'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

Apr 25, 2015

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

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With the release of the seventh “Star Wars” installation looming in December, Toys “R” Us Japan Ltd. on Saturday opened dedicated in-store displays at its Odaiba and Kobe stores in an attempt to expand the fan base. “We launched this promotion because we’d like ...

Clint Eastwood looks back on career, 'American Sniper'

Apr 23, 2015

Clint Eastwood looks back on career, 'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood wants to get one thing straight: He did not threaten to kill Michael Moore. “It isn’t a bad idea,” Eastwood laughed Wednesday during a tribute luncheon for the veteran actor and director at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The “American Sniper” director was ...

Jan 16, 2015

'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with nine nods each

Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. They were joined in best-picture nominations by “Boyhood,” “Whiplash,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “American Sniper” and “Selma.” ...

Yakuza film veteran Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

Dec 1, 2014

Yakuza film veteran Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

Renowned actor Bunta Sugawara, who won fame portraying the grittiness and cruelty of small-time gangsters, died Friday at a Tokyo hospital from liver cancer, movie company Toei Co. said Monday. He was 81. A native of Sendai, Sugawara starred in director Kinji Fukasaku’s eight-part ...

Award-winning American director Mike Nichols dies at 83

Nov 21, 2014

Award-winning American director Mike Nichols dies at 83

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Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Graduate” and “Carnal Knowledge,” died on Wednesday at age 83, ABC News said. No director ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood ...

China detains famed film director for hiring prostitutes

Sep 15, 2014

China detains famed film director for hiring prostitutes

Film director Wang Quan’an, a Berlin International Film Festival winner known for the movies “Tuya’s Marriage” and “White Deer Plain,” has been detained on the charge of hiring prostitutes, Beijing police said Monday. Wang is the latest person caught up in a broad anti-vice ...

Sayuri Yoshinaga's film wins prize at Montreal festival

Sep 2, 2014

Sayuri Yoshinaga's film wins prize at Montreal festival

The movie “Fushigi Na Misaki No Monogatari” (“Cape Nostalgia”) starring veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga has won the Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival. It is the first Japanese film to win the second-highest award at the festival since “Waga Haha no ...

Jul 22, 2014

Disney's 'Frozen' earns ¥25 billion at Japanese box office

Walt Disney Co. (Japan) said Tuesday the animated movie “Frozen” has earned box-office revenue of ¥25.1 billion in Japan in the roughly four months since it opened here March 14. The U.S.-produced blockbuster is the first movie to cross the ¥25 billion line in ...

Disney resumes sales of new movies on iTunes in Japan

Jul 10, 2014

Disney resumes sales of new movies on iTunes in Japan

Walt Disney Co., the world’s largest entertainment company, resumed sales of new movies through Apple Inc.’s online store in Japan after halting them temporarily in a dispute over terms. Disney said in a statement Wednesday that the transactions had resumed after saying on its ...