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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'Brave' with Director Mark Andrews

Pixar isn't used to playing the dark horse, but that's where the animation powerhouse currently finds itself in this year's Oscar race with "Brave." But last night the Scottish mother/daughter adventure/comedy won the Golden Globe and seized some momentum over its two Disney rivals, "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 14, 2013 3:56 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Animation and VFX Oscar Nominations

What were the noteworthy takeaways from yesterday's Oscar nominations? In terms of animation, stop-motion was the big winner among animated features, with Sony/Aardman's "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" bumping DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" to join Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and Laika's "ParaNorman," and Disney grabbing three of the five nominees with "Brave," "Frankenweenie," and "Wreck-It Ralph." And, of course, "Life of Pi" dominated the tech awards, including VFX, with eight nods overall.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 11, 2013 3:50 PM
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Best Director Oscar Nominee Benh Zeitlin Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and its New Orleans Roots [Video Interview]

What a year it's been for Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The indie has received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Addapted Screenplay. Watch my interview with Zeitlin below...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2013 12:37 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Paco Delgado Talks 'Les Miserables' Costumes

For Paco Delgado, "Les Misérables" moves like a breathless action movie the way it combines gritty drama with musical fantasy. That was director Tom Hooper's cinematic vision for the operatic sing-through...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 9, 2013 12:16 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Lois Burwell Talks 'Lincoln' Makeup

For makeup designer Lois Burwell, it wasn't merely enough to help Daniel Day-Lewis become Abraham Lincoln. She needed to reveal his decline during the waning months of his life in "Lincoln." We needed to see the stress on his face...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 7, 2013 1:52 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Jacqueline Durran Talks 'Anna Karenina' Costumes

Although the boldness of Joe Wright's theatrical approach to "Anna Karenina" has been unappreciated by most critics, there's no denying the craft and beauty of both Sarah Greenwood's production design and Jacqueline Durran's costume design.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 4, 2013 2:55 PM
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Love 'Amour'? Check Out These Classics Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva

Octogenarian French acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva give stunning, energetic performances as a married couple facing the bitter end in Michael Haneke's critically lauded, multi-awarded "Amour." Below, a look at some of the classic films that put Trintignant and Riva on the map.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2013 12:50 PM
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MOD (Manufactured on Demand) Moves into Blu-Rays

Hollywood is always looking for new ways and new places to sell its movies. In 1982, Barry Diller, one of the smartest men ever to run a Hollywood studio, told me that the decisions he and the other studio heads were then making about new technologies – basic cable, pay-cable, satellite television. Pay-Per-View, videocassettes and videodiscs – “will dictate the makeup of this industry 20 years from now.”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • January 3, 2013 6:26 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Howard Berger Talks 'Hitchcock' Makeup

While the first glimpse of Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense in "Hitchcock" is startling (how could it be otherwise?), SFX makeup wiz Howard Berger makes us believe in the illusion almost immediately...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 2, 2013 12:52 PM
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Best 2012 Films For...A Good Cry, To Watch Without Your Parents and To Indulge Your Aching Heart

As the year comes to a close, you may be in search of some guidance to top off your viewing hours of 2012 films. May we suggest the following films, dependent on your needs and/or emotional state:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 31, 2012 5:03 PM
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