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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Gareth Edwards Talks Godzilla

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After Godzilla was appropriately unveiled to journos on Thursday in IMAX 3D at the TCL Chinese, director Gareth Edwards and producer Thomas Tull did a brief Q&A about paying homage to the ’54 Toho classic while offering relevant social commentary for our times.

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Sony Imageworks Talks Amazing Spider-Man 2 VFX

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The Spider-Man franchise serves as a good barometer for assessing the recent VFX evolution of Sony Pictures Imageworks. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though, it’s about the power to energize Electro (Jamie Foxx), thanks to advancements in lighting (using the 3D application Katana) and rendering through ray-tracing along with a more efficient workflow that empowers the artists. Read more

Asbury Blogs About Smurfs Movie

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Director Kelly Asbury comments on the new 2016 release date for Sony Pictures Animation’s as yet untitled Smurfs movie on his official blog The Blue Print Read more

Snyder to Direct Justice League

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Warner Bros. and DC are finally making the Justice League movie, with Zack Snyder (Superman vs. Batman, Man of Steel) at the helm, reports the Wall Street Journal. Read more

Clipping Grand Budapest Hotel VFX

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Look Effects has released a behind-the-scenes, time-lapse glimpse into its work for Wes Anderson’s acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced

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J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII has a cast: John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Mr. Selfridge), Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis (providing his performance capture skills, no doubt), Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. Read more

Serkis Talks Dawn of the Apes at FMX

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Andy Serkis came to Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday and Europe’s premier computer graphics conference, FMX, finally got a taste of star power after nearly 20 years. It probably could’ve done without the heavy security, though, as Fox took every precaution to prevent online piracy. The performance capture guru showed the same footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that was glimpsed at WonderCon last week, and discussed the continuing evolution of his digital craft. Read more

Landau Talks Avatar Sequels at FMX

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Producer Jon Landau gave a sneak peek behind the tech of the upcoming Avatar sequels on Wednesday at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. James Cameron is currently working with three teams of writers while Weta Digital has been improving its pipeline. The trio of films is set for release with Fox on December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018. Read more

Clipping Maleficent: The Legacy

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Angelina Jolie gives us a sneak peek of her eponymous role in the upcoming Maleficent (May 30), directed by Oscar-winning VFX supervisor/production designer Rob Stromberg. Read more

VES Launches YouTube Channel

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Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES) launched its new YouTube channel, providing unique access to the world of visual effects and the artists who create them.  The channel is designed to showcase outstanding examples of visual effects artistry and innovation from around the world, practical skills demonstrations, insights from leading practitioners and original content from VES signature events, workshops and forums.  The VES YouTube Channel is now live with an initial 100+ videos. Read more