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    Photo courtesy of The Mind’s Eye Tribe. © The Mind's Eye Tribe 2021 Source: The Mind’s Eye Tribe: Action Actor’s Academy press release Special Thanks to Jessica Tseang The Mind’s Eye Tribe: Action Actor’s Academy (METAAA) was honored to announce on Godzilla’s 67th Anniversary, The Haruo Nakajima Action Actor’s Scholarship, benefitting promising performers to help achieve their goals in Hollywood for Motion Capture, Film, TV, and Video Games. The scholarship is open to actors, action actors, stunt performers, and creature performers in the Greater Los Angeles area. METAAA will award one year’s worth of classes and training (valued at $12,800) to the scholarship winner. METAAA founder and actor TJ Storm, [most well known for portraying Godzilla in Legendary’s GODZILLA (2014), and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) ] believes that acting and storytelling performance are not only important but vital. Many performers come to Los

    Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Ryan Fons Mondo is excited to share BIG news for of Godzilla Day, November 3. Below please find info on Mondo’s very first soundtrack release for a Godzilla film, plus new collectibles and posters, all in celebration of the King of Monsters’ birthday. SOUNDTRACK Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. RETURN OF GODZILLA - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK LP Music by Reijiro Koroku. Artwork by Henry Abrams. 140 Gram Heat-Ray vinyl house inside a pop-up gatefold sleeve. Gold foil numbered edition of 2500. Retail variant pressed on 140 Gram red vinyl. Limit one per person. $30 He's back! After nine years away from the big screen, the Big G reappeared for his 30th anniversary in THE RETURN OF GODZILLA. Produced by Godzilla's creator Tomoyuki Tanaka and directed by Koji

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Celebrate Godzilla’s Birthday This November with a 48-hour Marathon and Godzilla vs. TokuSHOUTsu: Friday Night Kaiju, Featuring 17 Classic Kaiju Films Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin This November, celebrate 67 years of Godzilla with your fellow Kaiju and toku fans with two monstrous events on TokuSHOUTsu and Shout! Factory TV. Utilizing high-definition restorations of the films, these marathons mark the first time these titles are available on either channel. The party kicks off on November 3rd with a 48-hour Godzilla movie marathon starting at 12 am PT on Shout! Factory TV with 17 Kaiju films starting with GODZILLA, THE UNCUT JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA) with subsequent films, including GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955), airing in chronological order. Following the two-day birthday marathon, fans can keep the party going

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Jessica Xie This year Toho International, Inc. is celebrating Godzilla Day like never before with a bunch of fun-filled activities and merchandise! ●      On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the month-long celebrations kick off with screenings of 1954 GODZILLA (a.k.a. GOJIRA) in 4K restoration. Exclusively screened at Alamo Drafthouse cinemas across the nation, including LA, NYC, San Francisco and many more, the 11/3 screenings of GODZILLA in 4K act as the film’s worldwide premiere. Alamo is also screening classic films GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, SHIN GODZILLA, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE during Godzilla’s birth-month. Find more info on the website here: drafthouse.com/los-angeles/movies/godzilla. ●      To continue celebrating the iconic monster’s 67th birthday, Toho has treated fans to all-new products to show off their true

    Yumiko Tanaka, Yoshinori Tanaka, Yutaka Taguchi and Mako Principal have joined the cast of GHOST CAT RHAPSODY. Photos courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE    3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ((大仏廻国 Daibutsu Kaikoku, 2018) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020), have announced the latest cast additons to their upcoming musical tokusatsu movie, GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Among the new actors are tokusatsu veteran Yumiko Tanaka, whose resume includes the Kamen Rider series MASKED RIDER SUPER-1 (仮面ライダースーパー1, Kamen Raidā Sūpā Wan, 1980-81). She also hade a cameo role in Toho's THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1984) as Akemi, the assistant to news photographer Goro Maki. She will be joined by Yoshinori Tanaka, who previously appeared in 3Y Films' NEZURA 1964, director Monoru Kawasaki's daikaiju comedy MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ,

    VirusKing threatens Japan in the upcoming monster movie, YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO. Photo courtesy of Team Better Tomorrow. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: Team Better TomorrowSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   The makers of the upcoming daikaiju movie YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei Saidai no Kessen) have shared a gallery of new photos from the film. Written and directed by Yoshikazu Ishii (ULTRAMAN GINGA, ULTRAMAN GINGA S, ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER), YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO boasts a cast and crew made of veterans from tokusatsu cinema and television. For more on  YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. Takehiko Fujita and Masanori Machida. Photo courtesy of Team Better Tomorrow. ©Team Better Tomorrow Photo courtesy of Team Better

    VirusKing joins Japan's ever-growing pantheon of daikaju in YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO, the new movie from filmmaker Yoshikazu Ishii. Photo courtesy of Team Better Tomorrow. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: Team Better TomorrowSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   A closer look at VirusKing. Photo courtesy of Team Better Tomorrow. ©Team Better Tomorrow SciFi Japan is pleased to present a first look at YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei Saidai no Kessen), the upcoming daikaiju movie from filmmaker Yoshikazu Ishii. Ishii was an apprentice of the late Toho FX director Koichi Kawakita, and served as a special effects assistant director on GODZILLA: FINAL WARS,  NEGOTIATOR: MASHITA MASAYOSHI, DAIMAJIN KANON, and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. He has directed  episodes of ULTRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S as well as his own feature film, ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER. 

    Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Win a Godzilla 1974 Figural Bank from Diamond Select Toys and SciFi Japan! Photo courtesy of Diamond Select. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their Godzilla 1974 Figural Bank. Sculpted by Gentle Giant, this full-figure vinyl bank depicts Godzilla, exactly as he appeared in 1974`s GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira). The 12-inch rendition of the King of All Monsters in his full 1970s glory features a coin slot on his back and a removable tail that reveals an access door. Measuring 18 inches long from nose to tail, he is the perfect addition to any Godzilla collection! The suggested retail price is $39.99. Diamond Select Toys’ Godzilla collectibles can now be ordered internationally from their web store. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION

    The Sasebo City Museum Shimase Art Center in Nagasaki is hosting an exhibition devoted to the legendary Toho production designer Yasuyuki Inoue. Photo courtesy of Toyomi Togo and Toshio Miike. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Oki Miyano Special Thanks to Toyomi Togo and Toshio Miike Yasuyuki Inoue. Through August 29th, the Sasebo City Museum Shimase Art Center in Nagasaki is hosting an exhibition devoted to the legendary Toho production designer Yasuyuki Inoue (1922-2012). The exhibit serves a runup to a bigger event to be held in at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from March 19 to June 19, 2022, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Inoue's birth.  Yasuyuki Inoue was hired by Toho in 1954 to build the miniature sets for Godzilla’s stunning rampage thru Tokyo in the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954). He would become the head of the studio's special arts department, leading

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla has had many looks through the years. At this point, we anticipate a new costume or aesthetic with each new appearance. With this in mind, we are commemorating The King of Monsters' designs, through his decades-long reign, with Mondo’s latest collectible line: GODZILLA MUSEUM. The GODZILLA MUSEUM line of small-scale collectible statues will celebrate all iterations of Godzilla's history, from the most iconic looks to new artist interpretations. Each set of limited edition statues will be released in groups of three, each representing a variation of Godzilla lore.   These roto vinyl/PVC statues will come with a museum-style base and plaque, allowing

    Fred Ladd, Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watts and Gilbert Mack at a dubbing session for GIGANTOR. Photo courtesy of William Winckler. Author: Bob Johnson Special Thanks to Jennifer Ladd and William Winckler SciFi Japan is saddened to pass on the news of the passing of Fred Ladd. Fred passed away at his home in Southern California. Fred Ladd wrote and directed the Americanization of Osamu Tezuka's ASTROBOY. ©Tezuka Production Fred Ladd was a pioneer in entertainment and the man responsible for introducing Japanese animation or as it is known now anime, to the Western world. Ladd was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 19, 1927. He graduated from Ohio State University with degrees in radio and speech. He soon moved to New York where he worked at an FM radio station and then Cayton, Inc., adapting existing nature documentaries into feature films. Cayton

    All GODZILLA items on sale at https://mondoshop.com/pages/comic-con on Saturday, 7/24 @ 1PM CT Source: Mondo Special Thanks to Brad Johnson After announcing their soft vinyl category last year, the Mondo Toys and Collectibles department is proud to present their first ever Godzilla and Hedorah soft vinyl figures. Designed and sculpted by Toys and Collectibles Creative Director Hector Arce, these two figures were truly a labor of love. The limited edition SDCC At Home color variants come in an awesome Cherry Blossom colorway and glow in the dark! Each of these figures are hand painted and made of soft vinyl and limited to only 150 units each. The Mondo’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive editions will be available for pre-order on MondoShop.com on Saturday July 24th, at 11am PT/ 2pm ET. “Having the opportunity to work on these two figures is a dream come true for me. Especially working

    Photo courtesy of Playmates. © 2021 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Playmates Toys Official Site: playmatestoys.com/godzilla-vs.-kong-movie Special Thanks to Sarah Gumina International toy titan Playmates has provided SciFi Japan with product info and large photos of their new GODZILLA VS. KONG Antarctic Kong. The figure is a Walmart Exclusive and will be arriving on store shelves across North America in the next month. Photo courtesy of Playmates. © 2021 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Photo courtesy of Playmates. © 2021 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Antarctic Kong with Osprey Unleash the seismic strength of the mighty Kong and wield a double-bladed Osprey helicopter as a weapon,

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of July 18, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note that 82% of all North American Theaters are currently open.   Comscore – Sunday Estimates - Weekend Box Office Roundup – July 18, 2021    A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ Notable North American Openers: Warner Bros. opened SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY in 3,965 theaters and slam-dunked a number one $31.65 million debut, the

    Mockup of the Tamashii Nations Pop-Up Shop coming to Santa Monica this Friday. Image courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles. ©BANDAI Santa Monica Store Will Be Open from July 16 – September 26 and Showcase an Array of Toys,  Action Figures and Model Kits Featuring Characters from Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball, Gundam and More< Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Official Site: tamashiinations.com/popup/santamonica Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Collectors in Southern California are in for a special treat with today’s announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) and BANDAI SPIRITS Collectors Department that they are travelling west to open a new official pop-up, the “TAMASHII NATIONS Pop-Up Shop in Santa Monica,” this Friday, July 16. Fans in Los Angeles and Orange counties as well as across surrounding areas are invited  to head to Santa Monica and visit the new store. The shop (will not only feature some of

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Jessa Xie Toho International, Inc. teamed up with Reyn Spooner, the Hawaiian heritage brand known for its signature take on the now-legendary Aloha shirt, for a limited-edition design collaboration paying homage to the King of the Monsters. What better way to beat the heat and slip into summer than with a Godzilla Aloha shirt? The Reyn Spooner x Godzilla Aloha Shirts pay homage to the icon of Japanese pop culture through designs inspired by some of the early Godzilla movies: GODZILLA (1954), GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955) and MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964). The shirts include notable scenes from these classic movies that are reimagined and recreated into fresh, modern designs. The limited-edition Godzilla Aloha shirts are available now for purchase on ReynSpooner.com. Photo courtesy of

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of July 11, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note that 81% of all North American Theaters are currently open and that at an estimated $117M for all films in the marketplace, this is the biggest weekend and the first-ever over $100M of the Pandemic era in North America.   Comscore – Sunday Estimates - Weekend Box Office Roundup – July 11, 2021    A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their

    GODZILLA VS. KONG finally opened in Japan this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the 4th of July weekend, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Comscore has also provided SciFi Japan with the latest international box office numbers for GODZILLA VS. KONG. While the film's domestic run is winding down, GvsK just opened this past weekend in Japan and Germany, taking

    Photo courtesy of Toho. © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzillagames.jp Special Thanks to Jessa Xie   Photo courtesy of Toho. © TOHO CO., LTD. TOHO Games has announced the Earth's Ultimate Showdown collaboration between the blockbuster film GODZILLA VS. KONG and the mobile game "Godzilla Battle Line", just released worldwide on June 15 (Tue.). 2021 really is the year of Godzilla. In March, Toho launched its game label TOHO Games, and went on to release a series of three mobile games, "Run Godzilla", "Godzilla Destruction", and "Godzilla Battle Line". Continuing the trend, the anime series GODZILLA SINGULAR POINT began streaming worldwide on Netflix from June 24 (Thu.). To celebrate the roaring worldwide success of the Hollywood blockbuster GODZILLA VS. KONG, a special Earth's Ultimate Showdown collaboration event will be held on the wildly successful mobile game "Godzilla

    Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Keith Davidsen Photo courtesy of IDW. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for the second issue of their Godzilla Rivals quarterly one-shot series. Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Mothra Writer: Mary Kenney Artist: SL Gallant Cover A: E.J. Su Cover B: Jeffrey Veregge Tentative In-Store Date: September 2021 Pages: 52 Cover Price: $7.99 The Monster in the Lake! Nature can't be contained in this brand-new issue of Godzilla Rivals! Something is trapped in Lake Ikeda—Mothra, the ancient and beautiful guardian of nature and humanity! But when one kaiju awakens, Godzilla is sure to be close behind... And each stand-alone issue features special wrestling poster-themed retailer incentive variants Retailer incentives: Order 10 copies and get one free special wrestling poster-themed variant cover by fan-favorite artist Jeffrey Veregge (Transformers, Judge Dredd)!

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