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.

Festivals

Behind the High-Frame-Rate Oklahoma! Restoration

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Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron’s current embrace of high-frame-rate, there’s an added importance to Fox’s restoration of the roadshow Oklahoma!, which opened the TCM Classic Film Fest Thursday at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Read more

Landau to Discuss Avatar Sequel at FMX 2014

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Producer Jon Landau will provide a sneak peek of the Avatar sequel at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25 ), and Warner Bros. animation/VFX president Chris DeFaria will join me in a discussion of the Oscar-winning Gravity with Framestore’s Tim Webber. This will be part of the virtual production track curated by David Morin (Autodesk) and Sebastian Sylwan (formerly Weta Digital’s creative technologist). Read more

Andy Serkis Coming to FMX 2014

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Andy Serkis will deliver a keynote and show a sneak peek of Weta Digital’s performance capture work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany).

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FMX 2014 Preview: A Real-Time Experience

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I’m returning to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25), hosting a panel to be  announced shortly. Here’s a sneak peek. Read more

Autodesk Launches Flame Premium 2014

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Autodesk will be offering new Flame Premium 2014 software at the International Broadcasting Convention 2013 (IBC), Sept. 13-17, while touting pay as you go access to the latest Design and Creation Suites, 3ds Max, Maya, and the new Maya LT (bringing an affordable new toolset for the creation of professional-grade 3D mobile, PC, and web-based game assets). Read more

The Wind Rises from Miyazaki to Open Feb. 21, 2014

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The Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli will release Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature, The Wind Rises, on Feb. 21, 2014, and expand on Feb. 28 under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The Wind Rises will first open for Academy Award qualification engagements in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14,  showcasing the original film in Japanese with English subtitles. Read more

Chris Landreth Talks Subconscious Password

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Oscar winner Chris Landreth (Ryan) has taken the inner workings of the human psyche in a whole new absurd direction with his latest short, Subconscious Password, which has its Canadian premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Marcy Page for the NFB, with the participation of the Animation Arts Center of Seneca College and Copperhead Entertainment’s Mark Smith, Subconscious Password has already won best short at Annecy and wowed SIGGRAPH in Anaheim, making it a likely Oscar contender. Read more

Clipping 12 Years A Slave: Solomon Northup Portrait

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The Oscar buzz is tremendous for Steve McQueen’s powerful 12 Years A Slave (Oct. 18), which screened at the TIFF this weekend. The new featurette, “A Portrait of Solomon Northrup,” offers a glimpse into the character and narrative. Read more

Trailering Final Gravity

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Watch the thrilling final Gravity trailer as the Oscar-contending space adventure from Alfonso Cuarón heads to the TIFF. Read more

New York Times Launches First Online Indie Fest

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The New York Times announced its first online indie film festival, which will stream four exclusive films for free (Sept. 3-Oct. 2), curated by non-profit arts organization Film Independent, on NYTimes.com (NYTimes.com/indiefilm). Acura, Stella Artois Cidre, and the Big Fish Broadway musical are the presenting sponsors. Read more