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Talk: Ghost in the Shell Producer Defends Casting of Scarlett Johansson; Dark Tower Pics

Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell'

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 5, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box office report (Brought to you by AMC theatres)
  • Pixar sequels will end in 2019
  • Ghost in the Shell producer defends Scarlett Johansson casting
  • The Dark Tower set pics reveal Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
  • First poster revealed for Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge
  • First clip from Ghostbusters released
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC theatres)
  • Mail Bag

Watch below.

After the long holiday weekend, it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Finding Dory dominated the Independence Day box office, overcoming 3 new releases to claim the No 1 spot for the third consecutive weekend and picking up $50.2 million over the four-day holiday. This brings its domestic total to $380.5 million. The follow-up to Finding Nemo is on pace to surpass Toy Story 3 and its $415 million haul as the highest-grossing Pixar film in domestic history. The Legend of Tarzan did better than projected, swinging to $45.6 million dollars over the long weekend for the No 2 spot at the box office. Another new release, The Purge Election Year took the No 3 spot with $34.8 million dollars over the four-day weekend. In the No 4 spot was the last new release, Disney and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG at $22.3 million over the four-day weekend. And in the No 5 spot, Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence, taking in $20.2 million.

With Finding Dory performing well at the box office, and dates set for Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and The Incredibles 2, Entertainment Weekly spoke to Pixar president Jim Morris about the studio’s development process and why certain sequels make the cut and whether or not that trend will continue in the future.

Ever since Scarlett Johansson was first cast as Major in the film version of the manga Ghost in the Shell, there have been shouts of white-washing in Hollywood, with the issue made even worse when rumors surfaced stating that CGI was tested to make Johansson appear more Asian. Many fans of the source material also say that the issue is that the story is inherently Japanese. Now, for the first time, someone involved in the Ghost in the Shell production is speaking out against all of these claims. Buzzfeed spoke with producer Steven Paul about the casting of Johansson.


A number of images have been revealed from the New York set of the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, revealing first looks at Matthew McConaughey as the villain Randall Flagg and Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger. Elba and McConaughey are joined in The Dark Tower by Abbey Lee as the female lead Tirana, and Fran Kranz as Pimli, the right hand man of Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick and Claudia Kiim.

Lionsgate has unveiled the official poster for the upcoming film Hacksaw Ridge, which marks Mel Gibson’s first directorial effort since 2006’s Apocalypto. Based on a true story, the film stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a conscientious collaborator and Army medic who refused to bear arms during World War II, but ended up saving 75 men during the bloodiest battle of the war without firing a single bullet.

Sony Pictures has released the first clip from their upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters featuring the team trying out the Ghost Chipper and Proton Glove. From Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy as Abby, Kristen Wiig as Erin, Leslie Jones as Patty, and Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann, about a team of women attempting to oust an infestation of ghosts in New York City that starts getting wildly out of hand when those ghost begin possessing human bodies.SuperFable