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Studio Ghibli previews theme park attractions at touring exhibition in Japan

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  • Studio Ghibli will be holding touring exhibitions in five cities across Japan ahead of its theme park’s opening in November.
  • The exhibitions will showcase behind-the-scenes memorabilia of the theme park’s conception, including versions of the attractions inspired by the beloved films of Hayao Miyazaki and his animation studio.
  • The Ghibli Exhibition will include photo-friendly installations, such as the Catbus from 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • There will also be exclusive regional merchandise available, including pins and stickers.

Studio Ghibli will be holding touring exhibitions in cities across Japan ahead of its theme park’s opening in November. 

The Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition touring art installation is headed to five cities across Japan to give fans a taste of what is to come this November at Ghibli Park.

Seungkwan of K-pop group SEVENTEEN covers Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ for Spotify

  • Seungkwan of K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN dropped a cover of Harry Styles’ “As It Was” on Friday. 
  • The cover comes with an exclusive video and interview on Spotify’s website K-pop ON! Track.
  • SEVENTEEN are currently on the Southeast Asia leg of their “BE THE SUN” world tour. 
  • They are also slated to perform at the inaugural LA3C festival on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

SEVENTEEN member Seungkwan and Spotify Singles have collaborated to bring a unique take on Harry Styles’ hit song “As It Was.”

The exclusive Spotify single comes paired with a special video and exclusive interview accessible on Spotify’s website K-pop ON! Track.

K-pop festival KAMP LA 2022 announces CHUNG HA to final lineup

  • On Wednesday, K-pop festival KAMP LA 2022 announced the last artist to join their lineup: CHUNG HA. 
  • Previously announced performers include Monsta X, Somi, Taeyeon, Aespa, iKON, Super Junior, BamBam, Zion.T and Lapillus.  
  • Held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, the two-day festival is spearheaded by KAMP Global and Eventim Live Asia. 
  • CHUNG HA’s most recent comeback album, “Bare&Rare Pt. 1,” was released in July. She performed at the Rose Bowl in August for 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival.

K-pop festival KAMP LA 2022 has announced that K-pop soloist CHUNG HA is the last artist to join the upcoming festival’s lineup.

KAMP LA took to social media on Wednesday to make the announcement. Her addition to the lineup follows that of girl group Aespa, who were announced as part of the festival last month.

Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day to write new ‘American Pie’ movie

  • Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day is set to write and develop a new “American Pie” movie under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
  • “American Pie” is a popular sex comedy film series that consists of four films.
  • The first film, which was written by Adam Herz and directed by Paul Weitz in 1999, features Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Sean William Scott, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy.
  • Day’s new installment will reportedly be a “fresh take” on the franchise.

Definition Please” filmmaker Sujata Day has been tapped to write and develop a new installment of the sex comedy film series “American Pie.”

The film will be a “fresh take” on the franchise based on Day’s pitch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its plot and details are still under wraps, but it will be developed under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group,

Video: BTS’ SUGA meets NBA star Stephen Curry in Japan

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  • BTS member SUGA visited the Golden State Warriors’ star point guard Stephen Curry in Japan, where the team is set to play two NBA preseason games against the Washington Wizards.
  • The Warriors’ official Twitter page posted a video on Thursday of the two global stars with the caption: “Stephen, meet SUGA!”
  • The two also posed for a photo in which they held signed items from each other.
  • SUGA, a known basketball fan, had earlier posted a photo of himself with an NBA jersey in the Warriors’ signature blue and golden yellow colors.
  • Yuta of the J-pop boy band NCT also welcomed the entire team via a video uploaded on the Warriors’ YouTube channel.

BTS member SUGA and Golden State Warriors star player Stephen Curry met in person for the first time in Japan. 

The two global celebrities posed together in a video uploaded by the Warriors’ official Twitter page on Thursday with the caption: “Stephen, meet SUGA!”

Leaked internal video reveals for the first time ever how Pokémon cards are made from start to finish

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  • The Pokémon Company International and Millennium Print Group revealed how Pokémon cards are made from start to finish in an internal video released by fan site PokéBeach.
  • It features the Western creation process, from text translations to printed drafts being delivered to warehouses.
  • Production facilities in Durham, North Carolina, produce 26.62 million cards per day using 120-foot-long printing presses that cost $8.5 million.

In an internal video acquired and released by Pokémon fan site PokéBeach, The Pokémon Company International and Millennium Print Group reveal how Pokémon cards are made.  

The video, titled “How Pokemon Cards are Made: from Start to Finish,” features the previously unpublicized Western creation process, from text translations to printed drafts being delivered to warehouses. 

Ed Sheeran lives out every Pokémon fan’s dream in music video for ‘Celestial’

  • Ed Sheeran and The Pokémon Company have teamed up for the singer’s latest single, “Celestial.”
  • Sheeran, who is a longtime Pokémon fan, stars in the song’s music video, which blends real life and animated scenes of Pokémon helping him throughout his day. 
  • The video even recreates full animated scenes reminiscent of “Pokémon: The First Movie,” with Sheeran in place of anime protagonist Ash Ketchum.
  • This is the musician’s third time collaborating with The Pokémon Company following his special “Pokémon GO” in-game event last year and his greetings to players at the Pokémon World Championships in London last month. 
  • According to Sheeran and The Pokémon Company, “Celestial” will be in the “Pokémon: Scarlet and Violet” games due out on Nov. 18.         

Ed Sheeran goes on his own Pokémon adventure in the music video for his latest single “Celestial.”

The collaboration was teased earlier this month when the musician played a snippet of the song on his guitar while lying in an assortment of his own Pokémon plushies. He even got a tattoo of his favorite Pokémon, Squirtle, to celebrate the release.  

‘Squid Game’ star Jung Ho-yeon becomes first Korean featured on Time100 Next list

  • “Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon, 28, was named one of the Phenoms of Time’s  “TIME100 Next” this year.
  • The magazine’s special issue was released on Wednesday.
  • “I think Hoyeon is still fighting every day – against her fame, the expectations, and the jealousy of her success, as well as her own desires,” Emmy-winning “Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in support of Jung’s inclusion in the list.
  • “I often joke around and call her a ‘warrior.’ There’s no doubt that she has the skill and courage to fight her numerous battles. And I hope her acting career can become a true resting area, not her battleground,” Hwang added.
  • “Squid Game,” which premiered on Netflix on Sept. 17, 2021, went on to become the streaming platform’s “most-watched series launch of all time.” The series also received 14 Emmy nominations in early September.

South Korean star Jung Ho-yeon made history this week by becoming the first Korean featured in the Time100 Next list.

On Wednesday, Time unveiled its list of 100 people from different fields who they believe could shape the future, with 28-year-old Jung among the individuals named under the Phenoms list.

Netflix takes a crack at Gudetama series with new trailer

  • Netflix unveiled its first trailer for its live-action series “Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure” on Sunday.
  • The show will follow the lazy egg Gudetama as it reluctantly ventures out with a plucky and cheerful chick named Shakipiyo to find their mother. 
  • Gudetama and Shakipiyo, who must avoid getting eaten by humans, find themselves in a race against time since Gudetama has an expiration date. 
  • The series will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 13.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To find its mother, according to Netflix’s new trailer posted on Sunday for the upcoming series “Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure.”

Gudetama, the lazy egg character from beloved Japanese company Sanrio, will be taking on a different kind of egg role as it stars in its own series. The news was first announced as part of Netflix’s TUDUM livestream event last weekend.

Veteran K-pop group EXID release new album to celebrate 10th anniversary

  • Veteran K-pop group EXID dropped their special 10th anniversary single album titled “X” on Thursday. 
  • The new album features both a Korean-language version and an English- language version of the title track “FIRE,” as well as the B-sides “IDK(I DON’T KNOW)” – written and composed by member ELLY — and “LEGGO,” a ballad dedicated to their fans. 
  • This is their first new domestic music project since their 2019 album “WE” and their subsequent three-year hiatus and eventual departure from longtime label Banana Culture.   
  • All five members — Jeonghwa, Hani, Solji, Hyelin and ELLY — will partake in “FAN-CON <EXID X LEGGO>,” a special in-person concert, on Oct. 29.

“X” marks the spot as K-pop legends EXID return after three years for a special 10th anniversary album. 

Released under Sony Music Entertainment Korea, the new single album’s title commemorates EXID’s anniversary while also representing a cross between them and their fans, who are known as LEGGO.

NIKI concert review: A nostalgic Friday night party with ‘NICOLE’

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI is currently on her first-ever solo North American tour, which will conclude in Los Angeles on Oct. 22.
  • The 88rising artist stopped at the Showbox in Seattle on Sep. 9.
  • Her tour shares its name with her newly released sophomore album “NICOLE.”

For 88rising star NIKI, performing at festivals such as Head in the Clouds and Coachella in front of thousands of adoring fans has become routine and almost expected in her meteoric ascension.

To that end, it would be easy to chalk up the Seattle stop of her “NICOLE” tour as yet another standard performance. However, the 23-year-old vocalist hosted something akin to a stripped back Friday night party with her bandmates and hundreds of friends she has never met.

Jeff Yang speaks up about Constance Wu’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ harassment claims

  • Author and CNN Opinion columnist Jeff Yang has spoken out regarding actor Constance Wu’s claims of having experienced sexual harassment on the set of ABC’s hit series “Fresh Off the Boat.”
  • Yang, whose son Hudson Yang played Eddie Huang in the American sitcom, expressed regret for not speaking out when Wu approached him with her allegations at the time.
  • “I didn't know then whether to take what she'd said seriously; I didn't know if I was even intended to hear it,” Yang wrote in a Twitter thread. “But I did hear it, and even as a bystander, I could have pursued it; I could have pushed her to speak up about it. And I did not.”
  • After initially claiming Wu confided in him during the filming of the show’s fifth season, Wu corrected him, clarifying that she approached him during production of Season 2, prior to the #MeToo movement.
  • “Yes & I have a witness as proof it was in season 2 I told you,” Wu wrote. “Thank u for ur correction & apology. It’s ok, I honestly understand & empathize w/ ur inaction/uncertainty bc pre-#metoo none of us knew what to do in those cases, myself included.”

Author and CNN opinion columnist Jeff Yang has spoken out regarding actor Constance Wu’s claims of having experienced sexual harassment on the set of ABC’s hit series “Fresh Off the Boat.”

In a Twitter thread, Yang, whose son Hudson Yang played Eddie Huang in the American sitcom, expressed regret for not speaking out when Wu approached him with her allegations during the show’s production.