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.

Books

Trailering More Iron Man 3

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

In the third trailer for Iron Man 3 (May 3), Tony Stark has definitely met his match when The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) unleashes unparalleled terror and the motivation is very personal. Read more

Cracking the Plot of Tomorrowland

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Books, Movies, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

Drew Mcweeny at HitFix has come across “an official description” of Brad Bird’s super-secret Tomorrowland (Dec. 19, 2014) starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.  If accurate, then the Aug. 1928 issue of Amazing Stories inside the mysterious box of Disney goodies holds an important clue in unraveling the plot of the trippy sci-fi feature that Bird is working on with Damon Lindelof. Read more

Clipping More Oz

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Books, Clips, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8th) shows off colorful eye candy in two clips, “Travel by Bubble” and “Costume and Make-Up.” Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Skyfall

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Cinematography, Home Entertainment, James Bond, Movies, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Skyfall arrives this week on Blu-ray (Fox/MGM Home Ent.). No wonder it’s the first billion dollar Bond: it’s the most prestigious and dramatically rich Bond ever (under the inspired direction of Sam Mendes), the best-shot Bond movie ever (courtesy of Oscar-nominated and ASC winner Roger Deakins), and the most stunning Bond Blu-ray ever. It’s crisp, sharp, and elegant. That’s because Deakins used the Arri Alexa. In terms of audio, the 5.1 DTS HD-Master  is very dynamic . Read more

Illumination to Remake The Grinch

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Books, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Universal and Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Ent. (Despicable Me 2, July 3) will remake How the Grinch Stole Christmas! as their next animated feature, directed by Pete Candeland (Tron: Uprising), reports Variety. This will mark the third Dr. Seuss adaptation for producer/CEO Meledandri but the second for Illumination on the heels of The Lorax. Read more

Download ParaNorman Digital Booklet

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Clips, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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

Sneaking World War Z Super Bowl Spot

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Books, Cinematography, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Check out the Super Bowl spot for Paramount’s World War Z (June 21) starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster. Read more

New Super Bowl Teaser for Oz

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Books, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Check out the sneak peek of the Super Bowl spot for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8). Some find the CGI way over the top. True enough: But then it does capture the surreal quality of the 1939 Technicolor classic. You can compare with the trailer. Read more

1952 Now Titled Tomorrowland

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Brad Bird’s secret sci-fi Disney film, code name 1952, starring George Clooney, is now officially titled Tomorrowland (Dec. 19, 2014). Coupled with the teasing Walt Disney box photo from last week, further speculation about the project’s connection to Disneyland continues. Read more

The Music of James Bond Review

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Books, James Bond, Movies, Oscar | Leave a comment

With Adele singing the Oscar-nominated “Skyfall”  at the Academy Awards and Bond getting a 50-year tribute (no confirmation yet on all six actors participating), Jon Burlingame’s  The Music of James Bond (Oxford University Press) couldn’t be timelier. Read more

« Previous   1 2 ... 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ... 24 25   Next »