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Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?

If you are (or were) a fan of That Guy With The Glasses, The Nostalgia Critic, or any of the producers that are or were affiliated with Channel Awesome, then I’m sure you are aware of the current firestorm brewing about that site. For those of you unaware of the site, here is a brief synopsis: Channel Awesome (CA) is a site that was originally created to promote of whole bunch of internet critics, who reviewed a wide variety of pop culture: from movies, to comic books, to video games, to anime, to pop music. Each producer had their own niche. But the “star” of CA is the site’s host, Doug Walker, a.k.a. “The Nostalgia Critic”, a.k.a. “That Guy With The Glasses”. In fact, channelawesome.com used to be thatguywiththeglasses.com. (I’m not hyperlinking on purpose). So it is no surprise that Doug would get top billing. Since its inception, many producers have come and gone. There were always rumors about certain personalities leaving on bad terms. But since most of the former producers kept quiet on the details, they remained as rumors. And since CA removed ex-contributors’ content immediately and with no fanfare (with one notable exception), many fans were kept in the dark. Until recently… Continue reading “Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?”

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Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic

So the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie came and went, and with it, the dream of seeing a high-quality Hollywood produced live-action anime, such as Akira or Battle Angel, took another big step backwards. Fans and critics were, for the most part, on the same page, as the film only made $40M in its first month in the US, and it’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits (at the time of this writing), at 46%. So the immediate reaction is to say that this movie is a bust. But that may or may or be the case. In fact, I am positive that in a few years, future critics and audiences will react more favorable to this film. Continue reading “Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic”

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Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel

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Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Alita: Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced film based on manga “Battle Angel Alita”, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Connelly, known for her roles in films like Labyrinth, Reqiuem for a Dream, and House of Sand and Fog won an Academy Award for her performance in A Beautiful Mind in 2001. Continue reading “Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel”

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Attack on Titan 2nd Season Delayed to 2017

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The Marketing Director of Spanish anime distributor Selecta Vision was recently featured in a podcast with Mision Tokyo, where it was reported that the upcoming second TV anime season of the Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) manga has been delayed to 2017. Selecta Vision marketing director Manu Guerrero revealed that the second season would be delayed till 2017. Continue reading “Attack on Titan 2nd Season Delayed to 2017”

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CN’s Toonami will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL

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The official Facebook for Adult Swim’s Toonami block announced on Thursday that it will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL with Production I.G. The 12 episodes will be a sequel to the 2000-2001 original video anime, and will be split into two seasons. The show is slated for late 2017 to early 2018. Series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki will also return for the new seasons, which will air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. Continue reading “CN’s Toonami will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL”

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New Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Details Revealed

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A new screenwriter has been brought in to do an overhaul on the live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The new writer is Jonathan Herman, who wrote this year’s Straight Outta Compton, the film about hip hop group N.W.A. Like for Ghost in the Shell, Herman was brought in to do a rewrite on that film after it had been tackled by several other writers.

Hollywood Reporter also dropped a few hints about the plot of Ghost in the Shell, which is set to open March 31, 2017: Continue reading “New Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Details Revealed”

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Imagine Entertainment to produce live-action anime

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One of the more interesting anime-related announcements out of New York Comic Con came from Bandai Namco Pictures, which announced plans for a live-action Hollywood take on superhero anime Tiger & Bunny. The process is in very early stages—they’re still looking for a screenwriter, director, and all the talent involved—but Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are set up to produce the film at Imagine Entertainment. Continue reading “Imagine Entertainment to produce live-action anime”

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Will Production I.G remake FLCL?

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Anime production company Production I.G announced the acquisition of the original rights to the FLCL OVA, which made its debut back in 2000. Recognizing the international popularity of the six-episode anime—directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki (Gunbuster 2), with I.G, Gainax, and King Records making up the production committee—and the exposure it got from its English-dubbed broadcast, The August 28th announcement notes the six-episode series’ international popularity and the exposure from its dubbed broadcast, before indicating I.G’s plans to take advantage of the acquired rights, with the possibility of a remake mentioned. Production I.G hinted at future plans.

One of those plans includes the possibility of a FLCL remake. We’ll have to wait and see if they actually go through with it, but the power is now in I.G’s hands, so we could see more FLCL in some form down the line. Continue reading “Will Production I.G remake FLCL?”