Original Japanese theatrical release poster (1954). ©Toho Co., Ltd.
UPDATED (03/10/14): Rialto Pictures is once again rolling out the uncut Japanese version of the 1954 classic, boasting a brand-new 60th Anniversary DCP (Digital Cinema Package) Restoration (the transfer made for the Criterion Collection release) and it is now being booked in theaters around the US of A — contact your local cinema to screen it! Now, below is a quick look at the current dates and cities (those in red are newly-announced):
:: March 11: AUSTIN, TX • Alamo Ritz 1 (SXSW Film Festival)
:: April 12: HOLLYWOOD, CA • TCM Classic Film Festival
:: April 18–24: NEW YORK, NY • Film Forum
:: April 25–May 1: SANTA FE, NM • Jean Cocteau Cinema
:: May 2–5: PORTLAND, OR • Hollywood Theatre
:: May 2–8: SEATTLE, WA • SIFF Cinema Uptown
:: May 8: AMBLER, PA • The Ambler Theater
:: May 9–15: CHICAGO, IL • Music Box Theatre
:: May 9–15: DENVER, CO • Denver Film Society
:: May 9–15: FORT COLLINS, CO • Lyric Cinema Cafe
:: May 12–13 & 15: EL SEGUNDO, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Beach Cities
:: May 12–13 & 15: PASADENA, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena
:: May 12–13 & 15: SAN DIEGO, CA • ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla
:: May 13–14: ALAMEDA, CA • Alameda Theater & Cineplex
:: May 14: DOYLESTOWN, PA • The County Theater
:: May 15: JENKINTOWN, PA • The Hiway Theater
(Missing from Rialto's current update)
:: May 23–26 HOUSTON, TX • The Museum of Fine Arts
:: May 28: LEXINGTON, KY • Kentucky Theatre
:: July 17: COLUMBUS, OH • Wexner Center for the Arts
Stay tuned for more dates... And if you don't see your city or town, contact your local theaters and ask them to book the film. Also, the new, paperback edition of my book, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS is dropping on May 6th from Chronicle Books — and I'm available to introduce the screenings (with a visual presentation on the making of the film).
Currently, confirmed appearance dates (as of Monday, March 10th) include May 2nd & 4th (The Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR) and May 13th & 14th (Alameda Theater, Alameda, CA). More dates to be announced — for booking contact us at august [dot] ragone [at] gmail [dot] com!
More importantly, Gareth Edwards, director of Legendary Pictures' upcoming GODZILLA, will be hosting the screenings at SXSW in Austin and at the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood!
Finally, The Sicklings have their very own online home to nestle in! Thanks to creator Yosiell Lorenzo, you can find out more about where the Sicklings live, what they eat and their secret society, all via www.sicklings.com, which will be launched Wednesday, along with new Sickling cllectibles!"I want my collectors to know that they are buying into a bigger story, not just a random resin figure with no history or back story. I'm really excited about launching the site and will definitely be expanding the Sicklings world as time goes on." -adds Yosiell.
The first release is "The Order of the Mystics". These Sicklings are 6.5" tall and are an edition of 4 signed and numbered. They come with their own Grimoire (book of spells) and other secrets and rituals. Both Sickling and Grimoires are hand painted and resin based. The figures will go for US$175.00 shipped (in USA)
The last release are the "Sickling Snail Riders". These are one-offs and 4 will be available. The sickling snail riders are 5" tall, numbered and signed and will go for US$100.00 shipped. These will be available Wednesday at 11am PST over at shoplorenzo.storenvy.com
4 Cute, Collectable Kaiju USB Toy Figurines that "Defend Planet Earth from Invading Monsters," can be had if this Kickstarter reaches their goal of US$25K (by April 2.2014). Shown above is the Godai "CHI", representing the "Earth" element.
"Kaiju USB: GODAI Guardians" features a quartet of kaiju-creations developed to be 3-dimensional shaped forms which double up as USB-devices, the background story of whichcn be red at the Kickstarter-link, along with features of swell commissioned artwork from artists depicting the four creatures ("Guardians") representing earth, water, fire, wind, and the 5th being the "Overseer"."In this story, the Kaiju from earth are simply misunderstood. They want to protect life on Earth, not destroy it. We think this is an interesting take on the whole Kaiju genre in that we see them more as massive elemental protectors, rather than traditional invaders."
(Cheers for the headsup Corey)
To celebrate the season of "True Detective", Bottleneck Gallery has released "Rust" and "Marty" by Romanian-artist Nagy Norbert, with each Giclee print sized 13 x 19 inches, and is numbered out of an edition of 75, priced at US$35 each. There will also be a matching numbered set edition that will cost US$65. Purchase via www.bottleneckgallery.com.
I've not had the pleasure of watching this new series everyone seems to be going on about (not as much as "Breaking Bad" has tho) but I reckon this might please the fans.
Interestingly there is yet another painted image / "fan art" of "Rust" with a different background, found on his Facebook page … would be interesting if this was a "chase" edition, maybe? Absolute unfounded speculation on my part, of course :)
From Crying Gull Toys comes spanking new Vato-Bot colorways - with only 3pcs of Circus Peanut and Skywarp Purple each available via cryinggulltoys.storenvy.com for US$14 each, coming complete with special edition header cards and re-sealable packaging. And remember the multicolored editions of this Decepticon x Latin gangster figurine I featured earlier? They are still snaggable here for $14 now - might as well grb the whole lot for cheaper combined shipping, no? :)
Since the Godzilla trailer has been released, toys have been steadily been stocked and released (a few of which I had featured on PopcornX), and thanks to Tomenosuke, we have a few more images - and a video - to share for the 40" figure from Jakks Pacific, which has since climbed unto my TOYWISHLIST … hoping to see it Singapore shops soon tho! (And I don't mean the elevated priced ones, thanks … LOL)
Looks like there's no teasing for Hot Toys' "Black Widow" figure from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Unlike the Captain himself), with a straightup reveal of their 1/6th-scale adaptation of the super-spy, starring Scarlet Johansson, with a new (rooted) hairstyle (on a slightly bigger-head-to-body) seen in the movie! Do check in with your fav retailer(s) for availability and pricing, while we present to you more studio snaps, as well as a "bonus" behind-the-scenes featurette focusing on The Black Widow!
HOT TOYS PRESS: "“The world is a vulnerable place but we're the best qualified to defend it”. One of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s greatest female spies, Black Widow, will be back in action and team up with Captain America in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie which hits the theatres very soon! The movie trailers have already pumped up many fans’ anticipation, and now Hot Toys is getting fans ready for this exciting film by introducing the brand new 1/6th scale Black Widow Collectible Figure!
The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt with straight brownish-red real fabric hair, newly designed tight-fitting costume made with multiple materials, detailed weapons and accessories. Fans don’t miss the chance to pre-order this gorgeous collectible figure!"
Spotted on the Michael Lau Facebook fanpage, is a scanned page (off east touch magazine - issue 980) featuring a 9" tall WOOD JORDON! A new vinyl piece with the finish replicating the texture of wood (like his earlier releases; KINDERGARDENER, ZEX, Woody Hardy), featuring a return to the afro hairdo, and a highly "cartoonier" facial appearance - which frankly I would not have ever associated with ML if not mentioned in advance.
Limited to 99 pieces, they will be first made available at the GUMGUMGUM store in Hong Kong for the "KICK YOUR $$$" event (happening March 14-16th), which celebrates Jordon sneakers, as well as the release of a "Michael Jordan Last Shot exclusive" from ENTERBAY. 'Bundle' price has been mentioned to be HK$1699 in store, but I cannot authenticate that.
From Jordon23s to the red-shirted Chicago Bulls Jordon49 (pic via STStyle), Mr Lau sure likes his Jordons! I'm personally liking the all-Black version tho!