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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A Spiritual Man of Steel UK Spot

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The Christ metaphor is further accentuated in the latest UK TV spot for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (June 14). Read more

Life of Pi, Brave Earn BAFTA Honors

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While Argo and Ben Affleck unsurprisingly took the top prizes for best film and director today at the BAFTA Awards in London,  Pixar’s Scottish-flavored Brave won for best animated feature and Life of Pi for VFX  (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer). Life of Pi’s Claudio Miranda also scored the cinematography award; The Making of Longbird and Swimmer earned honors for best animated and live-action short, respectively. Read more

Clipping Lincoln: An American Journey

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A new 20-minute behind the scenes special about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is available online. It was released on Apple iTunes and will air Sunday on KCBS at 9:00 am (PT). It’s an informative snapshot of Spielberg’s lifelong fascination with the 16th President and the making of the Oscar front-runner for Best Picture. Read more

Immersed in Oscars 2013: Life of Pi Rules Tech Noms

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Life of Pi not only grabbed 11 nominations (second only to Lincoln’s 12), including best picture, but Ang Lee’s spiritual epic also dominated the tech categories with eight nods for cinematography, production design, editing, VFX, sound editing and mixing, original score, and original song — “Pi’s Lullaby.” Read more

Clipping Les Miserables Crafts

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Here are some informative behind the scenes craft featurettes from Les Miserables, which should garner plenty of Oscar nominations on Jan. 10. Read more

Clipping the New Quartermaster

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Watch this wonderful meet cute clip at The National Gallery between Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Ben Whishaw’s Q. It’s a nice generational reversal featuring witty sparring. Read more

Clipping Frankenweenie ‘Lightning’

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Science teacher Rzykruski (Martin Landau) provides the inspiration for bringing back the dead in this latest “Lightning” clip from Tim Burton’s highly anticipated Frankenweenie (Oct. 5). Read more

Clipping Alternate Avengers Opening

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A more somber, post-9/11 vibe underscores this alternate opening to The Avengers (available as “Maria Hill Investigation” on the Blu-ray/DVD combo Sept. 25 from Disney Home Ent.) Incidentally, blockbuster superhero movie returns to theaters Labor Day weekend for a one-week run. Read more

First Looks: Lincoln and Noah

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We get our first looks this week at Daniel Day-Lewis’ pensive Abe in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (Nov. 9) and the rugged Russell Crowe as Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s eponymous biblical epic (March 2014). What’s striking is how personal you can tell these movies are for their respective directors. Read more

Trailering the Ultimate Dark Knight Trilogy

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Bruce Wayne’s journey as the conflicted crime fighter is conveyed in this new ultimate trilogy trailer. Read more