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Cast Announced for Ohno Satoshi’s upcoming ninja movie “Shinobi no Kuni”

The cast for Arashi Ohno Satoshi’s upcoming historical film “Shinobi no Kuni” (The Land of Ninjas) has been announced. Earlier on, it was announced that Ohno will take on the role of Mumon, a lazy but elite ninja who has earned the title of “Iga’s no.1 ninja”. …

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The BFI presents Silent Shakespeare, Shakespeare Lives - BBC
Discover why filmmakers in the silent era adapted 100s of Shakespeare’s plays

Why did the first filmmakers turn to Shakespeare for inspiration? How can his plays exist ‘without words’ in a silent medium? What could early cinema offer that theatre couldn’t?

With the help of Professor Judith Buchanan from the University of York and Bryony Dixon, the BFI’s silent film curator, this short film explores the unique world of Silent Shakespeare: its genesis, its innovations and its fascinating relationship with the Bard’s work.

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The internet’s freaking out about Zendaya playing Mary Jane in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Major news broke Thursday night when the Wrap reported that Zendaya would be playing iconic redhead and Peter Parker love interest Mary Jane Watson, according to two unnamed sources close to the project. Sony and Marvel have not confirmed the news.

Zendaya would be the first black Mary Jane Watson, in both Spider-Man comic book and movie history. That means Marvel would finally be taking steps to diversifying its movies and expanding the scope of well-known characters. 

Many people are stoked about a Mary Jane played by Zendaya, especially at a time when “representation matters” has been widely discussed in Hollywood. Meanwhile, others were upset about the casting announcement. They have tried arguing that Zendaya’s simply not fit for the role or that she shouldn’t be Mary Jane because she’s not actually a redhead. 

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Jona Xiao Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
Jona Xiao has joined the cast of Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opposite Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton, Variety has learned exclusively. Jon Watts is direct…
By Dave McNary

Jona Xiao has joined the cast of Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opposite Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton, Variety has learned exclusively.

Jon Watts is directing from a script written by “Vacation” helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige are producing.

Other actors who have joined the cast over the summer as production began include Hannibal Buress, Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Zendaya and Tony Revolori. The film is hitting theaters on July 7, 2017.

Plot details are still guarded as is Xiao’s character. Holland is playing Peter Parker and Tomei will portray Aunt May while Keaton is on board for the role of a villain.

Xiao can next be seen recurring on the third season of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” in Fox’s “Keeping Up With the Joneses” opposite Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm and in Fox Searchlight’s “Gifted” opposite Chris Evans, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. Her credits include “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Trophy Wife” and “Bones.” She is represented by Pantheon Talent and Industry Entertainment.

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A brief history of Jared Leto's thirst for Joker publicity
We've been trapped in Jared Leto promotional hell for more than a year. Please send help.

Jared Leto’s Joker could easily have been another forgettable blockbuster performance from a recent Oscar-winner, but no. He had to lead us on an 18-month rollercoaster of hype, promoting Suicide Squad as the most XXXTREME performance as his career—until the film came out, and he started complaining about being “tricked” into the role.

Usually, it’s easy to feel sorry for actors who get screwed over by some uncontrollable aspect of the production process: bad wigs, brutal editing, unfair advertising. But after months of hearing about Jared Leto sending used condoms and bullets to his co-stars, we’re not feeling very sympathetic.

By the way, when we described this as an 18-month rollercoaster, we weren’t exaggerating. Suicide Squad’s hype juggernaut has focused on Joker news for more than a year, and here’s the timeline to prove it.

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‘American Gods’: Corbin Bernsen Cast As Vulcan
Psych alum Corbin Bernsen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role as Vulcan in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods. Vulcan is one of Mr. Wedn…
By Denise Petski

“Psych alum Corbin Bernsen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role as Vulcan in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods. 

“Vulcan is one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest allies. He’s created a comfortable life for himself by harnessing his powers for the modern world, which makes him resistant to Wednesday’s plans.”