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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37th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2010 GUEST DIRECTOR MICHAEL ONDAATJE

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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ACADEMY INVITES 135 TO MEMBERSHIP

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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“B-MOVIES AND BAD SCIENCE” RETURNS

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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TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV ORGANIZES 1ST ASTANA INT'L ACTION FEST

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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RUBEN FLEISCHER WILL DEVELOP TO DIRECT ‘BABE IN THE WOODS’ FOR COLUMBIA PICTURES

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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OSCILLOSCOPE ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO RICHARD SHEPARD’S JOHN CAZALE DOC “I KNEW IT WAS YOU”

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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LOREN SCHWARTZ PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING FOR SCREEN GEMS

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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BREWER’S CAST COMES TOGETHER FOR “FOOTLOOSE”

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 (www.predicto.com) 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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HBO HOSTS MAJOR EVENTS AT FILM LIFE’S 14TH ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, JUNE 23-26, 2010

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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas