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  • Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi joins Twitter!

    May 5, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    On May 4th, comedian duo Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi opened his Twitter account (@matsu_bouzu). He seems to be having fun with it already, as he tweeted a photo of his partner Hamada Masatoshi with, "Here is my gorilla". He also tweeted his own photo, wearing an underwear! At the same time, Ameagari Kesshitai's Hotohara Toru (@kappa3kyodai), Summers' Mimura Masakazu (@hentaimimura) and Otake Kazuki (@taketakeyakiimo), and Kyaeen's Amano H

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  • "HEY! HEY! HEY!" ends its 18 years of history

    December 18, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    On December 17th, Fuji TV's music program "HEY! HEY! HEY!" on which the comedian duo Downtown served as the host, live broadcast their final episode with the title "Konna ni Waraeta Ongaku Bangumi wa Nakatta ze! Saigo no HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP", and it was revealed the average audience rating reached 14.3% (in Kanto region according to Video Research). The music program started back in 1994, and aired a total of 745 episodes. For th

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  • Matsumoto Hitoshi's slander suit gets dismissed

    December 17, 2011 @ 3:53 am

    Earlier this year, talent/comedian Matsumoto Hitoshi sued “FLASH” magazine for damaging his reputation. He demanded Kobunsha (owner of FLASH) to pay 11 million yen (~134,500 USD) and to release an article with an apology. On December 16th, Tokyo’s district courts completed their review of his claim and decided to dismiss it. The article in question was from September 7th, 2010. Titled, “He’s coming back from surgery, but also returning to

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  • Downtown to act out a skit together for the first time in 10 years

    October 3, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi will be reuniting with his comedy partner, Hamada Masatoshi, for his new regular skit show on NHK called "Matsumoto Hitoshi no Conte MHK". The two of them haven't been together on a skit show for more than 10 years, and they've never performed any skits on NHK before. Producer Matsui Shuhei assured fans that they'll be rolling on the floor with laughter over Downtown's hilarious act. "There is no way you are

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – June 24th~26th

    June 28, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    [caption id="attachment_167216" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="It's the end for Horikita Maki and "Umareru."!"][/caption] Three more dramas ended last week. The first one was Horikita Maki's "Umareru." on Friday, which ended with an acceptable final rating of 10.8%. A few percentage points more and it would have become its best episode this season. The ratings always rotated around 10%, so the overall average came ou

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  • Japan Box Office Report – June 11th/12th

    June 13, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    [caption id="attachment_160619" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Super Sentai199 Hero" / "Pirates of the Caribbean" / "Paradise Kiss""][/caption] "Pirates of the Caribbean" is still not giving up it's firm grip on first place in Japan, even though it was attacked by 199 heroes via "Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai199 Hero Great Battle" this past weekend. The great battle attracted 249,007 people, which earn

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  • Columbia Pictures to remake Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi's "Dai Nipponjin"

    June 6, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    It's recently been announced that "Dai Nipponjin (Big Man Japan)", Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi's debut movie as a director, will get a remake by Columbia Pictures. The producer of the remake version will be Neal H. Moritz who is the founder of Original Film, and has produced many Hollywood movies, while the screenplay will be written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. "Dai Nipponjin" was released in Japan in 2007, and brought in about abou

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – May 2nd~May 5th

    May 6, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    Don't be surprised to see a lot of red icons in this report. The Golden Week holidays are heavily influencing the ratings, especially dramas. After all, they rely on viewers to tune in every week and so they suffered from people going on vacation. - On Monday, "Shiawase ni Narou yo" lost 2.1% and almost opened the door down to the single-digit ratings, which would be a big disaster for any Monday-Fuji TV drama. The only Monday drama tha

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  • Downtown's new show to feature Kanjani8's Yasuda Shota, KAT-TUN's Tanaka Koki, & AKB48

    April 13, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    It has recently been revealed that Kanjani8's Yasuda Shota, KAT-TUN's Tanaka Koki, and AKB48 members will be regulars on Fuji TV's new show, "Bakusho! Dainippon Akan Keisatsu", which will air beginning April 24th. On this show, under the command of "Police Chief" Hamada Masatoshi (Downtown), celebrities dressed as police officers will investigate unintentionally funny everyday events sent in by viewers, and judged as good or bad by "Superint

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  • Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi sues "FLASH" magazine

    February 26, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    Talent/comedian Matsumoto Hitoshi is planning on suing “FLASH” magazine for damaging his reputation. The lawsuit is going through Tokyo’s district courts, and he's demanding Kobunsha (owner of FLASH) to pay 11 million yen (~134,500 USD) and release an article with an apology. The case was presented on January 7th. The problem in question revolves around the September 7th, 2010 issue of the magazine. Matsumoto had then taken a break from w

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