Creature Features is hosting a multi-media exhibit to celebrate the release of Kong: Skull Island. The event opens March 4th and runs through March 12 in Burbank, California. Check out the event info below.
Creature Features celebrates KING KONG—and this spring's biggest arrival, KONG: SKULL ISLAND from Legendary Pictures—with this multi-media gallery exhibit showcasing works from artists in the fields of film, television, fine art, comics, children’s book illustration, and more!
KING KONG debuted in 1933, courtesy of Merian C. Cooper & Ernest P. Schoedsack, coupled with Willis O'Brien's landmark stop-motion FX. The unforgettable "Eighth Wonder of the World" left a profound impression on generations of fans and filmmakers, manifesting itself in dozens of Kong-inspired movies and TV shows through the years.
From its own sequel, SON OF KONG, to Toho's Kaiju versions, Rankin/Bass' animated TV show in 1966, Dino De Laurentiis' 1976 version, to Peter Jackson's glorious homage in 2005, Kong has proved the public's unending appetite for the affectionate ape.
And, opening on May 10th, Legendary introduces Kong to a whole new generation with its exciting take on the age-old mythos, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly.
Headlined by renowned artist, adventurer and passionate KING KONG aficionado William Stout, the show will also feature dozens of prestigious artists paying homage to whichever relevant version left an impression on them throughout the past 80+ years.
Kenneth J. Hall
Emma Julia Jacobs
Smokin' Joe McWilliams
Pete Von Sholly
Opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 4th, from 6 PM to 9 PM.
Creature Features is located at 2904 W Magnolia Blvd in beautiful downtown Burbank.
Admission is FREE!
If you'd like to submit art, contact us at email@example.com.
Winter Wonder Festival is this weekend we posted lots of awesome pics on our Facebook page here, but there was also a few surprises. First was the premiere of X-Plus' Gigantic '54 Godzilla Yuji Sakai (above), according to our friends at Kaiju Addicts this is one of a few planned, it should be around 18 inches tall and should be out be summer. Another reveal was new Kaiyodo/Revoltech Gamera figures (below) there haven't been new ones in a while, no info on these yet we will post when we have it. There was a number of other figures and kits shown more info on all of these as soon as we get it.
Join BAFE for the 4th annual Godzilla Night at the Historic Bal Theatre!
This year we are presenting a mini film fest based on the brand new documentary called "Kaiju Gaiden"!
"Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. KAIJU GAIDEN is the continuing story of the giant monster genre.
KAIJU GAIDEN is also the title of a documentary film by director/producer David Hall spotlighting various Japanese filmmakers who have continued the tradition of tokusatsu (special effects) movies. It is part of the Independent Kaiju Project, an endeavor by producer Mark Jaramillo to track down, catalog, and promote independently made kaiju films that have languished in obscurity.
KAIJU GAIDEN is the first documentary which assemble various filmmakers who have produced their own movies featuring gigantic monsters stomping cities and engaging in savage battle with one another. Although made at different time periods, the directors still utilize traditional special effects techniques unique to the genre, sometimes supplemented with modern technology. The directors will tell their respective stories of their love for the genre, their inspirations, and the issues involved in making a special effects film.
These are the untold stories of giant monsters and the men who make them. This is KAIJU GAIDEN.
Mark Jaramillo will be on hand to present some of the amazing shorts that will make up the documentary, including Gamera 4, Gehara, Wolfman vs. Godzilla and others!
And if that wasn't monstrous enough, our co-feature is the absolute classic of Japanese monster cinema, the film that started it all, the original GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956). This version of the original film has not been seen on Bay Area theater screens since we showed it in 2004 at the Castro Theatre for Godzillafest!
And to add to the excitement, this year we have an additional matinee! An encore of the first film we launched Godzilla Night with, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA!
Also back is the Great Godzilla Raffle and an amazing Art Contest that will allow audience members to vote for their favorite pieces! Details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/655612747905679/
All this, plus prizes and merchandise from BAFE's Kevin deAntonio, Kaiju Vinyl Legion's James Osborne and art by Gaz Gretsky! Plus other cool surprises!!
An amazing time is guaranteed for all! Check out all the details and info here.
On July 12th, 2014, hundreds of Japanese Tokusatsu (special effects) fans descended upon the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, IL for "IFUKUBE 100: A LEGACY OF MONSTER MUSIC". This historic concert was a celebration of the music that maestro Akira Ifukube wrote for Toho's Godzilla film series. The Rondo Award-nominated event was met with praise, accolades, and recognition from Chicago to Tokyo. Friends and fans were in awe and left wanting more. The time has come to deliver just that, even bigger and better!
One of the biggest requests by the fans was to hear some of the themes that Mr. Ifukube wrote for non-Godzilla Toho films such as "Atragon", "The Mysterians", and "War of the Gargantuas". So to satisfy this, as well as deliver for the people who missed out last year, we will be conducting the FIRST EVER North American live performance of Mr. Ifukube's concert work "Symphonic Fantasia". This three movement piece, which was accompanied by scenes from the corresponding movies for the Toho Video release of "Godzilla Fantasia", features not only the best of his work from the Godzilla series, but also from the other aforementioned films. Symphonic Fantasia will be performed under license from Toho Music. But that is only one portion of what we have in store for all of you.
The first portion of the concert will focus on the incredible music of the composer Kow Otani. In 1995, Mr. Otani was called upon to be the musical anchor in director Shusuke Kaneko's "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe"(1995). This fantastic film was a throwback to the incredible kaiju films of Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya and re-established Gamera as viable franchise. Otani and director Kaneko re-teamed for two sequels, "Gamera 2: Assault of Legion" (1996), and "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris" (1999) before collaborating on "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack" at Toho Studios in 2001.
This performance will be the WORLD PREMIERE of Mr. Otani's kaiju scores, as they have never been performed live even in Japan, and he is working directly with us to ensure that the music is represented with absolute respect and authenticity. One of our stretch goals will also be to bring Mr. Otani to the concert as the guest of honor.
As it did last year, the concert will take place in conjunction with G-FEST on the weekend of July 10th-12th, 2015. Again taking up the baton for the performance will be John DeSentis with an orchestra of exceptionally talented freelance musicians from the Chicago area. We also want to make sure that our friends and fans understand that this fundraiser is for the production of the show. Tickets will be separate for those under the $200 backer level. However, backers and convention attendees will get first opportunity to purchase tickets at discounted pricing. Precise details about show time and date will be announced after the campaign.
Check out the full detailshere.
We are attending NYCC and will be covering the con along with our sister site The Brightest Day, be sure to check here under Fanworks/Events-Cons section as well as our Godmera's Fandom section (under the Features section) which includes the live feeds from NYCC.
The NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay is a celebration of all pop culture. It is a craftsmanship award show with a pre-judging session and a stage display. All entries must represent a character or element from the pop culture realm within one of the following 5 categories:
Comic Books - Examples include: Superman, Spider-Man, Poison Ivy, Dr. Doom, Rogue
Movies & Television - Examples include: Darth Vader, The Doctor, Rick Grimes, The Terminator, Daenerys Targaryen
Video Games - Examples include: Master Chief, Sarah Kerrigan, Booker DeWitt, Lara Croft, Link, Samus Aran
Anime & Manga - Examples include: Ichigo Kurosaki, Mikasa Ackerman, Sheryl Nome, Captain Harlock, Eva-01
Fantasy – Examples include: Witches, Princesses, Zombies, Pirates, Vampires, Steampunk
Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the NYCC team - entrants may only enter one costume into the competition. If approved, those contestants will be contacted by the NYCC team advancing on to the competition stage of the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay. Contestants will be judged solely on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. No store bought costumes will be eligible to enter.
Selected contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship at NYCC off stage and then battle it out on the Main Stage for first place in their respective categories. Those first place winners will then move on to the Final round to win cash prizes and ultimate bragging rights as the NYCC Eastern Champion of Cosplay.
Contestants will provide NYCC with a brief costume description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed as pre-selected music will play throughout the event. The time limit per participant on stage is approximately one minute.
Space in the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay is limited and entry will be based on each applicant’s form and picture. There are no group entries allowed.
Prizes will be awarded based on judge rankings in each of the following categories: Comic Books, Movie & Television, Video Games, Anime & Manga, Fantasy. Please note: these are the categories currently planned, but NYCC reserves the right to adjust the categories based on entries received.
Best in Category:
A winner will be selected from each category based upon the judges’ score in that category.
The winners from each category will compete in the final round. The overall Eastern Championship will be awarded to the costume that is considered to be the “Best in Show” based on the scores given by the judges. Every category is eligible for this award.
First Place/Best in Show
Two (2) VIP Tickets for C2E2 2015
Airfare – within the continental U.S. to C2E2 2015
Hotel for two (2) nights in Chicago for C2E2 2015
Automatic Entry into the final round of the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2 2015
$100 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.
Two (2) VIP Tickets for NYCC 2015
$50 Gift Card for ReedPOP Supply Co.
Two (2) 4-Day Tickets for NYCC 2015
$25 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.
Medals for top 3 in each category
Swag bag for all contestants
Check out the official rules here.