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    2-Day Only Special Exhibit Will Display Original Production Art, Concept Drawings, and More From the Popular Anime Source: MediaLab press release, NEWPEOPLEWORLD.com Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), funimation.com/evangelion (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the EVANGELION POP-UP MUSEUM as part of the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival. This special time-limited special exhibit, to be staged inside the venue’s 3rd Floor SUPERFROG Gallery, launches on Saturday, August 25th and is co-produced by Nippon Television and NEW PEOPLE. The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival commences with the theme of “Cyberpop Overload!,” and will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown, in association with the Japantown Merchant Association, on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. General admission to The EVANGELION POP-UP MUSEUM

    A Retrospective of Korean Film Including Cult Film THE HOST in 3D Source: BWR Public Relations press release Official Website: lookeastfestival.com Special Thanks to Cindy Lyster LOOK EAST: KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL today announced the lineup of films for its first annual Hollywood celebration of Korean cinema. Taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood , on June 23-24, the rising Korean film industry will be recognized with a series of new and classic films screened over the weekend, with the participation of several top actors and directors. Hyundai Motors/Auto serves as a lead festival sponsor. Ten films are currently confirmed including one the 3D version of the cult film THE HOST; two with live Q&A’s (A BITTERSWEET LIFE and PIERRE RISSIENT: MAN OF CINEMA); and two US premieres (FLOWER IN HELL and A HOMETOWN IN MY HEART). “For lovers of Korean cinema, and

    New BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE Anime Film Opens June 2nd in Japan Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Production I.G Official Website: blood-c-movie.jp (Japan) The feature film BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK (???BLOOD-C The Last Dark [??????? ???? ?? ? ??? ???], 2012) is the latest chapter in the world-famous "Blood: The Last Vampire" saga that has become one of animation house Production I.G`s flagship titles. BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is a creative collaboration between Production I.G and popular all-female artist group CLAMP, supervised by Junichi Fujisaku, one of the key members of the team that developed the original concept for BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE ????? ? ??? ??????, 2000? and who later directed the TV series BLOOD+ ????????, 2005). Directed by Production I.G`s enfant terrible, Naoyoshi Shiotani, BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is slated in Japan for a June 2nd, 2012 theatrical release. The original BLOOD:

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Anime Central it has acquired the home media rights to the feature film KING OF THORN and series EUREKA 7: AO (Astral Ocean). In addition, FUNimation has acquired the simulcasts rights for EUREKA 7: AO. Full episodes will begin on funimation.com during spring 2012. A brief synopsis for each series is listed below: EUREKA 7: AO (Astral Ocean) (???????AO, Eureka Sebun Ei Oo, 2012) The story is set on Okinawa`s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao`s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao`s 13-year-old

    Source: NY Int`l Children`s Film Festival press release Official Movie Site: hoshi-o-kodomo.jp This upcoming weekend, the NY Int`l Children`s Film Festival will screen the anime feature film CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES FROM DEEP BELOW (???????, Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, 2011) at the IFC Center in New York City. From the press release... CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES FROM DEEP BELOW Sat & Sun, April 21 & 22, 11:00am - IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third) Recommended ages 11 to adult. 116 minutes, Japanese language with English subtitles. Makoto Shinkai is perhaps the world`s finest animator and his brilliant new feature delivers frame after frame of jaw-dropping photorealistic splendor: skyscapes of unspeakable majesty, a butterfly on a twig, a blade of grass -- all are rendered with such astounding delicacy and precision that you mourn their passing once the image has

    Special North American Theatrical Screenings on May 24th for New Anime Film Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: dragonagemovie.com (US), dragonagemovie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski On May 24th 2012, FUNimation in conjunction with Bioware & EA will host a one night only, exclusive screening event for DRAGON AGE: DAWN OF THE SEEKER (??????? ??????????, Doragon Eiji: Buraddomeiji no Seisen, 2012). Screenings will all begin at 7pm for each respective showing with the exception of Los Angeles which will begin at 9pm. This will be the only chance to see DRAGON AGE: DAWN OF THE SEEKER on the big screen! If you`re in one of these cities you should take advantage of this opportunity since this is a VERY limited engagement. As an extra special bonus, the first 100 people who attend the screenings will receive a FREE exclusive DRAGON AGE: DAWN OF THE SEEKER

    New Korean Creature Feature Coming Next Year Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Ozone Film Co., Ltd. and CJ Entertainment The Korean motion picture companies Ozone Film Co., Ltd. and CJ Entertainment have jointly announced the principal cast members of GORDIAN WORM (???, Yeongasi, tentative title), a new creature feature that will be released next year. Inspired by real-life parasitic animals known as "horsehair worms", the movie is about mutated parasites that infest the brains of humans and manipulate them. A man struggles to save his family, who became victims of the titular parasites, as the disaster rages on. GORDIAN WORM is the latest movie by director Park Jeong-woo, who began as a successful screenwriter of such action/comedies as ATTACK THE GAS STATION (??? ????, Juyuso seubgyuksageun, 1999), JAIL BREAKER (??? ??, Gwangbokjeol Teuksa, 2002) and BREAK OUT (???? ??, Lightereul kyeora, 2002). In 2004, he directed his

    English Press Materials for New Korean 3D Monster Movie Source: CJ E&M Pictures Official Movie Site: sector7movie.blogspot.com (US), 2011sector7.co.kr (Korea) SECTOR 7 (7??, Chil gwanggu) U.S. Release Date: September 16th, 2011 Running Time: 112 minutes Rating: NR not rated by the MPAA (US Rating) / 15+ (KOR Rating) Language: Korean with English subtitles Distributor: CJ E&M Pictures Runtime: 112 minutes Genre: 3-D Action/Sci-fi Korea Release: August 4, 2011 Director: Kim Ji-hoon Screenplay: Kim Hwee, Yoon Je-kyun Production: CJ E&M, JK Film Synopsis Something awaits 8,000 feet under the sea. The Eclipse is the offshore drilling rig stationed at Sector 7, a mining area in the vast open sea located off the southern tip of Jeju Island. The oil drilling excavations end in failure and headquarters gives the order to withdraw. Captain Jeong-man is sent to oversee the crew’s withdrawal from the Eclipse. However,

    Korean 3D Monster Movie Opens in Select Cities in US and Canada Source: CJ E&M Pictures Official Movie Site: sector7movie.blogspot.com (US), 2011sector7.co.kr (Korea) In a surprise move, the new Korean 3D monster movie, SECTOR 7 (7??, Chil gwanggu) is now playing in limited theatrical release in North America. The US branch of the film`s Korean co-producer and distributor, CJ E&M Pictures, held a special preview screening last week in Los Angeles before launching the film in eleven theaters across the United States and Canada. North American Release Date: September 16th, 2011 Running Time: 112 minutes Rating: NR not rated by the MPAA (US Rating) / 15+ (KOR Rating) Language: Korean with English subtitles Korea Release: August 4, 2011 Director: Kim Ji-hoon Screenplay: Kim Hwee, Yoon Je-kyun Production: CJ E&M, JK Film Distribution: CJ E&M North American Release Schedule September 9, 2011

    MOTHRA 50th Anniversary Film Festival Author: Tom Dougherty, Clawmark Toys The Ginza area of Tokyo is known as an entertainment district and it is only fitting that it was the site for a 50th anniversary celebration of the creation and release of the first ever Mothra movie in 1961. And what more fitting for a celebration of this exciting Japanese Kaiju film than an entire day devoted to Mothra films and the exciting stars that helped make the magic. I had attended Kaiju film festivals in this Ginza Theater before and so I knew I was going to be in for a treat. The Cast Co. of Japan’s Nagata Daisuke and his wonderful hard working staff along with several other movers and shakers in the Japanese Kaiju movie fan world came together and made sure this was going to be a fitting MONSTER celebration! Since the

    It’s no exaggeration to say that Koichi Kawakita brought Godzilla back to life. When he took over as special effects director of the long-running film series with GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE (??? VS ?????, Gojira tai Biorante, 1989), Kawakita rejuvenated a franchise that was creatively and technically moribund and introduced a new-look Godzilla that redefined the monster for a whole new generation of fans worldwide. Kawakita went on to work on a total of six Godzilla movies, the last being GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH (??? VS ??????, Gojira tai Desutoroia, 1995). More recently, Kawakita was a creative force behind a project that is decidedly smaller in scale yet has much in common with the Godzilla franchise, from the antiwar theme that propelled the original GODZILLA (???, Gojira, 1954) to the traditional Japanese analog special-effects techniques that define the entire genre it begat. THE GOD OF CLAY (???????, 2009/2011) is

    The Quintessential Korean Monster Movie is Finally Shown on Korean Television Author: Kim Song-ho Source: EBS, Korean Film Archive Special Thanks to Ms. Shin Ye-won and Mr. Kim Bong-young On June 19, 2011, the Korean network EBS (Educational Broadcasting System) will air YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (??? ???, Daegoesu Yonggary, 1967). This marks the first ever domestic TV broadcast of the film, 44 years after its theatrical release in Korea. It is also the first HD broadcast of the movie. EBS will air YONGARY as part of its weekly movie program, KOREAN MOVIE SPECIAL (???? ??), which shows classic Korean movies at 11:00pm KST every Sunday. The reason for YONGARY`s much-belated TV debut in its home country stemmed from the film`s bumpy release history. After its theatrical release in 1967, the production company Keukdong Entertainment (of which YONGARY`s director Kim Ki-duk was

    Norwegian Monster Movie Opens in US Theaters Today Source: Magnolia Pictures Official Site: trollhunterfilm.com The government says there’s nothing to worry about – it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it – and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious “poacher,” who wants nothing to do with them. But their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: Trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero – The Troll Hunter – risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales. From Norwegian writer/director André Øvredal comes TROLLHUNTER, a thrillingly entertaining creature feature filled with harrowing suspense –

    Classic Monster Movies Every Thursday Source: Turner Classic Movies Thursdays this June, the cable station Turner Classic Movies will be airing a series of "Drive-In Double Features" of monster movies from the 1950s and 60s such as THEM!, THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, THE BLOB, TARANTULA, THE BEAST FROM 20000 FATHOMS, and THE THING. The lineup features fifteen movies never before aired on TCM, including four favorites from the Golden Age of Japanese movie monsters... GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, RODAN, GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER, and GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO. Also on the schedule are Toho`s THE H-MAN and the Japanese/American co-production THE MANSTER. All will be shown in their English language, US release versions. Check the TCM website for the complete list of "Drive-In Double Features". TCM Japanese Monster Movie Schedule for June, 2011 Thursday, June 2 8:00 PM EST- GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS

    Daikaiju Double Feature on June 23rd Source: Bigfoot Crest Theater Special Thanks to Dennis Bartok On Thursday, June 23, the Bigfoot Crest Theater in Westwood, CA (near UCLA) will present a special giant monster/Godzilla-themed film event featuring the World Premiere of the Japanese giant monster short film THE GOD OF CLAY produced by Marbling Fine Arts, co-directed by Godzilla FX master Koichi Kawakita and featuring a veritable Who`s Who of some of the greatest names in Japanese monster special effects. Also on the schedule is a 35 mm screening of the classic Toho movie GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER. Between the films there will be short discussion on the making of THE GOD OF CLAY and the history of Japanese giant monster movies with producer Norihiko Iwasaki of Marbling Fine Arts, Godzilla expert Steve Ryfle (Classic Media`s Toho Master Collection, Sony`s ICONS OF SCI-FI: TOHO COLLECTION) and

    Acclaimed Supernatural Crime Mystery is the Latest VIZ Media Anime Series to be Streamed by Netflix Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: Deathnote.viz.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the premiere of the entire uncut and subtitled DEATH NOTE (?????, Desu Noto, 2006) anime series on Netflix, Inc., the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. The supernatural suspense thriller is now available to watch instantly for subscribers in the U.S. A unique storyline and complex characters, combined with visually stunning animation by Madhouse, made DEATH NOTE one of the most popular anime series to ever be released in Japan and North America. The complete 37 episode series joins several other VIZ Media anime titles such as BLEACH, NARUTO, and INUYASHA, which can now be instantly streamed from Netflix. DEATH NOTE (rated TV-14, subtitled)

    Second Impact Happens in Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis and More… Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/evangelion (US), evangelion.co.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Cinema Arts Releasing, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are proud to announce the new release schedule of EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009) in the United States. The movie is the second chapter in four part "Rebuild of Evangelion" (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban) film series by Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara, re-imagining the sci-fi animated series blockbuster NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (Shin Seiki Evangelion)— also written and directed by Anno— which first aired on Japanese television in 1995. It was one of the top five highest grossing Japanese films of 2009 with box office in excess of $40 million US. EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE screened at Film Festivals around the

    Exclusive Nationwide One Night Only Engagement on January 20, 2011 Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/evangelion (US/Canada), evangelion.co.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Cineplex Entertainment and Cinema Asia Releasing, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are pleased to announce they are bringing the second film of the new EVANGELION series to the big screen in Canada. EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009) will be shown nationwide in Canada, for one night only, on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7 p.m. (local time) at select Cineplex Entertainment and Empire Theatres locations. Advance tickets are now available online at cineplex.com/events and at participating theatre box offices. EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE is the latest of four planned feature films that comprise the "Rebuild of Evangelion" (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban) tetralogy by Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara.

    Theatrical Run Launches January 21, 2011 Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/evangelion (US), evangelion.co.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Cinema Arts Releasing, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are proud to announce the initial release schedule of EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009) in the United States. The movie is the second chapter in the four part "Rebuild of Evangelion" (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban) film series by Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara, re-imagining the sci-fi animated series blockbuster NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (Shin Seiki Evangelion)— also written and directed by Anno— which first aired on Japanese television in 1995. It was one of the top five highest grossing Japanese films of 2009 with box office in excess of $40 million US. EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE screened at Film Festivals around the world, including the

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/evangelion (US), evangelion.co.jp (Japan) Cinema Arts Releasing, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009), the second of the new Evangelion films, to the big screen in theaters across North America in January 2011. Cinema Arts Releasing is a newly created distribution company specializing in releasing six to eight Asian themed theatrical features for the North American market per year. Eleven Arts is the company that has brought you such celebrated Japanese films as MEMORIES OF TOMORROW starring Ken Watanabe and Yoji Yamada’s LOVE AND HONOR. FUNimation Entertainment is known for releasing quality anime titles to the American market, and they have released such popular titles as DRAGON BALL and FULL METAL ALCHEMIST. In 2009, FUNimation handled the North American theatrical and home video

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