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.

Music

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Screenwriting, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII has a cast: John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Mr. Selfridge), Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis (providing his performance capture skills, no doubt), Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. Read more

Behind the High-Frame-Rate Oklahoma! Restoration

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Festivals, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Tech | Leave a comment

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

Sergio Mendes Talks Rio 2

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

In Rio 2, musical legend Sergio Mendes helps expand the Brazilian flavor as the adventure continues in the Amazon. For director Carlos Saldanha, musically it’s richer and more multi-layered, and, as the story progresses, the jungle offers its own vibe, and, by the end, it’s a mixture of the two. Mendes tells what the musical journey has been like for him. Read more

Carlos Saldanha Talks Rio 2

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In Rio 2 (April 11), we go from Rio to the Amazon for a richer and more musical comedy/adventure with newcomers Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. Meanwhile, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids travel to the rainforest and encounter more than family trouble. Director Carlos Saldanha, who signed a five-year deal with Fox to direct both live-action and animation, discusses raising the bar at Blue Sky. Read more

Desplat Talks Film Scoring and Philomena

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Oscar-nominated film composer Alexandre Desplat (Philomena) engaged in a lively conversation with Ashley Irwin (president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists) at the Polo Lounge on Sunday. He was accompanied by pianist Randy Kerber, who worked with him on Benjamin Button. Read more

Talking Her Oscar-Nominated Score

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Oscar-nominated William Butler’s first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze’s Her with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process, which also paid off on their latest album, Reflektor. Read more

Anatomy of a Scene: ‘Hang Me’ from Llewyn Davis

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The opening of Inside Llewyn Davis is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in ’61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdown on the Coen brothers’ bizarre tale about folk music with the Oscar nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and sound mixer Skip Lievsay (also nominated for Gravity). Read more

20 Feet from Stardom Stars Perform Live

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Former backup singers Tata Vega and Merry Clayton (stars of the Oscar-nominated doc, 20 Feet From Stardom) gave rousing performances on Monday at Herb Albert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz. Read more

Clipping The Moon Song from Her

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Watch a new featurette about the making of the Oscar-nominated “Moon Song,” which Karen O will be performing at the Academy Awards on March 2 Read more

Frozen Gets Jazzy, Musical Event

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Sunday night I attended a special Frozen musical performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz club with cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing the songs of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger. Read more

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