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'Godzilla' director praises top-notch cast

'Godzilla' director praises top-notch cast

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) --Director Gareth Edwards says he loves that the cast credits for "Godzilla" look more like they are for an art-house film than a massive, monster movie.
Karen Butler
'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards discusses reviving the monster

'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards discusses reviving the monster

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) --Film director Gareth Edwards says it was important his Godzilla resemble the iconic monster moviegoers have loved for decades.
Karen Butler
John Goodman, Ken Watanabe to star in new 'Transformers'

John Goodman, Ken Watanabe to star in new 'Transformers'

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) --John Goodman to voice Autobot Hound character, while Ken Watanabe will play Drift.
Danielle Haynes
'Godzilla' debuts dramatic new trailer

'Godzilla' debuts dramatic new trailer

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- "Godzilla" has released a dramatic new international trailer that features the genetically modified Muto monsters that Godzilla will battle.
Annie Martin
Godzilla trailer heavy on distraction, light on the monster

Godzilla trailer heavy on distraction, light on the monster

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- In the tense new trailer for the "Godzilla" remake, the monster is mostly absent.
Gabrielle Levy

Godzilla trailer to be released

Dec. 10 (UPI) --A trailer for the reboot to the classic monster movie Godzilla will be released later today according to various entertainment news websites.
Justin Salhani

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
'Godzilla' starts shooting in Vancouver; scheduled to open in May 2014

'Godzilla' starts shooting in Vancouver; scheduled to open in May 2014

BURBANK, Calif., March 19 (UPI) -- Principal photography on "Godzilla" has begun in Vancouver, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
By United Press International
Watanabe joins 'Shanghai' cast

Watanabe joins 'Shanghai' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has signed on to star in "Shanghai," a big-screen drama set in China in the months leading up to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

'Memoirs of a Geisha' wraps filming

KYOTO, Japan, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Filming has wrapped in Japan on the long-awaited film "Memoirs of a Geisha," Japan Today reported Monday

Movie academy invites new members

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 30 (UPI) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 127 filmmakers -- including Sean Penn and Sofia Coppola -- to become members.

Watanabe joins 'Batman' cast

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Oscar-nominated actor Ken Watanabe has joined the cast of director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated film about the origins of the "Batman" legend.

61st Annual Golde Globe Award nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A list of the nominees for the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe arrives at the premiere for the film 'The Grudge' at Mann's Village Theatre in Los Angeles, October 12, 2004. (UPI Photo/Francis Specker)
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Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙, Watanabe Ken?, born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, film, and television actor. To English-speaking audiences he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsu in The Last Samurai, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in director Christopher Nolan's Hollywood blockbusters Batman Begins and Inception.

After graduating from high school in 1978, Watanabe moved to Tokyo to begin his acting career, getting his big break with the Tokyo-based theater troupe En. While with the troupe, he was cast as the hero in the play Shimodani Mannencho Monogatari, under Yukio Ninagawa's direction. The role attracted critical and popular notice.

In 1982, he made his first TV appearance in Michinaru Hanran (Unknown Rebellion), and his first appearance on TV as a samurai in Mibu no koiuta. He made his feature-film debut in 1984 with MacArthur's Children.

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