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.

Cinematography

Clipping the Black Hole of Interstellar

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Get a look at the real gravitational science of the black hole in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7) in this new featurette highlighting theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as exec producer and consultant. Read more

Trailering More Oscar-Contending Unbroken

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The second Unbroken trailer introduces a larger conflict beyond the extraordinary survival story of the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). This will be an important factor in the Oscar race for best picture. Read more

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep

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The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep’s Witch sing the sorrowful  ”Stay with Me.” Read more

David Ayer Talks World War II Fury

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After End of Watch, David Ayer was naturally drawn to Fury, another intense, day in the life pressure cooker about a tank crew at the end of World War II in the heart of Germany. But his script attracted A-lister Brad Pitt — as well as Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal –a nd looks to score big at the weekend box office. Which is why Warner Bros. has announced that Ayer will next tackle DC’s Suicide Squad for 2016, another trial by fire about a team of imprisoned super-villains who perform secret missions for the government to commute their sentences. Read more

Stitching Birdman Together

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Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu may not want to give away the “continuous take” gag in his extraordinary Birdman, but Oscar buzz continues to mount because he’s achieved the ultimate in POV narrative. And his long-time editors Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione “stitched” Birdman together in a very unique way, compiling an assembly of rehearsal footage before principal photography and cleverly erasing the cuts with the VFX and post teams. Read more

Osborne Turns to Kickstarter for Talk Is Cheap

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Oscar-winning producer Barrie Osborne (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) has turned to Kickstarter to help fund Talk Is Cheap, an environmental-themed family drama for writer, director, and producer Jim Jarrett. Read more

Alonso Highlights VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso described “filling the gap” as the key to storytelling and VFX success at Marvel at yesterday’s 6th annual VES Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, while VFX specialist Ben Grossmann, production designer Bo Welch, and DP Dion Beebe discussed the need for VFX to evolve into a more front-loaded collaborative workflow. Read more

Kaminski Talks Bygone America in The Judge

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Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) found beauty in a bygone America for The Judge. At the same time, he was drawn to the father-son estrangement story and the sense of closure between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Read more

Alonso of Marvel to Keynote VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of visual effects and post production, will keynote the 6th annual VES Summit, titled “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.”  The interactive forum will take place on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more

Trailering American Sniper from Clint Eastwood

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Watch the first teaser for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (opening Dec. 25).  He looks in top form again. Could the two-time Oscar winner pull off another Million Dollar Baby? Read more

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