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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Lord and Miller Talk More Lego Movie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Oscar race kicks into high gear, and one of the top contenders for animated features is The Lego Movie from Warner Bros. and Animal Logic. In fact, Lego is the third highest grossing movie of the year domestically, grabbing $257, 760, 692 and $468 million worldwide. Warner Bros. recently announced three more movies: the Charlie Bean-directed Ninjago in 2016;The Lego Batman Movie in 2017 (with Will Arnett and directed by The Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay); and The Lego Movie 2in 2018. So everything is awesome for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and we sat down for a more in-depth chat. Read more

Trailering Peanuts from Blue Sky

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Watch an army of Woodstocks getting into the holiday spirit by decorating Snoopy’s doghouse in the first trailer for Blue Sky’s Peanuts (Nov. 6, 2015). Read more

Go Inside Out with Sadness and Disgust

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Meet Sadness and Disgust from Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more

Franklin Talks Mind-Blowing Interstellar VFX

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SPOILER ALERT: The visual effects whiz behind Interstellar jumps into the making of the film’s trickiest, most mind-blowing sequences. Read more

Lucasfilm Gets Animated About Strange Magic

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Disney has added another animated feature to its slate next year: Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic, a madcap fairy tale musical directed by former Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Lifted). It’s inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. It’s a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore (Star Wars Rebels, Clone Wars) and ILM (the Oscar-winning Rango). Read more

Trailering Battle of the Five Armies

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Peter Jackson closes his second Tolkien trilogy with an epic battle and a bridge to Lord of the Rings. Read more

Trailering More Into the Woods

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Get a greater glimpse of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, Into the Woods (Dec. 25), which explores the dark side of  ”I wish.” Read more

The Force Awakens in Star Wars

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While announcing that principal photography has completed for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, starwars.com let it be known that the complete title is The Force Awakens. Read more

Marvel Counters DC with Phase 3 Slate

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A week after DC announced its ambitious slate  of 10 movies (not counting the Batman standalone), Marvel countered with even more ambitious plans for Phase 3 on Tuesday at the El Capitan, including Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and a female Captain Marvel. Read more

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams Talk Big Hero 6

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Disney is all about simultaneously looking forward and back during the John Lasseter era, and Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), interestingly enough, represents the studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It dares to be different by mashing up animation with a lesser-known Marvel comic, and, at the same time, deals with loss and creating a team of misfit superheroes. Baymax, the huggable, inflatable robot, like Groot, is the larger than life, conscience of the movie, with a message about compassion. The animation continues to improve and expand, inventing the hybrid San Fransokyo world, and incorporating thrilling action/adventure and cool VFX, aided by the new Hyperion global illumination renderer. Read more