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Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s Moving Castle to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in Ponyo—and its latest release is no different.
U.S. distributor Gkids announced in a release today that Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) will voice the title role in The Tale of Princess Kaguya. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho also lend their voices.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, »
- Jackson McHenry
Gkids, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, the highly anticipated new feature from Studio Ghibli. It is the first film in fourteen years from legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. In addition to Chloe Moretz as The Princess Kaguya, the film features the voices of James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. (Full cast list below.) Gkids has North American distribution rights for the film and is planning a theatrical release starting October 17, with national expansion to follow. The film will qualify for the Academy Awards and other awards season contests.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Variety hailed it as "a visionary tour-de-force." Eight years in the making, the film is the untold story of The Princess Kaguya, »
Acclaimed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away," "Ponyo") make their first foray into television later this year with the animated series "Ronia the Robber's Daughter" based on the novel by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
In a change for Ghibli, the series is a 3D computer animated series though it retains a good portion of the company's signature hand-drawn look. Still, the move to CG has understandably upset some of the long-time faithful.
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- Garth Franklin
Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.
As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »
- EW staff
As a trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest and possibly final feature When Marnie Was There emerges, Ryan ponders company's uncertain future...
When Hayao Miyazaki retired last year at the age of 73, animation lost one of its most accomplished and dedicated practitioners. His work, comprising 11 features and numerous shorts, needs little introduction: films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle have long since etched themselves on the minds of audiences all over the world.
Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, was a bravely individual parting shot. A drama about the designer of the legendary Japanese fighter plane, the Mitsubishi Zero, it felt like a final, heartfelt statement from a truly great artist - and a fitting capstone to a remarkable career. But with Miyazaki having set aside the painstaking work he put into animating his films over the course of some 48 years, the inevitable question »
For animation geeks, it's hard not to get excited whenever a new Studio Ghibli film is on its way. Here is the U.S., that film is "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," which Gkids plans to release in an English dub this fall, but in Japan, the next Ghibli is due in theaters this month, and it looks like a real beauty. "When Marnie Was There" is is adapted from the book by Joan Robinson, and tells the story of a young, lonely girl who makes a new friend in Marnie--who very well may be a ghost. Robinson's book is on the list of Hayao Miyazaki's favorite 50 children's books, so it's not surprising that it's getting the Ghibli treatment. "Marnie" is directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa, who helmed Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty." Niwa Keiko ("From Up on Poppy Hill") and Ando Masahi (a character designer on »
- Jacob Combs
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“
Hiyao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 20th and 21st) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs. »
- Tom Stockman
This beautifully designed poster for Hayo Miyazaki's Spirited Away was created by Eduardo Vieira. This is one of my favorite Miyazaki films, and this is what the artist had to say:
"This is my humble homage to one of the most beloved films of animation master Hayao Miyazaki!"
Here are the specs on the poster:
Total Size (with borders): 30,8cm x 43,5cm Printed on Couche Matte Paper 240gsm with a protective lamination layer Limited edition of 20 pieces- Signed and Numbered
If you want to buy one it will cost you $25. Just click here.
- Joey Paur
“Release the Kracken!”
The original 1981 Clash Of The Titans screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 13th and 14th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
Clash Of The Titans, the 1981 account of the old mythological stories you were forced to read in junior high, featured Ray Harryhausen’s last great set piece: Perseus’ encounter with the snake-haired Medusa in a fire-lit cave. Stylized with great mood lighting, beautifully blocked and directed by Ray, the sequence is a beauty of spine-tingling, slithering menace. Seeing giant scorpions rise from the blood of Medusa’s head is visceral icing on the cake. Clash Of The Titans was Ray Harryhuasen’s final film and likely the only one a generation of his fans saw in theaters when it was new. Clash Of The Titans has everything previously denied Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer »
- Tom Stockman
Derrickson is best known for The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister which were both box-office successes. This will be his first project involving a comic book character. While Dr. Strange is not well-known to the masses compared to Spider-Man, Captain America, or Wolverine, long-time Marvel fans are more than familiar with the story of Stephan Strange, the one-time neurosurgeon who loses his medical skills in a car accident only to receive powerful magic as a Sorcerer Supreme which he uses to protect Earth from mystical threats.
The character originally appeared in Marvel’s Strange Tales in 1963. Since then, he has mainly been a minor character in the Marvel Universe but has gained a loyal following with his ever presence in other stories featuring the Avengers, »
- email@example.com (Jonathan M Cook)
“I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle”
The Warriors screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 6th and 7th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
Walter Hill stylized 1979 modern urban-fantasy adventure The Warriors has overcome the test of time and is now a cult classic – and not without a good reason. This action-packed movie, set in a stylish semi-futuristic version of 70s New York, is roller-coaster ride that never slows down for a second.
“The Warriors” are a gang that has its home in Coney Island. One night, Cyrus, the leader of the biggest gang in NYC, the Bronx-based “Grammercy Riffs” invites 9 delegates of each gang in NYC to a meeting hoping to establish peace & collaboration between gangs. During the meeting at the Bronx, Cyrus is murdered, and soon everyone blames the »
- Tom Stockman
Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It's the 1980 classic "The Empire Strikes Back" which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner "The Godfather" which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2001: A Space Odyssey
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Garth Franklin
“I can’t believe that Godzilla was the only surviving member of its species… But if we continue conducting nuclear tests, it’s possible that another Godzilla might appear somewhere in the world again!”
The original Japanese Godzilla from 1954 is a historical classic. While it may seem a little hokey when considering contemporary special effects capabilities, the film nonetheless seems to rectify the dated destruction scenes with realistic, dramatic, and depressing aftermath scenes where orphaned children are crying, families are destroyed, and lives are lost as a result of the ‘Big G’s’ destructive wake. When analyzing the monster’s destructive capabilities it’s important to remember that Godzilla was produced at a time when the after-effects of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were still remnant in the Japanese psyche and Western society at large with the looming Cold War and the possibility of a nuclear holocaust. Godzilla »
- Tom Stockman
Having watched very few Studio Ghibli films, and adding Ponyo the list simply because it’s Studio Ghibli season, I have to say I never realised what a crazy world Hayao Miyazaki lives in. But yeah, he’s probably also a genius.
Ponyo is delightfully heartwarming and cute. Ponyo herself is an adroable goldfish princess who wants to be a human after falling in love with Sosuke, a human boy. Her overprotective and prejudiced father locks her up but she manages to escape and, typical of a Ghibli film, cause havoc left, right and centre.
Out of the Ghibli heroines I know of, Ponyo is by far the cutest. She’s entertaining and wise in her childlike nature. Her interactions with Sosuke and Lisa are sweet, and her size evidently does not equal her strength and soulfulness. »
- Kirsty Capes
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
This is what action movies are all about. Die Hard (1988) starred Bruce Willis as New York officer John McClane, a cop who gets trapped in a high-rise in La when terrorists come to steal a substantial sum from the building’s safe so McClane single-handedly takes them on. Although the film’s action scenes are great (especially the classic one involving McClane jumping out of the building holding onto a fire hose), it is the interactions between McClane and Sergeant Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) and villain Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) that made the movie what it really is.
Even four sequels later, John McClane ‘s popularity is indelibly linked to his vulnerability: unlike Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger, who walked out of their movies with no scratches and a pack of dead bodies behind them, Willis leaves the scene bruised and battered (in one installment, »
- Tom Stockman
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