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.

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FOST Adds Perlmutter Evolution of Cinema Video

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Books, Clips, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Production Design, Sound, Tech, Videogames | Leave a comment

The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) will host its second annual summit in New York City on Oct. 3, exploring how technology is making storytelling more interactive, and one its participants, Tom Perlmutter, chairperson, National Film Board of Canada and Government Film Commissioner, has created a video presentation on the “Evolution of Cinema and the Birth of a New Art Form,” which you can view below. Read more

Freudenthal Talks Directing Percy Jackson Sequel

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

The former VFX vet discusses the challenges of helming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which concerns the search for the Golden Fleece to save the Half-Bloods, recalling the great Ray Harryhausen’s and Jason and the Argonauts. Read more

Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D to Relaunch Chinese Theater

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The Wizard of Oz will receive the first IMAX 3D premiere at the new TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Sept. 15, followed by an exclusive one-week IMAX engagement at the Chinese and IMAX theaters across North America beginning Sept. 20. Read more

A Short Stay in Hell Feature Planned

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Wandering/Cut Films, which produced David Spaltro’s award-winning indie features Around (2008) and Things I Don’t Understand (2012), has acquired the rights to the existentialist horror novella, A Short Stay in Hellby Steven L. Peck, which Spaltro will direct. Read more

Trailering Darker Ender’s Game

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The second trailer for the highly-anticipated Ender’s Game (Nov. 1) is much darker than the first and reveals: “This is no game. Read more

Trailering The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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The first trailer for Ben Stiller’s re-imagining of James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Christmas Day) reminds me of a quirky twist on The Graduate, of all things. Read more

Sam Mendes Confirmed for Bond 24

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Sam Mendes, as expected, will return to direct Bond 24, which will be released in the UK on Oct. 23, 2015 and in the US on Nov. 6, 2015 by Sony. Daniel Craig will reprise James Bond for the fourth time, reporting for duty “with pleasure,” with a script by John Logan, to make the Skyfall reunion complete. Read more

Trailering Saving Mr. Banks

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Here’s the first look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks (Dec. 13), Disney’s Oscar hopeful about the quest to make a movie out of Mary Poppins. Read more

The Desolation of Smaug Videoblog #11

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Peter Jackson won’t be coming to Comic-Con because he’s in the thick of it, but here’s the next best thing: a new videoblog for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13). Read more

Trailering The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Here’s the first teaser for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13), so feast your eyes on the initial glimpses of the dragon (voiced by the very busy Benedict Cumberbatch) and Evangeline Lilly’s elf, Tauriel. Read more