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.
After Zack Snyder called the shots on ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and the upcoming ‘Justice League,’ it looks like there’s a new director in the frame for Superman’s next solo movie. According to Collider, Warner Bros and DC are pressing on with a second ‘Man of Steel’ movie starring Henry Cavill, and they want British director Matthew Vaughn to take the helm.
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.
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.
Hugh Jackman returns for his last hurrah as Wolverine in ‘Logan’ this week, and it’s unlike any other superhero movie you’ve ever seen. It also feels very much like a James Mangold film with more in common with ‘3:10 to Yuma’ and ‘Cop Land’ thematically than it does even with his previous X-Men outing, 2013’s ‘The Wolverine’. The director credits the film’s singular tone and vision on the freedom granted by 20th Century Fox’s which allowed him to make a film that stood apart from the X-Men universe.
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. ...
30 years ago this month, Hollywood’s best and brightest gathered together to celebrate the greatest cinematic achievements of the year, one of which just happened to be the super-gross practical effects of David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’. Like the Academy honoured Seth Brundle’s grisly transformation from man to fly, we now honour the greatest and most disgusting visual effects in movie history.
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.
Filming on the long-awaited ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel has begun! The Walt Disney Studios confirmed principal photography on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is now underway at London’s Shepperton Studios in a press release loaded with piles of new supercalifragilisticexpialidocious information. Most excitingly perhaps is the news that Meryl Streep is confirmed to be playing Topsy, Mary’s “eccentric cousin”, while Dick Van Dyke’s role has been revealed to be Mr. Dawes Jr., “the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank”, who we presume is the son of the secondary character he played in the 1964 original. ...