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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Can't Stop This Feeling Music Video

Director Mark Romanek has only been at the helm of a handful of feature films, including One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. But he’s had quite the lucrative career directing music videos for the likes of Taylor Swift, Madonna, Weezer and even Michael Jackson. Now he’s back behind the camera for a new music video from Justin Timberlake, and it just so happens to be for one of the many tracks that will be coming thanks to his starring role in DreamWorks Animation’s new animated musical comedy Trolls.

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Ruby Barnhill

Steven Spielberg has gotten some exceptional performances out of child actors throughout his career. Rarely does a child’s performance in a Spielberg film ring false. Empire of the SunE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A.I.: Artificial IntelligenceJurassic Park, and The Temple of Doom star kids giving naturally charismatic and completely present performances. The director’s goal has always been to talk to them like people, not just treat them like children–and that’s evident in the video below featuring The BFG star Ruby Barnhill playing a round of Spielberg trivia with the director.

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The Light Between Oceans trailer

We are going to see a lot of Michael Fassbender in 2016. Fassbender stars in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and we’ll see him later this year in Terrence Malick’s WeightlessAssassin’s Creed, and possibly Trespass Against Us (which is scored by The Chemical Brothers). Another promising title on his schedule is The Light Between Oceans. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance‘s (The Place Beyond the Pines) adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel stars Fassbender, recent Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Rachel Weisz (The Lobster).

Watch The Light Between Oceans trailer below.

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why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

Following the stunning success of Selma, Ava DuVernay found herself in high demand, getting courted for everything from Black Panther to A Wrinkle in Time even as she set up projects at OWN and HBO. But even DuVernay can only be in so many places at once, so this week she’s taking one item off her to-do list. DuVernay has exited DreamWorks’ Intelligent Life, a sci-fi project co-written by Colin Trevorrow which has Lupita Nyong’o attached to star.  Read More »

Girl on the Train trailer

How was your ride to work this morning? Did you get snarled up in traffic? Was your train unbearably crowded? Maybe it was raining, or maybe you spilled coffee on yourself in your rush to get out the door. Whatever the case, though, it seems a pretty safe bet you still had a better time than Emily Blunt‘s character in The Girl on the Train.

Directed by Tate Taylor and based on the bestselling novel by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train follows Rachel (Blunt), an alcoholic who’s still reeling from her divorce. Every day on her daily commute, she passes by a perfect-looking couple and fantasizes about what their lives must be like — until one morning, when she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed to. Watch the Girl on the Train trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Joe Carnahan hasn’t been confirmed to direct Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4 yet, but after the director posted some pre-viz for one of the sequels on his twitter feed, it’s safe to presume he’s directing those Sony films. A year ago, Carnahan became attached to direct another action movie, Motorcade, but he’s just left that long-in-development DreamWorks project. Read the entire Joe Carnahan exits Motorcade story below.

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Ghost in the Shell

Marvel may be dragging their feet on a Black Widow solo movie, but Scarlett Johansson‘s already well on her way to sci-fi action stardom. After kicking ass in Luc Besson’s Lucy, she’s got another big genre film on her hands with Ghost in the ShellRupert Sanders‘ live-action adaptation of the iconic Japanese manga. Production on the long-simmering project is finally underway as of this week, and Paramount and DreamWorks have the photo to prove it. Get your Ghost in the Shell first look below.  Read More »

Trollhunters

Dreamworks Animation has just released the first image from Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters, a Netflix original series coming later this year. Hit the jump to see the Trollhunters photo and learn more.

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