Studio Ghibli Not Closing, Just Taking a Breather

- 08-04-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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You can’t talk about Japanese animation without citing the works of Studio Ghibli; it would be like talking about American animation and forgetting to mention the name Walt Disney, or Pixar. Studio Ghibli still makes animation the old-fashioned way, by hand drawing it, and it’s a skill that’s undervalued and underused in the current animation market, which is why it was of some concern when news started being spread that Studio Ghibli was closing up shop for good. Animation fans the world over got out their sackcloth and ashes and prepared to mark the passing of an art form, but before you get too deeply into those funeral preparations, it seems that news of Studio Ghibli’s departure from this mortal coil of animation has been greatly exaggerated. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wolverine’ is Two Thirds of a Good Movie

- 07-26-13Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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They got Yukio way wrong, drastically re-positioned the timeline of Logan’s affair with Mariko Yoshida, and threw a bit of Viper into the mix. This is not Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s epic comic book story of honor, love, and corruption in Japan transferred to the screen, this is something totally different.

That’s not to say that James Mangold’s The Wolverine is a bad movie. It’s not, and relative to this character’s long past on the screen — through three X-Men films, a solo misfire, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class — this may actually be the finest and fullest representation of Wolverine that we have seen, but it’s still far from perfect.

Mild Spoilers Ahead!

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‘The Wolverine’ Update – New Interviews & Photos

- 03-18-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The Wolverine is one of the mostly anticipated movies of the summer, and fans are hoping a return to form for Marvel’s fiercest merry mutant, and star Hugh Jackman is hoping for the same.

“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture,” Jackman says in a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) magazine. “Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”

And don’t think Jackman’s lost much in the 13 years since he first played the character. A lot of people thought there was some Photoshopped assistance in that publicity still, but Jackman’s co-star Will Yun Lee, who’s rumored to be playing the villain Silver Samurai in the film, says believe the hype.

“I’ve seen playbacks of Hugh fighting different characters in the movie he’s no joke! He’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in all the X-Mens,” he says.  “The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.’”

But is the viciousness of the fight going to be a pain for The Wolverine once the ratings board gets a hold of it? Director James Mangold doesn’t think so. “I don’t tend to think of that per se,” he says. “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”

In other news, Mangold confirmed through his Twitter account (via Geek Tyrant) that The Wolverine trailer will be coming out in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 27.

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Meanwhile, to tide you over, here are some more images from film.

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The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.

Classic Anime ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ to Get Live Action Treatment

- 11-27-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Who loves anime? It’s an incredibly artful and versatile form of animation that encompasses drama, fantasy, sci-fi, and even pornography. But one of anime’s best is the 1988 movie Grave of the Fireflies, which is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, and it seems that someone in Hollywood has an eye on a remake.

The London-based production company Dresden Pictures has optioned the film for a live action adaptation. The story, which Roger Ebert once called “one of the most powerful war films ever made,” follows two children struggling to survive in war-torn Japan during the Second World War. The film builds up to the firebombing of the city of Kobe by American forces, which is rendered in all its horrible detail. The filmmakers dedication to historical accuracy and their vision helped put Studio Ghibli on the map.

So the question is, why would some British guys want to remake it? Well this is where film pursuit might slap a bitch, but there’s speculation that the setting of the film may be switched to England during the blitz. Naturally.

So any Grave of the Fireflies films out there? Who wants to give the first slap?

Source: Comic Book Movie

Say What Now? ‘The Wolverine’ Set After ‘Last Stand’?

- 10-25-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

So we all assumed that the new solo Wolverine movie, simply called The Wolverine, was a post X-Men Origins sequel and a pre-first X-Men film prequel. But in an interview with Empire, Wolverine director James Mangold suggested that the opposite might be the case:

Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.

So it takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand? Interesting. That would certainly fit with the rumor that Famke Janssen was flying to Australia to cameo in the film as Jean Grey. At the same time though, leaked photos and videos have shown a scene set in a World War II Japanese prison camp. Perhaps these are flashbacks? Regardless, Mangold says it’s all part of his plan:

That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.

In other Wolverine news, Empire had the below picture from the film, and it features everyone’s favorite mutant wild man with bone – yes, BONE – claws. Check it out:

The Wolverine is set to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.

Source. Geek Tyrant

Coming Soon from the Producer of ‘Spider-Man’: ‘Metal Gear Solid’ The Movie

- 08-30-12Film, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It’s seemed like a long time since we’ve heard anything substantive about a Metal Gear Solid movie. But progress is being made my friends! And it seems that that’s thanks to a man who knows what’s it like to get impossible film projects off the ground and out of development hell.

MGS creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that the project was in the works during a Metal Gear anniversary event in Tokyo. Apparently, there were banners everywhere that read “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie” and they had the Columbia Pictures logo on it. Kojima also announced that former CEO of Marvel Studios Avi Arad will be producing the project.

Arad related the effort to bring an MGS film to the big screen with his previous efforts getting movies based on Marvel characters made adding that, ”video games are the comic books of today.” Arad went on to say that they “will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”

Metal Gear Solid was created for Playstation in 1998 and between the original game and its various sequels has sold over 20 million copies. The game follows Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons disposal facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit.

Arad was remained active on Marvel films since leaving the studio in the hands of Kevin Feige, his last two Marvel projects were the hit Amazing Spider-Man and the flop Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He’s also a producer on the Mass Effect movie, and the Uncharted and Pac-Man adaptations.

No word yet on a director for the project, but Kojima has already eliminated one potential directorial choice: Uwe Boll. “It’s impossible we’d ever do a movie with him,” he said. Bonus.

More news as it develops.

Source: /Film

 

So, Feige, Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy?’

- 08-27-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Black Panther. Doctor Strange. Heroes for Hire. All three seemed the more likely to be adapted by for the big screen before Guardians of the Galaxy. But Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige has his reasons. While promoting the Japanese release of The Avengers, which just finally came out in the Land of the Rising Sun, Feige talked to the Japanese blog Nifty (cue Google Translation), about why Guardians made the top of his to do pile. (more…)

‘Avengers’ Ads in Japan Are Controversial For Bluntness

- 08-15-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

If you thought it was a long wait for The Avengers when it came out last May, try being a Japanese fan. The blockbuster is slated to finally come out in the land of the rising sun this month, But it’s not the wait that’s irking some of our Japanese friends, it’s the rather bluntness the promotions team is using to promote the film. The above poster features the tagline:  日本よ、これが映画だ, which translates as “Hey Japan, this is a movie.”

Some in Japan are taking this to mean that American film producers and studios are telling them that this is what a movie looks like. All those silly Japanese pictures are nothing like real movies made by Americans. In America. The Seven Samurai, Spirited Away, Ringu, Godzilla, Akira, Battle Royale… What do Japanese filmmakers know about making movies?

Complaints about the tagline started with journalist Takashi Odajima who noted its cultural imperialism and a deep sense of superiority. From my point of view sometimes people read too much into these things, but I can appreciate the view of Japanese people on this. Personally, I think given the fact of The Avengers overwhelming box office accumulation, wherein it became the third highest-grossing movie of all time, it was just some marketing guy’s idea of a macho boast.It really should read like, “Hey Japan!” Followed by saying, “This is a movie,” in your best monster truck voice.

But some Japanese posters on the textboard 2ch have even pointed out that the tagline was “likely thought up by a Japanese person.” But others have attempted to battle humor with humor though. In response, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima tweeted a humorous ad made by the team behind Japanese film The Kirishima Thing saying, “Hey Hollywood, this is a Japanese movie.”

Hopefully, the potentially imperial tone of the poster won’t ruin the good time of the Japanese fans checking out The Avengers. Maybe next time they can go with something like “Come for the action, stay for the shwarma.”

Source: The Mary Sue

 

 

New Details and Photos from ‘The Wolverine’

- 07-30-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Well this news kind of gives me hope that the next Wolverine movie is going to be bad ass and not a bad ass waste of time. Comic Book Movie has a couple of pics from the production that lend some potential details to the story that director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have in store for the feral Canuck mutant in this new story.

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Nerdy Bits: Hot Toy’s Catwoman & Iron Man Figures, Possibly the Worst eBay Listing of All Time, The Muppets: The Rebellious Teen Years, and MOAR!

- 07-27-12Comics, Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, WTF? Posted by Team Bastard

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

ABOVE: Because Japan hasn’t done anything weird lately, some wacky Asians  constructed the upper torsos of giant sexy robot mech dancers,  and based an entire bar around them. Honestly Japan, WTF? This is kooky even for you.  [ToplessRobot]

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