I hadn't heard anything about when the new season was starting, but while going to IMDB to look something up, saw that it is debuting this Sunday. A quick check of the Tivo schedule shows that they are showing the last season on Friday and Saturday for a primer of the new season.
I just can't wait to see how the airplane crash effects things.
Found this on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZWmOYq3fX4 It was a Q&A done with Miyazaki at Cal-Berkeley in 2009 when he won an award. I was lucky enough to go when I was in California for San Diego and to visit the Schulz Museum.