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Film News Roundup: Gkids Acquires Three Masaaki Yuasa Films

Film News Roundup: Gkids Acquires Three Masaaki Yuasa Films
In today’s film news roundup, Gkids buys three Masaaki Yuasa films, Gravitas acquires “5 Doctors,” and Straight Up Films adds to its executive film team.

Acquisitions

Gkids has acquired the North American distribution rights for three animated films from director Masaaki Yuasa — 2004’s “Mind Game” and 2017’s “Lu Over the Wall” and “The Night is Short, Walk on Girl.”

Gkids will release the films theatrically in their original Japanese language and will also create a new English dubbed version for “Lu Over the Wall,” which is slated to premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

Mind Game” won the grand prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival. It’s available digitally on Ellation’s Vrv Select platform with theatrical release beginning in February, followed by release on other formats.

Lu Over the Wall” is a classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. It
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Exclusive Interview – Film editor Kevin Tent on Downsizing, his directorial debut Crash Pad, and more

Red Stewart chats with film editor Kevin Tent on Downsizing, his directorial debut Crash Pad, and more…

The entertainment industry is full of fascinating people working behind the scenes to ensure audiences get the best quality experience from whatever venue they are enduring, often with little recognition. In the film sector, in particular, it seems that the only crew members to be acknowledged are the directors and producers.

One of these unsung roles is the film editor, and we at Flickering Myth had the privilege to speak to an Academy Award nominated one called Kevin Tent. Tent has been working as a film editor since the early 1990s, getting his foot in the door thanks in part to famed film producer Roger Corman. Though he has worked with a variety of filmmakers over his career, Tent’s most frequent collaborator remains director Alexander Payne, whose latest film Downsizing hit theaters Friday.
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Exclusive Interview: The Tick cast and executive producer talk improvisation, Wally Pfister and more

The past three decades have seen The Tick taking on many forms, starting off as a comic book series and subsequently transitioning into an animated series and short-lived live-action series, but now, the property has found a new home on Amazon Prime Video. The rebooted, Peter Serafinowicz-led Tick series officially debuted on the streaming service last August (after its pilot debuted in August 2016), and it has been making a splash with both critics and general audiences ever since.

Stars Scott Speiser (Overkill), Brendan Hines (Superian) and Yara Martinez (Miss Lint) and executive producer Barry Josephson answered a few questions about working with Amazon, the on-set environment and more during a New York Comic Con interview with Flickering Myth.

How much improv is allowed on set? Scott, I know you have a [Groundlings] background, so are you allowed to draw upon that in scenes?

Scott Speiser: It took me a
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Is Godzilla Wearing Armor in This Latest Look at Godzilla 2?

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Is Godzilla Wearing Armor in This Latest Look at Godzilla 2?
Last month, Godzilla 2 director Mike Dougherty sent out a cryptic set photo hinting at a connection between this film and the original Godzilla that Toho created back in 1954. The director has finally re-emerged on social media to share another behind-the-scenes glimpse, which gives us a new look at the title monster, whose face is seen projected onto a large screen, above the cockpit of a plane. While the director wouldn't clarify any details about this particular shot, he did reveal that today is the 69th day of the production. And it very much looks like Godzilla is wearing some kind of protective armor in this shot, even though it is an early rendition used to give actors a point of reference.

Will we see Godzilla suiting up in a massive suit of armor to take on the three new monsters at the heart of this thriller? And if so, then
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What ‘The Mummy’s’ Cursed Domestic Opening Means for Tom Cruise’s Movie Star Appeal

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What ‘The Mummy’s’ Cursed Domestic Opening Means for Tom Cruise’s Movie Star Appeal
Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” seriously underperformed at the domestic box office this weekend, delivering just $31.6 million from over 4,000 locations. It’s a rare miss for the 54-year-old star, who has a reported 16 films to his name that have grossed over $100 million prior to last week’s release of the flagship movie for a hopeful Universal franchise. Take the misfortunes of his Hollywood colleague Johnny Depp, who suffered five consecutive misfires (namely “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Black Mass” “Mortdecai,” “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger” before this summer’s rebound with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
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Adam Wingard takes the helm on Godzilla Vs Kong

Author: Zehra Phelan

Warner Bros’ Monster Universe is really starting to shape up. With the almighty monster-off destined to erupt in three years time with Godzilla Vs Kong in May 2020 a deal has been struck that will see the Blair Witch (2016) and You’re Next director Adam Wingard take up the coveted helm.

Wingard is no stranger to the monster, well in the form of horror monsters that is, rebooting 2016’s Blair Witch, 2012’s V/H/S and most recently wrapping on Netflix‘s adaptation of the horror Manga Death Note. It’s no secret Wingard has become a very sought-after talent with many fighting for his services, it was even rumoured he would be taking the helm of the Tom Hardy led Venom, instead, Ruben Fleischer has now stepped into that role.

Before the handbags at dawn battle between ape and lizard creature though comes Godzilla: King of the
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You’re Next and Blair Witch helmer to direct Godzilla Vs. Kong

Adam Wingard, the filmmaker behind the likes of horror/ thrillers You’re Next and last year’s Blair Witch redo/ sequel is set to direct Godzilla Vs Kong for Warner Brothers and Legendary.

The film is the fourth in the series that started with Godzilla, which was directed by Gareth Edwards back in 2014. Kong: Skull Island hit cinemas earlier this year and Michael Dougherty will helm Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, which will hit in 2019.

Legendary has set up a writer’s room for the film that will bring the two monsters together in 2020. The likes of Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner), J. Michael Straczynski (Sense8), Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Jack Paglen (Transcendence), Lindsey Beer (The Kingkiller Chronicle) and Cat Vasko are all involved.

Wingard’s next film Death Note will arrive in on Netflix later this year. Godzilla Vs
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Has A Director!

The MonsterVerse, featuring Godzilla and King Kong, is in full swing, following 2014's release of Godzilla and this year's Kong: Skull Island. Not to be confused with Universal's universe featuring its own classic monsters, now called Dark Universe, the MonsterVerse's next chapter will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. Following that sequel to 2014's Godzilla, Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to bring the two legendary monsters together in 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the director attached to Godzilla Vs. Kong, and it's neither Godzilla's Gareth Edwards or Kong: Skull Island's Jordan Voght-Roberts. Adam Wingard, known for his work on horror films such as You're Next, The Guest, and 2016's remake of Blair Witch, has been tapped to direct the feature, from a script crafted by a writer's room including Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Lindsey Beer, Cat Vasko,
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Godzilla vs. Kong: Death Note's Adam Wingard Tapped to Direct Big Monster Pic

Well. That career escalated quickly. Once the darling of the indie horror scene with small films like A Horrible Way To Die and You're Next Adam Wingard has locked in a deal to direct Godzilla vs. Kong for Legendary and Warner Bros. To date the biggest thing he has directed is his recent adaptation of the Japanese franchise Death Note for Netflix due in August.    This upcoming chapter was written by committee, lead by Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio. He was joined back in March for a writing pow-wow by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Fresh faces and female voices Lindsey Beer and Cat Vasko, Maze Runner movies writer T.S. Nowlin (also Pacific Rim: Uprising), Jack Paglen (Transcendence and...

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Godzilla Vs. Kong Will Be Helmed By you're Next Director Adam Wingard

Adam Wingard, the director best known for his low-budget films such as You're Next and The Guest has landed his biggest movie directing gig yet. According to Variety, he is officially set to direct the highly anticipated Godzilla Vs. Kong film for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.

This giant monster universe all started with Gareth Edwards' 2014 film Godzilla and it was followed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island. Before Godzilla Vs. Kong comes out, though, we have Godzilla: King of the Monsters coming from director Michael Dougherty.

Wingard is currently working on the live-action adaptation of Death Note for Netflix. He seems like a solid directing choice for this project, regardless of the fact he directed that terrible Blair Witch movie that came out last year. It will be interesting to see what he ends up doing with Godzilla Vs. Kong, especially with the big budget he'll have to work with.
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Cinematographers and the Films that made them great

Author: Dave Roper

So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.

Darius KhondjiSeven

Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven
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Alien: Covenant movie review: game over, man

MaryAnn’s quick take… A rote disappointment. There is nothing shocking or even mildly unexpected here. But there is an ironic weakening of the power of the xenomorphs to terrify. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alien and Aliens

I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about Prometheus

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s difficult to imagine that there will ever be a movie scene as unexpected and as shocking as that bit in Alien — yeah, that bit — when a tiny horrifying alien creature, all teeth and slither, bursts out of poor John Hurt’s chest and slowly gawps around as if to say, “That’s right, meatbags: I, your worst nightmare, have arrived.” We sure as hell are not going to see a replication of the paralyzing terror those of us in the cinema darkness shared with the human onlookers onscreen if no
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Stars in a Dazzling Reboot That Lacks Character
Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyberpunk opus, “Ghost in the Shell,” was one of the first Japanese anime titles to cross over to Western audiences, and it’s been reissued and repackaged so often since the millennium that it’s scant surprise studio execs seized upon it as reproducible property. Possibly it was a matter of waiting: for digital effects houses to get up to spec, the right deals to be struck, and any accusations of cultural appropriation to blow over. Paramount’s all-new live-action “Ghost,” powered by hefty reserves of American and Asian money, emerges as a dazzling logistical display with a missing file where the human interest might once have been stored.

Fans need not blubber unduly. As overseen by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, this transliteration would seem faithful enough to satiate those who just want to see favorite scenes and characters redrawn on the biggest screen imaginable.
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Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Sets Up Own Writer’s Room Headed By Pirates Co-Writer

Movies are the new Television. Well, sort of. In recent years, in the midst of mass sequelization and the rise of long-running film franchises, it’s become commonplace to plan out your movies well in advance of their release. Perhaps best known for this is Marvel Studios. Following the success of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they’ve announced their slate of films beforehand in advance. The folks over at Paramount took this idea and escalated it to the next level, but announcing a writers room led by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to map out the future of the Transformers franchise. Now, it sounds like the folks over at the MonsterVerse will be doing the same for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.

According to THR, Legendary and Warner Bros have hired screenwriter Terry Rossio — best known for co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies with Ted
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Alien: Covenant Viral Clip Ushers Walter Into The Spotlight

Created to serve, Michael Fassbender’s Walter, the world’s most advanced synthetic companion, tumbles off the production line in the all-new viral clip for Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel, Alien Covenant.

If you’ve been keeping pace with Covenant‘s development cycle, you’ll know that Walter is one of two androids to feature in the horror flick – the other being David, also portrayed by Michael Fassbender – and is considered an instrumental member of the crew as the embark on humanity’s first large-scale colonization mission. He’ll be working under Katherine Waterston’s terraforming expert Daniels, who spearheads the search for a wayward distress call on a remote alien planet. And if that wasn’t enough to prove Alien: Covenant is poised to steer the franchise back to its putrid horror roots, VFX expert Neil Corbould has warned fans that the imminent sci-fi adventure is the goriest entry in
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Alien: Covenant Photo Teases Aliens Connection, Trailer Coming Soon?

Alien: Covenant Photo Teases Aliens Connection, Trailer Coming Soon?
Last month, 20th Century Fox revealed the first poster for Alien: Covenant, which showed off a new Xenomorph while confirming that the release date has been pushed up nearly three months, from August 4, 2017 to May 19, 2017. The studio showcased the first footage during a press event in New York City earlier this month, with fans now wondering when the first trailer may arrive. Earlier today, the studio revealed a photo along with a mysterious caption that could hint the trailer's debut is closer than you think.

The photo debuted on the Alien Anthology Twitter earlier today, which was accompanied by a mysterious number, "220512052104." One member of the Alien-Covenant forums claims that the number is deciphered as "December 22, 12:05, 2104," which could mean that the first trailer will debut on December 22, at 12:05 Pm. The year 2104 is reportedly when the story is set, 10 years after the events of Prometheus. If in fact
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Johnny Depp Is Once Again America’s Most Overpaid Actor

Despite the fact that Johnny Depp just can’t seem to find a good role lately, he’s still demanding extremely high paychecks for his work. The once upon a time A-lister is now more often than not found starring in one bomb after another, with his recent filmography cluttered up with mediocre projects like Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mortdecai, Transcendence, The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows, among others.

Admittedly, it isn’t all doom and gloom for Mr. Depp, as he earned a fair amount of praise for his turn in Black Mass last year and is now part of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Still, he’s just not the box office draw that he used to be and as such, he’s now found himself as America’s most overpaid actor for the second year in a row.

More News From The
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Unabomber Drama Manifesto Recruits Sam Worthington And Paul Bettany

Discovery has wasted no time in locating its two leading stars for upcoming FBI drama, Manifesto.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the network has tapped Sam Worthington for the part of skilled FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald – his first major role on Us television – one of the most decorated profilers in the history of the bureau. His adversary? Ted Kaczynski (Aka “The Unabomber”), a terrorist, anarchist and mathematical prodigy who achieved infamy by engaging in a nationwide bombing campaign. Kaczynski was active between the years of 1978 and 1995, during which time his scheming and homemade explosives resulted in the deaths of three people. Paul Bettany of Civil War and Transcendence fame has nabbed the part of The Unabomber.

Pitched as an eight-part series, Manifesto‘s exciting roster of talent stretches behind the lens, too, considering Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti are attached to produce on behalf of Trigger Street and Lionsgate Television.
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‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Director Kimberly Peirce Boards ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ Movie Adaptation

“Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce has come on board Straight Up Films’ movie version of Viktor Frankl’s memoir “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

Peirce, who also produced and co-wrote “Boys Don’t Cry” is interviewing screenwriters for the project. At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, “Man’s Search for Meaning” had sold more than 10 million copies in 24 languages.

Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argued that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

“When I first read Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ decades ago, I was touched by Frankl’s remarkable ability to make meaning
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Exclusive: ComicBookMovie Sits Down With Star Trek Beyond Makeup Artist Joel Harlow

It's not every day you get a chance to chat with an Academy Award-winner, but that's exactly the opportunity I was given a few weeks back when I got to sit down with Joel Harlow, the makeup artist behind Paramount Pictures' critically acclaimed smash hit Star Trek Beyond.  Harlow's work spans many generations, so even if you haven't gotten around to watching Captain Kirk's latest adventure just yet, you'll surely have seen his handiwork in one film or another at some point over the last thirty years. Outside of the Star Trek franchise, for which his won his Academy Award back in 2009, he has a very close working relationship with 3x Academy Award-nominated actor Johnny Depp, collaborating with him on all five films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, both Alice In Wonderland films, The Tourist, The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Mortdecai, Into The Woods and Black Mass.
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