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NEWS: Spiderwick Chronicles' Highmore to Star as Astro Boy




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tarrin4ever



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:27 am Reply with quote
First they took over saturday mornings, and now...

THE BIG SCREEN!!

Soon Japan will own everything.
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Michi
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:37 am Reply with quote
Wait, what? That'd be funny if this was the first big screen Japanese film (or remake/English adaptation?), but it's not...

Anyway, this is pretty good news. Freddie Highmore was very cute in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But wow, he's already 16? Time flies.

Curious now as to whether he'll have his British accent or if he'll use an American one for Astro.
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calimike



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:39 am Reply with quote
Why can't Japanese filmmakers/production to directing Astro Boy instead of Hollywood? Is Hollywood better than J-Movies?
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narutoismybrother



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:04 am Reply with quote
Well then... this is interesting to say the least.
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The Xenos



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:52 am Reply with quote
I have to say Flushed Away was surprisingly good. Space Jam? Not so much. Haven't seen the CGI Tutles movie I think these guys also did.

tarrin4ever wrote:
Soon Japan will own everything.


Actually, Japan may eventually own everything, but everything will be made in China.
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testorschoice



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:40 am Reply with quote
calimike wrote:
Why can't Japanese filmmakers/production to directing Astro Boy instead of Hollywood?


Japanese directors can, and Japanese directors have. There have been two Japanese Astro Boy movies already--three if you count a theme-park one.

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Is Hollywood better than J-Movies?


Not as a generalization. In any case, it's strange to cubbyhole this movie as "Hollywood" when it's produced and animated in Hong Kong, directed by a English man best known for the very English Aardman films, and stars an English actor in the lead.
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Aki Ameko



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:20 pm Reply with quote
I just saw Spiderwick, and I rather enjoyed him as both twins... It didn't even occur to me they were the same kid until the credits! *Is a ditz* But anyhow, I think I'd like to see this movie just for him, even if I've never been that big a fan of Astro Boy.

The Xenos wrote:
Actually, Japan may eventually own everything, but everything will be made in China.

Not if they keep exporting poisonous products, they won't. Rolling Eyes
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Hi no Neko



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:41 pm Reply with quote
calimike wrote:
Why can't Japanese filmmakers/production to directing Astro Boy instead of Hollywood? Is Hollywood better than J-Movies?


. . . because they're not the ones working on this project? Seems pretty simple to me. :B

Besides, why limit adaptations to the countries they originated from? You might as well say Disney shouldn't have made adaptations of The Little Mermaid or Mulan.

As for the announcement, I gotta say I'm happy. From what I've seen/heard of this kid, he seems just about right for Astro Boy. :]
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Empathy



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:42 am Reply with quote
narutoismybrother wrote:
Well then... this is interesting to say the least.


yeah, sure its interesting.........
and i'll go out and see it and all.....
but I'm not quite sure i want to see another film with highmore playing as a kid for a while..........
why can't they find someone else for once?
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Djshinnosuke



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:26 am Reply with quote
calimike wrote:
Why can't Japanese filmmakers/production to directing Astro Boy instead of Hollywood? Is Hollywood better than J-Movies?


Well.... I believe that the screen writers guild strike have a lot to do, to me, there should be register people from the guild to make it valid to get into the competitions.

Some stuff are good in Hollywood, and J movies are not good the 80% of the releases.

But the SPACE JAM Writer? god...
hope its not bad in story like final fantasy the movie if not, imagi can do their paperworks to file a bankrupt
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fighterholic



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:12 pm Reply with quote
Wow Shocked I wonder if he has been into anime before this.
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