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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Game of Thrones Comes to FMX 2015

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The HBO flagship Game of Thrones will be one of the highlights at FMX 2015, the conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia (May 5-8), which celebrates its 20th anniversary in Stuttgart, Germany. Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

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VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

Dawn of the Apes, Big Hero 6 Dominate VES Awards

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The top VFX prize for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and a Big Hero 6 sweep provide Oscar boosts at 13th annual Visual Effects Society confab.  And J.J. Abrams talked Star Wars: The Force Awakens backstage. Read more

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made

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Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

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A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

Taking a Deeper Look at VFX Oscar Nominees

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It’s a tight race between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar, yet all five contenders demonstrate how tech has freed artists to create captivating performances and believable environments. Read more

21 Sci-Tech Achievements to Get Academy Awards

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ILM will get two awards (the PhysBAM Destruction System and  Shape Sculpting System) along with Weta (Barbershop hair grooming), and DreamWorks Animation (Foliage System) at the Academy’s Sci-Tech on Feb. 7 at the Beverly Wilshire.

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Apes, BH6, Boxtrolls Lead VES Noms

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Weta Digital’s extraordinary performance-capture work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grabbed five VES noms along with Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Laika’s The Boxtrolls. The VES Awards will be held on Feb. 4th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Read more

2015 VFX Bakeoff Highlights: Tech and Spectacle

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Saturday night’s VFX Bakeoff at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater once again demonstrated that technology has freed artists to do anything, global collaboration has improved tremendously, and spectacle still matters. Read more

Sounding Off on Five Sonic Oscar Contenders

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Though set in war zones, outer space, and Stephen Sondheim’s mysterious Woods, the sound contenders this awards season share a sense of the natural and sonic intensity. Read more