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    Prequel Short SIDE: GALO to Play in the U.S. For The First Time Exclusively At Event Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: promare-movie.com (Japan), PromareMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin #Promare In September, GKIDS and Fathom Events continued their collaboration to bring exciting all new animated features to U.S. cinemas with PROMARE (????, Puromea, 2019) premiere events. Now, due to overwhelming fan demand, the companies are proud to announce that PROMARE will return for a special encore showing in December. PROMARE is the first feature-length film from the acclaimed Studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series KILL la KILL and LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL), PROMARE is the spiritual successor to many of his former works, and uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell

    Highly-Anticipated New Film From Makoto Shinkai Will Play in U.S. Movie Theaters Prior to GKIDS Theatrical Run Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: tenkinoko.com (Japan), WeatheringWithYouMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, will continue their partnership into 2020, bringing WEATHERING WITH YOU (????, Tenki no Ko, 2019) to U.S. audiences nationwide for Special Fan Preview screenings over two nights only. WEATHERING WITH YOU is the newest release from director Makoto Shinkai, and producer Genki Kawamura, whose previous film YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) set box office records in Japan and around the world ($360 million worldwide box office), and is currently receiving a major studio live-action remake from JJ

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka In 1958, a playground slide shaped like a dinosaur was built at Tatarahama beach in Kanagawa Prefecture. The original plan for the slide was to use Godzilla design, but Toho did not allow the use Godzilla`s name or likeness. Despite that, people still called it the “Godzilla slide.” The dinosaur slide eventually fell into disrepair and was removed in 1973. Where it once stood, visitors can now see a 1/10th scale Godzilla footprint. Decades later, Toho approved a Godzilla slide. The project to build the new slide was supervised by Mr. Koichi Kawakita, special effects director for the Heisei Godzilla films. On November 3, 1999 (Godzilla`s 55th birthday), the Godzilla slide opened at the Adventure Land zone of Kurihama Flower Park in Kanagawa Prefecture. Attendees are able to enjoy various flowers from the four seasons, but we Tokusatsu fans skip past the flowers and

    The Academy Award-Winning Film From Hayao Miyazaki Returns To Select Theaters This Sunday Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin Throughout 2019, GKIDS and Fathom Events’ STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 presents a series of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Up next is acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001). Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation. Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastical

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: matinee-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. and Pony Canyon have provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from AFTER THE MATINEE (????????, Machine no Owari ni). Set in Tokyo, Paris, and New York, the film details six years in the lives of a musician and a journalist brought together by fate who fall in love and struggle with their feelings. At the End of the Matinee is a tour de force by novelist Keiichiro Hirano, the youngest recipient of the Akutagawa Prize. After its publication in 2016, it won the support of readers of all age groups and sold over 300,000 copies, an unprecedented feat in the genre of “pure” literature. While it is a love story, it addresses themes such as pain, suffering, social division and conflict,

    Source: Turner Classic Movies Official Site: tcm.com/godzilla #KingoftheKaiju In the month of Halloween, TCM offers the third annual installment of their "Monster of the Month" series that highlights a famous monster that has captured the public`s fear and fascination over the decades. Following in the horrific footsteps of the Frankenstein monster, Dracula and the Mummy, this year`s monster is the king himself, Godzilla. TCM`s "Godzilla: King of the Kaiju" tribute features eighteen classic films produced by Toho between 1954-1975. Ten entries are TCM premieres: GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955), MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964), EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (1966), DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968), ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969), GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (1971), GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972), GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973), GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974) and TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975). TCM "Godzilla: King of the Kaiju" Schedule for October 2019 Friday, October 4 8:00 PM EST- GODZILLA (1954)

    Author: Kyle Yount Source: Kaijucast.com Attendees of last month`s GODZILLAFEST at the historic Balboa theater had a fantastic opportunity to not only see many of the classic Sh?wa era (1954-1975) Godzilla films on the big screen, but also the newly released summer blockbuster, GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) as part of Godzillafest`s programming. Another thrill for attendees was having a chance to meet (between his enjoying the screenings) special guest and director of GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS, Michael Dougherty. Kyle Yount, host of the longest running kaiju podcast, the Kaijucast was able to sit down with the director to talk about his love for the classic monsters and movies, and how that love helped craft his take on the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. You can listen to the interview on Kaijucast.com at kaijucast.com/08-26-2019-godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-director-michael-dougherty. For more information on GODZILLA: KING OF

    Starts This Sunday Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin Throughout 2019, GKIDS and Fathom Events’ STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 presents a series of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Coming in September from the series is THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (????????????, Karigurashi no Arrietty, 2010) by Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. From Studio Ghibli comes a gorgeous and adventure-filled adaptation of The Borrowers, one of the most beloved children`s books of all time. In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live out of sight of humans. But when brave and tiny Arrietty is out gathering supplies, she is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, and they begin to form a

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Godzilla destroyed Shinjuku ward of Tokyo in 1984`s THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (???, Gojira). Godzilla did battle with Mecha-King Ghidorah and demolished the rebuilt Shinjuku again in 1991. In April 2015, Godzilla appeared at in the Kabukicho area in Shinjuku. A Godzilla head was set atop the 8th floor of the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. The head is a 12m (approximately 39 feet) tall and scaled to a full body Godzilla that would stand approximately 40m (131 feet) in height. There is a café on the 8th floor of the hotel. Café and hotel guests can visit the 8th floor and approach the Godzilla head. There you can find reliefs based on GODZILLA (1954), THE RETURN OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (???vs???, Gojira Tai Mosura, 1992). They were designed by Nobuyuki Yasumaru, who was a member of team Tsuburaya and an art designer for

    GKIDS and Fathom Events Present Blistering Action-Adventure in a New English Language Version and Original Japanese Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: promare-movie.com (Japan), PromareMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin #Promare GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring exciting all new animated features to U.S. cinemas with the PROMARE (????, Puromea, 2019) special premiere events in September. PROMARE is the first feature-length film from the acclaimed Studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series KILL la KILL and LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL), PROMARE is the spiritual successor to many of his former works, and uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story. PROMARE will be shown in its original Japanese language as well as an all-new English language version.

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Critic rating systems have little bearing on the aggregate support of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) by a big majority of North American fans during the 65th anniversary of Toho Studios’ trademarked kaiju. True and fair-weather enthusiasts continually saw the movie, some upwards of 6, even 8 times in theaters. One stalwart fan in South Korea watched the latest film a whopping 24 times. Whereas Gareth Edwards’ GODZILLA (2014) has more fortitude in character development, it lacks bombastic smackdowns compared to the current outing by director Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS, SUPERMAN RETURNS). Dougherty’s film did not blow the box office away as some had imagined, but his effort and passion are deeply ingrained in the 2-hour 12-minute installment of the longest running movie franchise. A plethora of critics stated this

    Source: Hollywood Theatre press release Official Site: GODZILLATHON Special Thanks to Michael Calhoun This month, GODZILLATHON stomps its way into the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon! Four films from the Showa period crash into the Hollywood! An entire weekend of extremely rare 35mm prints of classic kaiju! Mighty monsters in gargantuan duels on a 50 foot screen! All four films are dubbed in English. Poster prints of the GODZILLATHON artwork (by Nate Ashley) will be on sale at the lobby each screening. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS Friday, August 30th, 7:00pm Sunday, September 1st, 2:00pm GODZILLA VS. MEGALON Saturday, August 31st, 2:00pm GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA Saturday, August 31st, 7:00pm GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND (aka GODZILLA VS. GIGAN) Sunday, September 1st, 7:00pm Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland Oregon 97212 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Acclaimed Animated Classic From Academy Award?winning Director Hayao Miyazaki Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin Throughout 2019, GKIDS and Fathom Events’ STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 presents a series of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. In August, anime fans nationwide can experience the adored all-ages animated classic, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988), from Academy Award?winning director Hayao Miyazaki, up on the big screen in their local cinemas. When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including

    Soar with Hayao Miyazaki`s Gorgeous Coming-of-Age Story Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin Throughout 2019, GKIDS and Fathom Events’ STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 presents a series of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Up next for the lauded series is KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: 30th Anniversary (??????, Majo no Takky?bin, 1989) This July, anime fans nationwide can celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved coming?of?age story from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of the Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001), and Academy Award?winning director Hayao Miyazaki, about a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self?doubt.

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Chris Mowry In celebration of Godzilla`s 65th anniversary, Toho Co., Ltd. has launched new official Twitter and Instagram pages for the King of the Monsters... Official Twitter: @toho_godzilla Official Instagram: godzilla_toho About Toho Company. Ltd. Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: archimedes-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES (?????????, Archimedes no Taisen), the live-action adaptation of Norifusa Mita`s popular manga. Set in 1930s Japan, the film depicts a brilliant mathematician`s attempt to stop the construction of the battleship Yamato. The film is directed by Takashi Yamazaki, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET trilogy, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (SPACE BATTLESHIP ???, Uchu Senkan Yamato, 2010) and THE ETERNAL ZERO (???0, Eien no Zero, 2013). STORY The headquarters of the Imperial Japanese Navy is eyeing the possibility of starting a war with America. To that end, they have plans to construct the world`s largest battleship, the Yamato. Rear Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Hiroshi Tachi) is opposed to the plan.

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Ramen is a popular food for Japanese. It originally came from China but has been developing in Japan, and now it has become one of the best Japanese dishes. The Shinyokohama Ramen Museum was opened in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture in 1994. Visitors can study what Ramen is, the history of Ramen, and see various Donburi (bowl for Ramen), etc. However, I always go straight to the basement level instead of the museum floor. The ground floor was the built in the image of a Japanese town in 1958, and, because it was built by Toho Eizo Bijutsu Co., Ltd., it almost seems as if I could enter the set of an old Toho movie. Their design art, modeling and aging techniques are great and excellent. There is a movie theater which is screening THE MYSTERIANS (it is not an actual theater); I want to

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: tenkinoko.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and dozens of high-res images from WEATHERING WITH YOU (????, Tenki no Ko), the first feature-length animation in three years from Makoto Shinkai, director of the international hit YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) that topped 25 billion yen in domestic box-office receipts. Set in an era when the weather has gone awry, the lush visuals depict a boy and girl who make their own choices in life amidst the vagaries of fate. Set in a time when the weather has gone awry, the lush colors and beautiful visuals depict a boy and girl who refuse to remain at the mercy of fate and choose to make their own destiny together. STORY First-year high school student Hodaka Morishima (Kotaro Daigo), runs away

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 30, 2019, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore (formerly Rentrak) provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore`s suite of products. About Comscore, Inc. Comscore is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With transformative data science and vast audience insights across digital, linear TV, over-the-top (OTT) and theatrical viewership, we are a powerful third-party source for reliable measurement of cross-platform audiences. About GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 23, 2019, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore (formerly Rentrak) provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore`s suite of products. In its fourth weekend of release, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS fell to 8th place at the domestic box office and 9th worldwide. The movie finally crossed $100 million in the United States, with the worldwide total just shy of $340 million. About Comscore, Inc. Comscore is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With transformative data science and vast audience

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