Anime critic thinks Miyazaki may be unable to fill Ghibli talent void quickly enough for new film


When legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki recently announced that he would be coming out of retirement to make another theatrical film, anime enthusiasts around the world were ecstatic. More experienced fans, though, might not have been all too surprised. Sure, Miyazaki had said that he was done making feature films after finishing "The Wind Rises" in 2013. He’d said… Read


Robert De Niro: Once inspiring, U.S. now tragic dumb comedy


Robert De Niro says that "in movie terms," the country was once "an inspiring uplifting drama" but now has turned into "a tragic dumbass comedy." The two-time, Oscar-winning actor spoke to Brown University graduates Sunday at the Ivy League school's commencement ceremonies. He urged them to "work to stop the… Read


Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'


The Cannes Film Festival awarded its coveted Palme d'Or award to Ruben Ostlund's Swedish comedy "The Square" on Sunday, while Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to win the best director award. "Oh my god! OK," the Swedish filmmaker exclaimed after he bounded onto the stage to collect the… Read


Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at 69


Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, his manager said. He was 69. Allman died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, Georgia, his… Read


Hollywood raids bookshelves in search of good stories


Hollywood has always adapted the classics but film and television's voracious appetite for new material now has film-makers raiding the bookshelves like never before. Six of the movies in the running for the Cannes film festival's Palme d'Or top prize -- which will be awarded Sunday -- are taken from… Read


Ariana Grande plans Manchester concert to benefit attack victims


Pop star Ariana Grande said Friday she is planning a charity concert in Manchester after a suicide attack on her show in the English city earlier this week killed 22 people. In her first substantive comments since Monday's attack claimed by the Islamic State group, Grande hailed the compassionate spirit… Read


Female-only 'Wonder Woman' screenings set off online complaints


Plans by a Texas theater to host women-only screenings of the action movie"Wonder Woman" unleashed an outpouring of complaints on social media of discrimination and sexism on Friday. The superhero movie opens in theaters nationwide next week, and the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas scheduled two female-only nights for… Read


Disney's beloved 'Bambi,' still breaking hearts at 75

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A timeless tale of an adorable fawn and his forest pals, or the death of childhood innocence? Either way, and nearly 75 years on, Disney classic "Bambi" packs as powerful a punch as it ever has. The Walt Disney Company bewitched generations of children and children-at-heart with its pioneering animated… Read


Higashi Ikebukuro 52: New Japanese idol unit made up of credit card company employees


In Japan, all-singing, all-dancing idol units like AKB48 and Nogizaka46 are not only popular, they also bring attention to the areas they represent too. Thanks to them, Tokyo’s Akihabara and Nogizaka are well taken care of, but now it’s time for Higashi Ikebukuro (East Ikebukuro) to be thrust into the spotlight with an idol group of their own, and this one is… Read


Guns N' Roses keep reunion going for another round


More than a year after a long-mulled reunion finally materialized, rock greats Guns N' Roses on Thursday extended their tour in North America again. The group -- which starts a European leg in Ireland on Saturday after hitting the Americas and Asia -- announced an additional 15 shows to already… Read

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