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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...

March DVD Releases: 'Wild Things,' 'Blind Side' & More

3/1/2010 10:10am EST
Where the Wild Things Are
After the Oscars, catch up on all the best movies of 2009 that you missed.

March 2

Where the Wild Things Are - Buy it

Spike Jonze's masterpiece feels like a Jonze movie (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) in that it blurs the line between reality and fiction. The beasts - created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop - have to be seen to be believed. Max Records stars as the rebellious young Max, backed by a phenomenal supporting cast including the voice talents of James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O supplies one of the best soundtracks of the year, freshly snubbed...

Check Out 'Ponyo' On Blu-ray, Hi-Def & DVD March 2

2/27/2010 7:32am EST
Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid."

A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo's father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. But Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of n...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies 8/9/09 - 8/15/09

8/10/2009 9:57am EDT
District 9
I finally saw the Sam Mendes dramedy "Away We Go" starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski. The film is thoroughly enjoyable with its highs and its lows sharing equal poignancy. It is the perfect hybrid of a drama and a comedy.

Music throughout the film is spot on, appropriate in each instance for the emotions the filmmakers are trying to convey. Rudolph and Krasinski have a wonderful chemistry as husband and wife and engage in hilarious interactions with the other couples in the movie. Krasinski plays the role of Burt with a dopey charm that's hard not to love.

This week is crowd...

Green Day's Latest Video, Miyazaki's 'Ponyo' Trailer, Kate Voegele's New Single & More (Videos)

6/23/2009 2:20pm EDT
Green Day
Green Day just premiered the video for their new single, "21 Guns," exclusively on MySpace Music. The trailer for Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated feature, was finally released in the U.S. by Disney. Shia LaBeouf & Megan Fox talk Transformers 2. An unbelievable basketball shot; what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there; and Kate Voegele debuted her new video, "99 Times". Check 'em all out!

Green Day dropped the video for their latest single, "21 Guns", exclusively on MySpace Music. The song is off the band's latest album, 21st Century Breakdown.

Green Day's "21 Guns"...