Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro at the Studio Ghibli official pop-up shop in San Francisco. The shop that is a collaboration between Kinokuniya USA and Her Universe will open be open from 12-6PM starting February 24 – March 18th at TOTO Concept 190 (near AT&T Park) and will feature exclusive items.
The pop-up interior design has been inspired by the forest where friendly spirt ‘Totoro’ lives in the animated film ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro – the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mel and their whimsical interactions with the friendly forest spirit Totoro). The interior of the store will be forest green and have eco-friendly merchandise fixtures made of recycled cardboard and wall graphics of magical creators and critters from the film. Customers who purchase $100 or more at the pop-up will receive a free souvenir tote bag while supplies last. Admission to the shop will be free but large crowds are expected so online registration will be required please follow their twitter accounts and the KinokuniyaUSA site for details.
Keep up on the details of this magical wonderland celebrating ‘My Neighbor Toto’ by following @KinokuniyaUSA and @HerUniverse to learn of merchandise sneak peeks, announcements and other information.
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.
About Kinokuniya USA
Kinokuniya Bookstore was founded in 1927 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Our goal was to provide the Japanese community with books and magazines,
and introduce Japanese culture to the local community. Today, we have 11 stores in the U.S.. We honor our initial goal by offering a wide assortment of titles in Japanese and English in all our U.S. bookstores.
About Her Universe
Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, is the vision of Ashley Eckstein, actress, entrepreneur and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Ashley has been widely recognized as a business woman, Fangirl trendsetter and leading voice for female fandom. Founded in 2010, Ashley launched Her Universe with the mission to create stylish, fashion-forward merchandise for female sci-fi fans. Her Universe is a place for fangirls to step into the spotlight and be heard, recognized and rewarded. Ashley’s goal, from the beginning, was to build the company into a stand-alone entertainment and merchandise brand and, today, Her Universe is leading the way. Hoping to change the perception that science fiction and fantasy is just for boys, Her Universe has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the sci-fi/fantasy world to create fangirl apparel and accessories for such well-known names as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Marvel.
Today, Her Universe, a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic, Inc., has expanded into entertainment and is also known as a lifestyle brand. Her Universe produces a “geek couture” fashion show every year at San Diego Comic-Con called The Her Universe Fashion Show, as well as a docu-series based about the fashion show for Comic-Con HQ. Recently, Her Universe announced it’s own publishing imprint called Her Universe Press with books to follow in 2017-2018.
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HBO® and Brewery Ommegang to re-release first two beers in popular Game of Thrones® collaboration has the PERFECT gift for the GOT Fan and Ale/Stout Connoisseur!
Brewery Ommegang & HBO show Game of Thrones – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout
It’s the rerelease of the first two brews in the collaboration series not seen since King Joffrey’s wicked reign! This is a great addition for anyone who wants to play the Game of Thrones
aka who will rule the Seven Kingdom. Brewery Ommegang‘s beer finder
will show retail and bar locations by zip code when the beers come to market.
Iron Throne Blonde Ale has a slightly hazy golden amber hue. The head is full and fluffy. The finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. The aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. The taste is lightly malty, rounded by honey malt sweetness. Iron Throne Blonde Ale is 6.5% ABV.
Take the Black Stout is deep black in hue, with a full tan head. Aromas include dark chocolate, caramel malt, earthy hops, and a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character. The beer has light, balanced roastiness aroma and taste. The clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers sweet malt character giving way to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness. Take the Black Stout is 7.0% ABV.
This is a major treat since Iron Throne Blonde Ale was released in 2013 and brewed at only 25% of the volume of the most recent beer the Three-Eyed Raven, which hit stores this spring timed to Season 5 of the show. Bottle shops across the country sold out in days, while bars poured through kegs in hours. Take the Black Stout was brewed at twice the volume of Iron Throne and still sold out quickly. Fans who missed out on both of these popular brews, and those who can’t wait to try them again, will finally have a chance this fall.
“We had no idea what the reaction to a Game of Thrones beer would be when this all started,” said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “We were blown away by the runaway success of these first two beers and are very excited to give loyal fans another chance to enjoy them.”
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<sigh> I’d LOVE to have a cool signed poster from A Clockwork Orange but would pass on the ‘collectible’ hair from James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis. I’m a huge fan of James but no hair YES to the photos. What would you buy if you had the money to buy one of these rare items?
PREMIERE PROPS TO AUCTION OFF A COLLECTION OF
34 UNCOVERED PHOTOS OF JAMES DEAN
ON SATURDAY, MARCH 22 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 23
PLUS OVER 1,000 ITEMS FROM FILM AND TELEVISION
EL SEGUNDO – Premiere Props announced they will be auctioning off a collection of 34 uncovered photos of James Dean, accompanied with their negatives and all reproduction rights granted, on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 at their headquarters in El Segundo, CA. There will be a preview from 9-11am PT with the live auction beginning at 11am PT.
The photographs were taken by Gus Vignolle, journalist and photographer for Sports Illustrated. Vignolle covered Dean while he raced in a new Porsche Speedster for the first time in Palm Springs on March 26 & 27, 1955. Additionally, Vignolle published MotoRacing, a new sports car newspaper in October 1955, which included some of these photographs in a four part series.
The negatives have been missing for over 50 years and Vignolle’s daughter Zaz Vignolle Clark recently uncovered them after sorting through her father’s articles and photographs.
Vignolle met James Dean personally at his first race on March 26 and then only raced two more times before his fatal accident in his new 550 Porsche Spyder on his way to a race in Salinas, California.
There is also a personal birthday card from James Dean to Vignolle Clark signed by Dean with additional signatures from his racing organization.
“James Dean is a true American icon,” said Dan Levin, Vice President of Premiere Props. “We are thrilled to be able to offer fans the chance to own these rare photographs, as they truly are a find.”
In addition to the photographs, there will be over 1000 movie and television props, costumes and rare classic posters auctioned including:
- GONE WITH THE WIND – curtains that adorned the windows and doorways in Tara, and then some were subsequently used by Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) to create her famous “Curtain Dress.”
- Ingrid Berman’s Custom Dress From and Stand from Selznick Studios – multi-Oscar winning legend Ingrid Berman’s personal dress form used at the Selznick’s Studios during the 1940’s, when David O. Selznick put her under contract.
- CLEOPATRA – Roman Army Shield
- PLANET OF THE APES – John Chambers/Zoyd Luce Gorilla Horse Soldier Head
- STARGATE SG-1 – Complete Kull Warrior Armor Costume
- Strands of James Dean’s Hair obtained by Gordon Bau, the make-up supervisor on GIANT
- Strands of Elvis Presley’s Hair obtained by Presley’s hairstylist and barber, Homer M. Gilleland
- Strands of Marilyn Monroe’s Hair obtained by legendary and make-up arists Sydney Guilaroff on the set of the ill-fated unfinished feature SOMETHING’S GO TO GIVE
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, – a Stanley Kubrick signed poster
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – a Stanley Kubrick and Malcolm McDowell signed poster
Fans can starting bidding now, placing bids online at http://www.icollector.com/ andhttp://www.liveauctioneers.comor calling to set up phone bidding with a Premiere Props representative.
Collectors can place proxy bids until the Hollywood Extravaganza Auction goes LIVE at 11am PT on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.
For more information, please visit http://www.premiereprops.com or http://www.hollywoodliveauctions.com or call (310) 322-PROP / (888) 761-PROP.
About Premiere Props
Premiere Props is the leading marketing memorabilia company to market, authenticate, package, and distribute exclusive movie memorabilia. Since 2001, Premiere Props has represented over 600 movies to date and continues to grow strong. Premiere Props works with some of the largest motion picture studios and independent distributors in the world, such as Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax, MGM, The Weinstein Company, Sony Screen Gems, Lionsgate, TriStar, Spyglass, Alcon and many more.
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