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

World Animation & VFX Summit to Honor Roman and Arnold

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Animation Magazine’s World Animation & VFX Summit (Nov. 2)  will honor Film Roman founder Phil Roman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 producer Bonnie Arnold at its opening-night gala Nov. 2 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Read more

Reel FX Launches VR Division

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Reel FX (The Book of Life, Oct. 17) will have a dedicated VR division that will create cutting edge virtual reality content for such platforms as the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. The division will be primarily focused on client work for major studios and commercial agencies as well as content needs for Reel FX’s original films. Read more

Frozen Returns with a Fever Short

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While there’s no feature sequel yet for Frozen, the gang will return in the Frozen Fever short, which will debut spring 2015.

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Talking Rocky and Bullwinkle Short

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Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn’t make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her iconic squirrel but the lovable moose (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star, getting hoodwinked into marrying a robot controlled by Boris (Robert Cait). Like Peabody & Sherman, it captures the zany spirit of Jay Ward only the CG animation is fittingly less refined and more squashy and stretchy. Read more

Clipping Lava from Pixar

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Watch the first clip from Pixar’s next short, Lava, a Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy, which will play in front of Pete Docter’s highly-anticipated Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more

Box Wins SIGGRAPH 20014 Best in Show

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Box (directed by Tarik Abdel-Gawad) from Bot & Dolly (Gravity) took the Best in Show award as SIGGRAPH 2014 announced the 41st annual Computer Animation Festival recipients. Read more

Keane Debuts Duet Short at Google I/O Conference

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Legendary animator Glen Keane has returned to his hand-drawn roots with a celebration of life in an innovative new mobile short, Duet (watch below), produced by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP).  Keane unveiled a first-look on Thursday at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco.  We might even see a non-interactive version of Duet qualify for Oscar consideration. Read more

Sneaking Inside Out and Lava from Pixar

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Pixar’s Inside Out is a year away, but on Thursday at the DGA Pete Docter gave a sneak peek and we were also treated to the premiere of the next short, Lava, a lovely Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy. They’re a good match and will screen together on June 19, 2015, but I believe Inside Out has the potential to be Pixar’s most profound movie in its exploration of how the mind works metaphorically. Read more

Patrick Osborne Talks Disney Feast Short

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Disney’s latest animated short, Feast, which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a dog’s POV, premiered Tuesday at Annecy, but Animation Scoop got an early sneak peek and an exclusive interview with director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on the Oscar-winning Paperman and co-head on the upcoming Big Hero 6 feature). In fact, Feast will fittingly open in front of the Marvel superhero adaptation on Nov. 7. Read more

Gibbs Talks Radiator Springs 500 1/2 Short

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Pixar has certainly gotten a lot of mileage with Cars, and this week launches a new “Tales From Radiator Springs” series of shorts premiering on the Disney Movies Anywhere app. The first short, Radiator Springs 500 1/2, introduces a new off-road racing challenging that Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) can’t resist entering to redeem the honor of the town and its founder, Stanley. Director Rob Gibbs (“Mater’s Tall Tales”) discusses some of the new animated twists and turns. Read more