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The Cricket’s Daily 3: Studio Ghibli closing production (or is it just a pause?)

First Published Aug 04 2014 07:19AM      Last Updated Aug 05 2014 07:52 am

FILE - In this May 16, 2013, file photo, Michael Johns arrives at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. He was 35. The network and his family released statements Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, confirming the Australian-born singer's death. The Hollywood Reporter says Johns died Friday. A cause of death wasn't immediately available. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture:

• The reports that Japan’s Studio Ghibli, the makers of such animated classics as "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away," will stop production may be a bit premature. A closer translation of the announcement by the studio’s manager, Toshio Suzuki, reveals the closure could be just a pause. [Kotaku Australia]

• Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy" shattered the record for an August opening weekend, taking in $94 million. [Box Office Mojo]

• Australian-born singer Michael Johns, who competed on "American Idol" in season 7 (the same year Utah’s David Archuleta was on the show), died of a blood clot in his ankle. He was 35. [Entertainment Weekly]



 

 

 

 

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