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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: A Visually Arresting Conclusion

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Having long since taught us how to train our dragons, DreamWorks’ franchise has moved on to bigger — and, it turns out, better — things. Rare is the animated sequel not part of the “Toy Story” mythos to justify its existence to anyone other than the kiddos, and yet “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” manages to do that by ending the now-complete trilogy on a high note.

That’s in part because the series has taken its time. It’s been nearly five years since “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which followed the original by four years; we’ve now been watching Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless grow up for nearly a decade, and the movies have come of age with them. Directed once again by Dean DeBlois, “The Hidden World” strikes a bittersweet chord in reminding its young audience that all good
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45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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Joe Penna on ‘Arctic’: ‘You Can Say So Much Without Dialogue’

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Joe Penna on ‘Arctic’: ‘You Can Say So Much Without Dialogue’
More than 11 years ago, Joe Penna chose his “MysteryGuitarMan” YouTube username at 3:45 a.m. all because he wanted to post a video of himself playing guitar. Now in 2018, his “Guitar Impossible” video has over 16 million views, he’s directed a music video for Avicii, and the world premiere of his new film “Arctic” is freezing over the Croisette.

You’re originally from Brazil. You live in L.A. now. Did you miss the warm weather while you were shooting up in the Arctic?

Absolutely. “Arctic” was originally set on Mars, but then we heard about “The Martian.” Shooting in Iceland was good for the film, but not for me as a Brazilian man.

Your leading man, Mads Mikkelsen, told Variety last year it was the most difficult shoot he’s ever done. Why do you think that is?

He’s in every frame of the film and understood the character so well.
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Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata Dead At 82

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has sadly passed away at the age of 82. Takahata, who directed the stunning Grave of the Fireflies (above) in 1988, died at a Tokyo hospital after a recent bout of ill health.

“[His death] is true, but we can’t comment further as we are trying to confirm some facts around it,” a Studio Ghibli spokeswoman said in a statement.

Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan in 1985 with Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. In the years that followed, Takahata made films like Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1994) and the more recent The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which earned him an Academy award nomination in 2014.

His most recent work was as an artistic producer on the superb The Red Turtle, which debuted at the Cannes Film festival in 2016.

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Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dies aged 82

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dies aged 82
Takahata’s credits included Grave Of The Fireflies.

Japanese filmmaker Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, has died aged 82.

Takahata directed animated classics such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and Pom Poko. His most recent film as director was The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, which was nominated for best animated feature at the Academy Awards in 2015.

Born in 1935 in Mie Prefecture, Takahata started his career in 1959 and worked on both animated features and TV series as a screenwriter, director and producer.

While Miyazaki is best known for pure fantasies, Takahata focused on realistic dramas,
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Animator Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82

Animator Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82
Isao Takahata, a highly influential Japanese animator and filmmaker, and a co-founder of Studio Ghibli alongside longtime collaborator Hayao Miyazaki, died Thursday after a brief hospitalization. He was 82.

Takahata died following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement Studio Ghibli provided to TheWrap.

Takahata directed the animated wartime drama “Grave of the Fireflies,” “Pom Poko,” “My Neighbors the Yamadas” and was nominated for an Oscar for his film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”
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Japanese Animation Director and Studio Ghibli’s co-founder, Isao Takahata, has died

Isao Takahata, renowned Japanese director, screenwriter, animator, producer and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, died on Thursday, due to lung cancer, according to Yahoo! Japan. He was 82.

After directing and doing the storyboards for a number of episodes in TV anime series like “Future Boy Conan” and “Anne of Green Gables”, he accepted Hayao Miyazaki’s invitation to join Studio Ghibli. The first movie directed by Takahata for Ghibli was “Grave of the Fireflies” in 1988, while in 1989, Takahata went on to do the music direction for to “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. His next projects for Ghibli include “Only yesterday” (1991), “Pom Poko” (1994), “My Neighbors the Yamadas” (1999), and “Winter Days” (2003). His last directorial work was “The Tale of Princess Kaguya in 2013, while he also served as artistic producer in Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle“.

On November 4, 2007, Takahata was awarded the Special Award at the Kobe Animation Awards, while he received
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R.I.P. Isao Takahata (1935 – 2018)

Some sad news this evening, as it has been revealed that Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has passed away aged 82.

Beginning his career in the 1960s at Toei Animation, Takahata made his directorial debut with the 1968 anime feature The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun, which also marked the first major film for Hayao Miyazaki, beginning a partnership that would span the next 50 years.

Following the success of Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Miyazaki, Takahata and Toshio Suzuki would form the legendary anime production house Studio Ghibli.

At Studio Ghibli, Takahata would direct the likes of Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas and his final directorial feature The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. His final credit came in 2016, as producer on The Red Turtle.

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Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli Co-Founder and ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ Director, Dies at 82 — Report

Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli Co-Founder and ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ Director, Dies at 82 — Report
Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, has died at 82, according to Yahoo! Japan. Takahata was a revered director in his own right, helming such animated classics as “Grave of the Fireflies,” “Only Yesterday,” and “Pom Poko”; he most recently directed “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” which received near-universal praise an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Takahata’s career dates back to the early 1960s, when he worked in both the film and television industries in his native Japan. In addition to directing, he also worked as an animator, screenwriter, and producer, with his final credit coming on Michaël Dudok de Wit’s acclaimed “The Red Turtle.” Among his many other accolades, Takahata received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Locarno Film Festival in 2009.

Grave of the Fireflies” remains his best-known and most respected work, often appearing high on the list of the greatest
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Rakuten TV Empire Awards Interviews and Winners

It’s the final stop on the 2017 awards calendar, and with echoes of the hashtag chatter and acceptance speeches from the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars still ringing in our ears the team at Empire rolled out their own red carpet this evening.

This is the eighth Empire Awards we have covered, and it’s always a fun event. With the awards voted for by the public it is chance for popular films to claim some awards glory, and the winners this year didn’t disappoint in their fan favourite status.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi took home the most awards, with winning turns in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects categories. It was wonderful to see the success of God’s Own Country making its way from the critics and Academy members to the general public. Amma Asante was honoured with the Inspiration award,
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Turtle power by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge) director Michaël Dudok de Wit on the escape in Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo: "That's the climax of the book as far as I'm concerned." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michaël Dudok de Wit discusses the reaction of Isao Takahata and his co-writer, Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran, to the original script for The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge). Dreams, escapes, nature, Darren Aronfsky's Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence, reading the original Robinson Crusoe, and what is a "deep, deep, deep fear" for him surface in the final installment of my conversation with the director and honored guest of New York's Animation First Festival at the French Institute Alliance Française, co-curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Catherine Lamairesse.

Michaël Dudok de Wit on Pascale Ferran's reaction to the violence in the script: "We need to work on the remorse bit even more."

In The Red Turtle,
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Turtle power by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge) director Michaël Dudok de Wit on the escape in Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo: "That's the climax of the book as far as I'm concerned." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michaël Dudok de Wit discusses the reaction of Isao Takahata and his co-writer, Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran, to the original script for The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge). Dreams, escapes, nature, Darren Aronfsky's Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence, reading the original Robinson Crusoe, and what is a "deep, deep, deep fear" for him surface in the final installment of my conversation with the director and honored guest of New York's Animation First Festival at the French Institute Alliance Française, co-curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Catherine Lamairesse.

Michaël Dudok de Wit on Pascale Ferran's reaction to the violence in the script: "We need to work on the remorse bit even more."

In The Red Turtle,
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Drawn that way by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michaël Dudok de Wit on Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli: "He's very much into symbolism, metaphors and the subtle emotions." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York in their latest CinéSalon series is honouring actresses who have won the César Award. Catherine Deneuve in François Truffaut's 10-César award-winning The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro - introduced by Anne-Katrin Titze on February 13 at 4:00pm); Sandrine Bonnaire in Agnès Varda's Vagabond (Sans Toit Ni Loi), and Isabelle Huppert (Oscar-nominated for her performance) in Paul Verhoeven's Elle are the upcoming Best Actress: A César-Winner Showdown films to be shown.

Michaël Dudok de Wit with Anne-Katrin Titze on Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan: "It's basically fairy tales and ghost stories." Photo: Natascha Bodemann

Michaël Dudok de Wit's (César and Oscar-nominated and Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize winner) debut feature The Red Turtle,
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Drawn that way by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michaël Dudok de Wit on Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli: "He's very much into symbolism, metaphors and the subtle emotions." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York in their latest CinéSalon series is honouring actresses who have won the César Award. Catherine Deneuve in François Truffaut's 10-César award-winning The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro - introduced by Anne-Katrin Titze on February 13 at 4:00pm); Sandrine Bonnaire in Agnès Varda's Vagabond (Sans Toit Ni Loi), and Isabelle Huppert (Oscar-nominated for her performance) in Paul Verhoeven's Elle are the upcoming Best Actress: A César-Winner Showdown films to be shown.

Michaël Dudok de Wit with Anne-Katrin Titze on Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan: "It's basically fairy tales and ghost stories." Photo: Natascha Bodemann

Michaël Dudok de Wit's (César and Oscar-nominated and Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize winner) debut feature The Red Turtle,
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‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Review: A Cheap Studio Ghibli Knockoff Is Still Better than No Studio Ghibli at All

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is something of a miracle. Regardless of its merits as a movie, the fact that it even exists in such a dire time for animated cinema is something worth celebrating. It was only a few years ago, in August 2014, when the peerless Studio Ghibli announced it was re-evaluating its future in the wake of financial hardships and Hayao Miyazaki’s supposed retirement — the move seemed to confirm the collective fear that the world’s most consistently brilliant film studio was lost without the visionary storyteller responsible for so much of its immortal output.

Back then, the news felt like a potentially fatal blow for hand-drawn animation, the final surrender of a cold war that had started with friendly fire (Pixar) and ended with outright humiliation (“The Emoji Movie”). But all was not lost.

Studio Ghibli soon flickered back to life, co-producing Michaël Dudok de
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Top French film exporters in 2017 revealed by UniFrance

EuropaCorp tops list despite ‘Valerian’ woes.

Source: EuropaCorp

‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’

EuropaCorp was France’s top film exporter in 2017 in terms of the international box office achieved by French majority and minority French productions on its slate, the country’s cinema export agency UniFrance has revealed.

According to a report by the body looking at preliminary figures for the 2017 international box office, titles on the EuropaCorp sales slate - led by Luc Besson’s sci-fi tale Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - achieved some 31.4m admissions worldwide in 2017.

EuropaCorp also topped the international box office chart for majority French productions as well as for the best performing producers.

In the backdrop, however, the Unifrance figures come amid a difficult time for the company as it retrenches due to the overall poor performance of the big budget Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets in relation to its past English-language
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Online Critics Top Ten: Get Out voted Best Film of 2017 by online community

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Author: Amon Warmann

In 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road won our HeyUGuys poll by One Vote. That’s a scenario we never thought would play out again, but this year’s race was again tightly contested with two films battling it out for the number 1 spot; Dunkirk and Get Out.

It wasn’t until the last of the 187 entries was counted that we had a winner, and in the end it was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut – which 93 writers had in their top 10 lists – that won out over Christopher Nolan’s war epic. It’s official – Get Out is the best movie of 2017.

Check out the full breakdown below… and click here to see the winners from previous years.

The Top Ten 1. Get Out – 93 votes

2. Dunkirk – 92 votes

3. La La Land – 69 votes

4. Blade Runner 2049 – 63 votes

5. Paddington 2 – 62 votes

6. Moonlight – 59 votes

7. Logan – 54 votes

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 52 votes

9. Call Me By Your Name
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Studio Ghibli-produced The Red Turtle gets a new UK poster

Ahead of its UK release next month, a new poster has arrived online for writer-director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s Studio Ghibli-produced animated feature The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge); take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Red Turtle here

“Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and turtles, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.”

The Red Turtle is set for release on May 26th in the UK.
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The Red Turtle Movie Review

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The Red Turtle Movie Review
The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge) Why Not Productions Grade: B Reviewed by Harvey Karten, Shockya Director: Michaël Dudok de Wit Written by: Michaël Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran Cast: Tom Hudson, Emmanuel Garijo Screened at: Sony, NYC, 10/19/16 Opens: November 18, 2016 (Limited), January 19, 2017 (Wide) The Spanish playwright Calderón de la Barca wrote a drama called “La vida es sueño” (Life is a dream). No one can agree with him more than Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving’s character who slept by a tree and woke up with a long bird twenty years later. The thing is, he really arose the next day, having dreamed about what life [ Read More ]

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Globally Acclaimed Films at 4th Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha

Globally Acclaimed Films at 4th Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha
The Red Turtle”, described as a ‘wordless wonder’ is closing night gala.Six critically acclaimed films from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance are confirmed in first selection for 4th Ajyal Youth Film Festival (November 30 — December 5) in Doha

The line-up includes Mena (Middle East North Africa) premieres of Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” from Ken Loach, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman”, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle” and Babak Anvari’s “Under the Shadow”; Golden Bear winner at Berlin “Fire at Sea” and Sundance favourite “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” to enjoy Qatar Premieres.

The selection celebrates excellence in world cinema today and includes films by some of the most powerful voices within the international film community.

Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO Doha Film Institute

Fatma Al Remaihi said: “We are delighted to announce the first selection of films that will screen at Ajyal Youth Film Festival this year,
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