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Daily film news briefs: Miyazaki's last film, 'Dr Strange' director search

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Here's a brief roundup of the major stories in film news for Friday, Feb. 21, 2014:

Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki's final feature-length film hits theaters -- 'The Wind Rises' is not only an Oscar-nominee for Best Animated Feature, it's very likely also the last film from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, who has been compared to Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg. Miyazaki's past works include 'Princess Mononoke,' 'My Neighbor Totoro,' 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle.' Three of his films have been nominated for Academy Awards and he won for 'Spirited Away.' Perhaps most incredible are his career RottenTomatoes scores: Miyazaki has directed 11 feature-length animated films since 1979 -- two received 100 percent scores on RottenTomatoes and none received a score less than 87 percent. 'The Wind Rises' gets a limited release this weekend in theaters.

Marvel begins search for 'Doctor Strange' director -- According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is actively searching for a helmer for the 'Doctor Strange' film. Reported top contenders include 'Brave' co-director Mark Andrews, 'A Royal Affair' director Nikolaj Arcel, director of the forthcoming time traveling sci-fi flick 'Welcome to Yesterday' Dean Israelite and 'Warm Bodies' director Jonathan Levine.

'Anchorman 2' gets an R-rated re-release -- The 'Anchorman' sequel is returning to theaters - bigger, longer and R-rated - for a limited, one-week engagement. The original PG-13 cut was 1 hr 59 minutes, but director Adam McKay's new R-rated cut is 2 hrs 23 minutes. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super Sized R Rated Version" hits theaters on Feb. 28.


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