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?
He brought life to Henry VIII, and now Jonathan Rhys Meyers will give life to the undead. Dracula to be specific.
NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Dracula, a new series from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon. The series is co-production between the U.S. network and the U.K. based Sky Living. NBC bought the concept last fall on a “script-to-series” deal, meaning that if the network liked the script it could skip the shooting of a pilot episode and go straight into production. It’s a similar deal that spurred the network’s Hannibal series which will also premiere midseason.
This new Dracula is set in the 1890s and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” According to Deadline, who broke the story:
Dracula (Meyers) arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” said Universal TV Executive Vice-President Bela Bajaria.
The decision to go with a Meyers’ starring Dracula is a no-brainer. Current NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt greenlit The Tudors starring Meyers while he was head of Showtime, and the series went on to be an international success. Of course, a network Dracula can’t indulge in the same type of sex and nudity The Tudors did, but between this, Hannibal and the Munsters in Mockingbird Lane, NBC seems willing to try anything to get them out of fourth place.
Good news for attendees of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival at the end of August because they’ll be among the first to see the season 7 premiere ofDoctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks.” Written by showrunner Steven Moffat, the episode is said to feature “every Dalek ever” and if it doesn’t live up to the tease than Moffat will be on hand after the screening to receive criticism (or maybe praise).
Of course, Moffat is doubling down on praise, and he has this follow-on tease for all y’all:
“The Daleks are coming back and they’re worse than ever. Just you wait until you see what they’re going to do.”
“This is an epic Dalek adventure that kicks off the new series in explosive style! If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again… [The episode will feature] every kind of Dalek ever faced by the Time Lord – including the legendary Special Weapons Dalek.”
Now my relationship with Doctor Who doesn’t exactly go back all 50 years, so I’m not sure what it means that there’s a legendary “Special Weapons Dalek,” but on the other hand that’s definitely something you want to have in your back pocket when you’re in a place called the “Asylum of the Daleks.”
For other series 7 spoilers, or at least the ones that have been pieced together so far, Screenrant has the complete breakdown:
This season will consist of 14 episodes split between Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013.
The second episode of this season – partly set in ancient Egypt – will feature Queen Nefertiti and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films) as Rory’s dad.
The third episode will have a “Wild West” theme.
Episode five will partially be set in Manhattan and feature the return of the Weeping Angels and River Song (YES!), plus the “final” departure of Amy and Rory (NO!).
The series will break until Christmas.
The Christmas special will written by Moffat and feature the debut of The Doctor’s new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. The new companion will be very different from previous companions and is “going to be a shock.“
The remaining episodes will air in spring 2013 and will contain the big 50th anniversary episode, which is still very hush-hush but is said to feature many familiar faces.
UNIT and the Ood will both appear this season.
Moffat has created new villains that he says are his “scariest yet.”
Confirmed guest stars include David Gyasi, Rupert Graves, David Bradley, Riann Steele (as Queen Nefertiti) in Episode 2, Ben Browder, Adrian Scarborough, Garrick Hagon, Steven Berkoff, Ruthie Henshall, Jemma Redgrave, Michael McShan, Dougray Scott, Jessica Raine, David Warner, and Liam Cunningham.
Moffat also teased: “If we did a UNIT story, would Martha [the Tenth Doctor’s second companion] be there?”
Stay tuned for more Who news in the coming weeks. Especially with Comic Con coming up.
Those that haven’t watched BBC’s Being Human or it’s North American cousin of the same name don’t know what their missing. The dramatic series of a Vampire, Werewolf, and a Ghost living together under one roof screams porno, but instead is a cultural hit. Last night, the Red Button service on BBC3 delivered an interesting postscript to the new episode of the original British version. A character introduced in the new series, the forty-six year old vampire Adam, trapped in an unaging fourteen year old body, got his own spin-off series. Set in a high school, with matching werewolf and ghost to boot, Becoming Human is a more teenage look at life for the supernatural.
Tests, girls and being dead, just what you need before finals. With these characters being so young however it’s highly debatable as to weither or not the show will be as adult as it’s Senior series.
It’s on the BBC website, which means its region locked and we can’t watch it. Thankfully, that’s where Youtube comes in to save the day.
Watch it while you can:
Just when you though highschool couldn’t get any worse, a trio of supernatural beings moves in.
What is the difference between an Englishman and his photograph? The photograph is fully developed! Ha, I love that joke!
Why da fuck would I tell that joke? Well, much about this joke can be compared to nerds in America vs. nerds in the UK. Fans in the states, I think are a wee bit more cultured and earnest. Seriously, Brits have Doctor Who and Harry Potter, that’s about it. *fires gun into air, high-fives bald eagle* Haha, OK, I’m just being mean for the sake of humor. UK fan-boys are just as nerdy as us Yankee’s. I’m serious. Heck the UK was host to the largest fan light saber battle in history, you don’t get much nerdery than that.
Now, what da fuck am I getting at? Besides wanting to take a crack at those limey bastards, I also feel bad for them. Their just as devoted as the rest of us, yet they are not as privileged as us Americans. We get all the cool shit, namely awesome Conventions and Expo’s. Minus the occasional Doctor Who tea party, they don’t have the gatherings we do (Excluding the Light Saber battle, of course. That was a one time thing). It kinda sucks for them.
Well, that’s all about to change.
Legendary comic-book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Nemesis) is launching a comic book convention in the UK called Kapow! Comic Con, happening April 9 and 10, 2011 at the London Business Design Centre (a month after C2E2 in Chicago, a week after WonderCon in San Francisco, and more than three months before Comic-Con International in San Diego). Kapow! is ideally scheduled to take advantage of 2011 and 2012’s motion picture lineups, which are heavy with comic book and genre movies including Thor, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Dredd, a Star Trek sequel and a Spider-Man reboot.
In a video message announcing the endeavor, Millar explains that it makes sense to host a Britain-based companion to the San Diego show given the nation’s population of venerable comics creators, not to mention the local presence of America’s major film studios.
Guests include Andy Diggle, Jock, Steve Dillon, Duncan Fegredo, David Hine, Simon Furman, John McCrea and Kieron Gillen, plus Frank Quitely, Lenil Francis Yu , Dave Gibbons and of course Mark Millar himself.