Scarlett Johansson

For a film that was based on such a popular and iconic anime, the 2017 western remake of Ghost in the Shell has had a less than stellar response, from both critics and general audiences. Despite having some incredible source material to work from and the modern CGI technology to give the sci fi story the visual style it deserves, the movie reviews have been, for the most part, “mixed or average”. Though this could be for a number of reasons – and, indeed, various critics have voiced different opinions about what they found lacking in the new film – domestic distribution chief for Paramount, Kyle Davies, thinks that he knows the main one. (more…)

There’s almost nothing Scarlett Johansson can’t do on the big screen (or the small screen, if she was wanted, but she doesn’t right now). She’s played a superhero multiple times (Black Widow, minus the superpowers). She’s played a superhuman (Lucy, the next step in evolution). She’s even played an alien (using her physical beauty to seduce unwitting men to their deaths). But what Johansson can’t do, though, is save her latest film, Ghost in the Shell, the live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 animated adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga series.  The remake – or reimagining or whatever you want to call it – never fails to impress on a visual level, even as it borrows its aesthetics from Ridley Scott’s seminal cyperpunk classic, Blade Runner, updating it with the best 21st-century CGI money can buy, but story and character wise, it goes where too many genre entries have gone before, into stale, rehashed ideas about identity, consciousness, artificial intelligence and what have you. (more…)


Masamune Shirow‘s genre-defining manga, the anime adaptation of which was pivotal to Japanese cyberpunk storytelling, Ghost in the Shell is getting ever closer to the launch of its western live action reincarnation. Due to hit cinemas at the end of March 2017, it has already had its share of both positive and negative attention. While the casting of Scarlet Johansson as the character originally named Motoko Kusanagi drew criticism for perpetuating the whitewashing of minority characters in Hollywood movies, it hasn’t done all that much to abate the excitement generated by official teasers and leaked set photos. (more…)


Paramount has been playing their cards close to the vest when it comes to Scarlett Johansson‘s upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. Last month they released a series of ten second teasers which one would have expected to be followed up shortly thereafter with a full trailer. A month later and still no full trailer. Jump to this morning with the release of yet another teaser with a cryptic 11.13 Tokyo message at the end. Is that the first full trailer release date? Take a look tell us what you think. (more…)


A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)

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New photos have hit the internet featuring shots of the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Despite the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson‘s casting as Major, filming is most definitely underway. The Johansson flick takes us deep within the pages of the insanely popular manga of the same name. The images, taken on location in Hong Kong, show Scarlett in her role as Major Motoko Kusanagi. The pics show a Chinese outdoor marketplace and the peculiar locals. We also get a glimpse of Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) in his role as Batou. Is he rockin’ that flatop or what? (more…)


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…)


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…)


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.


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…)