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In ‘The Wind Rises,’ Jiro – inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni – dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro – the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
The animated film is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo), and is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, and expanded release on February 28th. It opens on May 9th in the UK. The cast for the dubed version is a follows: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the main protagonist Jiro Horikoshi, while Emily Blunt plays Jiro’s love interest, Nahoko Satomi. John Krasinski voices Honjo, Jiro’s college pal and fellow aviation engineer. Martin Short plays Jiro’s grumpy boss, Kurokawa. Stanley Tucci voices Caproni, an Italian airplane creator. Mandy Patinkin plays Hattori, senior designer at Mitsubishi. William H. Macy plays Satomi, Nahoko’s father. Werner Herzog provides the voice for the mysterious Castorp. Mae Whitman voices Kayo, Jiro’s younger sister, as well as Kinu, Nahoko’s caretaker. Jennifer Grey plays Mrs. Kurokawa. Darren Criss voices Katayama, one of Jiro’s engineering colleagues. Elijah Wood plays Sone, another of Jiro’s colleagues. And lastly, Ronan Farrow voices a Mitsubishi employee.
I can imagine this was a unique project for you, to dub an already made movie – and a movie made by a master filmmaker that I know you look up to and greatly appreciate…?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 100%. I love really good movies, and Miyazaki is clearly one of the living masters of filmmaking. I’ve been a fan of his movies for a number of years, and so when I got the call that I had the opportunity to do a voice in the English version I just jumped at the chance. I feel like when I watch his movies, ‘Spirited Away’ or ‘Princess Mononoke’ for example, you just get that feeling, you get that feeling of wonder and excitableness…. it’s like you’re four years-old again (laughs), when the world is a magical place. He sort of invites you into that lense again, and I just love that. It’s a story that I really love as well, I loved Jiro’s perspective.
Horror-Comedy ‘Cooties’ & The Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig-Starring ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Picked Up At Sundance
Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to SpectreVision and Glacier Films’ ‘Cooties’ at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The comedic horror film marks the feature film directorial debut for Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. It is written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator of’ Saw’ and ‘Insidious’) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of ‘Glee’), and stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Jorge Garcia and Nasim Pedrad.
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said, “We’re thrilled to have another Leigh Whannell project back at Lionsgate to build on our 10-year history together during which we released seven films in the ‘Saw’ franchise that he co-created. Leigh and Ian, along with all the filmmakers and cast of ‘Cooties,’ have created a project that we found ourselves laughing out loud throughout and we cannot wait to share it with moviegoers!”
Brilliant Poster For The Horror-Comedy ‘Cooties’ – Starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson….
SpectreVision and Glacier Films have set loose this awesome poster – by Jay Shaw of Kingdom of Nonsense - for their upcoming horror comedy ‘Cooties.’ Starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Jorgé Garcia, Nasim Pedrad, and Leigh Whannel, the film is directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott. ‘Cooties’ was co-written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator and writer of the ‘Saw’ and ‘Insidious’ franchises), and Ian Brennan (co-creator/executive producer of ‘Glee’). Look out for the film later this year.
In ‘Cooties,’ a mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters. The virus centralizes in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee. Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realizing they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elijah Wood has signed on to star in ‘Set Fire to the Stars,’ a period movie exploring the relationship between poets John Malcolm Brinnin and Dylan Thomas. Andy Goddard, best known for helming key episodes of ‘Downton Abbey,’ co-wrote the script and is directing. Celyn Jones co-wrote the script with Goddard and will portray Thomas opposite Wood’s Brinnin. ’Set Fire to the Stars’ is set to begin filming at the end of the month and counts Kelly Reilly (Flight, Sherlock Holmes), Shirley Henderson (the ‘Harry Potter’ movies) and Steven Mackintosh (Luther) in its cast.
John Malcolm Brinnin was a Canadian-born American poet who was instrumental in bringing Dylan Thomas, known as the “doomed poet,” into the US for his famed visits in the early 1950s, leading up to his death in 1953. He had to deal with the drunken Welsh man’s increasingly erratic behavior, even writing about those final years in a 1955 book, ‘Dylan Thomas in America.’ The movie will explore the turbulent relationship between Brinnin and his hero, with shooting taking place on location in and around Thomas’ home of Swansea, Wales.
Magnet Releasing has debuted this new trailer for the Elijah Wood-starring thriller ‘Grand Piano.’ Set for March 7th, Wood plays Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, who has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” In the sights of an anonymous sniper (John Cusack), Tom must get through the most difficult performance of his life and look for help without being detected.
English Voice Cast Revealed For Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’; Lead By Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Emily Blunt
The English voice cast is set for the dub of ‘The Wind Rises’ (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), the animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, and expanded release on February 28th, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. ‘The Wind Rises’ is said to be the final film directed by the retiring legendary filmmaker. Expect word on the film’s UK release shortly.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the main protagonist Jiro Horikoshi. Emily Blunt plays Jiro’s love interest, Nahoko Satomi. John Krasinski voices Honjo, Jiro’s college pal and fellow aviation engineer. Martin Short plays Jiro’s grumpy boss, Kurokawa. Stanley Tucci voices Caproni, an Italian airplane creator. Mandy Patinkin plays Hattori, senior designer at Mitsubishi. William H. Macy plays Satomi, Nahoko’s father. Werner Herzog provides the voice for the mysterious Castorp. Mae Whitman voices Kayo, Jiro’s younger sister, as well as Kinu, Nahoko’s caretaker. Jennifer Grey plays Mrs. Kurokawa. Darren Criss voices Katayama, one of Jiro’s engineering colleagues. Elijah Wood plays Sone, another of Jiro’s colleagues. And lastly, Ronan Farrow voices a Mitsubishi employee.