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

Three Critically Acclaimed IMAX

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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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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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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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“I was 15 when I first watched Sally Hardesty escape into the back of a pickup truck, covered in blood and cackling like a goddamn witch. All of her friends were dead. She had been kidnapped, tortured and even forced to feed her own blood to her cannibalistic captors’ impossibly shriveled patriarch. Being new to the horror genre, I was sure she was going to die. It had been a few months since I survived a violent sexual assault, where I subsequently ran from my assailant, tripped, fell and fought like hell. I crawled home with bloody knees, makeup-stained cheeks and a new void in both my mind and heart. My sense of safety, my ability to trust others, my willingness to form new relationships and my love of spending time with people I cared about were all taken from me. It wasn’t until I found the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that something clicked. It was Sally’s strength, and her resilience. It was watching her survive blows to the head from a hammer. It was watching her break free from her bonds and burst through a glass window. It was watching her get back up after she’d been stabbed. It was watching her crawl into the back of a truck, laughing as it drove away from Leatherface. She was the last one to confront the killer, and live. I remember sitting in front of the TV and thinking, There I am. That’s me.”
~ Lauren Milici On “The Final Girl”

“‘Thriller’ enforced its own reality principle; it was there, part of the every commute, a serenade to every errand, a referent to every purchase, a fact of every life. You didn’t have to like it, you only had to acknowledge it. By July 6, 1984, when the Jacksons played the first show of their ‘Victory’ tour, in Kansas City, Missouri, Jacksonism had produced a system of commodification so complete that whatever and whoever was admitted to it instantly became a new commodity. People were no longer comsuming commodities as such things are conventionally understood (records, videos, posters, books, magazines, key rings, earrings necklaces pins buttons wigs voice-altering devices Pepsis t-shirts underwear hats scarves gloves jackets – and why were there no jeans called Bille Jeans?); they were consuming their own gestures of consumption. That is, they were consuming not a Tayloristic Michael Jackson, or any licensed facsimile, but themselves. Riding a Mobius strip of pure capitalism, that was the transubstantiation.”
~ Greil Marcus On Michael Jackson