Paul Franklin to Discuss Interstellar at FMX 2015


I will host a Q&A on the making of Interstellar with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin at FMX  (May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany). The discussion/presentation will take place on May 7th, as Franklin will take the audience through the development, filming,

Tim Johnson Talks Home as My Dinner with Andre


DreamWorks is back doing what it does best with Home -- cultural satire with heart. Jim Parsons and Rihanna team up as Oh and Tip in a buddy comedy that pokes fun at xenophobia in its adaptation of Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday (I wish they kept the

TCM Film Fest: Restoring Sound of Music, 1776


This weekend's annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about "History, According to Hollywood," and you couldn't find two more diverse musical examples than The Sound of Music (which kicked things off Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX) and 1776 (screening

Paul Franklin to Discuss Interstellar at FMX 2015

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I will host a Q&A on the making of Interstellar with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin at FMX  (May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany). Read more

Tim Johnson Talks Home as My Dinner with Andre

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DreamWorks is back doing what it does best with Home – cultural satire with heart. Jim Parsons and Rihanna team up as Oh and Tip in a buddy comedy that pokes fun at xenophobia in its adaptation of Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday (I wish they kept the title). Director Tim Johnson discusses departing from ensembles, his cast, and getting better performances with Premo, the studio’s new animation software. Read more

TCM Film Fest: Restoring Sound of Music, 1776

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Movies, Music, Oscar, Tech | Leave a comment

This weekend’s annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about “History, According to Hollywood,” and you couldn’t find two more diverse musical examples than The Sound of Music (which kicked things off Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX) and 1776 (screening Saturday afternoon at the Chinese IMAX). Both tout digital restorations to show off their compelling stories of nonconformity and revolution. Read more

How They Did It: While We’re Young

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While We’re Young is a tale of two Brooklyns for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomie Watts) and Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). For Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), who just finished Bridge of Spies with Steven Spielberg, it was a return to home in New York after five years of working elsewhere. But with a different character-driven design approach. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: A Kite Dancing in a Hurricane

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It’s fun trying to piece together the clues from the new SPECTRE teaser, in which Daniel Craig’s James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. Thus, it’s a continuation of Skyfall and not everything from his childhood has been buried. There’s no such thing as a regular mission so far in the Craig era, and 007 continues grappling with trust and betrayal in what looks to be a very baroque-looking crucible. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

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In a musical mood? Check out Into the Woods, which arrived on Blu-ray this week (Disney Home Ent.), looking and sounding spectacular. Read more

Clipping Age of Ultron: Super Siblings

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Meet Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) in a new Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)  featurette. Read more

Trailering Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

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Watch the full trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (July 31), which is about “the anti-IMF.” Read more

How They Did It: Catching Up with the Insurgent Train

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Cinematographer Florian Ballhaus discusses achieving a bigger and trippier Divergent sequel with director Robert Schwentke. Read more

Trailering Pixels and Arcade Madness

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Sony’s released the first trailer for Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad. It’s inspired by Patrick Jean’s short (watch below with the trailer) and has fun with PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert and Space Invaders. Read more

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