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Miranda Kerr Gets Her Model On For David Jones!

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G'day pretty little lady!

David Jones' favorite Aussie supermodel, Miranda Kerr, is once again using her beautiful face and body to shill the department store's S/S 2012 collection.

For the latest lookbook, Miranda models everything the latest looks from Bassike, Thurley, Alex Perry, Lover, Akira, Josh Goot, Ginger & Smart, Camilla and Marc, and Lisa Ho.

Mrs. Bloom makes everything look so expensive and effortless, but considering she gets paid $1.05 million do so, we expect nothing less!

Check out Miranda's photographs (below)!

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Kristen Stewart In Talks For Akira!

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Kristen Stewart is certainly keeping busy!

The actress, who recently wrapped the Twilight franchise and Snow White & The Huntsman, is reportedly in advanced talks for director Jaume Collet-Serra's epic based on the Katsuhiro Otomo graphic novel Akira, alongside castmembers Garrett Hedlund and Gary Oldman!

If all goes as planned, she'll be playing female lead Kei in two films, which will each encompass the plot of three books in the series!

We don't know too much about the source material, so we'll ask:

What do U think?? Is KStew a good choice for the part of Kei?

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Garrett Hedlund In Negotiations To Star In Live Action Akira Remake!

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Looks like Warner Bros has found their man!

Last we heard about the upcoming live action Akira remake, Keanu Reeves had been named as one of the top contenders to star in the movie…but nothing ever came of it.

Now, it appears that

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Keanu Reeves To Star In Akira??

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Inneresting choice.

Keanu Reeves is just the latest name that's been thrown in the ring to star in the anime/manga project Akira.

Warner Bros. has considered all of Hollywood's hot young actors including James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Robert Pattinson to star in the film adaptation.

But, looks like Keanu is their main guy as he's already had talks with the studio to play the role of Tetsuo.

You know what? We actually like this casting choice. Keanu has proven to be a bankable star and he just has the right touch to be in this film.

What do U think of Keanu in Akira?

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George Takei Advises Warner Bros. Against 'Whitewashing' Akira Movie!

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Wow! We're so glad that he's taking such a serious stand!

In the film industry, it's become pretty much common practice for big-screen adaptations of popular Asian graphic novels and video games to be what's known as "whitewashed," which means the studios casting white actors in roles that are meant for other ethnicities!

The most recent example of this rumored to be the long-awaited film version of the Japanese graphic novel Akira, but thankfully, Star Trek actor George Takei has taken a stand against the practice, and has publicly asked Warner Brothers execs to re-consider before any official decisions are made!

Here are some HIGHlights from the interview on the matter:

Were you surprised to find out Warner Bros. is courting white leading men for roles in the adaptation of Akira?

George Takei: It’s not a surprise because that’s been a Hollywood tradition. For example, when I was very young, I read Pearl Buck’s epic novel of China, The Good Earth. And that film, all of the principal major roles were cast with Caucasians. As a matter of fact, Luise Rainer, who played the wife, won an Oscar for that. Paul Muni was her husband. It’s an old Hollywood tradition that we’ve always been battling, not just Hollywood but Broadway too, if you remember Miss Saigon and the furor over that. So, no, I really wasn’t surprised, but the audience has changed now, and I’m surprised Warner Bros. is not keeping up with the audience. The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country. It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans who are fans of Akira and manga. The idea of buying the rights to do that and in fact change it seems rather pointless. If they’re going to do that, why don’t they do something original, because what they do is offend Asians, number 1; number 2, they offend the fans. The same thing happened with M. Night Shyamalan. He cast his project [The Last Airbender] with non-Asians and it’s an Asian story, and the film flopped. I should think that they would learn from that, but I guess big studios go by rote, and the tradition in Hollywood has always been to buy a project, change it completely and flop with it. I think it’s pointless, so I thought I would save Warner Bros. a bit of failure by warning them of what will most likely happen if they continue in that vein.

It seems this is particularly still a problem for Asian and Asian-American actors. Do you see something like this happening with a role written for a black actor?

Oh, absolutely not. African-Americans have made enormous advances. There are a whole host of bankable stars who are African-American. Can you name one bankable Asian-American star? No. There isn’t. You have Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson. A whole host of them. One can’t name a single Asian-American whose name you can take to the bank and get a project financed. We are making headways. I’m not a pessimist. We have made tremendous headways from the time I started in this business in 1957. Asian faces are part of the ensemble in many TV shows playing not roles that are specifically Asian, but playing doctors and detectives. Advances have been made, but we have still not caught up with the African-American achievements.

Why do you think there seems to be a reluctance to cast Asian-American actors in leading roles?

I don’t think it’s a reluctance, they just don’t know better. They have the experience of Shyamalan’s project, and I would think any savvy production company would learn from that. So I’m really baffled by the lack of learning from experience. Hollywood doesn’t like failures, and there’s a string of failures in the past. With this effort, I’m trying to warn them of what is likely to happen with this Akira project.

What would you ideally like to see happen with the Akira adaptation?

Well, ideally, they should do it properly and get Asian-American actors cast in those roles. In the adaptation they would of course be speaking in English and understandable to a popular American audience. That’s the whole point. They bought a project that is popular and enormously loved by its fans, and if they want the fan following to support the film, that’s the way you do it.

And all we have to say that is BRAVO! Well-said, sir!

We can't commend him enough for speaking up! It seems so FOOLISH that they would cast a story that's so fundamentally Asian with white actors - ESPECIALLY when it's been proven to bring about box office and critical failure, as well as displease the fans!

How can they expect to stay true to the integrity of the story?!

Hopefully Warner Bros. will see George's very valid and logical points, and they'll reconsider how they want to cast it!

Our fingers are crossed!

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And Harry Potter Screenwriter's Next Job Is…

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Looks like the live-action remake of the anime classic Akira is about to gain some serious credibility!

We were skeptical when we heard that Zefron might take on the lead role in Akira, which we're still not sure would be the best fit for him, but we're definitely excited to hear which screenwriter they've hired to work on the script!

Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves has been hired by Warner Bros to polish up the Akira script.

The film's script has gone through a variety of drafts, but we're thinking that Kloves will be the one to bring it exactly where it needs to be!

Nice to hear that life after Harry is treating Kloves well. We know there are A LOT of die-hard Akira fans out there who are VERY skeptical about this project.

If anybody can put together a script that will satisfy them, it'd be Steven!

…This is of course assuming the final Harry Potter film is incredible! If it's anything less, we reserve the right to change our minds, Mr. Kloves. But we'll remain optimistic…for now!

Do U think the Harry Potter screenwriter will help make Akira amazing?

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Zefron In Talks To Star in Akira Remake

Filed under: Film FlickersZac Efron

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Oh geez. This may be the only thing worse for him than that facial hair!

Zac Efron is entertaining offers to star as gang leader Shotaro Kaneda in the film based on the manga comic Akira.

The comic follows Kaneda, a member of a teen biker gang in post-nuclear war in 2019, who is eventually responsible for stopping the destruction of the city.

Hmmm. The project sounds inneresting, but we're not sure if it's the best fit for Zac.

We'll love him either way.

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