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Scarlett Johansson May Star in Ghost in the Shell

It looks like Hollywood is going all out for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation and could include some big names like Scarlett Johansson.  Word is that The Wolf of Wallstreet‘s Margot Robbie was originally in talks for the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, but that may have been put on hold since she began negotiations for Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Now, an article on JoBlo.com reports that Johansson has been offered a large chunk of money to step in!

 

scarlett-johansson-ghost-shell-2Image courtesy of JoBlo.com

What do you think about the potential casting? We’ve seen Scarlett Johansson take on a number of action roles lately — will she live up to fan expectations for Motoko Kusanagi?

 

Click here to read the full article on JoBlo.com!

 

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 on FUNimation.com!

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Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 slight delay

ghost in the shell ariseDue to unforeseen technical difficulties during final product creation, the release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 has been postponed a week. Originally slated for October 21st, the new release date for the OVA series is now October 28th. This delay will not affect any current pre-orders.

 

Please click here if you would like to pre-order Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 now.

 

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This cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences! Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades – while rebooting the genre it helped define.

 

Border 1: Ghost Pain

Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Border 2: Ghost Whispers

Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.

 

New Release Tuesday – Exclusives and Collector’s Editions

DBZ_bluray_season_7We’ve got a jam-packed New Release Tuesday for you, so let’s go ahead and get started!

 

First up, Dragon Ball Z Season 7 is now available on Blu-ray! Click here to order your copy now.

 

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Seven years of peace have passed since the defeat of the monstrous Cell, and the Z-Fighters have enjoyed a return to normal life. Goku has eagerly continued his training in Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has renewed his scholarly pursuits while attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. Two fresh new Saiyan faces have also appeared on the scene – Goku’s son Goten, and Vegeta’s son Trunks!

 

Now, the time has come for the Z-Fighters to reunite, as the new World Martial Arts Tournament is set to begin. The greatest warriors on Earth have come together for their chance to capture the title of the reigning champion, Mr. Satan – but behind the scenes, sinister forces are at work. An evil eye watches the competitors’ every move, waiting for the opportune moment to strike. The action grows fierce on the tournament floor, but for the Z-Fighters, the real fight is only just beginning!

 

Keep an eye on the blog, we’ll be revealing the final designs for the panoramic image shot and beauty layout for Seasons 7 – 9 in the next few weeks.

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FUNimation at the Movies – Robot Double Feature

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We’ve got a special Robot Double Feature for this month’s FUNimation at the Movies! We’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1. Both English dubbed. Check out the synopsis for each below!

 

Hal – the Movie synopsis:

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

 

Movie releases on BD/DVD Combo tomorrow! Click here to order now.

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 synopsis:

Border 1: Ghost Pain

Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

 

Releases on BD/DVD Combo on 10/21. Click here to order now.

 

 

 

Screenings are free, though you can reserve your seat with a voucher you can redeem for concessions depending on the theater. Take a look at the theaters screening the double feature below:

 

Alamo Drafthouse:

Denver, CO – 9/8
San Antonio, TX – 9/9
Richardson, TX – 9/8
Houston, TX (Vintage Park)
Lubbock, TX – 9/8
Austin, TX – 9/8
New Braunfels, TX – 9/8
Winchester, VA – 9/8

 

If you’re in the Katy, TX area be sure to check out the Anime at the Alamo program! They’ll be screening Hal – the Movie and Ghost in the Shell: Arise border 1 on 9/9. Click here.

 

Carousel Cinemas:

Almance Crossing – Burlington, NC – 9/8

 

 

Awesome English Cast Announcements from Otakon

We have not one, but THREE awesome English cast announcements for you today! Take a look below.

 

First up, we’ve got the English Cast for A Certain Magical Index II, Part Two.

 

index keyCHARACTER – ACTOR

ACQUA – Andrew T. Chandler
AMATA KIHARA – Marcus D. Stimac
BIAGIO BUSONI – Barry Yandell
POPE MATTHAI REESE – Bob Magruder
RITOKU KOMABA – Patrick Seitz
SHIAGE HAMAZURA – Clifford Chapin
TERRA – George Manley
VASILISA – Leah Clark
VENTO – Kara Edwards

 

A Certain Magical Index II, Part One will be available on BD/DVD Combo on October 14th. Click here to pre-order now!

 

synopsis:

When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana!

The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

 

Next up, more Fairy Tail! Check out some of the new characters you’ll meet in Fairy Tail Part 13. (Both Japanese and English voice actors listed below).

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Romancing the Major – Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3

According to Kotaku’s recent article, it looks like the Major has quite the romantic side! Just when you thought this sexy cyborg’s life consisted of only kicking ass and taking names, Ghost in the Shell: Arise – border 3 Ghost Tears gives the viewer a completely new outlook on Kusanagi.

 Akira and Major Hugging

Akira is the Major’s lover, and coincidently, her mechanic. I guess it would only make sense for Kusanagi’s first serious relationship to be with a guy who knows her inside and out… literally.

 

What’s particularly interesting about this relationship is that you see a more feminine side of Kusanagi. In the past, the Major has always been the alpha-male in both her professional and personal life but with Akira she is flirtatiously coy, sensitive, and vulnerable. This relationship makes this particular Ghost in the Shell unique by adding a new aspect to the character development of Kusanagi—don’t get me wrong though, she still kicks plenty of ass throughout the film!

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English Recording Set to Begin for Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Flower Mound, Texas (May 13, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today recording will begin shortly for the English dub version of the latest installment in the Ghost in the Shell franchise. Following in the footsteps of the Japanese release, a brand new cast has been chosen to voice the younger characters featured in Ghost in the Shell: Arise. Casting should be finalized in the next few weeks, with a cast announcement scheduled shortly thereafter.

 

Ghost in the Shell: ARISE – Borders 1 & 2, both 50 minute OVAs, will be combined into a single release – expected to hit later this year. FUNimation has previously released a limited run of first two OVAs as imported, Japanese Collector’s Editions.

 

For fans looking to get in on the action sooner, FUNimation will be hosting one-night theatrical screenings for Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 (Japanese audio w/ English subtitles) in select cities on May 29th. For a full list of theaters, as well as information on where to buy tickets, click here.

 

More About Ghost in the Shell: ARISE
In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she’s not the only one looking for answers—as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

 

 

Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 Screenings via Tugg

Fans will be able to see Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2 on the big screen on May 29th via Tugg.com! Just take a look below at the list of theaters, plus a link to buy tickets. We need a minimum number of attendees for each screening to make them happen, so please spread the word and get your friends and family to go.

 

In addition, the first 50 people who purchase tickets online will receive a limited edition Ghost in the Shell: Arise poster! Fans can pick up their posters with a valid photo i.d. at the theater the night of the screening.

 

synopsis:

In this highly anticipated prequel set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she’s not the only one looking for answers—as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

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New Release Tuesday – Action Packed Edition

It’s Tuesday, and we’ve got some action-packed new releases for you today! First up, let’s get a little cyber-punk with Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos.

 

synopsis:

Get the high-voltage thrill ride of Appleseed XIII the series with none of the filler in this action-packed two-movie set that cuts down the story to what you want most: bullets, explosions, and total mayhem! In the years after a devastating global war, Deunan and her cyborg partner protect the idyllic city of Olympus as elite members of the paramilitary force ES.W.A.T. The duo fights to making the city a paradise by taking down criminals in pulse-pounding mecha battles high above the city streets. When a terrorist organization arms an atomic warhead and begins to assassinate high-ranking bioroids—genetically engineered humans—Deunan and the rest of ES.W.A.T. might be the only people capable of protecting the future of humanity.

 

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