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Studio Ghibli: Watch A Two-Hour Concert Of Their Greatest Film Scores Conducted by Joe Hisaishi

20 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since 1985, the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli is known for producing some of the most critically acclaimed, highest-quality animated films. Their output includes the films of Hayao Miyazaki, whose films like “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” have entered the cultural consciousness, as well as work by director Isao Takahta, whose most recent film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was recently nominated for an Oscar. Studio Ghibli’s dedicated approach towards their craft promises the best in animation, but one element of their films that goes largely unnoticed are their scores.

Read More: Cannes Review: Studio Ghibli-Produced ‘The Red Turtle’ is a Quiet Little Masterpiece

In 2009, Joe Hisaishi, composer of a majority of Ghibli films, held a concert to celebrate the release of Miyazaki’s “Ponyo” and the 25 years of collaboration between the two ever since 1984’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” whose success led to the creation of Ghibli. »

- Kyle Kizu

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39 years ago today: Comic-Con welcomed stormtroopers to the nerd Mecca for the first time

20 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Today, thousands upon thousands of fanboys and fangirls will flock toward Southern California as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off. 39 years ago today, the then-much smaller convention opened for a significant year: The first after the release of Star Wars. Though the con was still focused on comic books at the time and was contained within Sd’s El Cortez Hotel, the 1977 event did feature a “Making of Star Wars” panel. A year prior, Lucasfilm had drummed up a bit of anticipation for the movie at Comic-Con with Mark Hamill in attendance. Other notable July 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: The Men, Marlon Brando’s first film, premiered in New York. • 1965: Bob Dylan’s single “Like a Rolling Stone” was released. • 1969: Broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, proclaiming the event “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. »

- Emily Rome

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Watch a Two-Hour Live Concert of Studio Ghibli Compositions

18 July 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Say “Studio Ghibli” to any learned animation fan and it’s images, not music, that will first come to mind, the various compositions that supplement these defining features often buried by remembrances of Totoro and Princess Kaguya’s adventures. This doesn’t mean the music isn’t worth exploring and highlighting, of course, so let’s treat a two-hour concert led by mainstay composer Joe Hisaishi as a good crash course. Recorded in Budokan in 2009, it employs a considerable number of musicians, singers, choirs, and clips to trace 25 years of work, and the effort was made into an elegantly shot and edited collection.

More than a total pleasure to take in, it’s inarguably a strong addition to the Ghibli collection. If you’re in the mood for more from the still-recovering studio, I might suggest a recently posted letter sent to a fan who’d wanted some aspects of »

- Nick Newman

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Wait a minute, who becomes king if Tommen dies on 'Game of Thrones'?

22 June 2016 3:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All is fair in the Game of Thrones, but the Baratheons are quickly running out of heirs. Excluding the White Walker threat*, the main source of strife in Game of Thrones is the fight for the Iron Throne. Or to be free from the rule of the Iron Throne. Nobles and smallfolk alike have perished in droves to see their side come out on top. For now, King Tommen Baratheon rules, but all signs point to him not making it out alive. Which would throw a massive wrench into everything. *For all we know, maybe the Night King wants the Iron Throne too. To explain why Tommen’s demise would be a crushing blow to the stability of the Seven Kingdoms, first we need a very brief recent history lesson. Less than two decades ago, Westeros was still ruled by the Targaryens. It wasn’t until the Mad King went »

- Donna Dickens

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When Marnie Was There review – Japanese adaptation of a very British book

12 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Studio Ghibli’s latest animation is a bittersweet tale of a teenager’s friendship with a mystery girl

Based on a very British novel by Joan G Robinson and transposed, via Japan’s legendary animators Studio Ghibli, to a sleepy seaside town in Hokkaido, this beguiling, bittersweet tale has a bruised maturity that some of the more overtly fantastic Ghibli stories are lacking.

The protagonist, Anna, is a teenage girl poised at that vulnerable, half-formed moment in life when every casual cruel word hits like a poisoned dart. Sickly and silent, she is sent for the summer to a foster family. It is there that she meets Marnie, the golden-haired girl who lives in a seemingly abandoned mansion across the bay. The connection between them is instant – Anna has at last found a friend. But Marnie is as elusive as a shadow. And it is a friendship that is not without jealousy, tension and misunderstanding. At times, it feels more of a romantic entanglement than a platonic one, although given later revelations, it is unlikely that this reading is the intended one. The theme of a lonely child and a supernatural companion is a popular one in animation. There are parallels with Coraline, and with the Ghibli production Spirited Away. While Marnie lacks the densely mystical, immersive quality of Ghibli at its best, the film features characteristically exquisite hand-drawn animation and a sensitivity to the precarious, friable quality in an adolescent girl’s self-worth.

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- Wendy Ide

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Watch a clip from Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There

9 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its UK release tomorrow as part of the Studio Ghibli Forever season, a new clip has arrived online from When Marnie was There, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our review of When Marnie Was There

From the legendary and Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), comes the haunting and touching tale When Marnie Was There. A beautiful story about ever-lasting friendship based on the beloved young adult novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. When Marnie Was There is another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature this year.

When Marnie Was There is set for release on June 10th and features a voice cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – When Marnie Was There (2014)

8 June 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When Marnie Was There, 2014.

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Featuring the voice talents of Sara TakatsukiKasumi Arimura and Hana Sugisaki (Japanese)/Hailee Steinfield, John C. Reilly and Geena Davis (English).

 

Synopsis:

A troubled teen finds peace in a beach-side town and a mysterious new friend, Marnie…

Studio Ghibli likes to take us on a journey. Whether we are moving house in My Neighbour Totoro or seeing the surreal world of Spirited Away, the experience is always unforgettable. When Marnie Was There, the latest Ghibli release, carries us a little closer to home than the more playful exploits we’ve experienced, but it weaves a personal and meaningful tale of family, friendship and those tricky teenage years into the mix. Instinctively, the use of the name ‘Marnie’ sends me to Hitchcock. Indeed, When Marnie Was There shares an intriguing investigative key (and a tall silo not unlike the bell tower) that »

- Simon Columb

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Match the Studio Ghibli screenshot to the movie – quiz

7 June 2016 2:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It might be Studio Ghibli’s last film so with the release of When Marnie Was There, here’s the ultimate test. How many of their classics can you recognise?

Spirited Away

Princess Mononoke

The Cat Returns

Ponyo

My Neighbour Totoro

Only Yesterday

The Wind Rises

Pom Poko

Porco Rosso

Grave of the Fireflies

Tales from Earthsea

The Secret World of Arriety

My Neighbours the Yamadas

The Wind Rises

Kiki's Delivery Service

Princess Mononoke

Howl's Moving Castle

Castle in the Sky

Spirited Away

Only Yesterday

From Up on Poppy Hill

The Cat Returns

Ponyo

The Secret World of Arriety

My Neighbours the Yamadas

Pom Poko

Porco Rosso

Tales From Earthsea

My Neighbour Totoro

From Up On Poppy Hill

The Wind Rises

Whisper of the Heart

Castle in the Sky

Whisper of the Heart

Ponyo

Princess Mononoke

Pom Poko

Grave of the Fireflies

Only Yesterday

Kiki's Delivery Service

7 and above.

Lovely Ghibli! »

- Benjamin Lee

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Studio Ghibli Veteran Animator Makiko Futaki Dies at 57

29 May 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The animation world has lost a prodigious talent with the death of Makiko Futaki, a longtime Studio Ghibli animator who passed away on May 13 after an unspecified illness. Futaki collaborated on every one of Hayao Miyazaki's films, several of which are regarded as high-water marks of the entire genre: "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away" and many others. Futaki was 57 at the time of her passing. Read More: 'The Red Turtle' Trailer: Studio Ghibli Returns With A Mesmerizing Silent Film In addition to her work at Ghibli, which has been among the world's most foremost animation studios for decades, Futaki also served as key animator on 1988's "Akira." Katsuhiro Otomo's dystopian sci-fi anime is likewise considered among the best of its kind ever made. Futaki held the same credit on such films as "Howl's Moving Castle," "From Up on Poppy Hill" and "The Wind Rises." Read More: Watch: A Feminist. »

- Michael Nordine

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Sony Pictures Classics acquires animation 'The Red Turtle'

19 May 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Animation co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to Michael Dudok de Wit animation The Red Turtle. 

The film premiered yesterday in Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival.  As previously announced, Spc has acquired Cannes Competition titles Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann.

The Red Turtle is produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli - the first European co-pro with the Japanese animation studio behind My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away - in association with Why Not Productions.  

The deal was negotiated by Carole Baraton on behalf of Wild Bunch and Sony Pictures Classics

The film recounts the milestones in the life of a human being through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.

“The Red Turtle takes you on an ultimate journey »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Deadline Disruptors: Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval On Taking Risks, Embracing Change & Owning A Schoolboy Spirit

15 May 2016 12:49 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Wild Bunch began in the late 1990s as the sales arm of Studiocanal, before spinning off in 2002. Led by founding partners Vincent Maraval, Vincent Grimond, Brahim Chioua and Alain de la Mata, the mavericks have financed, produced, co-produced or distributed such films as City Of God; March Of The Penguins; Pan's Labyrinth; Fahrenheit 9/11; Che; The Wrestler; The Artist; Spirited Away; The Orphanage; 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days; Only God Forgives; and Enter The Void. A… »

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‘The Red Turtle’ Pulls Studio Ghibli Out of Its Shell

12 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The dual geniuses behind Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most revered animation company, aren’t getting any younger. At age 75, “Spirited Away” director Hayao Miyazaki has all but retired, now focusing exclusively on short films, while “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was 80-year-old Isao Takahata’s final feature.

That puts the studio in urgent need of younger talent to carry on their legacy — as tested with Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“When Marnie Was There”) and Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill”). But it also inspired a one-of-a-kind project called “The Red Turtle,” which premieres this week in Cannes.

As Studio Ghibli’s first external co-production, “The Red Turtle” was made in France and directed by Dutch-born, London-based animator Michael Dudok de Wit, whose wordless Oscar-winning short “Father and Daughter” had become a favorite at Ghibli.

In pursuit of ways the company might innovate, producer Toshio Suzuki tasked French distributor Vincent Maraval »

- Peter Debruge

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Studio Ghibli Forever season running through to July

1 May 2016 5:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

StudioCanal is celebrating the work of the legendary Academy Award-winning anime house Studio Ghibli with a respective season running through to July 28th, showcasing the very best of the Japanese animation powerhouse.

The season features Ghibli’s classics such as My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away, as well as a brand new English re-dub of Only Yesterday, and the theatrical release of the latest release When Marnie Was There, which hits UK cinemas on June 10th.

Check out a trailer for the season here…

For more details and to book your tickets, visit the official site here.

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- Gary Collinson

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NYC Weekend Watch: Polanski, Akerman, Ozu, Prince & More

28 April 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

“Fassbinder’s Top 10” offers Salò on Friday, Walsh‘s The Naked and the Dead & Visconti‘s The Damned on Saturday, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Sunday. All are on 35mm.

Roman Polanski‘s Frantic shows this Sunday, as does Ashes and Embers.

Spirited Away and The Cat Returns play as part of “Studio Ghibli Weekends. »

- Nick Newman

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Exclusive Q&A: Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein on New Graphic Novel Camp Midnight

27 April 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Heading off to summer camp can be a scary experience, especially when you accidentally go to one built for monsters. Teen camper Skye takes a fun approach to a frightening situation in Camp Midnight, the new graphic novel from Man of Action’s Steven T. Seagle and artist Jason Adam Katzenstein. With the fun-for-all-ages Camp Midnight hitting shelves today from Image Comics, we caught up with the Seagle and Katzenstein to discuss the relatable elements of their supernatural story, real-life summer camp inspirations, and much more.

Camp Midnight started as a 2014 Comic-Con exclusive comic called The Bus: A Camp Midnight Mini. What convinced you guys to turn it into a full-length graphic novel?

Steven T. Seagle: It’s more the other way around. Camp Midnight is an original, 240-page book, and given our “day jobs,” Jason and I could only do about seven pages a week max. So the »

- Derek Anderson

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Biff Asian Cinema 100 List: Top 5 Japanese Films

25 April 2016 5:51 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The Asian Cinema 100 list was released last year at the Biff (Busan International Film Festival), which marked its 20th anniversary with a poll of prominent Asian filmmakers and international critics of Asian film, who were all asked for their top ten of all time.

Japan accounted for 26 films on the list, followed by Iran (19) and Korea (15).

The oldest film chosen was Yasujiro Ozu’s I Was Born, But (1932), ranked 48th of all time. And the top animated film to make the cut was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001), joint 18th.

The top 5 Japanese films are listed below in rank order.

1. Tokyo Story (1953), #1

Routinely hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Tokyo Story is Yasujiro Ozu‘s restrained masterpiece of an ordinary family life, chronicling human behavior in ordinary situations.

It opens with the putt-putt sound of a boat and the wisps of smoke rising from the chimneys of »

- Lady Jane

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UK poster and trailer for Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie was There

16 April 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK poster and trailer has debuted for Studio Ghibli’s animated mystery drama When Marnie was There. The film is being released as part of the Studio Ghibli Forever season which runs in cinemas across the country from April 29th through to July 22nd. Take a look below…

From the legendary and Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), comes the haunting and touching tale When Marnie Was There. A beautiful story about ever-lasting friendship based on the beloved young adult novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. When Marnie Was There is another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature this year.

When Marnie Was There is set for release on June 10th and features a voice cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), John C. Reilly »

- Amie Cranswick

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Trailer: When Marnie Was There

15 April 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

Another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue

From the legendary Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), comes the haunting and touching tale When Marnie Was There. A beautiful story about ever-lasting friendship based on the beloved young adult novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. When Marnie Was There is another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature this year.

When Marnie Was There will be released in UK cinemas on 10 June 2016. »

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[Review] The Boy and the Beast

2 March 2016 2:49 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Two worlds collide once young Kyuta (Shôta Sometani) and warrior Kumatetsu (Kôji Yakusho) meet in Mamoru Hosoda‘s The Boy and the Beast. The former was recently orphaned after his mother’s death (she had divorced his father years ago and her family refuses to get in touch with him), currently working his way towards becoming a solitary street urchin full of dark rage aimed at the human race for causing him such pain. The latter is a candidate to replace the Beast Kingdom Jutengai’s lord—a fighter of immense power but little discipline who probably won’t stand a chance against his opponent Iozan (Kazuhiro Yamaji). One needs a father and the other an apprentice. One to learn strength and love while the other discovers humility and patience’s immense value.

It’s all pretty familiar—at the beginning. The film’s first half can get tedious as a result. »

- Jared Mobarak

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The South East-Asian films that won an Oscar

28 February 2016 7:54 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

 

The first successes of Asian films in the Oscars occured during the 50’s, when the award for Foreign-Language Film was not yet introduced and the Academy presented Special/Honorary awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States. Three Japanese productions received these awards during this decade.

1951. Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa. A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred.

Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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