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Watch the First Trailer for Ghost in the Shell

The first full length trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is here! You can watch the trailer above and see Scarlett Johansson become The Major and start kicking ass.

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.

Even though the trailer looks pretty bitchin’ and the film will probably be objectively good, everyone is still pretty pissed off over the casting of Johansson as The Major. The character was originally a Japanese character and casting a white American actress has been viewed as whitewashing. Why the studio did not hire any number of Asian actresses to fill the coveted role has been upsetting to many. 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.

Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese media franchise originally published as a seinen manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.

The adaptation is 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.

Scarlett Johansson to Star in The Psychopath Test Adaptation

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A new film adaptation is in the works for the non-fiction novel, “The Psychopath Test” written by Jon Ronson. It was announced last week that the film already has a star by way of Scarlett Johannson.

The book follows Ronson as he delves into the manipulative, deceitful and delusional world of psychopathy. He interviews a psychologist who convinces him that many of the world’s most influential businessmen and politicians may in fact be highly functional psychopaths. With a new set of skills to help him spot who may be psychotic, Ronson aims to uncover truths behind psychopathy diagnoses, treatments and how to identify a true psychopath.

The Psychopath Test will be directed by Jay Roach who is known for several different types of films, television shows, and miniseries. He previously worked on Recount and Game Change, but also showed his talent for comedy in Austin Powers and Meet the Parents.

There has been no word on when the adaptation will hit theaters or when production will begin.

Scarlett Johansson Confirmed to Return for Captain America: Civil War

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Last week the directors for Captain America: Civil War announced that fans will see Black Widow again. Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed to return for her iconic role in the next installment. The news was  announced by directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

In a press event in Beijing, the directing pair said,

“We’ve been preparing for the movie since the one debuted last year,” Anthony said. “So, we’ve been working on it for a long time now. We’re very happy how it’s coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and it’s going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier will be back, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.”

Captain America: Civil War is a very highly anticipated addition to The Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will include new as well as already-loved members of the MCU films including Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Daniel Bruhl in a mystery role, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and potentially Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.

Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell Role

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According to a report from Deadline, beautiful woman and all around great actress Scarlett Johansson is being offered the leading role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The film is based on the manga series by Masamune Shirow.

Last year it was rumored that Margot Robbie was being eyed for the role but now it appears plans have changed as Johansson is in the leading eye for the starring role.

The series is a futuristic science fiction series where members of a covert ops unit that takes on technology-related crime.

Ghost in the Shell will be directed by Rupert Sanders who previously was responsible for Snow White and the Hunstman (as well as having an affair with star Kristen Stewart.) The script is coming from William Wheeler.

The manga series was insanely popular and has led to other adaptations already including several anime films, a TV series, and a series of video games with DreamWorks releasing the second anime film in North America.

Johansson has not been confirmed for the role but since her success playing intense battle type characters such as in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, it seems like she is a good candidate.

Scarlett Johansson Moves Forward With Directorial Debut

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Scarlett Johansson is set to make her directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s first novel “Summer Crossing.” The novel was written by the famed author in the 1940s. Capote eventually cast it aside and it was thought to be lost for over 50 years, but was eventually published in 2005. Her involvement was first announced in 2011 but little has been heard of the project since then. Continue reading

Black Widow Film In The Works For Scarlett Johansson

With Marvel’s The Avengers topping the U.S. weekend box office (earning a total of $200,300,000 in its opening weekend) it is no surprise that Marvel is wasting no time moving on to its next film, a standalone project about Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow/Natasha Romanov.

Producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the project is in preparation. Johansson, 27, hinted that the film will be more of a prequel that focuses on the gun-wielding hero’s origin.

Johansson spoke with Ace Showbiz about the project saying:

I love her origin story. I think it’s just such a riveting one… It’s just steeped in history and the richness to shoot in Russia, perhaps… I hope that the fans’ voice is loud enough and they want to see a Widow origin story, I know Marvel would be happy to entertain that. We’ve spoken a lot about it.”

In the same interview, Johansson said her character is not just fighting for the good of the world.

She was almost salvaged by S.H.I.E.L.D. and so she’s loyal to that group, to that agency, but only as sort of paid debt,” she said.

The character Black Widow first appeared in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #14 (2002).

Her official history, provided by Marvel is as follows:

“A descendant of Russian royalty, Natasha Romanov was abandoned as a child and found by soldier Ivan Petrovich. A ballerina in her youth, she joined Russia’s K.G.B. and became an elite intelligence operative, a combination of consummate skill and classified government enhancements of her natural abilities. She also became infamous as an often-wed, often-widowed heartbreaker whose husbands (beginning with test pilot turned intelligence agent Alexi Shostakov) tended to suffer “unfortunate accidents”, a quirk which may have influenced her choice of long-term code name: the Black Widow. She eventually embarked on a lucrative freelance spy career, which culminated in her infiltration of New York City’s Latverian Embassy.

Manipulating the naïve young superhero Spider-Man into helping her escape Latverian security, Natasha used the information she gathered to audition successfully for the American-based international spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. She became a mainstay of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s black ops division, often partnered with Hawkeye (Clint Barton).

After Hawkeye and the Widow led the successful extermination of over five hundred Chitauri extraterrestrial subversives, the duo was promoted to the ranks of the Ultimates, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s celebrity super-agents, with newly falsified personal backgrounds. Alongside the Ultimates, Black Widow helped save Earth from a Chitauri plot. She and teammate, Iron Man (Ultimate)”


Comic character photo of Black Widow/Natasha Romanov.

New Marvel’s The Avenger’s Trailer Revealed

 

After being teased with it, the new trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers has finally been released. This after the new promotional poster for the film was revealed earlier this week which you can see above.

The plot continues the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Marvel’s The Avengersis the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

I think this movie is going to be awesome primarily because of three people. Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and the best of them all, Joss Whedon (although don’t tell FOX he is working on it or they might try and get the movie cancelled. ba-zing.) I do plan to see it, and frankly, the trailer makes it look bad-ass.

This new film is being directed by the (incredibly amazing) Joss Whedon and and sports an all star cast.  It includes:

  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
A self-described genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist with a mechanical suit of armor of his own invention. 
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
A World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum. 
  • Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk:
A genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or excited. Ruffalo was cast after negotiations between Marvel and Edward Norton broke down.

  • Lou Ferrigno will voice the Hulk.
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
The god of thunder based on the Norse deity of the same name. Hemsworth was cast as part of a multiple movie deal. Hemsworth stated that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Thor by increasing his food intake, consisting of a number of chicken breasts, fish, steak and eggs a day.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
A highly trained spy working for the international peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. 
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and master archer known in the comics as the “World’s Greatest Marksman”. Renner said it was a very physical role and that he trained physically and practiced archery as much as possible in preparation. 
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
Thor’s adoptive brother and nemesis based on the deity of the same name. 
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed in previous films to be coordinating the “Avenger Initiative”. Jackson was brought to the project with a deal containing an option to play the character in up to nine Marvel films.
  • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Jackson’s Nick Fury. 
Marvel’s The Avengers is opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on May 4th. It is written and directed by (the amazingly awesome) Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard.

You can watch the new trailer below and check out the new poster above if you missed it.

New Poster for The Avengers Revealed

A new poster has hit the internet for the upcoming movie The Avengers, only one day before the new trailer kicks off. Adapted from Marvel comics, the Avengers are a team of superheroes who gather together to battle problems that each singly can not.

The eye catching poster features the main cast in in their superhero glory, posing ridiculously as they would in comic books. I’m more surprised that Black Widow isn’t showing more cleavage or more in a cheesecake position. It would have been more inline with the comic book industry standards of, “making it big.” Go google “black widow comic” and take a look. It seems that all superheroines have their hips permanently locked and should have problems moving. As silly as the poses are for the Avengers, it still strikes a chord of badassery. At least it’s not the Ginyu Force team pose.

The backdrop for the poster shows the heroes set in what appears to be a semi-destroyed New York still under attack. Without their headgear to obscure the star studded faces, the poster shows Chris Evans as the pro-drug use Captain America, Robert Downy Jr. as the Incredibly Pompous Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Space God of Thunder and Abs, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury; such a bad ass that he stopped being white, Jeremy Renner as the Bullseye version of Hawkeye, and a CGI Hulk who’s alter ego is played by Mark Ruffalo. Then we come back to Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. Her superpower set is using a gun and launching a luchador wrestling technique that disables men with her swinging crotch.

The Marvel Comics that the movie is actually adapted from is called The Ultimates, a dark and gritty reboot of the Avengers franchise. The comics did well to distance itself from more campy versions of the Avengers and other complex storylines.

Too bad the poster in the U.K will label the upcoming film adaptation as “Avengers Assemble.” Which is understandable because the Brits have their own team of heroes that fight crime called The Avengers.

In the states, the Marvel comics version of The Avengers debuted in September 1963. While in the U.K. Citizens tuned in to watch a spy adventure television show January 1961. It was also called the Avengers which was well produced before Marvel ever started cranking out their comics. So to protect everyone from confusion; and obvious questions about trademarks and copyright laws; it was probably for the best that the movie was renamed. Though I think Ultimate Avengers would have been better move.

One of the more memorable opening sequences of the show explained the spy adventure succinctly:

“Extraordinary crimes against the people, and the state, have to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are John Steed, top professional, and his partner Emma Peel, talented amateur. Otherwise known as The Avengers.” The opening narration would then cut to the theme song.

Though it happened so long ago, doesn’t make it any less of a cultural icon. I grew up on black and white versions of the show, and still to this day want a sword umbrella. A real proper gentleman one. Not a samurai sword handle umbrella or a shiv umbrella. That and add a intelligent, yet beautiful sidekick wearing a catsuit. That wouldn’t be bad either.

Mrs. Peel, we’re needed.

The Extended Super Bowl Spot for Marvel’s The Avengers!

There was a collective geekasm on the internet following the Super Bowl as comic book fans went wild over the slew of commercials aired. For some, waiting for the ads to be released online was more entertaining than the sport itself; I know that I enjoyed watching the over the top commercials.

In the commercial lineup were a number of trailers with never seen before footage and Marvel’s The Avengers did not disappoint. Opening on May 4 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, the film directed by Joss Whedon; Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, All Things Nerdawesome!; will feature a large list of stars and heroes. There’s Robert Downey Jr. as the Arrogant Iron Man, Chris Evans as Evil Ex… Er… Uhm… I mean Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, God of Abs; Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow; with superpowers of martial arts and using a gun; Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye; Updated to be more like Bullseye but more badass; Tom Hiddleston as the anemic Loki, Stellan Skarsgård as some supporting character from the Thor movie that analyzes the cosmic cube, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

The Avengers team lineup has changed a number of times throughout the ages, but with tie ins from other Marvel movies, I expected; no, wanted; to see Spider-man and Wolverine part of the assembled crew. Spider-man for his wise cracks; doesn’t need alcohol like Stark; and Wolverine for his no-nonsense slice you up attitude. The movie seems to be based on one of Marvel’s many reboots of their comic universes, this one being their Ultimates series.

With the end of movie Easter Eggs for the Avengers related scenes peppered throughout other Marvel superhero movies, the excitement has been building for a long time. I thought it was getting so out of hand; and awesome; that I was sure I was going to see Nick Fury show up at the end of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and invite Mister Pilgrim to join the Avengers.

Black Sabbath T-Shirt: Check. Ironman on full blast: Check.

Besides the hype and internet agreement that the trailer delivered the good, it’s the little things about the trailer which makes me want to see the movie. First there’s Tony Stark referring to the Avengers as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” which puts the Amazing in Spider-man and Incredible into Hulk. Then there’s Stark wearing a Black Sabbath shirt; I Am Ironman!; playing knifey-spoony with Loki. The best part of the trailer is the protective circle of win made by all the Avengers in a circle crane shot; better than any slow motion shot of the heroes walking in a line over debris and fire.

Check out Marvel’s The Avengers Super Bowl XLVI Commercial (Extended) below: