Press Releases 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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LEN WISEMAN TO DIRECT

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 29, 2010

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WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES FIRST WORLDWIDE BLU-RAY 3D

Three Critically Acclaimed IMAX

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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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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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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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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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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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ACADEMY VENTURES OUT OF THIS WORLD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Can you travel at warp speed? Hear a scream in space? Rocket to the future? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore the physical realities of science fiction movies in the three-evening series “Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies” beginning on Thursday,…

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IFC FILMS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO KOREAN THRILLER THE HOUSEMAID

Cannes Competition Title Was Also a Box Office Hit – 2.3 Million in Korea New York, NY (July 20, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Im Sang-soo’s erotic thriller THE HOUSEMAID, which made its world premiere in…

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Hi There! Is your name CYRUS, do you have a friend named CYRUS?

If the answer is yes, then this could be your lucky day. If your name is CYRUS you may be able to go to an exclusive screening of the film CYRUS hosted by our very own CYRUS, JONAH HILL. The screening will take place Saturday July 24th at 7PM at the 20th Century Fox studio…

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CULT CLASSIC REEFER MADNESS RETURNS TO THEATERS WITH HILARIOUS LIVE COMMENTARY FROM THE STARS OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000

NCM Fathom, Something Awful and RiffTrax Team Up Again to Present “RiffTrax LIVE: Reefer Madness” in More than 470 Theaters Nationwide Centennial, Colo. – July 19, 2010 – Fans of the legendary hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and internet sensation RiffTrax.com are in for a hilarious night of live comedy on Thursday, August…

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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