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Hayao Miyazaki: Things To Know About The Spirited Away Writer And Director

Studio Ghibli Announced In 2013 That Hayao Miyazaki Would Be Retiring Following The Release Of The Wind Rises

In 2013, fans of Hayao Miyazaki, and Studio Ghibli in general, were in for a shock when the Japanese animation house announced that following the release of The Wind Rises, the acclaimed director would be stepping down and retiring from filmmaking after decades of creating large, lived-in worlds and the characters that inhabited them.

At the time of his retirement announcement, Hayao Miyazaki had been working in the animation world for 50 years, having first joining Toei Animation in 1963 as an artist on Gulliver’s Travels Beyond The Moon before later making a name for himself by directing the 1979 feature The Castle of Cagliostro. But as we would all learn just a few years after the 2013 reveal, Miyazaki wasn’t going to be gone for long.

The 37 Scariest Horror Movies Ever To Watch Right Now—If You Dare

The scariest horror movies span decades and themes, but they all have one thing in common: the ability to tap into your deepest fears. Horror films are so unsettling to watch because they play out the very things you’d most like to avoid in real life. Vampires? Wouldn’t want to meet one! A haunted house? No thanks. A twisted serial killer who just won’t quit? Yeah, that’s a hard pass from me. 

And yet! I love a scary movie. There’s something cathartic about facing these terrors from the safety of your couch. I’ve shared a few of my favorites, below, and asked my fellow Glamour staffers about the scariest horror movies they’ve ever watched as well. The results were entertaining, to say the least. They also gave me some new scary movies to add to my queue—and hopefully yours, too. So turn the lights off, grab your popcorn, and get ready to be spooked. 

Anna Moeslein, senior entertainment editor

The Croods: A New Age Trailer Introduces A New Family

In 2013, the dawn of humanity took a hysterical, family friendly step forward into theaters with Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods. The ensemble comedy about a cave family who embark on one of the greatest, and first, adventures in human history. For a while, a sequel was talked about as being in the works, but the film took a rather winding road through development to get to where it is today. Finally, after years of waiting, fans will get to see a brand new adventure in The Croods: A New Age, which sees the original film’s voice cast returning, along with some notable additions making their debut. Take a look at what’s in store for The Croods, in the first trailer shown below:

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In 2013, the dawn of humanity took a hysterical, family friendly step forward into theaters with Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods. The ensemble comedy about a cave family who embark on one of the greatest, and first, adventures in human history. For a while, a sequel was talked about as being in the works, but the film took a rather winding road through development to get to where it is today. Finally, after years of waiting, fans will get to see a brand new adventure in The Croods: A New Age, which sees the original film’s voice cast returning, along with some notable additions making their debut. Take a look at what’s in store for The Croods, in the first trailer shown below:

The Emmys 2020 Set a Record for Most Wins by Black Actors

The Emmys 2020 ceremony was historic for many reasons. There was the fact it took place during a pandemic, which meant stars tuned in from their homes. Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy categories. And more Black actors took home awards than ever before. 

Seven Emmys went to Black performers this year, topping the previous record of six from two years ago, per The Hollywood Reporter. Those seven winners include:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: Regina King, Watchmen

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Zendaya, Euphoria 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series: Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Maya Rudolph, SNL

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Maya Rudolph, Big Mouth

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Eddie Murphy, SNL

With her Watchmen win, King is now tied with Alfre Woodward  for the most Emmy awards won by a Black actor. During the ceremony, both King and Aduba brought awareness to the death of Breonna Taylor by wearing T-shirts with her face on them. 

“I love being a Black woman, I loved being a Black girl,” King told reporters, per THR. “I love being American, and it’s important that people see all of those things together. And when you have the platform, celebrate that and remind those that tend to look past Black girls, Black women. When I saw my sister Uzo had on this same shirt, it just was a confirmation that this was right.”

Zendaya’s victory made history: She’s the youngest woman to ever win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series. She also used her big moment to make a statement saying, “There is hope in the young people out there.”

For more information on the Emmys 2020 (including winners, big moments, and more), click here. 

Emmys 2020: People Had Mixed Opinions About Jimmy Kimmel’s Hosting

The Emmys 2020 aired Sunday night, September 20, and it was unlike any other previous ceremony. For one, it was virtual and live, taking place in real time at actors’ homes all over the world. Mistakes were bound to happen, and Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel carried everything as skillfully as he could. 

His stint as the Emmys 2020 host did garner some mixed opinions. He made several jokes about the coronavirus, which was expected. But did it go past levity and trivialize the pandemic? Some thought so: 

People had divisive thoughts about his hosting in general: 

“It’s sort of like walking a tightrope and you’re not supposed to look down, but you do and see there’s no safety net,” executive producer Ian Stewart said during a Zoom press conference with reporters on September 16. “Things are going to go wrong because it’s never been done before. At least [host] Jimmy Kimmel loves live TV and chaos. I think he’s hoping things go wrong, to tell you the truth.”

Here were Kimmel’s buzziest moments during his Emmy host 2020 gig: 

Zendaya Just Won Her First Emmy—And Made History

Zendaya made history at the Emmys 2020. The actor took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria, making her the youngest woman to ever snag the prize. (Zendaya is 24 years old.) 

She was visibly moved during her speech, as were her fellow nominees (including Jennifer Aniston, who seemed to tear up). “There is hope in the young people out there,” Zendaya said, also shedding a few tears. 

The loved ones she was celebrating with IRL couldn’t help but let out a rapturous applause both before and after her speech. That excitement was only mirrored on the internet. People were living for this win: 

The Emmys 2020 took place virtually this year, but Zendaya still showed up and showed out with her looks: 

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“As my social platforms grew, I realized that my voice was so much more important than I had originally thought,” Zendaya told Glamour in 2017. “I think if every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different. And it’s becoming more popular to be outspoken.”

In that interview, Zendaya also opened up about who she’s inspired by. “I am inspired right now by people who use their platforms: If people know your name, they should know it for a reason,” she said. “I’m obviously inspired by my mother, and I have an obsession with Oprah. She’s someone who, even with everything stacked against her, has soared to unbelievable heights. If she wants to create a network, she can do it. She wants to produce a movie? She can do it. But then also there’s this level of realness to her. You feel like she’s your auntie.”

With this Emmys 2020 win, not to mention all the work she’s done over the last few years, Zendaya is now the one who’s an inspiration.

Jennifer Aniston Staged a ‘Friends’ Reunion at the 2020 Emmys—and Fans Are Freaking Out

Jennifer Aniston is kind of dominating the Emmys right now…well, actually Schitt’s Creek and Watchmen have been sweeping most of the awards, but you know what I mean.

After literally putting out a fire on the stage set by host Jimmy Kimmel, she was able to “make it home” in time for her category. Although she lost out to Zendaya for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Aniston was still able to nab another showstopping moment. During a video chat with Kimmell, Aniston staged a Friends reunion with Courteney Cox. “We live together,” Cox joked.

“We’ve been roommates since 1994, Jimmy,” Aniston added. (We see what you did there.) 

But they weren’t alone. Next came Lisa Kudrow, asking, “Is this live TV?” I mean, where else would she live? Needless to say, the Internet freaked out. “I am but a simple woman, I see a #Friends reunion and I get excited,” one user wrote. 

“If ABC gets a Friends reunion before HBO Max, heads are gonna roll,” Twitter user Dave Itzkoff wrote. Well…looks like heads are gonna roll. 

The long-awaited Friends reunion special was supposed to hit HBO Max this summer, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, had been put on hold indefinitely. On August 7, Jennifer Aniston confirmed production was pushed back even further than originally planned. She told Deadline the delay is “very sad,” but promised fans it’ll “be even more exciting and more fun” when it does happen.

“Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again,” she said. “It was, ‘How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it.”

However, Aniston is looking at the bright side and staying optimistic. “It’s going to be super,” she added. “I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You’re stuck with us for life guys.”

At least we had tonight.

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington Threw a New Year’s Party at the Emmys 2020

Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon just said what we’re all thinking at the Emmys 2020: F-U to this year.

For anyone who’s beyond ready for 2020 to be over, you’ll appreciate Witherspoon and Washington’s bit. The Little Fires Everywhere actors gathered with their cast and crews for a socially distant party to celebrate the Emmys, which are virtual this year. (LFE is a nominated show.) They decided to have fun with their party’s theme, making it a New Year’s Eve bash, complete with 2021 hats and glasses. 

Why are they celebrating NYE several months early, you ask? “We’re ready for this year to be over,” Witherspoon said. Yup! Agreed! 

They even did a little midnight countdown. It was hilarious and, honestly, cathartic. I cannot wait to count down the end of this year for real. 

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“if reese witherspoon and kerry washington say 2020 is over then it’s over,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“reese witherspoon and kerry washington are my new favorite duo #emmys,” posted another. Someone else wrote, “oh to be at reese’s and kerry’s new years party.”

This dialogue between Washington, Kimmel, and Witherspoon was particularly iconic: 

Little Fires Everywhere was nominated for several Emmys this year, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Washington. 

“Every episode, it’s ambiguous,” Witherspoon said about LFE to Variety. “You check your biases and then you also identify with certain people and then the next episode you’re like, ‘Wait, no.’ So we wanted to deliberately always switch points of view.”

“We just want people watching and talking,” Washington also told Variety. “Not with any particular agenda, but just watching and talking because these characters are kind of diving into the complexity of their lives and we want other people to be open to thinking about that for themselves.”

For more Emmys 2020 news, click here

Regina King and Uzo Aduba Wore Breonna Taylor Shirts to the Emmys 2020

King took home the Emmy this year for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her role in HBO’s Watchmen. In her speech, she passionately urged people to vote in the 2020 presidential election. 

“Got to vote,” she said. “I would be remiss not to mention that. Have a voting plan.” She also gave an emotional nod to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday (September 18), saying, “Rest in power.” 

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Regina King has been a longtime advocate for equality in Hollywood across the board. At the 2019 Golden Globes, she vowed to only produce projects where at least half the cast and crew is women. 

“I’m going to use my platform right now to say: In the next two years, everything that I produce—I am making a vow and it’s going to be tough—to make sure that everything I produce is 50% women,” she said in her speech. “And I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power—not just in our industry, in all industries—I challenge you to challenge yourselves to stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

Aduba also wore a shirt with Taylor’s name, which was on display as she won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie. 

“Let’s go change the world,” she said as she accepted her award. 

For more Emmys 2020 news, click here.