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Is ScarJo's character in 'Ghost in the Shell' Japanese or not?

Updated: Jul 10, 2016 14:51 IST

London, Jul 10 (ANI): Earlier, when the move of casting Scarlett Johansson as the lead in ' Ghost in the Shell' was branded as another example of "Hollywood whitewashing," producer Steven Paul defended the film, calling it an "international story."

Now, in an interview with AP, Kaori Momoi, a Japanese actor who appeared in 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' has been revealed to be playing the 'Lucy' star's mother in the Hollywood remake of classic Japanese anime, the Independent reported.

That seems to confirm that the 31-year-old actress' character has Japanese heritage.

Talking about her part, Momoi said: "I felt blessed to have worked with her (Johansson)." She also described Hollywood as an amazing opportunity for Asian actors.

To many fans, this has come as quite a contradiction, as why would they distance The Major from the Kusanagi, only to make her half-Japanese? It's also surprising that the filmmakers are persuing the Japanese aspect of the character, yet haven't hired a Japanese actor.

The film is set to hit the UK cinemas on 31 March, 2017. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee to watch Indian courtroom drama film 'Pink' with its lead actors Big B Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu.

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London [UK], Feb. 25 (ANI): In a shocking incident, the cinematographer behind Netflix's "The White Helmets," Khaled Khateeb, nominated for the documentary short award, has been denied entry to the U.S. for Sunday's Academy Awards by the immigration authorities.

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Patna [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): Celebrated film maker Prakash Jha, whose production "Lipstick Under My Burkha" has been denied a certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said Saturday that the latter should not see films from a woman's perspective as well.

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New Delhi (India), Feb. 25 (ANI): Recently, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) faced a backlash over the refusal of certification of 'Lipstick Under My Burkha,' and now CBFC chairperson has come out with a response that the censor board will not work under any media pressure.

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New Delhi (India), Feb. 25 (ANI): After a string of angry reactions from B-town, over the refusal of certification to the upcoming 'Lipstick Under My Burkha,' FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan believes that the 'rejection clause' should be scrapped from CBFC.

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Bieber shows his ballet moves on Instagram

Updated: Feb 25, 2017 09:52 IST

New Delhi (India), Feb. 25 (ANI): Weeks after returning to Instagram, pop sensation Justin Bieber have been giving treats to his fans by posting frequently and now he has shared a video showing his ballet moves.

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Los Angeles (USA), Feb. 25 (ANI): Hollywood has been really vocal about all the wrong decisions taken by the US government, recently. Now, all the six directors whose films have been nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar, criticizing politicians for creating divisive walls.

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Washington D.C. (USA), Feb. 25 (ANI): Here it is! Celebrity couple George Clooney and Amal Clooney graced the red carpet of 2017 Cesar awards, but it was Amal who stole the show with her adorable baby bump.

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Kriti Sanon in all praise for 'Rangoon'

Updated: Feb 25, 2017 07:01 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): After the special screening for 'Rangoon' held at the Yash Raj Film, actress Kriti Sanon was all praise from producer Sajid Nadiadwala and the work done by its lead actors.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): Ouch! Stephen Colbert roasted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer really bad.

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London [UK], Feb. 25 (ANI): A woman, named Anna Rowe, recently faced a severe heart break, and Said Ali Khan was, somewhere, the reason behind it!

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Mumbai [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): Bollywood, once again came together to voice their support for Prakash Jha's upcoming film 'Lipstick Under My Burkha,' which has been denied clearance by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for its sexual scenes, abusive words and audio pornography.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): The very cute and bubbly actress Ayesha Takia is in news after years, but for all the wrong reasons.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): Looks like, Justin Bieber India 'Purpose Tour,' brought to the country by White Fox India, is setting new benchmarks and raising the bar in the live entertainment industry.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 25 (ANI): Looks Caitlyn Jenner, a lifelong Republican, is not happy with U.S President Donald Trump, over his administration's reversal of President Barack Obama's directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

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Glasgow [UK], Feb. 24 (ANI): Commenting on the controversy surrounding certification of 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', film's director Alankrita Shrivastava on Friday said the problem was not about censorship, but patriarchal system where media is more focused on male desires and fantasies.

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