A live-action adaptation of the iconic manga comic (also filmed as a seminal 1988 anime) has been in Hollywood development hell for decades with many huge names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, and Christopher Nolan all linked with the project at various stages. 1982-1990 – Katsuhiro Otomo launches his original manga. Set in Neo-Tokyo, 2019 after the nuclear apocalypse, it tells the epic story of youngsters Kaneda, Tetsuo against the backdrop of gang violence, psychic kids and motorbike chases.
Disney has pulled the release of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Malaysia, because film censors said it would only be given a certificate if its now infamous ‘gay moment’ was removed. According to The Guardian, the two main cinema chains in Malaysia had expected to begin showing the film on Thursday but said it had now been postponed. The chairman of the Malaysian film censorship board Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said that he did not know why the movie’s release had been pulled, because a PG13 certificate had been approved as long as the cut was made.
Ahead of this summer’s ‘Wonder Woman’ we’ve been given a glimpse at how Diana Prince (Gal Godot) became the fearless warrior, in the Origin trailer. Similarly, ‘Wonder Woman’ will (ideally) thinly tread the origin tale before focusing on her adulthood and time fighting alongside Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor in Europe. It is, however, where the film seemingly starts, as we witness Diana grow up through the use of either flashbacks or a contextual, chronological series time-hopping scenes.
Films about King Kong have a chequered history – for every great Ray Harryhausen stop-motion battle, there’s a cheesy cash-in featuring the mega-monkey’s offspring. Kong survives the fall from the Empire State Building, is fitted with an artificial heart – yes, really – then falls in love with a Lady Kong and has a kid with her.
Yahoo Movies visited the set of ‘Wonder Woman’ back in early 2016 to speak to the cast and crew. The film was shooting in Leavesden Studios in Watford (home of The Making Of Harry Potter tour) with the back lot completely transformed into a WW1 trench for our visit. ‘Wonder Woman’ is a follow-up to ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ but is mostly set in 1918, and tells the origin story of the iconic female superhero.
Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine has brought in the crowds, with ‘Logan’ delivering a sturdy $237.8 million (that’s just shy of £200 million) at the box office. Clearly the r-rated take on Jackman’s troubled hero has proved a draw, this latest iteration from director James Mangold being the most brooding and brutal yet. Presumed to be the final outing for Wolverine, it plays more like a late period John Wayne western than it does like a conventional superhero film’.
It’s not long until audiences get to see the anticipated animation-to-live-action adaptation of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’; with the critics releasing their verdicts on the film.
Guillermo Del Toro broke nerd hearts around the world today when he shared what he says is “the final” word on ‘Hellboy 3’. Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker wrote and directed 2004’s ‘Hellboy’ and 2008’s ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’, with fan demand for a third film growing ever since.
We got our first introduction to Emma Watson’s singing voice in a snippet from the live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie broadcast during the Golden Globes coverage back in January. But now Disney has revealed an extended clip, as the ‘Harry Potter’ star gets to grips with the opening number ‘Belle’. And those pipes do indeed appear to be rather enviable. Watson’s heroine proceeds through her French village home, as the locals remark upon her general oddness – well, she is singing to herself, but then so is everyone else. ...
With awards season in full swing, it was the turn of the Brits last night to take their time in the limelight at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards last night. Who were the big winners and losers of the night?
The 70th EE British Academy Film Awards just wrapped up at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with ‘La La Land’ the big winner on the night picking up 5 awards from 11 nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Original Music, and Cinematography.
The latest two projects are freaky doll sequel ‘Annabelle 2’ and the remake of Stephen King’s coulrophobic waking nightmare ‘It’, eschewing the really rather lame PG-13 indictment that has dogged so many so-called horror movies in recent years. ‘It’, which is being made by Andrés Muschietti, who made the Spanish supernatural horror ‘Mama’, will land in September. The ‘Conjuring’ spin-off ‘Annabelle 2’, meanwhile, helmed by ‘Lights Out’ director David F. Sandberg, could also now be anticipated as a potentially worrisome affair – and after all ‘Lights Out’ was successfully terrifying.
First there was ‘The LEGO Movie’, this week sees the release of ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, and next up in the animated LEGO franchise will be ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’, coming to cinemas in October.
The lavish final trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has landed. And there’s the most footage yet of ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens’ beast, not to mention the reimagining of the film’s theme tune by John Legend and Ariana Grande (originally sung by Angela Lansbury, of course). There are packs of wolves, dazzling set designs, CGI renderings of Lumière (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Sir Ian McKellen), and villagers with flaming torches lead by Luke Evans’ blusterous Gaston, chanting ‘kill the beast!’. ...
The Bond series has always been a producer-driven affair, going back to the 1960s heyday of the suave British super-spy. Production company Eon may have allowed film-makers of the calibre of Marc Forster (’Monster’s Ball’) and Lee Tamahori (’Once Were Warriors’) to take on 007 over the past two decades, but there’s a reason Quentin Tarantino was never hired despite making it clear he would have loved the job. The ‘Pulp Fiction’ director would have delivered a typically eccentric, stridently idiosyncratic take on Her Majesty’s top secret agent, shifting M’s man radically away from the basic Bond blueprint that has worked so well for decades.
Sienna Miller says being seen as a “celebrity” held her back early in her career and now that she’s stepped back from the limelight she’s being taken more seriously as an actor. Just recently she’s moved on from bit parts in films like ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ to meaty character roles in awards contenders like ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘American Sniper’, ‘High-Rise’, and the new Ben Affleck-directed ‘Live By Night’ (in cinemas now). “I look back on some of the work that i’ve done that I’m very proud of, performance-wise,” Miller explains to Yahoo Movies in our video above.
Recent years have seen Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson go from being a wrestler-turned-actor managing a so-so leading man career, to becoming one of the most bankable stars in the business – and the go-to guy for any sequel in need of a boost. Will Johnson work that same ‘Franchise Viagra’ effect on the DC Extended Universe? It has been known for some time that Johnson will be joining the DC franchise as Black Adam, shady anti-hero of ‘Shazam!’ – a film provisionally lined up for a 2019 release, to which Johnson has been basically the only name attached for several years, with still no word of who will direct or co-star.
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ star is never one to shy away from vocalising her opinion, but her latest words will no doubt rile many. Speaking of Donald Trump’s surprising rise to the White House, she claims that Hollywood should be blamed for ganging up on the reality TV host which led people to sympathise with him. While many can maybe agree that those hoping Hillary Clinton would win the election didn’t fight hard enough or get their points across effectively through the copious amounts of rumours and fake news generated by the opposition, it’s perhaps wrong to label liberal Americans as bullies.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s revivalist musical ‘La La Land’ has swept the board at the nominations for this year’s BAFTAs. The movie received 11 nods in all, including those for Best Movie, Best Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ also hauled in nine nominations each. Meanwhile, up for Outstanding British film are ‘American Honey’, ‘Denial’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’, ‘Notes On Blindness’, and ‘Under The Shadow’. ...
Whatever way you look at it ‘Rogue One’, the first of Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ standalone movies directed by Gareth Edwards, has been a roaring success.
2016 has been another huge year for Hollywood. It has now been projected by comScore, via The Hollywood Reporter, that the box office revenue in 2016 will eventually finish at $11.3 billion, surpassing the $11.14 billion of 2015. On Monday the continuing success of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Sing’ meant that 2016 passed $11.05 billion at the box office, which was 2.3 percent more than this time last year.
Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the ‘Star Wars’ saga, has died at the age of 60 following a cardiac arrest suffered on a plane travelling from London to Los Angeles. A family spokesman released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, which said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 (PDT) this morning. Following her heart attack on Friday 23 December, Fisher was rushed to hospital where she remained in a critical condition over Christmas.
Tom Hanks looks set to retain the title of ‘friendliest Hollywood star on the planet’ for 2016, after yet another delightful encounter with a fan. Zena Gopal from Toronto penned a short note to him, explaining that, as part of a bet, she was seeking a selfie from a celebrity, taken with a picture of herself. The quickest reply would be the winner. And lo, three weeks later, Ms Gopal was ‘totally floored’ when in the post arrived a shot of Hanks posing with her picture. ...