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Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the main character in the Japanese anime hit Ghost in the Shell that Paramount/DreamWorks is adapting into a feature film. The issue here is that, along with Johansson’s character,  all but one other main characters, who are Asian in the source material, are being portrayed by white actors. Japanese actor Beat Takeshi Kitano is the lone exception. What’s probably most surprising about the backlash this decision has received is that most of the negative comments are coming from the Western world; many Japanese had already assumed that the role would go to a white actress. Now we get to hear what Sam Yoshiba had to say about the controversial casting choice. He’s the director of the international business division at Kodnasha: the company that publishes the Ghost in Shell manga in Japan. (more…)

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It’s been a long and winding road to get this far, but today it’s been announced that filming has finally begun on Ghost in the Shell, the live-action Hollywood adaptation of the acclaimed manga turned anime movie series. Since 2008, DreamWorks has labored to get their act together on this one, going through a variety of screenwriters and potential stars, but somewhere in Wellington, New Zealand today, the cameras are rolling for director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson despite the near-decade spent in development hell. And to mark the occasion, we get the above picture, which doesn’t reveal much except that quintessential movie scene for any cyborg, the sad reflection. (more…)

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It’s the lunch hour, so why not make some time to get stoked about the biggest comic book movie of all time (to date): Avengers: Age of Ultron. The internet’s been exploding the last several days with new clips and promotion of the Marvel Studios film, which remains two very anxious weeks away from release. But perhaps your desire for superhero fun and excitement can be fed with the following clips. The stars of Avengers were very busy yesterday with red carpets and talk show appearances, while the studio is busy releasing new scenes, and new advertisements to convince fans who were already excited about this project mere minutes after 2012’s The Avengers ended, why they should be even more excited.
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We’ve seen many of Hot Toys upcoming line of 1/6th scale figures from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron; including the massive Hulkbuster, a suit Iron Man wears to try to handle Bruce Banner when he becomes the Hulk.  Hot Toys has now revealed the next figure in their series of collectibles based on Marvel’s AOU –  a movie accurate 1/6 scale Black Widow. Yes, Hot Toys already had a Black Widow figure from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this one has a more fabulous hairstyle and other spiffy stylings/accesories.  (more…)

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Oh my! What the…?! Oh boy. That in a nutshell is the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. One of the most anticipated movies of the year gets even more anticipated with each passing trailer, this latest one being the third we’ve seen so far. If memory serves, this was supposed to premiere sometime during Thursday’s airing of the new ABC series American Crime (Yay, corporate synergy!), but like all things concerning The Avengers, the awesomeness of the new footage was too tremendous to contained by a silly thing like “official release dates.” So what can be expected as soon as you press play on the below video? Why ruin the surprise? (more…)

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Robert Downey Jr. started off the week with a look at the new Iron Man character poster from Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, then Mark Ruffalo tweeted out the Hulk’s. Samuel L. Jackson picked up the ball today and tweeted out three new Character posters, Nick Fury, Thor, and the Black Widow. All this is leading to something in a few days, what could it be? (more…)

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Agent Carter has been pretty sly with its callbacks and Easter eggs to other Marvel Studios works so far. Maybe that’s because it gets to be off on its own in 1946, or maybe it’s because, unlike the early days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Carter doesn’t to use fan service to cover for languid storytelling. Regardless, Agent Carter seems to like to reward eagle-eyed viewers, like when Anton Vanko, father of Iron Man 2 villain Ivan Vanko AKA: Whiplash, appeared in episode two. And if you though there was something oddly familiar about another character in this past week’s episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” specifically in the way she fights, you may be presently surprised and pleased to get this piece of Easter Egg hunting from one of Agent Carter’s producers. (more…)

Yup, Black Widow will be Back for ‘Civil War’

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This may constitute a spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we now have confirmation that the heroine Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) will be back for Captain America: Civil War. Hardly an unsurprising development, the Widow was a big part of The Winter Soldier, but with a jam-packed cast of characters that includes Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and a mysterious role played by Daniel Bruhl, it wasn’t altogether certain they’re be room for her. Now, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have confirmed that Widow will be back for more adventures, but the question is, as per the comic book the movie is based on, what side will she be on? (more…)

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The live action adaptation of the legendary Anime classic Ghost In The Shell, has moved a few steps closer towards its final destination on the big screen. This is in part due to the studio locking down Scarlett Johansson to play the lead role of Major Motoko Kusanagi. However, although the film is moving forward production wise, there is still a long way to go before the big-budget live-action feature Ghost In The Shell makes it to the theaters. (more…)

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Back in October the Internet rumor mill had Dream Works offering Scarlett Johansson the lead role in their live action adaptation of Masamune Shirow‘s Ghost in the Shell. Word out today is that Johansson has accepted the role that should spur Paramount to come on-board as a co-producer. Does this mean that everything is good to go… well not exactly. (more…)