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.

Costume

Turning Into the Woods into a Post-9/11 Metaphor

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Into the Woods should score several key craft noms, with production designer Dennis Gassner and costume designer Colleen Atwood the favorites to win again. Read more

Craft-Talking the A-List Team for Unbroken

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Angelina Jolie lined up an A-list crafts team who delivered their best work on Unbroken. Read more

Cracking the Alan Turing Code of Imitation Game

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In an awards season dominated by biopics, The Imitation Game is the most unconventional, flashing forward and back to decode the enigmatic mathematician, scientist and spy Alan Turing, played by the Oscar-buzzy Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more

Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything

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James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking’s life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. Read more

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar

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Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey to life. Read more

Trailering More Into the Woods

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Get a greater glimpse of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, Into the Woods (Dec. 25), which explores the dark side of  ”I wish.” 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

Warner Bros. To Tackle 10 DC Superhero Movies

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

Warner Bros. has suffered Marvel envy long enough and is fighting back with 10 DC superhero movies through 2020 (plus some Batman and Superman standalones, including Man of Steel 2). The ambitious slate announced today by CEO Kevin Tsuijihara also includes a Harry Potter spin-off trilogy for 2016, 2018, and 2020 based on J.K. Rowlings’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (to be scripted by Rowlings and directed by David Yates and a trio of Lego movies. 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

Christian Bale Talks Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings

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While Christian Bale admitted that you can’t out-Heston Charlton Heston in playing the all-consuming Moses, the real question was if Ridley Scott can out-Gladiator Gladiator with Exodus: Gods and Kings (Dec. 12). After glimpsing about a half-hour of powerful footage that left us wanting more on Tuesday, the answer is definitely yes (watch the new trailer below). Read more