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    Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Official Site: thehobbit.com Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) are joining the worldwide celebration of Tolkien Week with the debut of the highly anticipated theatrical trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" on September 19, 2012. The first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson, who previously brought to the screen the blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. The week-long Tolkien Week celebration encompasses the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit novel and the worldwide celebration of Hobbit Day. The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, though Hobbit Day celebrations existed prior to its official recognition. Tolkien fans the world over celebrate by having parties and

    Source: Shout! Factory, Click Communications press release Special Thanks to Scott Neumyer From the creators of TRANSFORMERS PRIME comes an all-new animated series TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, created specifically for the younger generation of TRANSFORMERS fans by Hasbro Studios. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork and heroism, this hit show brings action, adventure, heart and humor, and follows a group of AUTOBOTS assigned by OPTIMUS PRIME to serve and protect mankind. On October 2, 2012, kids and families will be entertained by the adventures of the RESCUE BOTS - HEATWAVE, BOULDER, BLADES and CHASE when TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ROLL TO THE RESCUE DVD hits store shelves everywhere from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Featuring five fun-filled episodes, special DVD bonus content and coloring sheets, this DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93. This DVD is now available for pre-order at

    DVD Set Includes an Exclusive Alternative Art “Kenina” Trading Card Source: Shout! Factory, Click Communications press release Official Site: kaijudo.com Special Thanks to Tom Chen, Scott Neumyer and Tyler Gagnon This holiday season, kids and families are invited on a wondrous journey into the imaginative world of KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS, a current animated hit series produced by Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast. Featuring the voice talent of popular actors Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio, Oded Fehr, Phil LaMarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden, this popular action-fantasy series offers an inspiring story about a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. It’s up to Ray to master the ancient art of KAIJUDO in order to protect both worlds. Moreover, this adventure-filled series highlights the tales of friendship,

    New Episodes Every Two Weeks Source: Fever Dreams, LLC. press release Official Site: hulu.com/shinobi-girl Special Thanks to Carl Morano Fever Dreams, LLC., the New York City based independent production company responsible for such popular cult Asian movies as THE MACHINE GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE and DEATH TRANCE, presents SHINOBI GIRL, an all-new American action web series exclusively on Hulu! Hulu, the leading on-demand internet streaming video service that features movies, network TV shows and original programming, kicked things off August 31st with “Some Kind Of Super Hero” the first full throttle episode of SHINOBI GIRL. Five episodes are currently available, with new episodes premiering every other Friday. SHINOBI GIRL is an action thriller that tells the tale of Noriko, a Wall Street business woman who uncovers heinous corporation corruption and barely lives to tell about it. Accused of a murder that she didn’t

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Official Site: edgeoftomorrowmovie.com Special Thanks to Alyssa Some and Tina Theriot On June 6th, Warner Bros` EDGE OF TOMORROW opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews but underwhelming box office. While the film did end up earning $369 million worldwide, it was mostly bypassed by American audiences in favor of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, GODZILLA, MALEFICENT, 22 JUMP STREET and THE FAULT OF OUR STARS. EDGE OF TOMORROW comes to home video this week, giving moviegoers another chance to catch one of the best movies from the 2014 "summer blockbuster" season. Solidly directed by Doug Liman (SWINGERS, THE BOURNE IDENTITY), EDGE OF TOMORROW is adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Tom Cruise stars as William Cage, a military public affairs officer who is drafted into a major offensive against

    Source: Universal Pictures Official Site: JurassicWorldMovie.com SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details from an upcoming movie. CONTENTS INTRODUCTION FROM DREAM TO REALITY: JURASSIC WORLD IS BORN STRENGTH OF CHARACTER: CASTING JURASSIC WORLD THE PARK IS OPEN: DESIGN AND LOCATIONS ROAM THE EARTH AGAIN: SCIENCE MEETS IMAGINATION PUSHING THE LIMITS: CREATING THE STUNNING VFX AND SFX ABOUT THE CAST ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS CREDITS INTRODUCTION Can you imagine what a dinosaur looks like, moves like or sounds like without thinking of Jurassic Park? It isn’t just a movie. It’s a memory shared by all of us. It defined the colossal summer blockbuster, a moviegoing event of a lifetime that provided us some of the most lasting, iconic sights and sounds of cinema. It gave you the feeling that the first

    Source: Walt Disney Studios press release Official Site: starwars.com/the-force-awakens STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5. Discover the complete story behind the making of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*: •

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Tyler Robinson Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack of RAMPAGE. Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure as a primatologist trying to stop gigantic mutated creatures. Directed by Brad Peyton, RAMPAGE also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (MOONLIGHT), Malin Akerman (TV’s BILLIONS), Jake Lacy (TV’s GIRLS), Joe Manganiello (TV’s TRUE BLOOD), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s THE WALKING DEAD); as well as P.J. Byrne (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Marley Shelton (TV’s RISE), Breanne Hill (TV’s FRONTIER), Jack Quaid (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Matt Gerald (TV’s DAREDEVIL), Jason Liles (DEATH NOTE), Demetrius Grosse (TV’s THE BRAVE), and Will Yun Lee (TV’s HAWAII FIVE-O). RAMPAGE will be available in a 4K

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Tyler Robinson Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack of Steven Spielberg’s action adventure READY PLAYER ONE. Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, READY PLAYER ONE stars Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, MUD), Olivia Cooke (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, TV’s BATES MOTEL) and Ben Mendelsohn (ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY, TV’s BLOODLINE). The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe (TV’s MASTER OF NONE), T.J. Miller (DEADPOOL, TV’s SILICON VALLEY), Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Simon Pegg (the STAR TREK and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (BRIDGE OF SPIES, DUNKIRK). READY PLAYER ONE will be available in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Trailer 1, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2018 Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: godzillamovie.com #GodzillaMovie 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, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The film was directed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE CONJURING films), and Ken Watanabe (THE LAST SAMURAI) and Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE), both reprising their GODZILLA roles; Kyle Chandler (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA); Millie Bobby Brown (STRANGER THINGS) in her feature film

    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

    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.

    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 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

    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

    Author Andrew Nguyen From October 26-28, 2018, the Los Angeles Convention Center played host to the annual Stan Lee’s LA Comic-Con. Formerly known as Stan Lee’s Comikaze, it followed the lead of other conventions in adapting the Comic Con name when it rebranded in 2016. Although the focus of the convention is on comic books, it also deals with animation and live-action properties.

    12 Months of Exclusive Content Direct From Studios and Distributors! Author: Keith Aiken SciFi Japan is proud to remain the one and ONLY English language website devoted to Japanese fantasy films and TV that is officially press registered with all five major Japanese studios (Toho, Toei, Shochiku, Nikkatsu and Kadokawa), several Japanese production companies, plus their distributors and licensees. While other sites will run information and images taken from Japanese news sources and publications, SciFi Japan regularly posts content provided directly to us by the companies and people making and releasing Japanese movies, programs and merchandise. This allows us to present our readers with accurate, verified information rather than rumors and speculation, and also run larger and higher quality photos and artwork than can be found elsewhere. Thanks to all our writers, contributors, sources and readers for your support! Be sure to check

    Source: 20th Century Fox Japan Official Site: foxmovies.com/alita-battle-angel (US), foxmovies-jp.com/alitabattleangel (Japan) 20th Century Fox Japan has provided a trailer, poster art, high-res photos and logo for the Japanese release of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (Japanese title — アリータ:バトル・エンジェル, Arīta: Batoru Enjeru). Produced by James Cameron (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, TITANIC, AVATAR) and directed by Robert Rodriguez (DESPERADO, SIN CITY), the movie is based on the science fiction manga series Battle Angel Alita (銃夢, Gunnm). Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned cyborg Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, but soon discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: detectivepikachumovie.com (US), meitantei-pikachu.jp (Japan) Official Movie Twitter: #DetectivePikachuMovie A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press materials for the Japanese release of POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (名探偵ピカチュウ, Meitantei Pikachū). They will open the film in Japan on Friday, May 3; one week ahead of the international release from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the Chinese launch from Legendary East.

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: sufes1 Special Thanks to X-Plus Company Ltd., Star Ace Japan Company Ltd., Jeremy Soles and Summit Kaiju International On April 28, 2019, the 80th spring edition of Super Festival was held at the Tokyo Science Museum near the Imperial Palace area. Vendors, toy makers, shop owners, production company reps, artists, actors, personalities and the hottest lines of tokusatsu, anime and independent toys were represented in full effect during the extremely popular one-day event.

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