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Trailering Lincoln

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

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Les Miserables: The Trailer

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The Art of The Avengers

Press Release: Marvel Studios announced today that Gallery1988 in Hollywood, Calif., will mount a show of art inspired by the Marvel Super Heroes featured in the highly anticipated, summer event movie “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The show, sponsored by Visa Signature, will run through the film’s opening weekend, from May 3 through May 6, 2012.

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Les Miserables – From the Set

Working its way around the net – from the set of Les Miserables.

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Trailering Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Te return of Barnabus Collins.

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The Care and Etiquette of Oscar

Sir Cecil Worthington (Mike Myers) takes Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline through an Oscar refresher course at the Academy safe house.

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The Best of 2011: Critics, Awards and Box Office

The Best of 2011 from two points of view – the critics who bestow awards and rank the best of the year. And Movie Goers – while box office doesn’t determine quality, it’s a measure of what the audience is willing to lay down (big) bucks to see.

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The Oscars Get A Trailer

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Academy “Celebrates the Movies” as Poster Art Kicks Off Oscar® Campaign

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

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The Hobbit Trailer

The joy of The Hobbit!

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MCN Enter to Win: Sherlock Homes – A Game of Shadows

    The Rules: Drawing January 20, 2012 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on Janaury 18, 2012. You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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Enter to Win: New Year’s Eve

 Contest Rules: Drawing January 3, 2012 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on January 1, 2012. You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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Enter to Win: Happy Feet Two

    The Rules Contest Rules: Drawing December 9, 2011 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2011 You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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J. Edgar: Enter for a chance to win!

“J. Edgar” explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power. Enter to win prizes based on the film – including Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years DVD Set; a branded black messenger bag, DVDs or a J. Edgar baseball cap.

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J. Edgar Posters

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Trailering The Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people so when we needed them they could fight the battle that we never could ….

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Puss in Boots: He is the Most Interesting Cat in the World

“Curiosity tried to kill him once, then apologized and politely left… Stay furry, my friends.”

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Old Time Ads for New Fangled Things

” Imagine if you were a citizen of the ’20s and suddenly you saw an ad for a cell phone. What would you think it was? “

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From the Archives ….

Short road safety instructional film which shows by a series of comic incidentsthe dangers of stepping off the footpath carelessly, of crossing the road at oblique angles, of “dithering” on the road, and of over-confidence. From the New Zealand National Film Unit – 1952.

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas