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    Prana Studios Buys Bankrupt 'Life of Pi' VFX House Rhythm & Hues

    It's official. A Los Angeles bankruptcy court judge has approved the acquisition of visual effects and animation studio Rhythm & Hues, which did the VFX for Oscar-winning "Life of Pi," by a wholly-owned affiliate of LA-based Prana Studios, Inc. Many VFX houses these days are beleaguered by price-gau...

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    New and Reviewed on DVD/Blu-Ray: 'Life of Pi,' 'This Is Not a Film' and More

    It's a big week for home video releases, with a major Oscar-winner making its way to the shelves and a number of award-nominated films coming along for the ride. Many of these films were fairly divisive; as usual click on the titles to browse more reviews.

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    Ang Lee Discusses Filming the Unfilmable, the Practicality of 3D, and Winning the Oscar with Tim Squyres and David Magee at 'Life of Pi' Event

    When Ang Lee was awarded with his second Best Director Oscar during the 85th Annual Academy Awards, it marked the end of more than five years of work on "Life of Pi," his 2012 3D adventure epic. With the film taking in almost $600 million worldwide and becoming the most awarded film at this year's c...

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    The Big Send-Off: A Year of Movies 2012

    Here I am once again, landing just past the sell-by date for final considerations of the year in movies past, when all the Oscar hype and grist for the mill of 10-best lists everywhere gets recycled into enthusiasm, or lack thereof, for next year’s offerings and some burning incense to ward off the ...

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    Fighting for a Piece of the 'Pi': The Full Story Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects Problem

    As a surprise song, the theme to "Jaws," swelled up as the cut-off music to the Visual Effects Oscar acceptance speech, "Life of Pi" VFX Supervisor Bill Westenhofer had just gotten to a very important issue:  VFX vendor Rhythm + Hues, who had worked on the film, has recently...

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    The 'Rejected Pitches' Oscar Special, Part 2

    In Part 2 of the 'Rejected Pitches’ Oscar special, the comedy web series gives us typical Hollywood dismissals of Les Miserables (with a perfect Tom Hooper impersonator), Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

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    Immersed in Movies: Final Oscar Thoughts

    During this final week leading up to Sunday's 85th Academy Awards, I was reminded of the extraordinary meta-experience that underlies several of this year's nominees. In the end, at least for me, it's not about the frantic Oscar race and ultimately who wins and who doesn't but about the joy of makin...

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    VIDEO: What Does Oscar-Winning Cinematography Look Like?

    Which movie should win the Academy Award for its outstanding images and camerawork? Watch the footage and judge for yourself.

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    Why 'Life of Pi' Will Win Multiple Oscars Next Weekend

    Going into the final Oscar stretch, Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" has turned out to be a stronger contender--and box office juggernaut, at close to $600 million worldwide--than many had expected. Nominated for eleven Oscars, among the categories the movie is favored to win are best director, cinematography...

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    Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

    In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy" with "Djesus Uncrossed." Wi...

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