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Takashi Murakami Creates Monstrous Artwork to Celebrate Godzilla’s 65th Anniversary

We love Godzilla for sure and have been watching his movies for quite a few decades now. In the coming weeks The Big G will have his 65th Birthday and that brings me to this cool news about the famous kaiju. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
Godzilla, The King of the Monsters bursts forth from the elements in a new painting from Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to celebrate Godzilla’s 65th Anniversary. The original painting will be seen for the first time at ComplexCon this weekend in Long Beach, November 2 – 3. The 11ft high painting will be on display at the Godzilla booth (E23) along with exclusive Godzilla merchandise including some lines featuring Murakami’s Godzilla artwork.

“We’re honored that an artist as iconic as Takashi Murakami has created artwork that so beautifully captures the essence of Godzilla,” said Keiji Ota, CGO (Chief Godzilla Officer) at Toho. “We’re celebrating Godzilla’s 65th anniversary starting on November 3rd and continuing throughout the year, and we couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than with this sublime piece of art from Takashi Murakami.”

©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
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Toho Launches “Godzilla.com”; The Official Website Of “The King Of The Monsters”

Now that “Avengers: Endgame” has been released and is breaking historical box office records, we can move our attention over to the next important Geek film which is “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” which opens on 5/31. I showcased the Final Trailer HERE a few weeks ago and was excited to share the news about the first-ever Official Godzilla website. Take a read on down below. I’ll return with some closing editorial at the end.

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The Press Release:
Feel the rumble as one of the most iconic monsters stomps its way online with the global launch of the first-ever official Godzilla website from Japanese entertainment studio Toho Co., in time for the highly anticipated film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters releasing on May 31.

Commemorating the 65th anniversary of its screen debut in 1954, Toho is connecting Godzilla fans around the world of all ages through exciting content from more than 30 films, comics, art, apparel, toys, encompassing the entire Godzilla universe.

“We’re thrilled to unleash a world of content around our most beloved Godzilla,” said Keiji Ota, CGO (Chief Godzilla Officer) at Toho. “Fans have been longing for a universe that celebrates the all-mighty king of monsters and Godzilla.com delivers the most exciting news and stories about upcoming events, new merchandise and special releases as we commemorate the 65th anniversary of Godzilla.”
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PiercingMetal Sees “Shin Godzilla” aka “Godzilla Resurgence” @ AMC Empire 25

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“Shin Godzilla” is the latest film featuring the King Of The Monsters and the 31st to feature the famous Kaiju. 29 films came care of the Toho Studios people while two were American made features. You might recall the dismal “Godzilla” with Matthew Broderick from 1998 along with the 2014 reboot of that which was also called “Godzilla”. That wasn’t as bad by comparison. Now I got to see this film a couple of weeks ago at the VIP Screening that was held before the NY Comic Con thanks to Funimation but since it was not opening to the public for a few more days I held back on the personal overview since I knew it would have some spoiler stuff in the narrative. Now that’s its opened and run the course, I can safely do that. Here we go.

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Our adventure begins with a sort of Japanese Coast Guard examining an abandoned boat and while they are looking around the vessel, something appears to attack them and while it seems unexplained to the masses back on land, we viewers know in our hearts that its Godzilla giving a first “hello”. We then find ourselves in a conference room in Japan where so much back and forth discussion is given. The film is almost entirely in Japanese (there are some English moments but not many) and as result we have sub-titles to read as it all goes by. Is it a volcano is it an underground earthquake or some kind of explosion are par for the course in the discussion and there is a whole lot of discussion going on. There is almost 20 minutes of straight discourse with not a single piece of destructive action. I tell you my eyes were keeping busy reading all the sub-titles. This film is considered to be a reboot of the classic film that starred Raymond Burr so the people of Japan were seeing the monster for the very first time in these now modern 2016 times. I guess everyone’s Facebook status was pretty troubling to read and their Instagram’s on the terrifying side.
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Check The US Trailer For “Shin Godzilla” aka “Godzilla Resurgence”

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The new film by Toho Studios called “Shin Godzilla” or “Godzilla Resugence” here in the USA has just released the US Trailer for us to enjoy. The film will open in a limited run in October and be shown to some lucky attendees at the upcoming NY Comic Con.  Check it out below and I’ll return with more information about the film afterwards.

About The Film: Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ Shin Gojira?, also known as Godzilla Resurgence) is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. It is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and Toho’s third reboot of the franchise. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, with a screenplay by Anno and visual effects by Higuchi and stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara and reimagines Godzilla’s origins where he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. In December 2014, Toho announced plans for a new domestic Godzilla film. Anno and Higuchi were announced as the film’s directors in March 2015 and principal photography began on September and ended in October with the special effects work following in November that year. Shin Godzilla was released in Japan on July 29, 2016 in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D to positive reviews and was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing live-action Japanese film for 2016. (thanks Wiki).
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Opening Today: “Godzilla” (5/16/2014)

Run for whatever shelter you can possibly find because the Big G has arrived and I am talking about none other than the mighty Godzilla, who’s new film, and a bit of a modern take on the mighty monster opens today. I will admit that I am super stoked for this one. Here’s the poster.

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Brief Premise: Reinvisioning Toho’s iconic Godzilla, the new film pits the “world’s most famous monster” against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s “scientific arrogance”, threaten our very existence.” (thanks official Wiki entry)

It was cool to see “Breaking Bad”‘s own Bryan Cranston as a part of the wide cast and while this is interesting I am most focused on how they are bringing Godzilla into our world and of course the destruction of everything in his path. You know that is going to be happening but the only question is how soon. With “Pacific Rim” we got right into the action in the first five minutes so would “Godzilla” avoid the same and keep us hanging on. I plan on attending this film today at one of the early showings.

The Cast:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as US Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody
Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa
Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody, Ford’s wife
Juliette Binoche as Sandra “Sandy” Brody
Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham
David Strathairn as US Navy Admiral Stenz
Bryan Cranston as Joseph “Joe” Brody, Ford’s father
Patrick Sabongui as Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
Victor Rasuk as Major Tre Moralez
Richard T. Jones as “The Colonel”
Jared Keeso as Jump Master
Al Sapienza as Huddleston
Brian Markinson as Whalen
CJ Adams[14] as young Ford Brody
Carson Bolde as Sam Brody
Jake Cunanan, Warren Takeuchi and Yuki Morita were cast as Akio, his father and mother, respectively
Ken Yamamura, 1954 Godzilla film actor Akira Takarada, Garry Chalk, Christian Tessier, Anthony Konechny, Primo Allon and Jeric Ross were cast in unspecified roles.

Here are a number of Godzilla related items that fans might enjoy. I tried to span a wide gamut for your mediaphile appetite. There are some great trade editions and of course the classic films that brought me so much joy as a youth.