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Sean P. Means
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Ponyo is caught by her father (voiced by Liam Neeson), in a scene from Hayao Miyazaki's animated film "Ponyo." The movie is one of three running Aug. 17-23, as part of a five-week retrospective of Studio Ghibli films at the Broadway Center Cinemas. (Photo courtesy Disney)
The Cricket’s Daily 3: Studio Ghibli closing production (or is it just a pause?)

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]

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• 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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