Godzilla is Coming to Netflix!

Godzilla is Coming to Netflix!

Godzilla is Coming to Netflix!

Netflix brings original anime series, GODZILLA, to fans worldwide
Press Release

First-ever high quality animation of the iconic monster roars onto screens in Japan and in over 190 countries globally

TOKYO, JAPAN 13 March 2017 – Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, today announced an exciting addition to its slate, an original Japanese animation based on the Godzilla character, which will have its exclusive premiere on Netflix worldwide following a Toho theatrical release in Japan.

The first-ever high quality animation of the iconic global monster franchise is set to offer an epic re-imagining of the Godzilla world of the future.

To bring to life Godzilla’s latest adaptation, Toho is working with leading Japanese anime studio Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, BLAME!), directors Kobun Shizuno (Knights of Sidonia, Detective Conan), and Hiroyuki Seshita (AJIN: Demi-Human, BLAME!) with a screenplay from acclaimed anime writer Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass, Madoka Magika).

“We’re looking forward to bringing a spectacular entertainment experience for both existing fans of Godzilla and people new to the franchise”, said Godzilla director, Kobun Shibuno. Director Hiroyuki Seshita added, “I’m thrilled to collaborate with two very talented colleagues, Mr. Gen Urobuchi and Director Kobun Shizuno to bring to life a unique vision of a universal human drama set in an epic world.” Meanwhile, screenplay writer Gen Urobuchi added, “I am very honored to join this Godzilla project as one of its Japanese creators. I’m grateful for all the support and really excited to bringing this content to fans worldwide.”

“We are truly delighted to unveil Godzilla, which is the latest addition to our growing catalogue of Netflix original anime content”, said Greg Peters, President, Netflix Japan. “Working with the best creators such as Toho in bringing Godzilla to Netflix users in over 190 countries marks a major milestone for us.”

Netflix has also revealed the star-studded voice cast who will be bringing the film to life, led by Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan, AJIN: Demi-Human), Takahiro Sakurai (AJIN: Demi-Human, BLAME!), Tomokazu Sugita (Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure), Junichi Suwabe (Nodame Cantabile, Prince of Tennis), Kana Hanazawa (BLAME!, Psycho-Pass) and Mamoru Miyano (AJIN: Demi-Human, The Seven Deadly Sins).

Godzilla is set to be the latest addition to the growing slate of Netflix original anime content exclusively available to audiences around the world. Other Netflix exclusive anime titles include AJIN: Demi-Human, Kuromukuro, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, Blame!, Gantz: O, Little Witch Academia, Cyborg 009 Call of Justice and Perfect Bones.

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed

The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed

Press Release

FILMS // JANUARY 23, 2017

ANNOUNCING THE NAME OF THE NEXT FILM IN THE SKYWALKER SAGA.

We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. 

StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

Meredith Eaton Joins the Cast of “MacGyver” as a Series Regular

Meredith Eaton Joins the Cast of “MacGyver” as a Series Regular

Meredith Eaton Joins the Cast of “MacGyver” as a Series Regular

Press Release
01/11/17

Meredith Eaton has joined the cast of the CBS action-adventure drama MACGYVER as a series regular. Eaton will portray Matty Webber, the new director of operations at the Phoenix Foundation. Mac (Lucas Till) and the team, with the exception of Jack (George Eads), are excited to meet their new boss, who is known as a legend in Covert Ops. As Jack’s superior for 18 months while on assignment in South America, Matty could make anyone, including the director of the NSA, cry. Eaton’s first episode is scheduled to air Friday, Jan. 13.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Meredith Eaton join the cast of MACGYVER,” said executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov. “Matty Webber is a tough cookie and, despite her history with Jack, she’ll have no problem finding her place in the Phoenix team. She may even teach Mac a few new tricks.”

Eaton is perhaps best known for her recurring role on the series “Boston Legal.” Her breakthrough acting opportunity came at an open casting call for the feature film “Unconditional Love” after she auditioned against 500 women from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and landed the leading role. Her additional television credits include a series regular role in “Family Law,” recurring roles on “Battle Creek” and “NCIS,” and guest starring roles on “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Without a Trace,” all on the Network. In 2015 Eaton starred in the second installment of the three-part television movie “Turks & Caicos.” Also, she has guest starred on “House” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

MACGYVER stars Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays and Justin Hires. Peter Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear are executive producers.

Woody Harrelson Signs On for Young Han Solo Film

Woody Harrelson Signs On for Young Han Solo Film

Woody Harrelson Signs On for Young Han Solo Film

Press Release
FILMS // JANUARY 11, 2017

Veteran film and television actor Woody Harrelson is stepping aboard the upcoming Han Solo movie set to arrive in theaters next year.

Harrelson, known for wide-ranging roles in film and TV such as The Hunger Games, No County For Old Men, True Detective, Cheers, and Zombieland, will join actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the adventure. This Star Wars Story is the second in a series of films that live outside the Skywalker family saga, and is set during the early scoundrel days of the iconic characters, prior to A New Hope.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The as-yet-untitled movie, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for release in 2018.

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Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts Library Book Will Include New Magical Creatures

Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts Library Book Will Include New Magical Creatures

Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts Library Book Will Include New Magical Creatures

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THURSDAY 5TH JAN 2017

The latest edition of classic Hogwarts Library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been revised by J.K. Rowling to include new beasts.

Six new magical creatures will feature in this up to date edition, out on 14 March, as well as a brand new foreword from Magizoologist Newt Scamander and some beautiful line illustrations by artist Tomislav Tomic.

Known to Potter fans as one of the textbooks from Harry’s days at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first published in 2001. The fictional book was ‘written’ by Newt Scamander – the hero of J.K. Rowling’s debut screenplay and feature-length film.

As well as proving to be an indispensable creature compendium to Harry, the book has enchanted readers’ imaginations ever since. And like any diligent author, J.K. Rowling has revisited the original text to bring it in line with recent developments in the Wizarding World. We won’t ruin the surprise of which beasts these will be, but let’s just say there may be a few familiar faces. Or snouts. Or beaks.

Graphic artist Olly Moss designed the eBook cover of this new edition for Pottermore, while print publishers Bloomsbury (UK) and Scholastic (US) have their own fresh artwork. Take a look:

Proceeds from the sale of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will go towards Comic Relief and Lumos – J.K. Rowling’s own children’s charity. Both charities aim to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people have a better life.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Hogwarts Library book edition, is out on 14 March. You can pre-order the newly updated Fantastic Beasts here:

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (US)

Barnes and Noble

iBooks

iTunes

Kobo Books (UK)

Kobo Books (US)

Elements of Great Anime

Elements of Great Anime

Elements of Great Anime

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Ever since Anime first made an introduction in the United States in the late 1970’s to mid-1980’s, a debate has raged among fans as to what the exact elements of great anime are. While there will always be some debate, there are a few things that most any fan can agree on. For each of the elements listed here, there will be a brief description of how it helps make a great anime. Additionally, while each element will have an associated anime with it, each of the anime’s listed contain each of these elements…hence why they are so great.

Backstory

While there are some anime’s that are fun to watch, which don’t have much, if any, kind of a backstory the truly great ones have a backstory that shows the events and people who lead up to whatever the current crisis is. If there is any anime that has a wonderful amount of backstory, it has got to be Naruto. With almost 20 years’ worth of material to draw from, it is only to be expected that there would be quite a bit of backstory included along with the main story. In fact, due to the backstory, some of the otherwise touching parts of the series becomes truly heart wrenching. One of the most notable examples of this is the when Jiraya dies. Thinking about the history that lead up to that moment still makes me tear up a little.

“Frenemies”

Oftentimes the best antagonists aren’t exactly the “big-bad” of the show, but rather someone who is (or becomes) a friend of the protagonist, if not the actual best friend. An example of this can be seen in the classic anime Dragonball Z with Goku and Vegeta. Vegeta is not only a member of the once mighty Saiyan race of super warriors, but also their prince. Since he originally came to Earth to conquer it, he was a big bad at some point. Once he was defeated by Goku, the two eventually became “frenemies” who more often than not work together to save the planet and improve one another’s skills.

Balance

There needs to be balance in a great anime. Balance between the forces of “good” and the forces of “evil,” or at the very least “us” versus “them.” The better examples of this in anime, such as with The Macross Saga (a.k.a., Robotech) still has this balance in mind even when it appears at first glance that there is a large disparity between the two forces. Oftentimes, the balance will come about due to the antagonists underestimating the protagonist’s forces or skill. However, the best examples will show that there was an actual balance between the forces without anyone even realizing it…as seen with the Max Sterling and Mirya the Zentradi faceoff.

Character Development

No one likes stagnant, one dimensional characters. There must be some noticeable (and believable) development of the characters over time. Ideally, this growth is gradual, but when you look back upon the story it also must be blatantly noticeable. One of the best possible examples of this can be seen with the characters Kirito and Asuna in Sword Art Online. At the start of the series, Kirito did not want to have any major contact with anyone for fear of losing them if he was not able to protect them and they died, while Asuna didn’t have any faith in herself and just wanted to die. By the end of the first season of the series, they were able to beat the game, fell in love, and were looked at as the heroes of the game.

Overarching Plot

A great anime needs to have an overarching, and comprehensive story as is possible. The best anime’s will show an event, or series of events, in season one that look rather minor at the time they are introduced, only to have it come back and smack everyone in the face later. An example of this can be seen in the awesomely good Attack on Titan, where Eren’s father is shown as researcher in the early part of the series, only to find out later on that Eren’s father may actually have been researching ways to control the Titans and the one to have caused some of the problems that Eren faces. This is driven home even more when it is shown that there are others who also have the same “issue” that Eren has, and that there may be even more as well.

Twists

Who doesn’t love to have a good twist or two in a series? These are what helps make the story move a long, and keep things fresh and interesting as well. Things are going along in one direction, and suddenly, the story moves in another without you even realizing that it was coming. If you haven’t seen The Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix yet, you really should as it’s a perfect example of this. Each episode has some kind of a twist and turn to it that you don’t exactly see coming, but when it happens makes perfect sense. Just keep an eye out for the interplay between Meliodas and and Sir Gilthunder…it’s truly epic.

No, we did not include a love interest, though each of these often had that as a minor (to major) plot point. Additionally, we did not include epic fight scenes, though each of the anime’s listed above do include those as well. Keep in mind that everyone may have a different idea of what makes up a great anime, but it is rather safe to say that each of them will include this list at a minimum. If you look for these elements in an anime, then you really can’t go wrong.

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