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Ghost In The Shell: what we've learned about the new film

18 November 2016 9:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2016

The live-action Ghost In The Shell got its unveiling in Tokyo last week. Here's what we learned...

Pitched somewhere between a mournful chant and a military march of drums, Kenji Kawai’s soundtrack for 1995’s Ghost In The Shell cast an unforgettably eerie pall over the entire movie. The makers of the new, live-action take on Ghost In The Shell clearly recognise the power of Kawai’s music because, as the lights go down on the movie’s Tokyo unveiling event, the composer and musician himself is here to thrash out a live version of his score.

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As blue light emanates from huge Led screens and Kawai thrashes his barrel-sized taiko drum, »

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Steve McQueen Adds Cynthia Erivo to ‘Widows,’ Jessica Chastain & Scarlett Johansson Find New Roles, and More

15 November 2016 1:06 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When we got word earlier this fall that Viola Davis would be joining Steve McQueen‘s adaptation of the crime drama Widows, based on the British television series, there was still open leading roles for one black woman, one white woman, and one Latina woman. Now, one of the them has been filled for the film scripted by McQueen and Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn.

Variety reports that Cynthia Erivo, who won the Tony Award for Best Actress in The Color Purple this year, has joined the crime drama, with McQueen reportedly thinking of her for the film since he began to work on it. The film, which we’ll hopefully see by late 2017, centers on four widows who come together to finish a robbery after their crooked husbands are killed on the job.

In other news, after producing The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and the forthcoming The Zookeeper’s Wife, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Scarlett Johansson to star in psychological thriller Tangerine

14 November 2016 2:42 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the psychological thriller Tangerine, which will reunite her with her Hail, Caesar! co-star George Clooney, who is producing the film alongside Grant Heslov.

Based on Christine Mangan’s as yet unpublished novel – which has just been snapped up by HarperCollins for a cool $1.1 million – Tangerine is “set in 1950s Morocco is about a woman named Alice Shipley who tries to leave both her past and her college roommate behind after the man she intends to marry suddenly dies. Years later, she reconnects with that same roommate, Lucy, and then Alice’s husband disappears. The mystery leaves Alice to wonder if Lucy is as dangerous as she thinks or whether she is imaging things.”

“Christine has created an evocative and electrifying novel,” said Dan Friedkin of Imperative Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to not only be working with George, Grant and the talented team »

- Gary Collinson

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Ghost in the Shell trailer – Flickering Myth Reaction

14 November 2016 1:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth team react…

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After a string of 10-second teasers a few months ago, the first full trailer for the highly-anticipated (but very controversial) adaptation of sci-fi classic Ghost in the Shell landed online yesterday [watch it here]. The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, has received a lot of negative press over its ‘white-washing’ cast, but how did the trailer fare with the Flickering Myth writing staff?

Oliver Davis: Nice Depeche Mode cover. Scarlett Johansson is going to get typecast as an alien/robot if she’s not careful.

Thomas O’Connor: There’s something subtly troubling to me about the idea that The Major is now an amnesiac in search of her past, beyond that the amnesiac hero angle in fiction is already played out. »

- Luke Owen

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Watch The First 2 Minutes Of Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost In The Shell

13 November 2016 12:22 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After some viral marketing and a truly tantalizing teaser, Paramount finally pulled back the lid on Ghost in the Shell this morning, revealing to the world just what an explosive, dazzling sci-fi epic they have planned for us. So far, reactions to the first full trailer have been slightly mixed though they’re definitely leaning more towards positive, and after watching it several times, we can say that we’re definitely happy with what we see.

The grand and stunning reveal came packing some gorgeous visuals, impressive production design, a definite Blade Runner vibe and poetic action sequences that have our jaws on the floor. All in all, it’s a truly exciting look at what might just be one of next year’s most explosive films.

Ghost in the Shell heralds another action-packed role for ScarJo following Lucy and Black Widow. Though there have been cries of whitewashing – many »

- Josh Wilding

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Ghost in the Shell Trailer Is Here Starring Scarlett Johansson

13 November 2016 11:07 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Are you in the mood to see Scarlett Johansson as a crime-fighting cyborg? Well, then you're in luck because Paramount has just released the first trailer for Ghost In The Shell. Despite some serious controversy surrounding the adaptation, mostly because the lead role in the source material was intended for an Asian actress, this footage looks to change the minds of the public and get everyone on board.

This first trailer was teased by Paramount earlier in the week when they released a very brief teaser from the trailer on their YouTube channel. Prior to that, the studio had also released a series of five very brief clips that gave only a very general sense of mood and vibe for Ghost In The Shell. This full trailer now gives us a much better idea of what to expect from Rupert Sanders' take on the beloved source material.

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[Media] - "Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets" First teaser trailer !

13 November 2016 6:48 AM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Arriving a full two decades after his "The Fifth Element" and coming off the tremendous box office success of "Lucy" (the Scarlett Johansson-led actioner took in more than $460 million worldwide), director Luc Besson is prepping "Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", a science fiction spectacle that has to be seen to be believed ! Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha's seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same »

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Scarlett Johansson Premieres Mysterious, Sexy 'Ghost in the Shell' Trailer Live From Tokyo

13 November 2016 6:31 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Whether you love watching Scarlett Johansson kick ass as Black Widow or in films like Lucy or you prefer her weird side on display in Under the Skin, then, boy, do we have the movie for you.

The trailer for Ghost in the Shell is here and from the very first frame, it is like nothing you have seen before. The clip starts off with an attack from the scene-stealing geisha bots and quickly leads into a bit of action featuring Johansson's The Major, an android with a human brain living inside a machine body. And that's just the first 30 seconds -- there is still so, so much more to behold. Check it out.

Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson Likes What Her 'Ghost in the Shell' Role Can Teach Her Daughter About Risk Taking

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The Ghost in the Shell trailer wasn't just uploaded online. Et was on hand as Johansson, co-star [link=nm »

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The Full, Fully Stunning Ghost in the Shell Trailer Has Arrived

13 November 2016 5:19 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Sunday night in Tokyo marked the world premiere of the first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson stars in the remake of the iconic Japanese anime film and was on hand to unveil the most complete look yet inside its world for an exclusive crowd of fans, friends, and press. We were live on the scene to hear from Johansson about what it was like to play a cyborg again following her roles in Lucy and Her and to ask director Rupert Sanders to respond to the controversy the film has already faced in light of the decision to cast Johannsson, rather than a Japanese actress, in the lead role of Major. Stay tuned for more on that, and check us out @Popsugar on Snapchat for even more behind-the-scenes action from the exclusive event. »

- Lindsay Miller

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Full Trailer For Ghost In The Shell Is Chock-Full Of Cyberpunk Goodness

13 November 2016 2:34 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Steeped in a particularly potent brand of cyberpunk, as promised, the first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell has debuted online, welcoming Scarlett Johansson in the kick-ass role of Major Motoko Kusanagi – or The Major, for short.

An insightful featurette notwithstanding, this is our first extended look at Rupert Sanders’ manga adaptation in action, after Paramount opted for a non-traditional rollout of hypnotic teasers that showcased the overcrowded dystopia of Ghost in the Shell – cyborg criminals and rampant extremists included – and little else.

That all changes with today’s grand and stunning reveal though, which comes packing some gorgeous visuals, impressive production design, a definite Blade Runner vibe and poetic action sequences that have our jaws on the floor. All in all, it’s a truly exciting look at what might just be one of next year’s most explosive films.

As for The Major, Johansson’s character is »

- Michael Briers

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Watch: 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Trailer Teases a Very Wild Ride

10 November 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Of all the potential blockbusters on the release calendar, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is arguably the most tantalizing. It's an adaptation of a French comic book series about time travel agents who visit the capital of a vast planetary system to determine whether it might prove to be a danger to Earth. What makes the movie so potentially exciting is that Luc Besson is directing. Besson is a prolific filmmaker who may be best known for his head-spinning work as a producer and/or writer of action movie series like the Taken, Taxi and Transporter franchises. As a director, he most recently hit it big worldwide with the trippy and very fun Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. He's often played around with fantasy and sci-fi themes in his movies, most notably...

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- Peter Martin

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Watch: 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Teases a Very Wild Ride

10 November 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Of all the potential blockbusters on the release calendar, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is arguably the most tantalizing. It's an adaptation of a French comic book series about time travel agents who visit the capital of a vast planetary system to determine whether it might prove to be a danger to Earth. What makes the movie so potentially exciting is that Luc Besson is directing. Besson is a prolific filmmaker who may be best known for his head-spinning work as a producer and/or writer of action movie series like the Taken, Taxi and Transporter franchises. As a director, he most recently hit it big worldwide with the trippy and very fun Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. He's often played around with fantasy and sci-fi themes in his movies, most notably...

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- Peter Martin

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Rihanna and Cara Delevingne Bring the Heat in 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Teaser Trailer

10 November 2016 11:01 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cara Delevingne and Rihanna steal the show in the first teaser trailer for Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The clip, which was released on Thursday, is set to the Beatles' "Because," and follows Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne), a pair of space agents who encounter and fight a slew of strange creatures and monsters through time and space.

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Along with DeHaan and Delevingne, Rihanna makes a sizzling appearance as a cabaret dancer, donning a sultry blonde hairdo and a tight sparkly ensemble. It appears as though her character has the ability to magically transform her look at a moment's notice. Watch the clip above to see her sexy transformation.

Valerian marks director Luc Besson's first film since 2014's Lucy. As the mastermind behind such iconic films as La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element, Delevingne »

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Watch Gorgeous First Trailer for Luc Besson's Space Epic 'Valerian'

10 November 2016 8:22 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne explore a stunning universe and battle aliens in the gorgeous new trailer for Luc Besson's upcoming intergalactic opus, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The two star as Valerian and Laureline, the titular characters of Pierre Christin's comic series that Besson's new film is based on. Soundtracked by the Beatles' ethereal "Because," the teaser follows the pair through a gorgeously conceived universe as they encounter and fight a slew of strange creatures and monsters, while also figuring out the specifics of their relationship. »

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Watch the Teaser Trailer for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

10 November 2016 7:34 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

He took us on an epic voyage in The Fifth Element and showed us what a mind is truly capable of in Lucy, and in his next film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Luc Besson will show us a vast universe where adventure—and deadly danger—awaits.

"Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ Trailer: Luc Besson Unleashes Another Epic Science-Fiction Saga

10 November 2016 7:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whatever you think about the films of Luc Besson, it’s hard not to admire their huge ambitions. From 12-year-old hit-woman thriller “Leon: The Professional” to science-fiction visions like “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy,” Besson has endless ideas that always have the potential to deliver big time. His next film, “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets,” certainly fits the bill, and it seems like it’s going to be his most blockbuster effort to date. The movie’s source material is the graphic novel series “Valerian and Laureline,” which has one of those grand space opera stories that seemed like a no brainer for a film adaptation.

Read More: Comic Con 2016: Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Footage Teases ‘Star Wars’-Level Ambition and ‘Fifth Element’ Fun

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star as government operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. According to the film’s official »

- Zack Sharf

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Luc Besson Returns to Space in First Trailer for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

10 November 2016 7:12 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After the gleeful ridiculousness of Lucy hopefully Luc Besson retains the same sense of humor and kinetic fun with his next large-scale sci-fi feature. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, clocking in at an eye-popping $180 million budget, will arrive in the heat of summer this season and now the first trailer has arrived.

Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, and John Goodman, the adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières‘ comic series follows a galactic mission taken on by pair of special government operatives.

The first trailer certainly looks like all the money is on the screen, with its detailed sci-fi worlds and massive ensemble of alien characters, but it remains to be seen if this one goes the way of Jupiter Ascending or contains the charm of The Fifth Element. For the sheer scale and goofy charm represented in this preview, we predict »

- Jordan Raup

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First Look At Rihanna In Upcoming Space Opera Valerian, New Images Showcase A Brave New World

9 November 2016 1:31 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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It may be considered one of the big gambles going into the 2017 blockbuster season, but at least based on early photos, Luc Besson’s starry space opera Valerian is a looker.

Casting Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan as the film’s spacefaring leads certainly helps matters, and we’ll get to see both in action as Valerian and Laureline respectively a little earlier than anticipated. Tomorrow, November 10, EuropaCorp plans to unleash the first teaser trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and to whet our collective appetite, we now have our first peek at Rihanna via Entertainment Weekly.

Dressed up to the nines in burlesque-like duds, Luc Besson told the outlet that casting the singer-songstress in his ambitious sci-fi was an easy decision to make.

Rihanna was my first wish,” says the Lucy and The Fifth Element director. “First, because of her voice »

- Michael Briers

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Scarlett Johansson Introduces The World Of Ghost In The Shell Via New Featurette

8 November 2016 10:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lucy, Black Widow and soon, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Come 2017, Hollywood veteran Scarlett Johansson will be headlining Paramount’s lavish Ghost in the Shell movie as The Major, an elite cyborg enforcer who spearheads a task force known as Section 9.

It’s another kick-ass role for the actress, who discussed her involvement in the Rupert Sanders-directed movie while chatting to Entertainment Tonight. Designed to take you behind the scenes of Ghost in the Shell, up above you’ll see Johansson and Co. engage in a pre-cg firefight on the streets of Wellington, New Zealand – acting as a stand-in for the futuristic cityscape of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk saga.

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Tapping into Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig, the creative team behind Paramount’s live-action movie have continually stressed that the 2017 tentpole will remain faithful to the source material. »

- Michael Briers

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‘Naja’ Heading for Big Screen From ‘Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Director (Exclusive)

7 November 2016 5:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Thunder Road Pictures, Entertainment 360, and Nickel City Productions have partnered to produce “Naja,” a big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed French graphic novel, Variety has learned. Telepool will executive produce.

Thunder Road optioned the graphic novel. J. P. Davis (“The Neighbor”) is writing. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) will direct.

“Naja” centers on a beautiful assassin, who is all the more deadly because she is unable to register pain. Her mercenary ways get upended after she finds herself targeted by contract killers. The story is said to be in the vein of action hits such as “Lucy,” “Le Femme Nikita,” and “John Wick.”

“Naja” was written by Jean-David Morvan and illustrated by Bengal. It was published in France by Dargaud, whose roster of properties includes “Valerian,” the graphic novel currently getting the big-screen treatment from Luc Besson. Magnetic Press published “Naja” in the U.S.

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- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy

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