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Immersed in Movies: Uli Hanisch and Hugh Bateup Talk 'Cloud Atlas' Production Design

While "Cloud Atlas" may be the most polarizing movie of the year (winding up on both year-end best and worst lists), there's no denying its ambition and beauty: it's the ultimate time travel movie about connecting and reconnecting and grappling with free will and destiny.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 19, 2012 1:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Joe Letteri Talks 'Hobbit' VFX, Gollum

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" represents a VFX benchmark for just how far the wizards of Weta have come in the last decade since "The Lord of the Rings." This is definitely not a case of been there, done that.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 17, 2012 1:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is like a tasty cinematic gumbo: part Mark Twain, part "Where the Wild Things Are," and part neo-realism. And Ben Richardson (who won the best cinematographer award at Sundance) wonderfully captures the unique flavor of the Louisiana bayou through the innocent eyes of Hushpuppy...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 14, 2012 1:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editor Jay Cassidy Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook'

While rom-coms seldom win Best Picture, there's something about the eccentric charm, naked truth, and refreshing unpredictability about "Silver Linings Playbook" that makes it worthy of consideration. And while it might not rise to the level of "The Apartment" or "Annie Hall," director David O. Russell...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 12, 2012 2:21 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Previewing JJ Abrams' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Prologue

I got an early glimpse on Sunday of the nine-minute prologue for "Star Trek into Darkness" in IMAX 3D, followed by a meet and greet yesterday at director J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studio in Santa Monica...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 11, 2012 4:09 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Rick Carter Goes Inside Out with 'Lincoln'

For Rick Carter, "Lincoln" represents the culmination of a decade-long encounter with "the nature of conscience and the Goya-esque disasters of war." It's been a cathartic journey also encompassing "War of the Worlds," "Munich," "Avatar" (for which he won the Academy Award), "Sucker Punch," and "War Horse." But "Lincoln" is special.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 10, 2012 3:13 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Rise of the Guardians'

There is no movie composer today more prolific than four-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat. Why, this year alone he has "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Moonrise Kingdom," and "Rust and Bone" in Oscar contention along with "Rise of the Guardians"...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 7, 2012 4:28 PM
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The Male Marilyn Monroe, Trashiest Film of the Year & Taylor Kitsch's Multiple Failures

In NYMag's The Year in Film: A Collection of mini-riffs, they cover some important topics that made headlines in 2012--like Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and the Top Two Films of the Year That Involved Someone Riding Through a City in a Stretch Limo (1. "Holy Motors" and 2. "Cosmopolis").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2012 3:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Peter Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit' and Controversial 48 fps

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit" at the higher frame rate of 48 is certainly a bold experiment. It's new; it's different; it's smoother; it's more realistic. But there's no question that HFR 3-D is already causing an aesthetic divide. For some, it's jarring; for others, it's jaw-dropping.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 5, 2012 2:43 PM
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Oscar Watch: Check Out Online Screenplays for 'Amour,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'This is 40'

"It starts with the script" is an old chestnut which just happens to be true. I get a kick out of talking to actors, directors and studio heads, but by far my favorite conversations are with such writers as Michael Arndt or Tony Kushner. These people are smart! Years ago after interviewing the Coens for "Raising Arizona," I abandoned my fledgling efforts at screenwriting. I could never be that good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2012 1:58 PM
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