Thursday, May 6, 2010

Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/06/10 - Rina Akiyama Rides The Metro To Promote Kamen Rider And Return Of Godzilla Actor Kei Satô Passes

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Japan Today (Both Stories)

Lovely actress, and bikini model, Rina Akiyama (24) will be popping up from time-to-time on the Ginza subway line trains, along with other costumed characters, to promote the upcoming movie, "Kamen Rider The Movie - Cho Den-ou Trilogy.”

Akiyama's frequent train trips started this past weekend, and will last until May 9th.

Some 200 fans of the popular television and movie series packed Ueno station this past Sunday for the actresses maiden ride.

If you just can't get enough of the lovely miss Akiyama, she will also be starring in director Go Ohara‘s next film,"Gothic & Lolita Psycho" (Gosurori Shokei-nin), a gothic horror film about a young girl, Yuki, who transforms into a demon to avenge her mother's death.

On a much sadder note, Japanese actor, Kei Satô, has passed away at 81. Godzilla movie fans will remember Sato for his role as Chief Editor Gondo in "The Return of Godzilla" (Gojira / Godzilla 1985).

Sato died Sunday of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital.

The veteran actor began his career in the 1959 film, "Ningen no jôken" (aka "Human Condition II: Road to Eternity") and continued acting until last year. Mostly known for playing mobsters and other criminals, Sato gained considerable notoriety for appearing in a series of films directed by prizewinning filmmaker Nagisa Oshima.

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Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.