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The Ten Best: Studio Ghibli Movies

29 December 2013 1:33 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli never ceases to amaze audiences with their illustrious and fantastical animations. The following top 10 takes a closer look at some of the studio’s greatest movies.

Ponyo (2008)

The award-winning Ponyo is based on an unusual friendship formed between the 5 year old son of a sailor and a beautiful goldfish princess who yearns to become a real girl. Sosuke rescues the small, aquatic princess and names her Ponyo after finding her trapped in a glass bottle. The daughter of a sea goddess and a powerful wizard, her magical father performs sorcery to make her human and Ponyo finds herself falling for Sosuke. However, as the story unfolds and the two’s friendship deepens, consequences are soon realised from the power wielded to make Ponyo human. The Cat Returns (2002)

After helping a strange cat from oncoming traffic, young Haru finds herself being showered with gratitude from the »

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47 Ronin review

20 December 2013 2:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ryan Lambie 23 Dec 2013 - 07:18

Keanu Reeves stars in the lavish samurai fantasy, 47 Ronin. Here's our review of a flawed yet fun film...

Universal’s made an unusual and somewhat risky decision to make a samurai fantasy movie with 47 Ronin, and made the even riskier decision to give first-time director Carl Erik Rinsch about $175m to make it.

Loosely based on the Japanese legend of the same name, 47 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves as “half-breed” orphan Kai, who’s raised and trained in martial arts by demonic warriors in 18th century Japan. Subsequently taken in by the kindly Lord Asano (Min Tanaka), Kai falls in love with her daughter Mika (Ko Shibasaki), though his outsider status means that they can never marry. Then, a power-hungry rival Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and his shape-shifting witch sidekick (Rinko Kikuchi) carry out a cunning plan to frame Lord Asano for murder, allowing Kira »

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Studio Ghibli planning When Marnie Was There

18 December 2013 2:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Studio Ghibli's next film will be When Marnie Was There.

The Secret World of Arrietty's Hiromasa Yonebayashi will direct the adaptation of Joan G Robinson's classic children's novel, reports Variety.

The 1967 book centres around a lonely orphan who makes friends with a mysterious girl called Marnie.

One day her friend disappears without trace.

Keiko Niwa (Ocean Waves, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty), Masashi Ando (character designer on Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Paprika), and Yonebayashi are working together on the script.

Ghibli recently announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and others on the English language voice cast for its most recent film, The Wind Rises.

When Marnie Was There is scheduled for release in summer 2014.

Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »

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Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Gets English-Language Voice Cast

17 December 2013 7:04 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Wind Rises is the latest (and, until further notice, the last) 2D animated offering from Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki – the Oscar-winning Japanese filmmaker, whose credits include My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. His latest project is a semi-fictionalized memoir about Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter and other Japanese fighter plane designs that were used in WWII.

Miyazaki’s historical drama will release in the U.S. next year (watch the trailer), shortly before the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony takes place. Wind Rises is sure to be a strong contender in the Best Animated Feature Oscar category this year, along with the computer-animated musical Frozen (produced by Disney, ...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to dream up Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' with David Goyer

17 December 2013 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Sandman" is heading to theaters with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing, directing and starring in the film, and with David Goyer co-producing, in a story that was first reported in November and then seemingly confirmed according to a report just published, and if that actually happens, it's going to be a really interesting ending to a long and difficult development process for Neil Gaiman's landmark comic series. The first time I met Neil Gaiman was to discuss his work writing the English-language script for "Princess Mononoke," but most of our conversation was about "Sandman" and the long, ugly string of near-misses that happened »

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Studio Ghibli To Adapt ‘When Marnie Was There’ In The Wake Of Miyazaki’s Retirement

16 December 2013 11:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It seems the rising sun is soon to set on the career of Japanese Filmmaking legend Hayao Miyazaki. After a long career which has achieved international renown with the animation company Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki will be retiring after the release of his latest film, The Wind Rises, which is due early next year and already generating a wash of Oscar buzz.

While the news is certainly sad, it’s comforting to see that Miyazaki’s legacy will continue through the fabled anime studio which has recently announced plans to adapt children’s novel  ’When Marnie Was There’ by Joan G. Robinson. The book tells the story of a young misfitted girl who is sent to stay in Norfolk by her foster parents. Out in the sand dunes she meets Marnie, a strange little girl who fast becomes her first ever friend, but Marnie is not all she seems…

This boils »

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Studio Ghibli sets ‘Marnie’ as First Post-Miyazaki Movie

12 December 2013 8:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – “When Marnie Was There,” directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi has been set as the first feature to emerge from Japan’s powerhouse animation studio Studio Ghibli in the new post Hayao Miyazaki era.

Details of the film were unveiled by distributor Toho on Thursday.

Miyazaki, who co-founded the studio and has been responsible for most of its hit movies, announced his retirement in September.

“Marnie” is an adaptation of a children’s book by British author Joan G. Robinson and is scheduled for release in summer 2014.

Yonebayashi previously directed 2010 hit “The Secret World of Arrietty” which grossed $89 million and is Ghibli’s top non-Miyazaki title.

Miyazaki will not serve as scriptwriter or supervisor on the film, in contrast to “Arrietty” and other previous Ghibli pics that benefitted from his name on the credits in non-directing capacities.

Instead, Keiko Niwa, who was co-scripter with Miyazaki on “Arrietty,” and Masashi Ando, who »

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The Wind Rises Review

2 December 2013 3:24 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Until I actually watched The Wind Rises, I could not believe Hayao Miyazaki was truly retiring.

It isn’t that I refused to believe it. Miyazaki-san may be my favorite filmmaker, and one who I would love to see many more films from, but everything, including great artistic careers, is finite, and that is a fact I can accept. No, what prevented me from truly accepting the notion of Miyazaki’s filmmaking days coming to an end was that he has, simply put, said all this before. His post-Mononoke and post-Spirited Away retirements may not have been as ‘official’ as this one, but his intention to walk away from filmmaking was clear and understandable. In both cases, it was the desire to create that brought him back, the allure of a great idea that led him to make art once more. So while I fully believed Miyazaki was being »

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New Trailer For The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki’s Last Film, Flies Onto The Web

18 November 2013 2:00 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Wind Rises was the best film I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and the audience at my screening gave it a rousing standing ovation. It was a lush, breathtaking, beautifully animated flight of fancy from director Hayao Miyazaki. The Wind Rises also marks the famed Japanese animation director’s final film, and he may have saved his best work for last. Time will only tell though if it meets the standards of Miyazaki classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.

Today, a new trailer for the film was released online and it looks at both the tranquil fantasy sequences and the harsher tragedy that ties this story to history. Based on a manga from Miyazaki himself, The Wind Rises tells the fictionalized biography of world-renowned plane designer Jiro Horikoshi. The film moves from his days as a childhood dreamer, wanting to build »

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Watch: New Trailer for Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises,' Final Film in a Soaring Career

18 November 2013 12:07 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A first official Us trailer has arrived for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," which recently had its awards qualifying week-run in L.A. and New York, and has its theatrical release with a yet to be announced English-language voice cast February 21. Watch below. The animation auteur, known for such classics as Oscar winner "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Princess Mononoke" (to name only a few), has said that this will be his last film -- a point this new trailer is clearly emphasizing. Check out our Toh! ranking of the top ten Studio Ghibli films here. »

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Studio Ghibli Retrospective Returns to Tiff Cinematheque, Now Includes Rarely Screened Classic 'Grave of the Fireflies'

15 November 2013 9:45 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Tiff Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the Us, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13  and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective. The lineup also includes "From Up On Poppy Hill," a father-son collaboration between studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and his son Goro; and Miyazaki classics such as "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki’s Delivery Service" and Oscar winner "Spirited Away"; as well as rarely seen Ghibli titles "Only Yesterday" and "The Ocean Waves."Plus, cinephile director Guillermo del Toro will lead a master »

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The Films of Studio Ghibli get Spirited Away at Tiff Bell Lightbox

15 November 2013 9:14 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As part of the holiday season Tiff Cinematheque gives the retrospective treatment to the legendary Japanese animated company founded by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki from December 13th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.

Blending new 35-mm and digital prints, 18 Studio Ghibli films will be showcased including From Up on Poppy Hill, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Oscar-winner Spirited Away, rarely seen titles Only Yesterday and Ocean Waves plus infrequently screened Grave of the Fireflies.

Two versions will be made available to audience members either in Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed versions starring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Anna Paquin, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Amy Poehler, Claire Danes and Liam Neeson.

Commencing the event is a sold out Master Class session on December 12, 2013 exploring the artistry of Hayao Miyazaki conducted by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro which will be »

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Hayao Miyazaki out of retirement, again, for manga comic

12 November 2013 2:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Steven Soderbergh of the Japanese animation world, Hayao Miyazaki, is reportedly out of retirement for at least the second time, working on a period-set manga comic

Reports of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki's retirement may have been greatly exaggerated. The one-time head of Studio Ghibli, director of masterpieces such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, is said to be working on a new samurai-themed manga comic set in Japan's "Warring States" period.

The news that the 72-year-old film-maker is continuing to draw was broken by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki on the Japanese TV show Sekai-ichi Uketai Jugyō. "I think he will serialise a manga," said Suzuki when asked how Miyazaki was enjoying his retirement. "From the beginning, he likes drawing about his favourite things. That's his stress relief." Suzuki then confirmed the project's Warring States setting, but added: "He'll get angry if I talk too much. Let's stop talking about this. »

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Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises to Open Stateside February 2014

7 November 2013 1:58 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro” is still the movie I first recommend to people who have never seen a Japanese animated movie in their life, and thinks it’s all about alien tentacles raping people and goofy superheroes forming giant robots. Over the years, I’ve really liked Miyazaki’s output, though not all of them by any stretch. I still can’t fully buy into “Princess Mononoke”, though “Ponyo” was ridiculously cute and charming. Miyazaki’s latest is the historical drama “The Wind Rises”, about a plane designer during World War II. From what I can tell, there are no cute animals or wild fantasies, so it’s probably not something you’ll want to sit the kids in front of, unless they’re mature enough to handle the subject matter. In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. »

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Miyazaki's Wind Rises to open Ajyal

31 October 2013 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Spirited Away director’s “last film” to open the Doha-backed youth festival.

The first Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Nov 26-30), presented by the Doha Film Institute, will usher in its first edition with the Mena Premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’sThe Wind Rises.

Written and directed by Miyazaki, the anime feature derives inspiration from a short story written by Tatsuo Hori, which fictionalises the life of the designer of the fighter aircraft Mitsubishi A5M and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, both of which were used for battle in World War II.

Fatma Al Remaihi, festival director, said Japanese anime is “extremely popular with the youth in the Middle East” and the festival will “pay tribute to one of the world’s most followed art forms”.

The tribute to anime also includes:

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro [1979] by Hayao Miyazaki;Horus: Prince of the Sun [1968], by Isao Takahata;Panda and the Magic Serpant [1958], by »

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‘The Wind Rises’ Review: Miyazaki’s Soaring Celebration of Man’s Dreams of Flight

30 October 2013 12:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Airplanes are beautiful dreams” is a phrase reprised throughout Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises,” and the same could be said about Miyazaki’s films. Like our dreams, his animated features — which include such modern masterpieces as “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” among others — mix day-to-day concerns with imaginative fantasy that propels us to other times in other worlds. Miyazaki says “The Wind Rises” will be his last film, and while the animator’s retirement would be a blow to this generation of cinema, at least he’ll be going out on top. This biopic of aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi probably. »

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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 6: Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker

10 October 2013 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

“We all have to make our own dreams come true anyway.”

In 2 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Amy Birnbaum, Wayne Grayson, Megan Hollingshead, Kerry Williams,

Plot:  Ash, Brock, Max and May are on the lookout for a comet that only appears once every 1000 years. After Max hears voices coming from a meteorite owned by a magician, they soon realise that inside is the Pokémon Jirachi, who has the abilities to grant wishes. However, Jirachi is also capable of resurrecting one of the biggest and most dangerous Pokémon that has ever existed. »

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Snowpiercer director reportedly furious about Weinstein English-version cuts

8 October 2013 8:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bong Joon-ho unhappy about heavy editing of his South Korean sci-fi blockbuster by Bob and Harvey Weinstein's film studio

Korean director Bong Joon-ho has become the latest film-maker to cry foul over the uninhibited cutting room activities of the Weinstein brothers, Variety reports.

Speaking ahead of a screening of his new English-language science fiction thriller Snowpiercer at the Busan film festival, Bong told critics the version they were about to view was likely to be very different from the one that will eventually show in English-language territories. While filmgoers in France, Taiwan and Japan would get the version approved by its director, the Weinstein Company had maintained final cut in the UK, the Us and Australia, he revealed.

"We are still in discussions about the cut, but it is clear that this is the only director's cut you will be able to see," Bong said. Reports elsewhere suggest as »

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[Comic Execution] 10/3 – ‘Trillium’, ‘Grindhouse’, ‘Hinterkind’

3 October 2013 10:13 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

The second generation of Comic Execution has officially begun! I’m actually surprisingly excited to start a whole new block of reviews because the first generation taught me that not only could I be surprised by what develops in a series by issue three but also just how critical I actually can be of comics. That’s not to say I didn’t maybe gush a bit over ‘Ballistic’ but ‘Ghosted’ actually had to earn my respect, which it most certainly did. Of course, not all the first generation comics are done yet. Here’s the status of the first generation of Comic Execution so far:

     Executed: ‘Sheltered’, ‘The Strain: The Fall’, ‘Dinosaurs Attack!’, ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Lazarus’, ‘Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril’, ‘Sidekick’,     ‘Extinction Parade’

    Survivors: ‘Ghosted’, ‘Red Sonja’, ‘Fbp’, ‘Trillium’

    On-going: ‘The Rocketeer & The Spirit’, ’3 Guns’, ‘It Came!’

If, as I suspect, the on-going series are not executed before their run is over, »

- Chris Melkus

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Bluewater Comics: Review Round-Up Vol.1

2 October 2013 1:59 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

An assortment of comics from a publisher I haven’t previously been aware of can be a promising sign occasionally. The rest of the time there’s usually a pretty good reason I didn’t know they existed.

Fame: Neil Gaiman is an illustrated biography of Gaiman, fantasy writer and easily-googleable man. It’s hard to picture exactly why this comic exists: full of factoids that seem to the result of a quick scour of his Wikipedia page (did you know Gaiman’s been on the Colbert Report?) and a thick, sketchy art style that I could only get on with when it was aping the characters from Gaiman’s work – though to Gerratana’s credit he does a fine Princess Mononoke – it seems like the kind of book handed out to young kids at a library and is something of a stodgy read. The cover’s lovely, though.

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- Mark Allen

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