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    Fans & collectors will be able to interact with the life-sized titans from GODZILLA VS KONG in stunning 3D virtual & augmented reality. Source: Terra Virtua Ltd press release Official Movie Site: Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Special Thanks to Jen Naiff Terra Virtua Ltd, the world’s first fully immersive collectibles platform, announced today an exciting new license agreement with Legendary Entertainment to create an epic line of digital collectibles, based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ upcoming epic action adventure GODZILLA VS KONG. Fans around the world will be able to bring these beloved titans to life in full 3D virtual reality, feeling so close to these greats that they will practically be able to experience the brute strength of Kong and the towering behemoth that is Godzilla. These Titans and other characters will begin rolling into the Terra Virtua

    If not the most popular among other gaming industries, the Japanese industry has grown and impacted the world in different ways possible. A lot of people are fans of Japanese anime and cartoon video games from the early 60s till today. The amount of innovation the Japanese gaming industry has contributed to the world is unmeasurable. Starting from the time of Nintendo, Sega, Sony Computer Entertainment, Konami, and Capcom, they have boosted the world gaming system to another level. According to our expert Daniel Bennet here, the Japanese gaming industry has continued to dominate the world gaming system and will still continue as there are tons of promising futures for them ahead.

    Are you an adventurous person? Then you have surely wanted to try live betting at least once. Yet, this activity can be risky, and it is better to know how casinos work. These movies are great to start with. 21 (2008) Playing card games is a combination of unique mathematical calculations, excellent acting talents and composure. This movie proves that. Young men decide to pull off the fraud of the century and get money from the largest casinos in the country. The game captures them entirely. You will surely be impressed with their game.

    Source: ADV Films Official Site: Newtype USA Newtype USA celebrates its 5th anniversary with a special collectors’ edition packed with extras. The November issue has the latest scoops on the newest anime both here and in Japan, including a cover story on GUNDAM 00, the bold new take on the classic franchise. Also inside: features on DEATH NOTE, SUPER ROBOT WARS and HONEY AND CLOVER; the official art of THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA; and a sneak-peek at over a dozen new shows out only in Japan! The party continues with a very special look back at 60 months of Newtype USA, with commentary from the staff behind each issue. Plus reports on WELCOME TO THE N-H-K and TSUBASA – RESERVOIR CHRONICLE; 45 reviews of all the latest anime, manga, video games and music; a pullout poster featuring the cast of THE WALLFLOWER; and

    Source: ADV Films Official Site: Newtype USA BLEACH blasts its way onto October’s Newtype USA with an exclusive cover and feature on the megahit anime franchise. Ichigo the soul reaper comes alive in two new games, and Newtype USA has the scoop, including details you won’t find anywhere else. This is an absolute must-have for anyone who loves BLEACH! October is also packed with an exclusive 10-page first look at GUNDAM 00, the latest — and possibly greatest — Gundam yet. Other special features include an in-depth look at the lovable heroines of THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZIMIYA, learn to draw from manga superstars Peach-Pit, features on TSUBASA, FATE/STAY NIGHT and VAMPIRE HUNTER D, a TEKKON KINKREET review and director interview, the official art of AIR, columns and commentary from anime insiders, and meet the cast of LUCKY STAR. Extras in Newtype

    Source: ADV Films Official Site: Newtype USA Newtype USA leads off the fall anime season with an exclusive cover and feature on THE STORY OF SAIUNKOKU. Already a hit with both male and female viewers, SAIUNKOKU takes its royal setting and infuses it with enough modern drama and action to satisfy all kinds of fans. But that’s not all! The September 2007 issue has another incredible exclusive—a behind-the-scenes tour of THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, including in-depth interviews with the cast and crew! Plus, Newtype USA comes stuffed with extras, including a DVD with three full anime episodes: XENOSAGA, RED GARDEN and RAMEN FIGHTER MIKI. The pullout poster features Misaki Nakahara from WELCOME TO THE NHK, and manga maniacs will adore the latest installment of CLAMP’s KOBATO, inserted right into the middle of September’s issue. Also in the issue are features on

    Author: Loomis (Kim Song-ho) D-WAR opened nationwide in South Korea on August 1. According to news reports, D-WAR marked the biggest opening day record for a Korean movie this year with an estimated 417,298 admissions at 530 screens across the country. In comparison, THE HOST recorded around 450,000 admissions for it first day of release last year— the biggest record then, which was later outrun by SPIDER-MAN 3`s 500,000. Domestic distributor Showbox is predicting that D-WAR will sell 2 million tickets by this weekend’s close. Early analysis indicates that the high number of admissions is mainly due to family audiences. D-WAR has opened during children`s vacation season in Korea, and records show that males in their 30s and 40s bought an average 2.5 tickets per person and brought their family members to the cinemas. While D-WAR was filmed in English, 15% of all the cinemas playing

    Source: Sony Pictures July 13th marks the US opening of director Michael Arias’ (THE ANIMATRIX) animated film adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto’s acclaimed manga, TEKKONKINKREET, distributed by Sony Pictures. The film tells the story of a pair of orphans, Kuro (“Black”) and his younger brother Shiro (“White”), who terrorize the darker elements of Treasure Town. Although accustomed to simply making life miserable for thugs and the local yakuza, the boys find themselves facing internal and external struggles as a Disneyesque corporation moves into Treasure Town to change it. TEKKONKINKREET will start its run at The Quad in New York and The Landmark in Los Angeles, with a wider run to follow. The film — a unique combination of traditional cel animation and 3D CGI — was the winner of the prestigious Ofuji Noburo Award at the 2007 Mainichi Film Concours, and has received great

    Source:La-La Land Records La-La Land Records, a US label specializing in rare film scores, has announced its release of David Arnold’s original orchestral score for the 1998 TriStar Pictures film GODZILLA. While the GODZILLA film itself has been greatly maligned by critics and Godzilla fans alike, Arnold’s score has remained a much sought-after rarity. A 1999 promo CD (produced by Arnold himself for an Academy Award submission) became the source for bootlegs that have remained consistently popular in the collectors’ circle over the years. This new Limited Edition (3000 units) marks the first official, studio endorsed release of the full score. The 2CD-set includes 40 tracks totaling 109 minutes, including four bonus tracks. Exclusive liner notes are also included, and the set is available directly from La-La Land Records for $24.98 plus shipping. For a complete track listing, MP3 track samples, and to

    Sources: Broadcasting & Cable Magazine, Anime News Network Official Site: Sci Fi Channel Wire U.S. cable network Sci Fi Channel has announced its new Ani-Monday block for the Monday 11pm – 1am weekly timeslot, featuring anime films, series and shorts licensed from Manga Entertainment Inc., a Starz Media Company. SFC’s first real venture into the highly competitive late night block debuts on June 11th with the exclusive U.S. premiere of GHOST IN THE SHELL – SOLID STATE SOCIETY (Koukaku Kidoutai: Solid State Society, aka GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX – SOLID STATE SOCIETY, 2006). This surprise premiere is notable considering that this TV movie was only first shown on SKYPerfecTV! network in Japan last September, and is scheduled for DVD release in the States on July 3rd. Other titles planned to be shown in the block, also from Manga/Starz Media, are

    Source: Super7 Newsletter Official Site: Vinyl Toy Network The Vinyl Toy Network is a collaboration of vendors, manufacturers and artists bringing the public the latest and greatest in vinyl toys. The VTN Spring 2007 Show is being held Sunday, May 6th from 10:00am – 5:30pm at the Pasadena Convention Center. Admission is free and open to the public, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free gift bag. Amongst the vendors at the show will be Super7, who will be releasing two exclusive new toys including a new 16″ Super7 x Marusan Giant Clear Green Godzilla, limited to 50 pieces! For directions to the show, information on guests and other vendors, check out the Vinyl Toy Network site and Super7’s online store.

    Source: ADV Films Official Site: Newtype USA The swashbuckling LE CHEVALIER D’EON graces the cover of Newtype USA’s April 2007 issue. The magazine gives you all the ammo you need to watch D’Eon dish out justice on his 17th-century campaign for carnage, including interviews with anime creator Tow Ubukata as well as English dub director Steven Foster, plus more art from the show than you can shake a stick at. A quest for vengeance never looked this good! Newtype USA keeps the exclusives with previews of such highly anticipated shows as CODE GEASS, El CAZADOR, KIDDY GRADE 2 and THE WINGS OF REAN. Also in the issue are features on FATE/STAY NIGHT and COYOTE RAGTIME SHOW; the Official Art of GUNBUSTER 2; pics and info on Hello Kitty’s latest goth-punk gear; reviews of all the latest anime, manga, video games, music and toys;

    On March 22, 1997 website designer and lifelong Godzilla fan Aaron Smith launched a Godzilla news site. In the decade since then other fan sites have come and gone, but Monster Zero News (as Aaron’s site came to be known) grew to become the internet source for the latest Godzilla news and information. MZ has broken stories time and again, features the largest English language Godzilla-themed message board and provides regular news updates for the official Godzilla website SciFi Japan congratulates Monster Zero News on its 10th anniversary. Aaron Smith is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on. We hope it continues to do so for many years to come.

    Source: MJ Simpson Official Site: The Host Movie Fangoria has posted an excellent interview with THE HOST fx artist John Cox, conducted by author and film reporter MJ Simpson. John Cox’s Creature Workshop in Australia has created creatures and animatronic props for such films as BABE (1995), GARGANTUA (1998), PITCH BLACK (2000), SCOOBY DOO (2002) and PETER PAN (2003). For THE HOST, the Creature Workshop crew made a realistic, full scale head of the monster with functional jaws. Check out the interview on the Fangoria website.

    Source: Anime Jungle Now arriving on stores shelves are two great new Godzilla candy toy diorama series. Beautifully sculpted and pleasantly affordable, the sets features the talents of two talented Yujis; sculptor Yuji Sakai and painter Yuji Kaida. First up is Artworks Collection Part II, a set of dioramas based on the paintings of Yuji Kaida that was released late last month in Japan by MegaHouse. For nearly two decades, Kaida’s amazing work has been used for posters, video packaging, toy boxes and comic all over the world. His Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman illustrations have been collected in the 1995 book The Gallery of Kaiju. The series has four separate pieces (plus variant color versions) inspired by classic Toho films. Each piece stands approximately 75mm (3 inches) tall and sells for ¥630. 1. Godzilla 1955 2. Angilas 1955- the Godzilla and Angilas

    Source: Anime Jungle The Diorama Series: First Godzilla is a massive recreation of one of the most famous publicity shots for the original GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954). Godzilla stands 400mm high (approximately 16” tall) and comes with light up dorsal fins (thanks to built-in LED light unit) and audio of his trademark roar. Surrounding the King of the Monsters is an army of tanks and cannons on a 900mm x 900mm (3 foot square) base. The entire diorama weighs a hefty 16kg; more than 35lbs. Only 100 dioramas are being manufactured, and each unit is individually serial numbered… making it the perfect collectible for the fan with spare room and cash to burn. The Diorama Series: First Godzilla is available for pre-order from Anime Jungle in Los Angeles, CA. The order deadline is March 20, and the diorama will be released in May.

    Source: ADV Films Official Site: Newtype USA The March 2007 issue of Newtype USA covers everything anime, from classics reborn to exclusive sneak peeks at the latest shows still in development. The cover feature this time out is GUNBUSTER 2, a retro-future classic from renowned anime studio GAINAX. Go behind the scenes with the creators of this series, including Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and Hideaki Anno, and find out what it takes to become an alien-busting Topless pilot in this thrilling feature! There are also exclusive previews and full-spread art of anime straight from Japan, including cutting-edge shows like LUCKY STAR, DARKER THAN BLACK and IDOL MASTER XENOGLOSSIA, plus the latest on the new EVANGELION films; features on .hack//Roots, KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY and COYOTE RAGTIME SHOW; the Official Art of COMIC PARTY REVOLUTION; game reports and reviews of all the latest anime, manga, video games,

    Source: Magnolia Pictures Official Site: The Host Movie Magnolia Pictures has added several new theaters and show dates for the American theatrical release of THE HOST. We`ve updated our previous coverage to include the new information, so please visit THE HOST US Trailers article for the latest theater schedule for the film... and be sure to check back for future updates! THE HOST opens at theaters across America on March 9. UPDATED MARCH 9 WITH NEW THEATERS AND SCREEN DATES

    Source: Ishiro Honda Official Site A new Japanese language website for legendary filmmaker Ishiro Honda (1911-1993) recently went online. Honda co-wrote and directed the original GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954) and directed seven Godzilla sequels from 1962-1975. His other credits include such classics as EAGLE OF THE PACIFIC (Taiheyo no Washi, 1953), RODAN (Sora no Daikaiju Radon, 1956), THE MYSTERIANS (Chikyu Boeigun, 1957), MOTHRA (Mosura, 1961), GORATH (Yosei Gorasu, 1962), ATRAGON (Kaitei Gunkan, 1963), FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (Furankenshutain tai Chite Kaiju Baragon, 1965) and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (Furankenshutain no Kaiju: Sanda tai Gaira, 1966). In his later years, Honda collaborated with his lifelong friend Akira Kurosawa on KAGEMUSHA (1980), RAN (1985), DREAMS (Yume, 1990), RHAPSODY IN AUGUST (Hachi-gatsu no Kyoshikyoku, 1991) and MADADAYO (1993). The Ishiro Honda Official Site features photos and information on the director’s works, his life, and messages from some

    Source: ShoWest, Variety Next month ShoWest, the annual film convention organized by the National Association of Theatre Owners, will present its International Lifetime Achievement Award to Isao Matsuoka, chairman of Toho Co., Ltd. Mr Matsuoka is also chairman of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. The ShoWest award comes on the heels of a banner year for the Japanese film industry. In 2006, Japanese-produced movies earned a record-breaking 107.75 billion yen (approximately $905,462,100 US) at the Japan box office and outperformed import films for the first time in 21 years. While the American pictures HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Japanese ticket sales: $92,436,900 US) and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST ($84,117,600) were the year’s top earners, six Japanese films passed the 5 billion yen mark. Four of those titles were Toho releases; TALES FROM EARTHSEA (Gedo Senki) was

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