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.

Production Design

How They Did It: Cinderella Crashes the Ball

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Director Kenneth Branagh and Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti explain how they executed the grand ballroom scene in Disney’s retro-fitted Cinderella (watch the clip below along with an IMAX featurette, the best way to see it). Read more

Oscar Winners Interstellar, BH6 FMX Bound

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VFX and animation Oscar winners Interstellar and Big Hero 6 will be part of FMX’s Lighting & Rendering track (overseen by Pixar’s Christophe Hery), which will also include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Read more

SPECTRE First Look: Austrian Action

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If you’re getting that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service vibe from the first SPECTRE image and vlog launch from Solden, Austria, it’s purely intentional. After all, this marks Daniel Craig’s fourth assignment as James Bond and first meeting with Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Read more

Watch Exclusive Grand Budapest Hotel Featurette

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Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes and production designer Adam Stockhausen describe how they turned a department store into their opulent hotel. Read more

How They Did It: The Imitation Game

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The best scene in The Imitation Game occurs when Alan Turing (played by Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch) finally gets his computer to work and breaks the Nazi Enigma code with his research team. Oscar contending editor Billy Goldenberg, production designer Maria Djurkovic and composer Alexandre Desplat discuss the making of this pivotal scene. Read more

How They Did It: Mr. Turner

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The four Oscar-nominated crafts team reveals the secrets behind the most ambitious scene in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed movie about J.M.W. Turner: “Varnishing Day” at the Royal Academy. Read more

Clipping Aloha from Cameron Crowe

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Cameron Crowe looks like he’s back in great rom-com form with Aloha (May 29), a very personal movie about second chances that was worth the wait. Read more

Boyhood Takes International Online Film Critics Poll

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The International Online Film Critics’ Poll announced winners for the 4th biannual awards, with Boyhood earning best picture honors. Read more

Birdman, Grand Budapest, Guardians Take ADG Honors

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The 19th annual Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Saturday were handed out to Kevin Thompson (Birdman), Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Charles Wood (Guardian of the Galaxy).  Stockhausen is now the favorite to win the Oscar. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

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The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more