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Ride the Lightning: MVFF37 is Distinctly Heavy (Metal) on Awards Season Contenders

23 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Turning an ageless 37, the Mill Valley Film Festival, which open tomorrow (runs until October. 14th), continues to beat to a tune of its own. With the four members of Metallica serving as the Artists in Residence, thematically this year is “heavy” on award season content. While Telluride, Tiff, Nyff serve as major fall season tastemakers, Mvff is the most important one in the Bay Area in terms of visibility and campaigning due to the number of Academy members living in Northern California. And while Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman starring Hillary Swank paired with Jones and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children are receiving spotlight showings, it’s titles such as Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Jean Marc Vallee’s Wild, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, Theodore Melfi’s St.Vincent, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash that are receiving further traction. »

- Yama Rahimi

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

1 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

My favorite Fantastic Fest 2014 selection easily won the audience award for best film. Studio Ghibli's latest, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, is also my pick for the best feature from the Japanese animation studio. Directed by Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, it is at the surface a straightforward retelling of the 10th-century folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, perhaps the oldest Japanese story. That simple description, however belies a work of enormous artistic depth evoking powerful emotions.

A bamboo cutter working in the forest finds a glowing stalk of bamboo with a blossom that opens to reveal a tiny princess. He takes her home to raise her with his wife, and she grows with amazing swiftness from an infant into a girl of exceptional beauty and limitless talents. Believing her sent by the gods along with the gold he finds in the bamboo, the old man's vision of Kaguya's »

- Mike Saulters

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The Noteworthy: B&W "Raiders", Erice to Hellman, "Hollywood" by Don Bachardy

1 October 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In his continually eccentric series of extracurricular activities, Steven Soderbergh has posted a black and white version of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here's what he has to say about why:

"So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect. Wait, What? How Could You Do This? Well, I »

- Notebook

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Tiff Interview: 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' Director Isao Takahata

25 September 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"It was all very difficult..." It's not surprising that it is as wonderful to sit down and talk with the people from Studio Ghibli as it is to watch the wonderful movies they make. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to interview Hayao Miyazaki prior to his retirement during a trip over to the Us to promote Ponyo. While up in Toronto at Tiff 2014 this year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet up with and interview Isao Takahata, the director of the beautiful film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was released in Japan last year and arrives in Us theaters this fall. He was wonderful to speak with, making my entire trip worth it. As with Miyazaki, the interviewed was conducted with a translator, so it's shorter than usual because it takes extra time to have both questions and answers translated. Takahata-san is an iconic animator »

- Alex Billington

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Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema unveils world-class line-up

23 September 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

From October 8 to 19, the 43rd edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma will run. This year’s lineup of 380 films (152 features and 228 shorts from 55 countries) includes 40 world premieres, 51 North American premieres and 41 Canadian premieres. The festival opens with the English language debut of Philippe Falardeau, The Good Lie and closes with the feature documentary The Salt of the Earth co-directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

Always balancing the best of local and world cinema, this year’s line-up features favourites of the festival circuit including a number of key world premieres. Some key releases include, Félix and Meira (winner of best Canadian feature at Tiff), Adieu au langage (Jean- Luc Godard), Horse Money (Pedro Costa), Hard to Be a God (Aleksey German), Jauja (Lisandro Alonso), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg), P’tit Quinquin (Bruno Dumont), Wild (Jean-Marc Vallee), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour »

- Justine Smith

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New Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Princess Kaguya

23 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in July, the Us dubbing voice cast was revealed for Studio Ghibli’s latest work, The Tale Of Princess Kayuga. Now we can see (or rather hear) their efforts in action with the latest American trailer for the film.Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter. In the yarn, a man finds a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. Deciding with his wife to raise her as their own, they see her become a beautiful young woman who attracts the interest of many suitors. But she hides a secret that might affect her life... The trailer's lovely, putting the film's impressionistic art vibe front and centre.Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata took on directorial duties for this one, which features the likes of Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, Beau Bridges, Dean Cain »

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14 Genre Features That Dominated Fantastic Fest

23 September 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Audience Award went to Studio Ghibli entry "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," director Isao Takahata's delicately hand-drawn retelling of a classic Japanese folktale now well-voiced in English by Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges and more. New Ghibli films from Miyazaki will be missed, but Takahata, who directed 1988's "Grave of the Fireflies," carries the animation studio's torch with mastery. The "Next Wave" Spotlight Competition prizes were given to "It Follows," David Robert Mitchell's creepy Std horror tale that wowed Cannes Critics' Week in May 2014. Mitchell also picked up the Best Screenplay prize for his deadly serious, artful chiller that will end up topping horror geek's best-of lists at the end of the year. (Interview with David Robert Mitchell here.) Ukrainian first-timer Miroslav Slaboshpitsky was shut out of the Foreign Language Oscar for his grueling "Lord of the Flies"-like »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer shows off impressionistic art style from Studio Ghibli

23 September 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises garnered critical and commercial success last year, the Japanese animation studio returns this year with its latest English-language translation, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The film’s new trailer offers a peek at the film’s style, which is a departure from the studio’s recent slate of releases.

With Chloe Grace Moretz voicing the title character, Kaguya, originally released in 2013, follows the life of the titular princess. Found in a bamboo grove, Kaguya grows rapidly from her infancy. Everyone takes notice of Kaguya’s quick growth, from her peers to the Emperor, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Studio Ghibli’s ‘Princess Kaguya’ gets an English-Language Trailer

23 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fresh off of its Audience Award win at Fantastic Fest 2014, Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya has revealed its first English-dubbed trailer. The new trailer shows off considerably more of Kaguya’s story than the initial teaser trailer, Based on the 10th century Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” The Tale of Princess Kaguya tells the story of a baby girl found in the stalk of bamboo and tracks the princess from a young child to adulthood.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya also marks the end of an era in more ways than one. While the movie is expected to be the last produced by beloved animation studio Studio Ghibli, it may also be the final film from iconic animator Isao Takahata. During his Q&A at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the 78-year old discussed his skepticism about making future films at his advanced age, »

- Zachary Shevich

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Beautiful Full Trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

23 September 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Studio Ghibli has released a new full U.S. trailer for their upcoming animated feature The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The movie is based on the Japanese folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, which is a fantastic story in which an older couple find a tiny child inside a special bamboo stalk. She grows up to become extremely beautiful, and attracts all kinds of suitors. The animation is absolutely stunning, and it's a style that only Studio Ghibli could get away with doing these days. 

The film was directed by Isao Takahata, and it stars the voices of Chloe Grace Moretz, Mary SteenburgenJames CaanDarren CrissLucy LiuBeau BridgesDaniel Dae KimJames MarsdenOliver PlattJohn ChoGeorge Segal, and Dean Cain. Here's the synopsis:

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, »

- Joey Paur

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Foreign Horror 'Alleluia' & 'The Babadook' Win Big At Fantastic Fest

23 September 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There's still a couple days left and a secret screening to go at Fantastic Fest, but before things close, organizers have counted the ballots and the jurors have argued in order to arrive at the award winners. And this year, foreign horror dominated the festivities in Austin. The France/Belgium thriller "Alleluia" and buzzed about Aussie horror film"The Babadook" were both big winners at this year's Fantastic Fest. The former took Fantastic Features awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, while the latter nabbed Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress in the Fantastic Horror category. Both films premiered elsewhere, with "Alleluia" unspooling at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and "The Babadook" playing Sundance. As for the public, they gave Isao Takahata's "The Tale Of Princess Kaguya" the Audience Award (check out the latest trailer here). Full list of winners below. Audience »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Ghibli's 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' Official U.S. Trailer

23 September 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm not really the biggest fan of dubbed films, even animated films dubbed into English never feel right. So, to watch Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in English seems as if something will be lost in the translation, not necessarily the meaning and certainly not the story, but the mood and tone can get disrupted. Yes, in the case of Kaguya a cast that includes the voices of Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, Daniel Dae Kim, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, John Cho, George Segal, Dean Cain and Darren Criss has been assembled so it isn't as if director Isao Takahata's (Grave of the Fireflies) film is getting a second-rate treatment, but it nevertheless seems "wrong" to me. That said, here is the official domestic trailer for the upcoming release of the film that just won the Fantastic Fest Audience Award. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Princess Kaguya' trailer offers a first listen of the Studio Ghibli film's English dub

23 September 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 fantasy film "Spirited Away" is the only Best Animated Feature winner to be produced outside the English-speaking world. In fairness to the voters who still haven't bestowed Sylvain Chomet with an Oscar, there haven't been that many opportunities for outsiders to power through — the Academy only cemented the category for its 2002 ceremony (making Miyazaki's the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award too). So while the Oscars may not reflect the artistic legacy of Studio Ghibli — currently on a "brief pause" as it figures out how to be a money-making operation without recently retired, Walt Disney-like leader — the company arrives to the 2015 race with a major contender: "Tale of Princess Kaguya." Adapted from a 10th-century Japanese folktale by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies," "My Neighbors the Yamadas"), "Princess Kaguya" is the story of girl discovered in a stalk of bamboo, »

- Matt Patches

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Chloë Moretz speaks in Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya trailer

23 September 2014 1:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Studio Ghibli has released an English language trailer for The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Chloë Grace Moretz voices the title character in Isao Takahata's adaptation of the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, Daniel Dae Kim, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, John Cho, George Segal and Dean Cain also lend their voices to the animation.

It tells the story of a girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who is taken in by an old bamboo cutter and his wife.

As she grows, Kaguya-hime is forced to decide between five suitors and to learn the truth about her origins.

Takahata previously directed Pom Poko and Grave of the Fireflies. This is his first solo directing project since 1999.

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya will arrive in Us cinemas on October 17. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »

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The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Trailer

22 September 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The latest effort from Studio Ghibli and writer-director Isao Takahata, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, boasts a beautiful animation style that's all too uncommon in recent years, and befits the film's story inspired by one of Japan's most beloved folktales.  You'll know in an instant whether or not the sweeping, hand-drawn animation is your cup of tea, but the studio's pedigree should be reason enough to take a look at the first trailer for the English language version.  The story revolves around the titular princess, a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who rapidly matures and mystifies those around her, but must inevitably pay the price for her crime. Featuring the English voice cast of Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, and Lucy LiuThe Tale of Princess Kaguya opens Stateside on October 17th.  For more on the film, be sure to check out Matt's review from Tiff, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Full-Length U.S. Trailer For Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ Reveals New Voice Cast

22 September 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Despite initial rumors indicating they’d be shutting their doors, Studio Ghibli will hopefully work things out so they can continue to produced works of art in the world of animation. Their second-to-last feature (for the time being) comes from Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata and will be landing in U.S. theaters next month, so we have a new full-length […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: New Trailer For Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya' Featuring The Voice Of Chloe Grace Moretz

22 September 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Following the retirement of animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, the beloved Studio Ghibli may be going through a restructuring process that will limit their output for the foreseeable future, but they’ve still got one more in the chamber, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” We all know that American audiences apparently hate to read movies, so the film is getting an English-dubbed makeover courtesy of some big name Hollywood stars, and this version just got a new trailer. Originally released in 2013,  Isao Takahata (“The Grave of the Fireflys”) directed and co-wrote the film, and this marks the legendary animator’s first solo helming effort since 1999. A retelling of the folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” the film tells the story of a magical princess, Kaguya, who is discovered inside a stalk of bamboo, and traces her life from infancy to adulthood in the human world. After its initial release in Japan, »

- Brent McKnight

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Babadook, Alleluia triumph at Fantastic Fest

22 September 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival has announced its winners and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, Alleluia and The Babadook are among the more popular choices.

Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and Louis Black presented critic Leonard Maltin with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The festival runs in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25. For further details about all the winners click here.

Audience Award presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter:

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata.

Next Wave Spotlight Competition presented by Dell Precision:

Best Picture: It Follows, David Robert Mitchell 

Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, The Tribe

Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci, Spring

Best Actress: Amy Everson, Felt.

Fantastic Features:

Best Picture: Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz

Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz, Alleluia

Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma, The World Of Kanako

Best Actor: Laurent Lucas, Alleluia

Best Actress: Lola Dueñas, Alleluia.

Horror Features: »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ is Studio Ghibli at Its Sweet, Epic Best

20 September 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

One of the most impressive things about The Tale of Princess Kaguya is its dual nature as a delicate epic and a powerful slower burn that’s never dull. It’s like watching a feather turn to stone over two hours before being knocked down by it (and those who know Grave of the Fireflies won’t be surprised that Kaguya has that kind of strength). This is a fine followup for Isao Takahata, who brings a half-century of animated storytelling and the tearfully hopeful Fireflies legacy to this ancient folktale. As the cultural ambassador for Japan, it’s fitting that Studio Ghibli is the one sharing “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” — the country’s oldest surviving narrative — on this scale with the rest of the world. The story features an older man who discovers a tiny princess growing out of a bamboo stalk, who he takes home and raises as his own daughter. He »

- Scott Beggs

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Director Isao Takahata Talks The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, His Process, the Future of Studio Ghibli, the Popularity of Animation in Japan, and More

16 September 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of my personal highlights from this year's Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  If you're not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can't recommend enough).  In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli's familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic.  For more on the film, read Matt's review.  The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17. During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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