FMX 2016 Called Blending Realities

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The upcoming FMX conference in Stuttgart (April 26-29) will be devoted to “Blending Realities.” I look forward to participating once again.

How Roger Deakins Shot Hail, Caesar!

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Recycling genres, troubleshooting studio politics and making scandals disappear might have been too much of a cross to bear for Josh Brolin’s Eddie Mannix in Hail, Caesar! But for cinematographer Roger Deakins, it was a fun return to the cockeyed caravan of working with Joel and Ethan Coen.

How They Dressed Carol and Cinderella

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Carol and Cinderella offer a fascinating study in contrast for dual Oscar-contending costume designer Sandy Powell. While the wardrobes for Oscar-nominated Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara convey the conservative vibe at the dawn of the Eisenhower era in 1952, Lily James’ strong-willed fairy tale fave dons an unconventional blue gown for the royal ball and gets extra sparkle in her slipper.

Why Inside Out Means So Much to Pixar

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It isn’t merely about winning another Oscar for Pixar – Inside Out represents a new milestone for the studio and for Pete Docter. It’s their most imaginative and adult-themed movie and ups their storytelling ethos and animation aesthetic.

Immersed in Blu-ray: Spectre is Back

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Spectre arrived on Blu-ray this week from Fox, the second-best Bond grosser ever, looking and sounding demo quality.

Trailering On Ice From Google Spotlight Stories

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Watch the trailer for the On Ice VR short from Annie-nominated Shannon Tindle.

Inside Out Tops Annies with 10 Wins

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The 43rd Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a love fest for Pixar’s Inside Out, which grabbed 10 awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is primed for the Oscar. The Good Dinosaur, which dominated VES animator on Tuesday, took the Animated Effects prize for a Pixar sweep.

Why The Force Awakens Should Win the VFX Oscar

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Who ever thought you’d have to make the case for Star Wars winning the VFX Oscar? But with all the buzz surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant bear, which earned three additional VES awards for ILM, there are no guarantees. And that’s the point: ILM has done such outstanding photo-real work on the J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking Star Wars reboot — zeroing in on $2 billion worldwide at the box office — that there might be a tendency to take the work …

Burr Steers Talks Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Although Burr Steers dislikes the word “kitsch” for its cheap connotation, he had a hard time denying that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn’t kitschy, especially after admitting that the biggest influence was Tony Richardson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), which is great kitsch.

Evaluating the Best Editing Oscar Nominees

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The contenders include the return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland and a galaxy far, far away, the (surreal) collapse of the financial system, a metaphysical journey in the frozen wilderness, and The  Boston Globe’s exposure of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.