Hayao Miyazaki Retrospective Will Be the Inaugural Exhibit at the New Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will celebrate the "past, present, and future" of cinema when it opens its doors in late 2019, according to a recent announcement from AMPAS. As Variety reports, one of the first directors the museum will spotlight will be acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki, who co-founded Japan's celebrated Studio Ghibli.

The Miyazaki retrospective, a collaboration between the Academy Museum and Studio Ghibli, will be the museum's inaugural special exhibit when it launches in about a year. It will also be America's first major exhibition to explore the filmmaker's nearly 60-year career.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures first went into development seven years ago, with an initial opening date set for 2016. After several delays, the Academy has finally confirmed that the $388 million attraction will be ready for visitors at the end of 2019. Other planned exhibits include “Making of: The Wizard of Oz” and “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970."

"We wanted to come out of the gate with an international figure ... to show this museum is not just about Hollywood," museum director Kerry Brougher told Variety about the decision to focus its inaugural efforts on the Oscar-winning director of Spirited Away.

The exhibition may the first of its kind to look at the films of Miyazaki in the U.S., but in Japan there's an entire museum dedicated to the director's filmography and the animation of Studio Ghibli. The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan features in-depth exhibits looking at his popular films, a theater screening exclusive shorts, and a life-sized Totoro.

[h/t Variety]

Jason Momoa is Glad Game of Thrones's Khal Drogo Only Lasted One Season

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Although Jason Momoa had a pretty minor role in the grand scheme of Westerosi things in Game of Thrones, fans of his character Khal Drogo will attest to him being an extremely important part of the series—particularly in how he helped to shape the character of Daenerys Targaryen. But the actor, who is currently starring in Aquaman, is happy his time on the series ended when it did.

Drogo met his untimely demise in Season 1, and Momoa has no regrets about it. “I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive,” Momoa told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way."

Momoa also commented on how popular a character Drogo still is, adding, “Even now, people just can’t stop ... they love Khal Drogo. It’s unbelievable. Like, one season. I don’t know any other character that’s done one season out of eight or nine that people just go [wild]. I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Even though Momoa hasn’t been on the show for years, he’s still a huge fan of the series. “It’s the greatest show on Earth,” he stated, sharing that he and his wife Lisa Bonet are devoted fans.

There's a Prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's Halloween-Themed

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Everyone knows that the Grinch didn't care much for Christmas, but how did he feel about Halloween? We just learned that he spent All Hallows' Eve terrorizing the fine citizens of Whoville, thanks to Insider, who spotted this lesser-known prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Titled Halloween is Grinch Night, the short animated movie ran as a television special in October 1977. Although it was designed to be a prequel to the classic Christmas special, Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was published in 1957.

The TV special opens with the Whos of Whoville cheerfully going about their business … until they catch a whiff of the "sour sweet wind," which tips them off that the Grinch is coming to town. The word "Halloween" is actually never spoken in the movie; it's replaced by the term "Grinch Night" throughout. Instead of a sleigh, the Grinch descends on the town with a wagon full of monsters pulled by Max. And instead of Cindy-Lou Who coming to the town's rescue, it's a little boy named Euchariah who intervenes.

In addition to the Halloween prequel, another TV special called The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat aired in 1982. Although both of these specials won Emmy Awards, their impact wasn't as long-lasting as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was adapted into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey in 2000, and again in 2018 with a 3D animated version called The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.

Check out the Halloween-themed prequel in the YouTube video below, or get all three specials on Amazon with the Dr. Seus’s's Holidays on the Loose ultimate edition DVD.

[h/t Insider]

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