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Hayao Miyazaki Is Prepping For His Next Film, Four Years After Retirement

24 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There aren’t a lot of Japanese animators with name recognition on this side of the Pacific. We have Hayao Miyazaki — co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and countless others — and…well, that’s about it. Sure, we can maybe point to Mamoru Hosoda or Makoto Shinkai as others with more universal appeal, but they’re nowhere close to the level of fame as Miyazaki. Despite the high number of talented animator from the Japan, we’re often pretty content to stick to our own brand of animation. As such, it was quite the big deal a few years back when Miyazaki confirmed that The Wind Rises would be his last animated feature.

It was a sad day for animation fans, but The Wind Rises was a fittingly mature note for him to go out on, and hopefully leave the door open for other animators. »

- Joseph Medina

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Hayao Miyazaki Cancels Retirement To Make New Feature Length Film

24 February 2017 12:05 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following the release of the intensely personal The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli maestro and legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement. Given that he was 72 at the time, was famous for his perfectionism and had produced some of the greatest animated films of all-time over 20 years, few held it against him. He left the direction of Studio Ghibli to his son Goro Miyazaki and explained that from now on he’d devote himself to small projects.

Apparently retirement didn’t agree with the famously strict workaholic though, because he’s back with Kemushi no Boro, or Boro the Caterpillar, a feature-length expansion of an upcoming CG short he’s been working on.

For diehard Studio Ghibli fans, and fans of great cinema in general, this is big news, which is why it’s odd that the new production was casually mentioned, without fanfare, in a recent Japanese TV special »

- David James

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‘Mary and The Witch’s Flower’ Trailer: Studio Ponoc’s First Film Keeps the Spirit of Studio Ghibli Alive

24 February 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Studio Ponoc has released a new trailer for its upcoming anime fantasy film “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.” Directed by Ponoc’s co-founder Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the film marks the Japanese studio’s inaugural production, following its opening in April 2015.

Yonebayashi and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, former staffers at Studio Ghibli —the studio behind anime classics such as “Spirited Away” (2001) and “My Neighbor Toronto” (1988)— founded Studio Ponoc following Ghibli’s closing in 2014. “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is Yonebayashi’s third film, following Ghibli’s “When Marnie Was There” and “The Secret World of Arrietty.”

Read More: ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Trailer: Ex-Studio Ghibli Staffers Reveal Sweeping New Project

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book “The Little Broomstick,” with a screenplay by Riko Sakaguchi (“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”). It follows the story of a little girl who, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Hayao Miyazaki out of retirement for new film, Boro The Caterpillar

24 February 2017 8:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Feb 27, 2017

Boro The Caterpillar will be the next film from Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki...

Acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement for a new feature-length project, Boro The Caterpillar, it was recently announced by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki during a pre-Oscars interview.

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Hayao Miyazaki, who made Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, announced his retirement in 2013 after he finished his WWII drama The Wind Rises. Rumours that Miyazaki would be coming out of retirement started circulating in November.

Suzuki was promoting The Red Turtle, which was up for an Academy Award (the gong ultimately went to Disney's Zootropolis), when he confirmed rumors that Studio Ghibli greenlit Miyazaki‘s next feature-length animation.

“Right now in Tokyo, he’s »

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Hayao Miyazaki comes out of retirement to work on another feature film.

24 February 2017 6:26 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Is he retired or isn’t he? Director and beloved artist Hayao Miyazaki, declared, not for the first time, back in 2013 that he was retiring from feature filmmaking. However, only four years after this statement, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has confirmed during a pre-Oscars interview regarding the nominated animation, The Red Turtle, Miyazaki has come out of retirement and is currently working on a new feature-length film. Details of this film have as yet to be revealed.

Pete Docter and Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki talking about "The Red Turtle." pic.twitter.com/vdgNtJpmsE

— Cartoon Brew (@cartoonbrew) February 24, 2017

According to previous reports, Miyazaki’s new feature-length film, which is being produced by Toshio Suzuki, is aiming for a release before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 – With the upcoming Olympics mentioned, could we be in for a story that is somehow related? Merely speculation of course, but it may »

- Zehra Phelan

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Hayao Miyazaki Officially Begins Production on New Feature-Length Animation

24 February 2017 5:10 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After word late last year that The Wind Rises would in fact not be Hayao Miyazaki‘s swan song, we were waiting to hear if Studio Ghibli would do the obvious and greenlight his next feature-length animation. The director was reportedly working on up to 100 storyboards for the film as he awaited the go-ahead, and now official word has come in that the Spirited Away helmer has begun production on his next feature.

Miyazaki’s long-time producer Toshio Suzuki confirmed the news last night while at a pre-Oscars interview for the Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature. “Right now in Tokyo, he’s putting all his effort into making it [the feature],” says Suzuki, who will re-team with the director to produce, according to Kyodo (via Kotaku). Ideally aiming for a release in 2019, before Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020, Miyazaki realizes it could potentially take until 2021 to complete. »

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The Red Turtle – Review

23 February 2017 9:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This weekend sees the wide release of one of the films nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, one quite different from the others in that category. It’s not a candy-colored CGI fantasy like Disney’s Zootopia or Moana (certainly devoid of musical numbers). And it doesn’t utilize the technique of stop-motion animation (often using tiny figurines or puppets) like Kubo And The Two Strings or My Life As A Zucchini (from France). This work harkens back to the “golden age” of animation in that it is mostly hand-drawn “cel” animation (though computers aid in certain effects and in coloring). Fitting since it is co-produced by the renown Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, the “house” that Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), among other talented artists, built. What makes this film even more unique is that it is Ghibli’s first feature not made in Japan. The director and »

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‘The Red Turtle’ Director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s 10 Favorite Films

16 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If one is looking to experience a dose of astonishing beauty, now in theaters in the Oscar-nominated animation The Red Turtle. A co-production with Studio Ghibli, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length film is a humble, patient drama with an emotionally rich finale. To celebrate its theatrical release here in the U.S., we’re highlighting the director’s all-time favorite films, which he submitted to BFI‘s latest Sight & Sound poll. Featuring classics from Kubrick, Cimino, Kurosawa, and more, on the animation side, he makes sure to recognize a Miyazaki masterwork, along with a seminal Disney film.

“Just before the team arrived, Studio Ghibli called me and said, ‘We’ve been thinking about the list of words that are supposed to be spoken in the film and we think you should drop the dialogue entirely,'” the director told us, speaking about the production process of his film. »

- Jordan Raup

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The 2017 Oscar nominees: Breaking down the Best Animated Feature race

16 February 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar nominees: Breaking down the Best Animated Feature raceThe 2017 Oscar nominees: Breaking down the Best Animated Feature raceJenny Bullough2/16/2017 10:01:00 Am The race for the Best Animated Feature Oscar isn't usually one that gets a lot of attention, partly because it's seemed like Disney/Pixar has had a lock on the award for as long as anyone can remember. This year, however, there are some very serious contenders for the coveted statue, and with Finding Dory -- Pixar's biggest movie of 2016 -- surprisingly left off the list of nominees, just two of the nominated films are from the Mouse House.  Will the two nominated Disney features split votes causing an outlier to win the statue? To help you win your Oscar pool, or just make predictions for the fun of it, we're breaking down the nominees for Best Animated Feature film. Kubo and the Two Strings Praised by »

- Jenny Bullough

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High Fashion Controversies

15 February 2017 1:38 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For as long as there has been a fashion industry, there have been fashion controversies.

To be sure, taking risks is a necessity when it comes to the always-evolving art of design, but some key players in the fashion world have stood accused of pushing certain boundaries all too far. Their questionable choices have often become springboards for complicated discussions of cultural appropriation, beauty standards, race and everything in-between.

These nine moments in particular definitely got people talking — and arguing — about how these complex issues can and do play out on runways and fashion spreads.

Karlie Kloss dresses as a geisha in Vogue. »

- Lydia Price

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Karlie Kloss Criticized For Geisha-Themed Vogue Photo Shoot

15 February 2017 1:13 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Supermodel Karlie Kloss appeared in a photo shoot dressed as a Japanese geisha for Vogue’s March diversity issue. The photos were shot in Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park by photographer Mikael Jansson and styled by Phyllis Posnick. The article was titled, Spirited Away and in the photo spread Kloss’s signature blond hair is replaced with thick, […] »

- Jordan Appugliesi

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom gets a gameplay trailer from Bandai Namco

9 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bandai Namco have today released a new gameplay video for the upcoming and highly anticipated Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom which will be released on Playstation 4 and PC later this year.  In this new video players follow deposed king, Evan, and his faithful companions, Roland, Tani and the Higgledies as they fight monsters and face all manner of dangers.  Watch the gameplay video below.

In Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom humans, cats and mice once lived in harmony in the Kingdom of Ding Dong Dell ruled by King Evan, until a coup started and King Evan and the cat people were banished.  The story follows the adventures of Evan and his most loyal companions as they venture out on a journey to create their own kingdom and unite the world.  Also there to help Evan are the creatures known as Higgledies who can only be seen by those pure in heart. »

- Andrew Newton

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Toho reteams with 'Your Name' producer for 'Fireworks'

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Producer Genki Kawamura and Japanese studio Toho are partnering again after global success of Your Name.

Following their collaboration on hit animation Your Name, Japanese studio Toho and producer Genki Kawamura are reteaming on an animated feature based on a TV series created by Shunji Iwai.

The new project, Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?, will be directed by Akiyuki Shinbo of Japan’s Shaft animation studio and Nobuyuki Takeuchi, who has worked with Studio Ghibli. Hitoshi One (Bakuman) has adapted the TV series created by writer-director Iwai (A Bride For Rip Van Winkle).

Currently in production, the film tells the story of two young boys and a girl whose fates become intertwined one summer day. Voice talent on the film includes Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister), Masaki Suda (Drowning Love) and Mamoru Miyano (Death Note). Japanese release is scheduled for August 2017.

New titles on Toho’s slate also include suspense »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Pokemon: how the Us version changed the first film's meaning

6 February 2017 8:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 8, 2017

Released in 1999, Pokemon: The First Movie was a global hit, but its meaning changed radically on its journey from Japan to the Us...

What's the all-time highest-grossing anime movie at the American box-office? Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed Spirited Away? Nope. Unsettling cyberpunk masterpiece Ghost In The Shell? Not even close. Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal Akira? It didn't even crack the top 20.

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As you've probably gathered from the headline above, Japan's most financially successful animated export was Pokemon: The First Movie, released in 1999 to a huge opening weekend. Yet unlike Spirited Away, Ghost In The Shell, Akira or most of the other cross-over anime success stories from the far east, the Pokemon movie was hardly met with critical acclaim; most writers dismissed »

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Why the future’s bright for anime

2 February 2017 9:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017

Beyond Studio Ghibli, a wave of directors and artists ensure that the future’s bright for animation in Japan, Ryan writes...

At its best, anime is diverse, vibrant, unfettered and unpredictable. Look through the history of Japanese animation, and you’ll find stories about baseball, cooking, friendly ghosts, ancient myths, dog detectives and robot cats from the future. You’ll find sci-fi and horror, fantasy and comedy, erotica and historical drama. Just about every country on the planet produces animation of some kind; few broach subjects as varied as the Japanese. 

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In recent years, however, anime has faced threats from multiple angles. First, there’s the threat that will catch up with all of us eventually: time itself. In 2010, Japan lost one of its great storytellers, Satoshi Kon, who made such stunning animated movies as Perfect Blue (one of »

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Wild Bunch veteran Carole Baraton launches sales outfit

26 January 2017 11:36 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top French film sales executives Baraton and Yohann Comte pool skills and contacts to create new company ahead of Efm.

Wild Bunch’s former head of international sales Carole Baraton has joined forced with ex-Gaumont sales executive Yohann Comte to create a new Paris-based international sales and co-production company.

Other Charades partners include Pierre Mazars, who was previously vice-president of international sales at Studiocanal, and Constantin Briest, an entrepreneur and founder of Paris-based co-production and co-distribution company Asuna.

The team will make their market debut at the Efm where they will present the company and also scout for projects with the aim of building a first line-up for Cannes. 

The company has the capacity to invest minimum guarantees in select projects.

“Charades will focus on films that are by turn inspirational, entertaining, rousing, disturbing, terrifying and tear-jerking, but always audience-driven. It will service a cross-generational, cross-cultural and cross-border audience,” the partners »

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Wild Bunch veteran Carole Baraton unveils Charades

26 January 2017 11:36 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top French film sales executives Baraton and Yohann Comte pool skills and contacts to create new company. 

Wild Bunch’s former head of international sales Carole Baraton has joined forced with ex-Gaumont sales executive Yohann Comte to create a new Paris-based international sales and co-production company.

Other Charades partners include Pierre Mazars, who was previously vice-president of international sales at Studiocanal, and Constantin Briest, an entrepreneur and founder of Paris-based co-production and co-distribution company Asuna.

The new team will make their market debut at the Efm where they will present the company and also scout for projects with the aim of building a first line-up for Cannes. 

The company has the capacity to invest minimum guarantees in select projects.

“Charades will focus on films that are by turn inspirational, entertaining, rousing, disturbing, terrifying and tear-jerking, but always audience-driven. It will service a cross-generational, cross-cultural and cross-border audience,” the partners said in a joint statement.

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Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Reclaims Top Spot After Five Months On Release

23 January 2017 9:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — Megahit animation, “Your Name” reclaimed the top spot at the Japanese box office in its 22nd week on release. For the subdued Jan. 21-22 weekend the film grossed $1.53 million from 124,000 admissions, with Toho distributing.

Martin Scorsese’s Japan-set “Silence” grossed $1.7 million, but appears in fourth place in Japanese charts, which are ordered according to ticket sales. Distributed by Kadokawa, “Silence” sold 105,000 tickets.

Your Name” has played continuously since August and returned to the top spot for the first time since mid-November. Its cumulative now stands at $207 million from 18.2 million admissions in Japan. Factoring in international grosses, “Your Name” has now earned $290 million from global theatrical markets, overtaking Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” (2001), to be the highest earning anime film of all time.

“Honnoji Hotel” slipped to second place in the weekend chart according to ticket sales. Highest ranking among new releases, at number three, was Sony’s “Shinjuku Swan II” with $1.42 million. »

- Mark Schilling

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Gkids promotes David Jesteadt to president

18 January 2017 10:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The executive joined Gkids in 2007 and most recently served as senior vice-president of distribution.

CEO and founder Eric Beckman will continue to serve as CEO of the company that has garnered eight best animation feature Oscar nominations.

“Dave has been my partner since Gkids was a start-up and we worked elbow-to-elbow in an 8 x 12 office,” said Beckman. “He has been a crucial component of the company’s success to date. 

“As much as anything, this new title is merely an acknowledgment of the role he is already serving – and I look forward to Dave’s continued leadership and innovative thinking as the company looks to grow in exciting new directions over the coming years.”

The Gkids 2017 roster includes Swiss Oscar submission My Life As A Zucchini, Us comedy My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, and The Breadwinner, the upcoming feature from two-time Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon on which Beckman and Jesteadt serve as executive producers.

The »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Japanese Anime Phenomenon ‘Your Name’ Gets North American Release Date

17 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Funimation Films will open Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name in North America on April 7.

Last weekend, the hand-drawn film was honored as best animated feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. Your Name, which also had a 2016 qualifying run and is in contention for the best-animated feature Oscar, has already found box-office success in Asia — it has become the fourth highest-grossing film ever released in Japan, behind Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away, James Cameron's Titanic and Disney's Frozen.

Your Name follows two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, who mysteriously and randomly swap bodies. »

- Carolyn Giardina

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