Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Night Of Ultraman And Yo Gabba Gabba! At The JACCC

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

A quick little note for Japanese sci fi fans in, and around, Los Angeles. This Friday (5/25/10) the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will be holding an event for the whole family with characters from the kids show, "Yo Gabba Gabba!", old-school episodes of "Ultraman" and a musical performance by "DJ Ultraman".

Here is the info from the JACCC website:

Movies on the Plaza: Ultra Gabba Gabba!
Summer Outdoor Film Series
Free Screening Double Feature!
Friday, 06.25.10 7pm

The JACCC, Visual Communications, and Giant Robot present present the perfect way to kick off the Summer with a series of FREE outdoor film screenings and musical performances. Movies, food trucks, and lively music all come together in the JACCC Plaza as families, friends and downtown L.A. neighbors join in on the festivities under the Little Tokyo sky.

First up, a free double feature for both the young, and young-at-heart. Come meet the characters MUNO, BROBEE, and PLEX* from the innovative hit TV show YO GABBA GABBA! and and watch some of your favorite episodes projected on an outdoor screen. The night continues with the iconic Japanese sci-fi show ULTRAMAN, with DJ sets by DJ Ultraman. Food truck Lomo Arigato, serving up Japanese/Peruvian food, will be there too!

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Free Admission
Happy Hour all night!

The JACCC is located at 244 S. San Pedro Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, just blocks away from the Los Angeles Music Center and the new Disney Hall.

Phone: (213) 628-2725
E-Mail: info@jaccc.org

Website - JACCC

*Characters will be available for meet and greet from 6:30-8p on a first come, first served basis only. Please arrive early, as we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to meet them.

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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.