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10 Spirited Away Facts You Never Knew

10 Spirited Away Facts You Never Knew
Visionary legend Hayao Miyazaki was said to be retiring, but instead, he blessed the world with the Oscar winning Spirited Away, Japan's highest-grossing movie of all time. The smart and evocative children's story was the first animated feature to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the first movie in history to make $200 million before its North American release, and it even beat Titanic in Japan. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Spirited Away.

A Kid Brought Miyazaki Out Of Retirement

The ten-year-old daughter of one of Miyazaki's associate producers inspired Spirited Away after the filmmaker met her during his annual sabbatical at a mountain cabin, where he often spends time with friends and family. Though he'd announced his retirement from filmmaking in 1997, he felt compelled to make something of worth and substance for kids her age. He wanted to give kids an
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Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) vs. Josh Brolin (‘Avengers: Infinity War’) in clash of Marvel villains at MTV Movie and TV Awards

Michael B. Jordan (‘Black Panther’) vs. Josh Brolin (‘Avengers: Infinity War’) in clash of Marvel villains at MTV Movie and TV Awards
Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) is the MTV Movie and TV Awards front-runner for Best Villain, according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. But can he really take down Thanos? He goes head-to-head against Josh Brolin, who is arguably the biggest big-bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther” is the most critically acclaimed of the Marvel movies, thanks in part to the complexity of its villain, Erik Killmonger, whose motives actually ring true: he’s a vengeful social justice warrior who resents the highly advanced, but isolationist nation of Wakanda for turning its back on black suffering throughout the world. However, his plan is to use Wakanda’s might to enslave the world as Africans were enslaved, and the title superhero couldn’t stand for world domination.

As of this writing Jordan leads our predictions with odds of 5/6. He’s backed by four Editors who
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'The Ring' Star Daveigh Chase Arrested for Joyriding in Stolen Car

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Daveigh Chase, the creepy little well girl from "The Ring," just got herself in a hole, 'cause she was busted for joyriding in a car that was reported stolen ... TMZ has learned. Chase was a passenger in a BMW cops pulled over Tuesday around 10 Am in Hollywood. After they quickly ran the plates, the whip popped up as stolen. Law enforcement sources tell us even though Daveigh wasn't driving she was booked for driving in
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Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?

Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?
Can you believe Lilo & Stitch is 15 years old? Walt Disney Feature Animation's instant classic surfed into theaters on June 21, 2002 and went on to earn $273.1 million at the global box office. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the family film featured the voice talents of Zoe Caldwell, Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three animated features produced primarily at Disney-mgm Studios in Walt Disney World near Orlando, after 1998's Mulan and before 2003's Brother Bear. The movie was so successful that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on...
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Top Monsters In The Movies

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Scary films and monster movies are not only meant for the month of October, and this summer’s selection is proof – It, Annabelle: Creation, It Comes At Night and The Mummy.

The evolution of creature technology and the fundamental role technology have played a huge part in shaping monster movies.

From the evolution of creature technology beginning with King Kong (1933), Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), Horror Of Dracula (1958), One Million Years B.C. (1966), Planet Of The Apes (1968), The Exorcist (1973), An American Werewolf In London (1981) and Aliens (1986) through the digital age of Jurassic Park (1993), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) and King Kong (2005), audiences love the monsters that grace the silver screen.

In honor of Universal’s The Mummy, opening in theaters this Friday June 9th, we decided to look back at one of our lists of those creepy, loveable characters that fill our dreams and
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Island Life: Revisiting ‘Lilo & Stitch’ After ‘Moana’

‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.

Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.

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'The Ring' Star Daveigh Chase Questioned by Cops in Death Investigation

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Daveigh Chase got busted after rushing a dying man to the hospital -- but her arrest has nothing to do with his death ... well, almost nothing. Daveigh, the voice of Lilo in "Lilo & Stitch," dumped the guy outside an L.A. hospital in the wee hours of Feb. 15, and immediately bounced ... according to our law enforcement sources. He was pronounced dead after hospital staffers found him. We're told someone told police Daveigh had been hanging
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Why Didn't Naomi Watts Return in Rings?

Why Didn't Naomi Watts Return in Rings?
When Paramount started moving forward with Rings in early 2015, there was talk that this project was actually a prequel to the 2002 hit thriller The Ring, which starred Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, Martin Henderson as Noah Clay and Daveigh Chase as the iconic Samara Morgan. When shooting began just a few weeks later, director F. Javier Gutierrez confirmed that this story is actually a sequel, although none of the original cast members were brought back for this follow-up. F. Javier Gutierrez revealed in a new interview that he had actually considering bringing back Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, but the reason it never happened may surprise you.

The Ring, which was based on the hit Japanese thriller Ringu, was a big hit at the box office, taking in $129.1 million domestically and $249.3 million worldwide from a $48 million budget. The 2005 sequel, The Ring Two, wasn't quite as successful, earning $76.2 million domestic and
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Donnie Darko 3 Planned with Original Director Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko 3 Planned with Original Director Richard Kelly
Will we finally get Donnie Darko 3, a true sequel to the Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi classic? Last year, the 2001 thriller Donnie Darko celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a 4K re-release in select U.K. theaters, although it never made it to the U.S. Now that the re-release is available on Blu-ray, writer-director Richard Kelly revealed in a new interview that he does have plans for a true follow-up that will return to this unique universe. While he doesn't offer specifics, the filmmaker explained that it will be even bigger and more ambitious than the original.

"I think there's something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe. It's big and expensive and I think there's time to get to that. I want to make sure we've got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place.
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Richard Kelly has plans for a Donnie Darko sequel

Director Richard Kelly exploded onto the scene in 2001 with his acclaimed feature debut Donnie Darko, following it up with the divisive Southland Tales in 2006 and the 2009 Richard Matheson adaptation The Box before pretty much disappearing off the radar as he tried unsuccessfully to get several projects off the ground.

Now, chatting to HMV to promote the 4K restoration of Donnie Darko, Kelly has revealed that he has plans for another film set in the same universe, which he plans to focus on once he’s completed his next movie.

“I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe,” said the director. “It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we
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Video: Rings Samara Crawls From TV In Real Life And Scares Store Customers

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We all know the rules: first you watch it, then you die.

Watch as hidden cameras capture the reactions of unsuspecting customers when Rings Samara comes for them.

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it.

She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Fans of the 2002 supernatural film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander and Daveigh Chase, have been looking forward to another film for years. (Trailer). Adding to the movie’s tension was the spine-chilling score from Hans Zimmer along with the unnerving cinematography by Bojan Bazelli. It
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Ambi Forms Branding Division With ‘Donnie Darko’ Merchandise

Ambi Forms Branding Division With ‘Donnie Darko’ Merchandise
Ambi Group is launching an in-house brand partnership division, starting with specialized merchandise based on the 2001 sci-fi drama “Donnie Darko,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Veteran marketing executive Keith Snelgrove, who recently oversaw “007” global branding initiatives tied to the James Bond franchise, has been appointed Ambi’s head of global brand partnerships to handle product placement, promotions, licensing and retail engagement, strategic alliance, and sponsorship marketing in TV, film, home entertainment, web, and mobile.

Ambi is partnered on “Donnie Darko” with Funko, a maker of pop culture collectibles. The merchandise includes a collection of Pop! Vinyl Figures and Pocket Pop! Key Chains, which will be introduced in 2017.

Donnie Darko” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the title character along with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell, and Patrick Swayze. Gyllenhaal plays a troubled teenager plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
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Donnie Darko 4K Re-Release Trailer Is Here and It Looks Amazing

Donnie Darko 4K Re-Release Trailer Is Here and It Looks Amazing
Next month, the British Film Institute celebrates the 15th anniversary of the iconic cult classic Donnie Darko with a theatrical re-release showcasing the film's new 4K restoration. Today we have a new trailer for the re-release, which is only happening in the U.K., with screenings on December 19, 20, 22 and 23. The film will also include an introduction from writer-director Richard Kelly.

BFI debuted this new trailer yesterday, which allows fans to revisit this cult classic, even if you can't make it to the U.K. for this re-release. It's unclear if there are plans for a 4K re-release in the U.S., either in theater or on home video. Here's the official description of this re-release from the BFI website.

"This mind-bending cult classic gets a loving restoration. October, 1988. In the middle of the night, a man in a monstrous rabbit suit appears to Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled teenager
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‘Jack Goes Home’ Review

Repression can be a horrible thing. As much as our minds would like us to forget trauma and pain, it’s proven fact that it’s often more damaging than it is helpful. So discovers Jack (Rory Culkin), a young man who has a baby due with Cleo (Britt Robertson) who gets a call at work that his parents have been in a car accident and that his father has passed away. He returns to his childhood home to care for his mother Teresa (Lin Shaye). Jack starts looking into his past, discovering forgotten secrets which will literally begin to haunt him.

Jack Goes Home is a movie which is best described as chilling. When Jack is relaying to Cleo that his father died in a “by the way,” matter of fact fashion, we already know something is off. Jack is damaged. He claims he’s made peace with it,
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‘Jack Goes Home’ Review

Stars: Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Britt Robertson, Nikki Reed, Natasha Lyonne, Daveigh Chase, Louis Hunter, Serge Levin, Michael Sirow, Hutchi Hancock | Written and Directed by Thomas Dekker

How we deal with loss is a personal thing that affects us in different ways. Something we can all agree on though is that it can be one of the hardest things we ever have to go through. Jack Goes Home is a new movie that looks at coping with loss, or to be more precise, not being able to cope with it.

When Jack (Rory Culkin) receives news that his father is dead he travels home to look after his mother (Lin Shaye) who was also in the accident with her husband. Dealing with the loss, Jack begins to discover long buried secrets about himself and his parents that make him question everything about himself.

Jack Goes Home is a psychological horror
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[Review] Jack Goes Home

There’s no question that Thomas Dekker‘s sophomore effort as writer-director is a head-scratcher. What you as a viewer must decide is whether or not to keep scratching. I don’t think anyone outside of Dekker himself can truly unpack the type of psychological chaos occurring within Jack Goes Home, and I like that notion. This is an artist using his medium as an outlet to exorcise demons without necessarily factoring in audience expectations. It doesn’t supply easy answers, leaves a ton of loose ends as far as what’s real or fantasy, and turns deadly violent on a dime. It seeks divisiveness by throwing the kitchen sink of horrific tragedies onto Jack Thurlowe (Rory Culkin) until he can no longer breathe before letting him stew — simultaneously unhinged and deceptively anticlimactic.

But the latter isn’t deflating as much as unexpected. Most horror films begin where this one ends,
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‘Jack Goes Home’ Review

Actor Thomas Dekker takes a temporary break from life in front of the camera to head behind the lens with new film Jack Goes Home. Taking on the dual tasks of writer and director in Jack Goes Home, Dekker has crafted a tight psychological thriller.

The story concerns Jack (Rory Culkin), who travels home after the death of his father to look after his sick mother (Lin Shaye). It’s been a long time since Jack has been home, and whilst mourning his father he stumbles across a family secret that will change not only his life, but his very being, forever.

Thematically Jack Goes Home is dark and intense. The colour palette is suitably shadowy, highlighting those things that are kept hidden away, out of sight. Truly terrible deeds have been committed within Jack’s past, Dekker handling them astutely, ensuring that these travesties pack a punch. As events
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Jack Goes Home Review

Revenge, grief and piercing secrets make Jack Goes Home quite the interesting genre hybrid, but Thomas Dekker’s disparaging darkness might rely a bit too heavily on haunted aesthetics. The story itself is one of loss and homecoming, hinged on a character’s wading through pools of emotional unrest. People cope in infinite ways, and Dekker’s appropriation of Jack is meant to show man’s ability to teeter at wit’s end – a brutal inner tumble that continually drags us down to deeper depths. Some unsettling imagery couples with a dreamlike waltz through personal strife, yet come the film’s twisted finale, Dekker loses grasp of the self-discovery at stake. Brittle reveals crumble at the cusp of understanding, meant to rattle instead of satisfy – the whole style over substance cliché rearing its head once again.

Rory Culkin plays the titular Jack Thurlowe, a husband (webcam wife played by Britt Robertson
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Poster and trailer for psychological thriller Jack Goes Home starring Rory Culkin and Britt Robertson

A poster and trailer have arrived online for director Thomas Dekker’s upcoming psychological thriller Jack Goes Home which stars Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Britt Robertson, Nikki Reed and Daveigh Chase; check them out below…

Jack is an educated and well versed magazine editor living in Los Angeles. He is in his mid 20s, engaged and expecting his first child. Grappling with the natural release of his childhood and the promise of his forthcoming adulthood, he is hit hard by the news of his father’s death. In a violent and horrific car crash, his father has perished while his mother has survived. He returns to his hometown of Denver, Colorado to nurse his mother through her physical and emotional injuries. During his stay at home, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity. Jack’s journey to the truth is fueled by madness,
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Full Trailer for Creepy Indie Thriller 'Jack Goes Home' with Rory Culkin

"I always thought this house was haunted..." Momentum has released a trailer for an indie thriller called Jack Goes Home, from actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who both wrote and directed this film. Rory Culkin stars as a magazine editor, along with Britt Robertson as his fiance, who goes back to his home town after learning that his parents are in a deadly car accident. Things get crazy when he returns. "Jack comes to learn that the idyllic world he has believed in since infancy is in fact a nightmare playground full of lies, deception, violence and murder." The full cast includes Lin Shaye, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Daveigh Chase and Louis Hunter. This trailer gets very creepy and very weird in the second half. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Thomas Dekker's Jack Goes Home, direct from YouTube: Synopsis: Jack Thurlowe (Rory Culkin) is a successful magazine editor with a
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