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.

Annies

The Boxtrolls Grabs 13 Annie Nominations

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Laika’s stop-motion The Boxtrolls led ASIFA-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards with 13 nominations, bolstering its chances for an Oscar nom, followed by DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 with 10 noms (both will compete for best animated feature). The winners will be announced Saturday, Jan. 31st, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall at 7:00 pm. Read more

Frozen Leads Annies with 5 Awards

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The Disney Frozen juggernaut continued Saturday night at the 41st Annie Awards, grabbing five trophies at UCLA’s Royce Hall, including best feature, directing (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee), music, production design, and voice acting kudos for Josh Gad’s Olaf snowman. The ASIFA-Hollywood honor should help seal the Oscar deal for the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($350.7 million/$813.2 million and counting). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Cloudy 2

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Catch the popular Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray (Sony Home Ent.). Read more

Going Deeper into The Croods

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The Croods (which grabbed nine Annie nominations, including best animated feature) certainly stands out in a year dominated by survival and the inevitability of change. In fact, every country that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco visited on their press tour embraced the prehistoric family as part of their own cultural identity. Read more

Frozen, MU, DM2, Croods Dominate Annie Noms

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Universal/Illumination’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 led the 41st Annie Award nominations with a total of 11 (nine if you discount the short and commercial nods); however, Disney’s record-breaking Frozen (which bowed with $93.6 million over the Thanksgiving holiday) and Pixar’s Monsters University dominated the movie categories with 10, while DreamWorks’ The Croods also scored nine.

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Trailering U.S. Version of The Wind Rises

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Watch the U.S. trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s final masterpiece from Studio Ghibli, The Wind Rises, which is competing for the Oscar, the Annies, and The Golden Globes. Read more

Watch Complete Head over Heels Short

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Fresh from his Annie win last week for best student film, Timothy Reckart’s stop-motion Oscar contender, Head over Heels, is now available online. It joins Paperman, Adam and Dog, and Fresh Guacamole. Meanwhile, Maggie Simpson in: The Longest Daycare is back in theaters this weekend in 3-D with Life of Pi. Read more

Download ParaNorman Digital Booklet

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Laika’s Oscar-nominated stop-motion ParaNorman, which captured two Annies Saturday night for character animation (Travis Knight) and character design (Heidi Smith), and has earned 15 best animated feature film awards, now has an interactive booklet you can download. Read more

Wreck-It Ralph Tops 40th Annies

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Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which many consider the Oscar frontrunner, took home the top prize for best animated feature at the 40th annual Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Ralph won four additional Annies for directing (Rich Moore), writing (Phil Johnson and Jennifer Lee), music (Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto), and voice acting (Alan Tudyk as the Ed Wynn-inspired King Candy). Disney also scored the best short prize with John Kahr’s innovative black and white hybrid, Paperman.

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Disney Leads 40th Annie Noms

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Nominations for the 40th Annie Awards were announced Monday by ASIFA-Hollywood, dominated by Disney’s three Best Animated Feature nods (Pixar’s Brave, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, and Wreck-It Ralph), while wracking up a studio record 25 noms overall. In fact, it was a great week for Disney, with Frankenweenie awarded Best Animated Film of 2012 by The New York Film Critics Circle, and Wreck-It Ralph earning Best Animated Feature by the National Board of Review. Read more