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Organizers pull plug on Fuji Rock Festival for first time due to pandemic

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Fuji Rock Festival, Japan's biggest annual music event, will be cancelled for the first time ever due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Friday, disappointing thousands of fans who flock to the outdoor festivities every year. Since its inception in 1997, headiners at the event have included The Red Hot… Read

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New Studio Ghibli anime coming this winter is first CG feature planned by Hayao Miyazaki

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Highly rewarded as it may be, it takes a lot of patience to be a Studio Ghibli fan. Want to go to the Ghibi Land theme park? You’re going to have to wait until 2022. Want to watch Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming "How Will You Live?" You’re going to have to wait until…well, until… Read

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Trailer for 'Attack on Titan' final season released

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Ever since the author of the "Attack on Titan" manga, Hajime Isayama, released a sketch of the final scene of the manga, "Attack on Titan" fans have been chomping at the bit to find out the thrilling franchise’s conclusion, and the time is drawing near. The fourth and final season of the anime is scheduled… Read

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U.S. cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

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Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet. All of AMC's theaters are shut down through June, which means the company isn't generating any… Read

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Wes Anderson, Pixar movies among Cannes would-be highlights

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Director Wes Anderson's latest outing, a debut turn behind the camera for actor Viggo Mortensen and an animated Pixar movie about jazz would have starred at this year's cancelled Cannes Film Festival, organizers said on Wednesday. The world's biggest cinema showcase, usually held in May on the French Riviera and… Read

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Omotenashi Matsuri: Online music party delivers best of anime and Japanese DJ scene

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Omotenashi Beats, a project started in 2019 by Avex Entertainment Inc. (AEI), Avex Management Inc (AMG), and Avex Pictures Inc for the purpose of introducing anikura (anime song DJ event) culture to an international audience, is launching a new online streaming DJ party called Omotenashi Matsuri which will have its… Read

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Late-night hosts say fighting racism means more than talk

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Six of America's late-night television comedy hosts — five of them white men — turned serious after the nation's weekend of unrest following the death of George Floyd to suggest they and others need to do more than talk about racism. It has become a ritual — a somewhat inexplicable… Read

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Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling again

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Hollywood studios and labor unions have proposed extensive coronavirus testing and other safeguards to allow actors and crew members to resume movie and TV show production in the United States. An entertainment industry task force sent dozens of recommendations to the governors of California and New York, two of the… Read

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Former AKB48 star Watanabe retires from showbiz over health reasons

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Mayu Watanabe, a former member of the popular Japanese all-girl idol group AKB48, has retired from the entertainment industry due to health reasons, her agency said Monday. Watanabe, 26, has left the agency, saying health issues would make it difficult for her to continue working in the industry. One of… Read

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4 Japanese Netflix shows to hone your language skills in 2020 while isolating

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The fastest route to Japanese language success is full immersion. That means Japanese books, podcasts, movies and of course, Japanese TV. Since at the moment we’re all spending a lot more time at home than usual, it’s the perfect chance to marathon some Japanese shows and swot up on our… Read

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