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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X-Men: Days of Future Past Final Trailer

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The final trailer for Bryan Singer’s trippy X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) has a more playful tone (with a snippet of Led Zep’s “Kashmir”). Read more

Book Review: Creativity, Inc.

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Ed Catmull explores the secret of Pixar’s success in Creativity, Inc. (Random House) with a managerial insight that’s applicable to everyone. Reminiscent of John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success,” the Yoda of Pixar has presided over the industry’s animation leader with a winning philosophy that delicately balances individual talent and chemistry with team leadership and a dynamic vision. Read more

Sergio Mendes Talks Rio 2

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In Rio 2, musical legend Sergio Mendes helps expand the Brazilian flavor as the adventure continues in the Amazon. For director Carlos Saldanha, musically it’s richer and more multi-layered, and, as the story progresses, the jungle offers its own vibe, and, by the end, it’s a mixture of the two. Mendes tells what the musical journey has been like for him. Read more

Landau to Discuss Avatar Sequel at FMX 2014

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Producer Jon Landau will provide a sneak peek of the Avatar sequel at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25 ), and Warner Bros. animation/VFX president Chris DeFaria will join me in a discussion of the Oscar-winning Gravity with Framestore’s Tim Webber. This will be part of the virtual production track curated by David Morin (Autodesk) and Sebastian Sylwan (formerly Weta Digital’s creative technologist). Read more

Trailering More Daring Dragon 2

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The Empire Strikes Back analogy is even more evident in the third trailer for DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2  (June 13), which looks richer, more action-packed, and more dramatically ambitious than the original, thanks to director Dean DeBlois. Read more

The Russos Talk Winter Soldier as Conspiracy Thriller

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Thanks to sibling co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, adults can marvel in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s a wildly entertaining mash-up of the conspiracy thriller and superhero genres, in which Chris Evans’ World War II Marvel superhero not only finds himself trapped between two worlds but also opposing world views. Read more

ILM Arms New Helicarrier for Winter Soldier

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There’s a next-gen Helicarrier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it’s the biggest model in the history of ILM. Check out the new pics and VFX breakdown courtesy of Wired and Mike Seymour of fxguide. Read more

Frozen Breaks All-Time Animation Record

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Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated movie ever, with $1,072.4 billion worldwide ($398.4 million domestic and $674 million internationally), and has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. Read more

Trailering Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Watch the teaser for the Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Aug.8). Read more

ILM Helps Noah with the Ark and Flood

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ILM’s biggest rendering achievement in history can be found in populating the Ark in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Read more