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Richard Brody On A “Whimsical Yet Impassioned” Installation By Agnès Varda

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Richard Brody On A “Whimsical Yet Impassioned” Installation By Agnès Varda

So Sez Phil Clapp, Chief Exec, UK Cinema Association

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Both UK and US box office reached record levels. This year already promises to be even better. 2016 saw a record 900 titles arrive in UK cinemas. If Netflix poses any threat (and we’d be hard pressed to know, given its unwillingness to publish revenue figures), it is to the rest of the home entertainment sector and not to one offering an immersive out-of-home experience.”
So Sez Phil Clapp, Chief Exec, UK Cinema Association

“Get Out and I Am Not Your Negro, in their different ways, mock and cheer the death of white racial innocence.”

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Get Out and I Am Not Your Negro, in their different ways, mock and cheer the death of white racial innocence.”

Other Side Of the Mind: Orson Welles Interviews Andy Kaufman (6’17”)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

[Via Boingboing.]

Billionaire Investor Demands Access To Records Of tronc, Free-Spending Publisher Of Los Angeles Times, Over “Poor Corporate Governance”

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Billionaire Investor Demands Access To Records Of tronc, Free-Spending Publisher Of Los Angeles Times, Over “Poor Corporate Governance”
And“Ferro has upped the ante. Using shareholders’ money, the company has spent $56 million buying Oaktree’s shares in tronc at $15 each, a 12% premium. This exercise has cost fronc nearly a third of its gross cash balance (it also has $370 million of debt). The company has lifted the ownership ceiling for Ferro, but not for his rival. Ordinary shareholders know Tronc’s managers made a mess of the bidding process and are now spending money entrenching themselves.”

David Milch Boards Possible “True Detective” Third Season, Inspires Peak Blogginess At EW

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“At any rate, adding at least some of Milch’s voice into the ‘True Detective’ universe could be very cool for fans of both franchises if this newfound alliance between two strong voices works out.”
David Milch Boards Possible “True Detective” Third Season, Inspires Peak Blogginess At EW

Annapurna Pictures Partners With MGM For Some Int’l Distribution Of Theatrical Slate

Monday, March 27th, 2017

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PARTNERS WITH METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER ON SELECT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF FILM SLATE

Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is partnering with Annapurna to distribute all of Annapurna Pictures’ films in select international territories, it was announced today.  The multi-year partnership is set to begin this year with Annapurna’s first distribution title, Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT, scheduled for release in the U.S. on August 4, 2017.

The deal will include films produced by Annapurna Pictures covering a footprint comprised of but not limited to Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America, Central Europe, Pan Asia and the Middle East and will include the theatrical, home entertainment and television rights in such films.

“We have been strategically working to enhance the depth of our film pipeline, and it is incredibly exciting to be able to work with Annapurna, who are industry leaders when it comes to identifying and working with quality talent and filmmakers,” said Chris Ottinger, MGM’s President, Worldwide Television Distribution and Acquisitions.  “These incredible films deserve to be seen on a global scale and we look forward to giving the worldwide audience the opportunity to do so.”

“Our goal has always been to create films that resonate with the greatest audience possible and we could not be more thrilled to have found a partner in MGM. We look forward to working together and bringing our films to not just the U.S. audience, but the international one as well,” said Annapurna’s President of Distribution, Erik Lomis.

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ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous television channels.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

ABOUT ANNAPURNA PICTURES

Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, in five years, the company has garnered a total of 32 Academy Award nominations for their projects, including ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOY, THE MASTER, FOXCATCHER and THE GRANDMASTER. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with HER and AMERICAN HUSTLE both earning nods in 2014. Currently, Annapurna is in post-production on Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT, which it will release as its first distribution title on August 4, 2017. The company is also in production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new period film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and is developing the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, to be directed by Richard Linklater. Annapurna’s most recent projects include Mike Mills’ 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, which was nominated for two Golden Globes and earned Mills a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination, as well as SAUSAGE PARTY, WIENER-DOG and EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, with THE BAD BATCH set for release by Neon in 2017. Additionally, Annapurna is partners with Boal on the company Page One, where they produced season two of the hit podcast SERIAL. Bigelow also directed and partnered with Annapurna on the animated short LAST DAYS, about illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.

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Rumor: Sony Even Interviewed Warner’s Tsujihara To Replace Michael Lynton

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Rumor: Sony Even Interviewed Warner’s Tsujihara To Replace Michael Lynton

“Universal, owned by Comcast, which is in the home-delivery business, has staked out the most aggressive position and ideally would like a title to be made available for home viewing for $40 after 10 days. Warner Bros. — which AT&T is buying — has put forth a proposal for $50 after 17 days.”

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Universal, owned by Comcast, which is in the home-delivery business, has staked out the most aggressive position and ideally would like a title to be made available for home viewing for $40 after 10 days. Warner Bros. — which AT&T is buying — has put forth a proposal for $50 after 17 days.”

Brooks Barnes Reaches Back

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“In the early 1960s, hobbled by cost-cutting and the release of contract players following the forced sale of its theater chain, Paramount was nearly shuttered and sold for the real estate value of its lot. Instead, a new corporate boss, having little to lose, brought in a brash, untested producer — Robert Evans — to run the place. The result was a creative rebirth that led to seminal hits like The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown.”
Brooks Barnes Reaches Back

Gianopulos Installed On Melrose; New Topper Takes Chairman-CEO

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Gianopulos Installed On Melrose; New Topper Takes Chairman-CEO

Angelica Jade Bastién On The Performance (And Misapprehension) Of Camp

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“The ease with which ‘camp’ is applied to female-led films and shows demonstrates that for all the (still-paltry) gains Hollywood has made for women in the decades since Davis and Crawford.”
Angelica Jade Bastién On The Performance (And Misapprehension) Of Camp

Telegraph TV Critic Tempts Whiplash With Mixed, But Conciliatory Review Of Richard Curtis’ Sketch

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“It’s not just romantic love which is all around. Most people still, every day, everywhere, have enough love to help human beings in trouble. Good is going to win. I’m actually sure of it.”
Telegraph TV Critic Tempts Whiplash With Mixed, But Conciliatory Review Of Richard Curtis’ Sketch

British TV Enforcers Get Complaints Over BBC Comic Relief Telethon Including Love, Actually Short

Monday, March 27th, 2017

British TV Enforcers Get Complaints Over BBC Comic Relief Telethon Including Love, Actually Short

VF Takes Note Of Dr. Uwe Boll

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“As a script supervisor, it is indeed extremely disturbing,” the script supervisor said. “There’s no script to actually supervise.”
VF Takes Note Of Dr. Uwe Boll

Musicians Head For Toronto Exits

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“What makes a city vibrant is the culture, and if you suck that culture out, and if the artists all move to Hamilton, then we’re stuck with Bay Street.”
Musicians Head For Toronto Exits

China Huayi Bros. Want To Extend Collaboration With STX

Monday, March 27th, 2017

China Huayi Bros. Want To Extend Collaboration With STX

“Only a small percentage say they’d pay $25 or $50 to see a film at home on the same day it opens in theaters, [reports] the survey by CivicScience. CivicScience is a Pittsburgh-based market-research firm that surveys a representative sample of consumers via questions embedded on hundreds of websites.”

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Only a small percentage say they’d pay $25 or $50 to see a film at home on the same day it opens in theaters, [reports] the survey by CivicScience. CivicScience is a Pittsburgh-based market-research firm that surveys a representative sample of consumers via questions embedded on hundreds of websites.”

Playwright-Screenwriter-Novelist David Storey, 83, Wrote This Sporting Life, “Home,” In Celebration

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Playwright-Screenwriter-Novelist David Storey, 83, Wrote This Sporting Life, “Home,” In Celebration

Ben Wheatley Designed His Free Fire Shootout In Minecraft

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Well, it’s a conceptual conceit, isn’t it? It’s like saying: ‘You like cake? How much cake can you eat? OK, have all the cake. And then look, here’s some more.’”
Ben Wheatley Designed His Free Fire Shootout In Minecraft
“It’s just because I like them really. That’s my cunning plan for cinema: if I fancy doing something, then I’ll write it.”
AndWheatley’s Favorite Action Movies