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Tokyo Intl. Film Festival Kicks Off with Gala Premiere of ‘Big Hero 6′

23 October 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — The 27th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday with a gala opening at the Roppongi Hills entertainment and shopping complex.

The red carpet was trod by nearly 370 fests guests and celebs, including Rie Miyazawa, star of the competition’s only Japanese pic, the Daihachi Yoshida embezzlement drama “Pale Moon,” and Miki Nakatani, serving as the fest’s “navigator,” or spokeswoman, though she is a major star in her own right. Getting by far the loudest screams from the crowd, however, was the five-member boy band Arashi, who made a surprise appearance as reps of the government’s “Cool Japan” initiative.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared on stage at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills main theater prior to world premiere screening of opening film “Big Hero 6.” Saying that he could feel by the “fever in the air” that the fest was beginning, he added, »

- Laura Prudom

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Tgif Turns 25: Looking Back at the Family-Friendly Sitcoms That Defined '90s TV

19 September 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you were a child or a parent during the early '90s, there's a good chance that ABC's Tgif lineup graced your TV set. Remember Tgif? A two-hour block of family-friendly comedies that tried to make it seem fun staying in on Friday nights? It officially debuted 25 years ago this month - on Sept. 22, 1989, with a lineup that included Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Full House and Just the Ten of Us. And notably, it debuted four years before that other landmark '90s TV block, Must See TV. The early promos are a trip, as they're both introducing the »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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