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Hayao Miyazaki is Coming Out of Retirement for One Last Movie

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08:  Honoree Hayao Miyazaki attends the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Hayao Miyazaki is coming back! The critically acclaimed director responsibility for some of the world’s best animated film’s including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke has announced he is coming out of retirement for one more movie (again.)

Both Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were reported as his “final movie” but each time came back with something great once more. Most recently, he announced his retirement in 2013 following the release of his film, The Wind Rises. But three years later, he still has more stories to tell.

 

Reportedly, Miyazaki had been working on a CG short film called Boro the Caterpillar. It was based on a story idea he’s had for 20 years, but, according to io9, it was announced in an NHK television special called The Man Who Is Not Done that Miyazaki was now wants to expand it into a feature film.

There is one caveat though. The new feature-length movie isn’t even technically greenlit yet, but it is very doubtful that Studio Ghibli would turn down Miyazaki asking to make another movie. He has only made them a ton of freaking money. Despite it not being greenlit at the moment. Miyazaki has already been making storyboards for the movie, which is projected to be completed before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Watch the First Trailer for Ghost in the Shell

Despite the fact that everyone is still pretty peeved about the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of a movie adapted from a popular anime, the project has continued onward. Last week, the studio released the very first trailer for Ghost in the Shell and admittedly it looks pretty cool. You can watch the trailer above!

In Ghost in the Shell, Johansson stars as The Major, a cyber policewoman tasked with taking down cyber criminals who are attempting to bring down the Hanka Robotics corporation. The Major eventually begins to question her reality and uncover the mysteries surrounding her identity.

Most of the casting upset surrounding this film comes from the fact that The Major was originally a Japanese character and casting Johansson is viewed as whitewashing. Many felt and still do (and I agree) that the  studio could have hired any number of Asian actresses to fill the coveted role. I mean honestly how hard could that have been? The film’s producers have defended the choice, saying that Johansson was simply the right actress for the part. But in reality they likely wanted the A-lister in order to bring in the audiences and the money.

The adaptation was directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and also stars Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk and Japanese star Takeshi Kitano.

Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31.

Watch the First Trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian

Luc Besson’s newest science fiction thriller is almost here and the first teaser trailer is here! Valerian isn’t quite The Fifth Element but it looks quite good based on this first peek which you can see above.

Valerian stars Dane DeHaan as the titular hero Valerian alongside Cara DeLevingne as Laureline. The duo are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner – blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him. Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time – uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Valerian is based on a comic book series which involves time travel. Currently we can’t tell if they are incorporating any of the time travel elements from the comic into the movie. The teaser trailer doesn’t mention it and the plot details are scarce enough that we can’t tell. However, the tag line for the movie does imply that our heroes could do more than we know. It says, “A universe without boundaries needs heroes with no limits.” So who knows, we need more information!

It is also interesting to note that the full title of the movie is/was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but as of lately the marketing has only been Valerian. 

Valerian is due out in July of 2017.

New to Netflix Streaming – November 2016

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Netflix has officially announced the new releases for November 2016 and some notable new additions include the special Netflix event “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” In November, we also see “Lovesick” season 2, and The Jungle Book, Boyhood, and “The 100.”

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1

  • The African Queen (1951)
  • Alfie (2004)
  • Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
  • Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
  • The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
  • Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
  • King’s Faith (2013)
  • Love, Now (2012)
  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
  • Pervert Park (2014)
  • Ravenous (1999)
  • Stephen King’s Thinner (1996)
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
  • Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
  • Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas (2009)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2

  • Dough (2015)
  • Food Choices (2016)
  • Meet the Blacks (2016)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 4

  • The Crown: Season 1
  • Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
  • The Ivory Game (2016)
  • Just Friends (2005)
  • World of Winx: Season 1

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 9

  • Danger Mouse: Season 2

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 11

  • All Hail King Julien: Season 4
  • Case: Season 1
  • Estocolmo: Season 1
  • Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Season 1
  • Tales by Light: Season 1
  • True Memoirs of An International Assassin (2016)
  • Under the Sun (2015)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 12

  • Take Me to the River (2015)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 13

  • Chalk It Up (2016)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 14

Carter High (2015)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 15

  • Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin
  • K-POP Extreme Survival: Season 1
  • Men Go to Battle (2015)
  • The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2016)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 16

  • The 100: Season 3
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (2011)
  • Paddington (2014)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 17

  • Lovesick: Season 2
  • Paranoid: Season 1

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 18

  • The Battle of Midway (1942)
  • Beat Bugs: Season 2
  • Colin Quinn: The New York Story
  • Divines (2016)
  • Prelude to War (1942)
  • San Pietro (1945)
  • Sour Grapes (2016)
  • Thunderbolt (1947)
  • Tunisian Victory (1944)
  • Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943)
  • Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)
  • WWII: Report from the Aleutians (1943)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 22

  • Mercy (2016)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 23

  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Season 1

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 25

  • 3%: Season 1
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  • Michael Che Matters

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 29

  • Silver Skies (2016)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 30

  • Ghost Team (2016)
  • I Dream Too Much (2016)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
  • Level Up (2016)
  • Traded (2016)

New to Netflix Streaming – September 2016

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September is almost here and Netflix has lots of new additions for us on their streaming service. This is one of the BEST months I have seen in a long time. In September we get ALL of the Jaws movies which is going to make for once awesome marathon day. They have also added “Shameless” season 5 and 6, “New Girl” season 5, and “Luther” season 4.

However, the most anticipated additions are the sixth season of “The Walking Dead,” the first season “Marvel’s Luke Cage” and the second season of “Scream: the TV series.”

There is some bad news, unfortunately. All five seasons of “Fringe” is leaving. So you better find it on DVD or something.

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1

The Amityville Horror (2005)
Babel (2006)
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (2013)
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Bratz: The Movie (2007)
Burn, Burn, Burn (2015)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Crashing: Season 1
Defiance (2008)
Easy Fortune Happy Life (2009)
Europe’s Last Great Wilderness (2015)
The Fierce Wife (2010)
Footloose (1984)
Full Out (2015)
Game Winning Hit: Season 1
Heartland: Season 7
Hellevator: Season 1
Hoot (2006)
Hope Floats (1998)
I Am the Ambassador: Season 1 ­NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Indochina’s Wild Heart (2015)
The IT Crowd: Series 5
Jaws (1975)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Jaws 3 (1983)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Joyful Noise (2012)
Keepers of the Game (2016)
Last Holiday (2006)
Lucky Days: Season 1
Man on Wire (2008)
Milk Money (1994)
Practical Magic (1998)
Road Trip (2000)
Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (2000)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Shameless (U.S.): Season 5­ – 6
Stomp the Yard (2007)
Sweeney Todd (2007)
Top Gun (1986)
True Grit (1969)
U­571 (2000)
The Wicker Man (2006)
Wild Madagascar (2015)
The Womanizer: Season 1
The Year of Happiness and Love: Season 1

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2

Baby Daddy: Season 5
Chef’s Table: France NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kazoops!: Season 1 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Narcos: Season 2 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Young & Hungry: Season 4

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 6

Crash (2004)
The Finest Hours (2015)
Hard Target 2 (2016)
Honey 3 (2016)
R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (2016)

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 7

The Blacklist: Season 3
Galavant: Seasons 1­ – 2

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 10

Supergirl: Season 1

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 13

Extremis (2016) ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hawaii Five­0: Season 6
London Has Fallen (2015)

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 14

Goldie & Bear: Season 1

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 15

Sample This (2012)
The Walking Dead: Season 6

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 16

Cedric The Entertainer: Live from the Ville ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)
The White Helmets (2016) ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 17

3 Days to Kill (2014)
Luther: Season 4
Penny Dreadful: Season 3

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 19

Call the Midwife: Series 5
Gotham: Season 2

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 20

Colliding Dreams (2016)
New Girl: Season 5
Zootopia (2016)

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 22

Bones: Season 11
Easy: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wallander: Series 4

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 23

Audrie & Daisy (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Last Man Standing: Season 5
Longmire: Season 5 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
VeggieTales in the House: Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 24

Portlandia: Season 6
River (2016)

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 25

Family Guy: Season 14
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (2015)

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 28

The Fosters: Season 4 (Part A)
The Imitation Game (2014)

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 30

Amanda Knox (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Scream: Season 2

NETFLIX SEPTEMBER 2016 LAST CALL

See below for a selection of titles that will be rotating off the service in September.

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 1

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Anywhere but Here (1999)
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
The Color Purple (1985)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Defending Your Life (1991)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 1­ – 9
Exporting Raymond (2010)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Girl Rising (2013)
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
Hardball (2001)
The Haunting (1999)
Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz (2011)
Our Man in Tehran (2013)
Primal Fear (1996)
Roboshark (2015)
Roman Holiday (1953)
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Sins of My Father (2009)
Spanglish (2004)
Traffic (2000)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Wood (1999)
Zoolander (2001)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 4

Melissa & Joey: Seasons 1­ – 4
Shanghai Knights (2003)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 5

Gabe the Cupid Dog (2012)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 6

Hollywood Homicide (2003)
My Babysitter’s a Vampire: The Movie (2010)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 9

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 11

Fringe: Seasons 1­ – 5
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 15

Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talkin’ About (2013)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 16

Gridiron Gang (2006)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 17

Gimme the Loot (2012)
Simon Killer (2012)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 20

Something, Anything (2014)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 23

The Lost Medallion (2013)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 24

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 25

Alias: Seasons 1­ – 5
Jobs (2013)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 28

Open Water (2004)
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 30

666 Park Avenue: Season 1
Another Gay Movie (2006)
The Aviators (2008)
League of Super Evil: Season 1
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Wolf (2013)

Check Out The Trailer for Alien Encounters Film “Arrival”

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Arrival looks to be one of the better science fiction films coming out this year. Starring Amy Adams, we get a “Close Encounters-esque” foray into alien communications – but its more expansive and a bit more terrifying.

When multiple mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team is put together to investigate, including language expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams), mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker). Humankind teeters on the verge of global war as everyone scrambles for answers – and to find them, Banks, Donnelly and Weber will take a chance that could threaten their lives, and quite possibly humanity.

Arrival comes from Denis Villeneuve and is based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life.”

Arrival premieres on November 11. Check out the trailer below:

Ghostbusters Not Likely to See Sequel

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This pretty much bums me out. When Ghostbusters first released, Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony, was sure of a Ghostbusters sequel: “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen,” said Bruer. However, now, they are changing their tune and have said that a sequel is very unlikely. Ill miss you Holtzmann, you were amazing.

According to box office receipts, the film is expected to fall $70 million short of profitability. According to many reports, Ghostbusters  has earned a little more than $180 million worldwide and $117 million domestically. Though its production budget was $144 million, the film would have to earn $300 million to break even because of its advertising costs. Sony is quick to defend the movie stating,

“This loss calculation is way off,” a Sony rep told The Hollywood Reporter. “With multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to that number.”

Yet, Sony has not commented on a Sequel since the initial premiere back in July which is concerning to fans who loved the reboot.

“We’re very proud of the bold movie Paul Feig made, which critics and audiences loved,” said a studio rep. “It has enlivened a 30-year-old brand and put it into the modern zeitgeist. As a result, we have many ideas in the works to further exploit the Ghostbusters universe.”

The new Ghostbusters movie didn’t deserve all the hate it got and worse the fact that people refused to see or used the fact that it wasn’t exactly on par with the original to hate it maliciously – now can use it as an excuse to delay even further to have female led movies in the future. And that sucks.

First Look at Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s Sci-Fi Love Story Passengers

The highly anticipated movie featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as romantic leads in a science fiction setting has released a first look! Passengers is set to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 21, 2016.

The science fiction love story stars Lawrence as Aurora and Pratt as Jim Preston; both are passengers on board a posh spacecraft headed for a colony called Homestead II that’s a brief 120 years away from the ship’s point of origin. Aurora and Jim accidentally wake up from their suspended animation 90 years too early and then get up to all the things normal people would when they’re alone on a fancy-ass spaceship for the next century, but the wrinkle comes in when they realize the ship is malfunctioning, putting the other 5,000 passengers on board in mortal danger.

The film was directed by Morten Tyldum, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on The Imitation Game. He told EW he is “very, very happy with the movie,” and went so far as to say, “Every generation has its love story. I feel like this is it.”

Check out the photos below courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. The movie hits theaters December 21.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 3D Collector’s Edition Arrives in the US and Canada Nov 15

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“Star Wars” fans can rejoice as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to realse in a special 3D Collector’s Edition! Experience a galaxy far, far away—up close and in eye-popping 3D – rolling out beginning Oct. 31 and arriving in the United States and Canada on Nov 15.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac.

Just in time for your holiday shopping or even your own home movie collection, viewers can bring home Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D, encased in stunning, collectible packaging.

The 3D Collector’s Edition comes in a four-disc collection that contains the original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams.

Bonus features include*:

3D COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary with J.J. Abrams – Enter the mind of visionary director J.J. Abrams as he reveals the creative and complex choices made while developing the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy.
  • Foley: A Sonic Tale – Foley artists, consisting of old pros and new talent, unite to bring the world of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” alive through the matching of sound to action.
  • Sounds of the Resistance – Hear how the epic sound design of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moves the Star Wars legacy forward.
  • Deleted Scenes – View never-before-shared scenes that didn’t make the film’s final cut.
  • Dressing the Galaxy – Costume Designer Michael Kaplan reveals how the costumes of the original Star Wars movies were re-envisioned for a new generation.
  • The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega – The two new stars share the thrill of working together on the adventure of a lifetime and becoming part of the Star Wars legacy.
  • Inside the Armory – Take a fascinating tour through the design and creation of the weaponry in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Classic Bonus Features  These offerings from the April release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” include the complete story behind the making of the film, an unforgettable cast table read, insights from legendary composer John Williams and deleted scenes, as well as features that dig deeper into the creation of new characters such as BB-8, the design of the climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren, the film’s remarkable digital artistry and the Star Wars: Force for Change global aid initiative.

Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer. New bonus content is available in the 3D Collector’s Edition package only.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 3D Collector’s Edition global release dates include:

  • Australia – Nov. 9
  • Holland – Oct. 31
  • Spain – Nov. 2
  • Brazil – Nov. 16
  • Italy – Nov. 2
  • Sweden – Oct. 31
  • France – Oct. 31
  • United Kingdom – Oct. 31
  • Germany – Nov. 24
  • United States & Canada – Nov. 15

 

 

 

 

 

Rami Malek in Talks to Lead Papillon Remake

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The “Mr. Robot” star has possibly landed the lead role in the upcoming remake of Papillon! The news was announced on Deadline today that Rami Malek has entered talks to star opposite the Charlie Hunnam who has already been announced.

Hunnam is playing a variation of the role originated by Steve McQueen in the 1973 original while Malek will play an updated version of the character played by Dustin Hoffman.

The original Papillon was an adaptation of Henri Charrière’s 1970 autobiography. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and released in 1973. Although a criminal safecracker, Charrière was arrested in the early 1930s for a murder he claims to have had no involvement with. Sentenced to life at a French penal colony, Charrière ends befriending a fellow inmate and the pair together plan their escape.

The Papillon remake will offer a contemporary take on Charrière’s tale. Danish filmmaker Michael Noer is set to helm with Riz Aziz, Ram Bergman, Roger Corbi, David Koplan and Joey McFarland producing.

Reportedly, the remake will shoot in Belgrade, Serbia, Montenegro and Thailand.

At the moment, there is no anticipated release date.