GHOST IN THE SHELL Clint Mansell

Ghost in the Shell has no shortage of stunning visuals, which is no surprise considering it’s directed by Rupert Sanders. (Say what you will about Snow White and the Huntsman — and I’m personally of the opinion that it is not a very good movie — but it at least looks really pretty.) And now it sounds like we can expect some fine music to go along with it. Clint Mansell, the composer behind Requiem for a DreamBlack SwanMoonStoker, and many more great-sounding films, has been confirmed to score Ghost in the Shell.

Of course, none of this will do much to address the ongoing controversy over the decision to cast a white actress (Scarlett Johansson) to lead an adaptation of an iconically Japanese property. But producer Avi Arad sounds like he’s not too concerned about those accusations of whitewashing anyway. According to him, everyone he’s talked to thinks the casting choice is “great.”  Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight Nazi Controversy

Can we just take a minute to acknowledge how weird it is that there is a Nazi controversy tied to a Transformers movie? All right, let’s get to the story.

Last week, we learned that Transformers: The Last Knight would be bringing Hitler and Nazis into the equation somehow. This information came to light because the sequel from director Michael Bay is currently filming in the United Kingdom, and one of their locations included Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, the home of Winston Churchill. However, it had been draped in giant Nazi flags and surrounded by their artillery and SS stormtroopers. This upset some veterans groups, and it stirred up quite a controversy across the pond.

Now Michael Bay has responded to the Transformers The Last Knight Nazi controversy, and in doing so, he has revealed another key character we’ll see in the movie. Find out more below. Read More »

rebecca hall iron man 3 character

Someday, someone is going to write a tell-all book exploring the history of Marvel Studios, and it will almost certainly be a compelling read. The company’s rise has been nothing short of astonishing, but the stories emerging from behind-the-scenes have often been bizarre and inexplicable, the result of battles over creative control between several different captains trying to steer the ship in different directions. Specifically, we’re talking about the clashing between Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

A little over a year ago, Feige won this particular war, essentially cutting Perlmutter out of the decision-making process at Marvel Studios. However, the fragments of their years of strife are still apparent and still being talked about. Case in point: Rebecca Hall still isn’t euphoric with what went down on Iron Man 3.

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Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel Feud - Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson was revealed to be the highest paid actor in Hollywood today, making $64.5 million a year. However, more people are still interested in the feud that was revealed to be taking place between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel on the set of Fast 8.

For those who don’t know, not long before production wrapped on the sequel, Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to call some of his male co-stars “candy-asses” who don’t conduct themselves professionally. Not long after, it was revealed that Vin Diesel was the more specific subject of this post because he was delaying shooting just so he could chill out in his trailer. Since then, details about the tension on set having to be regulated by Universal executive vice president Mark Sourian have made this feud quite a fascinating topic of conversation.

However, it turns out that this feud may all just be some kind of promotional stunt leading to an eventual confrontation at WrestleMania 33 next spring, which happens just before Fast 8 hits theaters. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Sausage Party animators controversy

In a summer marked by one cinematic disappointment after another, Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon‘s Sausage Party has emerged as a rare success story: a truly original feature that got great reviews and great box office. Even more impressively, Sausage Party managed all that on a reported budget of under $20 million. For comparison, Pixar’s latest release, Finding Dory, cost around $200 million to make.

But alas, that win may have come at an unfair cost to many of the people who worked on it. Anonymous commenters claiming to be animators who worked on the movie have accused the filmmakers and the production company, Nitrogen Studios, of forcing artists to work overtime for free, and then failing to credit many of them onscreen. Dig into the Sausage Party animators controversy below.  Read More »

Wonder Woman Trailer Breakdown

A pattern is emerging from Warner Bros.’ DC universe movies, and it’s not an encouraging one. First Man of Steel got the franchise off to a shaky start, drawing mixed reviews and polarizing fans. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to get the series back on track, but instead just seemed to derail it further. So pressure fell on Suicide Squad to turn things around… only for Suicide Squad to prove just as divisive as its predecessors.

Which means all eyes are now on next year’s Wonder Woman to save the day. After all, the character was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman, and the first Wonder Woman trailer absolutely killed at Comic-Con. If anyone can make things right, it might be Gal Gadot‘s Diana Prince. Or so we thought. But according to an anonymous insider, Wonder Woman is “a mess” as well. Naturally, director Patty Jenkins disagrees. Read More »

John Ostrander SUICIDE SQUAD

Unless you’ve been living down in the sewers, Killer Croc-style, for the past week, you’ve surely heard by now that Suicide Squad was not much loved by critics. One logical explanation for this is that Suicide Squad just isn’t a great movie — that it’s too messy or overstuffed or ugly. But some people have a different theory. John Ostrander, creator of the Suicide Squad comics, thinks it’s because critics just “came prepared to hate” the movie. Here we go again. Read More »

suicide squad rating

Let’s get real for a second here. Yes, there should be a movie rating system that informs audiences of the basic content of a movie, allowing parents and those with certain tastes to make the proper judgment call before they pull the trigger on buying movie tickets. It’s hard to imagine any decent person thinking that MPAA ratings are a bad idea on paper.

However, there’s a big difference between a sound concept and a strong execution and the MPAA has rightfully been under fire for as long as I can remember for decisions that are, well, boneheaded at best and sinister at worst. Yelling about the MPAA is nothing new! However, comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia has tossed his two cents into this ongoing cluster cuss, putting the PG-13 rating of Suicide Squad in his sights.

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Scarlett Johansson Japanese Character

Ghost in the Shell has already come under fire from fans unhappy that the Japanese tale is getting remade with a white lead. So far, the production’s strategy has seemingly to try and downplay the property’s Japanese roots, with producer Steven Paul defending his “international approach” and Scarlett Johansson‘s character simply being called “the Major” (as opposed to Motoko Kusanagi, which is her name in the source material).

Which makes it all the more confusing to learn that Johansson’s Major may be Japanese after all. At the very least, it seems she has a Japanese mother.  Read More »

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George Takei as Sulu

Yesterday, John Cho dropped the bombshell that his Hikaru Sulu would be gay in Star Trek Beyond. While the actor said the film would “not make a big thing” out of the reveal, it was a big deal for plenty of fans. Star Trek has been famously progressive since its earliest days, and yet the franchise has had no prominent gay characters to date. A gay Sulu seemed like an exciting step forward.

But one who wasn’t so thrilled about the news? George Takei himself. The original Sulu actor says that while he’s “delighted that there’s a gay character,” he feels it’s “really unfortunate” it had to be Sulu. Meanwhile, Star Trek Beyond writer and star Simon Pegg, who helped make the decision in the first place, says he “respectfully disagree[s]” with Takei’s stance.  Read More »