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.
The John Woo period epic "Red Cliff Part I" has topped the Japanese weekend B.O. for the second week in a row.
Fox Japan and the Fuji TV network have announced the details of their joint Japanese remake of the hit 2004 Alexander Payne drama "Sideways."
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy1Daily:$1.7M Cumulative:$253.1M Disney -66.09%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2Daily:$1.3M Cumulative:$146.8M Paramount Pictures -73.58%
If I Stay
If I Stay3Daily:$1.3M Cumulative:$16.9M Warner Brothers / New Line -60.81%