Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

Animation

Harvey Beaks: A Punk Version of Pooh

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C.H. Greenblatt is back with a new Nickelodeon series that’s a far cry from Chowder: Harvey Beaks is about mild-mannered young bird (Max Charles) who lives in a magical forest with a pair of rambunctious imp siblings named Fee (Angelina Wahler) and Foo (Jackson Brundage and Tom Robinson). Whereas Chowder was like a psychedelic trip, Harvey Beaks is more sedate but no less personal. The first two episodes premiered last weekend and the series airs Sundays at 7:00 pm. Read more

Trailering Japanese Version of Tomorrowland

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

There’s more footage and plot revealed in this Japanese trailer for Tomorrowland, so watch only if you want to know more. 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

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

NVIDIA Updates Roadmap at GTC 2015

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Earlier this week at its GPU Technology ConferenceNVIDIAannounced an updated multi-product roadmap to bring interactive, physically-based rendering to a far wider pool of designers than ever before.  Read more

Game of Thrones Comes to FMX 2015

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The HBO flagship Game of Thrones will be one of the highlights at FMX 2015, the conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia (May 5-8), which celebrates its 20th anniversary in Stuttgart, Germany. Read more

Lasseter, Catmull Honored by Variety

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Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull shared Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award as part of the trade pub’s inaugural 10 Animators to Watch event Tuesday night at Siren Studios in Hollywood, feted by Variety and Nickelodeon. Dana Lamb of Cal State Fullerton was also presented with the Animation Educator of the Year award. Read more

Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Talk Frozen Fever

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, previs, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The gang’s all back for the new Frozen Fever short playing in front of Cinderella, in which Elsa (Idina Menzel) gets a cold while preparing a surprise birthday party for Anna (Kristen Bell). And with Frozen 2 just announced, we got to speculate about potentially expanding the role of Olaf (Josh Gad) as well. Read more

The Dam Keeper Graphic Novel Bound

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The Oscar-nommed Dam Keeper animated short from Tonko House founders Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi will get the graphic novel treatment by First Second, an imprint of Macmillan, and is also being developed into a feature. Read more

Trailering Hotel Transylvania 2

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Watch the new teaser for Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25). Drac is back with a grandson issues. Read more