January 8, 2014
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Gravity, which has already grabbed $255 million domestically and $670 million worldwide, will get a final Oscar push when Warner Bros. re-releases the space thriller nationwide on Jan. 17, a day after the nominations are announced.
January 5, 2014
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As we approach Wednesday’s Oscar voting deadline, at least one thing’s certain: Gravity will dominate the craft nominations. And rightly so for the creative and innovative contributions. We’ve already covered production design, cinematography, and VFX in depth, so now let’s look at the corresponding design for sound and music, which was perfect for the immersive Dolby Atmos surround experience, along with the editing of what was essentially an animated movie. Read more
There’s a new video about “The Art of IMAX Sound” featuring clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Oscar-winning shorts animator Frédéric Back (The Man Who Planted Trees, Crac), 89, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Montreal. Watch The Man Who Planted Trees.
I wrap up my gift guide recommendations with two from Warner Home Ent.: James Dean: Ultimate Collector’s Edition and The Right Stuff 30th anniversary edition. Read more
In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures Gravity and All Is Lost, but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. So although J.C. Chandor’s remarkable open-water survival thriller (starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone) is virtually dialogue-free, the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force. Read more
October 25, 2013
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Here’s the first trailer for DreamWorks’ CG adaptation of Jay Ward’s beloved cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, directed by Rob Minkoff (March 7. 2014). Read more
October 25, 2013
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The Oscar-contending Robert Redford helps turn up the heat in this trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (March 4, 2014). It offers a compelling fish-out-of-water story, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
October 24, 2013
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As Episode VII continues pre-production, Starwars.com has announced that Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties, and Michael Arndt has stepped down. Read more
October 7, 2013
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Gravity is a unique aural experience, which Alfonso Cuaron and Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay discuss in this informative Dolby Atmos featurette from The SoundWorks Collection. The director also discusses sound in a separate video interview. Read more