Shin Godzilla North America Advance Tickets are available

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Hey Folks, as you are probably aware, Shin Godzilla will be playing in select theaters for limited release from October 11 to October 18, 2016. The movie will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Check out this Google Map locator of all the theaters that are showing Shin Godzilla. I find this to be more accurate than the locator on Funimation's site as there is one theater in Massachusetts that is showing the movie but is not appearing on their locator. All G-Fans unite and support this movie whether or not you like the new design. Rally up your friends and show them the power of the Japanese Godzilla. 

The official Funimation USA website for the movie is located here: http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/shingodzilla/ 

Source: Funimation

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Godzilla Resurgence to be distributed to more than 100 countries gaining US Theatrical Release by Funimation

As we get closer to the release date of the latest Godzilla film, Shin Godzilla in Japan and accross Asia, some major and exciting news was revealed by August Ragone, our well known Godzilla Friend and author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters. 

Toho held another press conference for the film and announced that Godzilla Resurgence will be distributed to 100 countries around the world as of July 19th. More sales are pending. This would make Godzilla Resurgence being Toho's greatest global distribution of any film of all time. The Asian countries will be the first  to receive theatrical release dates starting with Taiwan, first up on August 12, Philippines on August 24, Hong Kong and Macao on August 25, and Thailand on September 8th. Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America are all on the list.

Just minutes ago, another one of our good Godzilla friends, Keith Aiken at Sci-Fi Japan has announced that Funimation Entertainment, has received the license for American distributor. This includes rights to theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for North America, Central America and South America. Funimation will make an announcement and provide more details at the San Diego Comic-Con convention.

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Shin-Godzilla trailer up!

5-560x600The Japanese GODZILLA is back and returning to the dark terrifying roots of the original 1954 film. Less than 24 hours ago, Toho released their first trailer for their upcoming Godzilla film. This is the first Godzilla film produced by Toho since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars. Filmmakers Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan live-action) are co-directing the film which was done last summer. Anno wrote the screenplay for the film while Higuchi oversaw the special effects.

Toho will be utilizing CGI technology for this film and moving forward with a very unique mutilated design which has stirred the fandom. Higuchi calls it the “most terrifying” version of Godzilla to date and as a Godzilla fan seeing this design, I have to agree with him! The flesh on his arms is all gone, the tip of his tail seems to reveal bone, and his face is burnt to a crisp. It is also interesting to see the full shot with an extra long tail and this Godzilla is the biggest yet, trumping the 2014 Godzilla at 118.5 meters tall or about 338 feet. The filmmakers are pushing the film into away from the happier installments, citing that "the world has lost its innocence after the various terrorist attacks and natural disasters over the past few years". 


Additionally, on April 1, Toho's official webpage and Twitter posted artwork and a promotional campaign for Godzilla X Evagelion. Since Anno has worked on both, what does this mean? Is this the call to Legendary's Godzilla Vs. King Kong in 2020? Initially the fandom thought this was a clever April fools joke but the announcement of Anno working on Godzilla 2016 was also on April 1. There are official T-Shirts, keychains, and misc items that depict Godzilla's fins and each other's footprints. Only time will tell if this is just a promotional stunt for the 2016 film or if we may get a featured animated or live action film. 

Also to note Godzilla and Evangelion, along with Ultraman, have also been teased participants in the game Kyoei Toshi (City Shrouded in Shadow). More news to follow! 

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Source: Toho Movie Channel Official Youtube feed
Images from Cinematoday.jp 
G vs EVA info: Toho Website

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Toho's Godzilla returns in 2016!

10847187 1512661878990873 3684805526299078037 oShocking news was announced over the weekend. Seeing the global popularity of Godzilla has increased from the 2014 Hollywood film, several Toho staff had been meeting for the past few months in what has been called Goji-Con (aka Godzilla Conferences) and just yesterday, Toho gives the green light to produce a new Godzilla movie separate from the Legendary universe. This will be the first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years since Godzilla Final Wars. Producting will start in summer of 2015 and the new film is expected to be released in 2016, 2 years before Legendary's 2018 sequel. To further stir up confidence, Toho proclaims that"The time has come to make a film that will not bow down to the Hollywood film". This is exciting news and hopefully they will have enough creative minds and funding to back up this statement. How do you feel with the Japanese Godzilla's return? Jump into the discussion board and share your feelings.

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NOTE: I have been super busy with graduate school so wanted to appologize for the lack of updates.  Please check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/gforever 

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Source: Official Godzilla website: http://godzilla.jp/news/1029/
Official Godzilla Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/godzilla.jp
August Ragone's blog: http://www.augustragone.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-japanese-godzilla-will-rise-again.html
Anime News Network: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-12-07/toho-makes-1st-japanese-godzilla-film-in-12-years/.81876

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Godzilla PS3 Game Teaser & Magazine Page

Hmm... reminds me of Godzilla Generations on Sega Dreamcast. Cool but hopefully it's more than just a simulation game. Godzilla'94, Godzilla 2014, and Kiryu Tokyo SOS version are confirmed!

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Hit the jump for some screenshots.

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Godzilla hits PS3! (Screenshots)

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Famitsu has just released screenshots of the new Namco Godzilla game for the PS3, we mentioned.  I must say that these two screenshots above look pretty amazing!  In the other pics, you can defintiely see that the models came from the MonsterArts G'94.

Can't wait to get this.  Guess I will need to finally get myself a PS3.

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Source: Famitsu

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Bandai making Godzilla game with SHMA scans

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According to the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, Bandai is using 3D scanners on their SHMA figure line as the base for models in an upcoming game.  It seems that the Godzilla game will be a fighter on the PS3 with special effects to make it look like battling models... ?  Maybe?  I'm guessing some sort of tilt-shift look or something.

The game is set to release this winter in Japan, as it's only about 40% complete at the moment.

Wait!  Here's the best news: we don't need to worry about it getting a North American publisher.  The PS3 is region-free!  Kinda... mostly.

This issue of Famitsu hits Japanese shelves on August 10 and might include a screenshot or some artwork.

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Godzilla Reborn - G2k's American sequel

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SciFi Japan interviewed Michael Schlesinger about his Godzilla 2000 sequel set in Hawaii... what?

Yup!  Schlesinger wrote the script for the American version of Godzilla 2000, back in the day, but was never credited or paid.  Godzilla Reborn was to be a low-budget, $20 million sequel, produced by Columbia using Toho Studios effects artists with Godzilla fighting a volcanic, bat-like creature named Miba.  They would have used suits, like other Godzilla films, but the added budget was to get Hollywood actors and actresses like Jamie Lee Curtis.

There was a big focus on humor in the film, with a lot of banter between the characters.  This would help the audience take the monster scenes more seriously.  Schlesinger said this about his approach to the human element:

I took many of the Godzilla archetypes and turned them inside out. The lead character was a woman — a novelty right there — an L.A. TV reporter on vacation; she’s tired of doing fluff and wants to do more serious journalism. The male lead is a skirt-chasing smartass who owns the Honolulu hotel where most of the principals stay. The two of them squabble constantly — a sure sign they’re interested in each other. There’s a convention of international pipe-smoking scientists — but most of them drink, wisecrack and flirt with women. (One of them is Japanese; Miyasaka is his sidekick.) The inevitable belligerent Army general is, as noted, a Bronx Jew who peppers his dialogue with Yiddish. And the Honolulu chief of police drinks on duty because there’s never any crime. There were other characters, of course, but those were the main ones.

A Godzilla movie with Yiddish scares me, but if it's heavily influenced by Schlesinger's god, Mel Brooks, I think I can get on board.

Sadly, after a script was ready, a new head at Columbia scoffed at a $20 million movie of any kind and wouldn't even look at the script.  Toho wanted a big payment up front before allowing him to shop the script around.  Why am I not surprised?

Sorry to hear that this never made it past a draft - no art to be had!  The interview is a very interesting read and worth your time, if only to imagine Curtis on screen with the big guy, himself.

Source: SciFi Japan

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Awesome Godzilla Statue at Hakata Station in Fukuoka

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Godzilla in Fukuoka! As part of the promotion for Godzilla's Japanese premiere on June 16th at Toho Studios - why make everyone else wait until the end of July?  The statue is on display at Hakata Station.

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Source: Mainichi

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Political Godzillas

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It's been a good few weeks for Godzilla.  He trounced the box office, helped Warner Bros break a billion, and has had his sequel confimed.  And while the media blitz by Legendary was, well legendary, his influence in pop culture has made its way into political cartoons.  Regardless of your political leanings, take a look and enjoy seeing the big guy stomping through the papers.

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Hit the jump for another four images and the artists.

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An Ultimate Fan's Trip to the UK Premiere (Updated 5/22)

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Introduction by Hesei: Last week, I proudly announced that GForever founder, Andrew Wong, won the Utimate Godzilla Fan Contest from Warner Brothers, Legendary, and The Nerdist.  Well, I finally have his account of the experience, and his apologies for the delay.  Public WiFi connection wasn't readily available nor strong, so expect better photos, soon.  For now, hit the read more button below to GForever's account of what we've all been dreaming of.

A short message from GForever: Thanks everyone who voted for me and an enormous thank you to WB, Legendary, and nerdist.com for selecting me and providing such a wonderful experience!! Also wanted to thank Gareth and Thomas for taking the time to meet with the 3 winners and I. Finally, want to thank Ben & Carl for organizing the flight & hotel as well as my family for their support.

As Gareth pointed out, this is not only Godzilla's 60th anniversary, but it is also the "rebirth" year of the horse and this movie lives up to that title! This is the Godzilla movie of our times! Now that I am back in Boston with a proper internet connection, my Red Carpet coverage has been updated with new content as well as more photos and now VIDEOS! Godzilla Forever!

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Get a good look at Godzilla... in a car ad

I just... *sigh*

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