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‘When Marnie Was There’ Review: Studio Ghibli’s Latest Looks Great, But the Story Falls Short

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“When Marnie Was There,” the second animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“The Secret World of Arrietty”) feels very much of a piece with other films from Studio Ghibli, from its lush portrayal of the natural world (“My Neighbor Totoro,” “Pom Poko”) to its complex female protagonist (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”). It also, unfortunately, ranks among Ghibli’s lesser screenplays, comparable most notably to Hayao Miyazaki‘s “Howl’s Moving Castle,” a gorgeous film that nonetheless falls apart narratively. Both “Marnie” and “Howl’s” are based on British novels — although, to be fair, so was “Arrietty” — which might suggest that the filmmakers. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Review: When Marnie Was There, A Melancholy Animated Mystery

21 hours ago | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Studio Ghibli and its catalogue of extraordinary animated films has been built on the back of two men: the creator of its most beloved characters and star of the studio, Miyazaki Hayao and the often over-looked, but no less talented, Takahata Isao. Last year saw the announcement of Miyazaki's retirement and the release of his last film, The Wind Rises, followed a few months later by Takahata's latest, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Takahata may not have announced any desire to quit, but his advanced age (the director is now 78), and the length of time it takes him to put a film together leaves a question mark over the artist's ability to helm another feature length work. Regardless of whether we've seen the last...

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Watch: Gorgeous Animated 'Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux' Trailer

21 hours ago | | See recent news »

Ohhhhh my goodness this is gorgeous!! If you love animation, or Miyazaki, or Studio Ghibli, or Syd Mead, or anything like that, this is a must watch. There is a short pitch video/trailer going around the web that has earned quite a bit of buzz (Open Culture states the "internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film") because it feels so much like a classic Hayao Miyazaki animated film. Titled Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, which translates to Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies, this stunning Vimeo video plays like a trailer for this film about a boy who lives in a village on a giant tree. It was made by Gwenn Germain as a project for the French art school Créapole. If anything, it's just an impressive concept. More info from Vimeo on Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux: »

- Alex Billington

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‘Toren’ is an ugly, clunky, unfinished mess of a game

12 May 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Developed by Swordtales

Published by Versus Evil

Available on PS4, PC

This review is based on a Beta copy of Toren, which was received by Sound on Sight a week prior to the release of the game. Please note that the final product may be slightly different than the version which was tested for this review.

Toren is a great example of what can happen when a creative team over-reaches, and Brazilian developer Swordtales has clearly over-reached with their first major release.

Right from the outset Toren comes across as a high concept, low execution adventure. Going through the information provided by the publisher, Versus Evil, quickly confirms the influences which are almost immediately apparent in the game design: Japanese artist and animator Hayao Miyazaki (visible in the wolf garb that the main character dawns in the prologue), Shadow of the Colossus and Ico (clearly demonstrated by the cryptic »

- Mike Worby

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Today in Movie Culture: All-Kid and All-Kitty Versions of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' Lego 'Maggie' Trailer and More

7 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Watch an adorable all-kid version of Avengers: Age of Ultron via DreamWorks TV:   And if you thought that was cute, check out this all-kitty version of Avengers: Age of Ultron (via Neatorama):   Also cute: this piece of fan art by Laura Garcia of Margot Robbie's incarnation of Harley Quinn from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie (via Geek Tyrant):   The trailer for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie Maggie gets the Lego re-creation treatment:   Cosplay of the Day: You ought to be impressed with this robot costume even if you're not familiar with Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky (via Fashionably Geek):   In honor of this...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Easter Eggs, Orson Welles Turns 100 and More

6 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Some leftovers from Star Wars Day include the following version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer made out of paper (via Film School Rejects):   And here's another take on the Force Awakens trailer made with 16-bit graphics (via Geek Tyrant):   Now that you've seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, you should watch this breakdown of all its Easter eggs (via Slashfilm):   Setting trumps character in a series of prints by artist Bill Mudron paying tribute to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki. Below is one for Princess Mononoke, and others can be seen at Design Taxi.   Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy help mental_floss list 20 facts about the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Hayao Miyazaki’s films reimagined as woodblock prints

6 May 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Japanese master of whimsical animation, Hayao Miyazaki, is one of animation’s most admired and successful directors. At the age of 72, he announced his retirement, but his films continue to inspire cinephiles and artists world-wide. Now, the films of Miyazaki are spotlighted in this amazing series of prints inspired by Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui and illustrated by artist Bill Mudron. You can pre-order the prints here. Enjoy !


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See ‘Spirited Away’ Recreated as an 8-Bit Video Game

1 May 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hayao Miyazaki‘s films represent some of the greatest animation in cinema, but his ideas are so close to the material in some Japanese RPG video games that it seems only natural to see some of Miyazaki’s work reimagined in video game form. Spirited Away is among Miyazaki’s best work (Ok, I think it is his best work) […]

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- Russ Fischer

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Studio Ghibli Co-Producing Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle

25 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

While famed Japanese production house Studio Ghibli is in the midst of a major transition period with nobody seeming to be sure what - if anything - will be the studio's next steps in Japan following the retirement of co-founder Miyazaki Hayao that doesn't mean they're not keeping busy with other things. No, as it turns out the studio embarked on their first ever European co-production back in early 2014 with minimal fanfare and very little public notice.The film in question is Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle, the debut feature from the director of Oscar winning short Father And Daughter. The story goes that Miyazaki was so taken by de Wit's short that he reached out to Studio Ghibli's international sales agents, The Wild...

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Cannes: Wild Bunch unveils first titles

24 April 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Company to launch Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.

Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch will kick off sales on Radu Mihaileanu’s saga The History of Love, starring John Hurt, Gemma Arterton and Sophie Nélisse at the Cannes Marché next month.

The mainly New York-set saga, spanning three continents and a period running from just before the Second World War to the present day, is based on Us writer Nicole Krauss’s international bestseller.

Hurt will play Leo, an elderly Polish Jewish immigrant still mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart in the chaos of war, who is strangely linked to a teenage girl through a long, lost book on love… subtitled ‘the most loved woman in the world’.

“It’s a love story spanning 65 years… revolving around three friends in Poland whose destinies change forever when war breaks out,” Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told ScreenDaily.

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Udine 2015: TwitchFilm's Most Anticipated Picks

23 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to genre and mainstream Asian cinema.A beautifully situated and wonderfully organized festival that attracts a growing number of visitors every year, Udine Far East Film Fest will be inaugurated by the legendary Joe Hisaishi, composer best known for his wonderful scores for many Miyazaki Hayao and Kitano Takeshi masterpieces. Perhaps to no one's surprise, tickets for this truly unique concert sold out in less than a week.The festival will showcase 63 feature films, 4 documentaries and 4 short films representing 11 countries, and host many special...

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Hey Australia! Don't Miss Madman's Massive April Giveaway!

22 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Last month's Madman Massive Giveaway was so massive we had to put it all into a gallery. This month, there is no gallery, but the prizes are even more massive: we have two sets of The Collected Works Of Miyazaki Hayao to giveaway to our Australian readers, one being a Bluray set and the other a DVD set! Here's Madman's description: Presenting the complete feature-length works of Miyazaki Hayao, world renowned artist, auteur and founding member of the iconic Studio Ghibli. The special limited edition box-set collects Miyazaki's 11 feature films - from The Castle of Cagliostro to the Academy Award®-nominated The Wind Rises - and offers a rare look at some of his earliest works, presented with English translations for the first time. This box set contains...

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Watch: U.S. Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Final Film (For Now) 'When Marnie Was There'

16 April 2015 2:21 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When the legendary Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, it was immediately unclear what was happening to his creative home, Studio Ghibli. Although initial reports had Japan’s legendary animation studio shuttering for good, the truth was actually this: the company would take a break from making new films as it restructures itself in the wake of Miyazaki’s departure. However, before their temporary halt, the animation house was able to complete work on “When Marnie Was There,” and now the trailer for the dubbed U.S. version has arrived online to give your tear ducts a workout. Like its Japanese counterpart, the U.S. release of “When Marnie Was There” follows a young girl named Anna, who spends a summer in a sleepy town by the sea where she finds an old mansion out in the marshes. There she meets a girl named Marnie and forms an unlikely friendship. As »

- Cain Rodriguez

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New Us Trailer For When Marnie Was There

15 April 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Hayao Miyazaki has retired and Studio Ghibli last year announced a "restructuring" and a "hiatus". It's still not quite clear what that all means, and it seems incredible that it could possibly mean the end of the world-renowned, much adored animation house. But if it's at the very least going to be a good while before a revived Ghibli presents its next masterpiece, they're leaving us on a high note with Hiromasa Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There. Here's the latest trailer.The story involves a girl sent one summer from her foster home in the city one to a quiet town by the sea in Hokkaido. Feeling somewhat isolated as an outsider, she's pleased to encounter new new bestie Marnie, who lives in the spooky old Marsh House. But there are questions: their friendship has to remain a secret, and Marnie can't move far from the mansion...Purists who »

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'When Marnie Was There’ trailer triggers nostalgia for magic and sadness of adolescence

15 April 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Hayao Miyazaki retired from Studio Ghibli — the animation studio he co-founded back in 1985 — rumors swirled of plans to shutter the entire operation. That was back in August of 2014. And while the future of Studio Ghibli is still a large question mark, what may turn out to be their final film is making it’s American debut! Who is the mysterious Marnie? Since “When Marnie Was There” released in Japan in July of 2014, there is no doubt the Internet could answer that question. But why ruin the surprise? Starring the voice talents of Kiernan Shipka as the titular Marnie and Hailee Steinfeld as the disillusioned outsider Anna, "When Marnie Was There" is a story of friendship and secrets. Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside »

- Donna Dickens

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’S Moving Castle Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

12 April 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“You’re wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty”

Howl’S Moving Castle (subtitled) plays midnights this weekend (April 17th and 18th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.

St. Louis has Ghibli fever (sounds serious!) and the only cure is…..a midnight show of a Hayao Miyazaki movie! The ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ midnight series books a Miyazaki film every quarter and it always packs ‘em in. This weekend, it’s his 2004 epic Howl’S Moving Castle.

Howl’S Moving Castle is set in a fantasy version of Europe where magic and technology coexist. Sophie is a young girl in a small town of a nation on the verge of war; she is very mature and responsible but is also very shy and unconfident. One night she is visited by the Witch of Watse, »

- Tom Stockman

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Udine’s Far East Film Fest To Open With Japanese Composer Joe Hisaishi Live In Concert

8 April 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The 17th edition of the Far East Festival in Udine, Italy, Europe’s biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema, will get a splashy opener with a live concert by Joe Hisaishi (pictured), the composer best known for his soundtracks to films by Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano.

That will be the preamble to a high-profile lineup of 70 movies from 11 Asian territories ranging from the international preem of Daniel Lee’s colossal Chinese blockbuster “Dragon Blade” to Tsui Hark’s 3D war action adventurer “The Taking of Tiger Mountain,” making its Italian bow.

Hotly anticipated Hong Kong police thriller “Helios” and Japanese sci-fi chiller “Parasyte: Part 2″ will world preem in Udine day-and-date with their Asian releases, a clear measure of how prominent this event has become, even in Asia.

There will be 6 world premieres, 13 international preems, 25 European preems and 14 Italian bows.

Tickets for the Hisaishi concert, to be held in a 1,200-seat venue, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Easter TV movie guide: Saturday April 4 - Ben-Hur, Pretty Woman

4 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

My Girl - 9.10am, Watch

Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death. When her father, the mortician of the funeral parlour she lives above, hires Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada sets out to spy on the couple with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin).

My Neighbour Totoro - 1pm, Film4

In this awe-inspiring animation from Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, two girls have charming adventures with the mysterious forest sprite that neighbours their new house in the country.

Ben-Hur - 3.05pm, 5Usa

Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince who's betrayed and condemned into slavery by his childhood friend, later regaining his freedom and returning to take revenge. Featuring one of the most iconic climaxes in cinema history - the chariot race - you can't miss the opportunity to re-watch this classic.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central »

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Anno, Higuchi Team For Japanese "Godzilla"

1 April 2015 7:26 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are teaming to co-direct "Godzilla 2016," the new Japanese reboot of the iconic "Godzilla" franchise at Toho.

Anno will also be responsible for the screenplay while Higuchi will oversee the picture’s VFX. The two directors previously collaborated on "God Warrior Appears in Tokyo."

Anno worked on the animation of Hayao Miyazaki's "Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind," helmed the anime "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" and created the legendary "Neon Genesis Evangelion" franchise. Higuchi made his feature directing debut on 2005's "Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean".

In a statement, Toho says: "Ever since Hollywood announced that 'Godzilla' was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla".

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- Garth Franklin

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: March 30 - April 5

30 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray


The Blu-ray edition of Christopher Nolan's sprawling space pic is packed with featurettes about the making of "Interstellar," including a 50-minute special narrated by Matthew McConaughey about the scientific research behind the story.

"The Imitation Game"

Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn as Alan Turing doesn't quite elevate this pic above Oscar bait, but it's big and glossy and worth a look.


Reese Witherspoon stars in the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, as was Laura Dern, who has an extra-special role as Cheryl's late mom.

TV Worth Watching

"The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" (Monday on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. »

- Jenni Miller

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