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.

James Bond

What We Learned About SPECTRE from Sony Hackers

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Sonygate has struck James Bond just as SPECTRE started production this week at Pinewood in London. Read more

What We Learned About SPECTRE

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Reading between the lines of Thursday’s press conference at Pinewood in London, the title SPECTRE tells us a great deal about the 24th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s fourth outing (which opens stateside November 6th, 2015). It means that director Sam Mendes and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli aren’t shying away from reintroducing the popular terrorist organization (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which has been dormant since the Sean Connery era. And it definitely means that 007′s nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, will be resurrected for the 21st century. Read more

Christoph Waltz Bound for Bond 24

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The ever reliable Baz Bamigboye reports that two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes) has been cast in Bond 24, but it’s not clear whether he’s friend or foe or both. But it demonstrates the prestige factor that comes with having director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig. Read more

Bautisa Bound for Bond 24

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The signing of Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as henchman Hinx indicates that there will be a lighter touch in Bond 24. In other words, more Oddjob than Red Grant. Read more

Bond 24 Gets Lea Seydoux

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French actress Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color)  has been cast as a femme fatale in Bond 24, reports the Daily Mail. However, the main Bond girl will reportedly be cast by a leading British actress. Seydoux will have costume, makeup, and camera tests to get the right look before participating in a late November script rehearsal with director Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris. Read more

Bond 24 Gets Start Date and Cinematographer Hoytema

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The week that Goldfinger celebrated its 50th anniversary, there were major announcements for Bond 24: it starts shooting on Dec. 6 and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema replaces Roger Deakins. Read more

Purvis & Wade Back for Bond 24

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Turnabout is fair play, as veteran James Bond scribes Neil Purvis & Robert Wade have been reinstated to add a bit of witty repartee to the upcoming Bond 24, according to the reliable Baz Bamigboye of UK’s  DailyMail. Read more

Kindle Edition of James Bond Unmasked Available

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I’ve updated my book, James Bond Unmasked (Spies), to include a Skyfall chapter, an exclusive interview with Sam Mendes, and new Daniel Craig quotes from various press conferences. JBU is currently available in a Kindle edition and coming soon to Nook and other e-readers. Read more

Bond Settlement and the Return of Blofeld

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Will Bond 24 mark the return of 007 arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld? Read more

Trailering Computer Animation Festival Preview

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Here’s a sneak peek of the SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival lineup chaired by Jason RM Smith. Read more