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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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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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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes at Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's Oscar-Contender 'The Wind Rises' (TRAILER)

A contender for the animated feature Oscar, the subtitled "The Wind Rises" (Disney) is now playing a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in its Japanese subtitled version. Possibly the last film from Hayao Miyazaki, the Walt Disney of Japan, who won the animated Oscar for "Spirited Away," "The Wind Rises" is not aimed at young kids. Gorgeously drawn, it's an historical true story of the brilliant designer behind the Zero fighter plane that wrecked havoc in World War II. I interview Geoffrey Wexler, a high-ranking Studio Ghibli executive who was in town to start dubbing the English version that Disney will release on February 21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' Gets Stateside Release Date from Disney, Plus Awards Qualifying Plans

Disney and Studio Ghibli have released plans for the stateside release and awards qualification engagement for Hayao Miyazaki's latest (and, according to his retirement plans, his last) film, "The Wind Rises." The film is slated for a limited release in the US on February 21, 2014, and will expand on February 28.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 11:44 AM
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Hayao Miyazaki Officially Explains His Retirement, Plus Review Roundup of 'The Wind Rises'

Hayao Miyazaki released an official statement to the media September 6 on his reasoning behind his previously announced retirement. While he says that he intends to keep working in various capacities for the next decade, he won't return to the directing chair. The production period on his films continues to increase -- his current film, "The Wind Rises," took five years to make -- and at that rate, he points out, "the studio can't survive."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 6, 2013 1:53 PM
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Hayao Miyazaki Open to a 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind' Sequel

During an interview on Japanese talk show "Oosama no Brunch," animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki hinted that he's open to the possibility of a sequel to 1984's "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," his second feature film and one of his most beloved by fans. But he wouldn't want to helm it himself -- he'd pass the reins over to director Hideaki Anno ("Neon Genesis Evangelion").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 26, 2013 12:58 PM
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