Mifune: The Last Samurai is a new documentary by filmmaker Steven Okazaki, who won an Oscar for the documentary short subject, Days of Waiting: The Life & Art of Estelle Ishigo (1990). Mifune screened at the Venice and Telluride film festivals and will get a select theatrical release in late November and early December.
Narrated by Keanu Reeves, the documentary includes interviews with: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Teruyo Nogami (Kurosawa’s longtime script supervisor), Kyoko Kagawa (RED BEARD), Yoshio Tsuchiya (SEVEN SAMURAI), Takeshi Kato (THRONE OF BLOOD), Yoko Tsukasa (YOJIMBO), and many more. The feature-length documentary explores the evolution of the samurai film; Mifune’s childhood and World War II experience; his accidental entry into the movies; and dynamic but sometimes turbulent collaboration with Kurosawa.
Here is the official trailer and synopsis for Mifune: The Last Samurai:
Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas’ Star Wars.
Mifune: The Last Samurai opens theatrically on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 in NY, Dec.2 in Los Angeles, Dec. 9 in San Francisco, and a wider national release to follow.
Drake broke the 23 year record for the most American Music Awards: 13 nods total. That beats the previous record of 11 nominations set by Michael Jackson in 1984. Drake leads the nomination count in categories including Artist of Year, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album.
The nominees were were announced today by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten on “Good Morning America”.
The AMAs telecast will air live Nov. 20 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC.
Below is the full list of nominees:
Artist of the Year
Twenty One Pilots
New Artist of the Year Un-Leashed By T-Mobile
As Sony prepares for the retail launch of PlayStation VR on October 13, joining the VR competition with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Google Daydream VR already in the mix, early reviews generally suggest positive opinion, with some expressing reservation that, although good, it just might be too early. That said, Sony is in a good spot within the VR competition, as there are 40 million PlayStation 4 owners. The headset is also competitively priced, with PlayStation VR almost half the price compared to most of its competitors.
Here’s some early reviews of PlayStation VR ahead of it’s October 13 release. You might also want to watch the unboxing to whet your appetite and find out what comes with the package.
Virtual reality is still in its early days, and it’s unclear whether it will ever catch on with people beyond gamers. If you already own a PlayStation, spending a few hundred dollars for the headgear and accessories is a worthwhile purchase to get started on virtual reality.
Winners of the 6th Annual Streamy Awards were announced on Tuesday evening at the Beverly Hilton. Hosted by nominee King Bach, the Los Angeles ceremony was live-streamed worldwide on YouTube and featured a special tribute to Christina Grimmie who was killed early this year in Orlando.
See the complete list of Streamy winners below:
Entertainer of the Year
Yousef Erakat – WINNER
The Dolan Twins
Sky Does Minecraft
Show of the Year
The Philip DeFranco Show – WINNER
The Game Theorists
Good Mythical Morning
McJuggerNuggets’ Psycho Series
The Try Guys
The Young Turks
Awards for Channel, Series or Shows
Liza Koshy – WINNER
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That’s a wrap for the Justice League filming in London, England. According to Hollywood Reporter, the movie will now continue its filming in a more remote mystery location. The cast and crew will be celebrating a wrap party Saturday night in London.
Jason Momoa shared a photo as he celebrates on Instagram: “There’s to many people to thank for all their hard work JL. Tonight is our wrap party. I am so thankful for my cast and crew. I love you.”
Momoa also added that he is getting ready for another role by posting, “Unfortunately I prepare for the north. For those that will be there. I WON’T let you down.” That most likely refers to his highly anticipated “Aquaman” standalone film (or possibly Khal Drogo’s return to Game of Thrones?.)
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Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League unites superheroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
The WB/DC movie hits theaters Nov. 17, 2017
Here’s the official synopsis for Justice League:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
ShakeShack founder has announced that the managers and sommeliers at his new Union Square Cafe 2.0 eatery will wear devices to take better care of diners
Danny Meyer, the keeper of the golden flame of hospitality, did the unthinkable this week. He invited even more digital screens into his dining rooms.
When it was announced that all the managers and sommeliers at his Union Square Cafe 2.0 would be sporting Apple Watches when it reopened this month, there was a palpable sense of panic among both patrons and pundits that the glow of organic bonhomie would be replaced by the cool inhuman luminescence of smartphones.
After years of development and research, Nike has announced the HyperAdapt 1.0 will hit stores by November this year. The announcement came from Nike’s public relations director Heidi Burgett through a tweet, announcing appointments to “experience and purchase” HyperAdapt 1.0 by November 28, 2016.
HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience & purchase begin 11.28.16. pic.twitter.com/t3YVLa8Rsl
Life magazine was iconic in its era. Time Inc. thinks the storied brand can be rebooted for a new era — as a virtual reality app.
On Tuesday, Time Inc. will unveil Life VR, a virtual reality and 360-degree video app available on both iOS and Android devices, as well as all other commercially available virtual reality headsets. Life VR will launch with three pieces of content.
One is a guided, non-linear meditation experience called Lumen that leads users through breathing exercises before inviting them to plant and grow trees. It was developed with help from Walter Greenleaf, a research scientist at Stanford who specializes in medial applications for virtual reality.