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Lucca – Thousands of geeks from Italy and abroad poured into the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca over the weekend for the Lucca Comics & Games fest/convention which served as a platform to promote several hot upcoming U.S. titles, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” and “The Hateful Eight.”
This unique event dedicated to fandom, cosplay, role-playing games and the entire cross-media universe of comics is increasingly becoming an integral part of the Hollywood studios’ promotional push in Europe, ever since its “Area Cinema” section started five years ago. Ticket sales totalled at least 180,000 for the four day meet, though figures are not final.
Disney disappointed legions of “Star Wars” fans who had been promised a “big unexpected surprise.” They waited in line for hours at dusk Saturday merely to be shown Kylo Ren’s new crossguard lightsaber, more-than-sixteen feet tall, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Japanese animation is at an interesting crossroads. At home, it’s obviously as big as ever, and there’s a smattering of hardcore otaku across the world. But the filmmakers who won the most acclaim for those movies, in the West at least, have started to drift away—Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki has retired, as has his colleague Isao Takahata, with their Studio Ghibli home winding down, while Satoshi Kon passed away five years ago, and “Akira” helmer Katsuhiro Otomo hasn’t made an animated feature in a decade. But there is hope, and some of it is in the form of director Mamoru Hosoda, who’s become one of the most hotly-tipped anime filmmakers of the last few years. Though he came from somewhat ignoble beginnings (his first feature was “Digimon: The Movie,” and he was allegedly fired off Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”), he’s consistently impressed with »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When Marnie Was There review: As always, Studio Ghibli provide us with a film for children that adults are more likely to appreciate. When Marnie Was There review
Over the years Studio Ghibli has given us far too many incredible films. It’s almost unfair when you think about it. So after the retirement of their in house genius, Hayao Miyazaki, the studio announced a period of restructuring and planning where they would discuss the future of the studio. This poorly translated to “We’re done making films, you’ll never see another,” for some reason as people began to fear the worst. Although no such claim was made, many believe that When Marnie Was There could be the studio’s last feature length animated film. Permanent or not, When Marnie Was There offers up a splendid way to end a remarkable era for the studio before they decide how to proceed. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
When Marnie Was There will be Studio Ghibli's last feature. We look at Ghibli's final films and what they mean for the future of animation.
If there’s one abiding message behind Studio Ghibli’s animated output, it’s that nothing is permanent. Happiness is delicate; summers pass; memories fade. But the brilliance of the Japanese animation house’s movies is that they find joy in the fleeting, not just melancholy. The encounter between two children and adorably rotund woodland spirits in My Neighbour Totoro is all the more special because it’s presented very definitely as a one-off: a chance meeting that can never happen again.
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1984 following the success of Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, Hayao Miyazaki’s masterful, dazzlingly detailed sci-fi fantasy. From that point on, Miyazaki was established as the sharpest prong on Ghibli’s creative trident, the others »
Studio Ghibli may celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by quietly ceasing feature filmmaking. But its place in animation history is secure. On its 20th anniversary, the Busan festival is recognizing the company as its Asian Film Maker of the Year.
Founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli is the most successful company in the history of the huge Japanese animation industry, if success is measured by box office numbers and international prizes. Most of those prizes and numbers belong to studio co-founder and mainstay Hayao Miyazaki, who also gave Studio Ghibli its name from a WWII Italian aircraft, with ‘Ghibli’ being an Arabic word for the hot desert winds of North Africa.
From the beginning, Ghibli aimed higher, with quality feature animation that »
- Mark Schilling
In today's roundup: Essays on David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, an unrealized screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, Dziga Vertov, both seasons of True Detective, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon, Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, Jack Clayton's The Innocents, Wim Wenders, Walt Disney and Bill Gunn's Ganja & Hess, plus interviews with Isao Takahata, Sean Price Williams, Oren Moverman, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala—and more. » - David Hudson »
Read More: Isao Takahata's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' Takes Top Prize at Fantastic Fest The Busan International Film Festival has chosen Studio Ghibli as the 2015 recipient of their Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to an "Asian filmmaker that has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and culture." Studio Ghibli was founded 30 years ago by directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, and it has a well-established reputation for its significant animated achievements with films like "Spirited Away," which won an Academy Award, and "Grave of the Fireflies." In celebration of Studio Ghibli's award, the Busan International Film Festival will screen Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro" as part of their Open Cinema slate and Takahata's "Only Yesterday" in the animation showcase. Studio Ghibli's most recent film, "When Marnie Was There," opened earlier this »
- Aubrey Page
It’s 1940, and the Nazi invasion of France is fully under way. A mother, father, a five-year-old girl and her tiny dog are among a throng of refugees fleeing Paris and jamming roads across the French countryside while German planes drop bombs and strafe their path with a relentless rain of machine gun fire. Soon the girl will be completely alone, her parents and that beloved dog all cut down in front of her eyes. But before she even has the chance to process what has happened (if she even can—on the most immediate level, she believes they’re only asleep), she’s given a ride by an older couple, one of whom cruelly flings the animal’s corpse, the only thing the girl has been able to save of her now-devastated familiar world, into a creek. The girl, Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), jumps off their wagon, retrieves the dog »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The new dubbed version of Isao Takahata's movie will come out in Us cinemas for the first time in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of its original release.
"With this 25th anniversary release, a broad new audience will now be able to discover what passionate supporters have known for years," said David Jesteadt of Gkids, which has full North American rights for the movie.
Watch the Only Yesterday trailer below: »
Two new stills have been released from Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "The Martian" starring Matt Damon as an astronaut abandoned on Mars. Damon's character must learn deal with the small matter of survival on a planet that can’t sustain human life. The film hits cinemas October 2nd. [Source: Empire]
DreamWorks Animation has released a new "Kung Fu Panda 3" TV spot that kicks off as a "Star Wars" parody. Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, and J.K. Simmons all return to voice characters in the new film which is currently slated for a January 29th release.
Just in time for its 25th anniversary, GKids has acquired North American rights from Studio Ghibli to the English-language version of Isao Takahata's classic "Only Yesterday". Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein »
- Garth Franklin
GKids will release the English-language remake of Studio Ghibli‘s 1991 anime classic Only Yesterday. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Isao Takahata’s movie has never seen official release in North America and it i the only theatrical Studio Ghibli feature not yet released on home video in the United States or Canada (although a subtitled version of the film […]
- Peter Sciretta
The English-language version is voiced by Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein (“Star Wars Rebels”) and Alison Fernandez (“Orange Is the New Black”). The movie will be released early next year to coincide with the film’s 25th anniversary.
“With this 25th anniversary release, a broad new audience will now be able to discover what passionate supporters have known for years,” said David Jesteadt of GKids. “‘Only Yesterday’ is a groundbreaking classic and further demonstration of Isao Takahata’s incredible legacy as a filmmaker.”
GKids and Studio Ghibli previously partnered on “When Marnie Was There,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” and “From Up on Poppy Hill.” It also handles North American theatrical distribution for Studio Ghibli’s library of films, including “Spirited Away, »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Watch: Studio Ghibli Characters Welcome You in Breathtaking 3D Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki Gkids, the award-winning distributor of animated adult and family films, has acquired North American distribution rights to Isao Takahata's 1991 drama film, "Only Yesterday." Takahata is famous for founding Studio Ghibli with his creative partner Hayao Miyazaki, and the distribution deal will bring his masterwork to North America for the first time ever. The new English-language version will feature a voice cast of Dev Patel, Daisy Ridley and more. The film's official synopsis reads: "It's 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, memories flood back of her as a schoolgirl in 1966, and she starts to question whether she has been true to herself." The acquisition marks the fifth collaboration between Gkids and Studio Ghibli, following "When Marnie Was. »
- Zack Sharf
An English-language version of Only Yesterday will open for the first time in North America in early 2016, the year of its 25th anniversary.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli turns 30 this year, and while its fate in terms of future movie-making remains to be seen, the studio already has many masterpieces under its shingle. The American Cinematheque celebrates Ghibli's 35th birthday this week with a new retrospective at the Egyptian and the Aero The series features the two most recent films from Ghibli’s founders: Hayao Miyazaki’s look at a WWII aircraft designer, "The Wind Rises" and Isao Takahata’s coming-of-age folk tale "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." The Cinematheque also revisits old favorites, from "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Princess Mononoke" to "Grave of the Fireflies" and "My Neighbors the Yamadas." Read More: Hiromasa Yonebayashi on Making Studio Ghibli Gothic 'When Marnie Was There' Here's our ranking of Studio Ghibli's best: 10. "Ponyo" (2009) was a lovely »
If Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli hadn’t indefinitely shuttered its production wing last year, the recent 30th anniversary might have been a sweeter celebration. This week offers at least one happy return, however, in their rapturous penultimate feature, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (StudioCanal, U) – a reminder of the signature artistry we might lose if the halt proves permanent and their far-from-exhausted capacity for creative exploration.
Veteran director Isao Takahata’s farewell film a typically lovely outing from Ghibli, but it’s far from typical in other senses: the whispery lyricism of its folkloric storytelling, as soft and spry as its pastel-sketch animation style, is miles removed from the dense felt-tip fantasy of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away, though no less vivid. Drawn from a 10th-century fairytale about a reluctant princess, »
- Guy Lodge
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
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