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    Weta's Joe Letteri Talks Animating the Smaug Dragon for 'The Hobbit'

    Peter Jackson's well-received second "Hobbit" movie, "The Desolation of Smaug," contains a greater variety of VFX. But, of course, the centerpiece for Weta Digital is Smaug (voiced with menace and charm by Benedict Cumberbatch), the best CG-animated dragon ever created and sure to make a great impre...

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    Craft Talking 'Saving Mr. Banks': Bridging 1961 Los Angeles with 1906 Australia through Cinematography, Production Design and Costumes

    Like "Mary Poppins," "Saving Mr. Banks" seems deceptively simple on the surface. But once you dig deeper, the story resonates as a brilliant memory piece for Emma Thompson's P.L. Travers, slipping back and forth from her painful childhood in Australia in 1906 to cooperating and subverting the adapta...

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    Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Despicable Me 2' with Chris Meledandri

    With tomorrow's Blu-ray/DVD release of the blockbuster and Oscar-contending Despicable Me 2 from Universal, it's a great time to catch up once again with Illumination's Chris Meledandri, who made the Vanity Fair list of top media disruptors for the second consecutive year.

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    Ten Visual Effects Movies Made It to Oscar Shortlist, More Got Robbed

    Here's why the ten visual effects Oscar frontrunners landed on the Shortlist. Who will make the final five? Only the January 9 bakeoff will tell.

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    New York Film Critics' Cinematography Winner Delbonnel Goes 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's str...

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    Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'The Croods' with Sanders and DeMicco

    The Croods (which grabbed nine Annie nominations today, including best animated feature) certainly stands out in a year dominated by survival and the inevitability of change. In fact, every country that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco visited on their press tour embraced the prehistoric fam...

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    Composer Nicholas Britell Talks the Powerful Spiritual-Field Songs in '12 Years a Slave'

    Composer Nicholas Britell ("Gimme the Loot") provides a powerful musical accompaniment for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" with a series of spiritual-field songs and stringed waltzes (which are currently available on the Columbia Records soundtrack). These originals and recreations enable us to b...

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    Oscar Winner Lubezki Talks the Virtual Cinematography of 'Gravity,' How a Peter Gabriel Concert Helped Him Visualize the Film and More

    With three out of the last four Oscars for cinematography going to hybrid movies, is it any wonder that Emmanuel ("Chivo") Lubezki won Best Cinematography for "Gravity" at the 2014 Oscars? Especially after Lubezki and his collaborators devised a brilliant new lighting system for simulating the physi...

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    Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Frozen' with Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

    Frozen provides further proof that we're experiencing a new Disney renaissance under John Lasseter. If Wreck-It Ralph seemed thematically subversive while still leveraging the hand-drawn legacy to guide the CG, then Frozen takes it even further. It's the most feminist take yet on the musical princes...

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