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

Going Inside Out with Pete Docter

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Pixar is back at the top of its game with Inside Out, taking us inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlin Dias), where we explore her five very animated emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader).  I saw the first two-thirds at Pixar early this month, and got the chance to interview Pete Docter and several key collaborators, who I will cover separately in the lead up to the June 19th release. Read more

Final Trailering of Age of Ultron

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The final trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st) has arrived and it features Black Widow. Read more

Trailering Mad Max: Fury Road

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Watch the full trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15), which definitely looks like one of the summer highlights. Read more

Trailering Japanese Version of Tomorrowland

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There’s more footage and plot revealed in this Japanese trailer for Tomorrowland, so watch only if you want to know more. Read more

Tim Johnson Talks Home as My Dinner with Andre

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DreamWorks is back doing what it does best with Home – cultural satire with heart. Jim Parsons and Rihanna team up as Oh and Tip in a buddy comedy that pokes fun at xenophobia in its adaptation of Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday (I wish they kept the title). Director Tim Johnson discusses departing from ensembles, his cast, and getting better performances with Premo, the studio’s new animation software. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: A Kite Dancing in a Hurricane

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It’s fun trying to piece together the clues from the new SPECTRE teaser, in which Daniel Craig’s James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. Thus, it’s a continuation of Skyfall and not everything from his childhood has been buried. There’s no such thing as a regular mission so far in the Craig era, and 007 continues grappling with trust and betrayal in what looks to be a very baroque-looking crucible. Read more

Trailering Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

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Watch the full trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (July 31), which is about “the anti-IMF.” Read more

Trailering Pixels and Arcade Madness

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Sony’s released the first trailer for Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad. It’s inspired by Patrick Jean’s short (watch below with the trailer) and has fun with PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert and Space Invaders. Read more

Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Talk Frozen Fever

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The gang’s all back for the new Frozen Fever short playing in front of Cinderella, in which Elsa (Idina Menzel) gets a cold while preparing a surprise birthday party for Anna (Kristen Bell). And with Frozen 2 just announced, we got to speculate about potentially expanding the role of Olaf (Josh Gad) as well. Read more

Trailering Hotel Transylvania 2

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Watch the new teaser for Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25). Drac is back with a grandson issues. Read more