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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Anamaria Marinca | Written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger | Directed by Rupert Sanders

Based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge against the corporation she was built to serve.

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Home Entertainment Review: Ghost in the Shell

Based on the hit manga and anime of the same name, Ghost in the Shell arrives with controversy surrounding it thanks to more claims of whitewashing. Let’s face it though, there isn’t an asian actress who draws in crowds like Scarlett Johansson and Ghost in the Shell needs every one of those extra pennies to look as good as it does. It’s about time anime started making its way to Hollywood (with Death Note soon to follow), and Ghost in the Shell is a surprisingly successful attempt at breathing new life into a seminal work of art.

Major (Johansson) is a member of Section 9, part of the police that deals with cyber terrorism, lead by Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano). However, Major is a special weapon, a human mind inside a completely cybernetic body. Major, her partner Batou (Pilou Asbaek), and the rest of the team suddenly find themselves
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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, 5 Years Later: How They Bounced Back After the Affair

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, 5 Years Later: How They Bounced Back After the Affair
It's been five years (and one day) since the shocking photos emerged of Kristen Stewart cheating on Twilight co-star and real-life boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. In another head-line making move, five years ago today, Kristen, who had always been media shy, issued a direct public apology to her jilted boyfriend of three years—and their picture-perfect love officially came crashing down. The explosive scandal broke Twi-Hards hearts and almost ruined careers. Almost. But no so fast... Despite the media massacre, the fall out, the real-life romantic saga that was more dramatic than the Twilight Saga, both K-Stew and R-Patz have...
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Why Directors Are This Summer’s Biggest Stars

Why Directors Are This Summer’s Biggest Stars
While movie stars continue to fade at the box office, directors are having their day in the sun. “Dunkirk’s” $50 million opening weekend is just the latest indication that the spotlight may be shifting from actors to filmmakers, even for blockbusters and summer popcorn fare.

Star-driven films like Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” Scarlett Johansson’s “Rough Night,” Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy,” Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and Charlie Hunnam’s “King Arthur” all failed to deliver audiences to movie theaters. The directors were the focus of the buzz on Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” earlier this year, and more recently for Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” Even comic book tentpoles and sequels like “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts, and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” succeeded with lesser-known leads taking on properties with troubled pasts, thanks
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Exclusive: Pilou Asbaek talks Ghost in the Shell and working with Scarlett Johansson

With Ghost in the Shell set for its UK home entertainment release on Digital on July 24th and on August 7th on DVD and Blu-ray, we chat to actor Pilou Asbaek about his role in the film as Batou, and working with Scarlett Johansson who portrays the character of Major.

Were you familiar with the source material for Ghost in the Shell?

I saw some of the anime in the 90s but I can’t say I was a fan. It was a part of my history, but I wasn’t like one of those die-hard fans.

How did you become involved in the film?

It’s actually an interesting story. It’s a very long story so I’ll try to make it short. I worked with one of the producers in a little indie film before that. And he introduced me to the director of Ghost in the Shell,
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Review: Ghost in the Shell

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While fully aware of Japan’s Ghost in the Shell and its impact as a Manga and Anime, I never experienced any version of it. As a result, I watched the recent live-action film version without preconceived notions. I knew all about the casting controversy but until there’s an actress of Japanese descent who can open a movie wide, casting decisions, such as this, will continue. So get over it.

Masamune Shirow created an interesting meditation on where humanity is going as he, like Ray Kurzweil, foresees the day when man and machine blend into a singular being. It won’t be overnight, nor will it be neat and easy. As a result, the question of what does it mean to be human permeates the film as written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, and Ehren Kruger and directed by Rupert Sanders.

The story centers on Major (Scarlett Johansson), an
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Robert Pattinson On Same Flight with Ex Girlfriend Kristen Stewart and Her Girlfriend Stella Maxwell

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Robert Pattinson probably had good reason to keep his earbuds close at Lax ... he was on the same flight as his ex. Robert arrived Friday after flying with Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend Stella Maxwell from France to the City of Angels. You may recall, Robert's relationship with Kristen was rocky ... especially after she allegedly cheated on him with director Rupert Sanders. Time heals all, or so they say. Nevertheless, Robert left Lax without Kristen being anywhere in sight.
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New to Streaming: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Best in Show (Christopher Guest)

Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is
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Scarlett Johansson Had Two Flops In a Row, So Now It’s Time For Her to Make ‘Black Widow’

Scarlett Johansson Had Two Flops In a Row, So Now It’s Time For Her to Make ‘Black Widow’
Just six months in, and the year 2017 has already been particularly unkind to Scarlett Johansson, at least as far as box office returns are concerned. The four-time Golden Globe nominee has already bowed two (very different) movies this year, the much-hyped “Ghost in the Shell” live-action feature and the raunchy female-centric comedy “Rough Night,” both of which flopped at the box office. It’s hardly the sort of financial reception the actress is used to getting, as she’s long excelled at making massive box office bucks.

Just last year, Johansson emerged as the only actress on a newly generated list of the highest-grossing actors of all-time, which also includes names like Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, and Johnny Depp. According to that running list from Box Office Mojo, first released last June, Johansson ranked in the top 10 with a total gross of $3.3 billion and counting, which
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Ghost in the Shell Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

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The live-action adaptation of the popular anime series, Ghost in the Shell, is making its way to blu-ray later this Summer. Paramount has announced the home entertainment release date, as well as all the bonus features you can expect to come with it.

If you've been waiting to check out Ghost in the Shell at home, you'll get your chance in a couple months. Today Paramount announced the live-action movie will be coming to Blu-Ray/DVD/4K on July 25, 2017, but you'll be able to watch it on July 7th via digital download.

Totally riveting” (Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv) and filled with “heart pounding excitement” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the thrilling and eye-popping Ghost In The Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The future comes early on Digital HD July 7.

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Ghost in the Shell Heads for Home in July

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Hollywood, Calif. – “Totally riveting” (Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv) and filled with “heart pounding excitement” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the thrilling and eye-popping Ghost In The Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The future comes early on Digital HD July 7.Set in a world where people are enhanced with technology, Ghost In The Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge
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Major to Report for Duty This July with Home Media Release of Ghost In The Shell (2017)

The Major will make house calls this summer with Paramount Home Media Distribution's 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie on July 25th, following its Digital HD debut on July 7th.

Press Release (via Broadway World): “Totally riveting” (Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv) and filled with “heart pounding excitement” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the thrilling and eye-popping Ghost In The Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The future comes early on Digital HD July 7.

Set in a world where people are enhanced with technology, Ghost In The Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime.
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Scarlett Johansson’s Major gets a collectible figure from Threezero

Sideshow has unveiled Threezero’s 1/6th scale Major figure which is based on the likeness of Scarlett Johansson in Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake of the acclaimed sci-fi property Ghost in the Shell. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $168 and is expected to ship January-March 2018; take a look at the promotional images here…

See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow and Threezero are proud to introduce the sixth scale Major collectible figure from Ghost in the Shell. Standing 10.5″ tall, this 1/6th scale figure features a realistic likeness to Scarlett Johansson, tailored clothing, a sub machine gun and more.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost In The Shell” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
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Juliette Binoche Keeps Risking It All: The Guiding Principles That Lead Her From Hollywood to ‘Slack Bay’

Juliette Binoche Keeps Risking It All: The Guiding Principles That Lead Her From Hollywood to ‘Slack Bay’
What brings one of the most acclaimed French actresses in the world to a Hollywood blockbuster? It’s a question that’s hard to avoid when thinking about Juliette Binoche. The Oscar winner has been a muse for Olivier Assayas, Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Haneke. She’s worked with Jean-Luc Godard, Leos Carax and Krzysztof Kieślowski. And yet, rather strangely, she has popped up in American tentpoles like “Godzilla” and “Ghost in the Shell” in recent years.

Read More: Review: Bruno Dumont’s ‘Slack Bay’ is a Middle Finger to French Society

If you think Hollywood money is the draw, then you simply don’t know Binoche. The actress could’ve gone blockbuster 24 years ago when Steven Spielberg pursued her for “Jurassic Park.” She turned him down to work with Kieślowski on “Three Colours: Blue.” Spielberg would cast Laura Dern. Binoche would win the César Award for Best Actress. Denying
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Incredible Concept Art For Ghost In The Shell Teases How Paramount’s Live-Action Feature Came To Be

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Ghost in the Shell may well go down as a flash in the pan – a beautiful, blinding flash, but a forgettable one nonetheless – but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn’t impressed by the film’s super-slick visuals.

In tapping into the archives of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga, Paramount and director Rupert Sanders truly embraced the cyberpunk sensibilities of Ghost in the Shell, even if the film was hamstrung by claims of whitewashing all throughout development. That criticism ultimately loomed large over the movie’s domestic opening, and Paramount’s executives have since conceded that the controversial decision to elect Scarlett Johansson in the role of The Major clipped the wings of Ghost in the Shell before it could make much of a dent at the international box office.

The end result is an estimated $60 million write-down for Paramount, and the death
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Bo Report: ‘Dance Academy’ debuts, 'Beauty and the Beast' still on top

'Dance Academy'..

Disney.s Beauty and the Beast has continued to dominate the box office, taking just under $5 million over its third weekend. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the reboot has now racked up a tidy total of $34.3 million.

Jumping up to second spot was The Boss Baby, which brought in $2.4 million. That figure is 23 per cent up on last weekend, likely thanks to school holidays having started in most states. The Fox/DreamWorks animation is now on $11.6 million after three weeks in release.

WB.s The Lego Batman Movie took its cume to $5.6 million with weekend takings of $1.8 million; a 23 per cent fall from its opening last week. .

Paramount.s Ghost in the Shell,.directed by Rupert Sanders and based on a Japanese manga series of the same name, dropped 44 per cent to take $1.2 million. The sci-fi is now on $4.2 million overall..

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Ghost in the Shell anime reboot announced

Publisher Kodansha and Japanese animation company Production I.Gare collaborating to create a new Ghost in the Shell anime project. The film will serve as a reboot and is set to be co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed).

This news follows on from the release of the live-action movie starring Scarlett Johansson, which is going to cost Paramount in the region of $60 million following its underperformance at the box office, something the studio has put down to the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of several of its characters.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of a new animated Ghost in the Shell project entering development, and what you thought of the recent Hollywood adaptation….

See Also: Early Ghost in the Shell concept art featuring Margot Robbie as The Major

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost In The Shell” follows the Major,
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer Parody Lampoons the Film’s Controversial Reception — Watch

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer Parody Lampoons the Film’s Controversial Reception — Watch
Rupert Sanders’ “Ghost in the Shell” has gotten its share of controversy and poor reviews. Now, Paramount’s live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s 1989 beloved manga has gotten the “Critics Are Raving” treatment.

Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Box Office Was Hurt by Whitewashing Controversy and Poor Reviews, Says Paramount Executive

From the whitewashing controversy ignited by the casting of Scarlett Johansson to play the lead in adaptation of the classic Japanese anime series, to the film’s similarities to “The Matrix,” the “Critics Are Raving” trailer by ScreenCrush gathers some of the most negative critical reactions to the film, which was released in theaters in the U.S. on March 31. The trailer features clips from the film’s previously released trailers.

Read More: 7 Classic Anime That Hollywood Should Remake After ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (And One That They Really Need to Leave Alone)

Shirow’s iconic manga series
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Why Japan Won't Save 'Ghost in the Shell' From Being a Box-Office Flop

Why Japan Won't Save 'Ghost in the Shell' From Being a Box-Office Flop
Japan isn't going to save Ghost in the Shell from registering red ink, though the filmmakers may be able to take some solace from the way their version is being received in its birthplace.

The Rupert Sanders-directed, Scarlett Johansson-starring take on the classic manga and anime opened Friday in Japan, taking in $3.2 million from 233,000 admissions at 611 screens over the weekend. Its Saturday-Sunday total was $2.4 million, landing it behind Sing, which topped the box-office charts for the fourth weekend. (Local charts are calculated on admissions rather than revenue, putting Ghost in the Shell third behind Disney's Moana.)

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Japanese audiences praise Ghost in the Shell remake and are happy with Scarlett Johansson’s casting

Rupert Sanders’ controversial (in some circles) adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has received its fair share of good reviews in the West [read our review here], despite the ‘white-washing’ claims hanging over it. However, it hasn’t connected with audiences domestically. Its opening weekend of $19 million was very disappointing considering its $110 million budget, and the audience dropped 60% in week two. Ghost in the Shell is doing better internationally ($92 million at the time of writing), and the film has now opened in its original home country of Japan where its being received very favourably.

Yahoo! Movies Japan rated the movie 3.5, praising the film’s visuals but not so much its story. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to some Japanese audience members who echoed that statement.

See Also: Early Ghost in the Shell concept art featuring Margot Robbie as The Major

“It looked really cool and I really enjoyed it. They didn’t just try and copy the original,
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