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    A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Indiana Jones` Latest Adventure Source: Paramount Pictures Official Website: Indiana Jones Special Thanks to Joy O`Brien SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new film. The following production notes were created by Paramount Pictures for INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, opening in theaters this Thursday, May 22. The text is © 2008 Lucasfilm Ltd. His exploits are the stuff of legend and his name has become the very definition of adventure. Indiana Jones. The whip-toting, punch-packing, snake-hating, globe-trotting archaeologist with a fedora is back on screen in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” debuting worldwide Thursday, May 22, 2008. This newest adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 – the height of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with

    Source: Yahoo! Movies Official Site: Speed Racer The Movie Check out the opening sequence of the SPEED RACER motion picture, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. SPEED RACER is ©2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment.

    The Korean Superstar Discusses His Role in the New SPEED RACER Film Author: Keith Aiken Source: Warner Bros. Official Site: Speed Racer The Movie Special Thanks to Gemma Cacho, Warner Bros. As Warner Bros’ SPEED RACER movie opens in theaters today, audiences will be reintroduced to the wonderful cast of characters from the classic anime series. The film brings back a slew of familiar faces, from Speed, Trixie, Racer X and Chim-Chim to supporting players such as Inspector Detector and recurring villains like Snake Oiler. SPEED RACER’s writing/directing team of Andy and Larry Wachowski have also introduced several new characters created specifically for the movie. One of the most important of these new creations is Taejo Togokahn, the lead driver and heir apparent of Togokahn Motors. In an attempt to prevent a hostile takeover of his family’s business, Teijo brings together Speed Racer

    A Detailed Look at the New Live Action Film! Source: Warner Bros. Official Site: Speed Racer The Movie Photos courtesy of Gemma Cacho, Warner Bros. SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new film. The following production notes were created by Warner Bros. Pictures for their theatrical feature SPEED RACER, opening nationwide this Friday, May 9. The text is © 2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment. From the Wachowski brothers and producer Joel Silver, creators of the groundbreaking THE MATRIX trilogy, comes the high-octane family adventure SPEED RACER. Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized—the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed

    Part 1: Go Speed Go! A Series Overview Part 2: Racers Start Your Engines! How it All Began Part 3: MACH GO GO GO Comes to the U.S. Author: James Long One problem that Tatsunoko Productions faced during the production of MACH GO GO GO was the budget. By switching to color, the cost of each episode nearly doubled from that of an episode of SPACE ACE. A single episode of SPACE ACE cost roughly 1,800,000 yen, while an episode of MACH GO GO GO would run about 3,500,000 yen (Approximately $4,970 per episode compared to $9,660 per episode, at 1967 exchange rates). The money from sponsors helped to cover much of the deficit, but not all of it. For additional financial support, the Yoshidas turned to an idea that had been in the back of their minds when developing the series. They looked to sell

    A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Upcoming Marvel Superhero Movie Source: Paramount Pictures Official Website: Iron Man Movie SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new film. The following production notes were created by Paramount Pictures for the upcoming theatrical release of IRON MAN. The text is © 2008 Paramount Pictures. MARVEL, and all Marvel characters including Iron Man are © 2007 Marvel Characters, Inc. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment Present Marvel Studios’ soaring action-adventure IRON MAN, the story of billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.). As CEO of Stark Industries, the U.S. Government’s top weapons contractor, Tony has achieved celebrity status by protecting American interests around the globe for decades. Tony’s carefree lifestyle is forever changed when his convoy is attacked following a weapons test he oversees and he is held hostage by a group of insurgents.

    The Highly Popular CLOVERFIELD End Credits Music to Be Released on iTunes Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Source: Soundtrack Net, Film Score Monthly Online, CLOVERFIELD DVD Official site: iTunes On April 29th, iTunes will make available for download “ROAR!” the CLOVERFIELD overture. Written by frequent J.J. Abrams composer Michael Giacchino, “ROAR!” is a tribute to the classic style of monster movie scoring and has become a much sought after track among fans who enjoyed it during the closing credits of the 2008 film. “ROAR!” came to be when director Matt Reeves screened a version of the movie in which editor Kevin Stitt temped in music from Akira Ifukube’s score to GODZILLA (1954) which went over very well and gave them as well as producer J.J. Abrams the idea to do something like that of their own seeing as there was no real score to speak of during the

    Part 1: Go Speed Go! A Series Overview Part 2: How it All Began! Author: James Long Most SPEED RACER fans know that the series was originally released in Japan as MACH GO GO GO and was the creation of Tatsuo Yoshida and his animation studio, Tatsunoko Productions. Beyond that, many fans know very little about Yoshida himself, his studio, and the efforts that went into creating MACH GO GO GO. Tatsuo Yoshida was born in Kyoto on March 4, 1932. He was the eldest of the three children in the Yoshida family, followed by brothers Kenji on January 1, 1935 and Toyoharu on January 1, 1940. Yoshida was a self-taught artist, showing remarkable skill even as a grade schooler. Following the end of World War II, the three Yoshida brothers all fell in love with the Superman comics that were being brought to Japan by

    SPEED RACER Coverage Starts Here. Author: Bob Johnson Source: Warner Brothers` Press Release With a number of anticipated films being released in 2008, from Batman to Bond and beyond, Warner Brothers is banking on one of Japan`s most recognizable cartoon characters to grab their portion of the box office. In the weeks that lead up to the release of SPEED RACER, SciFi Japan will be taking a look back at the original series, as well as some of its other incarnations, courtesy of Tatsunoko historian James Long. So relive the most dangerous races, the mammoth cars, the car acrobatic teams, the desert races and much much more with SciFi Japan as we gear up to celebrate all things SPEED! In the meantime, here is an initial peek at the new movie, with much more coverage to come! From writers/directors/producers Larry and Andy Wachowski, creators of the groundbreaking

    Hobby Japan Brings Back Classic Japanese Magazine. Author: Bob Johnson In January of 1980, a new magazine was published in Japan covering Science Fiction films, television, books and other media. Called “Space Magazine Uchusen”, this publication grew over 25 years to become a leading source of information on the latest Japanese films and television series, as well as an authoritative resource on classic movies and TV from not only Japan, but all over the world. First released as a quarterly magazine, Uchusen would switch between quarterly and bi-monthly over the years, finally settling on bi-monthly status shortly before its demise in July of 2005 after 119 issues. Early issues of Uchusen featured articles on classic science fiction, as well as information on new and upcoming releases. However, the most fascinating aspect of the earlier issues were the splashy covers, many painted in retro-sci

    US Version of the Korean Horror Hit Coming in 2008 Author: Keith Aiken and Kim Song-ho (Loomis) Source: DreamWorks/Paramount, Tartan Films USA TALE OF TWO SISTERS revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to her mother`s former nurse (Elizabeth Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother`s ghost, who warns of Rachel`s intention. Together, Anna and her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his current fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother. -Synopsis from the DreamWorks/Paramount presskit. The trend of remaking popular Asian horror movies continues with DreamWorks’ TALE OF TWO SISTERS,

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    Adaptation of French novel will mix live action and animation Author: Loomis (Kim Song-ho) Source: The Seoul Shinmun, The Segye Ilbo, various Official Author Site: Bernard Werber According to South Korean newspapers, the French novelist Bernard Werber`s bestseller Empire of the Ants (Les Fourmis) will be adapted into a feature film. Werber is a popular author, journalist, and playwright whose works include The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge (L’Encyclopedie du Savoir Relatif et Absolu, 1993), The Thanatonauts (Les Thanatonautes, 1994), The Ultimate Secret (L’Ultime Secret, 2001), The Tree of Possibles (L’Arbre des Possibles, 2002), and The Breath of the Gods (Le Souffle des Dieux, 2005). He has also directed two short films, THE MOTHER-OF PEARL QUEEN (La Reine de Nacre, 2000) and THE HUMANS (Les Humains, 2003). Empire of the Ants – no relation to the 1943 short story of the

    Source: Independent Film Channel Special Thanks to Loren Portillo This month the Independent Film Channel is running TERROR FROM TOKYO, a new documentary about Japanese horror films. The half hour special covers the evolution of the horror genre from the classic ghost stories through GODZILLA (1954) and the wave launched by SCARY TRUE STORIES (1991) and the RING films to the recent downturn caused by constant repetition and remakes. TERROR FROM TOKYO focuses on producer Takashige Ichise (RING, JU-ON, DARK WATER, INFECTION, THE GRUDGE) and director Hideo Nakata (RING, DARK WATER, THE RING 2) with a visit to the set of their upcoming movie, the period piece KAIDAN (Ghost Story, 2007). Also included are comments by Hiroshi Takahashi (author of the Ring series), Norio Tsuruta (director of RING 0), Takashi Shimizu (director of JU-ON and THE GRUDGE), Chiaki Konaka (writer of Marebito and ULTRAMAN TIGA), Japanese

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