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Funimation Films Through 2017

Over the past years, Funimation has worked hard on bringing anime to North America through DVDs, Blu-rays, streaming services, and most recently theatrically. With the arrival of the Dragon Ball Z movies, Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, we have been working on delivering more theatrical experiences for fans of anime and Japanese blockbusters through Funimation Films.

 

Because of continued support from you, the fans, we have been able to bring more anime into theaters, with many more being planned for 2017, including One Piece Film: Gold which comes out this week! See below for what Funimation Films has done since its inception more than over a year ago.

 

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GROUNDBREAKING ANIME “GHOST IN THE SHELL” RETURNS TO THEATERS FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT FEBRUARY 7 – 8, 2017

Mamoru Oshii Classic to Screen in 110 U.S. Theaters

Santa Monica, Calif., – January 9, 2017 —The “Ghost in the Shell” franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement.  The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version.  Tickets are available beginning today and can be pre-purchased via the official movie website at funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell.

 

Viewed as ahead of its time when it premiered in 1995, “Ghost in The Shell” quickly turned into a pop culture phenomenon and the inspiration for future mainstream movies. The movie became the first anime film to rank #1 on Billboard in video sales, which currently total more than 1.5 million copies across the franchise. With the release of “Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie” in 2016 and a new live action version of “Ghost in the Shell” set to release at the end of March, there has been a huge resurgence in fan interest for the franchise worldwide.

 

“We’re excited to be partnering with Lionsgate to bring the original ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie back to U.S. theaters,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “’Ghost in the Shell’ is truly a seminal work in anime cinema and it helped firmly establish a market for the genre with U.S. movie audiences.”

 

“’Ghost in the Shell’ is an iconic property and it is great that fans will be able to watch it on the big screen for the first time in 20 years,’ said Kevin Carney, VP Marketing Lionsgate. “Many fans will be seeing the movie in a theater for the first time and Funimation has been a terrific partner to help make this possible.”

 

Lionsgate will be releasing a new, deluxe collector’s edition of the remastered original on Blu-Ray with Digital HD.  This new edition will feature steelbook packaging and Mondo artwork and will be available in retail outlets beginning March 7, 2017.

 

Synopsis

2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

 

For more information on “Ghost in the Shell” visit funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell

Win a trip to Otakon Vegas!

Get the Gran Tesoro experience by entering our Otakon Vegas Trip contest!

 

Luffy and the Straw Hats head to the glittering Gran Tesoro with hopes of winning big in the upcoming movie, One Piece Film Gold (January 10 – 17th, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada) — and you could win big, too!  Otakon Vegas is just around the corner (Jan 13 – 15, 2017), so we want to send you and a friend out to Las Vegas for your very own lavish Gran Tesoro experience!

 

 

 

With luck on your side, you could win:

 

  • Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to Las Vegas
  • Accommodations for 2 (1 room) 2 nights, 3 days Jan 15-17, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Casino
  • $250 of “GOLD” to spend during your trip
  • 2 weekend badges for Otakon Vegas
  • One Piece DVD & Swag Prize Pack
  • Private Meet & Greet with Colleen Clinkenbeard voice of “Luffy”

 

Second Place Winner to Receive a One Piece Treasure Chest containing Various One Piece Merchandise and DVD’s valued over $500!

 

One Piece Gold Bundle

 

Catch One Piece Film Gold in theaters across the U.S. & Canada, January 10 – 17, 2017!

 

“SHIN GODZILLA” EXTENDS RUN WITH ENCORE SATURDAY MATINEE AND SCREENINGS IN SELECT CITIES THRU OCTOBER 27

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters, has taken over North America. The limited theatrical engagement of “SHIN GODZILLA” was scheduled to close tonight but in the wake of overwhelming fan response, Funimation Films announced that the movie will be extended due to popular demand. A special Saturday matinee screening of the film will take place on October 22 in more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, multiple national theater chains will be offering daily screenings of “SHIN GODZILLA” in select locations thru October 27. A complete list of locations for both this Saturday’s matinee as well as the new daily screenings is available via a theater locator on the official film website.

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“SHIN GODZILLA” ROARS INTO THEATERS TONIGHT FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT OCTOBER 11 – 18


King of the Monsters Returns to Big Screen in 534 Theaters across U.S. and Canada

FLOWER MOUND, TX – October 11, 2016. The signature roar of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, will echo throughout North America tonight when “SHIN GODZILLA” opens in theaters. Funimation Films® will be screening the Japanese kaiju film in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada during its limited theatrical engagement from October 11 – 18.  “SHIN GODZILLA” is the 29th film produced by Toho Co., Ltd. in the iconic science fiction monster franchise and is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of “Evangelion”) and co- directed by Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 “Attack on Titan” live action movies). The movie has been a huge box office hit in Japan – grossing more than $68M at the box office in the two months since it opened and making it the 4th highest grossing film for 2016. Tickets for “SHIN GODZILLA” are available via the official film website.

 

“Godzilla has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 62 years and we’re excited to bring this newest incarnation to the U.S. and Canada,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “Fan excitement for ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ has been unabated since we first announced the film back in July at San Diego Comic Con. It would not surprise me if numerous theaters sell out.”

 

In advance of tonight’s opening, Funimation hosted premieres of “SHIN GODZILLA” last week to capacity audiences in Los Angeles as well as New York City, which was planned to coincide with New York Comic Con 2016.

 

“If audience reaction at our two premieres is any indication then ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ will be another box office success for Funimation Films,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “The fan base for Godzilla is as wide as the monster is tall. The enthusiasm and anticipation from fans – both young and old – as shared on social media is truly palpable. We encourage fans to pre-purchase tickets to guarantee a seat to this limited theatrical event.”

 

To purchase tickets to or find more information on “SHIN GODZILLA,” visit   funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla.

FUNIMATION FILMS SET TO BRING “ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD” – BIGGEST ‘ONE PIECE’ MOVIE EVER – TO NORTH AMERICA ON JANUARY 10 – 17, 2017

New Blockbuster Film from Toei Animation Coming Soon to U.S. and Canadian Theaters

FLOWER MOUND, TX – October 5, 2016. Anime and “One Piece” fans across North America were thrilled today upon hearing the news that Funimation® Films has acquired the highly-anticipated, Japanese animated film “One Piece Film: Gold” from Toei Animation. The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the “One Piece” anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012. “One Piece Film: Gold” has been a smash hit in Japan and has grossed more than $47.8 million at the box office – making it the biggest ‘One Piece’ movie ever and the 6th highest grossing film of the year. Funimation Films will distribute the movie in both the U.S. and Canada as a limited theatrical event from January 10 – 17, 2017. Ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“Fans have been clamoring for news on ‘One Piece Film: Gold’ and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be bringing this blockbuster movie to U.S. and Canadian audiences,“ said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “We’re confident that this film will create a new generation of fans for the franchise as well as grow the audience for its animated series.”

 

“One Piece Film: Gold” premiered this past summer in Japan on July 23, 2016, and grossed $10.9 million during its opening weekend with 821,100 tickets sold. The film has been well received by both fans and the media. Otaku USA Magazine praised it saying, “Gold manages to accomplish the goals of any good summer popcorn flick, filling its two-hour runtime with laughs and large-scale action set pieces.”

 

“’One Piece Film: Gold’ is a new milestone for the world-wide phenomena that is ‘One Piece,’” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “We’re pleased to add this film to our long history with the ‘One Piece’ franchise. Fans will not be disappointed when they see it in theaters.”

 

Synopsis

The Straw Hat pirates are hitting the big screen once again in an all-new high-flying adventure! The popular series that has captivated fans all over the world unfolds a new saga in the highly anticipated movie, “One Piece Film: Gold.”

 

The glittering Gran Tesoro, a city of entertainment beyond the laws of the government, is a sanctuary for the world’s most infamous pirates, Marines, and filthy rich millionaires. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Captain Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a powerful king whose deep pockets and deeper ambitions spell disaster for the Straw Hats and the New World alike.

 

FANTASTIC FEST ADDS SHIN GODZILLA TO LINEUP

 

Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is excited to unveil last minute additions to the schedule, adding to one of the most highly diverse lineups in the festival’s twelve-year history. And see who will go toe to toe in the fest’s highly anticipated yearly event, the Fantastic Debates!

 

Godzilla returns to the big screen in 2016 with SHIN GODZILLA, the 32nd film in the legendary franchise and currently the 3rd highest grossing film in Japan this year. The King of the Monsters stomps into Fantastic Fest for its North American Premiere before smashing its way through the U.S. and Canada on October 11th.

 

Fantastic Fest also welcomes Cannes prize-winning director Amat Escalante to the festival for the US Premiere of his provocative and brilliantly intoxicating alien drama, THE UNTAMED. A science fiction stunner, THE UNTAMED is story of sexual obsession that recently wowed audiences at its Toronto premiere.

 

Female filmmakers have a major presence at this year’s fest, and the lineup continues to grow with director Sarah Adina Smith making her FF debut for the US Premiere of her surreal time-twisting thriller BUSTER’S MAL HEART. Smith’s follow up to her much-lauded bow THE MIDNIGHT SWIM features a magnificent turn by Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek in his first big screen leading role as he attempts to piece together mysterious events surrounding him.

 

“Our pursuit of the best genre titles doesn’t stop until the festival closes,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. “This year we’ve brought in some really great films to beat the buzzer and reflect the truly global nature of the festival.”

 

Without question, the most physically powerful tradition at Fantastic Fest is the FANTASTIC DEBATES, where creatives, journalists and diehard cinema enthusiasts engage in verbal conflict before settling their disputes with their gloved fists!

 

Past years have included blood-boiling ragewars and a few good-natured bashings between everyone from Elijah Wood to Michelle Rodriguez to Keanu Reeves, and 2016 promises to feature some of the fanciest filmmaker fistwork yet (and a couple big surprises).

 

Round ONE!

JOSH ETHIER vs JEREMY GARDNER

 

RESOLVED: Tremors is the best monster movie since… Tremors

Two towering titans of independent horror go chin-to-chin over the earth-moving subject of Graboid superiority!

 

Round TWO!

JOSH LOBO vs JARROD MURRAY

 

RESOLVED: Zack Snyder is the most wrongly maligned cinematic visionary of the 21st century

It’s filmmaker vs. manager, as indie director Lobo battles Epicenter LA founder Murray to sincerely defend the honor of today’s most lauded/disregarded blockbuster-maker!

 

Round THREE!

BREE ESSRIG vs WHITNEY MOORE

 

RESOLVED: Superhero movies are destroying the film industry

SourceFed Nerd hosts and pals Moore (who also starred in legendary big-screen stinkbomb Birdemic) and Essrig tear their camaraderie to shreds over the actual burning topic of superheroverload!

 

FINAL ROUND!

GREG MacLENNAN vs MICHAEL WILCHESTER

 

RESOLVED: Rocky 4 is the single greatest boxing film of all time

Longtime Fantastic Fest employees (and actual trained fighters) MacLennan and Wilchester settle the smoldering feud between all pugilist cinema maniacs. Was Ivan Drago the ultimate soldier of the ring?!

 

See below for the latest additions to the lineup at Fantastic Fest 2016.

 

SHIN GODZILLA

Japan, 2016

North American Premiere, 120 min

Directors – Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi

Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen: Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.

THE UNTAMED

Mexico, 2016

North American Premiere, 100 min

Director – Amat Escalante

A meteorite crashes onto an isolated mountain somewhere in Mexico. Meanwhile, Alejandra and Angel are trying to salvage their unhappy marriage. When these two disparate elements collide, there’ll be consequences for all.

 

BUSTER’S MAL HEART
United States, 2016

U.S.Premiere, 96 min

Director – Sarah Adina Smith

This is the story of a mountain man on the run, surviving the winter by breaking into empty homes. This is also the story of a man lost at sea. The thing is… they’re the same man.

 

NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW

Canada, 2016

U.S. Premiere, 75 min

Directors – Matt Johnson, Jay McCarrol

Two friends will go to the most inane, self-destructive lengths to rise to musical fame in this new series from Matt Johnson of THE DIRTIES.

 

PAANCH

India, 2003

Repertory Screening, 130 min

Director – Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap’s notorious first feature focuses on the five members of a rock band who indulge in sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and before long… crime! Their lives will never be the same.

 

PERVERT BOY

Republic of Korea, 2016

World Premiere, 88 min

Director – Lee Sang-Woo

This is the story of four brothers and the inevitable clash between their lives in modern day Seoul. This is the story of a pervert boy and those who surround him.

 

PLAYGROUND

Poland, 2016

North American Premiere, 81 min

Director – Bartosz M. Kowalski

It’s the last day of school in small town Poland and Gabrysia wants to tell her classmate that she loves him. It will not end well.

 

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About Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.

 

About Alamo Drafthouse

Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

On the Shoulders of a Giant; Godzilla’s Monstrous Legacy

Written by one of Funimation’s employees and Godzilla superfan, Ben Cortez

 

There’s never been a more exciting time for Godzilla fans. And for prospective fans, there’s never been a better time to jump in. I mean it- we now have two successful Godzilla series to enjoy! The American version has a full-fledged cinematic universe planned and is said to lead up to a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla (!!!). And now, Toho has produced Shin Godzilla, a brand new installment in the original 29 film-long series.

 

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