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    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS - The World Premiere

    SciFi Japan presents a photo and video gallery of the festivities surrounding the world premiere of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS in Hollywood. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019

    Authors: Keith Aiken and Bob Johnson Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Special Thanks to Melanie Klein and Marlena Green Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures` GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is now playing worldwide, dividing critics and (mostly) pleasing moviegoers. Two weeks ago, SciFi Japan was among the media outlets invited to attend the film`s World Premiere at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, CA. We are pleaed to share this photo and video gallery from that event...

    Invitation to the premiere, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    The magic ticket, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019

    Godzilla Smashes the Cinerama Dome Godzilla`s takeover of Los Angeles began earlier in May with an invitation-only special screening of the film at Pacific Theatres` Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. The theater features an incredible display of Godzilla`s head bursting through the roof of the famous dome and firing his breath into the night sky.

    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Special Screening lighting event. Video courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2019 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019

    VIP Press Screening The SciFi Japan crew first saw GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS at a press screening the evening of Friday, May 17. The screening was held at the AMC Century City -- not far from Toho`s LA office -- and the theater was decked out in imagery for the film.

    Lobby of the AMC Century City. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Even the escalators were adorned with images of Godzilla on one side, and King Ghidorah the other. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019

    World Premiere: The "Red" Carpet An entire block of Hollywood Blvd. was closed to traffic for the World Premiere of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS on Saturday, May 18. Fans crowded the streets behind barricades to watch the pre-show festivities, which included the traditional Red (in this case, black) Carpet walk by the filmmakers and celebrity guests, Taiko drummers, Godzilla prizes, and a display of scenes from the movie on a massive outdoor screen. Guest check-in began at 5:00 PM with the Red Carpet walk kicking off at 6:00 PM. Among the guests from the film were stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Anthony Ramos, Natalie Shaheen, CCH Pounder, Elizabeth Ludlow, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, and director Michael Dougherty.

    Setting up for the premiere. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    The bleacher seats were backed by Godzilla`s fins. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    The view from Hollywood and Highland. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Press row fills up and fans pack the bleachers in anticipation of the Red Carpet walk. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Godzilla towers over SciFi Japan`s Keith Aiken. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Richard Pusateri. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    SciFi Japan co-editor Bob Johnson takes a selfie with Godzilla. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS World Premiere black carpet and press row. Video by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2019 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS World Premiere Soundbites. Video courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2019 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Taiko drummers kick off the show. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Keiji Ohta, Toho`s Chief Godzilla Officer. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa). Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    IN LIVING COLOR`s David Alan Grier. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Ziyi Zhang, who plays the dual roles of Dr. Ilene Chen and Dr. Ling. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Natalie Shaheen (Monarch Lieutenant Bottin). Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Director Michael Dougherty. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Bradley Whitford (Dr. Rick Stanton). Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Millie Bobby Brown (Madison Russell). Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS World Premiere B-Roll. Video courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2019 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019

    World Premiere: The Pre-Party and Screening The Pre-Party was held in the Chinese Theatre courtyard. Guests mingled and enjoyed free food and drinks before entering the theater to watch the movie.

    The Pre-Party in the Chinese Theatre courtyard included a bar, food trucks, and even a bouncy stage where guests could hit each other with padded staffs. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    The str appears... Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    ...and immediately headed for the free sushi. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Toho`s Chris Mowry with Bob Johnson. Photo by Keith Aiken. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    GODZILLA (2014) director Gareth Edwards. Photo by Chris Mirjahangir. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Kyle Chandler (Dr. Mark Russell). Photo by Keith Aiken. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Guests file into the Chinese Theatre. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Godzilla and Michael Dougherty introduce GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019
    Photo by Bob Johnson. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2019

    About GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

    Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Directed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS) from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species -- thought to be mere myths -- rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS stars Kyle Chandler (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA); Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE CONJURING films), Millie Bobby Brown (STRANGER THINGS) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (GET OUT); Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (THE SHAPE OF WATER, BLUE JASMINE, GODZILLA); Charles Dance (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s SILICON VALLEY); Aisha Hinds (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON); Oscar nominee David Strathairn (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, GODZILLA), with Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (THE LAST SAMURAI, GODZILLA) and Golden Globe nominee Ziyi Zhang (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON). The film was produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Brian Rogers, with Zach Shields, Barry Waldman, Hiro Matsuoka, Keiji Ota, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers, and Ali Mendes and Jay Ashenfelter co-producing for Legendary. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, in association with Toho Co. Ltd., GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS hits theaters worldwide beginning May 31, 2019. It will be distributed in 3D and 2D and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho; and in China, where it will be distributed by Legendary East.


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