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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Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
It took several years for Ghost in the Shell, the English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga, to settled on Rupert Sanders to direct, and another year before it landed on Scarlett Johansson to star. In the past few months, though, the project has started to gain some real steam, picking up a new screenwriter, a new co-star, and now a new villain in Michael Pitt. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
After a long, respectable career in front of the camera, Jackie Earle Haley takes charge behind the camera for the first time with Criminal Activities. Haley’s directorial debut stars Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, Christopher Abbott, and Rob Brown as four young men who get in over their heads with a mobster, played by John Travolta. Check out the Criminal Activities trailer after the jump. Read More »
Jackie Earle Haley is a talented actor, and he has the sort of face that leads him to being cast in less than savory roles. His latest gig will see him leading people into bad acts in a new way, however. Haley will direct the indie Criminal Activies, and also take a role in the picture. Read More »
The first trailer for the Sundance sci-fi hit I Origins is now online. Written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), it stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling as scientists studying the evolution of the human eye. They make a discovery that raises some serious questions involving God, the afterlife, science and more.
After its Sundance premiere, Peter said it was “a haunting film that explores the idea of a supreme maker, the afterlife and the concept of souls through the eye of a science-grounded sceptic, delivers more successfully on that mind-bending premise.” Fox Searchlight bought the rights and will release the film July 18. Below, check out the first I Origins trailer. Read More »
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Mike Cahill‘s I Origins might be the best science vs faith movie I’ve seen since Robert Zemeckis’s Contact. That is a very huge compliment coming from me, as Contact is one of my favorite films.
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If you want to rob someone for easy money and not have to worry about having the cops on your ass, who’s the best target? The mob probably isn’t the ideal choice because, well, it’s the mob. But for a couple of not-so-bright kids who didn’t think things through, it was enough to think that no one would prosecute them for knocking over a few wise-guy gambling clubs.
Rob the Mob is the story of those kids, played by Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris), and follows them as they attract the attention of some naturally pissed-off gangsters, and the cops who realize the kids might be the ticket to a successful legal attack on a crime family. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
At this point I’d be lying if I claimed I knew what to expect from the live-action version of Akira that Jaume Collet-Serra will direct early next year. The film is budgeted in the $90m range — not a lot to create a post-apocalypse future version of Manhattan in which motorcycle gangs do battle as a precursor to psychically-powered mayhem. We know that Garrett Hedlund is playing Kaneda, a biker gang leader whose brother, Tetsuo, is wounded and finds his own psychic power awakened, leading to madness.
We don’t know who will play Tetsuo, but a new list of actors testing for the role includes surprising names like Michael Pitt, Alden Ehrenreich and Paul Dano. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
Really, you could call any of the past few decades “The Age of Scorsese” — the timelessness of his best work is what makes him such a revered filmmaker, and he’s been working steadily since the ’70s. But every fashion photoshoot needs an inspiration, so for their latest issue, Harper’s Bazaar pulled together a bevy of stars to pay tribute to Martin Scorsese under that “Age of” title. The spread sees Chloe Moretz, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Michael Pitt, Sir Ben Kingsley and several other high-profile actors come together to recreate some of the director’s most iconic scenes. Flip through the photos after the jump.
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