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With just over a month to go before the 31st March release of Ghost in The Shell, we’ve just been given a fresh injection of nanoware (a new trailer) into our cyber-augmented craniums (erm, the internet?). The film will present a live-action update of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved cyberpunk franchise, in which human essences can be transferred into cybernetic host bodies. The production has been mired in controversy amidst accusations that the casting of Scarlett Johanson as The Major is yet another case of Hollywood whitewashing. The first trailer certainly whet our appetite, but didn’t offer much in the way of plot beyond “ooooh, shiny”. This time around, the story is beginning to take shape. (more…)

Jennifer Connelly Joins ‘Alita Battle Angel’

She battled the Goblin King in Labyrinth, took out Nazis in The Rocketeer, had her mind wiped in Dark City and now she is going to be taking on Alita. Hollywood’s forthcoming adaptation of the hit Manga and Anime, Battle Angel Alita (Known as Gunnm (銃夢) in Japanese) has cast Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind, and Hulk) in the role of an as yet unnamed villain.  (more…)

For the most part, Hollywood has struggled with anime adaptation for US audiences. For every Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die, Repeat, you can get a Dragon Ball Z. Many films have heavily drawn influences from anime. Take The Matrix, for example, has taken anime influences and delivered a great original product. However, with Scarlett Johansson appearing in this year’s live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, it looks like US audiences are gearing up for anime’s to be taken seriously and done well. Next on the plate, Attack on Titan.

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Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) was released last year to critical acclaim all over the world. Since its release, it has risen to become the 3rd highest grossing film ever released in Japan where it earned an estimated $192.5 million. The worldwide box office take for Kimi no Na Wa has reached $290 million and continues to rise.
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Warner Bros. is certainly in a tight spot. After Batman V Superman’s massive second weekend drop, the company is pretty much scrambling to reassure their financial success. Recent rumors suggest that Warner Bros.’ knee-jerk reaction to this was to focus all of their resources on their tentpole franchises, abandoning their smaller-scale and original releases. Of course, house favorites like Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, and Ben Affleck will still make movies for them, but smaller films like Midnight Special may be denied by WB in the near future. One of the biggest alleged casualties from WB’s restructuring is the live action adaptation of Death Note, which was recently dropped by the company. Fortunately, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and there is still hope for the film.

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Attack on Titan may not mean much to North American movie goers or cultural connoisseurs, but it’s a pretty big deal in Japan. It started out as a best-selling manga in 2009, became a much-loved anime series, spawned four different video games, and will soon be a big, live-action movie. So far, our looks at the upcoming film have been light on action, focusing more on the human characters and how they’re reacting to their giant tormentors. What if the effects weren’t up to snuff? What if the Titans looked terrible? Well, lay those worries aside because this new trailer posted blow looks pretty damn good. Attack on Titan may end up being the attack on the senses we’re clamoring for (assuming we se it here in North America). (more…)

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The cast has been announced for the live-action film version of Attack On Titan and we have been provided with some spectacular looking shots of each of the characters. We have noticed that some of the Japanese names are not actually part of the Manga or Anime, so this has left us assuming that liberties have been made in the script. Furthermore, in the manga and anime, Asians are practically extinct with the character of Mikasa being considered exotic – due to her kind being rare. (more…)