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.

Events

Pixar Grabs 25 Annie Noms

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With two features and a short, Pixar led the Annie nominations with 25. Minions picked up 7, Peanuts 5 Home and Hotel Transylvania 2 got three each. Read more

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Honors Leonardo DiCaprio

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Thursday night’s 30th celebration of the SAG Foundation (appropriately renamed the SAG-AFTRA Foundation) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was all about giving back and supporting actors in need. It was a compassionate and confessional awards season kick-off honoring Leonardo DiCaprio, producer Megan Ellison, and directors Lee Daniels and Rob Marshall. If only more awards shows were as sensitive and forthright. Read more

16 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Race

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Sixteen animated features have been submitted for consideration for Oscar consideration, with three surprises (Moomins on the Riviera, the Finnish comic strip adaptation; Regular Show from Cartoon Network; and The Laws of the Universe – Part 0). Read more

Ridley Scott to Receive VES Life Achievement Award

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Ridley Scott, whose The Martian is Oscar buzzy and a box office hit, will receive Life Achievement recognition at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

VES Summit Highlights: VR Rules

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, TV, VES | Leave a comment

Dean Devlin emphasized breaking up the layers between VFX and the rest of production in his VES Summit keynote last Saturday at the W Hotel in Hollywood, and Virtual Reality took center stage as the new frontier. Read more

Brian Wilson Performs for Love & Mercy

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Crafts, Events, Movies, Music, Sound, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

What a thrill watching Brian Wilson perform at the Vibrato jazz club Monday night in support of the Love & Mercy biopic out on Blu-ray/DVD from Lionsgate (photo credit: Megan Mack). Read more

The Return of The Iron Giant

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Events, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Brad Bird finally got his wish: The Iron Giant returned to the big screen this week and you can see it on Sunday in a remastered “Signature Edition” featuring more footage.  The result is that it looks better than ever and further proof that it’s the last great hand-drawn American feature.  Kudos to Warner Bros. for making this happen and to Duncan Studio for doing such outstanding work (maybe now Duncan can get a hand-drawn feature made, but that’s another hurdle). Visit Fathom Events for theater locations and ticket information. Read more

ILM Celebrates 40th at VIEW

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ILM takes its 40th presentation to VIEW this month in Turin, Italy, along with Jurassic WorldRead more

Kung Fu Panda 3 Latest Edition to VIEW Conference

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The 16th annual VIEW conference in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) will highlight the latest and greatest in animation and VFX. Here are some of the highlights: Read more

Glen Keane Makes Nephtali Short for Paris Opera

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Watch the latest Glen Keane Nephtali short commissioned by the Paris Opera for its new digital 3rd Stage. Read more