In a decidedly gloomy sign for the biz, Sony has slashed its profit and sales forecasts for fiscal 2008 for the second time in as many quarters.
Leading distrib and exhib Toho has upped estimates for its midterm and 2008 fiscal year from figures announced on Sept. 30.
GyaO Next, the broadband TV service operated by media conglom Usen, started webcasting Fox On-Demand, a new service offering dramas from the Fox Channel, on Wednesday.
The Japan Film Commission, an umbrella org for the 100-plus film commissions spread across the country, will launch in April, it was announced at the Japan Location Seminar on Wednesday in Tokyo.
The smash hit mystery "Yogisha X no kenshin" (Suspect X) topped the Japanese weekend box office for the third weekend Oct. 18-19.
The 21st edition of the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival opened on Saturday in a burst of green -- the fest's new color, symbolizing its eco commitment.
Media conglom Usen has decided to spin off broadband portal GyaO as a separate company.
Exhib Warner Mycal will offer digital 3-D at its multiplex skedded to open Dec. 15 in Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Production IG is producing a feature toon based on the exploits of real-life swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK is making a 10% cut in the $158 license fee that households pay per year.
Domestic Film DAILY
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Frozen2Daily: $1.7M Cumulative: $140.5M Disney -30.18%
Out of the Furnace
Out of the Furnace3Daily: $437,117 Cumulative: $6.8M Relativity Media -25.73%