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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. »

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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.

They said the »

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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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Lunchtime Poll: What Cartoon Should Come With a Trigger Warning?

15 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In last weekend's most hilarious Golden Globes presentation, Kristen Wiig & Steve Carell equated Fantasia and Bambi with utterly traumatic childhood experiences. Which begs the question...

What cartoon sends you spiralling into depression? 

Jose: Dumbo! As a giant eared child, it brings back so many traumas. 

Eric:  Dumbo.  When caged Mama's trunk reaches for Dumbo's trunk: merciless!

Nick: The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Kim: Toy Story 3 was a pretty traumatic viewing experience for me; I came out of the theatre with my eyes almost swollen shut from crying. (The holding hands when they all thought they were going to die, you guys!) If I harken back to a movie that sent me off the edge as a kid, I'm going to go with The Secret of Nimh. I know it Ends happily, but that movie is Dark. 

Jorge:  Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle throws me into a deep pit of out-of-body melancholy. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Check Out The First English Trailer For Amazon Video's Ronja, The Robber's Daughter

10 January 2017 2:11 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Ronja, The Robber's Daughter is Based on the children's fantasy book by noted author Astrid Lindgren, who also wrote Pippi Longstocking. Ronja is a magical tale of A thief's daughter and her expoloration of the forest and the beasts around her. She also comes into contact with with a boy named Birk, who is a member of another rival bandit clan. Together, Birk and Ronja form a strong friendship and that is only the beginning. The family friendly series will be narrated by The X-FilesGillian Anderson, directed by Gorō Miyazaki (Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea), and presented by Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle).    The show first aired in Japan in 2014, was an instant hit and won the international Emmy award for "Best Kid's Animation." The streaming rights for the show were later picked up by Amazon. The show is free to watch for any Amazon Prime member. »

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Studio Ghibli shows off a brand-new trailer for Ronja, the Robber's Daughter

9 January 2017 12:17 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Studio Ghibli, the premiere Japanese animation studio that brought us such classics as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke is hard at work on their first-ever animated kids show, and it’s coming to Amazon Prime Video later this month! Ronja, The Robber’S Daughter will be an animated adaptation of Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren’s cherished... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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Animated Fare Like ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Red Turtle’ Toon Into Heavy Issues

6 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The maxim that good scripts are essential to making good movies is especially true in animation.  In this medium, scripts and storyboards provide blueprints for completely invented worlds, and dialogue is recorded before the animation is done.

There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. Prior to that, animated movies typically were likelier to be recognized for song. Thus far, writer-director Andrew Stanton tops the list of Oscar-nominated animation screenwriters with four to his name (including “Toy Story,” “Wall-e,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story 3”), and he could compete again this year with the Disney/Pixar billion-dollar winner “Finding Dory.”

There’s another billion-dollar baby attracting awards buzz this season, too.  Disney’s computer-animated “Zootopia” nabbed 11 Annie Award nominations (including writing) and a Golden Globe nod for animated film.  It’s also the only animated feature among AFI’s 2016 honorees. »

- Ellen Wolff

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‘Princess Mononoke’ Turns 20: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Animated Classic (Photos)

5 January 2017 5:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Twenty years ago, Hayao Miyazaki finished what was supposed to be his final movie: a dark, violent, yet beautiful fantasy about the growing conflict between man and nature. Instead, it was acclaimed as an anime masterpiece and ushered in a new era for the legendary animator that included films like “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo.” As it returns to theaters for a special 20th anniversary engagement, here are some things you might not have known about Miyazaki’s supernatural war epic. Origins: According to Studio Ghibli’s making-of documentary, Miyazaki’s original concept for “Princess Mononoke” was created in 1980 and involved a samurai. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘On Your Mark’ Exclusive Clip: Miyazaki-Directed Music Video To Premiere Ahead of ‘Princess Mononoke’ Screenings

4 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Back in December, Gkids and Fathom Events announced two-night special screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s film “Princess Mononoke” in honor of its 20th anniversary. Ahead of the film, Gkids plans to premiere the 1995 music video for Japanese duo Chage & Asaka’s song “On Your Mark,” also directed by Miyazaki. The video has never been released in North America. Watch a exclusive clip from the music video below.

Read More: ‘Princess Mononoke’ Returns To Theaters This January For Two Nights Only

Miyazaki co-founded the widely acclaimed animation studio Studio Ghibli, which has produced films such as “Spirited Away,” voted the fourth best film of the century so far in the BBC film critics poll, “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and most recently “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” Miyazaki has won one Oscar for directing “Spirited Away” in 2001 as well an Honorary Oscar in 2015. He recently emerged from retirement »

- Vikram Murthi

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