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    Immersed in Movies: Restored 'Shane' Celebrates 60th at TCM Classic Fest, with the Right Aspect Ratio! (TRAILER)

    If it weren't for a recent aspect ratio brouhaha, "Shane" probably would sneak into the TCM Classic Film Festival on Saturday at the Chinese without much fanfare. Which would've been a shame considering that Technicolor has digitally revived its naturalistic sheen in honor of the 60th anniversary an...

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    Immersed in Movies: Sneaking Pixar's 'Monsters University' and 'Blue Umbrella'

    I got a chance to see the first 40 minutes of "Monsters University" earlier this month. Rest assured: I've seen enough of Pixar's first prequel to report it's not only a fun and funny college romp but also another animated breakthrough.

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    Immersed in Movies: Joyce Gets His Golem

    Good news: Despite failing to reach the funding goal of $750,000 from its Kickstarter campaign, William Joyce's "Golem" videogame will be completed at his Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, thanks to alternate financing and the support of Guillermo Del Toro.

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Oblivion' Director Kosinski Talks Creating Original Sci-Fi Landscape Starring Cruise

    With a looming summer season packed with post-apocalyptic sci-fi--from "After Earth" (June 7) and "World War Z" (June 21) to "Elysium" (August. 9)--it's a good thing that director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" is first out of the gate. This Tom Cruise-starrer about a blue collar drone repairman haunt...

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    Immersed in Movies: Getting Animated About Toon-Shaded Previs

    Previs for VFX-intensive movies is not only getting more sophisticated but also more graphic as well, further blurring the line between live-action and animation. Check out these clips from The Green Hornet previs, animated in XSI and rendered using the mental ray toon shader.

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    Immersed In Movies: Bibo Bergeron discusses "A Monster In Paris"

    A Monster in Paris comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week from Shout Factory, a gorgeous ode to early 20th century cabaret music and The Phantom of the Opera. I interviewed director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) about returning to Paris after DreamWorks to make this labor of love.

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    Immersed in Movies: Recreating Iconic Ebbets Field for Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

    Getting Ebbets Field just right as the legendary home of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the greatest challenge for production designer Richard Hoover on "42," the stirring biopic about Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) as Major League Baseball's first African-American. It's both an arena and a battle...

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    Immersed in Movies: Disney Animation Lays Off Hand-Drawn 2D Vets

    How sad and ironic: A week after the wonderful "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" 25th anniversary celebration at the Academy, Disney lays off some key hand-drawn 2D animation vets as part of its studio-wide downsizing.

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    Indiewire Adds Two Stars to Blog Network: Jerry Beck and Jon Friedman

    Welcome to two members of the Indiewire Blog Network. Animation expert Jerry Beck and co-founder of Cartoon Brew, which he left in February, will keep us posted on daily doings in the animation world via Animation Scoop, while Media Web columnist Jon Friedman, who recently left Marketwatch after 14 ...

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    Immersed in Movies UPDATE: 'Elysium' Trailer Lands, Plus Previewing Blomkamp's Dystopian Sci-Fi Film

    At a Comic-Con-style presentation this morning at The Grove, we finally caught a glimpse of Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," the ambitious sci-fi follow-up to his acclaimed indie hit, "District 9," which opens August 9. The trailer (watch below) and additional 10 minutes of socially-conscious, high-octan...

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