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

How James Spader and Ultron Become One

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ILM makes its most elaborate robot yet for the Avengers sequel, modeled after James Spader’s inspired performance. Read more

Joss Whedon on the Secret of Hawkeye

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Joss Whedon discussed giving Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye a stronger role and making him a role model (SPOILER ALERT). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Far From the Madding Crowd

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With Thomas Vinterberg’s gorgeous Far from the Madding Crowd opening this weekend with Carey Mulligan, we have the arrival of John Schlesinger’s beloved ’67 version on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Read more

Moonbot Snags 2 Emmy Awards for Silent Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Moonbot Studios’ Silent animated short for Dolby Laboratories, in collaboration with CAA, has received two Daytime Creative Arts Emmy awards Friday night: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program. Read more

Sara Mishara Shines a Light on Felix & Meira

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The unconventional romance from Oscilloscope Laboratories about a Hasidic Jew and secular loner opens Friday in LA, exquisitely shot by Sara Mishara. Read more

Trailering More Tomorrowland Sci-Fi

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Follow Casey (Britt Robertson) more closely in the latest trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22), the anti-dystopian fantasy adventure. Read more

Eerie Connection Between Force Awakens, Tomorrowland

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Thursday seemed eerily surreal in Anaheim, between The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration to the new Tomorrowland exhibit in Disneyland. It was like journeying through some inter-dimensional transport much like the one in Tomorrowland. And what was even stranger was discovering some striking similarities between J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars reboot and Brad Bird’s fantasy/adventure. Read more

Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, Ben-Hur

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Timur Bekmambetov has been tapping social media to create a new cinematic language. Skype’s “share screen” function inspired Unfriended, the horror riff on And Then There Were None, in which six high school friends are stalked online by a supernatural force using a dead friend’s Facebook account, and the legendary chariot race in his Ben-Hur reboot was modeled after YouTube videos. Read more

FMX Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Tie-Ins

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Events, Movies, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, TV, VES, VFX, Videogames, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

As part of FMX’s 20th anniversary celebration, there will be several anniversary tie-ins, including Toy Story, ILM and Weta. The FMX 2015 conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia will take place May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany. Read more

Admiral to Screen at Beijing International Fest

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The Dutch action-adventure, Admiral,  has been selected for a Gala screening at the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival on Wednesday in the Grand Oriental Theatre at 9:30 pm.  Read more