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Rila Fukushima in Ghost in the Shell

DreamWorks adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell has come under fire for whitewashing by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role as Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. However, there will be some Asian talent on board the project in key roles in a poor attempt to heal the wounds left by this increasingly annoying method of casting.

Takeshi Kitano has already been brought in to play Daisuke Aramaki, the chief of Public Security Section 9. Now Japanese actress Rila Fukushima, who had her breakout role as Yukio in The Wolverine back in 2013, has come on board. More below. Read More »

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Original X-Men Cast

Bryan Singer will next make 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which begins filming this fall, but the director isn’t done with the X-Men franchise yet. His newest addition to the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, opens in theaters this Friday, but he’s already expressed interest in continuing with the franchise, although whether he’ll direct another sequel is unconfirmed. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg revealed the next installment will take place in the ’90s, presumably following the latest recruits, and possibly the X-Men: First Class castmates if they decide to return.

But what about the original cast, the one Bryan Singer helped put together for the first X-Men film? Most of them appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but did that conclude their involvement with the franchise? Below, Singer says he’s interested in bringing back the original X-Men cast members, but only under the right circumstances.

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Revenge of the Jedi Teaser

No, that’s not a typo. Any Star Wars fan can tell you that the original title for the final installment of the original trilogy was Revenge of the Jedi. Franchise creator George Lucas eventually changed the title to Return of the Jedi before release because he had determined that getting revenge was not something a Jedi would seek out.

However, the Star Wars sequel was teased so far out in advance of the release that some marketing materials still had the title Revenge of the Jedi. The teaser poster featuring that title is worth a pretty penny, but there was also a teaser trailer that had the abandoned title still intact, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has dusted it off and posted it online.

Watch the Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Airbnb

The lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is supposed to be a secret. Even though everyone knows it exists in the sewer, no one should know where its at outside of the heroes in a half-shell and maybe their friends April O’Neil and Casey Jones. But plenty of people in New York will get to check out the mutant pad thanks to a special Airbnb promotion allowing fans to stay over night in the turtle lair. Check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Airbnb lair below. Read More »

Star Trek Tent

If you’re the kind of person who isn’t the biggest fan of camping, maybe spending some time in the woods away from your precious wi-fi would be more appealing if you were sleeping in a Star Trek shuttlecraft. That’s exactly what Star Trek fan Dave Delisle would like to see happen with a concept for a Star Trek tent that looks just like a Federation shuttlecraft. Check it out below. Read More »

Amazing Spider-Man

Which relaunched title from DC Comics Rebirth does Geoff Johns like the most? Would you believe that Fantastic Four got a Teen Choice Award nomination? How much of Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse ended up on the cutting room floor? Is Wesley Snipes still hoping to return as Blade? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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True Detective Season 2 early buzz

For most fans and critics, True Detective season two was a disappointment. The series’ creator and writer, Nic Pizzolatto, didn’t live up to the high expectations following the Cary Fukunaga-directed first season. Season two averaged higher ratings than its predecessor, but by the time the ending aired, the viewership was considerably lower than the previous finale.

Now, it’s rumored the once acclaimed series might not return at all. Below, check out the recent update for True Detective season three.

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the americans season 4 teaser

FX’s The Americans will soon wrap up season four. The Cold War-era drama, which first aired in 2013, saw a drop in viewerships with season two and three. The Americans has never been a juggernaut in the ratings, which has often made fans worry the show wouldn’t end on its own terms. FX has remained a major supporter of the show, ratings be damned, and the network will allow the series’ co-runners Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg to complete the drama with two final seasons.

Below, learn more about The Americans final seasons.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Villain

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tyler Perry is prepared to undergo a transformation for a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
  • Megan Fox says she is signed on for another TMNT film.
  • Nicolas Cage claims that National Treasure 3 is still in the works.
  • Idina Menzel endorses Elsa getting a girlfriend in Frozen 2.
  • The director of the Men in Black/Jump Street spin-off tries to ease your apprehension.
  • A new batch of Star Trek Beyond posters are here.
  • Wesley Snipes would like to play Blade again.
  • Blumhouse is reviving Benji.
  • What’s the deal with the new Friday the 13th movie?
  • Many landmarks are destroyed in new Independence Day: Resurgence posters.

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