Moana directors John Musker and Ron Clements

‘Moana’ director Ron Clements on Oscar nominations, song demos, and casting Auli’i Cravalho

Ron Clements and John Musker have worked together over a span of more than 30 years, starting off co-directing The Great Mouse Detective, which debuted in 1986, before moving on to create two of Disney’s biggest films: The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. From that work, they went on to create Hercules, Treasure Planet, the very charming The Princess and the Frog, and most recently, the Oscar-nominated Moana.

Clea Duvall and Natasha Lyonne in The Intervention

Clea Duvall on ‘The Intervention’ and the creative process

As Clea Duvall puts it, she now has spent more time in her life working in film than not, and it’s led her to a new creative direction focusing not just on acting, but also on writing and directing. Her film The Intervention, starring herself, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, and Vincent Piazza, to name a few, arrived on DVD recently, and she chatted with me about the experience of making her first film.

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Movie montage: 25 best films of 2016

Do you know what I love the most about the Oscars? It’s not really the awards for me, but the frame that it puts around the year in cinema. It’s about the love of movies, and in particular I love the way their montages make films come to life again, like you’re seeing them for the first time. They’re fresh, exciting glimpses into the real heart of cinema–those heart-racing, action-packed, emotional core moments that keep us going back for more stories time and again.

Hamilton ODC X-03

Production designer Nathan Crowley on designing the new Hamilton ODC X-03 watch

What does it take for a movie production designer like Nathan Crowley–responsible for The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar–to design a timepiece for Hamilton Watches? For the Odyssey ODC X-03, which was recently unveiled in Los Angeles at a special event, it just takes the right timing, if you’ll excuse the pun, the right design, a lot of work, and a great working relationship built on a very special project.