Press Releases Archive for June, 2010

'Twilight' Fever Brings Cybercriminals Out of the Woodwork

Norton Reports ‘Twilight’ Search Results Are Being Poisoned CULVER CITY, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ — WHAT/WHY: The third installment of the “Twilight” franchise is breaking records for a midnight opening and legions of fans are searching for any details about the film they can find online. Cyber criminals know this and have already “poisoned” common…

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June 30, 2010 BERKELEY, CA – Telluride Film Festival (September 3-6, 2010), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2010 Guest Director, Michael Ondaatje. The celebrated writer has been invited to select a series of films to present at the 37th Telluride Film Festival. The Guest Director program is sponsored by…

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"Eclipse" Leaves Imprint with 82% of Fandango Ticket Sales (as of 6/28/10)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens tomorrow (Tuesday) night at midnight and currently accounts for 82% of daily ticket sales on Fandango, the nation’s leading movie ticketing destination. The film also ranks as the company’s top advance-ticket seller of the year to date. According to our recent survey of more than 1,000 Eclipse ticket-buyers on Fandango:…

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2010 Film Independent Jury Award Winners Announced

Film Independent Announces Jury Award Winners of 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, Presented by The Los Angeles Times Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family wins Narrative Award J. Clay Tweel’s Make Believe wins Documentary Award Short Film Winners Also Announced LOS ANGELES, June 26 — Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit…

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Sandler bigger than Cruise? "Grown Ups" outselling "Knight" in today's ticket sales on Fandango

Among this week’s new releases, Adam Sandler’s raunchy Grown Ups (opening today) is currently outselling the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action-comedy, Knight and Day (which opened Wednesday) in today’s Fandango ticket sales, as of 10:00 a.m. PT. Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated The Twilight Saga: Eclipse continues to dominate sales on Fandango, and ranks as the company’s top…

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June 25, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the…

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DreamWorks Animation to Bring Trolls Out of Hiding

Among Studio’s Priority Plans is Feature Film Project GLENDALE, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Dam Things from Denmark to debut the wildly popular Good Luck Troll on the big screen, introducing a new generation to one of the world’s most…

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Starting on June 26, 2010, the Quirky Movie Series Is Back! This year all films are outdoors and FREE, with screenings at both the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum Join the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar…

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2010 ASTANA INTERNATIONAL ACTION FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ON JUNE 27 IN ASTANA CITY, KAZAKHSTAN Harvey Weinstein, Mike Tyson, Lawrence Bender, Sharlto Copley, and Dolph Lundgren, among others, to appear at first annual fest ASTANA CITY, KAZAKHSTAN (June 23, 2010) – The Astana International Action Film Festival announced today the kick off of its first…

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MIKE WHITE TO PRODUCE THROUGH HIS RIP CORD PRODUCTIONS SHINGLE (Culver City, June 22, 2010) — Ruben Fleischer, who most recently directed the break-out hit ZOMBIELAND, will develop to direct Columbia Pictures’ BABE IN THE WOODS, it was announced today by Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad, Presidents of Columbia Pictures. The screenplay, written by Mike…

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Pioneering Filmmaker Immortalized on Postage

Oscar Micheaux Joins Black Heritage Stamp Series NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Film director, screenwriter, producer and distributor Oscar Micheaux, who illuminated the African-American experience through more than 40 feature films, was immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp today, taking his place as the 33rd person honored in the popular Black Heritage commemorative stamp…

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'Eclipse' interview teaser: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner talk 'Breaking Dawn' and the end of 'Twilight'

Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner for a feature interview running in this week’s magazine to discuss the world they inhabit within the Twilight universe — both on screen and off. The three young stars opened up about coping under the glare of intense media spotlight, how they rely…

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Film Programs

WEEKEND SERIES LAUGHTER IN PARADISE: THE AMERICAN COMEDIES OF ERNST LUBITSCH July 9 7:30 pm Trouble in Paradise July 9 9:05 pm Desire July 10 7:30 pm Ninotchka July 10 9:30 pm Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife July 16 7:30 pm Design for Living July 16 9:15 pm The Smiling Lieutenant July 17 7:30 pm The Shop…

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Venerable Actor Played ‘Fredo’ in THE GODFATHER Parts I and II DVD release planned before 2010 holiday season New York, NY (June 22, 2010) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Richard Shepard’s (THE MATADOR, Emmy® Award-Winning director of Ugly Betty “Pilot”) documentary I KNEW IT WAS YOU, which…

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CULVER CITY, Calif., June 22, 2010 – Creative advertising veteran Loren Schwartz has been promoted to executive vice president, marketing for Screen Gems, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, to whom Schwartz will report. In his new role, Schwartz will oversee the creation of trailers, posters,…

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VES to Present the Second Annual Entertainment Industry Production Summit on October 23rd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Event to Focus on Navigating Tomorrow’s Business Models Los Angeles, June 22, 2010 — The Visual Effects Society (VES), the world’s premiere visual effects organization, announced today that it will hold its second annual Production Summit for the greater entertainment industry on October 23rd. Production Summit 2010: Navigating Tomorrow’s Business Models will…

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For Immediate Release Paramount Pictures Will Release On April 1, 2011 HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 22, 2010) – Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Pictures Film Group, announced today the completion of principle casting on writer / director Craig Brewer’s “Footloose”. Following an extensive worldwide search, newcomer Kenny Wormald will play the highly coveted role of ‘Ren’,…

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MJ's Fans Turn to Texting on 1 Year Anniversary

This Friday, Michael Jackson fans across the globe will mark the one year anniversary of his untimely death by immersing themselves in the artist’s countless hit singles. To help celebrate MJ’s legacy, leading mobile entertainment company Predicto Mobile ( has created “The King of Pop’s Top 10 Text Message-Ready Lyrics” that are certain to get…

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Lionsgate Amends Its Revolving Credit Facility

Change of Control Trigger Threshold Increased to 50% SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) (the “Company”) announced today that JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan”), as administrative agent, has secured requisite consent of the lending syndicate to modify the “Change of Control” provisions contained in the Company’s $340…

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For Immediate Release — Spotlight Events Feature Cast Members from HBO Series, New Filmmakers, Plus Director Spike Lee — New York, N.Y., June 22, 2010 – As the founding and premier sponsor of Film Life’s 14th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), HBO will once again have a major presence at the industry retreat, being…

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton