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Immersed in Movies: VFX Vet Dean Wright Talks Directing Mexico Period Drama 'For Greater Glory'

Dean Wright is the latest VFXer to cross over into directing with "For Greater Glory" (opening tomorrow in limited release), following in the footsteps of James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Andrew Adamson...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 31, 2012 7:32 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Tripping Out on the Cartoon Reality of 'Men in Black 3'

The "Men in Black" franchise has always been a live-action "Looney Tunes" cartoon, a wacky mix of old school and new school. The "Alienbusters" premise is totally unique and practically imitation-proof, as director Barry Sonnenfeld reminds us...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 24, 2012 3:49 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Deciphering the 'Skyfall' Teaser Trailer

Like everyone else, I've been trying to make sense of the "Skyfall" teaser trailer that went live today (it will play in front of "Men in Black 3" on Friday). It appears to tell us everything and nothing about James Bond's 23rd adventure and Daniel Craig's third outing as the most fallible 007...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 21, 2012 2:51 PM
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Immersed in Movies: It's All About the Hulk in 'The Avengers'

Leave it to Joss Whedon to round up the Avengers in rip roaring fashion and momentarily stave off superhero fatigue as we head into the summer season. He certainly knows how to handle ensemble pieces...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 3, 2012 11:20 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Aardman's Peter Lord Talks 'Pirates'

Stop-motion is back again this year with three animated releases: Aardman's "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" (opening tomorrow), Laika's "ParaNorman" (Aug. 17), and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" (October 5). And what I've seen of all three, the bar has been significantly raised technologically to keep up with CG...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 26, 2012 2:28 PM
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Immersed in Movies Previews 'Brave': Pixar Could Have a Contender

What's my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of "Brave" (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 6, 2012 3:57 PM
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Immersed in Movies: The Return of Abel Gance's 'Napoleon'

Never mind about 3-D and IMAX and higher frame rates and immersive design and "The Artist" and "Hugo": Abel Gance's monumental silent, "Napoleon" (1927), is back and fully restored and better than ever. It boasts more than half-an-hour of additional footage discovered by tireless Oscar-winning British author/director/preservationist Kevin Brownlow.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 23, 2012 2:07 PM
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Oscar Watch: Casarosa Talks 'La Luna,' Pixar's Longest Short

Pixar, of course, cut its teeth on shorts, winning its first Oscar for "Tin Toy" (1989), which paved the way for "Toy Story." Since then, Pixar has continued to regularly leverage its shorts program as a training ground for directors and incubator for technology.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 12, 2012 11:51 PM
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Oscar Watch: William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Oscar Winner 'Fantastic Flying Books' UPDATED

William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Fantastic Flying Books
Who says high and low tech can't come together in animation and publishing?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 11, 2012 7:22 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Avatar' VFX Wiz Letteri Compares 'Apes' and 'Tintin,' Caesar and Haddock

It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 21, 2011 12:04 PM
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