Movie City News Archive for July, 2010

Julie Taymor's The Tempest North American Premiere lands Centerpiece Selection of New York Film Festival

48th New York Film Festival Sept. 24 – Oct. 10 NEW YORK, July 31, 2010 — The North American premiere of Julie Taymor’s The Tempest will be featured as the Centerpiece film at the 48th New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 in Alice Tully Hall, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced…

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ANIMATION VOICE ARTISTS TO SPEAK UP AT THE ACADEMY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA

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Disney Announces Sale of Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings LLC

Sale to Include Rights in Miramax Film Library, Book Titles and Development Projects BURBANK, Calif., Jul 30, 2010 — The Walt Disney Company announced today the sale of Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings LLC for over $660 million subject to certain adjustments. Partners in Filmyard include Los Angeles businessmen Ron Tutor, Tom Barrack, Colony Capital…

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Wilmington on Movies: Dinner for Schmucks, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Charlie St. Cloud, The Concert, 8 1/2

Dinner for Schmucks (Two and a Half Stars) U.S.; Jay Roach, 2010 There are plenty of primo American comedy actors around right now; all we really need is the movies to put them in. Dinner for Schmucks, with its story courtesy  of French buddy-comedy master Francis Veber, and its showcase roles for Paul Rudd, Zach…

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LEN WISEMAN TO DIRECT

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 29, 2010

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A Star is Born

The outstanding George Cukor 1954 production of A Star Is Born has been reissued by Warner Home Video as a two-platter Deluxe Edition. The first version of the 176-minute feature was fit onto one side of a single platter, with special features placed on the other side. The new release splits the film onto two…

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WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES FIRST WORLDWIDE BLU-RAY 3D

Three Critically Acclaimed IMAX

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WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES FIRST WORLDWIDE BLU-RAY 3D™ BUNDLES

Three Critically Acclaimed IMAX® Films Make Their Blu-ray 3D Debuts; IMAX® Under the Sea 3D, IMAX® Space Station 3D and IMAX® Deep Sea 3D

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS HOWARD SHORE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEATURING THE 21ST CENTURY ORCHESTRA THE GRAMMY

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS HOWARD SHORE’S SCORE PERFORMED BY OVER 300 MUSICIANS LIVE TO FILM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEATURING THE 21ST CENTURY ORCHESTRA THE GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS KAITLYN LUSK, SOPRANO CONDUCTED BY LUDWIG WICKI TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY, OCTOBER 8 & 9, 2010 AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL There is only one Lord of the Rings. Come share in the power.

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Traverse City Film Festival Honors John Hughes with Michigan Filmmaker Award

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (July 27, 2010) – The sixth annual Traverse City Film Festival’s Michigan Filmmaker Award will be dedicated this year to the late John Hughes on opening night. The acclaimed writer, director and producer, widely known for his great comic films about American life, will be honored on Tuesday before the 6:30 p.m….

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2010 CINEREACH PROJECT AT SUNDANCE INSTITUTE GRANTEES

For Immediate Release Eleven Documentary and Narrative Feature Film Projects Selected for Development, Production and Post-Production Support LOS ANGELES, CA – Sundance Institute and Cinereach announced today the 2010 projects awarded grants for development, production, or post-production as part of a $1.5 million, three-year initiative, The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute. The initiative is designed…

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CELEBRATED ACTORS AND FILMMAKERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AS TIFF ANNOUNCES STELLAR LINEUP OF GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® rolls out the red carpet with a selection of 15 Galas and 35 Special Presentations for this year‟s Festival, including 25 World Premieres.

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Jim Jarmusch to be honored by President of Iceland as guest of honor at the 2010 Reykjavik International Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson will present Director Jim Jarmusch with the 2010 RIFF Honorary Creative Award at the upcoming Reykjavik International Film Festival, September 23 – October 3. Jarmusch is without a doubt among the most important independent filmmakers of our time. Some of his best known films include Night On…

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Guillaume Canet’s Series of Most Fortunate Events

Considered one of the most versatile leading actors of contemporary French cinema, Guillaume Canet self-confesses that stardom –even the prospect of becoming a working performer — was a series of accidents. Canet, 37, is ostensibly in Los Angeles for a few days to promote the film Farewell, a fact-based thriller about a French functionary in…

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Arthouse Redux: How Very Verite of You

Filipino arthouse director Brillante Mendoza’s 2007 film Tirador (Slingshot) opened in NYC this weekend, but I’m still thinking of the film he made a year later, Serbis. In one of those instances of cinematic scheduling perversity, Tirador is releasing after Serbis, which debuted at Cannes in 2008 after Tirador played at Toronto in 2007. It…

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WILL EISNER’S LANDMARK GRAPHIC NOVEL “A CONTRACT WITH GOD” TO BE ADAPTED FOR THE BIG SCREEN

Written And Produced By Darren Dean With Film Segments To Be Directed by Tze Chun, Alex Rivera, Barry Jenkins and Sean Baker Principal Photography Set to Begin in 2011 San Diego, CA (July 23, 2010) – Legendary comic book master Will Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel “A Contract with God” is being adapted into a live…

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RELATIVITY MEDIA REACHES A DEAL WITH STARZ TO TAKE OVER OVERTURE’S DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING UNITS

Peter Adee and Kyle Davies Move to RML to head up Theatrical Marketing and Distribution Arms LOS ANGELES – JULY 23, 2010 – Relativity Media will take over the distribution and marketing operations and some assets of the Starz Overture Films subsidiary. Approximately 45 staff members, or two-thirds of Overture’s employees, will make the move…

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XpanD Sponsors Refurbishment Of Iconic Cinema in West Bank: Cinema Jenin To Open With Festival And New 3D Theater

World Leader in 3D Donates Cinema Package for Palestinian Theater Renovation JENIN, West Bank –With an ambitious goal of bringing cutting-edge entertainment and good will to the West Bank, German filmmaker Marcus Vetter has teamed with international sponsors, including global 3D leader XpanD, to renovate and reopen the sole-standing cinema complex in the city of…

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“LOST” THE OFFICIAL SHOW AUCTION TO TAKE PLACE LIVE FROM BARKER HANGAR IN SANTA MONICA

Profiles in History, in Partnership with ABC Studios, Will Offer Fans and Collectors over 1,000 Lots of Props, Costumes and Set Pieces From the Emmy Award-winning Television Series, LOST, Spanning All Six Seasons

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“By the time the sounds of the Von Trapp children warbling ‘Silent Night’ drift through The Giver, you may find yourself wondering what fresh movie hell this is. In truth, the enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. Adapted from Lois Lowry’s book for young readers, the story involves an isolated society that, with its cubistic dwellings, mindless smiles, monochromatic environs and nebulous communitarianism, seem modeled on a Scandinavian country or an old Mentos commercial.”
~ Manohla Dargis’ Deadly Lede For Review Of The Giver

“It’s possible that in the coming days or, God forbid, weeks, the president could have something more specific to say about the freighted decades-long history of political imbalance at work, in this case between a mostly black working-class town and its majority white government and police force. But this is a black man who must choose his words about race, governance, and law enforcement even more carefully than a white politician would. And this is the third summer in which, as president, he would have to do so…

“Until this point in the turmoil, the absence of the crucial second face in the incident seemed to heighten the distance between police and the people they serve. It grants them both an anonymity and autonomy that matches the bizarre transformation, in Ferguson and elsewhere, of police into troops. The riot gear turns 2014 into a dot on a Jim Crow–era timeline. Since the officer’s name wasn’t made public more immediately, it should have seemed urgent for the police to lose the riot attire and take steps to minimize distrust, to dispel the contagious assumption that silence equates racism…

“What is so affecting isn’t just that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed when he was barely a man. It’s other things as well. One was how many reports of the incident that first day mentioned that he was about to start college. That’s a rite that’s universally emotional. But for a black male from a poor family, the first day of college is a freighted day that usually requires the sacrifice of more than one person. Black people know the odds of getting to and graduating from college, and that they’re low. That Brown seemed to be on the right path compounded the parental, local, and national outrage over his being wiped from it.”

~ Wesley Morris On Let’s Be Cops, The Shooting In Ferguson, Obama…