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

Trailering Hot Festival Entries

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The talk of Venice and Telluride so far this weekend are premieres of Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and Prisoners along with continuing momentum for All Is Lost and Inside Llewyn Davis. Watch the trailers. Read more

Clipping the Thrill of Rush

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Here are two hot clips from Ron Howard’s racing biopic, Rush, entering the TIFF before its Sept. 20 release: a flirty encounter between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) and an intro by Howard about the fierce ’70s Formula 1 rivalry between Hunt and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Read more

Trailering More Inside Llewyn Davis

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The second trailer takes us deeper into the Oscar-contending Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen brothers, screening at the New York Film Festival and opening Dec. 6. Read more

Trailering The Wind Rises from Miyazaki

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Watch the trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s latest Studio Ghibli release, The Wind Rises (Kaze ga Tachinu), an Oscar contender that will play the Toronto, New York, and Venice film festivals. Read more

Going Deeper into The Good Dinosaur

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“The Art of The Good Dinosaur” panel discussion at D23 offered a good grounding in the design of the agrarian dinos and the world they inhabit in the upcoming Pixar feature directed by Bob Peterson (opening May 30, 2014). Daniel Lopez Munoz (production designer), Daniela Strijleva (character art director), and Noah Klocek (set art director) emphasized the importance of scale in creating a new kind of dino and buddy story. Read more

D23: The Disney Comic-Con

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Last weekend’s third D23 Expo of Disney fandom in Anaheim seemed like a mini Comic-Con now that Lucasfilm has joined the powerhouse fold with Marvel and Pixar. But despite showing off its impressive animation and live-action slate, there was palpable disappointment in the arena about Star Wars: Episode VII being totally ignored. In fact, it seemed like a missed opportunity in light of the attention paid at the recent Star Wars Celebration Festival in Essen, Germany. Read more

D23 Touts Disney DNA

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Hand-drawn animated features might be a thing of the past at Disney but the legacy is alive and well as the studio becomes more comfortable blending 2D and CG. This was the big takeaway Friday at the “Art and Imagination” presentation that kicked off the third D23 Expo (they even paid tribute to hand-drawn great Burny Mattinson, the last animator who knew Walt and celebrates his 60th year at the studio). Read more

Welles’ Too Much Johnson Found

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It’s not The Magnificent Ambersons, but any long-lost Orson Welles footage is cause for celebration. Too Much Johnson (1938), a slapstick short filmed before the legendary Citizen Kane as part of an abandoned Mercury Theatre production, has been recovered in Italy and will debut Oct. 9 at the famed Italian silent film festival, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, in Pordenone. Read more

Watch Comic-Con Production Designer Panel

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Here’s the ADG’s informative production design panel discussion at Comic-Con, which focused particularly on the relationship with VFX. (Pictured from left: Tom Sanders, moderator Jim Bissell, Corey Kaplan, Alex McDowell, and Rob Stromberg.) Read more

New Get A Horse! Images Released

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Disney’s extraordinary new black-and-white vintage Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse!, makes its North American debut at D23 in Anaheim on Aug. 9. Until then, here’s a sneak peek at two new “animation cels” : Read more