GROUNDBREAKING ANIME “GHOST IN THE SHELL” RETURNS TO THEATERS FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT FEBRUARY 7 – 8, 2017

GROUNDBREAKING ANIME “GHOST IN THE SHELL” RETURNS TO THEATERS FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT FEBRUARY 7 – 8, 2017

Mamoru Oshii Classic to Screen in 110 U.S. Theaters

Santa Monica, Calif., – January 9, 2017 —The “Ghost in the Shell” franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement.  The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version.  Tickets are available beginning today and can be pre-purchased via the official movie website at funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell.

Viewed as ahead of its time when it premiered in 1995, “Ghost in The Shell” quickly turned into a pop culture phenomenon and the inspiration for future mainstream movies. The movie became the first anime film to rank #1 on Billboard in video sales, which currently total more than 1.5 million copies across the franchise. With the release of “Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie” in 2016 and a new live action version of “Ghost in the Shell” set to release at the end of March, there has been a huge resurgence in fan interest for the franchise worldwide.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Lionsgate to bring the original ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie back to U.S. theaters,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “’Ghost in the Shell’ is truly a seminal work in anime cinema and it helped firmly establish a market for the genre with U.S. movie audiences.”

“’Ghost in the Shell’ is an iconic property and it is great that fans will be able to watch it on the big screen for the first time in 20 years,’ said Kevin Carney, VP Marketing Lionsgate. “Many fans will be seeing the movie in a theater for the first time and Funimation has been a terrific partner to help make this possible.”

Lionsgate will be releasing a new, deluxe collector’s edition of the remastered original on Blu-Ray with Digital HD.  This new edition will feature steelbook packaging and Mondo artwork and will be available in retail outlets beginning March 7, 2017.

Synopsis
2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

For more information on “Ghost in the Shell” visitfunimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell

About Funimation Films
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Funimation Entertainment, acquires both anime and live action movies from prominent international filmmakers that appeal to the interests and passion of all types of fans and distributes them throughout North America. The division was launched in December 2014 following the box office success of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” that same year. Funimation Films released “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” a year later and which became #9 highest-grossing anime movie in North America.  Funimation Entertainment is a subsidiary of Group 1200 Media, a fully integrated, next-generation, independent entertainment studio based in Dallas. For more information on Funimation Films, visit funimationfilms.com.
About Lionsgate
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.


With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving nearly 25 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with over 31 million subscribers.  The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the Starz app delivering content directly to consumers.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wickseries, the Golden Globe-nominated La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water (in partnership with CBS Films), Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, Roadside Attractions’ critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks.  These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the acclaimed drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit Starz series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor’s Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.  www.lionsgate.com

David Gomes

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is David Gomes. I’m the CEO of SEMOG Entertainment and creator of “Godians” webseries.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked as a military contractor on the US Embassy of Iraq in Bagdad during the war.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I had the pleasure to be part of the BET awards and work on a Diesel Jeans commercial. 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Virginia, however, I claim California as my home, too. Basically, I was Continue…

Funimation launches its all-in-one anime destination site

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Engadget is posting that Funimation Entertainment announced today that its FunimationNow platform is now live.

The site, which we first saw back at CES, will make the studio’s expansive archive of shows — including DBZ, Attack on Titan and Assassination Classroom — available to subscribers without ads or viewing restrictions. The new service will initially be available on iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 10 devices while support for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Roku devices is expected by May.

Pricing for the service will be tiered. Free accounts will have to deal with ads and have access to a limited portion of the archives. For $5 a month, viewers will get full access to the entire HD library of shows but they’ll all be subtitled (which is how they’re best viewed anyway). The $8/month tier gives you everything from the lower tiers plus access to dubbed versions of shows and bonus content.

Japanese Artists Show Off their Workspaces

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I don’t know about you but I’m always interested to see other artist’s work spaces. Well Kokatu has compiled a whole slew of Japanese artist’s workspaces> Most seem to be manga setups but there’s a few animators in there as well.

From the site:

For well over a year, professional and amateur artists alike have been uploading photos of their workstations under the tag #絵描きさんの作業環境が見たい (“I want to see artists’ work environments.”) Amateurs and professionals alike have been uploading images, offering a fascinating peek at the different spaces in which people draw. Some work in an analog way, while others work digitally. The workspaces ran from chic to comfy, and from clean to dirty.

Anyway, check it out via the link below.

http://kotaku.com/japanese-artists-show-off-their-workspaces-1762345155

“King” by Grades

A really cute animated music video. I wish this would happen to me! Then again I could never dance was well as this 10 year old so…

GRADES – King (Official Video)
King is out now: http://po.st/iKing

Subscribe to GRADES : http://www.youtube.com/user/Gradesoff…

Director – Taichi Kimura
Producer – Takuma Hiramatsu
Animation – Rapparu

http://www.gradesofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GradesOfficial
https://www.soundcloud.com/gradesoffi…
https://www.twitter.com/GRADES
http://instagram.com/GRADES
http://po.st/GradesSpotify

Promote Yourself: FOURTH ANNUAL ANIME MIDWEST CONVENTION

FOURTH ANNUAL ANIME MIDWEST CONVENTION JULY 4-6 WITH Q&A PANELS, COSPLAY CONTESTS AND MULTIPLE CONCERTS

 WHAT:                 Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the Fourth Annual Anime Midwest Convention, a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, video games, music and more. From Q&A panels with top actors and entertainers to video gaming tournaments and rave dances, Anime Midwest brings fans hundreds of events in celebration of Japanese culture.
Highlights from the event include:

 

  • Q&A Panels and Autograph Sessions with Anime Voice Actors and Entertainers
  • ConSweet: Providing unlimited free rice, ramen, and soda throughout the entire weekend
  • Maid Café
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Cosplay Contests
  • Video Gaming Tournaments
  • Rave Dances
  • Formal Fantasy Ball
  • Multiple Concerts
  • Fashion Shows

Register today to attend this highly anticipated event. For more information please visithttp://www.animemidwest.com/.

WHEN:                 10-4 a.m., July 4-6, 2014

 WHERE:               Hyatt Regency O’Hare; 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018 and Stephens Convention Center 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave Rosemont, IL 60018

COST:                    General 3-Day Pass: $50 online until June 30, $55 at the door

Platinum 3-Day Pass: $100 for the whole weekend, which includes easier and faster autographs, rave dance line jumping, formal fantasy ball line jumping, concert line jumping and an Anime Midwest t-shirt

1-Day Pass: $40

WHO:                 Anime Midwest is a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, video games, music and more, similar to other cons like anime central, aka ACEN. The convention runs from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon, and includes dozens of events such as a Cosplay costume contest (where participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction) anime screenings, concerts and more.

MEDIA
CONTACTS:         Paramount Public Relations, Inc.
Jessica Prah, 312.953.3257jessica@paramountpr.com
Elizabeth Lewis, 312.544.4190elizabeth@paramountpr.com

Anime Midwest
Ryan Kopf, 224.333.1228ryan@ryankopf.com