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50 Upcoming Movie Remakes (Yep, 50!)

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Whenever a movie studio announces plans for another remake, the reaction among fans and pundits is always the same: Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.

But we like to look on the bright side of things, which is why we're so happy when we hear of a cool remake or reboot. Hey, who needs new ideas when there are already so many great old ideas waiting to be rediscovered?

With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 50 — that's right, 50! — upcoming Hollywood remakes that tickle our fancy. Because if these films were good the first time, you never know, you might just enjoy them even more the second time around. Get More »

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9 Essential Anime Movies

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Japanese animation has been pushing the boundaries of the field for decades, and Hollywood is only now catching up to the trends that anime films have already set.

In honor of Disney's American release of "The Secret World of Arrietty," which has already grossed $125 million outside the U.S., we're listing the most important masterpieces of the anime genre ... at least the ones that don't feature pervy monsters and Japanese schoolgirls. Get More »

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Future Looks Bleak As Warner Bros. Closes Shop On 'Akira' Remake


Scream "KANEDAAAA!!!" all you want, anime hounds, but it looks like Warner Bros. is about to pump the breaks on one of the most troubled productions in recent memory.

Since first being mooted in 2007 as a directing vehicle for then-29-year-old Ruairi Robinson, the baton has since been passed to Albert Hughes, and finally to "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, Warners is closing production offices in Vancouver and sending everyone home packing as key creatives try to figure out a way to cut the budget down so as not to leave the project an orphan.

The money was already sliced in half from Hughes' $200-million iteration, but now the company wants to decrease their risk further by chopping more fingers off the project, Yakuza-style, from $90-million to the $60-70 range. This is partly to do with a distinct hesitance on the part of any major name stars to climb aboard this motorcycle ride through post-apocalyptic dystopia, with only "Tron: Legacy" man-slab Garrett Hedlund signed on the dotted line. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Ken Watanabe: He's the 'Akira' Colonel, He Can Do That

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It's been a pretty darn good year for the stars of last summer's surprise blockbuster "Inception."

Tom Hardy, for instance, headlined "Warrior" and got his groove on as Bane in the upcoming mega-event "The Dark Knight Rises," while Leonardo DiCaprio went the award-bait route with the Clint Eastwood collaboration "J. Edgar" and Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in the well-received dramedy "50/50." But all of that pales in comparison with what Ken Watanabe has on his plate:

Saving Tokyo from brain-exploding mutants.

Makes your holiday plans look pretty boring by comparison, huh? Get More »

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Kristen Stewart in 'Akira:' Did We Just Blow Your Mind?

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The classic anime feature "Akira" has been blowing people's minds for nearly a quarter of a century now, which is only fitting considering it centers on the story of a mutant whose mind powers end up destroying Tokyo. But that's nothing compared to the mega-bombshell Twitch has just dropped: Kristen Stewart has been offered a role in the upcoming live action remake.


Here's the skinny for those of you who consider yourself to be more of a Twi-Hard than an otaku: Based on the ground-breaking manga series by Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo, "Akira," which was directed by Otomo himself, tells the story of two friends who have a falling out when one of them begins to develop psychokinetic powers. Get More »

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Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter Fight the Future in 'Akira'

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Critics have often praised Gary Oldman's ability to completely disappear into his roles, but this time, he'll be pitted against the toughest reviewers yet -- manga fans.

Oldman has been offered the role of The Colonel in the upcoming movie remake of manga classic Akira. The first adaptation of the illustrated series was brought to the big screen by the series' author Katsuhiro Otomo, who also served as director on the project, in 1988.

The series takes place in a dystopian future in which Tokyo has been destroyed by Akira, a young boy with immense psychic ability, who has since been captured by the government for tests. Get More »

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Garrett Hedlund To Go Full-Throttle For Newly Greenlit 'Akira?'

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At the very beginning of Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 animasterpiece "Akira," the first thing we see is a massive atomic bomb going off over Tokyo. Warner Bros. is now praying that was not a sign of things to come, as their long-gestating live-action version has just been given the greenlight.

According to Variety, the project is finally taking off under the guidance of Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown," "Orphan"), and although the official budget is not released yet, the last figure attached to the risky venture was $90-million.

Leading the pack of names wanted for the lead role of Shotaro Kaneda (most likely to be re-named something more American like "Billy Awesome") is Garrett Hedlund, who had his taste of futuristic bike action in "Tron Legacy" and didn't want the music to stop. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Variety

Keanu Reeves Ditches Live-Action 'Akira' Remake

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You mean he can dodge movie offers?

Yes, Keanu Reeves can do a lot of things, but apparently one thing he doesn't want to do is ride that futuristic motorcycle into the Hughes Brothers' live-action spin on the '80s Anime milestone "Akira" for Warner Bros.

Brad Pitt, James Franco, Ryan Gosling, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Zac Efron, and a partridge in a pear tree have all at one point or another been in discussion to star in the film, and now, according to JoBlo, Reeves passing may have dealt a serious blow to the production. Get More »

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Neo-Tokyo: Keanu Reeves to Star in 'Akira?'

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When Warner Bros. first announced they were going to do a live action adaptation of the classic sci-fi manga epic "Akira," the number one question on everyone's mind was who could possibly star in it. After all, in the original, the main characters are a pair of Japanese teenagers and with a budget reportedly approaching $230 million, it seemed unlikely that the studio could find any kid with a high enough profile to warrant that kind of investment.

Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter Warner Bros. has apparently come up with a simple solution: turn the teenager into a middle-ager, as "Matrix" star Keanu Reeves is now in talks to star as the film's biker gang leader Kaneda.

Neo, meet Neo-Tokyo. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'Akira' Casting Choices: Edward Cullen or Spider-Man?

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Okay, so before we get to the news about just who is in line to play the lead roles in the upcoming adaptation of the manga and anime classic "Akira," let's have a brief refresher on just what "Akira" was about: set in the near future city of Neo Tokyo, "Akira" tells the story of a teenage biker named Kaneda who risks his life to save his best friend Tetsuo after Tetsuo begins manifesting mental powers and is captured by the government in an attempt to prevent World War IV.

And now, according to Deadline, here's the shortlist of actors in line to play Kaneda and Tetsuo: Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy. And, oh yeah, Kaneda and Tetsuo may now be brothers living in Manhattan.

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Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Deadline
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