Japanese fans are buzzing excitedly about a possible live-action movie adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April/四月は君の嘘 aka Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or KimiUso for short. This is caused by a discovery of the registered KIMIUSO-MOVIE.JP domain early this week by Toho, one of Japan’s major theatrical/distribution companies.
The manga ran from 2011 to 2015, being quite successful and winning the award for Best Shonen Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards plus a nomination for 5th Manga Taisho. Late last year, A-1 Pictures adapted it into a 22 episode anime series under the Noitamina slot by FujiTV. The sales of the anime Blurays and DVDs have been quite successful.
Anyway, this is the detailed information of the domain registration:
A few weeks ago we learned that the folks behind the Gambit movie were considering three well known actresses as the main female lead to star alongside Channing Tatum.
Deadline has recently confirmed that Lea Seydoux, who gained fame from being a Bond girl in Specter and starring in Blue is the Warmest Color, has been offered the lead female role. Seydoux was running against Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee and Rebecca Ferguson from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. However before testing could begin, Ferguson dropped out of the shortlist to pursue a lead role in DreamWorks’ adaptation of The Girl On The Train.
Lea Seydoux will be staring as Belladonna Boudreaux, Gambit’s lover and wife from the comics. The character eventually recieves powers of her own and takes over as the head of the Assassins Guild.
Gambit will be shown in cinemas on October 7, 2016.
Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) and Osha (Natalie Tena) the Wilding woman were spotted at the Ireland shooting set of Game of Thrones Season Six according to the Watchers on the Wall.
Here is the Instagram entry:
The last time these two appeared was in Season Three so HBO’s writers might want to do something with these two. In the novels, their fate is a mystery after they went to the island of Skagos and Davos Seaworth was tasked by Stannis Baratheon to retrieve them. However, the story might be different this time in Season Six.
So far, we know that Max von Sydow will play the role of Three-Eyed Raven, a Yoda-like mentor to Bran Stark and Ian McShane from Deadwood is cast in a limited, unknown role. Meanwhile, the directors confirmed for upcoming season are Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones Season 5“Kill the Boy” & “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”), Daniel Sackheim (The Americans), Jack Bender (LOST), Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones Season 5 “Sons of Harpy” & “High Sparrow”) and Miguel Sapochnik ( Game of Thrones Season 5“Hardhome” & “The Gift”)
HBO plans to have 2 more seasons after Season Six and yes, the debate is still on if Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) will be alive or not. The latest rumour is the actor was spotted at Belfast airport so there is still a hope that Jon Snow will be alive.
During the promotion of Boruto, famous mangaka/author Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto) dropped hints that he might be working on a sci-fi manga on the digital version of Shonen Jump Plus.
But first, he is taking a long break for a honeymoon after wrapping up projects like Borutoand Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring manga. The reason why he wants to work with Shonen Jump Plus is because the magazine offers more freedom with page counts and publication datelines compared to the traditional print version.
“I’ve already decided what I’m doing for my next work. While I was still doing Naruto, I thought about various things for material, and for the next one, I’m thinking I’m going to do science-fiction. It hasn’t all been worked out, and I haven’t showed my editor yet, but I’ve already designed the characters. Since Naruto was a bigger hit than I could ever imagine. I’d like to aim for the next hit. I don’t know when I can announce the next manga, but because I plan on challenging myself to surpass Naruto, please wait for it.”
Aziz M.Osman, the famous local director and producer is set to make the sequel of XX-Ray, XX-Ray III after disappearing from the scene for over three years.
According to him, it took 20 years to film the sequel since the last movie is shown at cinemas around 1995. The first movie, XX-Ray was made in 1992. He said, “Actually after XXRay II, I was asked to film the next sequel immediately. However, I don’t want to rush it because it takes a lot of detailing to give the movie the best touch possible, “ he continues, “As a director, I want to make sure that the plot and story line is fresh and not out of date.”
He insists that despite the use of CGI for the movie, he wants to make sure that the storyline of XX-Ray IIIis rock solid. At the same time, the 53 year old director is hiring new talents because he felt that they are more committed and easy to be directed. He also adds that he is reluctant to work with divas because he is worried that it will hold up production, on top of the excessively high salary demand from them.
As for now, he is yet to decide on who is to star in the latest movie because it is still in pre-production stages.
First it was Star Wars. Now the DC Superheroes are also getting their Wayang Kulit treatment. From the guys at Fusion Wayang Kulit, we’ll now get to see our favourite DC Superheroes in their traditional Wayang Kulit form!
Unlike their past performance Peperangan Bintang which performed Star Wars in the traditional Wayang Kulit style, this time we’ll only be treated to an exhibition of the DC Characters in their Wayang Kulit form. Called the DC Superhero Wayang Kulit Exhibition,itis being held in conjunction with the Justice League Run Penangthat’s happening this 30th August weekend.
According to Tintoy Chuo, the creator of Fusion Wayang Kulit, 5 major DC Superheroes will be featured in the Wayang Kulit exhibition and a special display will be setup in order to project their shadows onto a 10-feet tall display. So if you’re really looking for larger than life superheroes, you might want to go check it out.
The exhibition will begin this 27th August (Thursday) over at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang and will be run all the way till the Merdeka Day, 31st August (Monday).
Fusion Wayang Kulit, first came into prominence when they first performed Peperangan Bintang (the direct Malay translation for Star Wars) back in 2013. The performance was done by puppeteer Muhammad Dain Othman (affectionately known as Pak Dain) with the Wayang Kulit characters designed in the traditional Kelantanese style of Wayang Kulit puppets.
Since then, they’ve also went on to render martial arts and movie legend Bruce Lee into Wayang Kulit form for the 75 years of Bruce Lee Exhibition & Art Charity.
When asked if Fusion Wayang Kulit, will be considering a new performance with the new DC Superheroes Wayang Kulit puppets, Tintoy said that they’d like to see the response of the crowd to the exhibition before they make a decision.
So if you’re wondering what your favourite DC Heroes will look like in Wayang Kulit form, be sure to head over to Gurney Plaza from this 27th August till 31st August and you might just see them in a totally different light.
Ever wished you could own your very own gleaming metal statue of Darth Vader? now you can.
Royal Selangor, in conjunction with Disney, have produced a line of limited edition Star Wars merchandise out of pewter, much to the delight of fans. The figurines are cast from pure metal and are incredibly detailed, and unfortunately will cost you an arm and a leg as well, with the collection starting at RM201 going all the way to RM 3180 for the largest piece.
Here we have the first glimpse of Sofia Boutella’s mysterious alien character in Star Trek Beyond. The actress was last seen in Kingsmen as the female fatale with the gazelle-like razor legs.
In the video, we can see Kirk and his crew (Chekov and Scotty) interacting with the alien in front of a green screen. It seems like they just crashed a spaceship and emerged to a new planet or surrounding, trying to make sense on what’s going on. The alien is unfazed by the situation and proceeds to get to work with minimal fuss.
The all new Starfleet uniform is evident and it looks like Boutella’s alien character is cooperating with the crew of the Enterprise. However, besides this, not much is known at this point. What we do know is Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman), Zachary Quinto (Hitman, Star Trek), Karl Urban (Dredd), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Paul) and John Cho (Star Trek) are back as the crew with the addition of Boutella as the unnamed alien and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Thor) who is cast as the villain in this movie.
The movie is set for an exploration in the cinemas on 8 July 2016.
The main star of Gotham, Ben McKenzie had a candid interview with Entertaiment Weekly and admits Season One has some issues with the storytelling. He is promising that the upcoming season will be “exactly what the fans want to see.”
The villain of the week format is not working and some fans are not happy with the setup. The star admits it:
“I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever. That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it.
We were ordered for 16 [episodes]. We were going to have one break and come back and finish the rest of them in terms of the airing, and then we added six more, so we had to break again and then we had to come back again. And it’s hard for the audience to follow that many changes in a series in terms of when it’s airing and when it’s not. […]
The audience really wants to understand who these people are and live with them, sit with them and enjoy them. Whether they’re evil or good, they are entertaining. So that’s what we’re doing in season 2. [It’s] really kick ass. I think it’s exactly what the fans want to see.”
We shall see if his promise is true or not on 21 September 2015.
The Hyped Geek: Before we talk about the Visual Arts Expo, can you tell me a little bit about Wau Animation , I believe that you started just over 2 years ago?
Usamah Zaid Bin Yasom: Yes, the company was established early in 2013 so we are about two years in now, however the team that founded the company were not exactly new in the industry. There was 8 of us who left from Les’ Copaque Production Sdn Bhd, in fact I was one of the founding members of Les’ Copaque, if you are familiar with the creators of Upin and Ipin. So after about 7, close to 8 years there I finally felt that the company was not exactly going towards the direction I was hoping for, So we decide to go out and carve our own path.
“Wau” animation is how you would spell “wow” using malay phonetics so it’s like “wow” in “wow factor”. Basically, what we aspire to do is bring out that awestruck reaction. In that sense [our name] is kind of a promise of quality that we hold ourselves accountable to. And of course Wau is the kite, in the sense … we want to make sure that what we do reflects who we are, and as Malaysian, because the Wau is one of the main icons of Malaysia.
Also because it’s a kite, it’s considered a toy, and animation is meant to be play, it’s meant to be fun. Plus it’s a kite, so it lies really high like we aspire in ourselves kind of thing. Last but not least Wau is also one of the main alphabet in Arabic … that letter represents that side of us, as all out founders are Muslim, because we find that there are no animation or media giants that are holding the core of being Islamic, not that we are going out and try to convert the world but we want to have a place for our stories out there amongst the other heroes and stories of the world.
THG: and Ejen Ali is your first IP?
USZBY:Ejen Aliis our first IP. For Ejen Ali we have received the MAC3 development grant from the government to develop Ejen Ali so we’ve also spent about 8 months doing up the preproduction, developing the IP, time for us to develop the world, the characters, things like that.
Just recently we’ve signed a contract with Primeworks, the content subsidiary of Media Prima, so we’re actually the first animation title that will be co-produced with Primeworks. So they are coming in and having a share of the IP, and they are putting in quite a lot of money for us to produce this season of Ali.
Ali is a story about a kid who is an underachiever, kind of a loser who one day stumbles upon a mystery device that happens to belong to an espionage agency and then he accidently binds the device to himself and from there the agency needs the device but the kid is stuck to the device, so in order for them to use the device they need the kid. So they make the kid an agent but this kid is the last person you would want to be an agent.
One thing we thought would be the main attraction for the show is the fact that we have these four pillars inside the agenty the four pillars of espionage, tentatively named:
Intel Agents: these are the agents who do all the intelligence collection and those who plan the mission
Combat Agents: basically the big ones who bash up people and stuff
The Tech Agents: demolition experts, hackers, those who would handle all the intricate gadgets
Stealth Agents: the ones who go undercover and carry out recon missions
We feel that every team that goes on a mission, a real mission, an important one would require these four components, and each component would have different disciplines. They would wear different outfit they would wield different devices. These are the things that we feel could be expanded to the audience experience whereby we plan for our fans, instead of just registering into a fan club we would want them coming in and recruiting them as agents. Currently we are developing apps and a database for them to create their own avatar and pick their faction, like Harry Pottersorting hat kind of thing.
THG: ..and when will Alibe broadcast?
USZBY: The show will start airing in December on TV3, the whole production will go on for 20 months. The last episode of the first season will be aired in April of 2016 and then the second series will start airing in October 2-16. By January 2017 the last episode of season 2 will air.
Usamah’s son voices the “Wau” at the beginning of their short films.
THG: So far you’ve released a number of shorts, how long does it take to put one of those together
USZBY: A couple of weeks, it’s not easy [laughs] because we’ve been juggling a lot of things but we want to make sure that we have a presence now and then.
THG: So at VAX on Saturday I believe you have a keynote at 4pm, will that be you giving that?
USZBY: Yeah [laughs] most of them (the team) are very shy when it comes to public speaking. I mean I’m still nerve wracked whenever I get on stage, but you have to be brave about it and if you don’t challenge yourself you’re not going to grow, so I’ll be giving the keynote. I’ll be talking about Wau, why we do what we do and I’ll be introducing Ejen Ali. We’ll actually have a new animation video , 3-4 minutes long that we have completed that we have yet to release. I’m thinking that it’s something we are going to share there.
THG: How do you feel about taking the stage right after Mr. Hiroyuki Yamaga, Studio Gainax’s CEO and founder (creators of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL & Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
USZBY: [laughs] You have no idea! Just being on the stage itself is nerve-wracking, after Gainax they want me to take the stage? Oh I just hope the crowd is going to be kind to me.
THG: Are you planning anything else for Vax?
USZBY: We’re planning to show case our works [at our booth], we’re going to mention some recruitment to see if we get any interest, create the awareness that we’re hiring
Also whoever comes to our booth, we’re just going to give them random missions. For these missions we’re actually producing whole sets of button badges (for the various espionage factions), so people who complete the missions will get to be recruited into the different factions.
THG: What would you say are your favourite current animated show/movie and favourite of all time?
USZBY: One of my favourite animation of all time is The Lion King, it stuck with me for a really long time, I memorized like the whole movie, I watched it over and over and over again. A lot of other things I liked such as comics, Dragonball, Slam Dunk and now…my favourite director, if you would like to know is Christopher Nolan. I loved his work on Memento, it was the first movie I watched that made me realise that films don’t have to be such a normal thing and it kind of like gave me a new hope in learning film, I realised that people actually do this. During my years at Uni I was also into a lot of Anime as well Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin. Recently I watched Shingeki no Kyojin (Atttack on Titan) I loved that but the live action film.. awww it was horrendous, I saw like 15 minutes of it. When I watched it it got “Airbendered“, like what M. Night Shyamalan did with Avatar: The Last Airbender. That was also one of my favourites, but not so much Korra.
Obviously I love a lot of of Pixar movies, I love most of them I think my favourite pout of all the Pixar movies would be Incredibles and Up I think. From Disney I love how they are coming up again, I liked Frozen the first time I saw it, but when my son kept wanting to watch it over and over you start seeing all the flaws in the movie. On the flipside BigHero 6, the first time I watch it I was more “Meh” but again because my son wants to watch it practically every day watching it over and over again, it kind of reveals to you the brilliance of it , because when you watch it once you ,miss how much Hiro Hamada became like this brother. Now I love Big Hero 6. Whenever I see a Baymax I have to get it for my son.
THG: thank you for your time and enjoy your VAX experience!
VAX is running all weekend, 21-23 August, at Mines International Exhibition and Convention Center (MIECC)
Tickets are priced at RM 25 for two day pass and RM 15 for a single day.
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