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SAG-AFTRA Statement on Safety of Women in the Entertainment and Media Industry

“We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers. We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths can be fully heard. Everyone has the right to work in an…

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Academy Names Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting

ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS Scripts to be performed at live read in November LOS ANGELES, CA – Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at…

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Academy Museum Gets $50 Million Gift From Cheryl And Haim Saban

RON MEYER TO LEAD NEWLY ESTABLISHED MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign—brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal. In recognition of…

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Louis C. K.’s Hot-Button Clandestinely-Produced Woody Allen Homage Gets November NY/LA Release

THE ORCHARD ANNOUNCES LOUIS C.K.’S “I LOVE YOU, DADDY” TO OPEN THEATRICALLY NOVEMBER 17 IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES Comedy Stars Louis C.K., John Malkovich, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Helen Hunt, and Ebonee Noel Photo credit: Courtesy of The Orchard. Click here for artwork. NEW YORK (September 27, 2017) – The Orchard announced…

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Dee Rees Adapting Joan Didion Novel With Producer Cassian Elwes And Others

[PR] Award-winning independent filmmaker Dee Rees (Mudbound, Pariah) will direct the best-selling 1996 Joan Didion political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted from publisher Alfred A. Knopf.  Elevated’s Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) optioned the book last year from Didion to develop it in partnership with Rees following their incredible collaboration on Mudbound, which premiered to standing…

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Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Awards Grants Across Nonfiction Formats

Los Angeles, CA — Projects and artists on the frontlines of nonfiction storytelling received nearly $2 million in grants from Sundance Institute, furthering their work across subjects and forms. Works originate in 26 countries and six continents, and teams include Academy Award nominees (Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, Richard Rowley, Jon Else and David France), and first-time feature filmmakers (Cody Lucich, Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu…

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Scorsese Joins The Online “MasterClass” Gig

Academy® Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese’s First Ever Online Class The filmmaker behind GOODFELLAS, CASINO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and THE DEPARTED talks about film and filmmaking on MasterClass.com SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 – MasterClass, the premier online education platform, announced today that Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will have his first ever online class. The class is open…

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Mike Plante Named Las Vegas Film Festival “Captain of Strategy”

MIKE PLANTE JOINS LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL AS CAPTAIN OF STRATEGY Las Vegas Film Festival and CineVegas to Partner on Presenting Films, Comedy, Independent Video Games and More 2018 Festival to Return to Brenden Theatres and Palms Casino Resort June 6 – 10 LAS VEGAS (September 21, 2017) – Seasoned film festival programming veteran Mike Plante returns to…

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FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO LADY BIRD

TORONTO, CANADA, September 11, 2017 – Focus Features has acquired international rights to Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird, company chairman Peter Kujawski announced today. A24 and IAC Films are partners on the movie.  Focus will be handling distribution in all territories outside of North America. Lady Bird has emerged as one of the biggest breakouts of the fall season,…

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Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Telluride, CO, September 11, 2017 – Telluride Film Festival (September 1-4, 2017), presented by the National Film Preserve, reflects upon a spectacular four-day celebration of diverse programming and special guests attended by more than 4,000 movie lovers. “This was my 44th Telluride Film Festival,” remarked co-founder and artistic director Tom Luddy. “I feel it was one…

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NEON AND 30WEST LAND DOMESTIC RIGHTS TO CRAIG GILLESPIE’S STANDOUT DARK COMEDY “I, TONYA”

Toronto, Canada (September 11, 2017) – In one of the most high-profile sales of Toronto International Film Festival, NEON and 30WEST are excited to announce they have landed domestic rights to Craig Gillespie’s much talked about dark comedy, I, TONYA which premiered here on Friday to both critical and audience acclaim. I, TONYA is an at times absurd,…

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Annapurna Adds $350 Million Credit Facility

[PR] – Annapurna, an independent entertainment company with film, television, and interactive verticals as well as an upstart marketing and distribution operation, has completed a $350 million revolving credit facility, it was announced today. The new line of credit will provide a firm financial foundation as the company continues to expand their enterprises and build its production,…

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Telluride Sets The Big Show

44th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAM LINEUP Telluride, CO (August 31, 2017) – Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program selections for the 44th edition of the Telluride Film Festival. TFF’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in…

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Marc Webb, Nick Hornby, Bill Pohlad, Condé Nast, Bruna Papandrea And Reese Witherspoon Team Of Bio Of Westboro Baptist Escapee

 MARC WEBB TO DIRECT AND NICK HORNBY TO WRITE THE SCREENPLAY FOR “THIS ABOVE ALL”—THE TRUE STORY OF MEGAN PHELPS-ROPER, A WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH CONVERT River Road and Condé Nast Entertainment Producing along with Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Marc Webb The Script to be Adapted from a New Yorker Article by Adrian Chen and…

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Chicago Underground Sets Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration

CALLING ALL STARS: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF) ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 25 ANNIVERSARY EDITION Still Alive at 25: Special Events, Special Screenings, Art Exhibits and Celebrity Guests of Honor Kick off the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Longest Running Underground Film Festival in the World. In 1994 a gallon of gas was $1.09,…

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Focus Features Live-Streaming Three Older Features On Facebook Live On Friday

  [PR] A trio of film favorites from Focus Features will be streamed on Facebook Live over the next three Friday nights in August and September. #FocusFridays will take place each Friday night on the Focus Features Facebook Page, beginning 6:00 PM PT. The lineup of movies: Friday, August 25: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) won the Academy Award…

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Here Comes The 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Festival

[PR] Mimi Plauché, recently named Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the first 25 films to be shown at the 53rd annual event, running October 12 – 26, 2017. The roster of films is wih an array of electrifying, challenging and entertaining feature and documentary films, including likely awards-season contenders, the work of highly acclaimed directors, indie…

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Clooney Foundation for Justice Grants $1 Million To SPLC To Counter Hate Groups 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to increase the capacity of the SPLC to combat hate groups in the United States. Through the generous support of George & Amal…

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Int’l Documentary Association Makes Statement About Terrorism

A Message from the IDA As documentary storytellers, artists, activists, and journalists, we believe in the power of images, and also of words. We believe it is important to identify the acts of racist violence committed in Charlottesville last weekend by white supremacists not merely as examples of extremism, but as terrorism. The International Documentary…

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Writers Guild President Howard Rodman Remarks On Writing And Responsibility; Calls For Trump Resignation

  August 16, 2017 Dear fellow Guild members, Writing in 1915, Theodore Roosevelt reminded us that Dante “reserved a special place of infamy in the inferno for those base angels who dared side neither with evil nor with good.”  It’s a caution that hits with shocking immediacy when the President of the United States can…

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“The people with the money are assholes. They look back and they want to stay in a safe place, while the filmmakers want to go forward. And sometimes we as filmmakers fuck them up because we’re also assholes, but we’re crazy assholes. You need to be pretty brutal. Frank Capra’s movies can make you cry, but he was a tough motherfucker.”
~ Guillermo del Toro

“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff