Torril Kove Talks Me and My Moulton


Torill Kove completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway with Me and My Moulton, the brightest and most humorous of her shorts. It's about three sisters growing up with unconventional parents in the '60s and the stir they cause when asking for

Ranking the Animated Oscar Nominees


After The Lego Movie got the Oscar snub, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has now seized the momentum with its Golden Globe victory. Interestingly, all five nominees are coming of age stories. 1. Dragon's Hiccup is thrust into the unwitting role of heroic leader of his

How 3 Crucial Scenes from Apes Were Made


Weta Digital breaks down three dramatic moments from VFX Oscar contender Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. 1. One of the most gripping moments occurs when Toby Kebbell's Koba slyly disarms two drunken humans before shockingly gunning them down. "Matt [Reeves] and

From Up on Poppy Hill Review

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From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest hand-drawn Studio Ghibli animated feature, might have failed to grab an Oscar nomination last year, but it’s an exquisite and engaging movie about young love and preserving the past. Gkids expands the film theatrically next month. (See the trailer below.) Read more

Exclusive Epic Sneak Peek

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Blue Sky founder and director Chris Wedge recently gave a sneak peek of his latest animated feature, Epic (May 24), at Fox (you can view the new trailer below). Judging by the footage, the action-adventure, set in a microscopic forest world, represents Wedge’s most ambitious and personal movie. Read more

VFX Wizardry in Oz the Great and Powerful

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Yes, Sam Raimi’s return to Oz is a bumpy ride, but in my latest TOH/Indiewire column, I discuss how Robert Stromberg’s imaginative production design and the VFX wizardry by Sony Pictures Imageworks shine in Oz the Great and Powerful. Read more

Nolan to Direct Interstellar

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Christopher Nolan will next board the time-traveling Interstellar (Nov. 7, 2014), which will be handled domestically by Paramount and internationally by Warner Bros. with a trippy IMAX release as well. Read more

Exclusive Stoker Design Video

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Come on over to TOH/Indiewire and watch an exclusive video about the design of Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker. It’s a chilly and oppressive reworking of Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, with Matthew Goode as the creepy Uncle Charlie and Mia Wasikowska as the passive niece drawn to his seductive evil and transference of guilt. Read more

Bryan Singer Talks Jack the Giant Slayer

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In my latest TOH/Indiewire column, Bryan Singer discusses gettting kid friendly while embracing virtual production and 3-D for Jack the Giant Slayer. Read more

Mendes Talks Bond Resurrection in Skyfall

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Sam Mendes views Bond as a regeneration and we discussed pushing him to the limit in Skyfall in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Previewing Rise of the Guardians

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I take a sneak peek at Rise of the Guardians for my TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Zemeckis Talks Flight and the ‘Digital Stew’

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Robert Zemeckis talked with me about his return to live action with Flight and his evolution with virtual production for my TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Disney Gets Subversive with Wreck-It Ralph

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I revel in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph in my latest TOH/Indiewire column, interviewing director Rich Moore about departing from the studio norm while still embracing the legacy. It’s a brilliant balancing act. Read more

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