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Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron take us behind-the-scenes of Alita: Battle Angel in new featurette

Following the arrival of the first trailer [watch it here], 20th Century Fox has now released a new featurette for Alita: Battle Angel which sees Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron take us behind the scenes of the upcoming manga adaptation and includes interviews with the director and producer; watch the featurette here…

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Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita,
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Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line

Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line
With its release less than a month away, Lionsgate has debuted the final trailer for The Commuter, which stars Liam Neeson as an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. Unlike his character in the smash hit Taken series, Liam Neeson's Michael McCauley doesn't have a "a very particular set of skills," but still he's required to rely on his wits and instincts when dragged into a treacherous game of life or death while minding his own business on the commuter train he takes to work every day.

In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in
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Sea Shepherd Unveils New Anti-Poaching Vessel

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the direct-action marine organization, unveiled its newest vessel, the M/V Sharpie, at a press conference, Monday, December 11th at 11:00 am at the 5th Street Marina in Miami, Fla.

Chris Sharp, Paul Watson, Sandy Yawn

The group’s founder, president, and CEO, Captain Paul Watson, greeted media, fans, and local residents who came to the unveiling ceremony on the bow of the ship. Speaking to the crowd, Watson announced that the vessel would be joining its sister ships the M/V Farley Mowat and the M/V John Paul DeJoria in the Sea of Cortez for Operation Milagro IV, a campaign to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. All three ships are 110 ft. Island-class patrol boats.

“With this vessel, I believe we will be able to cover the vaquita refuge 100 percent and make a very serious impact,” said Watson, before going on to explain that
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Robert Rodriguez explains Alita: Battle Angel’s anime eyes

While James Cameron messes about on Pandora, he has handed the directorial duties of his years-in-development Alita: Battle Angel over to Predators director Robert Rodriguez. When the trailer debuted the other day, amongst the most striking features of the sci-fi epic were the rendering of Rosa Salazar’s eyes.

Speaking to Empire about the trailer, Rodriguez addressed the creative choices behind giving Alita such prominent features:-

“It was always Jim’s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we’re so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there!
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James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Gets Creepy First Trailer

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Gets Creepy First Trailer
The first trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel” has arrived.

Rodriguez, James Cameron, and Laeta Kalogridis wrote the screenplay for the film, based on the manga series “Gunnm” by Japanese artist Yukito Kishiro. “Alita: Battle Angel” is an action-packed sci-fi story of a woman’s discovery of her own abilities and her fight for global change.

Cameron originally wrote a 186-page screenplay accompanied by 600 pages of notes and eventually shared both with Rodriguez, who tried his hand at cleaning up the draft to transform it into a shooting script. Satisfied with the result, Cameron also asked Rodriguez to direct the movie.

“Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do ‘Battle Angel,'” Cameron said in the 2015 announcement of the film. “He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having
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First trailer for Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel

Following a teaser earlier today, 20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel; check it out below along with a synopsis and batch of images…

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita
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Must Watch: Official Trailer for Robert Rodriguez's 'Alita: Battle Angel'

"It's a harsh world. The strong prey on the weak down here." Whoa. You have to see this! After almost a decade in development, Robert Rodriguez finally went off and made James Cameron's adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel, based on the popular manga series. 20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. Rodriguez used James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis' script that has been floating around for years, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. So this still has the James Cameron touch (since he was originally supposed to direct), but Rodriguez is at the helm instead. The film's full cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien.
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Awakens in First Trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s Sci-Fi Tentpole

Although he developed Alita: Battle Angel for many years, James Cameron seems to be taking up permanent residence in Pandora for the next many years. Rather than helming the manga adaptation himself, he handed it off to Sin City and Machete director Robert Rodriguez with a reported massive budget of upwards of $200 million.

Ahead of a release next summer, the first trailer has now landed for the big-screen version of Yukito Kishiro’s manga. Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Michelle Rodriguez, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jennifer Connelly, check out the preview for the sci-fi assassin thriller below.

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ First Trailer: Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron Deliver a Blockbuster Manga

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ First Trailer: Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron Deliver a Blockbuster Manga
Robert Rodriguez has only gone blockbuster when crafting family action adventures like the “Spy Kids” franchise and “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,” which means the upcoming “Alita: Battle Angel” could be a game-changer for his career.

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“Alita” is based on Yukito Kishiro’s acclaimed manga series of the same name. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future where an amnesiac cyborg trains to become a bounty hunter. Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, Michelle Rodriguez, and Christoph Waltz star.

The project was first brought to James Cameron by none other than Guillermo del Toro, but the former’s work on “Avatar” kept him out of the director’s chair. Robert Rodriguez came on board in April 2016, with James Cameron remaining a producer. The budget is estimated between $175-$200 million.

20th Century Fox has set a July 20, 2018 release date. Watch the first trailer below.
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Alita: Battle Angel gets a first teaser ahead of trailer

To whet our appetites for the release of the first trailer, a brief teaser has been revealed for the Robert Rodriguez-directed and James Cameron-produced manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel; check it out here…

Her journey begins tomorrow. #Alita pic.twitter.com/v5e6FTWQgU

Alita: Battle Angel (@Alitamovie) December 8, 2017

Alita: Battle Angel is set for release on July 20th 2018 and features a cast that includes Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fate of the Furious), Keean Johnson (Nashville), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Jennifer Connelly (American Pastoral), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

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Sea Shepherd, Taino Warriors And Michelle Rodriguez Team To Provide Sustainable Tools To Puerto Rico

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has partnered with Taino Warriors and actor/activist Michelle Rodriguez on a campaign to help the hurricane ravaged and economically impacted island of Puerto Rico rebuild in a sustainable manner.

Video: Taino Spirit Promise Campaign Video

The campaign, titled Operation Taino Spirit Promise, comes 75 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, forcing a complete rebuild of its already weakened infrastructure.

In the spirit of Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taino people, Operation Taino Spirit Promise, will deliver supplies to local Puerto Rican NGOs committed to rebuilding Puerto Rico sustainably focusing on the areas of environment, eco-agriculture and children’s mental health and education.

The vessel will also retrieve plastics and raw materials off the island, alleviating the pressure from Puerto Rico’s over-flowing landfills. The campaign is set to launch mid-December and continue into 2018.

“Taino Spirit Promise will identify disrupters & change makers in Puerto Rico to empower
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AMC UK to air ‘Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics’

AMC have announced that it will premiere AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics on Monday 8th January at 9:00pm, available exclusively to BT customers. Said Kirkman:

My love for the world of comics knows no bounds. It’s a universe of amazing stories that has been driving pop culture as a whole for decades. Being able to explore the nooks and crannies of this world has allowed me to find out secrets even I didn’t know. It’s been a pleasure putting this series together and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to finally share it with the world.

The six-part one-hour documentary series takes a deeper look into the stories, people and events that have transformed the world of comic books and features interviews with icons such as Stan Lee, Patty Jenkins, Lynda Carter, Kevin Smith, Famke Janssen, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Rodriguez,
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Michelle Rodriguez Says the World's Doomed Without a Woman's Voice

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[[tmz:video id="0_azben3qv"]] Michelle Rodriguez channeled her inner James Brown to explain why powerful men are falling like dominoes, and the world feels like it's in collapse -- we're missing the feminine spirit. We got Michelle outside El Rey Theatre Thursday night in L.A., and it was so deep. She dropped her philosophy behind the wave of sexual assault allegations in entertainment and politics -- and it will make ya think. And she's not just complaining. Michelle broke it all down,
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Watch: Universal Orlando Is Opening a New Fast and Furious Ride Featuring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and More

Watch: Universal Orlando Is Opening a New Fast and Furious Ride Featuring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and More
Buckle up!

Universal Orlando Resort is kicking things into high gear with their latest attraction, Fast & Furious — Supercharged: an action-packed experience that pays homage to all the best features of the popular movies.

“Although we’ve been living with the characters for 15 years, it’s new territory to create something as immersive as this, that the fans of our franchise can actually live through and be a part of,” says star Vin Diesel in the video above.

“This ride is an amazing thrill ride,” fellow Furious actor Dwayne Johnson adds.

Related: Disney World Just Revealed Exciting New Details About Toy Story
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New Details Revealed for Universal Orlando’s ‘Fast & Furious – Supercharged’ Ride

Universal Orlando Resort has announced some major new details for a brand new attraction. We knew Universal Orlando was working on a new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride, similar to the one that’s already operating at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, but now we know how Universal Orlando’s version will differ. For the first time ever, Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) will join the attraction, which also includes Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Additionally, Universal Orlando’s Fast & Furious – Supercharged will …
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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films

Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films
In Hollywood’s struggle to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera, 2017 is proof positive that such films can conquer the box office, potentially putting to rest long-held conventions about what kinds of movies are most successful.

Get Out,” the social thriller by first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele, featured a black, unknown lead (Daniel Kaluuya), but nonetheless became the most profitable movie of the year, grossing $253 million worldwide on a $4.5 million production budget. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” represented a triumph for female directors whom for so long have been shut out of helming big-budget superhero action movies. Adored by critics and audiences alike, the film lassoed $822 million globally, prompted a sequel and became a rare cultural milestone likely to inspire and empower a generation of girls for years to come. And, in a summer that saw a number of sequels stall out, Universal’s multicultural “Fast and Furious” franchise is racing ahead to two more
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Paul Walker's Daughter Meadow Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit With Porsche

Paul Walker's Daughter Meadow Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit With Porsche
The late Paul Walker's daughter, Meadow Walker, has settled her wrongful death lawsuit with Porsche.

According to court documents obtained by Et, the case was settled on Oct. 16, though the settlement amount is unknown. The court documents state that Meadow's cases against Porsche “have been resolved in their entirety,” and she further requests the dismissal of these cases.

Walker died on Nov. 30, 2013, after he and his friend, Roger Rodas, crashed in Rodas' 2005 Porsche Carrera Gt. Meadow, 18, sued the auto manufacturer for negligence and wrongful death on Sept. 28, 2015. The lawsuit against the auto manufacturer claimed that the Fast and the Furious star "survived the physical forces of the collision," and that it was ultimately design flaws that caused the late actor to become trapped in the car during an automobile fire.

Porsche fired back in November of that year, stating that the actor was responsible for his own death in court documents obtained by Et. The car company
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Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Moves Forward With Nick Stoller

Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Moves Forward With Nick Stoller
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount Players hires Nick Stoller for “Dora the Explorer,” Sean Patrick Flanery will star in racecar action film “Dirt Track,” Steve McQueen signs an overall deal with New Regency, “Mudbound” wins at Middleburg Film Festival, and Orion hires Kevin Shelby.

Project Development

The fledgling Paramount Players division has hired writer-director Nick Stoller to work on the script for a live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie.

Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing the movie, which has been in the works since 2015.

Details are under wraps beyond the movie centering on Dora as a teenager. The animated “Dora the Explorer” television series ran on Nickelodeon from 2000-2014 with 172 episodes aired following a young Latina girl who went on adventures around the world.

Platinum Dunes has a first-look deal with Paramount. Stoller’s writing credits include “Get Him to the Greek,” “Neighbors,” the Muppet movie reboots,
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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