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Studio Ghibli's Next Film, 'When Marnie Was There,' Gets a Trailer (VIDEO)

For animation geeks, it's hard not to get excited whenever a new Studio Ghibli film is on its way. Here is the U.S., that film is "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," which GKIDS plans to release in an English dub this fall, but in Japan, the next Ghibli is due in theaters this month, and it looks like a real beauty.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 2, 2014 12:27 PM
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GKids Acquires Rights to Studio Ghibli Doc 'The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness'

Animation distributor GKids has acquired the North American rights to "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness," a new documentary about the powerhouse Japanese animation shop "Studio Ghibli."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:25 PM
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New Restoration of Hayao Miyazaki's 'Castle of Cagliostro' Coming Soon (VIDEO)

A digitally remastered edition of "The Castle of Cagliostro," the first animated feature from Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki, is headed for Japanese theaters on May 9. When will we see it in the US?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 27, 2014 2:18 PM
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'Non-Stop' and 'Son of God' Continue 2014 Box Office Roll

Marking the 14th straight weekend of improved grosses over 2013, two less-heralded new releases scored strong Friday returns. Number one for the day is the French/US co-production "Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson. Close behind at #2 is "Son of God," a theatrical version of the successful cable miniseries "The Bible" from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 1, 2014 11:24 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Wind Rises' and 'Elaine Stritch' Pull Crowds, 'In Secret' Sags

The range of new art films this weeks shows the diversity of the specialized world, with an acclaimed animated feature, another show business documentary, two subtitled films and a higher-budget period drama all debuting to quite variable results. "The Wind Rises" and "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" are the standouts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 23, 2014 4:08 PM
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Three Films to See in Theaters This Weekend (and Two to Skip)

This weekend's your chance to catch two Foreign Language Oscar hopefuls -- Palestine's "Omar" and erstwhile Romanian contender "Child's Pose." Also, head to the English-language revamp of Hayao Miyazaki's farewell feature film "The Wind Rises," with its star-studded voice cast, but heed critics' advice and skip vulgar auteur Paul WS Anderson's "Pompeii," and stuffy Emile Zola adaptation "In Secret."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 21, 2014 4:04 PM
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Miyazaki Talks Retirement, Oscars, True History in 'The Wind Rises'

Well, I hate to break it to you, but during my satellite interview at Team Disney last week on the Oscar-nominated "The Wind Rises," Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he will not direct another movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 8:11 PM
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Is Hayao Miyazaki Really Retiring? 'Wind Rises' Director Thanks Academy for Oscar Nom

When Hayao Miyazaki officially announced his retirement back in September, it seemed like he wasn't going to back down. But since then, rumors have circulated that the 73-year-old Studio Ghibli director may not stick the landing. In other news, the director graciously thanked the Academy for nominating "The Wind Rises."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 16, 2014 3:09 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises,' Final Film in a Soaring Career

A first official US trailer has arrived for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," which recently had its awards qualifying week-run in L.A. and New York, and has its theatrical release with a yet to be announced English-language voice cast February 21. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 18, 2013 3:07 PM
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Studio Ghibli Retrospective Returns to TIFF Cinematheque, Now Includes Rarely Screened Classic 'Grave of the Fireflies'

The TIFF Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the US, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13 and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2013 12:45 PM
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