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    Director Shusuke Kaneko has second box office #1 in Japan this year Source: Nippon Television Network Corporation Official Site: Death Note Director Shusuke Kaneko (the Gamera trilogy, GMK) has scored a major success with DEATH NOTE, a pair of films based on the manga serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Part one opened at the top of the Japanese box office on June 17… now the conclusion DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME goes it one better with an opening weekend take more than double that of the first DEATH NOTE. Official Press Release:

    SINKING OF JAPAN, THE HOST, DEATH NOTE, GHOST TRAIN, D-WAR and more screened in California Author: Keith Aiken Source: AFM, AFI Fest, TBS, Showbox/Mediaplex, and Toho International Since 1981, the Independent Film and Television Alliance has hosted an annual motion picture trade show in Santa Monica, CA called the American Film Market (AFM). For eight days every year, the 32 theater screens on and surrounding Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade are used for more than 900 screenings of 589 different films from around the world; an average of 31 new films every two hours. Titles shown range from high budget releases by the big US studios, to major foreign films, to lower budget art and genre movies. While AFM is one of the few— if not the only— places these movies are shown in the US, it is not a traditional film festival

    Turner Class Movies Plays THE X FROM OUTER SPACE, GOKE BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL, and KWAIDAN Author: Keith Aiken Source: Turner Classic Movies, Criterion Collection With Halloween just around the corner, the Turner Classic Movies channel has packed their October schedule with such horror and science fiction greats as PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925), FREAKS (1932), KING KONG (1933), THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951), DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), THE HAUNTING (1963), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978). Of special note are three rarely seen Japanese classics from the 1960s— two of which are currently unavailable on home video in the United States— which will all be shown uncut, in Japanese with English subtitles, and in widescreen. GOKE, BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL (Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro, VAMPIRE GOKEMIDORO, 1968) -Tonight at 2:00 am EST/11:00 pm PST

    Exciting new production debuts at Fantasia, SciFi Japan chats up the director! Author: Aaron Cooper Official Site: The iDol Special thanks to Keith Aiken and Bob Johnson A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE U.S. born Norman England is known by genre fans as a journalist and photographer of Japanese films and productions. His work has appeared in such magazines as Fangoria, Starlog, Japanese Giants and Hobby Japan, as well as many more Japanese publications. With the help of many of the contacts he’s made through the years, Norman has written, directed and produced the film THE iDol. Norman has graciously agreed to sit with SciFi Japan and discuss THE iDol, which premieres at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Canada on July 16th, 2006. SciFi Japan: Before we get into the production details, let’s learn more about Norman England, the person. Tell us a

    Plus the LA premiere of THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, Gamera prizes, and an introduction from Kadokawa Pictures Author: Keith Aiken Source: Kadokawa Pictures USA Beginning at 7:30 pm this Friday, June 30, the American Cinematheque presents “Giant Monsters On the Loose”, three days of kaiju films, premieres, and presentations at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Following the CoMix Wave/Central Park Media award-winning CG short feature NEGADON: THE MONSTER FROM MARS, the first night of the event will focus on Kadokawa Pictures. “An Evening with Kadokawa Pictures” will feature the US premiere of GAMERA THE BRAVE(Chiisaki Yusha-tachi Gamera), the launch of the US theatrical run of THE GREAT YOKAI WAR (Yokai Daisenso), an introduction and Q&A session with a rep from Kadokawa Pictures, and Gamera and Yokai prizes. In 2002, the Kadokawa Herald Publishing Company purchased the Daiei Motion Picture Company, one

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