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Akira

  1. Director of That Horrible Whitewashed Akira Adaptation Admits the Project May Never Happen

    Ding dong!

    At a press event last year, director Jaume Collet-Serra still seemed determined to make that mostly-white adaptation of Akira, despite telling reporters that he found many elements of the original uncompelling.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: It’s the Cover For Thor‘s Annual Issue!

    Marguerite Sauvage is a national treasure. Plus, there'll be stories by CM Punk and Noelle Stevenson! (via Comics Alliance)

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  3. The Akira Theme Gets A Badass Piano Cover [VIDEO]

    TETSUOOOOOOOOO!

    Oh my, this is stylish. In this inaugural episode of Player Piano (presented by Geek & Sundry), the very talented Sonya Belousova and her posse of cyberpunks deliver a table-slapping, pill-rattling cover of "Kaneda's Theme" from the Akira OST. The arrangement features the musical stylings of Eru Matsumoto, who has a light-up bow for her electric cello. Truly, we are living in the future.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Happy Geek Pride Day!

    Things We Saw Today

    Today marks a convergence of geekery: Towel Day (for all you hoopy froods out there), the 37th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, and the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May. With their powers combined, they are...Geek Pride Day! In celebration, both ThinkGeek and WeLoveFine are offering checkout codes good for 20% off. Hide your wallets.

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  5. Someone Please Hire These Akira Fan Film Makers To Direct A Full-Length Movie

    Kaneda is not white!!!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL

    Like all people with basic cognitive functions, we have been quietly dreading the inevitable Hollywood version of Akira, which will most likely be terrible. Unless, that is, the people involved with the project take a few lessons from this gorgeous fan-produced trailer. Can somebody hire you to direct the real thing already?

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  6. This Is What A Live-Action Akira Movie Should Look Like [Video]

    Fans Do Cool Things

    We've been hearing about a live-action Akira for years, but one group of fans was tired of waiting. In 2012, The Akira Project raised funds via IndieGoGo with the goal of creating a high-quality trailer that stayed faithful to the anime classic. And boy, did they ever deliver. I've already spent too much time talking. Go. Watch.

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  7. Harry Potter As an ’80s Cyberpunk Anime, Or Basically Akira [VIDEO]

    This is just like magic!

    Nacho Punch, coming off the creative high of imagining Star Wars as a magical girl anime (lightsaber hand!), does Harry Potter as an '80s cyberpunk anime. I'm sure there are non-Akira references in there, but I'm not getting them. I’d go to Neo-Hogwarts. I don’t even care that cyberpunk Snape might shoot me in the face with his weird boot gun. (Speaking of which, I want one.) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. Get Back To Basics With This Pop Culture Alphabet

    Awwwwww

    This charming series is the work of Jeff Victor, whose art we've featured previously. If you have young ones this might benefit -- or an empty spot on your grown-up wall -- he's got a poster print available for sale. The V, W, and X panel makes for an interesting discussion piece on the signature outfits of female characters, wouldn't you say?

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  9. Director of Cancelled White-Washed Live Action Akira Still Trying to Make Live Action Akira

    what is this I don't even

    Remember the live-action Akira adaptation that was going to be set in New York City and star white actors? Remember when it was shelved after Keanu Reeves turned it down? Remember when it started to ramp back up with Garrett Hedlund in talks to play Tetsuo or Kaneda, and Gary Oldman was asked to play Colonel Shikishima? Remember when it, again, disappeared off the face of the earth? Well, director Jaume Collett-Serra, who has been attached to the project for close on three years now, is still working on it, despite how boring he thinks Tetsuo and Kaneda are.

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  10. New Pop-Culture Art Premieres From Gallery 1988 Tomorrow

    eye candy

    "Crazy 4 Cult: Back in New York," which opens at 7 p.m. December 13 at 355A Bowery in Manhattan and will run through December 21, features some amazing works of pop-culture from an assortment of artists. Gallery 1988 is putting on their second New York show at a pop-up gallery in the city, though some items may be available in their online store after the opening. Take a look at a sampling!

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  11. Warner Bros. Is Still Trying To Make That Horrible Akira Adaptation

    Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

    Can we throw money at them to stop?

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  12. Warner Bros. Refuses to Let Akira Adaptation Die, Brings Back Director

    This is why we can't have nice things.

    There was once a time when the world seemed more just. Kids played outside, the streets were clean, and the Akira live-action adaptation that Warner Bros. has been trying to force down our throats seemed dead in the water. That time is over.

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  13. In The Game of Simpsons, You Win Or You– D’oh!

    Winter Is Coming

    If you ever wondered what Game of Thrones would look like set in Springfield, I think that Draw the Simpsons has a pretty spot-on interpretation! Check out the rest of these Simpsonized characters-- Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Akira, and more!

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  14. Here’s a Bunch of Concept Art From the American-Set Akira to Remind You That Someone Thought it Was a Good Idea

    BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

    Yeah, you'd just managed to forget that Warner Bros. was developing a live action Akira movie removed entirely from its context of postwar, post-nuclear horror Japan and set instead in New York with white American actors in the leading roles. Now that you've remembered, you might as well feed that anger this concept art.

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  15. Black Widow in From Russia With Guns and Other Abandoned Designs from Olly Moss

    eye candy

    Designer and artist Olly Moss has made an end-of-year post collecting a few of the graphic ideas he had that never went anywhere, either because the project was cancelled, it changed direction, or he had a better idea. Get ready to feel really inadequate about what constitutes a "bad idea."

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  16. Alternate Endings To Robocop, TDKR, Home Alone, & More In Bottleneck Gallery’s New Show

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY recently held a show called "The Gang Is All Here," which featured some great teams from pop-culture. Next up is "Alternate Ending," where artists take some of our favorite films and either change the ending or add a scene to completely alter the ending. Over 50 artists will take part in the new show, which is co-curated with Silver Screen Society and opens this Friday at the gallery. Works that don't sell out at the opening will go on sale December 15 at 12pm eastern. Take a look. (images via Bottleneck Gallery, additional images via /Film)

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  17. Don’t Worry, This Replica of the Motorcycle From Akira Was Built For a Good Cause

    We Can Be Heroes

    Before you start worrying about this replica of Kaneda's bike from Akira having anything to do with the live-action remake, rest assured: this is not that. No. It's not. We swear. In fact, not only is the Akira remake still dead (as far as we know), but this replica, built by Shinji Tejima of Japan, was actually built for a great cause: fighting autism.

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  18. The Akira Remake Is On Hold

    Nope. Still Not Happening.

    We've been bringing you very interesting movie news all day today, and the afternoon hours have not disappointed us. Why? Because production on the much-maligned whitewashed remake of Akira has been put on hold. While the higher-ups reconsider the budget (and try to cut $20 million out of it), production offices in Vancouver are sending their employees home and being told to "stop working." Is it the end? Maybe not. But is the universe trying to send some sort of signal to Warner Bros.? We'd like to think so.

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  19. Akira Looks to Hire Its First Non-White Actor: Ken Watanabe

    I See What They Did There

    It's sad to say, but movies studios that do not use the opportunities that lie before them to cast non-white actors in roles that would be great opportunities for non-white actors to play the sorts of roles that are rarely open to them do not surprise me. I'm much more likely to blink in astonishment and delight when studios hire non-white actors to play characters who, had they just hired a white actor, no one would have otherwise blinked at. See Thor and the upcoming Man of Steel. We need a word for when you are pleasantly surprised simply because your expectations were so low. No, what really surprises me about the Akira casting is that every step the studio makes appears to be perfectly calculated to reinforce the idea that maintaining any ties to the integral cultural setting of Akira is absolutely last on the list of priorities. However, finally, the production appears to be courting it's first non-white actor, and Ken Watanabe is not only actually Asian, but actually Japanese, a distinction of nationality that I don't have high hopes for Hollywood ever getting through its head.

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  20. Akira Remake Producers Have Offered Kristen Stewart the Role of Ky Reed

    i'll just leave this here

    Last month, we heard that the American (read: white) remake of Akira was back on, and that Garrett Hedlund (Tron) was in the running to play either Tetsuo or Kaneda. Well, it might be getting even whiter. While it's not official yet, producers have apparently offered Twilight actress Kristen Stewart the role of Ky Reed, the woman who is aligned with an anti-government movement. So, basically, the producers of Akira are letting us know exactly who their audience is going to be: the CW crowd. Great. So, we'll be hearing about all those Gossip Girl kids getting offers to be part of a Japanese street gang now. This is the world we live in.

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