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. ┬áBeginning 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

Immersed in Oscars 2013: Life of Pi Rules Tech Noms

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Life of Pi not only grabbed 11 nominations (second only to Lincoln’s 12), including best picture, but Ang Lee’s spiritual epic also dominated the tech categories with eight nods for cinematography, production design, editing, VFX, sound editing and mixing, original score, and original song — “Pi’s Lullaby.” Read more

Composer Thomas Newman Talks Skyfall

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Skyfall is now the first billion dollar Bond and I recently spoke with composer Thomas Newman about making music for the longest-running franchise. Read more

Clipping Les Miserables Crafts

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Here are some informative behind the scenes craft featurettes from Les Miserables, which should garner plenty of Oscar nominations on Jan. 10. Read more

International Online Critics Release Noms

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The International Online Critics has released the results of its latest poll (the best movies from 2010-2012). The nominations include two of this year’s Oscar contenders, Lincoln and The Master. The winners will be announced after the Dec. 15 deadline. Read more

Trailering Latest Les Miserables

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Now that Les Miserables has taken New York and LA by storm with its preview screenings and has become a prime contender for Best Picture, we have a new trailer to check out. Read more

Framestore Provides Skyfall Credit VFX

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The stunning Skyfall opening credit sequence by Daniel Kleinman is a seductive and nightmarish summary, interweaving familiar tropes and striking motifs that symbolize James Bond’s rite of passage complemented by Adele’s mournful song. Read how Framestore did the VFX (supervised by William Bartlett). Read more

Trailering Les Miserables

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The new international trailer for Les Miserables (Christmas Day) shows off the exuberance, theatricality, and chill of Tom Hooper’s Oscar-contending adaptation of the landmark musical. Read more

Vlogging Skyfall Score

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We hear from composer Thomas Newman about scoring the iconic “Bond Theme” in the latest Skyfall vlog. Read more

Preview Skyfall Score

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You’ve heard Adele’s title song, now get a sneak peek of six minutes of Thomas Newman’s sensitive score for Skyfall. Read more

Happy 50th, James Bond

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Clips, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Fifty years ago today Sean Connery exploded on screen as James Bond, 007, in Dr. No and changed the face of movies and pop culture with a special mixture of danger and sex. It’s James Bond Day and there’s a lot going on, from the release of the Golden Anniversary Blu-ray box set (from Fox Home Ent.), to the launch of Adele’s Skyfall theme song on iTunes, to the premiere of the new documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Unknown Story of 007 (on EPIX), to the launch of Sky Movie’s HD Bond event on cable in the UK, to new clips, a vlog, and a 50th trailer, to the Academy Bond music event tonight hosted by Jon Burlingame (author of The Music of James Bond from Oxford). Read more