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‘Big Fish & Begonia’ review: Dirs. Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang (2018)

Big Fish and Begonia review: China’s new animated feature revolves around a 16-year-old girl who travels to the human world in the form of a dolphin and forms a connection with a human boy.

Big Fish and Begonia review by Orestes Adam.

Big Fish and Begonia review

Unlike Japan’s world-dominating animation industry, China is significantly lacking in the toon department. The fact that a film as rich as Big Fish & Begonia had to be delayed for over 12 years, only to be crowdfunded and make over half a billion Yuan in China upon its release shows how desperately its audience is in need of its own animated fables, particularly with such fantastical mythologies and philosophies to draw from. The dawn of China’s animation industry additionally presents a unique opportunity, as it stands free from the fixed style that is Japanese anime and the safety of Western cartoons. It
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Fathom Events achieves record year in 2017

ComScore ranks distributor as 13th biggest in North America last year.

Source: Fathom Events

Fathom Events said 26 of its releases grossed more than $1m in 2017, which the event cinema distributor said marked a new record for the company.

The distributor, which released 14 films that grossed $1m or more in 2016, added that box office data specialist ComScore ranked it as the 13th largest distributor of content to North American theatres last year by box office. Total box office for all releases is still being calculated but the company said it amounted to more than $70m.

The 26 cinema events that grossed more than $1m in 2017 include nine live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, classic films like The Princess Bride and Singin’ In The Rain, anime film Princess Mononoke, and last August’s boxing match Mayweather vs McGregor – the highest grossing sports event in Fathom’s history.

Six of the 26 titles brought in more than $2m, with Disney’s [link
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Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (Exclusive)

Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (Exclusive)
Amid an overall slump in domestic moviegoing, Fathom Events has seen a surge this year in box office for its live events and one-night showings for theatrical chains.

The company, which is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group, has topped the $1 million mark with 27 different events in 2017. That’s nearly double its 2016 mark of 14 events with more than $1 million.

Six events topped the $2 million mark, led by a Feb. 16 showing of “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical” with $4.7 million and followed by faith-based documentaries “Is Genesis History” with $2.7 million and “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem” with $2.5 million, “Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!” with $2.4 million, the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match with $2.4 million, and “Jeepers Creepers 3″ with $2.2 million.

“This year has seen tremendous growth for Fathom and event cinema, proving that consumers want a true event experience in their movie theater,” said Ray Nutt, chief executive officer.
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Viz Media releasing Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books

Viz Media has announced that it is set to release two new Studio Ghibli Picture Books this December, capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke with easy-to-read text and full-color pictures taken direct from the films, presented in a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

The legends were true! Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath—who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money—and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient
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Blu-ray Review – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 1984.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos,and Shia Labeouf.

Synopsis:

GKids has secured the new home video distributor contract for Studio Ghibli films, and they’ve released a big batch of them on Blu-ray, with more bonus features than what was found on the earlier Blu discs. This review covers Nausicaä’ of the Valley of the Wind, which was Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie, although it predated the creation of Studio Ghibli.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is famed Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s debut movie, which is an adaptation of his manga of the same name. It was released prior to Miyazaki’s founding of Studio Ghibli, but it’s now part of the company’s stable of films, so it fell under the deal
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Star Wars Rebels season 4 episode 6 review: Flight Of The Defender

Megan Crouse Oct 31, 2017

An action-packed episode brings some strong scares and The Clone Wars-style fantasy. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.6 Flight Of The Defender

Flight Of The Defender was a very mystical episode, adding some of the less definable aspects of the Force to a fun, high-energy adventure. From an opening in which exposition is smoothed out by the presence of a pack of loth-cats, Flight Of The Defender barrels along with mostly satisfying contributions from Thrawn and Pryce and an ending that’s bound to leave a lot of questions. It’s a very Dave Filoni episode.

In this case, that means it’s full of joy and wonderfully self-indulgent animals. The actual core of the story starts when Sabine decides, pretty sensibly, that the easiest way to transport the physical data disks on the experimental Tie
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‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Director and Producer on the Heritage of Studio Ghibli and the Birth of Studio Ponoc

Mary and the Witch’s Flower, based on the 1971 children’s novel The Little Broomstick, is the first film from Studio Ponoc, a new Japanese animation studio founded by Yoshiaki Nishimura. Nishimura previously worked at the revered Studio Ghibli, where he produced The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There. To build Ponoc, he brought along other Ghibli veterans, including Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who helmed Mary. In his time as an animator, Yonebayashi worked as an artist on such films as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo, eventually progressing to directing The Secret World of Arrietty and Marnie. With the help of a translator, we spoke to Nishimura and Yonebayashi about Mary and the Witch’s Flower and their new studio’s growing pains.

The Film Stage: What made you pick this project as the first feature for Studio Ponoc?

Yoshiaki Nishimura: At the end of 2014, Studio Ghibli closed its production division,
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Hot Topic Unveils Their Princess Mononoke Fashion Line With Promo Video

Hot Topic and Her Universe have released a new fashion line and this one is inspired be Studio Ghibli's classic anime Princess Mononoke. There are all kinds of different styles including the wolf sweater. I imagine that will be the top seller, but I also don't think a lot of people would wear it outside of a geek convention setting. Would any of you?

These geek culture inspired clothes that Hot Topic and Her Universe are coming up with are pretty cool. These are all currently on sale now. If you're interested in buying, click here.
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Bill Mudron's Posters of Moments From Hayao Miyazaki's Films Are Breathtaking

Hayao Miyazaki's films are impressive. Maybe not for special effects or even story or acting every time, but for the beauty in the art that he creates. There is almost always at least one moment in each of his movies that make you go 'Wow'. 

Artist Bill Mudron has recently released some posters and prints of those moments in a series of artwork he's created. The posters include moments from 11 of Miyazaki's films including Howls Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, and Spirited Away.

Even if you don't necessarily like anime or Miyazaki's films, these are some great atmospheric pieces of art. My personal favorite is the piece featuring the forest spirits from Princess Mononoke.

Check out his Website here to see them all and to purchase them. We'll include a couple below to get you started.
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Miyazaki Madness! Princess Mononoke Screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“Ugh, I smell like a human!”

Princess Mononoke (subtitled) plays midnights this weekend (September 8th and 9th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. The English-dubbed version will screen Saturday September 9th at 11:30am

Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke (1997) is reportedly a delightful anime from the man who has come to define everything that is best about the genre, I’ve never seen it, but Miyazaki always brings in the crowds for the midnight shows so I’m sure it’s a worthy choice. Princess Mononoke was Miyazaki’s calling card to the world outside Japan. The English voice cast boasts Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillan Anderson and Keith David – a considerable volume of talent for an animation back in 1997 (Toy Story was 1995), arguably marking the beginning of another trend – for big names to be heard and not seen.
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Midnights This Weekend at the Tivoli

“If I had a nickel for every cigarette your mom smoked, I’d be dead.”

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) screens Midnights This Weekend (September 1st and 2nd) at the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd., University City, Mo.) as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series.

I love when people try to write out a plot synopsis for David Lynch movies. They only sound jumbled, confusing and morbid, and though those are words synonymous with the incredible writer/director/producer, they miss the point. David Lynch isn’t the kind of filmmaker who produces a point A to point B story. He is an abstract artist painting a picture of the human condition. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me may be a depiction of the final days of Laura Palmer and a last hurrah for the beloved 1990 series (until this year’s revival), but at its heart,
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The Room with Tommy Wiseau in Person! Midnights This Weekend at the Tivoli

“I got the results of the test back – I definitely have breast cancer!”

Forget the Eclipse! The wait is almost over. The St. Louis movie event of the summer is this weekend! The Room screens Midnights This Weekend (August 25th and 26th) at the Tivoli – with Tommy Wiseau in Person (!!!) as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series. All seats $15.00, no passes.

There will be thousands of plastic spoons flying through the air in the Tivoli’s main screen this weekend. Grown men in tuxedoes will be throwing footballs three feet away from each other in the Tivoli’s lobby. What’s going on and who will that strange man with the sunglasses, odd accent and black stringy hair be that everyone will be crowded around?

Our city is bracing itself for the arrival of the one and only Tommy Wiseau! St. Louis-area fans of The Room
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“Heeere’s Johnny!!” The Shining Screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in!”

The Shining (1980) screens midnights this weekend (August 18th and 19th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, The Shining (based on the Stephen King novel) creates some of the most genuine spine chills ever filmed. Taking a job as a winter caretaker for a giant and remote hotel, Jack Nicholson, his wife Shelley Duvall, and his son Danny Lloyd, find that the long hallways and empty rooms contain more than a few ghosts. The film goes back and forth from scary to amusing as Jack, meticulously pacing his part, slowly turns into a psychopath, taking an axe to his loved ones. Kubrick’s use of space
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20 Years Back: Celebrating the Cinematic Delights of 1997

Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1997…

1997. It doesn’t feel that distant but we’re now talking 20 years. This was the year I left school. That officially makes me old as fuck I believe. Lady Di passed, Tony Blair became Pm, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, Mike Tyson had a Holyfield Ear pie and more. The Spice Girls reigned supreme. Hanson were Mmmbopping all over the place and confusing horny teenagers who thought the girl singing lead was hot.

In film, the year is significant. This was the year the Titanic did the opposite of sink (erm… float). James Cameron’s historical (which icebergs aside wasn’t that historical) epic was seen by pretty much everyone on Earth. It probably grossed a further Trillion Wibblewangs outside the Milky Way (I just invented an alien currency). It thundered away as the highest grossing film ever (if you don’t
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Studio Ghibli Reopens As Hayao Miyazaki Refuses to Retire — Again

Studio Ghibli Reopens As Hayao Miyazaki Refuses to Retire — Again
No matter how many times he has announced it, Hayao Miyazaki will never retire. And we can only be grateful that a genius like him will keep blessing the world with his works. Miyazaki announced (for the umpteenth time) that he would retire from the grueling world of animation that he revolutionized with films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited […]

The post Studio Ghibli Reopens As Hayao Miyazaki Refuses to Retire — Again appeared first on /Film.
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Studio Ghibli Officially Reopens For New Hayao Miyazaki Movie

Where many animators might overtly simplify the visual elements of their animated movies, Hayao Miyazaki has always adhered to a painstakingly difficult process for his films.

The legendary Japanese director of such classics as “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “My Neighbor Totoro” has always been suspicious of computers and personally draws his own frames by hand, which number in the thousands per film.

Continue reading Studio Ghibli Officially Reopens For New Hayao Miyazaki Movie at The Playlist.
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The Tivoli Announces the ‘Reel Late’ Midnight Line-Up – Rocky Horror, Re-animator, Twin Peaks, and More!

“Who’s going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow!”

Another terrific lineup of midnight movies for the ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ to end the 2017 season. It’s a typically good variety of titles that should draw the late night movie buff crowd with a couple of retro surprises. The Midnight Movie experience has always catered to a college-age crowd and that’s the way it should be. Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadow cast with the Samurai Electricians ends the new schedule on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28 . The oldest film this time is Poltergeist from 1980 and the most recent is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World from 2010. There’s a Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke) thrown in there for attendance insurance (theses always pack ‘em in) and a handful of standards including The Matrix. I believe Goodfellas, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and Re-animator
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Home Entertainment Review: Ghost in the Shell

Based on the hit manga and anime of the same name, Ghost in the Shell arrives with controversy surrounding it thanks to more claims of whitewashing. Let’s face it though, there isn’t an asian actress who draws in crowds like Scarlett Johansson and Ghost in the Shell needs every one of those extra pennies to look as good as it does. It’s about time anime started making its way to Hollywood (with Death Note soon to follow), and Ghost in the Shell is a surprisingly successful attempt at breathing new life into a seminal work of art.

Major (Johansson) is a member of Section 9, part of the police that deals with cyber terrorism, lead by Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano). However, Major is a special weapon, a human mind inside a completely cybernetic body. Major, her partner Batou (Pilou Asbaek), and the rest of the team suddenly find themselves
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Gkids To Reissue Six Studio Ghibli Films For Blu-Ray

Gkids, producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio's catalog in North America. Beginning October 17, 2017, Gkids will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli's renowned films with six initial titles from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31, 2017. The remaining titles will be reissued in the coming months in brand new Blu-ray and DVD, and are listed below. 

The Studio Ghibli library, led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most coveted and critically-lauded in animation, and includes such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, which was recently listed at
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Gkids to handle home video on Studio Ghibli catalogue

Distributor now handles home entertainment rights as well as theatrical on Japanese studio titles.

Gkids has announced it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to distribute the Japanese animation studio’s home video catalogue in North America.

Starting on October 17, Gkids will reissue Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s films and kicks off with six titles from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The initial six Miyazaki titles are Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away (pictured), followed by Castle In The Sky and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind on October 31.

The remaining titles, which include Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, will be reissued in the coming months on Blu-ray and DVD.

The home video partnership builds on the relationship between Gkids and Studio Ghibli. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the catalogue since 2010.

Gkids released the studio’s recent
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