Leading Japanese talent shop, Yoshimoto Kogyo is partnering with a Chinese theater group to present comedy stage shows in Shanghai starting in mid-December.
Japanese toon house GDH announced plans Friday to trim 50 full-time staffers through early retirements.
Tokyo-based toon house Anime Intl. Company has inked a deal with Singapore's Cubix Intl. to produce a live-action version of the hit science-fiction toon series "Bubblegum Crisis."
Two of Japan's top young stars, Kenichi Matsuyama ("Death Note" trilogy) and Maki Horikita, will appear in their first English-language pic, helmer Hans Canosa's "Lost Memory."
Helmer John Woo's period epic "Red Cliff" topped the Japanese weekend box office for the fourth week, earning ¥21.8 million ($3.2 million) for a cume of $31.4 million.
The NTV network, comedy talent shop Yoshimoto Kogyo and ad agency Dentsu are partnering to offer Japanese comedy and variety shows to U.S. auds on broadband.
Takafumi Horie, the disgraced founder of Internet portal Livedoor, which mounted an unsuccessful takeover bid for the giant Fuji TV in 2005, has been slapped with a tax evasion charge.
Helmer John Woo's period epic "Red Cliff: Part I" is top of Japan's box office for the third straight week, with a cume of $26 million from 2 million admissions.
Once such a hard sell, Japanese gameshow formats are a hot item overseas, especially in the West.
Universal Pictures Intl. Entertainment will acquire a majority share in Geneon, a Japanese pic and toon producer and DVD distrib that is a wholly owned subsid of ad shop Dentsu.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier1Daily:$4.3M Cumulative:$174.9M Disney 22.52%
Rio 22Daily:$3.6M Cumulative:$52.9M Fox 17.90%
Heaven is for Real
Heaven is for Real3Daily:$3.3M Cumulative:$7.0M Sony / TriStar -10.21%