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    Immersed in Movies: Carlos Saldanha Talks 'Rio 2'

    In Rio 2 (opening April 11th), we go from Rio to the Amazon for a richer and more musical comedy/adventure with newcomers Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars joining Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids in the rainforest. Director Carlos Saldanha discusses raising the bar at B...

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    Production Designer Adam Stockhausen Talks 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (VIDEOS)

    Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a...

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    Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' with Minkoff & Schleifer

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been given the DreamWorks treatment on the big screen in CG and 3-D yet it still retains the charm and appeal of the original Jay Ward cartoons created by Ted Key. The wacky WABAC is back but there's more at stake in terms of single parenting, rites of passage and the trick...

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    Talking the 'Bad Grandpa' Makeup with Oscar-Nominated Stephen Prouty

    So will the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling go to Stephen Prouty for his impressive transformation of Johnny Knoxville's hysterical and horny 86-year-old Irving Zisman in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"? It's a triumph of old school craft, which required a complete re-imagining to believably p...

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    Talking 'Grandmaster' Costume Design with Oscar-Nominated William Chang

    William Chang is certainly "The Grandmaster" of production/costume design and editing in terms of his long-time collaboration with director Wong Kar-wai. And even though he's received his first Oscar nomination for costume designing the lyrical Ip Man martial arts extravaganza, you can't separate hi...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Revisiting 'Hang Me' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    The opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in '61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdo...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Solomon Northup Chained in '12 Years a Slave'

    One of the most important yet difficult decisions in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was how to depict Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) waking up in bondage. Fortunately, they hit on the idea in the cutting room to tell it out of sequence, the result of which was disconcerting for Northup and v...

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    Talking the 'Her' Score with Arcade Fire Oscar Nominee William Butler

    Oscar-nominated William Butler's first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze's "Her" with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process.

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    Immersed in Movies: Anatomy of a Scene for the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

    What were the most challenging scenes to animate in the Oscar-Nominated shorts? I posed this to all five directors: Lauren MacMullan (Get A Horse!), Daniel Sousa (Feral), Shuhei Morita (Possessions), Laurent Witz (Mr. Hublot), and Max Lang (Room on the Broom).

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    Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The LEGO Movie' with Chris McKay

    Now that The LEGO Movie is already a hit going into its second weekend and "Everything Is Awesome" (with a likely sequel in the works), let's chat with Chris McKay, the animation supervisor. He worked with Animal Logic on a particularly fitting stop-motion vibe in CG (what they called seven points ...

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