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

Pretty Females vs. the Bold Feminism of Frozen

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At its first presentation at Siggraph, Disney’s Frozen started to gain some positive buzz as the animation Oscar frontrunner. But then came a viral media storm last month about gender portrayals in animation that yielded some provocative debate in the community about the Disney/Pixar animation boys club’s predisposition toward pretty females. Read more

Trailering New Wolf of Wall Street

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Now that Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-contending The Wolf of Wall Street has been finished in time by editor Thelma Schoonmaker for a Christmas release, we have a new trailer to watch. Read more

Gavin Hood Talks Ender’s Game

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For director Gavin Hood, Ender’s Game stands somewhere between his Oscar-winning Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverine: a heady sci-fi adventure about the dehumanizing impact of violent video games and simulated warfare on our youth. Throw in the hot topic of drones, and you could say that time has definitely caught up with Orson Scott Card’s acclaimed futuristic novel. Read more

Fox/Chernin Grab The Bone Season from Serkis

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Andy Serkis’ UK production company, The Imaginarium, has entered into a one-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox, and the first project is an adaptation of  Samantha Shannon’s dystopian novel, The Bone Season. Peter Chernin Ent., which optioned The Bone Season from Imaginarium, will produce with Serkis and his partner Jonathan Cavendish. Read more

Remembering Stanley Kauffmann

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New Republic film critic Stanley Kauffmann has passed away at 97. He was a reviewer since 1958 and wrote until the end (Our Nixon) and was particularly passionate about the international films of the ’60s. Read more

Trailering Full Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

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The full trailer for Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit movie (Dec. 13) is online, highlighted by Benedict Cumberbatch’s growling dragon and a cascade of fire.
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Trailering More Frozen

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The first full Frozen trailer is online and Disney’s latest (Nov. 27) from directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee looks more and more like the one to beat for the Oscar. Read more

Disney Starts Shooting Into the Woods

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Under Alan Horn’s leadership, Disney is delving further into its fairy tale heritage. While Kenneth Branagh is currently making Cinderella in England (March 2015), Rob Marshall has started production this week in the UK on Stephen Sondheim’s much darker Into the Woods musical, slated for a Christmas 2014 release.

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Talking A Single Shot with Director Rosenthal

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Although David Rosenthal started out directing comedies (See This Movie and Falling Up), what he really wanted to do was neo-noir and he finally got his chance with A Single Shot, the Tribeca Film release that opens theatrically Sept. 20 and is currently available on VOD. Read more

Clipping 12 Years A Slave: Solomon Northup Portrait

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Editing, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Production Design, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

The Oscar buzz is tremendous for Steve McQueen’s powerful 12 Years A Slave (Oct. 18), which screened at the TIFF this weekend. The new featurette, “A Portrait of Solomon Northrup,” offers a glimpse into the character and narrative. Read more