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.

Oscar

Spinning the Oscar-Nommed A Single Life Short

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The dark horse Oscar short contender comes from Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Markieke Blaauw: three young partners who run a Netherlands-based design studio (Job, Joris & Marieke). Read more

Watch Exclusive Dragon 2 Cast Featurette

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We’re coming down to the wire with Tuesday’s Oscar voting deadline, and DreamWorks Animation has given us an exclusive featurette touting the impressive voice cast of How to Train Your Dragon 2  (watch below): Read more

Meet the Oscar-Nommed Animation Directors

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I played Inside the Animation Studio with Don Hall and Chris Williams of Big Hero 6, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable of The Boxtrolls, Dean DeBlois of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Tomm Moore of Song of the Sea, and Isao Takahata of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The questions were simple and more personal and the responses were engaging and insightful. Read more

Watch Exclusive Birdman Featurette

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Go behind-the-scenes of a handheld, single take shot in Birdman. Read more

Watch Exclusive Grand Budapest Hotel Featurette

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Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes and production designer Adam Stockhausen describe how they turned a department store into their opulent hotel. Read more

How They Did It: The Imitation Game

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The best scene in The Imitation Game occurs when Alan Turing (played by Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch) finally gets his computer to work and breaks the Nazi Enigma code with his research team. Oscar contending editor Billy Goldenberg, production designer Maria Djurkovic and composer Alexandre Desplat discuss the making of this pivotal scene. Read more

How They Did It: Mr. Turner

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The four Oscar-nominated crafts team reveals the secrets behind the most ambitious scene in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed movie about J.M.W. Turner: “Varnishing Day” at the Royal Academy. Read more

The Secret of GKIDS for Oscar Noms

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GKIDS scored two more animated Oscar noms with Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Will the indie finally get its first win? Read more

Oscar-Nommed Makeup/Hairstyling Secrets Revealed

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Find out how they transformed Tilda Swinton into Madame D.  (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Steve Carell into John du Pont (Foxcatcher), and Marvel aliens into 3-D eye candy (Guardians of the Galaxy). Read more

Secrets of the 5 Cinematography Oscar Nominees

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You couldn’t ask for five better examples of state of the art cinematography, all of which convey complex states of mind and are shot in visually compelling ways. There’s the frenzied, “continuous-take” of Birdman, the fairy tale elegance of The Grand Budapest Hotel,  the sublime black-and-white Ida,  the abstract/Impressionism of Mr. Turner and the brutal yet spiritually uplifting Unbroken. Read more

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