which is to say fans whose sole perception of the Caped Crusader is a tortured loner threatening the criminals of Gotham City through clenched teeth. I know, because I used to be one of them, someone who’d have reflexively answered this question with “‘Batman: The Animated Series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels — IndieWire Critics Survey

18 July 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show based on a comic book, manga or graphic novel? Any current, older, live-action or animated show is fair game.

Erik Adams (@EricMAdams), A.V. Club

Batman” (1966) spent the better part of the past 50 years as the candy-colored punching bag for the “Biff!”s and “Pow!”s of those aiming to “protect” the character’s integrity — which is to say fans whose sole perception of the Caped Crusader is a tortured loner threatening the criminals of Gotham City through clenched teeth. I know, because I used to be one of them, someone who’d have reflexively answered this question with “‘Batman: The Animated Series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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John Ostrander: The Digital Dog Ate My Homework. Honest.

16 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

When doing my writing lectures/classes, near the start I always ask who in the class would consider themselves to be storytellers. A few raise their hands and then I tell everyone to raise their hands.

We’re all storytellers. We all use story in our daily lives. They’re the atoms of our social interactions. The example I give is if you’re a student and you’re late with your homework assignment you should have a good reason why. Make it a good story. “My dog ate my homework” no longer qualifies – if it ever did. In fact, given how much everything is done on computer these days, it would have to be “My digital dog ate my homework.” It’s not any more compelling than the old version, but it might be considered moderately clever.

Deadlines remain a factor long after you leave school and nowhere is that truer than in comics. »

- John Ostrander

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Review: ‘Cars 3’ Is the Best Entry In Pixar’s Weakest Franchise

12 June 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“It’s the comeback story of the year.” So says one announcer as the stakes go up in “Cars 3,” and while that may be hyperbole when applied to the movie itself, there’s no question that this latest edition in Pixar’s weakest franchise rescues it from mediocrity. Ironically, the first two “Cars” installments were shepherded along by Pixar guru John Lasseter, but traded the sophistication associated with the brand for hokey archetypes and surface-deep gags. Perhaps the setback came from the starting point: It was never a surefire bet that the travails of googly-eyed talking vehicles (in a world eerily devoid of other species) could muster much depth, but “Cars 3” finally gets there.

This time, Lasseter takes a backseat to new director Brian Fee (a storyboard artist on the first two films), who develops a richer scenario out of rusty parts — finding, along with screenwriters Kiel Murray, »

- Eric Kohn

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Exclusive interview with Chris McKay on The Lego Batman Movie and Lego Universe

12 June 2017 4:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh interviews director Chris McKay

The Lego Batman Movie Producer Dan Lin and Director Chris McKay (courtesy Tai Freligh)

Chris McKay has an extensive background in television work, including editing, directing, producing, animation and visual effects. He is best known for his editing work early on for Robot Chicken and Moral Orel before later adding directing to his resume.  He was animation co-director on The Lego Movie with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller before making his feature film directorial debut with The Lego Batman Movie.

The news came out in late February that McKay would direct a live-action Nightwing movie, the first of its kind for the character who has had a long history in comic books and animated television shows.  While McKay couldn’t talk about Nightwing just yet, he did say that he might have some news soon, so stay tuned to Flickering Myth as we get »

- Tai Freligh

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Rumour: Angelina Jolie and Jessica Chastain wanted for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

10 June 2017 2:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With pre-production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix in full swing, it should only be a matter of time before we get some official casting news on the latest instalment in 20th Century Fox’s main X-Men series.

However, in the meantime, Jeff Sneider has popped up with a casting rumour on Meet the Movie Press, claiming that Fox is keen on Angelina Jolie for an unspecified role in the film, although he cautions that Jolie may opt instead to join Universal’s Dark Universe for long-rumoured title role in Bride of Frankenstein. He then went on to suggest on Twitter that Jessica Chastain may also be in contention for the same role should Jolie pass on the opportunity.

See Also: The Shi’ar Empire could feature in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Meanwhile, it has also been reported that South Korean singer and actor Rain (Speed Racer) had been cast in the film, »

- Gary Collinson

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Re-Animate Me!

8 June 2017 2:26 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

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The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows Sva Theater, NYC

I became an animation fan -- a true aficionado -- early in life. It had little or nothing to do with children's shows on television (Hanna-Barbera, Speed Racer, Gigantor, et al), though I watched and liked most of them. Rather, it was probably when I first saw Fantasia (likely mid-1960s), and then The Jungle Book (1967) and (of course!) The Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968). By that time, I was actively looking for good (or great) animation. I was not a fan of Disney (though I have a sentimental fondness for The Aristocats (1970)), and anime feature films did not become widely known in the U.S. until the 1980s.

So when I heard about something called the Fantastic Animation Festival in 1977, I made sure to check it out. Comprised of a series of 18 animated short films, it was exactly what animation aficionados were looking for. »

- Ian Alterman

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Singer/Actor Rain Pulls Out Of X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Leaked Audition Tape Points To The Shi’ar Empire

7 June 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Filming on X-Men: Dark Phoenix is due to commence next month, that much we know, but one cast member that allegedly won’t be involved whatsoever is Rain, the South Korean singer and actor who became linked with an undisclosed role in the 20th Century Fox tentpole earlier this year.

First reported by South Korean outlet JoongAng Ilbo – and relayed to us by Newsarama – a scheduling conflict has now forced Rain to exit Dark Phoneix altogether. Best known on these shores for his performances across Speed Racer, Ninja Assassin and The Prince, the news was initially revealed by fellow actor Lee Beom Soo, who’s set to star alongside Rain in the upcoming Korean thriller, Uhm Bok-dong. It’s scheduled to film throughout the course of the summer, thereby clashing with Fox’s own production plan for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Not only that, but we understand that Rain is attached »

- Michael Briers

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Is the four-quadrant movie hurting blockbuster cinema?

16 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017

Harry Potter, Pirates Of The Caribbean, even The Exorcist: they're four-quadrant movies. But what does that even mean...?

The summer of 1990 was a good one for blockbuster cinema. Notwithstanding the fact that Dick Tracy and Gremlins 2 didn’t get the expected financial returns – and in the latter case, that’s a scandal – it saw the emergence, for one, of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona-fide movie star. He finally reached the top off the back of an 18-rated science fiction Philip K Dick adaptation, Total Recall. In a summer laden with hits, it was one of the biggest.

The film was one of the top ten of the year overall too, notable in particular now because it targeted adults, and was a hard science fiction blockbuster. Other films in that top 10? The tense Jack Ryan feature, The Hunt For Red October. There was Pretty Woman, an R-rated romantic comedy with sinister undertones. »

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Cannes: Emile Hirsch to Star in Western 'Never Grow Old' (Exclusive)

3 May 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Emile Hirsch has landed the lead role in upcoming Gold Rush-era Western Never Grow Old. 

The Lone Survivor and Speed Racer star, recently seen in The Autopsy of Jane Doe, will play Patrick Tate, a local undertaker who faces a profound moral dilemma when a ruthless gang of outlaws terrorize his sleepy frontier town. He plays a dangerous game providing for his family as he profits in the wake of the violence sweeping the once-peaceful God-fearing community. As the death toll rises and without religion or the law to turn to, will Patrick find a way to defeat the outlaws »

- Alex Ritman,Borys Kit

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in May 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

1 May 2017 11:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

1. “Master of None” (available May 12)

Why Should I Watch It? Aziz Ansari’s debut original series arrived in its first season as a progressive-minded, discussion-oriented, diverse, smart, cinematic, and very, very funny comedy. It’s honestly hard to imagine what more you could ask for a new television show these days, if only considering how many shows are begging for your attention. “Master of None” earns it, and quickly. Season 2 looks to be more of the same — meaning different, which is what we need.

Best Episode: Netflix has a tight lid on Season 2 episodes, but the embargo on reviews lifts Wednesday, May 3, so expect to hear a lot more in a few days.

Best Episode of Season 1: Episode 2, “Parents”

Read More: ‘Master of None’ Season 2 Trailer: Aziz Ansari Heralds His Small Screen Return With Big Screen Flair — Watch

2. “House of Cards” Season 5 (available May 30)

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- Ben Travers

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in May 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

1 May 2017 11:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. “Master of None” (available May 12)

Why Should I Watch It? Aziz Ansari’s debut original series arrived in its first season as a progressive-minded, discussion-oriented, diverse, smart, cinematic, and very, very funny comedy. It’s honestly hard to imagine what more you could ask for a new television show these days, if only considering how many shows are begging for your attention. “Master of None” earns it, and quickly. Season 2 looks to be more of the same — meaning different, which is what we need.

Best Episode: Netflix has a tight lid on Season 2 episodes, but the embargo on reviews lifts Wednesday, May 3, so expect to hear a lot more in a few days.

Best Episode of Season 1: Episode 2, “Parents”

Read More: ‘Master of None’ Season 2 Trailer: Aziz Ansari Heralds His Small Screen Return With Big Screen Flair — Watch

2. “House of Cards” Season 5 (available May 30)

Why Should I Watch It? »

- Ben Travers

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Ghost In The Shell Will Lose The Studios Big Bucks

6 April 2017 3:21 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Things aren’t so hot on the anime/manga adaptation front. Fans of the medium have been hungry to see some their favorite stories hit western shores in the live-action form, and for all intents and purposes, there has only been one real success. That comes in the form of Edge of Tomorrow, a film based on a Japanese light novel that didn’t do so hot in theater, but was praised by critics, and went on to garner enough of a following to warrant sequel discussions. Apart from that, films like Speed Racer and Dragonball: Evolution have either bombed at the box office or failed on every possible level as a piece of entertainment.

Ghost in the Shell seems destined to fall in with the majority of anime adaptations. Despite Scarlett Johansson’s name being attached to the film, it looks like you can add another check mark in »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Akira’ Is Frequently Cited as Influential. Why Is That?

3 April 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Inside the cyberpunk anime masterpiece that rocked the world.

Almost thirty years later, the tremors of Akira can still be felt across the world. The quintessential anime film that not only is the pinnacle of its genre, but continues to inspire artists world wide even to this day. There have been numerous attempts to get a live-action film off the ground, the latest having Get Out director Jordan Peele attached. With any luck the poor returns on Ghost in the Shell will put this one on the shelf. There is little chance that Hollywood would be able to get Akira right, for all the reasons that make it so great. Akira is still a landmark and continues to shine as a titan of animation.

For those unfamiliar with Akira, it takes place thirty-one years after explosion led to the start of World War III. Tokyo is rebuilt as Neo Tokyo and in 2019, a young motor cycle gang »

- Max Covill

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In Defense of 'Speed Racer'

1 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ghost in the Shell has downloaded to theaters, and Paramount is hoping the techno-action film avoids the land mines of other recent anime-to-live-action movies.

With that in mind, it's time to reconsider one of the films that was ravaged by critics at the time, but deserves a second look. No, we're not talking about M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. We are talking about Speed Racer.

The Speed Racer anime took the freewheeling, car-obsessed 1960s era and mixed it with action and adventure. As it crossed the ocean to America, it was tailor-made for Saturday-morning fun. Unintentionally poor dubs and stilted animation make »

- Jon Humbert

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Asian American Media Group Accuses Scarlett Johansson of ‘Lying’ About ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Whitewashing Controversy

31 March 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa) has blasted the casting choice of Scarlett Johansson in “Ghost in the Shell” just ahead of the film’s opening weekend.

In a statement released Friday, the group condemned the movie’s “whitewashing” of Johansson’s character Motoku Kusanagi who first appeared in the Japanese manga of the same name.

The organization also criticized Johansson’s recent interview on “Good Morning America,” in which the actress said she “would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously.” Manaa responded by writing that “she was lying.”

Additionally, the group denounced the casting of Michael Pitt in the role of Kuze in the film, which Manaa said “is revealed to have originally been named Hideo, meaning he too was Japanese.”

“Apparently, in Hollywood, Japanese people can’t play Japanese people anymore,” Manaa President Robert Chan said. “There’s no reason why »

- Sarah Ahern

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‘A Brief History of Hollywood Whitewashing’ Video Traces Controversy Before ‘Ghost in the Shell’ — Watch

26 March 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Scarlett Johansson’s role as The Major in “Ghost in the Shell” has faced nonstop controversy, as some fans have accused the film of whitewashing by casting a white actress to portray a previously Japanese character. A new Fandor video by Lj Frezza briefly explores the history of whitewashing prior to this film through some particularly egregious examples, including “Aloha,” “Speed Racer,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Doctor Strange,” “The Last Airbender,” and “Dragonball Evolution.” The video essay also compares and contrasts the different types of whitewashing exhibited through the variety of titles.

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’: Original Anime Director Mamoru Oshii Defends Scarlett Johansson’s Casting

Ghost in the Shell” director Rupert Sanders has defended the role and dismissed the Johansson casting controversy.

“I think whenever you cast someone, someone’s going to be critical about it,” he said. “To me it was, »

- William Earl

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Netflix's Death Note Trailer Brings the Iconic Manga to Life

22 March 2017 9:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While some novices may not realize what is about to hit Netflix this summer, fans do, and they have been waiting for the American Death Note adaptation for quite some time. Originally envisioned as a big screen reboot of the popular Japanese franchise, the movie eventually wound up at Netflix. And now, it is set to be one of their biggest original summer movie releases ever. Today, we have a first look at this thriller.

'We suggest you obey the rules'. That's the warning issued at the forefront of this spooky tale. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the »

- MovieWeb

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‘Death Note’ First Trailer: Adam Wingard Reimagines the Manga Series in Netflix Original Film

22 March 2017 8:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has released the first trailer for director Adam Wingard’s “Death Note.” The live-action adaptation of the popular manga will be released in August as a Netflix original movie.

Read More: ‘Death Note’: Willem Dafoe Cast As Shinigami In Adam Wingard’s Netflix Movie

The original story from creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata centers on a student named Light Turner (Nat Wolff) who finds a mysterious notebook that kills people when their name is written in it.

“I think Anime are due for the same treatment that comics got when Nolan did ‘Batman,’ Wingard said during a Reddit Ama last year. “I think the key is straying away from overt Anime style like ‘Speed Racer’ and ‘Dragon Ball’ and instead try to ground the stories in more relatable ways. With ‘Death Note’ I tried to give it a gritty, lived-in look. With that said ‘Death Note’ is »

- Graham Winfrey

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