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.

Trailers

Teasing the Anthropomorphic Fun of Zootopia

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Disney returns to its anthropomorphic roots with Zootopia (March 4, 2016) and highlights this in the first teaser trailer. Read more

SPECTRE Gets an Extended TV Spot for 007

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Bond leaps into explosive action in new SPECTRE  TV spot airing during NBA Finals.

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Trailering Bridge of Spies from Spielberg/Hanks

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are back in Bridge of Spies, the fact-based Cold War drama that raises the tough moral issues we’re grappling with today about freedom, security, and human rights during covert warfare. Read more

Trailering The Walk #2 from Zemeckis

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Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire act between the Twin Towers could be a towering 3-D achievement from Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, putting us up there with him. Read more

Teasing The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Catch the first peek of The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s pre-historic adventure (Nov. 25). Read more

Check Out Rival Newman, McQueen Racing Docs

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Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were not only acting rivals but also avid speed racers. And there are two new revealing docs about their passion for racing: Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, which opens this weekend theatrically and VOD, and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, which premiered last week at Cannes. Newman’s is upbeat while McQueen’s is downbeat. Both deserve our attention. Read more

Yonebayashi Talks When Marnie Was There

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Books, How They Did It, Movies, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

With When Marnie Was There (opening this weekend in LA and NY from Gkids in an English-language version), Studio Ghibli fittingly concludes its remarkable production run during this hiatus on a mysterious and meditative note. It’s based on Joan G. Robinson’s popular YA novel (one of Miyazaki’s favorites) and explores the magic and melancholy of adolescence with shy, artistic Anna encountering strange, empathetic Marnie in the marshes of a seaside town. The English voicecast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly, and Vanessa Williams. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arriety) discussed his second feature, which is somewhat of a visual departure for Ghibli, via email. Read more

Roel Reine Talks Admiral as Guerilla Filmmaking

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Dutch director-cinematographer Roel Reiné (Death Race 2 & 3)  has made a dazzling epic portraying one of the most important events in his country’s history: the 17th century Anglo Dutch wars. Admiral stars Frank Lammers as beloved Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, who commanded the Dutch fleet when the Netherlands was attacked by England, France, and Germany. Read more

Plympton & Lujan Team on Revengeance

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Bill Plympton finally took notice of LA underground cartoonist/animator Jim Lujan and they’ve struck up a dynamic collaboration on Revengeance, which we should be viewing this time next year. And with four days left in their Kickstarter campaign, they’ve raised more than $62,000 in their goal to secure $80,000 (with a few select $1,500 contributors becoming animated extras). Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser

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Sony Pictures Animation just launched the first video in a three-part series dissecting what went into the making of the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser trailer. Read more

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