VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced today that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the live-action feature film rights to the hit manga and anime property BLEACH. The announcement comes after another successful year for BLEACH in print, digital publishing, cable television, streaming video, consumer products and video-on-demand.

“BLEACH has built a huge international following in its manga and anime formats, and we’re excited that Warner Bros. shares our belief that BLEACH can also become a fantastic live-action film,” said Jason Hoffs of VIZ Productions, VIZ Media’s Hollywood-based production company. “BLEACH is an exciting opportunity to mix Japanese and Hollywood storytelling to create something new for the big screen, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further expose its unique characters and story to film audiences everywhere.”

Peter Segal (GET SMART, THE LONGEST YARD) of Callahan Filmworks is producing with an eye toward directing. The film’s creative team also includes screenwriter Dan Mazeau, who recently penned Warner Bros.’ upcoming sequel to CLASH OF THE TITANS. Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing and Masi Oka (best known for his roles on NBC’s HEROES and CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0) will produce. From VIZ Productions, Hoffs will serve as Producer, and Branon Coluccio will be Executive Producer. Screenplay development will commence in 2012.

The popular BLEACH animated and manga series, created by Tite Kubo, follows the adventures of Ichigo, a teenager with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow — a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters Rukia, a Soul Reaper tasked to hunting Hollows, and inadvertently absorbs her powers. Now, Ichigo must dedicate his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.

BLEACH is a tremendously successful multimedia property around the world. The manga has been licensed to more than a dozen countries and has over 75 million copies in print in Japan alone. In North America, the manga (rated ‘T’ for Teens) has consistently appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list for Manga and the Neilsen BookScan Top 50 Graphic Novels list, selling more than 2.1 million copies across 36 volumes.

The BLEACH manga is also available digitally through VIZManga.com and for download through the VIZ Manga App for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, where it has proven to be a top-seller. The series was recently sped up to bring North American readers up-to-date with the latest story arc in Japan, culminating in it being featured in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA, the groundbreaking digital manga magazine that VIZ Media just launched at the end of January 2012.

The BLEACH animated series (rated TV-14) has topped the ratings on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, sold over 1.8 million DVDs and consistently ranked among Hulu’s most watched shows, This success has further spawned an array of related video games (over 820,000 sold), apparel, action figures, trading cards and other merchandise.

NEW Trailer Debut for THE RAID: REDEMPTION!

Posted: February 27, 2012 by tmepost in Movies

Check out the NEW trailer from Sony Classics’ THE RAID: REDEMPTION, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies! From director Gareth Evans (Merantau), the official 2011 Toronto Film Festival, 2012 Sundance Film Festival and 2012 SXSW Film Festival selection releases in select theaters on March 23, 2012.

Take a look at the debut here:

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-raid-2011/trailers/the-raid-redemption-theatrical-trailer-28403737.html#jumbo

THE RAID: REDEMPTION releases in select theaters on March 23, 2012!
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Written, Edited & Directed by: Gareth Evans Produced by: Ario Sagantoro
Starring: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block.  But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange fortheir heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader (Joe Taslim) and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life. Recently named one of 2012’s “Directors To Watch” by Variety – Gareth Huw Evans reteams on THE RAID with Iko Uwais, the star and fight choreographer of thecult sensation MARENTAU – which first brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat to global attention.  Already a word-of-mouth sensation at the Toronto Film Festival, where it played to sold out crowds, the film is now poised to reach global audiences with a propulsive new score by alternativerocker/composers Mike Shinoda of “Linkin Park” and Joe Trepanese of “M83”. THE RAID is written, edited and directed by Gareth Huw Evans, and stars IkoUwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy and Tegar Satrya.  The film is produced by Ario Sagantoro and executive produced by R. Maya Barack-Evans, Irwan D. Mussry, Nate Bolotin and Todd Brown. THE RAID is a production of Merantau Films in association with Celluloid Nightmares and XYZ Films.  The film is a presentation of Sony Pictures Classics.

Ralph Bakshi In-Person at LACMA!

Posted: February 27, 2012 by tmepost in Movies
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RALPH BAKSHI 

   AT LACMA

    Los Angeles, CA

WIZARDS 35mm SCREENING

& Q&A  

Thursday, MARCH 15th

@ 7:30pm

                                                                                                PICK UP TICKETS HERE

Watch the Trailer for the New Pixar Movie, BRAVE!

Posted: February 27, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Previews
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Brigade SXSW 2012 Slate

Posted: February 27, 2012 by tmepost in Movies

Here’s the list of the films and talent Brigade will be handling at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

Narrative Competition – Sean Baker’s STARLET (Acquisition Title)

Starring Dree Hemingway and Besedka Johnson

An exploration of the unlikely friendship between 21 year old Jane and 85 year-old Sadie, two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley.

Narrative Competition – Jonathan Lisecki’s GAYBY (Acquisition Title)

Starring Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas

Jenn and Matt, best friends since college who are now in their thirties, decide to have a child together, the old-fashioned way – even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight.

Documentary Spotlight – Stephen Keller’s PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE (Acquisition Title)

Starring Paul Williams and Stephen Kessler

Documentary filmmaker tracks down actor/singer/songwriter Paul Williams in an attempt to find out what happened to his idol.

Emerging Visions – Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s FRANCINE (Acquisition Title)

Starring Melissa Leo

After serving time in prison, Francine tries to gain a foothold in small-town North America. As her human relationships falter, Francine looks to animals for support, and her path through life becomes much like an orbiting satellite: detached, lonely and ultimately destined to crash.

Emerging Visions – Amy Seimetz’s SUN DON’T SHINE (Acquisition Title)

Starring Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley

A tense and mysterious road trip follows couple Crystal and Leo through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. As they travel up the Gulf Coast the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal’s sinister past and the couple’s troubling future.

Festival Favorites – Craig Zobel’s COMPLIANCE (Magnolia Pictures)

Starring Ann Dowd & Dreama Walker

Inspired by true events, this harrowing story follows just how far one fast food restaurant manager will go to obey authority in the name of doing what’s “right.”

Festival Favorites – The Zellner Brothers’ KID-THING (Acquisition Title)

Starring Sydney Aguirre, Susan Tyrrell, Nathan Zellner, and David Zellner

A rebellious girl whose existence is devoid of parental guidance spends her time roaming the land, shoplifting, and vandalizing. While playing in the woods one day, her routine is broken when she hears a woman calling for help from a mysterious hole in the ground.

Festival Favorites – Mike Birbiglia’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME (Acquisition Title)

Starring Mike Birbiglia

Co-starring Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, Cristin Milioti

Co-written and produced by Ira Glass

Reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up, a budding stand-up comedian has a simultaneously hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking

Tickets for the highly anticipated 3rd annual Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) are currently on sale and may be purchased online at http://blog.laafest.com/tickets/.  The Festival will run from Wednesday, March 7th through Sunday, March 11th at the historic Regent Showcase in Hollywood.  Festival passes and tickets to all individual events can also be purchased in person at the Regent Showcase beginning on March 7th.

 

Longtime LAAF supporter, Sean Lennon, is serving as this year’s Artistic Director and has hand selected four feature films which he will personally introduce.  In addition, Lennon has also selected some animated shorts from famed Japanese pop artist Keiichi Tanaami which will screen before each of hisfeature selections. Events honoring celebrated animator and Academy Award® nominee, Bill Plympton, will include the world theatrical premiere of Adventures in Plymptoons, a documentary on Plympton’s career by Alexia Anastasio, and a special screening of Plympton’s first animated feature film, The Tune, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Additional events include a cast and crew screening of The Iron Giant with a post-screening Q&A with director Brad Bird; a revival of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police with Phil Hendrie & Puppeteers LIVE on-stage; a screening of Shrek honoring its 10th Anniversary and it’s win of the first Oscar® for Animated Feature; and a screening of this year’s current Oscar® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, A Cat in Paris.

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

 

Wednesday 3/7/12

7:30 PM  OPENING NIGHT PARTY:  Host TOM KENNY,  stage show, special guests, festival previews/teaser reels, music from live band NYLON PINK (www.nylonpink.tv) and DJ TUNA.

Plus JERRY BECK’S Cartoon-orama

Joint Event with ONE PLUS HUB Productions and LA Film School

 

Thursday 3/8/12

7:15 PM SEAN LENNON Presents AKIRA

10:15 PM ANIMAYO Presents TWO DIAMONDS – Erotic Animation by Female Directors (Adults Only)

 

Friday 3/9/12

7.30 PM CHARITY SCREENING IRON GIANT – Cast & Crew Event with Director BRAD BIRD attending.  Great 35mm print on the big screen.

10:00 PM MTV LIQUID TELEVISION Best of Historical and the New Series followed by an AFTER PARTY sponsored by LIQUID TELEVISION & TITMOUSE featuring music from live band NYLON PINK (www.nylonpink.tv) and DJ TUNA.

 

Saturday 3/10/12

12:00 NOON Family “ENCORE” Matinee IRON GIANT – reduced price admission

2:00 PM Web Sensation DICK FIGURES LIVE! – screening with cast & crew!

4:00 PM SEAN LENNON Presents FANTASTIC PLANET

5:30 PM ASIFA presentation of GULLIVER’S TRAVEL (1939) & Superman short “Mechanical Monsters”

7:30 PM HONOREE BILL PLYMPTON WORLD PREMIERE ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS (Bill Plympton & Dir. Alexia Anastasio in person)

9:30 PM WEST COAST PREMIERE A MONSTER IN PARIS

11:30 PM TEAM AMERICA – with PHIL HENDRIE and puppeteers on-stage

 

Sunday 3/11/12

12:00PM THE CAL ARTS LEGACY- the program will feature the student works of JOHN LASSETER, HENRY SELICK, and the creators of TV hits SpongeBob SquarePants, Power Puff Girls, and Dexter’s Lab as well as the films of recent graduates

2:00 PM GALA EVENT DREAMWORKS and SHREK – celebrating its 10th Anniversary Oscar win & feature film screening

4:00 PM 2012 OSCAR Nominee – A CAT IN PARIS

6:00 PM SEAN LENNON Presents GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

8:00 PM HONOREE BILL PLYMPTON 20th Anniversary Screening THE TUNE – Bill Plympton in person. And LAAF Awards Ceremony with host TOM KENNY

Comic-Con 2012 Badge Sales FAQ

Posted: February 27, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, TV
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posted by Chris Sweda

Because of limited space at the San Diego Convention Center, Comic-Con  is required to limit attendance and does not have enough badges for everyone who would like to attend the show. Unfortunately, the high demand and limited availability can make buying a badge challenging and time-consuming. Although we are working hard on our registration system to make buying your badge a better experience, we want you to know what to expect during badge sales and have provided you with a very detailed document “Comic-Con 2012 Helpful Hints and Tips for Online Badge Registration” available for download now at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_reg.php.

Reading this downloadable PDF may help you complete your badge purchase more efficiently and could give you an advantage over people who do not choose to read it