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.

Crafts

Rock Opera Meets Vertigo for Fury Road Score

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Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), the founder of NERVE and part of a new breed of film composers that merges electronic with symphonic (Divergent, 300: Rise of an Empire), found the perfect blend for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Think rock opera meets Vertigo. It’s this high-octane, retro revitalization that has also landed him Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (he’s scoring the Dark Knight in contrast to Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel) and the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s iconic Point Break thriller. Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser

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Sony Pictures Animation just launched the first video in a three-part series dissecting what went into the making of the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser trailer. Read more

ADG Presents An American in Paris

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The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will present a screening of An American in Paris (1951), showcasing Oscar-winning Concept Artist/Costume Designer Irene Sharaff, Art Director E. Preston Ames and MGM’’s Supervising Art Director Cedric Gibbons, on May 31 at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood). This will be the ADG Film Society’’s second program of the 2015 “Confessions of a Production Designer” Series, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter. Read more

What You Should Know About the Future of VR

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Virtual Reality is definitely real now that the tech has arrived, the investment is pouring in and the entertainment industry is jumping in. So VR was the hot topic last week at the 20th FMX confab in Stuttgart, Germany, following all the tech trade shows this year and Sundance, where young filmmakers admitted they were more interested in VR than in movies. Read more

SPECTRE Vlog Teases Rome Car Chase

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Find out how 007′s Aston Martin DB10 fares against Mr. Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75 on the streets of Rome. Read more

How They Did It: Bringing Hardy to Madding Crowd

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Danish DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen discusses how she lit Carey Mulligan singing “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme.” Read more

Joss Whedon on the Secret of Hawkeye

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Joss Whedon discussed giving Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye a stronger role and making him a role model (SPOILER ALERT). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Far From the Madding Crowd

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

With Thomas Vinterberg’s gorgeous Far from the Madding Crowd opening this weekend with Carey Mulligan, we have the arrival of John Schlesinger’s beloved ’67 version on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Read more

Alex McDowell Brings Rilao Worldbuilding to FMX

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Production Designer Alex McDowell of the USC Worldbuilding Institute takes his adventurous “Rilao Project” to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (May 8, Room Heilbronn, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm). The Transmedia workshop will have a maximum of 50 participants. Read more

Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Hawks in Age of Ultron

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If Joss Whedon echoes Ultron in saying, “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” it’s because he bit off more than he could creatively chew with his “Avengers” sequel. Apart from extraordinarily high expectations and financial pressure that inevitably pushed back, he ambitiously attempted a better movie. Read more