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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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 »

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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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

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

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‘Inside Out’, and why animation isn’t just kids stuff

24 June 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Don’t you even dare call it a “kid’s movie.”

Animation has been around for a while now, starting with silent experiments such as Gertie the Dinosaur, followed by the more traditional Disney fare such as Snow White or Cinderella, and becoming more modern with another round of Disney hits like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast but also with a touch of the outside thanks to Japanese imports like My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away.

But time and time again, the medium is relegated to kids duty. Like being sent to the smaller table at Thanksgiving dinner.

Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, said it best when he referred to animation as a medium rather than a genre. Let’s define genre real quickly: “a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form.”

So that doesn’t confine animation; instead, »

- Zach Dennis

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Sketchy Episode 173 – ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

31 May 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We finish our double feature with the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki, the fun contrast to last week’s film “Grave of the Fireflies.” The recognizable “Totoro” serves as Studio Ghibli’s mascot, akin to Mickey Mouse and Disney. So, even if you’ve never seen the film, you’ve likely seen this character pop up in something. And now he’s popping up in our podcast. Enjoy!

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Sketchy Episode 172 – ‘Grave of the Fireflies’

23 May 2015 7:12 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This week it’s the first part of a double feature. It’s the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “Grave of the Fireflies,” directed by Isao Takahata, which many describe as one of the saddest films of all time. So, it’s appropriate that Sketchy, the saddest podcast of all time (sad as in pathetic), discuss this heartwrenching film.

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Movie Review – The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2014)

21 May 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 2014.

Directed by Isao Takahata.

Featuring the voice talents of Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan and Mary Steenburgen (English)/Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora and Takeo Chii (Japanese).

Synopsis:

A girl is born of the bamboo trees, and she is brought up to be a Princess …

During the Studio Ghibli season at the BFI last year, for the first time, I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Powerful, profound and deeply moving, I was in awe that this was from the same studio that brought us Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. Lest we forget, there are two key artists behind Studio Ghibli: the surrealist, playful and obsessed-with-blustery-winds-and-planes Miyazaki, and the sombre, heartfelt vision of Isao Takahata. It is the latter who directs The Tale of Princess Kaguya – and it is one of the finest films of 2014, balancing profound truth with dreamlike fantasy.

Based on a Japanese folk tale, »

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – 'a beautiful historical fantasia'

22 March 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Isao Takahata’s animated fable, eight years in the making, is a masterpiece to rank among Studio Ghibli’s finest

With The Wind Rises proving a swansong for Hayao Miyazaki, Ghibli’s 79-year-old co-founder Isao Takahata keeps the animation studio’s stock high, amid reports of closure, with what has been rumoured to be his own final film. This adaptation of the 10th-century Japanese folk tale Taketori Monogatari (which has previously inspired such cinematic adventures as Kon Ichikawa’s live-action Princess from the Moon) boasts a sketchier, more impressionistic palette than the bold strokes of Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle, which made Ghibli a global brand.

It’s a world of charcoal lines and watercoloured hues; you can almost feel the brushstrokes upon fibrous paper as the proudly hand-drawn action unfolds, skittish motion drawing our attention to the old-fashioned artistry of key collaborators Osamu Tanabe and Kazuo Oga. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, film review: Fresh flights of fancy from Studio Ghibli

20 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Now that lead animator Hayao Miyazaki has apparently retired, his co-founder of the Studio Ghibli animation house, Isao Takahata, might begin to get the international recognition he deserves. The animations Takahata has directed, which include the Second World War drama Grave of the Fireflies and the wistful contemporary urban tale Only Yesterday, have tended to be less fantastical than Miyazaki's – but The Tale of the Princess Kaguya takes the viewer on some wonderful flights of fancy. »

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Breathtaking New Clip From the Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

19 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The latest from Studio Ghibli and it's legendary co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya already delivered one breathtaking clip of it's beautiful hand drawn animation, and now we have another one which shows just how visually stunning this Oscar nominated animation is. Based on the classic Japanese folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and featuring the vocal talents of Chloe Grace Moretz and Lucy Liu, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya opens in U.k. cinemas tomorrow, Marhc 20th, and in Irish cinemas on March 27th. »

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Studio Ghibli's films enchant adults but can they engage today's young viewers?

19 March 2015 8:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a ‘tumultuous emotional journey’ yet will struggle to compete with attention-grabbing films such as Big Hero 6 or Frozen

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the latest release from Japan’s best-loved animation studio, Studio Ghibli, has already won critical acclaim on the film festival circuit and was nominated for an Academy Award this year. It’s unlikely to excite kids, however, and I seriously doubt the matinee screenings will be populated by fidgety throngs of birthday-party groups. This is because Studio Ghibli is an odd quantity for much of its audience outside of Japan, where it has a niche but devoted following of mainly adult foreign-film enthusiasts. The film previewed this week at the only independent cinema in London’s West End, the Prince Charles, that caters primarily for obsessive film lovers. Quentin Tarantino loves the place, once saying: “The Prince Charles »

- Josh Strauss

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Win Studio Ghibli Merchandise & DVDs to Celebrate the Release of ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’

17 March 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the cinema release of Studio Ghibli’s Academy Award nominated new film, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 20th March, we are giving you the chance to win exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise and DVDs!

From Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, The Wind Rises) and directed by Ghibli co-founder the legendary Isao Takahata (Grave of The Fireflies), comes the spellbinding and visionary tour de force The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature), this exquisitely drawn and spellbinding story is based on the classic folk tale ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’. Studiocanal are releasing both English language and Japanese versions, the dubbed release features an all-star cast with Darren Criss, Lucy Liu and Chloë Grace Moretz (as Princess Kaguya).

For your chance to win, just answer the question below:

Who voices Princess Kaguya in The Tale of Princess Kaguya? »

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya review: Rewarding for Studio Ghibli fans

15 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Isao Takahata; Screenwriter: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi; Starring: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto; Running time: 137 mins; Certificate: U

Isao Takahata makes his directorial comeback with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, his first film for Studio Ghibli since 1999's My Neighbours the Yamadas. The man behind the brilliant, emotionally-devastating Grave of the Fireflies may be in his late 70s, but on this evidence he's still able to conjure up a memorable yarn.

Based on an old Japanese folktale, it centres on a kindly wood cutter who stumbles across a tiny girl living in a bamboo shoot. Taken in by the man and his wife, she's named Princess but earns the moniker Little Bamboo from other children in the village due to her ability to magically grow at speed.

When her adopted father finds gold the family uproot to a mansion in the city and a life »

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Watch An Absolutely Stunning New Clip From Oscar Nominated Animation The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

10 March 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Hitting screen on this side of the pond in just ten short days, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is the latest from the legendary Studio Ghibli, directed by its equally legendary co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). Nominated for Best Animated Feature in this year's Oscars, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a retelling of the classic Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter with an all star voice cast, including Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, and Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role. As you can tell from the above clip, this hand drawn animation looks absolutely breathtaking, reminiscent of Japanese watercolours, and no doubt continues the proud Ghibli tradition of matching beautiful with a deep and meaningful story. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is released in the U.K. on March 20th, and Ireland on March 27th. »

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Win tickets to a back-to-back preview screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Grave of the Fireflies

9 March 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the cinema release of Studio Ghibl’s Academy Award nominated new film, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 20th March, we are giving you the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to a back-to-back preview screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Grave of the Fireflies! Both films were directed by Ghibli co-founder, the legendary Isao Takahata.

This celebration of all things Studio Ghibli will feature Japanese snacks for attendees, and additional prizes for those who bring along their most prized Ghibli possession or dress up as their favourite Ghibli character! This event will be taking place on the evening Monday 16th March starting at 6.15pm at a London West End location.

From Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, The Wind Rises) and directed by Ghibli co-founder the legendary Isao Takahata (Grave of The Fireflies), comes the spellbinding »

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5 must-watch March cinema releases: Chappie, Insurgent, Cinderella

1 March 2015 2:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

We're only three months into 2015 but already it feels like blockbuster season is here. This month sees the next instalment in The Divergent Series, a new offering from Neill Blomkamp and Disney reinventing an old classic in live-action. Add these to an Oscar winning acting showcase and the latest from Studio Ghibli and March is looking golden.

Release diary: What movies are coming out in 2015?

Digital Spy rounds up the five films you have to see this March...

1. Chappie

Release date: March 6

Why you should see it: All the talk surrounding Neill Blomkamp at the moment is surrounding his proposed Alien sequel, perhaps overshadowing the fact he actually has a new film coming out. Following on from District 9 and Elysium, the filmmaker's third feature Chappie centres on a police robot who's rebooted and develops a consciousness. Look out for a mulleted Hugh Jackman, Die Antwoord playing themselves and startlingly »

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New trailer for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

26 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the UK poster, StudioCanal has now debuted a new trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the latest film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of »

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UK poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

20 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next month, StudioCanal has released a new poster for Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which we have for you here…

See Also: English-language trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated »

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Exclusive New The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya Poster

20 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The great Hayao Miyazaki may no longer be calling the shots on Studio Ghibli’s animated features but the studio is still ticking along nicely. Its latest, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, is the work of his co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies) and promises a typically loving, hand-drawn interpretation of a folk tale, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter. Take a look at its new poster by clicking on the image below. Joining other great movie princesses (Leia, Belle, Buttercup… Padmé, to a lesser extent) on the big screen, Kaguya is a tiny discovery made by a curious man who finds her inside a bamboo stalk. She’s raised by him and his wife to become a beautiful young woman who finds herself the subject of many suitors. She alone, however, is privy to a secret that will affect her life. The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya »

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