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    Source: Hollywood Theatre Special Thanks to Michael Calhoun The Grindhouse Film Festival presents a rare 35mm print of the Kaiju classic KING KONG VS GODZILLA (American version, 1963) at the Hollywood Theatre, showing February 25 at 7:30PM! Godzilla breaks free from an iceberg and heads straight to Tokyo to start tearing the city apart. Meanwhile, a pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan. It`s only a matter of time before he breaks free, and we see a colossal collision between the two mightiest monsters of all time!!! Directed by the great Ishiro Honda. 35mm Kaiju trailers will be screened before the movie. Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30PM General Admission: $9.00 Senior/Student/Child: $7.00 Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland Oregon 97212 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503-281-4215

    The New Feature Film from Cult Favorite Director Comes to U.S. Cinemas on February 19 Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: kimi-nami.com (Japan), RideYourWaveMovie.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 will continue their partnership with a special showing of visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s new film RIDE YOUR WAVE (??????????, Kimi to Nami ni Noretara, 2019) on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English subtitled). With RIDE YOUR WAVE, Yuasa (THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL,DEVILMAN Crybaby, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF EIZOUKEN applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a deeply emotional tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. In addition to the full feature, audiences will view an exclusive interview with RIDE YOUR WAVE producer and

    Source: Home Box Office, Inc. Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Following the theatrical run; 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital release; and Video on Demand screenings; Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) will make its pay cable debut this Saturday, January 18th. The film will premiere 8:00 PM on Time Warner`s HBO, with additional screenings scheduled on the various HBO channels over the next several weeks. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS will also be available from HBO on Demand starting January 19th. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS will likely follow the pay cable pattern for Warner Bros` movies, with the film airing on their Cinemax block later in 2020. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Rated: PG13 for Adult Content, Adult Language, Violence Run Time: 2hr 12min Genre: Action, Horror/Science Fiction 5.1|HD SUMMARY Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: yokoso-shijinsou.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from MURDER AT SHIJINSO (??????, Shijinso no Satsujin), the feature film adaptation of the award-winning mystery novel by Masahiro Imamura. The movie is directed by Hisashi Kimura, who worked on the popular TRICK movie series and the television drama 99.9-CRIMINAL LAWYER- (99.9-???????-, 99.9 -Keiji Senmon Bengoshi-, 2016-18). MURDER AT SHIJINSO stars Ryunosuke Kamiki (THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, BIG MAN JAPAN, 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION, THE KIRISHIMA THING), a talented actor who, at the age of 26, already has a career spanning over 20 years. The heroine, a college student detective, is played by the popular actress Minami Hamabe (YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016, MY LITTLE MONSTER, THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES). STORY A college student who

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shinkalion.com/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from SHINKALION THE MOVIE (??????????? ?????? ?????????????-??, Gekij?-ban Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkarion Mirai kara Kita Shinsoku no ALFA-X), the first theatrical film from the popular television series SHINKANSEN HENKEI ROBO SHINKALION: THE ANIMATION (??????? ??????, 2018-19). In the SHINKALION anime series, the Ultra Evolution Institute has developed the superhero robot, the Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion, in an effort to save Japan from a threatening and monstrous entity. The Shinkalion transformer can only be piloted by children with a high degree of compatibility, but they are able to vanquish their giant enemy. The movie picks up from the end of the TV series, as an unidentified enemy appears in Hokkaido and a new battle begins for Team Shinkalion. It features JR

    4DX Screenings and Additional Dub Show Date Added Due to Popular Audience Demand 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. Due to overwhelming fan demand, the companies announce that PROMARE will return for a special two-night encore showing in December with PROMARE (Redux). The English-subtitled version will screen December 8, and both the English dub version and special 4DX version will screen December 10. PROMARE will screen once more in 4DX on December 11. This marks the first 4DX release from GKIDS and is the first ever event cinema 4DX screening from Fathom Events. PROMARE is the first

    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. The series concludes with THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (???????, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013). A powerful and soaring epic, based on a legendary Japanese folktale, redefines animated storytelling from director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. Experience Takahata’s final film that was nominated for an Academy Award and hailed as a masterpiece by critics. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her --

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: lupin-3rd-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided high-res images from LUPIN THE THIRD: THE FIRST (??????THE FIRST, Rupan Sansei THE FIRST), the new computer animated feature film that calls back to Lupin III`s grandfather, the master thief Arsene Lupin. Created by Monkey Punch, the Lupin the Third manga debuted in Manga Action in 1967. The adventures of Lupin and his friends and foes have been adapted into several anime series and feature films, including LUPIN THE THIRD: CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (????? ????????, Rupan Sansei Kariosutoro no Shiro, 1979), directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Forty years after Miyazaki`s masterpiece, comes the first movie version of Lupin using 3DCG animation. This was a longtime dream of Monkey Punch, who died this past April. Now that dream is a reality thanks to director Takashi Yamazaki, the acclaimed filmmaker behind

    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.

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