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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Clipping Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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Watch the first clip from Pixar’s compelling short, Sanjay’s Super Team, opening in front of The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25).

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Clipping The Good Dinosaur: 20 Years of Friendship

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Capitalizing on the 20th anniversary of Toy Story, Pixar highlights buddies from Woody & Buzz to Arlo & Spot from The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25). Read more

MPC Fuels The Martian VFX with Bronze

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Moving Picture Co. (MPC) handled 425 shots on Mars for The Martian as the lead VFX studio. Richard Stammers was the production VFX supervisor and the MPC team was led by VFX supervisors Anders Langlands and Tim Ledbury. Read more

Peter Sohn Talks The Good Dinosaur

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I was up at Pixar last week for a sneak peek of The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25). Although they screened only 30 minutes, you got a fuller awareness of the danger and intimacy for Arlo and Spot in this boy and his dog reversal adventure. The contrast between the cartoony-looking characters and the “painterly reality” of the Jackson Hole-inspired landscape is something totally new for Pixar.  I kick off my extensive coverage with director Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy), who took over from Bob Peterson and stripped it down to its basic elements with a personal touch. Read more

Saschka Unseld Talks VR at Oculus Story Studio

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Saschka Unseld (The Blue Umbrella)who left Pixar to become creative director of Passion Pictures and co-founder of Oculus Story Studio, appeared this week at  Future of Storytelling Summit. We discussed  re-imagining the theatrical experience with VR. Read more

Laika Celebrates 10th Anniversary at VIEW

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VIEW 2015 in Turin, Italy (Oct. 19-23) has added a special celebration of Laika’s 10th Anniversary, along with “The Future of Videogames” and the making of Everest. Read more

Trailering More of The Good Dinosaur

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The new trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25) encapsulates the danger and intimacy of the journey. Read more

Zemeckis Talks The Walk as Career-Defining

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The Walk, which fittingly opened the New York Film Festival last week, couldn’t have happened without Bob Zemeckis’ pioneering (if controversial) performance capture work (The Polar Express) in IMAX 3D and his previous tech wizardry on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. Read more

Going to Hell & Back with Adult Stop-Mo

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After great success with Robot Chicken, ShadowMachine takes the feature plunge with Hell & Back, leveraging its outrageous adult humor in a more ambitious way. While it’s taken a few years to complete and release Hell & Back (through Freestyle), ShadowMachine has expanded its stop-mo TV slate with TripTank and Bojack Horseman, among others, strengthening its brand. From carnival doldrums to the lower depths of danger, Hell & Back offers a slew of misfit demons, an angel hottie, a slacker Orpheus and a horny Devil. Plus a voice cast headlined by Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle and Susan Sarandon. Read more

ILM Celebrates 40th at VIEW

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ILM takes its 40th presentation to VIEW this month in Turin, Italy, along with Jurassic WorldRead more