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Studio Ghibli Theme Park to Open in November

The Japanese theme park, based on the works of the Miyazaki Hayao-led animation firm Studio Ghibli, has set Nov. 1, 2022, as the date for its official opening. Having previously teased ‘Fall 2022’ as the park debut, Studio Ghibli announced the confirmed date in a simple tweet alongside an image of its Totoro character. 「ジブリパーク」の開園日が発表されました。 […]

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Willem Dafoe on Why It Took So Long to Host ‘SNL’ and How He Kept ‘Spider-Man’ a Secret

Though he’s been an acclaimed actor for five decades, earned four Oscar nominations and starred in several blockbusters, Willem Dafoe will take on a new challenge this weekend when he hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the first time Jan. 29. The announcement was met with massive enthusiasm online, with many people expressing disbelief Dafoe had […]

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DGA Nominations: Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh and Denis Villeneuve Lead the Directors Field

After a stampede of awards announcements that include ACE Eddies, Producers Guild and Writers Guild of America Awards, the prestigious Directors Guild of America Awards has finally weighed in with their own set of nominees that recognizes achievements in directing. In the motion pictures category, the group nominated Kenneth Branagh for “Belfast” (Focus Features), Jane […]

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Marvel and ‘Lost’ Star Evangeline Lilly Protests Vaccine Mandates

Evangeline Lilly, best known for playing Kate Austen in ABC’s drama series “Lost” and for her role as Hope van Dyne/Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, took to social media to confirm her attendance at a Washington D.C. protest over the weekend in support of “bodily sovereignty.” The actress went on to explain that she […]

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Aaron Sorkin ‘Splains ‘I Love Lucy’ Interest, Desilu History and ‘Ricardos’ Structure

On June 29, 1966, CBS had an internal debate over its morning programming: Whether to cut to a news conference about a turning point in the Vietnam war — the U.S. bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong — or to air a decade-old “I Love Lucy” rerun. They decided to stick with “Lucy.” The sitcom, which […]

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Robinson Crusoe Inspired Animated Film ‘The Island’ Spins Off AR Exhibition, Board Game (EXCLUSIVE)

Romanian animator Anca Damian’s psychedelic, musical take on the Robinson Crusoe’s story, “The Island,” will be accompanied by an AR exhibition inviting the audience to further explore its colorful universe, Variety has learned. A board-game based on her seventh feature has also been developed, mirroring its protagonists’ search for paradise in the film. Set to […]

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Koji Fukada Talks CineMart-, EFM-Bound Buzz Title ‘Love on Trial’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Japanese auteur Koji Fukada is developing his latest feature film, a look into the frenzied world of Japan’s idol culture, which he’ll be presenting during the Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart co-production market this week. The project will then head to the European Film Market next month as part of the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express, a collaboration between […]

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‘Fight Club’ Author: China’s Censored Ending Hits Closer to My Original Vision Than Fincher Did

“Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk has shared a surprising reaction to this week’s news that China censored the ending of David Fincher’s 1999 movie, which is based on Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same name. As reported by Variety, “Fight Club” was uploaded to Tencent Video, China’s largest video streamer, with an entirely new ending […]

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