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

Trailering Prologue Short from Richard Williams

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Fresh from its acclaimed Telluride premiere, Richard Williams’ Prologue short starts its Oscar qualifying run on Friday at the Laemmle Royal in West  LA. Watch the trailer below. Read more

A Walk in the Woods with Ken Kwapis

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With the “Odd Couple” pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, director Ken Kwapis (Big Miracle, He’s Just Not That Into You) has made an unmistakable buddy road picture in A Walk in the Woods. It’s certainly laconic vs. loquacious on the Appalachian Trail: one part existential journey and another part environmental reverie, as told by sardonic travel writer Bill Bryson (Redford) in his memoir, adapted for the screen by Redford’s producing partner, Bill Holderman.
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Kickstarting Abo & Karo: The Mini-Movie!

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Hayk Manukan & Moolt Films (The Ricky Gervais Show, Monster High, Teen Titans Go,  UMIGO) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000 for its 11-minute short, Abo & Karo: The Mini-Movie!  The deadline is Sept. 20th. Read more

Animation Show of Shows Goes Theatrical

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After a successful crowdsourcing campaign, Acme Filmworks’ 17th Annual Animation Show Of Shows will have its first theatrical distribution, beginning Sept. 24th at the ArchLight Hollywood (full playdates here). Read more

Trailering Taking Flight Short from Moonbot

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Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) has another Oscar-contending short with Taking Flight, inspired by Radio Flyer wagon inventor Antonio Pasin. Read more

Richardson Talks Ultra Panavision 70 for The Hateful Eight

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The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight.

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Trailering The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

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Watch the new trailer for the signature edition of Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, celebrating its 16th anniversary, premiering in the TIFF’s kid section and coming to select theaters Sept. 30 with two deleted scenes (most likely including “Robot Dreams”). Read more

Aviva Kempner Talks Rosenwald Doc

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Rosenwald, the fascinating doc about Jewish millionaire/philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, opens this weekend in LA. He was owner of Sears, who during the Jim Crow era funded more than 5,300 black schools in the deep south and was responsible for educating intellectuals and artists that would later become crucial political and cultural leaders. Inspired by the late Julian Bond (whose father and uncle were both Rosenwald fellows), Aviva Kempner (Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) sheds light on this silent partner of the pre-civil rights movement, who was influenced by Booker T. Washington (above with Rosenwald) and Rabbi Emil Hirsch.

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Trailering More of The Martian from Ridley Scott

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Watch a longer trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian (Oct. 2) and find out why it’s a must-see adventure. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more