Red Passes Impressive Box Office Milestone in Japan


One Piece Film: Red recently premiered in Japan, and the film’s debut was every bit as successful as anticipated.

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Through its first week of being out in Japanese theaters, One Piece Film: Red has already earned over 5 billion yen (~$37 million) according to an announcement from the staff of the film during an event at a screening in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Toei theater (via Anime News Network). This follows the massive trend of the film’s opening weekend, which saw the movie selling 1.58 million tickets for 2.254 billion yen (~$16.7 million), putting it at the top of the Japanese box office.

One Piece Film: Red is already outpacing its predecessor, One Piece Stampede, as the film has earned 78% more in its first two days than Stampede did in its first three days, even with One Piece Film: Red opening a day later than Stampede did.

“Uta — the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as ‘otherworldly,’” reads the official synopsis for the film. “Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans — excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance — the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks’ daughter.”

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One Piece Film: Red is directed by Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass) with a script written by Kuroiwa Tsuto (One Piece Film Gold). The creator of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, is an executive producer for the film.



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Chad Stahelski Wants Ghost of Tsushima Movie To Be In Japanese


More information about the planned Ghost of Tsushima has come to light, with director Chad Stahelski detailing how he’d like the film to proceed.

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Stahelski revealed his hopes for the film and said that it is his intention to film the movie completely in Japanese.

“So, I think if we did this right, it would be visually stunning,” Stahelski told Collider. “It’s character driven. It’s got an opportunity for great action, great looks. And honestly, we’d to try to do it, all in character. Meaning, it’s a Japanese thing about the Mongols invading Tsushima island. A complete Japanese cast, in Japanese. Sony is so on board with backing us on that. I’ve been going to Japan since I was 16. I have a love of the country, love of the people, love of the language. To try to direct not only in my language, but someone else’s and culturally shift my mindset to bring apart that in a cool way that still entices a Western audience.”

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Stahelski knows that at the end of the day, the film must make money, but the director believes people will show up if the film is in another language as long as he “nails” the other aspects of the film.

“No one is going to give me $200 million to do a technology-push movie without speaking English. I get it. So, I have to be clever and I have to figure out what’s fiduciarily responsible to the property, to the studio and still get what I want out of it and still make it something epic. Again, big challenge, man. And we’re entering two a time where I think that’s, I’m like you, man. I’ll read subtitles all day. And I think America in general, or at least the Western audiences in general are getting more and more used to that because of the influence of Netflix and streamers and stuff, where we get so much more of a world content. Will they show up in the theaters for that? I’m banking on yes, if everything else is there … I think I can inspire you enough to get in the car and go to the theater.”



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Loki Season 2 Set Photos See Loki and Sylvie Reunite


Production on the highly anticipated second season of Loki has begun, and new set photos from the series show the return of Loki’s partnership with Sylvie.

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After the Season 1 finale saw Loki find himself in a world where no one recognized him, it seems as if he’ll somehow come back into contact with Sylvie, or at the very least a version of her. New photos from the set of the series show off actors Tom Hiddleston and Sophia Di Martino as the pair walk about the inside of a McDonald’s, as well as Owen Wilson’s Mobius M. Mobius on set for filming as well.

Check out the new set photos for Loki Season 2 below:

While we don’t know much about the upcoming second season of Loki, writer Michael Waldron — who served as head writer on Loki and as a writer on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — told Deadline earlier this month that the team behind the series had found “new emotional ground to cover.” Production is set to start on the second season soon.

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Season 2 of Loki isn’t expected to air until early 2023. It’s currently unknown exactly what the season will address, especially following the chaotic end of the first series, which set up Kang as one of the bigger villains in the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe while seemingly transporting Loki into a different universe entirely.





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Spotlight Interview: A Madea Homecoming Composer Philip White


Spotlight is ComingSoon’s interview series with below-the-line and/or up-and-coming talent in the world of television and film. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the varied positions that make the entertainment you love possible rather than focusing purely on actors and directors.

ComingSoon’s Jeff Ames had an opportunity to speak with composer Philip White about his score for A Madea Homecoming.

His other credits include The Loud House Movie (2021 HMMA nomination for Best Original Score for an Animated Film), Jexi, A Madea Family Funeral, Nobody’s Fool, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, and Alex & Me. In television, Philip has had the pleasure of working on Supernatural for the duration of its historic 15 seasons on the CW. Other major TV credits include Fraggle Rock, Lost in Space, Ray Donovan, What/If, Bates Motel, Agent Carter, When We Rise, Revolution, and Dallas.

ComingSoon: What led you to become a composer?

Philip White: One of the first movies I remember—I was probably 5 or 6—was Disney’s Fantasia. So much about it stayed with me, but mostly how well the animation worked with the music. When I was 16, I watched it again, and it felt like reconnecting with a long-lost friend. It’s such a work of genius. That soundtrack (which includes excerpts from such seminal pieces as Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6,” Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” among others), along with the music of John Williams, were enormously influential during my childhood.

My entry into music began with guitar at age 13. By my senior year of high school, I began gravitating towards the piano. I’d come up with short tunes and melodies, and soon realized I enjoyed creating music more than performing it. In college, I enrolled in a dual-degree program with Tufts and the New England Conservatory, where I earned degrees in Drama and Music Composition.

I moved to LA shortly after and joined a theater company, where I acted for several years. I missed music and felt I could contribute more as a composer than as an actor. I enrolled in USC’s film scoring program, and after graduating was recommended to Chris Lennertz, a wonderful composer who would become a great mentor and friend. We’ve collaborated on numerous projects throughout the years, including Supernatural, the James Bond: Quantum of Solace and Starhawk video games, HOP, Identity Thief, Lost in Space, Revolution, Agent Carter, The Smurfs: Lost Village, and Jexi, to name a few.

What was it about A Madea Homecoming that made you want to work on it?

I’ll jump at any chance to underscore Madea’s antics! Joel High, Sami Posner, Johnny Caruso, and the rest of the folks at Tyler Perry Studios are fantastic—to say nothing of Mr. Perry himself. It is always such a joy to work with that team of people. It was also a great release to work on a riotous comedy like Homecoming after two years of a pandemic and a fraught political environment.

What was the most challenging aspect of working on A Madea Homecoming and how did you overcome it?

With Homecoming, there were a few places where the timing of the music was in flux, even during the sound mix. It helps to have an experienced music editor like Johnny Caruso on board who can make adjustments to the score at this late stage and make it sound like it was planned that way all along.

More generally—and Homecoming was no exception—one of the biggest challenges in any project is finding your way in. I go through countless attempts at first, rejecting idea after idea. I remind myself that this is not only normal but necessary—the creative equivalent of flushing out the sewer lines. Eventually, if I keep improvising, trying different sounds, different ideas, or sometimes just going on a walk, I’ll find something. It may or may not end up in the final score, but it’s enough to keep me focused.

Once you’ve zeroed in on an idea, the second challenge is to make it sound as polished and as true to what you want within budgetary and time constraints. That’s always a bit of a Tetris game, but it can be fun if you’re excited about the raw material.

Do you have any fun, behind-the-scenes stories about the making of A Madea Homecoming?

While this isn’t so much a behind-the-scenes story per se, there is one flashback scene that required a drastically different approach than the rest of the score. We decided to score it with a nod to 50s noir, much like the scores to North by Northwest and Vertigo. The rest of the score sounds nothing like this, so it was great fun to bring that musical language to a 3-minute scene. I used sweeping, harmonically dense string passages and also featured low winds, like alto flute and bass clarinet.

What were some of the things you learned about A Madea Homecoming that you’re excited to apply to future endeavors?

Something I love about writing for film is being able to pivot to drastically different styles. With Homecoming, I went from a funk-adjacent, R & B ensemble, to Herrmann-esque, noir strings, and back to modern strings and piano—all in one film. I can’t think of another medium where a composer gets to do this and have it make sense. Any chance to do more of this musical hopscotching would be a dream.

Do you have any other projects coming up that you can share with us?

While I can’t mention anything specific, I am excited about two very different projects coming up later in the year. I’m just so thrilled about the release of Homecoming. I think we can all use a good belly laugh right now.



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Representing Rescuers in Thirteen Lives Was ‘An Honor’


During an interview with ComingSoon, Thirteen Lives star Viggo Mortensen spoke about how difficult it was to film underwater to properly represent the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue.

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When asked about the challenges that come with filming underwater, Mortensen mentioned that not only are there positive aspects to it, but scarier aspects as well:

“You’re under there. It’s like I’m in my own … I’m free,” said Mortensen. “There was something nice about that, but the flip side is that it’s scary because you are on your own. Even though there are safety divers nearby, things can go wrong quickly underwater. So be careful, remember your training, look out for each other, and so forth.”

Mortensen then detailed the training process, which was composed of a series of stages that gradually escalated in difficulty.

“We imagined that it was going to be difficult to learn the things we had to learn, but we had no idea really how difficult it was going to be overall,” Mortensen elaborated. “We did it in stages. First, we learned in this big pool with no nothing. No caves, no narrow, no current. Then we went through one section for about a week and it was tricky and, we thought, pretty difficult. And the next time it was harder. The degree of difficulty kept going up from week to week to week. Longer, sections, narrower sections, stronger current, stalactites, stalagmites … then okay, now you’re transporting a real human being. Don’t bump their head, don’t hit their mask, because if it fills with water, they’ll drown instantly.”

Mortensen feels that the challenge was worth it, however, as he felt honored to portray the real rescuers in Thirteen Lives.

“I think at the beginning we wouldn’t have been able to do it. It was well-planned. We were well-trained, but you had to suck it up and do it. It was a great experience and really a sense of accomplishment and an honor to represent these people who really did the thing.”

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“A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding,” reads the official synopsis for Thirteen Lives. The film is currently out in select theaters and will begin streaming on Prime Video on August 5.



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Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk Videos Feature New Footage for Disney+ Series


Marvel Studios has dropped a new She-Hulk: Attorney At Law TV spot and promo for its forthcoming Disney+ superhero series, featuring some new action-packed footage. It is scheduled to make its long-awaited debut next week on August 18.

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The She-Hulk TV spot continues to tease Jennifer and Titania’s showdown, while Jennifer refuses to accept her fate as a superhero. As for the second video, it is a parody-type featurette promo emphasizing the legal aspect of the series. It also features commentary by Kevin Feige and the cast, including Tatiana Maslany, as they tease the different characters who will seek Jennifer’s legal advice.





Described as a 10-episode legal comedy, the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series will be led by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tatiana Maslany, who will take on the titular role as Jennifer Walters. She will be joined by Avengers: Endgame star Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) as they reprise their respective roles as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Abomination.

Additional cast includes Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Josh Segarra, with Megan Thee Stallion rumored to also appear in the series.

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She-Hulk hails from head writer Jessica Gao, who is the Emmy winning scribe behind Rick and Morty‘s acclaimed season three episode “Pickle Rick.” It is directed by Kat Cairo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dead to Me) and Anu Valia, who are both executive producing.



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The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2 Episode 6 Release Date & Time


Maou is troubled since MgRonald’s and their apartment will be undergoing renovations. Thanks to the landlord, Maou gets a job offer by the beach. Here’s everything needed for The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2 Episode 6.

When The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2 Episode 6 Releases

The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2 Episode 6’s release date is Thursday, August 18. In Japan, the episode will air at 11:30 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX and other channels.

Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series. The episode with English subtitles will be out simultaneously with its release in Japan. In the United States, the schedule would be:

  • 10:30 a.m. ET
  • 9:30 a.m. CT
  • 7:30 a.m. PT

Where to Watch The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2

Audiences can catch The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2 on Crunchyroll. Season 1 is also on this platform.

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The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

MgRonald’s is temporarily closing due to some renovations, so Maou doesn’t have a job. At the same time, the apartment will also be undergoing renovations. Maou was unaware of these renovations since they were announced when he thought Alas Ramus was gone. Luckily, their landlord sent a videotape stating she has a job offer for them at her niece’s beach house in Choshi. Maou accepts the offer since it will fix his job and lodging problem. Sometime after, Maou and Chiho encounter Sariel. He tells them about how Gabriel offered to work with him. Later, Chiho shares with Maou that she wants to train and be stronger.

Chiho’s mother noticed that Chiho wanted to come with them, so she agreed under a few conditions. Chiho, Suzuno, Emi, and Alas Ramus end up tagging along to Choshi. Amane Oguro, the landlady’s niece, greets them upon arrival. Amane explains she’s the manager of the beach house they need to run, but they’re in a pinch right now since there’s a lot of work to be done with it. Maou asks Amane if she will give him a raise if he manages to do a full house. Amane agrees, and Maou leads the group in cleaning up the beach house. At night, they observe the lights on the beach’s horizon. Amane mentions the legend of Mouren Yassa, a ship ghost. A dense fog starts covering up the ocean, and Amane becomes cautious.



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Carla Gugino and More Join Horror Comedy Film


As production begins on Lisa Frankenstein in New Orleans, Deadline brings word that Focus Features has enlisted four new cast members, who will be joining the previously announced leads of Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse.

The Haunting of Hill House star Carla Gugino and Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano (Alone/Together) have been tapped to join Zelda Williams’ forthcoming horror comedy along with  Joe Chrest (Stranger Things) and Henry Eikenberry (The Crowded Room).

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Lisa Frankenstein is written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody. The film will be set in 1989 following an unpopular high school student, “who accidentally re-animates a handsome Victorian corpse during a lightning storm and starts to rebuild him into the man of her dreams using the broken tanning bed in her garage,” according to the logline.

Cody is producing along with Mason Novick, with Jeff Lampert set as an executive producer and Focus Features’ VP of Production and Development Michelle Momplaisir as a creative executive.

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Newton is best known for her supporting roles in films such as Lady Bird, Blockers, Ben Is Back, and Detective Pikachu. Her first leading role was in Blumhouse’s slasher comedy Freaky. She is set to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut next year in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, portraying the role of Cassie Lang.

Cole Sprouse found success early on in his career after appearing as a child actor in Friends, and even starring in his own iconic Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Years after the conclusion of The Suite Life on Deck, Sprouse went on to star in The CW’s Riverdale as Jughead. He was most recently seen in HBO Max’s sci-fi romantic comedy Moonshot.



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Brian Tyree Henry to Lead Apple’s Crime Drama Series


Apple Studios has confirmed that Emmy-nominated actor Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) has officially signed on for the leading role in its forthcoming crime drama series titled Sinking Spring, based on Dennis Tafoya’s novel Dope Thief. The eight-episode project also hails from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ridley Scott.

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Sinking Spring will be written and executive produced by Peter Craig (Top Gun: Maverick), who is also expected to direct one episode. Scott will be serving as its director and executive producer through his Scott Free Productions banner as part of its first-look TV deal with Apple TV+.

“The series follows long-time Philly friends and delinquents who pose as DEA agents to rob an unknown house in the countryside, only to have their small-time grift become a life-and-death enterprise, as they unwittingly reveal and unravel the biggest hidden narcotics corridor on the Eastern seaboard,” reads the synopsis.

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Additional executive producers are Henry, David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, and Clayton Krueger, with Tafoya set as a consulting producer. It is a production by Apple Studios.

Henry is best known for his acclaimed performance in the FX comedy-drama Atlanta, which is set to make its return this year for its fourth and final season. He can currently be seen in David Leitch’s action thriller Bullet Train with Brad Pitt and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.



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Exclusive Wifelike Clip & Digital Code Giveaway


ComingSoon is excited to debut an exclusive clip from the upcoming sci-fi thriller Wifelike, which is written and directed by James Bird. Not only are we debuting a clip, but we’re also giving away digital codes for the film itself, which is now in select theaters and available digitally.

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“A grieving detective in the near-future hunts down criminals who trade artificial humans on the black market,” reads the film’s synopsis. “In the fight to end AI exploitation, an underground resistance attempts to infiltrate him by sabotaging the programming of the artificial human assigned as his companion to behave like his late wife. She begins to question her reality as memories of a past life begin to surface in a world where nothing is as it seems.”

 

As for the giveaway, we have seven digital codes for the film to give out. To enter, you can either retweet the Twitter post above or comment on our corresponding Facebook post. Good luck to all who enter. The giveaway lasts until August 19.

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Wifelike is written and directed by James Bird and stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Elena Kampouris, Doron Bell, Agam Darshi, Sara Sampaio, Alix Villaret, Fletcher Donovan, CJ Perry, and Stephen Lobo.



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