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'All Is Lost' Is Far from Silent, Even with No Dialogue (VIDEO)

In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. Even though J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone is virtually dialogue-free. Thus the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 22, 2013 1:37 PM
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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!
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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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