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Stories for July 18, 2009

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Hayao Miyazaki to Grace Hall H

July 18, 2009
By Beth Accomando

As you may have gathered, I am a fan of Japanese anime. So I was thrilled to find out that this year's Comic-Con boasts the first ever appearance of Hayao Miyazaki, the founder of Studio Ghibli and creator of such classic animated films as "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," and "Spirited Away." In the U.S. his films have been distributed in recent years by Disney. Disney will be releasing Miyazaki's latest film, "Ponyo" (the Japanese title was the more poetic, "Ponyo on a Cliiff by the Sea") on August 14 in select cities.

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War is a Drug

July 18, 2009
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic

“…war is a drug.” These words, as quoted from journalist Chris Hedges, open “The Hurt Locker” (currently playing at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), an adrenaline-infused war film from director Kathryn Bigelow that is sure to give you more bang for your buck than almost any other film this year. The film opens with a bomb squad in Baghdad sometime in the year 2004.