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Immersed in Movies: Designing Cinematic Jigsaw Puzzle and Game-Changer 'Gravity'

"Gravity" production designer Andrew Nicholson, who will be at the Art Directors Guild Wednesday night and at USC on Friday, discusses why the immersive, Oscar-contending blockbuster is a model for the future of hybrid movies.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 20, 2013 2:48 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Bond Settlement Paves the Way for Return of Blofeld

A settlement over James Bond rights with the estate and family of "Thunderball" co-creator Kevin McClory now paves the way for the return of arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 15, 2013 7:10 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ballhaus Talks 'The Book Thief'

The Book Thief" might be flying under the Oscar radar, but it's a unique Holocaust story told from a child's point of view as well as Death's (adapted from the best-seller by Markus Zusak). And that's what attracted DP Florian Ballhaus, best known for comedy ("The Devil Wears Prada").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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Best of the Week: David O. Russell 'Hustles' at AFI Fest, Finke Out for Blood, An Awards Season with No Pixar? and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • November 9, 2013 4:12 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Digital Domain Talks 'Ender's Game' Zero-Gravity VFX

As co-producer of "Ender's Game," Digital Domain 3.0 has a lot more at stake than cool zero-g and simulated battles in space. As one of LA's few remaining VFX studios, DD is experimenting with content creation as a new business model, and the rest of the industry is watching closely.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 8, 2013 1:14 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Peter Jackson Sneaks New Footage at 'Hobbit' Fan Event

Peter Jackson unveiled 20 minutes of new footage at Monday's "Hobbit"-Con fan event held simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Wellington. Joining him in the first look/Q&A were Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Andy Serkis.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 5, 2013 2:55 PM
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Best of the Week: Ted Sarandos Attacks Industry Status Quo, Lou Reed Tributes, Paul Dano Nuts Up and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • November 2, 2013 4:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pretty Females vs. the Bold Feminism of 'Frozen'

Now that the "Frozen" "pretty female" controversy has thawed, let's take a look at how Disney shatters the fairy tale model with two strong female heroines.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2013 2:12 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Gavin Hood Talks the End-Game Zeitgeist of 'Ender's Game'

The "Ender's Game" director discusses why it's such a timely and provocative movie about technology and violence.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 25, 2013 12:57 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt Talks '12 Years a Slave'

Sean Bobbitt discusses going for visual simplicity in Steve McQueen's Oscar frontrunner, "12 Years a Slave."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 18, 2013 12:33 PM
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