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.

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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

Gkids Acquires Three Animated Features at Annecy

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Now we know more about the Gkids upcoming Oscar slate: the indie distributor has been busy at Annecy this week, acquiring North American rights to Phantom Boy, Extraordinary Tales, and April and the Extraordinary World. Read more

Animation Show of Shows to Expand

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Producer Ron Diamond (Acme Filmworks/AWN) will be turning his annual shorts showcase, The Animation Show of Shows, into a non-profit organization to preserve and promote animated shorts. Read more

The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel

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This weekend concludes Mike Gabriel’s first solo art exhibition, “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel,” at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, with more than 50 originals and hundreds of prints on display and for sale, presented by The Creative Talent Network. I can’t recommend it enough. The companion book published by CTN is also a must and features a comprehensive selection of Disney’s Oscar-nominated art director (Lorenzo) along with shout outs from Lorelay Bovè, Chris Buck, Ralph Eggleston, Paul Felix, Glen Keane, and John Musker, among others. Read more

Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series

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At Friday’s Google ATAP session at Google I/O, acclaimed feature director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious films, True Detective, Star Trek 3) will make a special appearance and premiere the newest Spotlight Story, Help. The short tells the story of a young woman who investigates what appears to be a meteor that has crashed into a downtown Los Angeles street and eventually finds an unexpected surprise inside. 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

Tim Reckart on The Lamb for Sony

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Oscar-nommed Tim Reckart (Head Over Heels) will make his feature directorial debut with The Lamb for Sony Pictures Animation. Read more

Paul Franklin to Discuss Interstellar at FMX 2015

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I will host a Q&A on the making of Interstellar with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin at FMX  (May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany). 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