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‘Sing’ on Track to Surpass ‘Minions’ at Japanese Box Office

‘Sing’ on Track to Surpass ‘Minions’ at Japanese Box Office
Illumination’s “Sing” has become the second-highest non-Disney or Pixar animated film at the Japanese box office. Released by Upi March 17 on 588 screens, it has grossed more than $43.7 million dollars as of June 8.

Among non-Disney films, only “Minons” has grossed more, though “Sing” is on track to surpass that total in the coming weeks. “Sing” is still in theaters in Japan.

Sing” is produced by Illumination Entertainment and directed and written by Garth Jennings. The story follows a group of animals that enter a singing contest hosted by a koala, Buster Moon, to save his theater. Various animals from the town come together to compete for the big prize money.

The soundtrack includes songs from artists including Frank Sinatra, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Wonder. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and John C. Reilly appear as a voice actors.

Voice actors for the Japanese language version include Teruyoshi Uchimura,
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Hollywood in Bidding War over 'POKÉMON' Live-Action Film Rights

I know this probably goes without saying, but POKÉMON is kind of a big deal. Sure, the video game-turned-every-other-medium isn't as popular in the mainstream as it was in its heyday in the 1990s, but it's a franchise still beloved by children and gamers of all ages alike.

Now it looks like a few studios are in a secret bidding war over the film rights to the video game series. According to THR, Legendary currently seems to be the frontrunner, nudging aside WB, who has reportedly also been aggressively pursuing the rights. Sony is also reportedly interested.

Also according to THR, the prospect of Legendary Entertainment winning the bid could cause some trouble, given that Legendary is owned by a Chinese company and the Pokémon Co. is a Japanese one.

The outlet states:

"There have been long simmering political tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, which most recently peaked with Japan
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Marvel's 'The Defenders' Nabs 'Daredevil' Season 2 Showrunners!

If you've managed to check out either season of Daredevil, or the first season of Jessica Jones, you'll know that Marvel is really doing the Lord's work on Netflix. Where the Marvel movies in theaters tend to be big, fun, and family friendly, their Netflix shows are smaller in scale, and darker in tone. But that doesn't mean they're any less ambitious than their cinematic counterparts.

Ever since Daredevil first took to the streets of Hell's Kitchen last year, Marvel Entertainment knew they'd want to cross him over with three other street-level Marvel characters: Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Like in The Avengers before them, The Defenders will likely pit these four superheroes against some force or villain that none of them could handle on their own.

It's definitely a great idea, but like with any comic book property, there is always room for things to go wrong.
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Keanu Reeves Talks Potential Sequels Beyond 'John Wick 2'

A couple years ago, John Wick pretty much blew everyone away. As much as many loved Keanu Reeves, he isn't necessarily the most dynamic of actors. But with this action flick, he managed to find a role that catered to all his strengths. What's more, the fight scenes were amazing, the emotions more than serviceable, and the mythology intriguing. John Wick seemed perfect for a sequel, and that's exactly what we're getting.

Work for John Wick: Chapter 2 has been underway, and before the CinemaCon awards, Reeves managed to have a chat with Collider and talk about whether or not they have anything in store for fans after the sequel.

Here's what Reeves had to say:

“I love John Wick. We had an amazing time making this story. I can’t say that we’re not geeked about continuing the idea and the character. We have some really cool ideas.
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Dragon Ball Super poster and character images

Over the weekend we saw the first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated anime Dragon Ball Super [watch it here], and now thanks to Anime News Network we’ve got a brand new poster for the series…

Ann also posted some character images, along with details of the Japanese voice cast…

Masako Nozawa as Son Goku

Masako Nozawa as Son Gohan

Masako Nozawa as Son Goten

Ryo Horikawa as Vegeta

Hiromi Tsuru as Bulma

Takeshi Kusao as Trunks

Mayumi Tanaka as Krillin

Masaharu Satou as Kame-Sen’nin

Toshio Furukawa as Piccolo

Naoko Watanabe as Chi-Chi

Yuko Minaguchi as Videl

Unshou Ishizuka as Mr. Satan

Kôzô Shioya as Majin Buu

Kouichi Yamadera as God of Destruction Beerus

Masakazu Morita as Whis

Dragon Ball Super is set to premiere in Japan on July 5th. As yet, there’s been no word on the English dub, but we’ll let you know once details are announced.
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One Piece Collection 9 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 575 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s taken over 200 episodes but the Straw Hat Pirates have finally made it. Not to their destination of course, but in to the fantastic world of widescreen. The first episode of the latest set is the conclusion to the Navarone arc, but after that the colours are brighter and the image stretchier, just like Luffy himself. This allows for more of the brilliant artwork to be seen, and also lets the action sequences take place on a wider canvas. We’ve all come to take widescreen for granted, so this transition is a stark reminder of just how much more we are treated to.

Unfortunately the latest arc isn’t exactly the
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'Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F' Gets U.S. Summer Release

'Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F' Gets U.S. Summer Release
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F is coming to North American theaters this summer, it was announced today by FUNimation Entertainment. FUNimation has picked-up distribution rights for the animated adventure, including theatrical, home entertainment, video-on-demand and broadcast rights. An exact release date has not been announced, but Los Angeles residents have the opportunity to see the movie early.

FUNimation is teaming up with 20th Century Fox and Toei Animation to host the world premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F (in Japanese w/ English subtitles) at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 11. A limited amount of tickets are available to fans and the general public starting today. To secure your seat: clickHere

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F features the return of fan favorite villains Frieze and Beerus, from 2014's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. Though Earth is at peace,
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One Piece Collection 8 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

One Piece continues its fantastic voyage, now crossing over the 200 episode mark. Not only that, but this collection manages to show all the great bits of such a brilliant series. It contains the action, adventure, and sheer joy of exploration.

This set sees the conclusion of the Skypiea saga, which does rather brave examination of Gods and religions. We see powerful men willing to exploit others and abuse their power, while also criticising blind followers. A series of episodes that explores the past of Skypiea and its mythology also provides a welcome break from the main story, while chronicling a sweet and honourable bromance. Such tangents from the main stories in anime can sometimes be a curse,
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One Piece Collection 7 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Taking us into the land of Skypiea, this 7th collection of One Piece episodes, taking us from episodes 157-182, adds a new dimension to the usually water set saga. Although the water is pretty much just replaced with clouds, there are plenty of new dynamics, interesting beasts, and a world of religious intrigue, which all helps to prevent the series from getting stale..

The characters are once again split up, which does allow for a lot of individual character development. Best of all, this development usually presents itself in the fight sequences. Being an archaeologist, Robin is more concerned with her surroundings when fighting and the damage done to ancient relics. Choppers, as a doctor,
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One Piece Movie Collection 1 DVD Review

Director: Atsuji Shimizu,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Akemi Okamura, Kazuya Nakai, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Otani

Running Time: 160 minutes

Certificate: 12

One Piece takes to the seas once more in this collection of the first three movies. The first three films were actually rather short, with each one around 50 minutes, and upon their initial release they were paired with other anime features as a double bill. For those unaware, the series focuses on a group of pirates who travel the seas with their ultimate outcome to find the legendary One Piece, the most sort after treasure. The films themselves take place outside the continuity of the show in some respects but can be easily placed by ascertaining which crew members have or have not been introduced to the show.

This is the first time the films have been released in the UK and they are also lacking an English language dub.
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One Piece: Strong World Blu-ray Review

Director: Munehisa Sakai

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Cho, Ian Sinclair

Running Time: 109 minutes

Certificate: 15

With One Piece: Unlimited World Red released on gaming platforms this Friday and One Piece: Strong World arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this upcoming Monday, it’s never been a better time to be a fan of Eiichiro Oda’s mange/anime. This is the first film released in the UK despite being a cinematic entry from 2009. This means that certain elements may be jarring for those who have been following the DVD releases of the series over the last year as we encounter characters not yet introduced in the dubbed run. Those who have kept up with the show in its original Japanese language will be more settled though.
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One Piece Collection 6 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Like with any anime series following a huge arc, One Piece settles into a few smaller adventures during its sixth boxset. Each one makes a strong effort to be more than simple filler though, elaborating on characters or making sure the individual adventures are fun and engaging. This is leagues away from becoming anything even close to stale, which may be down to the general theme of exploring. Other animes seem to become bogged down in overcomplicating stories and having to add new elements, whereas One Piece has an entirely imaginative world to explore as our heroes make their way to their goal but become distracted by
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One Piece Collection 5 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

In terms of story, this 5th collection is the most ambitious yet. Picking up from where the last set left off, we now find Vivi and the Straw hat Pirates, in Vivi’s homeland where rain has not fallen for years. A conspiracy is uncovered that looks set to erupt in civil war if Vivi and the Straw Hats can’t put an end to a reign (or should that be rain?) of terror from the mysterious Crocodile A.K.A. Mr. Zero. Confidently setting character development and focus on the protagonists aside, One Piece once again shows how it can handle the more mature plot strands.

With a dark sense of tragedy throughout this very extensive arc,
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One Piece Collection 4 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 15

These releases certainly come thick and fast, but it’s an output most should be happy with. After all, One Piece isn’t a show you merely dip into every now and again. It’s a show that becomes an addiction, and like all drugs it can leave you wandering the streets begging for your next hit. This is something that could be said for many of the long running anime shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and Naruto, but it has to be said that One Piece has that little something over those other popular, and often entertaining shows. Variety is the key to One Piece, as it goes way beyond setting up
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One Piece Collection 3 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

With Monky D. Luffy and shipmates continuing towards the Grand Line, but as One Piece has proven time and time again, it expertly mixes in individual arcs while the main plot drives forward. It makes for a show that is ever so easy to enter for new fans, or those returning from a long break, without making old fans feel as though they are being forgotten. This is the first collection where the core cast of characters feel at ease with each other. All the conflict and suspicions have been left behind and the writers have done a tremendous job at making the cast feel like a close-knit family while also relating them to the audience.
See full article at The Hollywood News »

One Piece Collection 2 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Picking up directly where Collection 1 left off, One Piece returns to complete its introductory arc. The last member of the crew, chef Sanji, joins the gang but just as it looks as though everything is in place, we discover that navigator Nami may not be everything she appears. After a gruelling battle with Don Krieg, the show clearly announces that although violence isn’t going to be used on a regular basis, the show isn’t afraid to use it when creating conflict and consequence. This fact becomes even more obvious during the next arc of the show that focuses on Nami’s past and her connection to the dreaded fishmen. Fish-men hybrids that are super song,
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One Piece Collection 1 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s finally arrived! One Piece is one of the longest running animes, sitting alongside the likes of Bleach and Narruto, and yet it isn’t until now we are getting a box-set here in the UK. Not only that, but it’s also the uncut FUNimation and Japanese dubs of the show and not the butchering 4Kids version. A company that treated the show with such little respect (as it does Pokemon) that 144 episodes were edited down to 104. Still, that’s all in the past now and we can explore the show as it was meant to be seen, and what a show it is.

One Piece starts with the simplest of prologues before
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Dragon Ball Z Kai’s Japanese Cast Records New Episodes

Voice actress Mayumi Tanaka reported on her blog on Monday that she is recording more dialogue for Dragon Ball Z Kai. However, she noted that the anime will no longer air in Japan, even though it will continue overseas.

Dragon Ball Z Kai (known as just Dragon Ball Kai in Japan) condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira Toriyama‘s Dragon Ball manga. The series features digital high-definition remastering, a re-recorded soundtrack, and select scenes updated with new effects or re-animated footage.

Tanaka revealed in her Monday post that she and the other cast members were recording the scene in Tenka’ichi Budōkai where Goten and Trunks sneak into the adults section by standing one on top of the other. Tanaka has played Kuririn (Krillin) in the original Dragon Ball anime, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball Kai.

Dragon Ball Z Kai ended its
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Blu-ray Review: Laputa – Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Studio Ghibli)

Stars: Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada, Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill | Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

“The high-flying journey begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, wearing a glowing pendant. Together, they discover both are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around her neck. Their quest won’t be easy, however. There are sky pirates, secret agents and monumental obstacles stopping them from discovering the truth – and each other. However, Laputa is more than it appears, and some seek to use it for evil.”

Master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki tells a magical tale of boy meets girl in a world where flying islands used to be the norm. Sheeta is a young orphan
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