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Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki Announces Retirement

9/6/2013 9:50am EDT
Hayao Miyazaki
Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has officially announced his retirement.

The animator spoke during a press conference in Tokyo on Friday following up on the announcement his production company Studio Ghibli made earlier this week at the Venice Film Festival.

“I’ve mentioned that I would retire many times in the past, so a lot of you must be thinking ‘Oh, not again,' ” Miyazaki said during the press conference, according to the New York Times. “But this time I am quite serious.”

The 72-year-old director/animator has made 11 feature films, including Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo ...

Acclaimed Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki To Retire From Filmmaking

9/2/2013 4:08pm EDT
Hayao Miyazaki
Acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from filmmaking at the age of 72.

The 72-year-old Oscar winner's latest film, "The Wind Rises", will be his final film according to Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki's animation company, Studio Ghibli.

"Miyazaki has decided that 'The Wind Rises' will be his last film and he will now retire," Hoshino said during a press conference for the premiere of the latest animated feature from the director at the Venice Film Festival.

The director did not attend the festival, opting to remain in his native Japan, where he'll officially announce his ret...

New Movies on DVD, March 7

3/7/2006 8:00am EST
Goblet of Fire
Potterheads around the world are heralding the arrival of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire on DVD. In the fourth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is chosen to compete in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, a competition that involves students from Hogwarts and two rival wizard schools.

Meanwhile, strange things start to happen after the "Dark Mark" appears during the Quidditch World Cup. While Harry prepares for the tournament, he encounters new challenges and unmasks plots that go deeper than the mysterious dreams he's been having.

Also on DVD this week: J...

And The Oscar Goes To ...

3/6/2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:


Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...

Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

1/31/2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:


Philip Seymour Hof...

'Brokeback Mountain' Gets More Accolades

12/13/2005 12:24pm EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was named “Best Picture of 2005” while director Ang Lee was named “Best Director” for the same film by the New York Film Critics Circle. The 30 member group just voted for its 71st annual awards for excellence in cinema.

Werner Herzog was honored for two of the “Best Non-Fiction Films” for his documentaries Grizzly Man and White Diamond. 2046 directed by Wong Kar Wai was selected as “Best Foreign-Language Film” and “Best First Film” was given to filmmaker Bennett Miller for Capote. Best animated feature went to Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure Howl’s Moving Castle...

'Brokeback Mountain,' Others Get LAFCA Awards

12/12/2005 10:50am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was voted "Best Picture of the Year" by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was A History of Violence. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles.

Other award winners are:

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

- Runner-up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone

- Runner-up: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents

ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

- Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain


Wallace & Gromit Dominate Annie Award Nominations

12/5/2005 2:58pm EST
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Wererabbit garned 16 nominations for the 33rd Annual Annie Awards, which celebrates the world’s best in animation. The film is included in the "best animated feature" category along with Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Madagascar.

Other nominees are:

Best Home Entertainment Production

• Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows – Creative Capers Entertainment, Inc.

• Kronk’s New Groove – DisneyToon Studios

• Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch – DisneyToon Studios

• Tarzan II – DisneyToon Studios

• The Batman vs Dracula –...

TCM Honors Renowned Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki

12/1/2005 10:19am EST
Spirited Away
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is turning its January spotlight on one of Japan's most celebrated filmmakers, Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki, often called the Walt Disney of Japan. Each Thursday in January, TCM will present classic Miyazaki animation, each film presented first in its English-dubbed format, with an encore presented with the original Japanese-language track.

The festival kicks off Thursday, Jan. 5, Miyazaki-san's 65th birthday, with the movie that earned the esteemed director the Oscar for Best Animated Film, Spirited Away (2002). TCM's telecast of each movie wil...

10 Films To Compete for Animation Oscar

11/17/2005 1:27pm EST
Chicken Little
Ten films will compete in the “Best Animated Feature Film” category in the 2005 Academy Awards competition. Nominees include Chicken Little, Madagascar, and Wallace & Gromit.

The complete list of 10 eligible films are:

Chicken Little

Gulliver's Travel


Howl's Moving Castle




Tim Burton's Corpse Bride


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the...