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.

Movies

Sam Mercer to Head ILM

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Producer Sam Mercer will display his problem solving chops as the new head of Industrial Light & Magic, reporting in to Lucasfilm GM Lynwen Brennan. Read more

Trailering The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch The Jungle Book trailer, Disney’s new live-action/CG hybrid coming April 15, 2016 and revel in a nostalgic re-imagining. Read more

Clipping Keane About VR at FoST

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Events, Movies, Shorts, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

In this new promo, Step into the Page, Glen Keane shares his views on animation and VR for Future of Storytelling (FoST) Summit in New York in October. Read more

Howie Shia Talks TIFF-Bound BAM Short

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Toronto-based animator Howie Shia explores the nature of rage and violence in his latest NFB short, BAM, premiering at TIFF on Sept. 16th and 20th. Inspired in part by his grandfather, a high-ranking police official as well as a poet and calligrapher, the short riffs on Hercules: a young boxer struggles with his shy, bookish nature and a divinely violent temper.

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Trailering Prologue Short from Richard Williams

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

 

Fresh from its acclaimed Telluride premiere, Richard Williams’ Prologue short starts its Oscar qualifying run on Friday at the Laemmle Royal in West  LA. Watch the trailer below. Read more

Dolby Sound Podcasts Docs with Coll Anderson

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In the third “Conversations with Sound Artists” Podcast series from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Coll Anderson discusses “telling human stories” in docs (listen below). Read more

Clipping The Peanuts Movie with Dreaming Big

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Movies, Music, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Art of Dreaming Big web series from Fox Family Entertainment touts The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6). Read more

What Daniel Craig Divulged About SPECTRE

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It was a busy week for Bond talk: Daniel Craig told Esquire that he might not return, yet he’s just been named co-producer of SPECTRE  (a first for a Bond actor) with the arrival of the new poster; author Anthony Horowitz called Idris Elba “too street” to play Bond and then apologized; and a UK bookie is placing his bet on Tom Hardy as the next 007. Read more

A Walk in the Woods with Ken Kwapis

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With the “Odd Couple” pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, director Ken Kwapis (Big Miracle, He’s Just Not That Into You) has made an unmistakable buddy road picture in A Walk in the Woods. It’s certainly laconic vs. loquacious on the Appalachian Trail: one part existential journey and another part environmental reverie, as told by sardonic travel writer Bill Bryson (Redford) in his memoir, adapted for the screen by Redford’s producing partner, Bill Holderman.
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The NFB Comes to LA Shorts Fest

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Festivals, Movies, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, VFX | Leave a comment

The NFB has three shorts at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, including the North American premiere of If I Was God (screening Sept. 9 at 3:15 pm) by two-time Oscar nominee Cordell Barker. Read more