So, I’ll fully admit that I had a bit of a crush on Avril Lavigne for a while there. She’s pretty damn cute, she can play the guitar, and she’s got a feisty attitude that is rather appealing. Then she got engaged to Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger. Every bit of attraction I had went right out the window.
But moving past my own personal demons, Lavigne has released a cover of the song “How You Remind Me”. It was recorded for the upcoming anime film One Piece Film Z, which is the twelfth film in an ongoing manga, TV series, and feature length film series. That series is the highest grossing anime in history.
Now, one would expect the song to be pretty awful (I know I thought that when I first heard about this). However, after listening to it, it’s actually not that bad. It’s an original take on the song, dropping the bro-rock feel and replacing it with a subtle piano and minimalistic guitars and drums. Check it out below and lend your thoughts. READ MORE
The official website for the Blood-C: The Last Dark anime film began streaming a trailer on Saturday. The last episode of the “Blood-C” television anime series had revealed in September that the film will open in theaters in Japan on June 2, 2012, reports Anime News Network.
The manga creator team CLAMP developed the story and original character designs for the vampire television series and film, and Production I.G has been animating both projects. Naoyoshi Shiotani (Tokyo Marble Chocolate, key animator on Blood+ and Blood-C) is directing the film instead of the television version’s director Tsutomu Mizushima. Writers Jun’ichi Fujisaku and Nanase Ohkawa (CLAMP), animation character designer/chief animation director Kazuchika Kise, and voice cast members Nana Mizuki (Saya Kisaragi) and Kenji Nojima (Fumito Nanahara) are returning from the television series.
Niconico, the English version of the online video service Nico Nico Douga, streamed the television series outside of Japan as it aired.
The film’s story is set in Tokyo one year after the television series. READ MORE
This morning there’s a slew of interesting little nuggets of news worthy of a quick blurb. First, inside you’ll find the latest official poster for Magnolia’s Melancholia, directed by the controversial Lars Von Trier for release on November 4. In addition, we’ve updated our image gallery with a rash of new stills from the pic that follow Kristen Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, two sisters whose lives are drifting apart as the universe spectacularly unravels in what Von Trier describes as a beautiful movie about the end of the world.
Also beyond the break is a link to behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the now-filming redo of Total Recall. The pics aren’t eventful but do give us a look at both Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel in costume. Len Wiseman directs for Columbia Pictures with an August 3, 2012 date set in stone. The movie is ditches the Martian storyline from the original pic and instead involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai, with Douglas Quaid (Farrell), a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy — although he doesn’t know for which side.
About a month ago, a trailer for the Madhouse Animation Blade anime series hit the web, which is rumored to be premiering stateside later this year on G4TV. The series, written by Kenta Fukasaku (Battle Royale and, sadly, Battle Royale II), will focus on Blade teaming up with a young vampire hunter from Japan, plus Noah Van Helsing and his dog Razor, against the evil Deacon Frost and his minions in Asia. The opening credits have begun making the rounds today, which features a whole lot of fire and Blade flashing his fancy gadgets around.
‘BLADE’ fans have had very little to be excited about in recent years. Not only has their favorite half vampire/half human been mostly M.I.A within the Marvel Uni (Unless you wish to count the “CURSE OF THE MUTANTS” ‘event’), but he has also been ridden firmly into the ground by an awful third ‘film’. Well, guess what, I almost have good news for you! The good news is that on July 1st Marvel will be debuting the first episode of their all new, bloody, violent, and just plain COOL looking “BLADE” anime series. The bad news is that there are no details on whether or not we will be seeing a US translation anytime soon. However, if you so choose you can make the jump and check out the all new teaser trailer for the series which hit the net today, as well as a handful of stills. Read on for the skinny…
Even though he has a strong relationship with Warner Bros. by way of the The Matrix franchise, Keanu Reeves has officially passed on the role of Kaneda in the live-action Akira film, based on the 1988 landmark anime and six-volume manga, reports JoBlo.
The project has been in development hell for years and has had numerous big names circling it – James Franco, Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to name a few – but none have ultimately signed on to the Albert Hughes helmed sci-fi flick, whose budget has swelled to an estimated $140 million. WB must’ve really been saddened by Keanu passing on the role, because they shut down the pre-viz department and let go most of the staff working on the film afterwards.
They still claim to be in the adaptation business, saying “Production on `Akira’ has not halted or been shut down, as the film has not yet been greenlit and is still very much in the development stage. The exploratory process is crucial to a project of this magnitude, and we will continue to sculpt our approach to making the best possible film.”
Regardless of the spin the studio will try to put on this, the facts are these: With word of even more possible rewrites to lower the budget (which soared much higher than WB expected), Akira is going to limp to its death unless an outside studio steps in to co-produce or an A-list actor jumps on board – and fast. They can tinker all they want, but Akira is huge in scope. Unless WB decides to visually represent the physical manifestation of Akira as a storm cloud (I’m looking at you, Rise Of The Silver Surfer) and film it in suburbia, I can’t imagine the film costing less than $100 million.