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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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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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