The 2015 Japan Film Festival has announced the films that will be screened during the weekend of the 2015 J-Pop Summit. The program will include feature length films and shorts and range from sci-fi and fantasy, to historical and even sports-based films.
Special guests include actor Tadanobu Asano (Ichii the Killer, Zatoichi, Thor, 46 Ronin) and anime director Koji Morimoto (The Animatrix, Genius Party Beyond). Asano will introduce the opening night gala’s feature, Electric Dragon 80000V – in which he stars.
One of the featured films is Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (a personal favorite, pictured above), the lively re-imagining of the classic samurai movies that was directed by and stars Takeshi Kitano. For a complete list of films and special guests, follow the jump.
On July 14th, FUNimation will stage the world premiere of the live-action movie Attack on Titan at Los Angeles’ famed Egyptian Theater.
Based on the bestselling manga, Attack on Titan ‘tells the story of a world where most of humanity has been destroyed by giants and where the last of mankind fights to survive behind three concentric walls – walls that were once impenetrable to the giants.’
In the run up to the world premiere, Attack on Titan” director Shinji Higuchi will be making a special appearance at San Diego Comic-Con for an autograph session at the FUNimation booth. The company will also host the film in Los Angeles – and has distribution rights for the Americas.
We don’t usually note when a studio breaks a billion dollars at the box office – most of the major studios do it on a fairly regular basis.
However, when Warner Brothers Pictures breaks the billion dollar mark today, it will be for the record fifteenth consecutive year.
Another impressive aspect of this year’s numbers is that the billion was reached via a wide array of genres – war movies (American Sniper), Fantasy (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), disaster movie (San Andreas), post-apocalypitic thriller (Mad Max: Fury Road, and R-rated comedy (Get Hard) among them.
Can’t wait to see more of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation? The five minutes of the new Tom Cruise thriller will run exclusively ahead of the screenings of Terminator: Genisys in its IMAX® screenings – beginning with the Thursday evening screening on June 30th.
If you prefer to check out movies in IMAX, you will want to know that Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk – the story of how French tightrope walker Philippe Petit crossed from one building to the other at the World Trade Center – will be released in IMAX 3D on September 30th, nine days before its wide release on October 9th.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit, in the Walk. Details follow the jump.
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have found their Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He is Tom Holland who received critical raves for his performances in Wolf Fall and The Impossible – and is one of the stars of the upcoming The Heart of the Sea.
Jon Watts (Cop Car) has been named director of the as yet untitled Spider-Man movie.
Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Producer Amy Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
It may be the first time that a Disney•Pixar film didn’t open at #1 at the box office, but it still did $90,440,272 – good for the studio’s best non-Toy Story opening ever (beating, along the way, a little movie called Avatar…).
20th Century Fox is excited to announce a live streamed Q&A from the set of Roland Emmerich’s Sequel to Independence Day today, 6/22, at 6pmPT / 9pmET! See the cast answer questions about this upcoming project and tune in for an exciting reveal, with host Jake Roper of VSauce3, and participating talent include director Roland Emmerich and cast, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, and Jessie Usher! Roland Emmerich’s Sequel to Independence Day hits theaters everywhere June 24, 2016! Continue reading ID4 2 Live Stream Tonight!! Welcome to EARF!→
20th Century Fox and their upcoming film, HITMAN: AGENT 47, will be at E3 this year! In partnership with Square Enix, there will be a live streamed panel hosted by MatPat of The Game & Film Theorists. HITMAN: AGENT 47 star Hannah Ware and producer Adrian Askarieh will be in attendance along with the writer of the new Hitman comic book, F.J. DeSanto. But that’s not all, tune into the live stream on Thursday 6/18 from 2:00- 2:30pm PT and catch an exclusive featurette for HITMAN: AGENT 47!