‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ US Trailer

In March, Studio Ghibli’s latest film, From Up on Poppy Hill, comes to the US. Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazaki, the film is a coming-of-age story set in Japan’s transformative post-war days. The animation is characteristically gorgeous, while the real-world setting sets it apart from most of Ghibli’s output.

This first US trailer, which comes from new-ish Ghibli distributor GKids, features the English-language voice cast (Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Aubrey Plaza). Some of the previous trailers have been subtitled, but this will give you an idea of how the film will play in the States, should you happen to catch a showing with the English track. Read More »

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It’s not unusual for in-demand filmmakers to consider a few different projects before settling on their next gig, but Ron Howard‘s really spoiled for choice at the moment. Last week, he attached himself to direct the J.J. Abrams-produced fantasy All I’ve Got, and just a couple of days ago he entered talks to helm the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Today, he’s adding another movie to his list of possibilities.

Howard is reportedly circling In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathan Philbrick‘s book about the whaling voyage that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The film would reunite Howard with his Rush star Chris Hemsworth, who’s been on board to star since last year. More details after the jump.

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Neil Gaiman‘s best-selling YA novel The Graveyard Book, a ghoulish play on The Jungle Book, has been in development heck for a little while. It was announced as a stop-motion Disney project directed by Henry Selick (Coraline) in early 2012, but that version was put on hold when Selick and Disney parted ways late last year.

Now the project is back in action, and remains at Disney. But a couple big things have changed. One is that Ron Howard is in talks to step in to direct. The other is that his version will be a live-action film. Read More »

As Ron Howard puts the finishing touches on his Formula One racing drama Rush, he’s added yet another project to his upcoming slate. The filmmaker has attached himself to a remake of a 2003 Israeli TV movie called Kol Ma She’Yesh Li, or All I’ve Got in English.

The original film is apparently pretty obscure, but the American version will be a higher-profile affair — it’s set up at Paramount Pictures, with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot producing. (Yep, it’s a Felicity reunion!) All I’ve Got is being billed as a fantasy, albeit one more in the vein of The Lovely Bones than Lord of the Rings. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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From Up On Poppy Hill, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Gor? Miyazaki, was Studio Ghibli’s big 2011 release. It tells the story of two high school students hoping to clean up their hometown who run up against the corporate mindset of a local businessman. When the film came out in Japan last summer, it was a success for the legendary company and soon after, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy decided to bring it to North America via GKids. The film will be released in November for an Oscar qualifying run followed by a wider release in March 2013. Its impressive English language voice cast has now been revealed. Read the full list after the jump. Read More »

That Arrested Development is coming back at all after six years off the air is great news in itself, but now it sounds like we could be getting even more of the Bluths than we previously thought. No, it’s not a movie (yet). In a recent interview, David Cross (a.k.a. Tobias Fünke) teased that the upcoming season could consist of thirteen episodes, rather than the ten that were previously announced.

Meanwhile, whatever the number of episodes, production appears to be chugging along nicely. Ron Howard has tweeted a couple more photos from the set. Check ‘em out and read what Cross had to say after the jump.

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Media Rights Capital has turned into a financing powerhouse — the company has a deal with David Fincher, and is making the new version of the series House of Cards that he is producing and partially directing. The company also financed some of Cloud Atlas; Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium; and this summer’s hit Ted. MRC has cash to throw around, in other words, and because one of the key players there is a big fan of Stephen King and The Dark Tower, it looks like some of that cash is going to go into Imagine Entertainment’s multi-film and TV series adaptation of the novels. Read More »

Has The Dark Tower finally fallen? Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have been working up a very ambitious three-film and dual-TV series cycle of productions to adapt Stephen King‘s epic novel series. But last summer Universal decided not to finance the project, and Imagine took The Dark Tower to other studios. In March, Warner Bros. showed interest and for the past months screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been doing script revisions to make it more budget-conscious.

Goldsman recently delivered his latest draft, and there was the possibility that Russell Crowe would play the lead character Roland “the Gunslinger” Deschain. But now Warners has passed as well, leaving the project with a very uncertain future. Read More »

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