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    Godzilla’s First Major Trip to Korea Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Although he is universally known as The King of the Monsters, Godzilla has rarely landed in the particular nation of Korea. One of the primary reasons is that Korea has forbidden the inflow of Japanese popular culture until 1998, which hindered timely, constant releases of the Godzilla series. The other is that giant monster movies are not that popular in the country (Shim Hyung-rae’s DRAGON WARS, which was a great hit in 2007, is a completely different story). Those two reasons have resulted in such low awareness and mass appeal to giant monster movies in general in the peninsular. But in the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, things seem to be changing, at least a little bit, as The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN) will include a Godzilla

    Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 22, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation Official Site: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA dropped to tenth place at the domestic box office on a quiet weekend in which the top film (the Kevin Hart comedy THINK LIKE A MAN TOO) earned $30 million. This coming week should see much bigger numbers with the release of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. In six weeks GODZILLA has earned nearly $477.5 million worldwide and is on pace to pass the half a billion dollar mark during its theatrical run. The film has now been released in sixty-three territories and finished the weekend in fifth place at the international box office. Toho will open GODZILLA in Japan -- the final major international market -- on July 25th. GODZILLA weekend box office estimates (USD), per data collected as of Sunday, June

    A Report on the Special Godzilla Event Held May 3rd at the Aratani Theater and Anime Jungle Author: Andrew Nguyen with Extra Material from Richard Pusateri Source: Anime Jungle Event Site: Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota, Yoichi Kakuma, Daisuke Ishizuka, Arian Hinojosa (MAT) and Mark Jaramillo In the lead-up to the premiere of the new American GODZILLA from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros, some past Godzilla films were also screened in the United States. Perhaps not surprisingly, the highest profile reissue has been the first GODZILLA (???, 1954); Rialto Pictures has released a new 60th anniversary restoration of the original movie that will have a limited theatrical run through the summer. Another film receiving its due in the spotlight is GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (??? VS ?????, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989), the 17th movie in the Godzilla series. A direct sequel to THE

    Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 15, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation Official Site: Five weeks into its theatrical run, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA dropped to seventh place at the domestic box office as the newly released sequels 22 JUMP STREET and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 took the top two spots. But the King of the Monsters once again proved his might by jumping back to the top of the international box office with a massive opening weekend in China. As the second largest theatrical market after North America, China was viewed as key to GODZILLA`s box office success. Warner Bros. gave the film a tremendous push there, releasing it on 9,000 screens across the country. Opening on Friday the 13th, GODZILLA exceeded expectations with a one-day haul of $10.9 million... the highest amount

    Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 8, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation Official Site: With $48.2 million in ticket sales, 20th Century Fox’s THE FAULT OF OUR STARS topped the United States box office for the weekend ending June 8th. The Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure EDGE OF TOMORROW took third place with a disappointing $29.1 million, but played well overseas to bring in an additional $82 million internationally. Rounding out the top five were MALEFICENT, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST. In sixth place both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures` GODZILLA earned $5.95 million in the US and another $5.4 million from foreign territories. To date, the movie has hauled in $394 million worldwide. This coming week should be an important one in GODZILLA`s theatrical run as the film opens in

    An Interview with Michael Schlesinger on His Unmade Project, GODZILLA REBORN Author: Steve Ryfle Special Thanks to Dan Ross and Garry Hayes A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Legendary’s GODZILLA is just the latest in a series of attempts to adapt the Japanese monster in Hollywood’s image dating back to the 1980s. Most of these projects are well documented: Steve Miner’s proposed stop-motion film, the aborted Jan DeBont project, Yoshimitsu Banno’s proposal for Japanese-American IMAX 3-D co-production, and a sequel to TriStar’s 1998 film, directed by Roland Emmerich, that was to be set in Australia. A little known fact, however, is that an American-made sequel to the Japan-made GODZILLA 2000 MILLENNIUM was briefly floated -- a low-budget (by Hollywood standards) project with man-in-suit effects to be produced by Toho technicians. GODZILLA REBORN was the brainchild of one Michael Schlesinger, who is

    Source: MPC Moving Picture Company Official Commercial Site: Official Movie Site: MPC Creative was enlisted by The Richards Group to direct and produce the all-new FIAT campaign, featuring the King of the Monsters: Godzilla. The spot utilizes the unique film asset of the CG Godzilla crafted by MPC Film for the epic action adventure motion picture from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, which hit theaters May 16. In-house directors Dan Marsh and Jake Montgomery captured an abundance of the action in-camera to integrate seamlessly. Harnessing the full power of MPC’s core strengths: top in-house talent, integrated solutions and cutting-edge technologies all in one, this epic spot challenges consumers to re-evaluate their notion of FIAT as a producer of exclusively compact cars. GODZILLA is released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it is distributed by Toho Co.,

    Sony Has No Plans For A New Godzilla Film Author: Keith Aiken Source: Sony Pictures Last month the German movie news website Cinetech reported that Sony Pictures was considering a sequel to their American version of GODZILLA (1998) for the summer of 2009. Today, reps from Sony stated that there is nothing to the story, and the studio has no plans to make another Godzilla film. While the end result proved to be a disappointment, Sony initially had high hopes for Godzilla, seeing the monster as a franchise character strong enough to support a series of big budget movies in the United States. In October 1992, the studio came to an agreement with the Toho Motion Picture Co. to produce a trilogy of Godzilla movies, with the first film to be released by Sony subsidiary TriStar Pictures in the summer of 1994. In May 1993 producer

    Outcast`s National Video Network at the Pump Helps the Fiat Brand Reach a 100% Relevant Target Audience Source: Outcast press release Official Commercial Site: Official Movie Site: The recent FIAT Brand North America commercial tie-in to Warner Bros. Pictures` and Legendary Pictures` GODZILLA is reaching an expanded audience thanks to a new promotional deal with the digital media company Outcast Media. Outcast supplies video content (providers include the NFL Network, Extra, ABC and CBS), weather reports, lottery updates and advertising screened in high definition at gas stations across the United States. From the press release... Outcast, the largest and fastest growing television network at the pump, has unleashed the FIAT brand`s "Godzilla" movie tie-in spot across its 21,000+ high definition screens. Outcast`s monthly audience of 38 million active, on-the-go viewers rivals the delivery of top broadcast TV shows, while connecting the

    GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA and GODZILLA 2000 Airing Next Week Source: Sony Movie Channel The HD Sony Movie Channel will be showing GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA and GODZILLA 2000 back-to-back during their "Mandays-Action Adventure Movies" block on June 2nd. Both films are dubbed in English. The two Godzilla movies are also available for viewing from Sony Movie Channel Video On Demand and are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. For a complete schedule of films and times, visit GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1992) Monday, June 2: 10.00 pm E | 7.00 pm P Tuesday, June 3: 1.30 am E | 10.30 pm P Saturday, June 7: 1.10 pm E | 10.10 am P Monday, June 9: 5.00 pm E | 2.00 pm P Sunday, June 22: 7.30 am E | 4.30 am P Monday, June 30: 10.35 am E | 7.35 am P Mothra, the giant

    Source: IMAX Corporation, Zacks Investment Research, Inc. press releases Official Site: IMAX Corporation registered the highest opening weekend box-office collection from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment`s recently released flick, GODZILLA. From May 16-18, the movie grossed approximately $14.2 million in 352 North American IMAX 3D theatres and approximately $7 million in 187 international IMAX theatres, resulting in a strong IMAX worldwide per-screen average of approximately $40,000. Overall, GODZILLA grossed approximately $93.2 million for Warner Bros. domestically and $196.6 million worldwide in its first 3 days of release. IMAX reported dozens of individual theatre records across its global network and breakout international territories for the Company included Taiwan, Austria, Germany, New Zealand and the UK. The film is set to open in IMAX theatres across China on June 13. The launch is likely to drive box office collections further as IMAX boasts

    Source:, Bender/Helper Impact Special Thanks to MAD Magazine With the blockbuster theatrical release of the new GODZILLA, the folks at MAD Magazine are getting in on the action with a fun parody tied to the giant monster and the newest popular feline, Hero Cat. GODZILLA VS. HERO CAT: The Sequel America is Clamoring For! About DC Entertainment DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have provided the complete final credits for the new GODZILLA. An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, GODZILLA is a Legendary Pictures production directed by Gareth Edwards. Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film will be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX in select theatres and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. For much, much more on this film, please see the GODZILLA Production Notes and High-Res Images here on SciFi Japan. WARNER BROS. PICTURES and LEGENDARY PICTURES Present A LEGENDARY PICTURES Production A GARETH EDWARDS Film GODZILLA Cast Ford Brody: AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Young Ford: CJ ADAMS Dr. Ishiro Serizawa: KEN WATANABE Joe Brody: BRYAN CRANSTON Elle

    Legendary Pictures Film Revitalizes Franchise, Gives Fans What They’ve Been Waiting For Author: Jim Cirronella Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. Released in 2010, Gareth Edwards’ feature film debut, MONSTERS, contained fresh concepts not often associated with giant monster movies, as well as a scope that belied its micro-budget and fiercely independent origins. Subsequently, the film has sharply divided viewers into two camps: those who have embraced its emphasis on the human characters as they struggle within the context of a monster-infested environment, and those who despise its decidedly-measured approach due to feeling short-changed on monster action. And therein lies the conundrum of bringing a new Godzilla to life for modern audiences: in an era where the push of a button can make almost anybody a

    GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL Grosses $61,817 in Seven Days in Cities Across U.S. Source: Rialto Pictures press release Special Thanks to Bruce Goldstein and Eric Di Bernardo EXTRA! Akira Takarada, star of the original 1954 movie, in person at Angelika Film Center, Dallas, on Saturday! Rialto Pictures` restored GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL stomped its way this past week in theaters across the country, grossing a skyscraping $61,817 in week-long runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Denver, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, as well as at select showings in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and two dozen other cities. Fans in Dallas will have a rare opportunity this Saturday, May 17, to see Akira Takarada, star of the 1954 movie, in person at the 10:25 show at the Angelika Film Center, where he’ll introduce the movie. The 60th anniversary restoration has now reached a

    Author: Richard Pusateri Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. Gareth Edwards’ 2014 GODZILLA has at least one unintended consequence; it reinforces my belief that Ishiro Honda’s 1954 GODZILLA was an incredibly stunning artistic achievement. After six decades of technological development, the finest cinematic artisans and craftsmen in the business and an incomprehensibly larger budget, Edwards’ film does not surpass the original Japanese movie’s terrifying commentary. Mr. Honda’s 1954 GODZILLA has a cohesively clear story and artistic statement that still gets me after a few hundred viewings over five decades. This year’s GODZILLA is a fine movie that I enjoyed more than many other recent special effects extravaganzas. In no way do I mean to diminish Edwards’ achievement here when I pledge allegiance to Mr. Honda’s

    Movie Stars and Other Celebrities Walk Black and Red Carpet for Media Army Author: Richard Pusateri Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: GODZILLA received a giant media event premiere Thursday night at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard that was mostly attended by media and movie industry insiders. The press corps appeared to number in the several hundred with an equal number of Warner Bros staffers and security. The only thing missing were fans of the movie. Most of the people I saw on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard appeared to be fans of the actors and other celebrities, tourists, amateur paparazzi and the professional autograph hunters who attend every red carpet event. Ten years earlier, the nearby Chinese Theater was the site of the GODZILLA: FINAL WARS premiere and the ceremony unveiling Godzilla’s Star on the Hollywood Walk

    Filmmakers Acknowledge Classic Movie Monsters as Inspiration for New GODZILLA Author: Jim Cirronella Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details from an upcoming movie. On the morning of Sunday, May 4th in New York City, Warner Bros heralded the return of Godzilla by hosting a press junket in which the upcoming film’s director, producer and leading cast met with journalists to answer questions in a bevy of roundtable interviews. It was big and terrible, and judging by the debris and rubble adorning the hallway at the JW Marriott Essex House near Central Park, the King of Monsters was back in a bigger way than ever thought possible. Affable, young director Gareth Edwards joked about all the attention he’d been receiving: “They keep putting me in rooms, and it’s always full of microphones.”

    Director Gareth Edwards and Producer Thomas Tull Answer Questions after 3D IMAX Presentation Author: Richard Pusateri Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures shifted promotion of GODZILLA into high gear the first week in May. A series of press screenings began on May 1, with an event at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The production notes along with more images and video clips were also made public during the first few days of May. The May 1 Chinese Theater screening was especially noteworthy as it was the first IMAX presentation of the 3D movie. The presentation also featured a question and answer session with director Gareth Edwards and producer Thomas Tull. (Attendees of the screening were asked not to publish any description, evaluation or judgment of the movie itself, so watch SciFi Japan after May 10 for reviews.)

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. The world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure GODZILLA. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. The film stars an international ensemble cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (KICK-ASS), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (THE LAST SAMURAI, INCEPTION), Elizabeth Olsen (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, COSMOPOLIS), and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE), with Oscar nominee David Strathairn (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK., THE BOURNE LEGACY) and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Bryan Cranston

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