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Are Studio Ghibli's Days Numbered? Say It Ain't So

It seems impossible to think that one of the world's most beloved animation studios might shut its doors and stop making films, but that's what one Japanese news site says might happen to Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 4:15 PM
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Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documentaries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 3:37 PM
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WATCH: Disney's 'Into the Woods' Gets a Tantalizing First Trailer (And Production Photos)

Musical theaters nerds, our wishes have been granted: the first trailer for Rob Marshall's adaptation of "Into the Woods" is here, and it definitely makes us wish for more.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 1:40 PM
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Makeup Artist Dick Smith Has Died at 92

Makeup artist Rick Baker tweeted the news Thursday morning that his mentor, the legendary Dick Smith, had died, at age 92. He did makeup effects for "The Godfather" I and II, "Scanners," "The Exorcist," "Altered States," and "Little Big Man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2014 1:26 PM
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More: Obit

Titans Peter Jackson and George Miller Take Over the Con with 'Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (POSTERS & TRAILERS)

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the "The Hobbit" finale and the re-imagined "Mad Max."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Outfest Horror Fave 'Lyle,' Starring Gaby Hoffmann, to Be Self-Distributed by Filmmakers (TRAILER)

Eschewing more traditional distribution models, director Stewart Thorndike and producer Alex Scharfman have elected to stream "Lyle," the first of three female-focused horror films, for free.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 28, 2014 1:49 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Why 'The Giver' Is Like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'John Carter'

The Comic-Con footage for "The Giver" looks good once you get past the all-too similar dystopian subject matter. Even though Lois Lowry's book paved the way for all that young adult fiction 21 years ago, can the Weinsteins make audiences want to see it?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2014 4:33 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Hammers Home 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Ant-Man'

The Marvel strut was in full force Saturday evening in Hall H.They rule the comic-book, superhero genre for movies and demonstrated once again why they also rule the Con. And Marvel didn't disappoint in touting the more ambitious "Age of Ultron" (May 1, 2015) along with the more fantastical and whimsical "Ant-Man" (July 31, 2015), which will star Paul 'Rudd as the incredible shrinking superhero. The contrast is further proof that Marvel will keep mixing it up between dark and light to escalate the danger while using gallows humor as an essential escape valve.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 27, 2014 2:59 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 3D Reboot vs. Low-Tech 'Project Almanac'

Two of Paramount's offerings at Comic-Con, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Project Almanac," revealed an interesting contrast in tech approaches. While the "TMNT" reboot touts the latest facial capture advancement from Industrial Light & Magic called Muse, the time-traveling teenage adventure is proudly low-fi in its attitude toward hardware.
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2014 5:18 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Fox Targets Male Demo with Firth Spy Flick 'Kingsman,' YA 'Maze Runner,' and 'Hitman' Starring Quinto

Fox's presentations at Comic-Con emphasized finding new ways of being fresh and relevant, as the studio is targeting the male demo with "The Maze Runner," its young adult answer to "The Hunger Games," along with Matthew Vaughn's Bondian "Kingsman: The Secret Service," and a second adaptation of the "Agent 47" video game, "Hitman."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2014 4:49 PM
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