Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything


James Marsh's The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking's life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. The film's Oscar-buzzy crafts convey thought-provoking metaphors, not the least of which is how his mind

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar


Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan's space odyssey to life. While Matthew McConaughey bends space-time in the black hole to get back home in

Assessing the Animation Oscar Race


With Pixar sitting this year out, the animation Oscar race is not only totally wide open but there's still no clear frontrunner among the big studio three (Disney's Big Hero 6, DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie). That leaves The

Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything

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James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking’s life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. Read more

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar

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Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey to life. Read more

Assessing the Animation Oscar Race

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With Pixar sitting this year out, the animation Oscar race is not only totally wide open but there’s still no clear frontrunner among the big studio three (Disney’s Big Hero 6, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie). That leaves The Boxtrolls from stop-motion powerhouse Laika and Focus Features, Fox/Reel FX’s The Book of Life, and two Gkids indies —  Song of the Sea from the Irish Cartoon Saloon (see new trailer below) and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli — as the other likely contenders also vying for the five nominations. Read more

Lord and Miller Talk More Lego Movie

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The Oscar race kicks into high gear, and one of the top contenders for animated features is The Lego Movie from Warner Bros. and Animal Logic. In fact, Lego is the third highest grossing movie of the year domestically, grabbing $257, 760, 692 and $468 million worldwide. Warner Bros. recently announced three more movies: the Charlie Bean-directed Ninjago in 2016;The Lego Batman Movie in 2017 (with Will Arnett and directed by The Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay); and The Lego Movie 2in 2018. So everything is awesome for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and we sat down for a more in-depth chat. Read more

Millstein, Morris Promoted at Disney, Pixar

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Andrew Millstein (right) and Jim Morris (left) have been upped to president at Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. They will continue to oversee business operations and production at their respective animation studios, reporting to Ed Catmull, president, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Read more

Trailering Strange Magic from Lucasfilm

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Watch the first trailer for Strange Magic (January 23, 2015 from Disney’s Touchstone Pictures), a musical, mischievous riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream that looks like a cross between Willow and Moulin Rouge! Read more

Trailering Peanuts from Blue Sky

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Watch an army of Woodstocks getting into the holiday spirit by decorating Snoopy’s doghouse in the first trailer for Blue Sky’s Peanuts (Nov. 6, 2015). Read more

Go Inside Out with Sadness and Disgust

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Meet Sadness and Disgust from Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more

Duet Launches Globally on Moto X

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Acclaimed animator Glen Keane’s Duet –  shortlisted for Oscar consideration in the Best Animated Short category – is now available globally to users of Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices and a wider launch planned for early next year. Read more

Remembering Film Critic Charles Champlin

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The passing on Sunday of Los Angeles Times arts editor/film critic Charles Champlin, 88, is significant to me personally because he was my mentor and therefore had the greatest impact in nurturing my career as a film journalist. Read more

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