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

10 Blu-rays for Summer Viewing

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Looking for some great classics to purchase? Here are 10 notable releases this year that all look stunning. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: The Author of Pain

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Judging from the explosive new SPECTRE trailer, the film not only continues the two-part Skyfall journey into James Bond’s upbringing but also links the Daniel Craig era by proclaiming that Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser represents a Machiavellian puppetmaster: “It’s me, James, the author of all your pain,” he sneers (wearing, incidentally, the signature Nehru jacket associated with Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the ’60s). So isn’t the cat pretty much out of the bag? Read more

Osborne and Tindle Get the Google Spotlight

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Google Spotlight Stories continues to evolve as an ”on device” experience, luring Patrick Osborne (Pearl) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice), who appeared on a first-time Google panel at Comic-Con. Read more

Remembering Film Composer James Horner

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James Horner, who died at 61 in a plane crash Monday, was drawn to movies about exploration and imagination, which is why he bonded so creatively with Ron Howard and James Cameron. Read more

David Spaltrow Goes … In the Dark

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Award-winning indie director David Spaltrow (Things I Don’t Understand, …Around) has just completed the horror film, …In the Dark, a new spin on the haunted house trope, a joint production with Seven Oaks Films and Intimation Prods., exec produced by Sital Sal Jain, produced by Jesse R. Tendler, and line produced by Lee Gillentine. Read more

Rock Opera Meets Vertigo for Fury Road Score

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Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), the founder of NERVE and part of a new breed of film composers that merges electronic with symphonic (Divergent, 300: Rise of an Empire), found the perfect blend for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Think rock opera meets Vertigo. It’s this high-octane, retro revitalization that has also landed him Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (he’s scoring the Dark Knight in contrast to Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel) and the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s iconic Point Break thriller. Read more

ADG Presents An American in Paris

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The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will present a screening of An American in Paris (1951), showcasing Oscar-winning Concept Artist/Costume Designer Irene Sharaff, Art Director E. Preston Ames and MGM’’s Supervising Art Director Cedric Gibbons, on May 31 at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood). This will be the ADG Film Society’’s second program of the 2015 “Confessions of a Production Designer” Series, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter. Read more

TCM Film Fest: Restoring Sound of Music, 1776

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This weekend’s annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about “History, According to Hollywood,” and you couldn’t find two more diverse musical examples than The Sound of Music (which kicked things off Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX) and 1776 (screening Saturday afternoon at the Chinese IMAX). Both tout digital restorations to show off their compelling stories of nonconformity and revolution. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

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In a musical mood? Check out Into the Woods, which arrived on Blu-ray this week (Disney Home Ent.), looking and sounding spectacular. Read more

Trailering Frozen Fever

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Watch the new trailer for Disney’s delightful Frozen Fever short (screening in front of Cinderella on March 13). Read more