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.

Shorts

Barking Duck Prods. Launched

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Producer Spencer Soloman will now be be making movies under the Barking Duck Prods. banner in London, devoted to dramas, comedies, and docs in the US and UK. Read more

Osborne and Tindle Get the Google Spotlight

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Google Spotlight Stories continues to evolve as an ”on device” experience, luring Patrick Osborne (Pearl) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice), who appeared on a first-time Google panel at Comic-Con. Read more

Patel Talks Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Paradis Grindle presented Pixar’s latest at Comic-Con and then discussed the love letter to his father with me afterward. Read more

Animation Show of Shows Hits Kickstarter Goal

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The Animation Show of Shows achieved its Kickstarter campaign ”stretch” goal by raising $107,528. This will allow it to match ASIFA Hollywood’s $7,000 grant to restore Hangman (1964), directed by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. Read more

Pixar, DreamWorks Announce OpenSubdiv 3.0

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OpenSubdiv 3.0, the popular subdivision surface library, takes a bold step forward with a near complete rewrite of the library, greatly improving performance and simplifying the API. This joint effort by the Pixar and DreamWorks Animation graphics R&D teams brings improved performance and reduced memory consumption, while continuing to leverage the massive parallelism available on modern GPU and CPU architectures. Read more

Animation Show of Shows to Expand

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Producer Ron Diamond (Acme Filmworks/AWN) will be turning his annual shorts showcase, The Animation Show of Shows, into a non-profit organization to preserve and promote animated shorts. Read more

James Ford Murphy Talks Pixar Lava Short

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The lovely Lava short, which was overlooked last year by the Academy, will soon be screening in front of Inside Out. It’s a soft and sweet love story between a lonely old volcano (patterned after Jackie Gleason, the bulldog from Feed the Kitty and Kuana Torres Kahele, who voices the character) and a young one (voiced by Napua Greig). It nicely captures the environment and spirit of Hawaii, wrapped around the song, “I Lava You,” and utilizing helicopter physics and speed. When I was recently up at Pixar, I chatted with director James Ford Murphy about his personal inspiration and storytelling choices. Read more

The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel

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This weekend concludes Mike Gabriel’s first solo art exhibition, “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel,” at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, with more than 50 originals and hundreds of prints on display and for sale, presented by The Creative Talent Network. I can’t recommend it enough. The companion book published by CTN is also a must and features a comprehensive selection of Disney’s Oscar-nominated art director (Lorenzo) along with shout outs from Lorelay Bovè, Chris Buck, Ralph Eggleston, Paul Felix, Glen Keane, and John Musker, among others. Read more

Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series

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At Friday’s Google ATAP session at Google I/O, acclaimed feature director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious films, True Detective, Star Trek 3) will make a special appearance and premiere the newest Spotlight Story, Help. The short tells the story of a young woman who investigates what appears to be a meteor that has crashed into a downtown Los Angeles street and eventually finds an unexpected surprise inside. Read more

What You Should Know About the Future of VR

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Virtual Reality is definitely real now that the tech has arrived, the investment is pouring in and the entertainment industry is jumping in. So VR was the hot topic last week at the 20th FMX confab in Stuttgart, Germany, following all the tech trade shows this year and Sundance, where young filmmakers admitted they were more interested in VR than in movies. Read more