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Taika Waititi Would Not Whitewash Akira

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Director Taika Waititi has been in talks to direct the live-action movie of the cult classic Akira. Warner Bros has been trying to adapt the Anime based on manga of the same name for years. Now it seems that the Thor: Ragnarok director could be the one to bring it to life.

IGN asked the director during a press junket if he was going to direct Akira. “I am — that was more or less a rumor. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate about — am passionate about.” said Waititi “I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books,” Waititi said, adding, “And, yeah, so anyway there’s been some chats [about him directing it].”

There has been a lot of backlash with Hollywood whitewashing from Exodus to Ghost In The Shell. Warner Bros. has been trying to get the property off the ground with white actors rumored for previous versions, Tobey Mcguire, Leonardo DiCapro, and Garrett Hedlund were all set to play the roles of Japanese characters.

Waititi said he would not white wash any of characters. “Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, I’d probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books.” Waititi later added that he meant “all” the books in the six-volume manga series.

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The Punisher Gets A New Trailer And A Release Date

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The Punisher is officially being released. Many fans were worried that the show would be shelved after it was pulled from Comic Con due to the Vegas shooting and being postponed. The companies released a joint statement following the tragedy. “After careful consideration, Netflix and Marvel have decided it wouldn’t be appropriate for Marvel’s The Punisher to participate in New York Comic-Con–Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.”

The show is now set to debut on November 17th.  Previous promo for the show had the actual date blacked out like covert operation files. After appearing in Daredevil, Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle is ready for his on standalone of series.

The new trailer shades some new light on Marvel’s new twist on the character. In comics Frank Castle was a ex cop facing off against the corrupt cops and the mafia in New York, in an attempt to get revenge for his family. The Netflix’s take will turns Castle into an ex-marine facing off against the CIA and his fellow marines after the death of his family.

 The Punisher will feature his comic book ally Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Homeland Security agents Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah) and Sam Stein (Michael Nathanson), Frank’s friend Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore), army veteran Lewis Walcott (Daniel Webber), Micro’s wife Sarah Lieberman (Jaime Ray Newman), and Frank’s ally from Daredevil, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). Additionally, Ben Barnes plays Billy Russo, Frank’s former friend turned enemy in The Punisher series.
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B. Worthy Drops New Album ‘HyperLight’

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Tampa producer/rapper B. Worthy is ready to take fans on a new journey with HyperLight. B. Worthy has been dropping mixtapes in the Bay area and has grown into his own. His distinct voice and harmonies are a staple of his alternative music.  The album blends Hip Hop and EDM with B.Worthy’s melodic hooks.

Hyperlight questions the everyday struggles of the artist. Balancing his life being displaced in world that is setup for people fail. Using with religion and drugs to make it through. ‘Lord Have Mercy‘ showcase the duality that is leading to his downfall.

Wrap your ears around ‘Redlight,’ “I got to move it/I got to move on/Lord knows the stone is heavy/I’m so alone/I keep it moving at midnight/the load is so heavy but I stay strong/I got to make it when I’m dead and gone/all my rights will be made wrong/when I gone,” croons B. Worthy before the fast paced hook kicks in. “I don’t want to live this life/but I’m going through the red light”

Even on ‘Die’, themes of facing death on daily basis take center stage. “When it’s go time/ain’t no hesitate/if your scared to die/you won’t every make it/no weapon against me shall every prosper/born in trigger city/you with a chopper/I don’t know what fear is/I wasn’t born with that/once you cross this line it’s no going back” raps B. Live for it/die by it/with my life on the line I abide by this shit.

The album is available on Alwaysbworthy.com 

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New Sneak Peek Shows The Gritty World Of Bright

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Bright starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will be one of the first big blockbuster movies to be released on Netflix. Netflix announced it would spend over $8 billion dollars on new content. Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad and Training Day), the movie explores the darker side of magic blended with the street elements that director is known for.

Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The new featurette breaks down the relationship between the two new partners.

Bright stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi.  The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.  David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers.

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