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    POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU Trailer 1 courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2018 Pokémon. © 1997-2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku. TM, ® Nintendo. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Directed by Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, MONSTERS VS ALIENS), the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon -- one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The movie also stars Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (LADY BIRD, TV’s BIG LITTLE LIES) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, THE LAST SAMURAI) as Lt. Yoshida. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU is set for

    Director Adam Wingard takes the helm to bring the long-awaited face-off between these two iconic titans to the big screen. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Following the global success of 2014’s GODZILLA and 2017`s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, and in the lead-up to the 2019 release of the highly anticipated GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s cinematic Monsterverse: GODZILLA VS. KONG. Beginning production today, the epic action adventure will pit two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another -- the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong -- with humanity caught in the balance. GODZILLA VS. KONG is being directed by Adam Wingard (THE GUEST, THE NEXT). The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (BIG LITTLE LIES, THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL), Millie Bobby Brown (STRANGER THINGS, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Rebecca Hall (CHRISTINE, PROFESSOR MARSTON

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie The world of Pokémon comes to life! The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon — one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that

    Tickets Now Available for New Animated Pokémon Movie, Shown in U.S. Cinemas on November 24, 26, 28, and December 1 Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan), fathomevents.com/events/pokemon-the-movie (US) Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach, Julie Safer and Shirley Kim #PokemonThePowerOfUs This fall, Fathom Events and The Pokémon Company International invite Pokémon fans to experience the highly anticipated POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US (???????????? ??????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Kimi ni Kimeta, 2018) on the big screen, with U.S. screenings on November 24, 26, 28 and December 1, plus additional events in select territories. Tickets for U.S. screenings of POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US are now available for purchase at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US will be shown in more than 800 movie theaters in the US on November 24 and

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! 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 giant, high-res photos of their DefoReal Series figures based on the 2017 movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, courtesy of X-Plus’ Hong Kong-based subsidiary, Star Ace Toys, Ltd. The DefoReal line combines the cute “Super Deformed” figure style (known for large heads, squat, chubby bodies and stubby limbs) with more realistic features. These figures are recommended for fans and collectors ages 15 years and older. DefoReal Series: Kong /デフォリアル コング Sales Agent: Star Ace Toys Product Size: Height Approximately 14cm (5.5 Inches) Material: PVC Specifications: Complete Painted Figure Package: Window Box Shipping: December 2018

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released photos from a promotional event, held the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. The film will be released in the summer of 2019. Warner Bros. Pictures will handle distribution of POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU outside Japan. Toho will distribute in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary on the blockbuster monster reboot for GODZILLA. About Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force in the industry. Warner Bros. Pictures produces and distributes a wide-ranging slate of some 18-22 films each year, employing a business paradigm

    Toei Animation Inc. & Fathom Events Release the Final Chapter Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan), fathomevents.com/digimon-adventure-tri (US) Special Thanks to Katherine and Erik Stein Following the exciting debut cinema broadcasts of DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: LOSS (???????????tri.?4?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 4-shoo `Sooshitsu’, 2017) and DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: COEXISTENCE (???????????tri.?5?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 5-shoo `Kyousei’, 2017), the third exciting installment -- DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: FUTURE (???????????tri.?6?????????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 6-shoo `Bokura no Mirai’, 2018) -- is set to hit select big screens nationwide in September. In addition to the thrilling anime feature, moviegoers will view exclusive recaps from the previous two features before the screening and will also be treated to taped interviews with Digimon cast members. In this climatic finale, the DigiDestined have suffered; friends are lost, there is a new threat from a mysterious and newly formed Digimon, and

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the title treatment for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Starring Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL series), Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) and Kathryn Newton (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), the film is from director Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman — with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU arrives in theaters in North America in Summer 2019. Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

    Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ddPR Special Thanks to Danny Duran Universal Studios Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection on Blu-ray. Featuring unforgettable make-up, ground-breaking special effects and outstanding performances, the boxed set includes all Universal Pictures’ legendary monsters from the studio that pioneered the horror genre with imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror in unforgettable films from the 1930s to late-1950s. From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring

    Author: Andrew Nguyen Special Thanks to Jeff Guba From July 18 to the 22, the San Diego Convention Center hosted the annual event known as San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Although primarily focused on comic books since its beginnings in 1970, SDCC has in recent years become an enormous entertainment industry trade show where the biggest names in entertainment go to interact with fans. In recent years, multiple conventions all over the country have adapted the name Comic-Con in the hope of attracting more visitors. From 2010 to 2014, the Godzilla series has had a presence at SDCC due to the movie GODZILLA that was produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures and released in 2014. The biggest presence of Godzilla in the lead-up to the release of the first movie was in 2013 with a Godzilla museum and Virtual Reality experience hosted by Legendary Pictures.

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided press notes and a gallery of high-res images from the 21st feature-length Pokémon anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US (???????????? ??????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Minna no Monogatari), opening in theaters across Japan on July 13th. INTRODUCTION One year from the success of the 20th feature film, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! (???????????? ???????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Kimi ni Kimeta!, 2017), a young, talented production team presents a completely new Pokémon story. This summer, let‘s all step towards an adventure never seen before! STORY The “Wind Festival” is held annually in Fura City, a place where the locals live with the wind. The legendary Pokémon Lugia is expected to appear on the final day of the festival, and the attendees hope to receive its

    International Hit Anime Series Scheduled to Premiere in July 2018 in Japan Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season3 (Japan), funimation.com/shows/attack-on-titan (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On April 27th, Funimation announced its acquisition of Season 3 of ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin), one of the top global anime franchises and a fan favorite with North American audiences from the moment it first premiered in 2013. As part of its agreement with Kodansha, Funimation has secured the international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the series in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The new season will premiere this July in Japan. “We’re thrilled to be bringing back ATTACK ON TITAN for its third season in 2018 and on the heels of the series’ long awaited and exciting return last year,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO

    Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan), fathomevents.com/digimon-adventure-tri (US) Special Thanks to David Syatt Following the exciting February cinema debut broadcast of DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: LOSS (???????????tri.?4?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 4-shoo `Sooshitsu’, 2017), Fathom Events and Toei Animation Inc. will partner again to bring the next installment -- DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: COEXISTENCE (???????????tri.?5?????, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Dai 5-shoo `Kyousei’, 2017) -- to the big screen on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. local time. In addition to the electrifying anime feature, moviegoers will watch exclusive recaps from the previous features before the screening and will also be treated to taped interviews with cast talent. Meicoomon once again begins to rampage when she sees her partner Meiko injured by a mysterious man. Meicoomon, who disappeared into the Real World, is a distortion itself -- in possession of too much power, and a key

    Author: Andrew Nguyen On October 3, 2017, Wesleyan University Press, a subsidiary of Wesleyan University which is based in Connecticut, released a long-awaited biography on director Ishiro Honda by long time Japanese film historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski. Titled ISHIRO HONDA: A LIFE IN FILM FROM GODZILLA TO KUROSAWA, the biography, nearly a decade in the making, dealt with Japanese director Ishiro Honda in his film work and in his personal life. Well known as the director of the Godzilla movies and other Japanese Sci-Fi Films, Honda also worked on documentaries, dramas, comedies, and later in life films that were directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, who Honda had been a lifelong friend all the way back to the 1930s when they worked under director Kajiro Yamamoto. As the book became available to the public, several organizations that dealt with Science fiction and horror held

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: eiga-yokai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided additional high-res images from YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2017 (?? ?????? ??????? ?????, Eiga Yokai Uotchi Shadousaido Onio no Fukkatsu), opening in Japan on December 16th. The fourth film in the anime franchise features the classic yokai of GEGEGE NO KITARO. About Toho Company. Ltd. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan for twelve

    Info and High-Res Images from Toho Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: eiga-yokai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming release, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2017, the fourth feature film in the anime franchise based on the hugely successful video games by LEVEL-5 Inc. YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2017 is set 30 years after the adventures of the young boy Kenta Amano in the anime series. It features a new cast of supporting characters and will be both more serious and funnier than previous entries. The Yo-Kai now have two forms; their traditional "lightside" appearance and a new "shadowside" for going into battle. In a move sure to delight fans, the film will also feature the legendary yokai Kitaro and his friends. Introduced in the manga GeGeGe no Kitaro (???????) created by Shigeru Mizuki,

    20th Pokémon Film Now Playing in Japan Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided press notes and high-res images from the 20th feature-length Pokémon anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! (???????????? ???????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Kimi ni Kimeta!), opening in theaters across Japan this weekend. INTRODUCTION A new adventure, with a new friend... and the discovery of the new Pokémon! The 20th anniversary Pokémon movie celebration is here! POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! was made for "Pokémon Masters" of all ages; from young children to those fans who have followed Pokémon from the start. This anniversary work features the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, seen by Satoshi and Pikachu in the first anime broadcast two decades ago. Picking up on the promise the two swore -- "Someday, we will set on a journey to

    Tickets On Sale Now For Exclusive North American One-Night Theatrical Event On June 19 Source: Sony Pictures, Fathom Events press releases Official Site: biohazard-vendetta.com (Japan), residentevilvendetta.com (US) Based on the worldwide video game phenomenon, the CG animated film RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA -- aka BIOHAZARD: VENDETTA (??????? ??????, Baiohazaado Vendetta) -- will hit movie theaters worldwide this year. The film will be released internationally on May 27, 2017, and in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, June 19 for a special one-night event from Fathom Events, Park Circus and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA is the third installment in the massively popular CG animated film franchise, following RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION (?????????????????? Baiohazaado Dijenereeshon, 2008) and RESIDENT EVIL: DAMNATION (??????? ???????, Baiohazaado Damuneeshon, 2012). Derived from Capcom’s RESIDENT EVIL, one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time (72 million + copies

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jack Horner Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures’ global blockbuster KONG: SKULL ISLAND has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was announced April 6 by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Mary Parent, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Production for Legendary. The acclaimed action adventure -- certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes -- opened at the top of the domestic box office on March 10, and has grossed more than $150 million, and climbing. Internationally, KONG: SKULL ISLAND was released day-and-date in 65 markets, including Vietnam, one of the movie’s primary filming locations, where it has become the highest-grossing picture of all time. Hugely successful openings followed in Japan, as well as China. Continuing to demonstrate broad appeal that transcends borders, KONG:

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Marlena Green A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Bring home a piece of the Number 1 Movie in America! Warner Bros. Pictures is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a double sided KONG: SKULL ISLAND theatrical poster. Measuring 27 x 40", this high-quality poster was produced for display in a light box, and features the film`s key art printed on the front and in reverse on the back. The producers of GODZILLA reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures. In this compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (THE KINGS OF SUMMER), a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific -- as beautiful as

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