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Why So Many Movies in Japan Are Based on Manga and Anime

Why So Many Movies in Japan Are Based on Manga and Anime

May 14, 2015

Surely, you’ve noticed? Recently, in Japan, there’s a glut of movies based on manga and anime. There must be a reason for this. There most certainly is. Things Sound Grim for the Lupin Movie Lupin the Third is one of Japan’s most iconic manga/anime characters, loved by millions. His…Read more It is a rather simple and somewhat obvious reason. But here, let Beat Takeshi tell it. Beat Takeshi, of course, is a famed comedian, actor, and filmmaker—among many other things. He’s a man of multiple talents! His movies, such as Sonatine, Hana-bi, and Beyond Outrage, are fantastic. As noted recently on Yahoo! News Japan, during the Tokyo Film Festival, Takeshi was asked why there are now so many movies based on manga and anime. “It’s because if you make a manga into a movie, people will go see it,” Takeshi explained bluntly.“That’s it. Movie companies don’t have the courage to spend money on unknown scripts.” read more...

What movies should you see this Weekend? 6 new arrivals in Cleveland

What movies should you see this Weekend? 6 new arrivals in Cleveland

May 11, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio – What movies should you see this weekend? There are six new offerings to choose from: The it’s-not-really-a-comedy “The D Train”; the it’s-more-of-a-comedy-but-still-has-darker elements “Welcome to Me”; the big budget buddy-action-comedy “Hot Pursuit”; the indie drama “5 Flights Up”; the horror-thriller “Maggie”; and the documentary “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.” Of the ones I’ve seen, I can’t say you need to race out and see any of them. But here is a look at what’s opening, with some reviews and trailers to help you make up your mind. “Hot Pursuit” stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. One is a buttoned-down cop. The other is an on-the-run witness fleeing drug cartel heavies and other bad guys. They are polar opposites but team up to flee across Texas. It is a flimsy and forgettable film. check more of the...

James Franco’s social posts reveal Cincy movie details

James Franco’s social posts reveal Cincy movie details

May 1, 2015

A behind the scenes look at the new Cincinnati-filmed James Franco movie is just a few clicks away. The actor, producer and director has revealed some details about “The Long Home” production, which will film in Hamilton, Butler County and Cincinnati this May. Franco recently posted a selfie in rustic cabin on Twitter and Instagram. The location? He just writes “back in the Holler.” He also posted an image of himself partially in period costume, and revealed some of the cast. “Me, josh hutcherson, Timothy Hutton, Keegan Allen, Ashley Green, Tim Blake Nelson, jim parrick, scott haze, and the whole gang getting dirty in the south (sic),” it reads. It’s a bit of a homecoming for Hutcherson, best known for his role in “The Hunger Games” series. He is a Union native. read more...

The Guest’s Adam Wingard to Direct the Death Note Movie

The Guest’s Adam Wingard to Direct the Death Note Movie

Apr 30, 2015

With the big screen rights acquired by Warner Bros. six years ago, a Death Note movie appears to finally be on the way with The Guest and You’re Next director Adam Wingard at the helm! The Hollywood Reporter has the news, bringing word that Wingard will take on the Manga adaptation after he finishes the upcoming Lionsgate horror project The Woods. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer and director Shane Black was, at one point, attached to the project, which aims to bring to the big screen the 13-volume series previously adapted as both an anime and as a live-action film franchise in Japan. more...

Lifetime Developing ‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie

Lifetime Developing ‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie

Apr 28, 2015

Just in time for the forthcoming Full House reboot, Lifetime is planning to explore the on-and-off-screen struggles of the classic Nineties sitcom in The Unauthorized Full House Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/lifetime-developing-unauthorized-full-house-movie-20150427#ixzz3Ym4skJwZ Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook The network’s latest tell-all follows The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, the soapy exploration of another successful Nineties comedy and its off-screen drama which premiered on the network last fall. Ron McGee, the writer of Unauthorized Saved by the Bell, will also pen the Full House film. Lifetime has not set an air date and will begin casting for the feature immediately. McGee will have plenty of material to cull from thanks to the release of multiple cast memoirs. Jodie Sweetin chronicled her struggle with methamphetamine addiction in 2010’s UnSweetined. Last year, Candace Cameron Bure released Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose, while the show’s patriarch Bob Saget penned the less self-help-themed Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/lifetime-developing-unauthorized-full-house-movie-20150427#ixzz3Ym4vIkd3 Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook more of this...

MTV Movie Awards: a night of titillation, tears and tons of trailers

MTV Movie Awards: a night of titillation, tears and tons of trailers

Apr 19, 2015

Host Amy Schumer fell back on raunchy, self-deprecating humour, Shailene Woodley made a grown man cry and Vin Diesel paid respect to Paul Walker This year’s MTV Movie Awards were a real mixed bag of popcorn. Amy Schumer’s jokes were great, but her sketches lacked laughs. It was a night of “premiere clips” and “sneak peeks”, but the guest list seemed more elusive than exclusive – unlike MTV’s Video Music Awards, nominees who didn’t win weren’t in attendance. Sure, Zac Efron got his abs out, but what was going on with Channing Tatum’s hat? These are the highlights (and lowlights) of this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Amy Schumer had an uneven night From an archery malfunction during the intro to a more successful bit involving “flying for no reason”, Schumer was a peppy but imperfect host. While her opening monologue – which featured bits of her standup as well as new jokes tailored to the occasion – was funny and fearless, the sketches in between presenters failed to keep up the energy of the show.   more...