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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ILM to Launch London Office Amid Global Expansion

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Industrial Light & Magic will open a VFX office in London’s Soho district this spring to serve as the hub for Star Wars: Episode VII while also expanding its Vancouver facility and relocating  ILM Singapore to the newly constructed Sandcrawler building located in the Fusionopolis business district. Read more

Talking Shorts with the Oscar Nominees

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I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for Feral (Daniel Sousa), the Annie-winning Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan), Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz), Possessions (Shuhei Morita), and Room on the Broom (Max Lang). We discussed personal connections and challenges. Interestingly, all five of the films explore the theme of adjusting to change in our lives. Read more

Laughing it Up at The LEGO Movie Press Conference

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Maybe it was the wacky LEGOLAND backdrop (with the marvelous miniature set behind them), or the funny nature of the movie itself, or the fact that Morgan Freeman was such a hoot, but the LEGO Movie press conference was even more fun than expected. Among the participants were directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller; voice talent Chris Pratt, Freeman, Will Arnett, and Elizabeth Banks; producer Dan Lin; and animation supervisor Chris McKay. Here are a few of the highlights: Read more

FMX 2014 Preview: A Real-Time Experience

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I’m returning to FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25), hosting a panel to be  announced shortly. Here’s a sneak peek. Read more

Her, Gatsby, Gravity Take ADG Awards

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The 18th annual Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Saturday night were spread around nicely for production design with Her ( K.K. Barrett) taking contemporary, The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin) taking period, and Gravity (Andy Nicholson) taking fantasy. Read more

Crafts Roundup: Talking VFX with the Oscar Nominees

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The Gravity juggernaut, the surprising entry of The Lone Ranger, the new and improved Iron Man 3, the ascendance of Star Trek Into Darkness and the J.J. Abrams factor, and the power of the eponymous dragon from The Desolation of Smaug. We reflect on the great year for VFX with the lead supervisors of all five Oscar nominees. Read more

Frozen Leads Annies with 5 Awards

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The Disney Frozen juggernaut continued Saturday night at the 41st Annie Awards, grabbing five trophies at UCLA’s Royce Hall, including best feature, directing (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee), music, production design, and voice acting kudos for Josh Gad’s Olaf snowman. The ASIFA-Hollywood honor should help seal the Oscar deal for the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($350.7 million/$813.2 million and counting). Read more

Talking Animation with Feature Nominees

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I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for The Croods (directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco), Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud), Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner), Frozen (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee), and The Wind Rises (producer Toshio Suzuki). We discussed what makes their work personal, challenging, and relatable. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Cloudy 2

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Catch the popular Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray (Sony Home Ent.). Read more

Trailering Noah and Spider-Man 2 Super Bowl Spots

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Noah (March 28)  and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2) will be teased during Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII matchup on Fox between Denver and Seattle. Read more