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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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Christopher Nolan Will Not Direct James Bond

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Christopher Nolan will not follow Dunkirk up with 007.

The final movie starring Daniel Craig as the titular espionage agent is due out in late 2019. A director has yet to be named — but it won’t be Nolan who took his name out of the mix during an interview with BBC Radio 4.

“I won’t be the man,” he said during the segment. “No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumored to be doing it.”

Other directors rumored to get behind the helm include Yann Demange, Denis Villeneuve, David MacKenzie and Paul McGuigan.

The next 007 flick, known for now simply as James Bond 25, opens on November 8, 2019.

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Ryan Reynolds Reveals The Best Part Of Being Deadpool

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Deadpool 2 returned to Vancouver for some reshoots, Ryan Reynold’s made some dreams come true with kids from the Make-A-Wish and Children’s Wish Foundations on the movie’s set.

“One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set,” he wrote on social media. “Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)”

Deadpool 2, which also stars Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, arrives in theaters on May 18.

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Thor: Ragnarok’s Extended And Deleted Scenes Are Jeff Goldblum At His Best

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Thor: Ragnarok’s extended and deleted scenes show Jeff Goldblum at his best. With the upcoming digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD release of the movie, Marvel Studios has revealed deleted and extended scenes that highlight Goldblum’s character The Grandmaster.

One of the extended scenes features The Grandmaster trying to explain his elaborate hand signals to his bodyguard, Topaz (Rachel Mouse). Another revisits Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) first encounter with The Grandmaster and includes an unruly Saharan bat getting caught in the throne room during the meeting.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Goldblum discusses the editing of Thor: Ragnarok and the choices its director, Taika Waititi made. “Anything that you see in the movie was a version selected by Taika’s tasteful editing from usually ten other choices of stuff that we tried. We just kind of had a growth spurt and creative ecstasy together and what you see is the result of something from that.”

Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Marvel movies involving the titular Asgardian, revolves around Thor getting stuck on the gladiatorial planet of Sakaar (which is ruled by The Grandmaster), after a battle with Hela (Cate Blanchett). Once there, he reunites with Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and meets a new ally in Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Together, they must try and stop Hela from destroying Asgard.

Thor: Ragnarok will be available on digital platforms on Februry 20th. A DVD and Blu-Ray release will be available on March 6th. Watch the extended and deleted scenes below!

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