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

Lana Del Rey Talks Big Eyes

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The haunting and awards buzzy Big Eyes theme song by Lana Del Rey got a big push with an industry lunch on Wednesday in West Hollywood. Read more

Talking Dragon 2 Sound and Score

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In keeping with Dean DeBlois’ ambitious vision for How to Train Your Dragon 2, both the sound design by Randy Thom and score by John Powell were more adventurous as well. For the Oscar-winning Thom (The IncrediblesThe Right Stuff), that entailed crafting a more elaborate soundscape. And for Powell, who received an Oscar nomination for the firstDragon score, that meant composing a more complex score. Read more

Re-Entering Book of Life: Land of the Remembered

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Jorge Gutierrez spent considerable effort in designing and animating Manolo’s arrival in the “Land of the Remembered” with Reel FX. It’s one of the highlights of The Book of Life, which is in Oscar and Annie contention. We explore the making of this crucial moment with the first-time director, and you can view four exclusive clips below. Read more

Gwen Stefani Talks Paddington Shine

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I caught up with synthpop star Gwen Stefani last week at a DGA reception for Paddington, the smart and witty movie adaptation of the popular Michael Bond books opening Friday through The Weinstein Co.  Stefani sings the infectious main title song, “Shine,” backed by mentor Pharrell Williams, which is sure to be a contender next awards season. Read more

Five Scores That Got Under Our Skin

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The scores of LA Film Critics winner Mica Levi (Under the Skin), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game),Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything), and Marco Beltrami (The Homesman) got under our skin in the best possible ways.
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Turning Into the Woods into a Post-9/11 Metaphor

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Into the Woods should score several key craft noms, with production designer Dennis Gassner and costume designer Colleen Atwood the favorites to win again. Read more

Craft-Talking the A-List Team for Unbroken

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Angelina Jolie lined up an A-list crafts team who delivered their best work on Unbroken. Read more

Patti Smith Talks Mercy Is from Noah

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After her best original song Golden Globe nomination, Patti Smith is no longer such an improbable Oscar contender for her haunting Noah lullaby, “Mercy Is.” Read more

Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

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Looking for some Blu-rays to purchase? Here are six to consider. Read more

Birdman Tops 72nd Golden Globes Noms

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Birdman led the way with seven Golden Globe film nominations, followed by Boyhood and Imitation Game with five. Animation nods went to Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, and The Lego Movie.

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