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Japanese City Launches Campaign to Preserve Forest that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

A city in Japan has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve a stretch of pristine forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki when he was creating his classic hand-drawn animation My Neighbor Totoro.  The city of Tokorozawa, located about 20 miles northwest of Tokyo, has set out a plan to raise 2.6 billion yen ($19 million) to […]

David Chute, Influential Film Critic and Writer, Dies at 71

David Chute, the authoritative film critic and writer who was an early champion of Stephen King, John Waters, John Woo and Asian cinema, has died. He was 71. Chute died Nov. 8 in Los Angeles after a brief battle with esophageal cancer, his daughter, Nora Chute, reported. David Christopher Chute was born on March 11, […]

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ to Get Stage Adaptation

The adaptation has Studio Ghibli's full cooperation and it will be written and directed by Tony winner John Caird ('Les Miserables').

Critic’s Picks: A January To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

Among options for SoCal cinephiles this month are a new digital restoration of an early Fellini classic, a series of films featuring Oscar-winning performances, classics from Scorsese and Miyazaki and more.

‘Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki’: Film Review

Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki can't manage to stay retired in Kaku Arakawa's portrait 'Never-Ending Man.'

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Gets China Release Date

Hayao Miyazaki's 'My Neighbor Totoro' ('Tonari no Totoro') will be the first Studio Ghibli film to get a theatrical release in China, on Dec. 14, the 30th anniversary of the much-loved anime's debut.

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Career Achievement Award From Los Angeles Film Critics

Animation director Hayao Miyazaki will be honored by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with a Career Achievement Award.

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Set as First Studio Ghibli Release in China

A restored version of Hayao Miyazaki's 30-year-old anime classic could be the first of many Studio Ghibli titles to get be screened in Chinese theaters.

Critic’s Picks: A February To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

SoCal cinephiles can pick from classics about working women, matinees of Milos Forman movies, a tribute to Japan's greatest animation filmmaker and more.

Studio Ghibli Appoints New CEO as it Gears up for Final Hayao Miyazaki Film

Kiyofumi Nakajima, a former banker with a long association with the anime studio, is its new head.

Studio Ghibli to Open Anime Theme Park

The park, based on the iconic anime studio's movies, is due to begin operation in the early 2020s with the initial attraction themed on 'My Neighbor Totoro.'

Filmart: Can Japan Make Anime Great Again?

With box office phenomenon 'Your Name' leading the way, Japanese animation is on a roll, but to survive the country’s aging demographics, it must attract more young artists and truly cross over globally.