GKIDS Takes Over U.S. Distribution for Studio Ghibli

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In a shocking move, Disney has pulled out of U.S. distribution for the popular Studio Ghibli animated films, 20 years after the initial landmark deal. New York-based distributor GKIDS now has sole rights to Ghibli’s catalog in America, with the exceptions of 2013’s The Wind Rises and Grave of the Fireflies. Disney will continue distribution in European territories, however.

GKIDS has earlier in the year made lesser-known Studio Ghibli titles Oceans Waves and Only Yesterday available on DVD and Blu-Ray. They will also distribute My Neighbor TotoroSpirited AwayPonyoHowl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServicePrincess MononokeCastle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind on DVD and Blu-Ray in October, with My Neighbor the Yamadas available in early 2018.

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Pokémon Returning to Theaters with I Choose You!

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Pokémon’s 20th anniversary animated film, Pokémon: I Choose You!, will receive an international theatrical run this November through Fathom Events. The much-anticipated film will screen for two days in theaters around the world, The Pokémon Company announced, giving longtime Pokémon fans the chance to see the re-telling of Ash’s origin on the big screen.

The new film features some key differences from Ash’s initial introduction, with new Pokémon, new characters (replacing Brock and Misty, strangely), and an entirely new take on the story. Pokémon: I Choose You! hits theaters Nov. 5-6, throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Hit the jump to check out the official key-art in full.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle First Trailer

So, full disclosure. I’m a sucker for horrible, fun, turn-your-brain-off films. This looks like the cream of the crop, where you should also maybe turn down your eyes, because man, it looks bad. But in the most fun way. Dwayne Johnson has made a career out of picking movies for his own reasons, usually something involving a fun set of co-stars, or an interesting filming experience. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle looks absurd, but let’s face it: it will still make hundreds of millions of dollars. It hits theaters December 22nd.

In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced an incredible new box set, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the acclaimed DC Universe animated original films. The box set will include all 30 DC animated films under the banner, as well as a ton of special features, 5 animated shorts (hopefully the DC Nation shorts are included), and several collectible items.

It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library. We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.

Hit the jump for a complete list of the included films, as well as a first full look at the promotional image for the box set (seen above).

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