Film | Flicks and Bits - Part 42

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Studio Ghibli Taking A Temporary Break From Making New Movies?

spirited away 2a Studio Ghibli Taking A Temporary Break From Making New Movies?

While information seems to be muddled, numerous outlets are reporting that Japan’s legendary animation house, Studio Ghibli, is going into hibernation. Whispers of the studio’s potential closing have circulated since late last year, after co-founder and writer-director-illustrator-producer Hayao Miyazaki announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Toshio Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio’s general manager instead.

Hayao Miyazaki’s career spanned over fifty years and includes many celebrated features, from ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’ to ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,’ ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Princess Mononoke,’ ‘Ponyo,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ and beyond. Miyazaki has won hearts and accolades around the world in a career that began in the 1960s. The most recent feature film of Miyazaki, ‘The Wind Rises’ (‘Kaze Tachinu’), was nominated for an Oscar.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Sets New August Record With $94 Million Opening

guardians of the galaxy Guardians Of The Galaxy Sets New August Record With $94 Million Opening

After receiving glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore from audiences, James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has opened to a record-breaking $94 million in North America, the top August debut of all time and the third best debut of 2014 so far after ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ ($100 million) and fellow Marvel movie ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($95 million). Internationally, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ also got off to a huge start by opening to $66.4 million in 42 markets for a global opening of $160.4 million. At this moment in time it’s only playing in 50 percent of the foreign marketplace, and saw big numbers in Russia ($13 million), the UK ($10.8 million), Mexico ($6.5 million) and Brazil ($5.4 million).

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