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Italy’s Lucky Red strikes gold with Ghibli 'event' releases

16 December 2015 3:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Screen spoke to Lucky Red following its latest re-release success and ahead of the first local release of The Cat Returns.

Since acquiring the company library in 2005, Italian distributor Lucky Red has energised new audiences and found commercial success through a string of two and three-day Studio Ghibli releases (new and old), which are being termed ‘event’ launches in Italy.

While not ‘event’ releasing as it is known in the UK, Lucky Red has created itself a lucrative niche in the local market through the short-burst release strategy (which doesn’t come with the dressing up or participatory immersion of a Secret Cinema).

In 2011 the two-day release of From Up On Poppy Hill grossed €162,000 from 132 screens

Last weekend the two-day re-release of 1988 classic My Neighbour Totoro grossed €71,000 after luring 8,000 customers to 166 screens only seven years after its first release.

Screen averages aren’t game-changing but margins are strong.

“Event distribution is effective in proportional terms, not absolute »

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘The Apu Trilogy,’ Hayao Miyazaki, ‘Faust,’ and More

17 November 2015 7:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Apu Trilogy (Satyajit Ray)

Although it premiered 60 years ago this week at the Museum of Modern Art, Satyajit Ray‘s Pather Panchali remains among both the most accomplished of debuts and cinema’s most universally relatable experiences. Accentuating the basics of human emotions to result in the most complex of reactions, Ray’s subsequent trilogy of films follows the hardships of a Bengali boy as he passes into adulthood, a delicately powerful tale of transition that’s now been gloriously restored. »

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Melissa Mathison, E.T. screenwriter, dies aged 65

4 November 2015 10:19 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Melissa Mathison, screenwriter of E.T., Kundun and next year's The Bfg, has died.

Some sad news.

Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter who penned E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, has died. She was just 65 years old. Her death comes following a long illness, and she is survived by her two children.

Mathison, throughout her career, was careful about picking and choosing her projects, and thus has a surprisingly small number of screenplays to her name. She penned, for instance, The Indian In The Cupboard's script, a section of Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Martin Scorsese' Kundun. She also worked on the English language translation of Studio Ghibli's Ponyo.

She'd also completed work on her first screenplay in nearly 20 years for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. That arrives in cinemas next July.

Rest in peace, Melissa Mathison. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. »

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'E.T.' Writer Melissa Mathison Passes Away at Age 65

4 November 2015 3:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for genre fans of all ages. Melissa Mathison has passed away today at the age of 65. She is perhaps best known as the screenwriter behind director Steven Spielberg's blockbuster smash hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which arrived in theaters in the summer of 1982. She succumbed to a long illness reports Deadline.

Melissa Mathison was a graduate of Uc Berkeley, and a native of Los Angeles, born in the city in 1950. She was 29 years old when she first broke big in Hollywood, providing the hit film The Black Stallion with its screenplay way back in 1979. From there, she would write E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which opened the same year as her film The Escape Artist, which starred Raul Julia, Desi Arnaz and Teri Garr.

After E.T. proved to be such a big hit, she would go onto collaborate on the anthology movie Twilight Zone: The Movie, which debuted in 1983. She »

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Studio Ghibli: its final films, the future of 2D animation

5 October 2015 5:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

When Marnie Was There will be Studio Ghibli's last feature. We look at Ghibli's final films and what they mean for the future of animation.

If there’s one abiding message behind Studio Ghibli’s animated output, it’s that nothing is permanent. Happiness is delicate; summers pass; memories fade. But the brilliance of the Japanese animation house’s movies is that they find joy in the fleeting, not just melancholy. The encounter between two children and adorably rotund woodland spirits in My Neighbour Totoro is all the more special because it’s presented very definitely as a one-off: a chance meeting that can never happen again.

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1984 following the success of Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, Hayao Miyazaki’s masterful, dazzlingly detailed sci-fi fantasy. From that point on, Miyazaki was established as the sharpest prong on Ghibli’s creative trident, the others »

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Studio Ghibli's Top 10 Films

20 August 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli turns 30 this year, and while its fate in terms of future movie-making remains to be seen, the studio already has many masterpieces under its shingle. The American Cinematheque celebrates Ghibli's 35th birthday this week with a new retrospective at the Egyptian and the Aero The series features the two most recent films from Ghibli’s founders: Hayao Miyazaki’s look at a WWII aircraft designer, "The Wind Rises" and Isao Takahata’s coming-of-age folk tale "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." The Cinematheque also revisits old favorites, from "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Princess Mononoke" to "Grave of the Fireflies" and "My Neighbors the Yamadas." Read More: Hiromasa Yonebayashi on Making Studio Ghibli Gothic 'When Marnie Was There' Here's our ranking of Studio Ghibli's best: 10. "Ponyo"  (2009) was a lovely »

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Hayao Miyazaki box set coming to Blu-ray in November

31 July 2015 5:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hayao Miyazaki fans rejoice! Nerdist announced yesterday that a collective Blu-ray boxset is being released in November of the beloved filmmaker’s work. Big news for anyone who’s been waiting to own all of Miyazaki’s films in great quality, especially his lesser known ones.

Amazon will be releasing The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on November 17 and it will contain all 11 of the director’s feature films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. If the films didn’t excite you enough, then these bonus features surely will, like Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun), a 1972 pilot based on a manga by Tetsuya Chiba that Miyazaki storyboarded, animated, and directed. The set also includes the »

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You Can Soon Own All 11 of Hayao Miyazaki's Films on Blu-ray

30 July 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Hayao Miyazaki Returning from Retirement for Computer-Animated ShortStudio Ghibli fans, rejoice! Nerdist has just announced that you can soon be the proud owner of all 11 of Miyazaki's beloved feature films, as well as bonus items like "Yuki's Sun," a 1972 television pilot animated by Miyaaki, storyboards of anime series "Little Samurai," an uncut version of Miyazaki's retirement press conference and the book "The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki" that explores the themes of Miyazaki's work, as well as the creative proposals for each of his films.  The collection will include: "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro," "Nausicaa of the Valley on the Wind," "Castle in the Sky," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Porco Rosso," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" »

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Animator makes stunning 3D tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

30 July 2015 3:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The films of Hayao Miyazaki, including Spirited Away, Ponyo and Princess Mononoke, are celebrated by a fellow animator's short film...

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki may be retired (though he is working on a short film to be shown at his Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo), but the influence of his magical films still remains. French animator Dono has created a heartfelt tribute to Miyazaki's films, from the pre-Ghibli Castle Of Cagliostro to his swansong, The Wind Rises.

Blending original 2D elements from Miyazaki's films with his own Ghibli-inspired 3D environments, it's a celebration of the characters and landscapes the Japanese master created. What's particularly noteworthy is just how well all these disparate characters and worlds - the light  fable Spirited Away, the harder-edged fantasy of Princess Mononoke - all blend together into one coherent sequence.

Topped off with Joe Hisaishi's music, it's a beguiling celebration of one of Japan's greatest storytellers. »

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Exclusive: Liam Neeson talks ‘Taken 3′ – Out to own June 15th

1 June 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of Taken 3 on Blu-ray and DVD on June 15th and via digital download on June 1st, we’ve got an exclusive interview with the legendary Liam Neeson to share with you.

Irish actor Liam Neeson made his feature debut in 1978 in the big screen adaptation of Paul Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was the beginning of a varied and celebrated career which has seen the actor appear in action films such as The Delta Force (1986), The Grey (2012) and The A-Team (2010), biopics such as Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004) and Schindler’s List (1993) (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as lending his distinctive voice to projects such as Ponyo (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005). Neeson has also had key roles in huge franchises such as Batman Begins (2005), Star Wars (1999) and Taken (2008). In Taken 3, Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, Special Forces agent and family man, »

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Interview: Liam Neeson & Olivier Megaton talk ‘Taken 3′

1 June 2015 1:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Irish actor Liam Neeson made his feature debut in 1978 in the big screen adaptation of Paul Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was the beginning of a varied and celebrated career which has seen the actor appear in action films such as The Delta Force (1986), The Grey (2012) and The A-Team (2010), biopics such as Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004) and Schindler’s List (1993) (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as lending his distinctive voice to projects such as Ponyo (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005). Neeson has also had key roles in huge franchises such as Batman Begins (2005), Star Wars (1999) and Taken (2008). In Taken 3, Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, Special Forces agent and family man, who faces new threats to his loved ones.

French director Olivier Megaton made his feature debut with the sci-fi thriller Exit (2000), a Luc Besson production. Megaton and Besson have enjoyed a close working relationship, »

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Cannes: Wild Bunch unveils first titles

24 April 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Company to launch Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.

Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch will kick off sales on Radu Mihaileanu’s saga The History of Love, starring John Hurt, Gemma Arterton and Sophie Nélisse at the Cannes Marché next month.

The mainly New York-set saga, spanning three continents and a period running from just before the Second World War to the present day, is based on Us writer Nicole Krauss’s international bestseller.

Hurt will play Leo, an elderly Polish Jewish immigrant still mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart in the chaos of war, who is strangely linked to a teenage girl through a long, lost book on love… subtitled ‘the most loved woman in the world’.

“It’s a love story spanning 65 years… revolving around three friends in Poland whose destinies change forever when war breaks out,” Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told ScreenDaily.

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Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal (Feb 28 – March 8)

26 February 2015 11:20 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 18th edition of the Montreal Festival International du Film pour Enfants begins on February 28th, just in time for Spring Break offering a wide range of films for children, teens and families alike. With events at Cinema Beaubien, Cinema du Parc and the Imperial theatre, there is a little something for everyone, with a wide variety of international premieres and showcases.

One of the highlights of this year’s edition of the festival is a showcase called “Focus Japan”, highlighting some of the very best children’s films from Japan. This comes as the Fifem collaborates for the first time with the Tokyo Kinder Film Festival (the next edition in August 2015 will see the fest taking on a new name, Kineko). Focus Japan will feature great Japanese films new and old, including the ever-popular works of Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle »

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