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. ┬áBeginning 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

ASC Feature Nominations Announced

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Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Skyfall were nominated for the 27th annual ASC Awards by the American Society of Cinematographers. The winner will be announced Feb. 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Read more

Immersed in Oscars 2013: Life of Pi Rules Tech Noms

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Life of Pi not only grabbed 11 nominations (second only to Lincoln’s 12), including best picture, but Ang Lee’s spiritual epic also dominated the tech categories with eight nods for cinematography, production design, editing, VFX, sound editing and mixing, original score, and original song — “Pi’s Lullaby.” Read more

CAS Announces Sound Mixing Nominations

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The Cinema Audio Society announced the nominees for the 49th annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2012, with The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Skyfall, and Zero Dark Thirty leading in live action and Disney getting three animated nominees. The winners will be announced Feb. 16 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Read more

ADG Nominations Announced

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The Art Directors Guild announced its nominations for production design, which include such indies as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Impossible as well the more grounded Flight. Otherwise, the nominees encompass a diverse range of prestigious contenders. Read more

85th Academy Awards to Salute Bond 50th

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Just in case the billion dollar Skyfall doesn’t receive a best picture Oscar nom, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making sure that Bond gets a 50th shout out during the 85th Academy Awards Read more

Skyfall Makes Producers Guild Cut of Nominees

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Skyfall was perhaps the biggest surprise in the list of Producers Guild 2013 nominees. Does that bolster its chances for a best picture Oscar nom? The winners will be announced on Jan. 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Composer Thomas Newman Talks Skyfall

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Skyfall is now the first billion dollar Bond and I recently spoke with composer Thomas Newman about making music for the longest-running franchise. Read more

Academy Extends Nominations Deadline to Friday

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As a result of problems with the new online voting system (including log-in difficulties and Safari browser issues), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the nominations deadline a day to Friday, Jan. 4, at 5:00 pm, PT. Any online or paper ballots received past the deadline will not be counted. It’s going to be a helluva Friday. Read more

Bond Production Designers to Get Cinematic Imagery Award

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The Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild will go to James Bond production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron, and Dennis Gassner. Their work spans 50 years and 23 Bond movies and the four production designers will be honored Feb. 2 from the Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards Presented by BMW. Read more

MPC Aids Skyfall VFX

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Congrats to Skyfall for making the Oscar VFX bake off. Speaking of which, MPC delivered more than 300 shots for Skyfall’s stirring climax, (overseen by VFX supervisor Arundi Asregadoo and VFX producer Philip Greenlow). Read more