It's Official: ScarJo Is Motoko in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

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Variety has confirmed it. She was offered the role back in October.

I'm not particularly bothered by this, given that it was always likely they were going to go with an American star anyway. More troubling is that the director is Rupert Sanders, of Snow White and the Huntsman, whose track record indicates a director more interested in banging the leading lady than making any kind of coherent story.

Sanders is also reportedly attached to Universal's Van Helsing reboot, which makes perfect sense - I'm guessing a female Van Helsing this time. That he can bang.

TR's 10 Best Manga of 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

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It's that time again: time to struggle to pigeonhole a vibrant, diverse corner of the comics world into a neatly-arranged, 10-entry list. It's been another pretty good year for manga in the west; global megahit Attack on Titan has done little but pick up momentum, gathering tie-ins, spinoffs, and an in-production movie, even as the manga itself has been teetering dangerously between stupidly awesome and awesomely stupid. Naruto came to a close in November, Yen Press has been feverishly adding light novels to their already robust selection of manga, and Seven Seas have a bizarre breakout hit in Monster Musume, which has topped the New York Times manga charts no less than six times in 2014. It's a fun read, but it's also a sex comedy that often stops just short of being actual porn, so it's not quite right for this list. What is right for manga's best of 2014? Try these on for size.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Demon Queen Statue With Interchangeable Silicone Boobs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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Yamato USA's latest figurine, Demon Queen from the light novel Maoyu, has quite the interesting feature...

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Weekstarter: Naked Hermaphrodite Pooh, Bloodsucking Games, Medieval Goats and More

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Momaw Lisa" by sonicsnout

It's a new week, and the shortest one of the year, full of gift guides and other content to get the holidays off to a good start. In fact, today we're even going to have a whopping TWO list features! I'd say that it's because you deserve second helpings at Thanksgiving, but we all know that in fact this is likely to be a slow news week, and therefore a good time to showcase feature articles and editorials.

Here's your first of said features - a collection of the best and brightest reader-submitted and Kyle LeClair-compiled news tips over the weekend, to start your Monday off right. This week's tipsters included sonicsnout, troi, Citrus_King, skrag2112, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, rkwsuperstar

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13 Character Posters for Live-Action Attack on Titan Movie

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Dear God, the stuff I've seen just by doing an image search on "Attack on Titan Hans." Y'all are sick puppies, and reading way too much into a buttoned-down nerd girl caressing a giant rocket in her launcher. Here's more fodder, so I guess you're welcome.

And below, 12 more character posters, for characters old and new who'll be appearing in the Japanese live-action movie. Unfortunately none are Titans, so there's no "Gigantor McHugebutt IS...Skinless Dude."

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Blu-ray Today: Miyazaki, Romero, Koenig, Campbell...Thomerson?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - This is what happens when you wait too long to make a sequel, even if it's good. Actors die, tastes change, and the artist/writer everyone once loved for being a misanthropic, drunk, misogynist anachronism is now hated...for STILL being a misanthropic, drunk, misogynist anachronism. Never mind that many aspects of this sequel are actually superior to the first - Josh Brolin's Dwight beats Clive Owen's, the 3D is insane, and the city actually feels like more than just a digital backdrop this time around. Audiences by and large weren't into it, and odds are we won't get a part 3.

And as I've said before, I can't really disagree with the reasons why people hate the movie - it's the ultimate power fantasy of emasculated drunken assholes who don't really kick ass but wish they could. But if you ask me, there's nothing wrong with that; I am, at times, one of said assholes, and this is pure escapism for my worst impulses. Bring it on again. As with the original, this disc includes an all-greenscreen version in fast-forward, lasting 16 minutes...sadly, there aren't many other extras, leading one to believe that the usually prolific Robert Rodriguez may be holding out for a double-dip that there won't be sufficient demand to ever make.

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TR's 2014 Fall Anime Guide: 11 New Series, Ranked

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Ah, simulcasting. The anime industry's last-ditch attempt to stave off financial doom in the wake of rampant piracy has actually made it incredibly easy to watch damn near every new show that airs in Japan within days of its initial airing. It's great if you have the time to watch everything, but not everybody has the wherewithal to wade and potentially suffer through every new show in the hopes that they'll find something they'll like.

So allow me to do that for you. Here are eleven of this fall season's new anime shows, ranked and judged by my own completely arbitrary criteria!

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Attack on Titan and Marvel Universe Will Cross Over

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Don't say it...

Don't say it...

"StillbetterthananythingSonyMMMMPH!"

What did I just tell you?

Anyway, Marvel's C.B. Cebulski just Tweeted out the image above, saying it will happen in Japan. I imagine there'll be places to import it.

Time now for someone to mash-up that theme song with the classic Spider-Man song.

h/t Anyone00

Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

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Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell Live-Action Lead

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Deadline buried the lead in their story about possible Suicide Squad movie casting yesterday, with a late-breaking addendum that ScarJo is being offered $10 million to play Motoko Kusanagi (or whatever horribly Americanized name they'll give her so as not to appear to be whitewashing - Moe Cuse, perhaps?). If you're not going to go Asian, it makes sense - Johansson's recent Lucy ripped off and dumbed down quite a bit from Akira, and proved she could open a movie at the box office. And having already played an alien uncomfortable in human skin, playing a mechanical body with an existential crisis shouldn't be a huge stretch.

While I doubt the movie won't be fucked up somehow, I actually think this might be a good first step. And if it all falls apart, the originals are still there.