Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Spirited Away in a beautiful collector's edition release on November 12, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase, with a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray™ of the film paired with hours of special features and the film's soundtrack on CD, now available exclusively on disc in North America.
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this wondrous fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese history in 2001. Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki's epic adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of animation.
The set's new 40-page book includes essays by film critic Kenneth Turan The Los Angeles Times and famed critic and film historian Leonard Min, and statements by Toshio Suzuki and Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away is here presented with a release perfect for collectors and animation fans who have adored the critically-acclaimed film since its initial release.
Featuring the voice talent of Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Michael Chiklis, David Ogden Stiers, and Susan Egan, Spirited Away is a film overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling.
Chihiro's family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world.
Spirited Away Collector's Edition blu-ray special features:• Feature-Length Storyboards• Original Theatrical Trailers• TV Spots• Behind the Microphone
reg Silverman's Stampede and Vertigo Films are teaming on Sunburnt Country, a feature adaptation of the gritty novel by Australian author Gabriel Bergmoser.
The book tells the tale of millennial backpackers Maggie and Simon as they go off-roading in the Australian wilderness and stumble upon a reclusive backwater town where they quickly realize that the locals hunt and kill outsiders for sport. Maggie tries to fight her way out of their grip, embroiling an elderly rest stop attendant and his granddaughter, who stop at nothing to help her.
Pic will be produced by Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg, the latter of whom worked for years at Warner Bros with Silverman.
Silverman described the book as a “thriller reminiscent of those we used to see and we’re incredibly excited to see it on the big screen. As we continue to produce for the world, we’re very excited to bring this Australian story to the screen with such vivid color.”
Bergmoser is repped by Jerry Kalajian at Intellectual Property Group and Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia; the U.S. publishing deal will be handled by Katelyn Detweiler at Grinberg Literary on behalf of Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia.
Back by popular demand for its 30th anniversary, the original soundtrack to Heathers from director Michael Lehmann with music by composer, David Newman, is being re-released on "very" neon green vinyl. The LP soundtrack will be available starting August 23rd, 2019.
A cult-classic in the truest sense of the term, it grossed only 1 million at the box office, Heathers stars a 15-year-old Winona Ryder, who is currently enjoying a notable return of her own on the immensely popular Stranger Things series. Ryder's agent at the time famously begged on her knees for Ryder to pass on the role. The dark comedy which pits a powerful high school clique against a murderous sociopath also features Christian Slater in one of his first major roles and a pre-Beverly Hills 90210, Shannen Doherty.
Discovered by legions of fans on cable TV and video rental stores, the success of Heathers took a decidedly unexpected turn as a musical in the most recent decade. Multiple theatrical productions based on the movie have played in New York, London and beyond. In 2014, the World Premiere Cast Recording for Heathers: The Musical sold 100,000 copies in the United States alone. The Original West End Cast Recording of Heathers: The Musical released earlier this year. Heathers has also returned to the small screen in the form of a brand new TV show on the Paramount Network, that includes Doherty among its cast members.
A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends.
From Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia, 30th anniversary screenings have been playing to packed houses around the globe. Varese Sarabande Records is proud to play a part in this enduring legacy by rereleasing David Newman's score to the original Heathers soundtrack on "very" neon green vinyl on August 23rd, complete with new notes and quintessential images from the film.
David Newman is one of today's most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, and Serenity, Behaving Badly and Tarzan. Newman's music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, The Flintstones, Throw Momma From the Train; and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster and Anastasia. The recipient of top honors from the music and motion picture industries, he holds an Academy Award® nomination for his score to the animated feature, Anastasia, and was the first composer to have his piece, 1001 Nights, performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Filmharmonic Series, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Heathers Neon Green Vinyl Track Listing
Heathers Soundtrack - SIDE A1. Strip Croquet 1:552. Suicide Note 2:103. J.D. Blows Up 2:114. The Forest 2:005. You're Beautiful 2:126. Martha Dumptruck 1:127. Third Funeral 1:528. Veronica and J.D. 1:109. First Funeral 1:5610. The Dorm 1:0111. Back To School 1:1112. Forest Chase 1:2913. Heather's Locker 1:0914. Veronica's Shower :44
Heathers Soundtrack - SIDE B1. Into the Cafeteria :502. Veronica's Dream 1:563. J.D.'s Final Stand 2:594. Dorm Party 3:325. Croquet 1:316. Second Funeral 1:297. Poor Little Heather :568. J.D.'s Bomb 3:539. Petition Montage 2:29
Heathers soundtrack is available now for pre-order on VareseSarabande.com and other retail sites.
crowdfunding page has been started to help TV legend Valerie Harper with the costs of her cancer treatments.
Harper, 79, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. Then in 2013, doctors discovered she’d developed a rare brain cancer.
Harper’s husband, Tony Cacciotti, started a GoFundMe campaign titled The Valerie Harper Cancer Support Fund on July 8.
“Valerie is currently taking a multitude of medications and chemotherapy drugs as well as going through extreme physical and painful challenges now with around the clock, 24/7 care immediately needed, which is not covered by insurance,” the page says. “This is just part of the daily cost that is without a doubt a financial burden that could never be met alone. This GoFundMe initiative from Tony, is to ensure she receives the best care possible.”
When contacted by Deadline tonight, a rep confirmed that the page is real and said Cacciotti would offer additional comments at a later date. Asked if Harper’s friends in the acting community were aware of the situation, the rep said the crowdfunding page had been shared with “a small group” of SAG members.
Harper, a veteran TV and stage actress is best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spinoff Rhoda. She also starred in the 1980s sitcom Valerie and Valerie's Family later retitled The Hogan Family after Harper exited the show. More recently, she had recurring roles on The Office and The Simpsons. Her film credits include Freebie and the Bean 1974 and Chapter Two 1979.
Over the years, she won multiple Emmy Awards for her work on Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and was nominated for a Tony in 2010 for her role as Tallulah Bankhead in Looped
Harper ran for SAG president in 2001, but lost to Melissa Gilbert before the union merged with AFTRA.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar winner “Spirited Away” may be 18 years old, but that didn’t stop it from dominating the China box office over the June 21-23 weekend. The 2001 animated adventure film opened for the first time in Chinese movie theaters to a massive $28 million haul via Variety, over double the $13.2 million Disney/Pixar made with the opening of the highly-anticipated “Toy Story 4.” That a new Pixar outing was dominated by a nearly two-decade old Miyazaki film speaks to Studio’s Ghibli’s widespread popularity in China.
Miyazaki’s 1988 fantasy film “My Neighbor Totoro” was the first Studio Ghibli movie to receive a theatrical release in China when it debuted in theaters last December. The film made $13 million on its opening weekend and ended its run with $26 million. The “Spirited Away” opening in China managed to outgross the entire run of “Totoro,” another remarkable feat for Studio Ghibli.
“Spirited Away” remains the highest grossing film at the Japanese box office. The project grossed over $275 million in Japan during its initial release, more than such box office behemoths as James Cameron's “Titanic.” “Spirited Away” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. The film accounted for 30% of all nationwide screenings in China over its debut weekend, while “Toy Story” made up 18%.
While Studio Ghibli films have not been released in Chinese theaters until now, the company has remained popular in China because of pirated DVDs and streams. With “Spirited Away” finally opening in China, the Miyazaki classic now has the chance to reclaim its position as the highest grossing anime film ever released. “Spirited Away” held the title for over a decade until Makoto Shinkai's “Your Name” surpassed it in 2017 with a global gross of $357 million. Anime has long been popular with Chinese audiences; $83 million of the “Your Name” total gross came from the Chinese mainland.
As for Miyazaki, the director is currently at work on “How Do You Live?,” his first directorial feature since 2013's “The Wind Rises.” Given that China has allowed “Totoro” and “Spirited Away” to screen theatrically, “How Do You Live?” should be Miyazaki's first movie to open in China during its initial release. The director's most recent effort, the short film “Boro the Caterpillar,” is now screening at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Japan.
Disney and Pixar's animation firepower proved no match for a re-release of Ghibli's anime classic, which is screening in China nearly 20 years after its original release.
Lovers of high-quality animation were spoiled for choice in China over the weekend, as Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 opened head-to-head against a re-release of Japanese anime classic Spirited Away.
Toy Story 4 might be the standard bearer for Hollywood animation at its most potent and powerful — treasured IP, an all-star voice cast and hundreds of Pixar animators working with a budget of over $200 million! — but it proved proved no match for Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki's beautifully hand-drawn story of a young girl's adventure in the spirit world.
Spirited Away, opening in China 18 years after its original international release, dominated the local box office charts, earning $28 million. Toy Story 4 scored highly on China's online reviews sites, but came in a distant second with $13.2 million, according to data from local consultancy Artisan Gateway.
Disney's China marketing team might be catching a little heat, but the studio won't be sweating the small returns from the Middle Kingdom too much, considering that Toy Story 4 opened to $118 million in North America, one of the biggest openings of all time for an animated movie.
Sony's Men in Black: International, meanwhile, fizzled in its second frame, earning just $5.9 million for a two-weekend total of $40.4 million.
Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla: King of Monsters, continued to over-perform slightly in China, managing to add $3.5 million in its fourth weekend. The film's total has climbed to $131.2 million, making it Hollywood's fifth biggest title of the year so far in the Middle Kingdom, trailing only Avengers: Endgame $614 million, Bumblebee $171 million, Captain Marvel $154 million and Alita: Battle Angel $133 million. Beijing regulators granted King of Monsters a one-month release extension late last week, which should allow it to push past Battle Angel.
Local teen romance My Best Summer was the only Chinese title to crack the weekend top-five. Starring heartthrobs Chen Feiyu and He Landou, the film has earned $54.1 million since its release on June 6.
China's box office remains in the red in 2019. Total tickets sales nudged to $4.36 billion on Monday — 3.8 percent less than earnings over the same stretch in 2018.