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    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

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: kimi-nami.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from the original feature animation RIDE YOUR WAVE (??????????, Kimi to Nami ni Noretara) from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa. In 2017, Yuasa won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Crystal Prize for LU OVER THE WALL (???????????, Yoake Tsugeru Ruu no Uta, 2017). He then directed the Japan Academy Award Best Animation Award winning film THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (?????????, Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome, 2017). Last year he directed the Netflix anime series DEVILMAN Crybaby. He now returns with a coming-of-age love story depicting the romance between a young firefighter and a female university student. STORY Upon entering university, Hinako moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she`s

    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 16, 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

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and more than 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their monster figures scheduled for release in July 2019.

    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 9, 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. After debuting at the top of the domestic and international box offices, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS fell to fourth place in its second weekend. Ticket sales dropped by 67%, comparable to the second weekend of 2014`s GODZILLA, though that film had a much stronger opening weekend. G:KOTM is faring better overseas, bringing the film`s worldwide box office total to just shy of $293 million. About

    Heartwarming Coming?Of?Age Classic From the Legendary Studio Ghibli and Director Yoshifumi Kondo Comes to Select Theaters Nationwide 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. Following April’s showings of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (???????, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004) and May’s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (????????, Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984), coming in July is WHISPER OF THE HEART (??????, Mimi o Sumaseba, 1995). This July, discover the brilliance of this heartwarming coming?of?age classic from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and the Academy Award?winning SPIRITED AWAY

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 02, 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

    Leave Your Plot Concerns at the Door Author: Matt Frank Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie If there is any universally accepted analysis for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS that cannot be argued, it is that this film is never boring. The same could not be said for the previous 5 Godzilla features, depending on your mileage as an audience member. While there are aspects of each film that I personally enjoyed, and even loved, there was a restraint and deliberate approach to pacing that has characterized the last 5 years of movies featuring the King of all Kaiju. GODZILLA (2014) is a dramatic and borderline minimalist monster movie that is so desperate to be taken seriously that it ultimately shoots itself in the foot, despite a killer final act. SHIN GODZILLA (2016) is basically a “what if Godzilla really

    Author: Richard Pusateri Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, the third installment in the Legendary Pictures MonsterVerse series, has been able to connect fondness for the classic 1960s Godzilla movies with the form of modern blockbuster action movie extravaganzas. GKOTM remembers where it came from. This movie is not your father’s Godzilla but it remembers your grandfather’s Godzilla as it has many references, large and small, to the classic Japanese giant monster movies of the 1950s and ‘60s. GKOTM begins with an aural and visual tribute to Toho’s original 1954 monster movie and continues symbolic references to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima first seen in GODZILLA (2014). The allusions to older versions of Godzilla begin immediately. The opening of GKOTM reprises scenes from GODZILLA (2014), first film in the MonsterVerse series, mirroring the opening scene

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: sufes1 Special Thanks to X-Plus Company Ltd., Star Ace Japan Company Ltd., Jeremy Soles and Summit Kaiju International On April 28, 2019, the 80th spring edition of Super Festival was held at the Tokyo Science Museum near the Imperial Palace area. Vendors, toy makers, shop owners, production company reps, artists, actors, personalities and the hottest lines of tokusatsu, anime and independent toys were represented in full effect during the extremely popular one-day event.

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Special Thanks to Melanie Klein Warner Bros. Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with another poster for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. This design is now being displayed at bus shelters. Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Directed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS) from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species -- thought to be mere myths

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has provided the complete final credits for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, opening worldwide on May 31, 2019. For much, much more on this film, please see the links at the end of this article. A WARNER BROS. PICTURES and LEGENDARY PICTURES PRESENTATION A LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTION In Association with Toho Co., Ltd. In Association with Huahua Media A FILM BY MICHAEL DOUGHERTY GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS CAST Dr. Mark Russell: KYLE CHANDLER Dr. Emma Russell: VERA FARMIGA Madison Russell: MILLIE BOBBY BROWN Dr. Ishiro Serizawa: KEN WATANABE Dr. Ilene Chen and Dr. Ling: ZIYI ZHANG Dr. Rick Stanton: BRADLEY WHITFORD Dr. Vivienne Graham: SALLY HAWKINS Alan Jonah: CHARLES DANCE Sam Coleman: THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH Colonel Diane Foster: AISHA HINDS Chief Warrant Officer Barnes: O’SHEA JACKSON, JR. Admiral

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press materials for the Japanese release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (?????????????????, Gojira Kingu Obu Monsut?zu). They will open the film in Japan on Friday, May 31; the same day as the international release from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the Chinese launch from Legendary East. INTRODUCTION The King awakens. The end of the world begins. 2014: "Resurrection" -- Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA 2016: “Resurgence” -- Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA 2019: Godzilla "Awakens"... A national icon that was "born" in Japan in 1954, Godzilla has continuously evolved over more than 30 feature films that have been viewed by an audience of over 100 million people in Japan alone. Godzilla, one of

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