Japanese anime company making live-action Bubblegum Crisis movie

Tokyo-based animation outfit Anime International Company (AIC) has contracted with Singapore-based Cubix, a visual software production company, to make a live-action version of the sci-fi anime series Bubblegum Crisis, according to Variety. The companies plan a large budget for the feature, directed towards a U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2011. Bubblegum Crisis creators Shinji Aramaki …
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Trailer for What Doesn’t Kill You online

Based on events from director Brian Goodman’s life, What Doesn’t Kill You, stars Mark Ruffalo (Brian) and Ethan Hawke (Paulie), as friends who grew up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into …
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Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber, Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones Hat, Christian Bale’s Batman cowl and much more up for auction

Mark Hamill’s hero “Luke Skywalker” lightsaber from Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($150,000-$180,000), the original 82-inch diameter hero “United Planets Cruiser C-57D” flying saucer filming miniature from Forbidden Planet ($80,000-$120,000); three volume presentation First Editions of The Lord of the Rings with Elvish inscription with all three volumes signed by J.R.R. …
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Attack of the celebrity superheroes

Diverse Media Group is purchasing a stake in Celebrities In Action, in order to create a joint venture to develop superhero character franchises based on real-life Hollywood celebrities. The new characters will be developed in cooperation with film, music and television and sports stars and original storylines will span multimedia and multiplatform projects. Plans include …
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Old school Vegas con artist film Yonkers Joe trailer online

Yonkers Joe is described as an exciting, high-stakes con film and moving family drama written and directed by Robert Celestino, and starring Academy Award-nominee Chazz Palminteri, Academy Award-winner Christine Lahti, Tom Guiry, Golden Globe-nominee Linus Roache, and Academy Award-nominee Michael Lerner. An ode to old time gamblers, now outdated in an age of powerful upscale …
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Wayne Kramer’s Crossing Over trailer online

Wayne Kramer directed the hard-boiled thriller Running Scared back in 2006. I was surprised the movie didn’t have a better run in U.S. theaters. It was extremely well-crafted, and the contrasty cinematography, reminded me of Mel Gibson’s revenge action flick Payback. There’s a great animatic at the end of the film, composed wholly of Kramer’s …
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Tropic Thunder Blu-ray disc review

Riotously funny comedy Tropic Thunder just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray disc this week. If you weren’t one of our lucky contest winners, this is a must have film anyway. I watched Tropic Thunder in theaters twice. The first time was at a special advanced screening at San Diego Comic-Con in July, at a midnight …
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