San Francisco’s celebration of all things J-POP, the 2014 J-POP Summit Festival, opens in eight days with J-POP acts like Tomomi Itano (pictured) and Yûki Furukawa performing in a free concert; a special screening of Ask This of Rikyu introduced by director Mitsutoshi Tanaka; appearances by several of Harajuku’s iconic models and designers, including Ayumi Seto, Misa Kimura, Una and Akira; and an appearance by the artie KEI, who created the iconic character design for the world’s first virtual pop singer Hatsune Miku.
And that is, as they say, the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For further details, follow the jump.
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Mitsutoshi Tanaka, director of Ask This of Rikyu, has been named an official Guest of Honor for the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco. Ask This of Rikyu ‘depicts the final days of Rikyu, a renowned 16th Century tea master with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese Way of Tea. His outspoken beliefs caused him to be ordered to commit ritual suicide by the chancellor Hideyoshi Toyotomi. ‘
Ask This of Rikyu will be screened one time at the festival and Tanaka will introduce the film and take part in an audience Q&A afterward. Follow the jump for information on how to get tickets to this special event.
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The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival continue to bring fresh faces to America as teen idols Tokyo Girls’ Style, a five-girl dance and vocal group, will make their U.S. debut as part of the J-POP Summit Festival Live at Union Square concert on Saturday, July 19th. The group will also appear at the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th and have a meet and greet with VIP Pass holders.
Tokyo Girls’ Style merchandise will be available at the Kinokuniya Booth on Post St. in Japantown throughout the festival – and two feature film premieres featuring the group will be a part of the Japan Film Festival Of San Francisco. For more details, check out the press release following the jump.
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The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival has announced a unique and very special Guest of Honor: KEI, the official artist illustrator who designed the world’s first virtual pop star, Hatsune Miku. KEI will be available for a rare autograph session at the Kinokuniya USA booth beginning at 1pm on both Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th. Kinokuniya USA and SEGA, whose Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F2nd will have a special live demo at the festival.
For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
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WonderCon returns to Anaheim , CA on April 18-20, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. WonderCon aka “The Wonderful World of Comics” Convention was started by Bay Area comics retailer John Barrett in 1987 in Oakland, CA.
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This week the technology gods gather together in a Vegas to pat each other on the back and try to make bets on trends for the future. For every successful category launch the road is paved with numerous failures. Every year there seems to be an overarching theme; for the last few years it was 3D, prior to that it was true black contrast and cell processors in televisions. We are clearly in a transitional phase of technology with no unifying theme coming out of the show.
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Disney Legend Marty Sklar was on hand to promote his new book Dream It! Do It! My Half Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey started fresh out of college and eventually rose to become president and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering. These are the people who are dream and build Disney Theme Parks, Hotels, and other cool Disney stuff.
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ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time: Wonderland will make their Comic-Con debuts as the network brings a little star power to Comic-Con 2013. The network’s Once Upon a Time will also be featured as the network brings creators, stars and special surprises to the world’s premiere showcase for all things entertainment.
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be represented by its executive producer, Joss Whedon, and Marvel’s Head of Television and series executive producer, Jeff Loeb. That panel will take place on Friday, July 19th, with the show maintaining a high profile at Marvel Entertainment’s booth throughout the weekend.
Once Upon a Time and Wonderland will stake out Saturday, July 20th, and feature the shows’ executive producers and cast members in panels and press room interview sessions. Check out the official press release following the jump.
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Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention, The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo has confirmed that original Boondock Saints’ McManus Brothers – Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery will appear at the 2013 show – which runs from April 26-28.
Reedus (who has consolidated his genre cred with the role of Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead) and Flanery (who was Young Indy on The Young Indian Jones Chronicles, as well as villainous politician Greg Stillson through six seasons of The Dead Zone) will join a roster that includes: comics legend Stan Lee; horror/thriller director John Carpenter; Weird Al Yankovic (the bestselling comedy recording artist of all time); top comics artists Adam Hughes (you name it; he’s done it) and David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); actors Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, Smallville) and Lexa Doig (Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda – she was Andromeda, Eureka, the upcoming Continuum) and the proverbial many, many more.
At first, I wasn’t going to go to Vegas for CES this year but I got an amazing deal on Orbitz to stay at the fabulous Circus Circus (once I upgrade to a suite it’ll be fine), so I’m jetting off tomorrow and will be on the ground until Friday. I missplanned so I’m going to miss the Monster Cable John Legend concert Friday night 🙁 Armed with my DayPass Wireless card, I’ll be blogging live from most of the big Press Conferences (LG, Sony, Casio, Samsung, etc.) on Wed and will give you the scoop from all the Pre-show parties, unveilings and just generally musing about Vegas. I don’t gamble and it’s always cold during CES week, but I still love The Vegas. Tomorrow (Monday) I’m just going to hang out and check out the Paris Hotel and the new Vegas Mega Hotel that just opened. Be sure to check out my twitter feed at twitter.com/malexandria for my personal take on things and the main #eclipsemagazine feed for the “official” stuff and of course my Flickr and Facebook (facebook.com/eclipsemagazine) accounts for the latest photos. I want to see a couple of shows tomorrow and Tuesday night – any recommendations? I’m leaning towards Lion King and maybe Love. So for the next few days, unless the EM Regulars chip in for Entertainment, EM will be all about Tech and Vegas. Elvis is stuck in my head now, Viva, Las Vegas, Viva…..
On a cold, dreary, wet weekend the folks at Wizard Universe got their geek love on in NYC by hosting their annual Big Apple Comic-Con event at the Pier 92/94 convention center. I dragged myself out of bed and overcame my fear of driving to NY (not so much the drive, it’s the parking nightmare)) to catch Saturday’s festivities. Attending this year’s event the one phrase that ran in my head is – I am sooo OLD! This event was refreshingly old school all the way. It was like taking a trip through memory lane, seeing all my childhood heroes like Lou Ferrigno, Gil Gerard, Taylor Dayne, Julie Newmar, Sean Young, Helen Slater, Edward Furlong, Virgil, Ric Flair, Demolition, and a ton more. The problem was all my childhood heroes are old now, which makes me feel really old and unhip, although, strangely enough Todd Bridges looks almost the same. TV’s Buck Rodgers, Gil Gerard – old. Back in the day he was smoking in that tight white jump suit.
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