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Harry Potter still casts a spell for fans 20 years on

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Dressed in a long black gown and holding a magicians wand, George Massingham is keen for everyone to know he is a Harry Potter super fan. If he isn't doing Professor Severus Snape, the mysterious potions master at Hogwarts School, the 27-year-old likes to dress for work in some other… Read

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The wait for 'Attack on Titan' Season 3 will be much shorter than the wait for Season 2

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In recent years, an increasing number of anime TV series are taking seasons off between story arcs, often with the hiatus being a year or longer. In the case of series adapted from manga or novels, this gives the original creator time to produce more source material, which helps the series avoid… Read

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Wonder Woman and the rest of Justice League get manga makeover for new series in Japan

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In Japanese, the word manga can technically be used to refer to all comic books. In practice, though, manga is generally reserved for Japanese-produced books, with fans and professionals often using amekomi, a shortened form of “American comics,” for content originating in the U.S. But this month, the line between manga and amekomi is getting… Read

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Former TV announcer Mao Kobayashi dies of cancer at 34

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Mao Kobayashi, a former Japanese TV announcer and wife of popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo, passed away late Thursday night at her home in Tokyo after a long and much publicized battle with breast cancer. She was 34. The announcement was made by kabuki theater operator Shochiku early Friday morning.… Read

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Actor Johnny Depp jokes about a Trump assassination

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Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain's Glastonbury music festival with a joke about assassinating Donald Trump, pondering how long it had been since an actor had killed a U.S. president. Depp, 54, was speaking to a crowd on Thursday evening as he introduced a screening of his 2004 film "The… Read

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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen creator Piko Taro to get anime treatment

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Piko Taro, whose song "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" (PPAP) catapulted him to worldwide fame, has been managing to ride his celebrity status pretty well with TV appearances on "Sesame Street" and collaborations with other artists . And Piko Taro’s next collaboration will be one of his most odd yet… and for him, that’s saying something. He’ll be mixing voice acting and ad… Read

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Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia

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Hollywood star Russell Crowe will chair a jury to decide the best Asian production at Australia's annual film awards this year, which will recognise excellence in Asian movie-making for the first time. The new award for top Asian feature will be handed out at the prestigious Sydney bash in December,… Read

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Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo 'Star Wars' film

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Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in… Read

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NBC says 'Downton Abbey' movie production to start in 2018

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A "Downton Abbey" movie is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said Wednesday. Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said it hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the popular TV series. "There's a movie in the works. It's been in the… Read

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Wonder Woman x Hello Kitty collaboration is coming to Japan

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Over the years, Hello Kitty has created a name for herself as one of the hardest working characters in the business. She’s been seen looking over construction sites, appearing on coins, and fronting her very own cafes and restaurants all around the world. Instead of resting those tiny feet on days off, Hello Kitty gets them into some… Read

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