Press Releases Archive for October, 2010

LONGTIME COLUMBIA PICTURES CHIEFS MATT TOLMACH AND DOUG BELGRAD TRANSITION INTO NEW ROLES

Tolmach Launches New Production Company and Joins Spider-Man Team As Belgrad Promoted to Sole President of Columbia Pictures — Hannah Minghella Named President of Production for Historic Banner– (Culver City, Calif. – October 29, 2010) – Matt Tolmach has launched a new production company and will become a producer on the next installment of Spider-Man,…

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AMAZONAS FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2010 JURORS AND LINE-UP

Award-winning films from around the globe will be screened at this unique festival in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest MANAUS, BRAZIL (October 28, 2010) – The seventh annual Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2010 line-up, which features award-winning films from around the globe, and its jury of international stars and filmmakers. The festival…

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THE ELIA KAZAN FILM COLLECTION ARRIVES NOVEMBER 9TH FROM FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

For Immediate Release Features acclaimed documentary A LETTER TO ELIA by Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones as well as 15 of Kazan’s most noteworthy and popular films in a collectible DVD gift set. Los Angeles (October 28, 2010) — On November 9th, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Elia Kazan Film Collection, an…

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EXCLUSIVE MEDIA GROUP AND CROSS CREEK TO FINANCE GEORGE CLOONEY’S THE IDES OF MARCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EXCLUSIVE FILMS INTERNATIONAL TO LAUNCH FILM AT AFM Los Angeles, CA (October  27,  2010) – Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”), and Brian Oliver, President of  Cross Creek Pictures, announced today that  that  they will be financing and co-producing The Ides of March with George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures, along…

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International Documentary Association Announces Nominees for 2010 IDA Awards

IDA Members to Select Winners in Feature and Short Categories LOS ANGELES, October 27, 2010 – The International Documentary Association, one of the leading organizations in the world of documentary film and filmmaking, announced the nominees for the 2010 edition of it’s prestigious IDA Documentary Awards today, with many of the year’s most buzzed about…

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IFC MIDNIGHT AND FORTISSIMO FILMS SEAL NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR AWARD-WINNING HONG KONG SLASHER ‘DREAM HOME’

IFC MIDNIGHT AND FORTISSIMO FILMS SEAL NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR AWARD-WINNING HONG KONG SLASHER ‘DREAM HOME’ New York, NY (October 27, 2010) – IFC Midnight, the genre label of IFC Films, announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to the thriller DREAM HOME. Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung (ISABELLA – Silver Bear Winner,…

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JAMES CAMERON’S NEXT FILMS ARE AVATAR 2 & 3

Oscar®-winning Filmmaker to Follow his History-Making  and Revolutionary Motion Picture Event with Two Films that Continue the Mythology of the World He Created LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2010)  Moving forward with the most anticipated films of the next decade, Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced today that Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James…

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FRANKIE & ALICE, STARRING ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER HALLE BERRY, WILL BE RELEASED THEATRICALLY IN DECEMBER 2010

Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2010 – FRANKIE & ALICE, starring Academy Award ®-winning actress Halle Berry, will have an awards season qualifying run on December 17, 2010, in New York and Los Angeles before its regular theatrical release, which is set for February 4, 2011, it was announced today by Freestyle Releasing. FRANKIE &…

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GODARD TO MISS GOVERNORS AWARDS

October 25, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, following a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence with Academy president Tom Sherak, Jean-Luc Godard has regretfully notified Sherak that he will not be able to attend the November 13th Governors Awards and receive his…

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CHICAGO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

Feature film TRUST and documentary LOUDER THAN A BOMB share 2010 Audience Choice Award CHICAGO, October 22, 2010 – The 46th Chicago International Film Festival proudly announces the Audience Choice Awards, presented by Buick Regal, and the juried Chicago Award. Audiences received ballots at every public screening during the two-week Festival to rank films on a five-point…

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A “BRIGADE” OF ENTERTAINMENT PUBLICITY AND DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVES FORM NEXT GENERATION AGENCY

New York, NY – October 21, 2010 – BRIGADE, a next-generation publicity, digital marketing & creative agency, is excited to announce its official launch. The BRIGADE founders are comprised of digital marketing executive Tom Cunha, veteran publicist Adam Kersh, and social media strategist Jean McDowell, who collectively bring more than three decades of studio and…

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STEVEN SPIELBERG TO DIRECT “ROBOPOCALYPSE”

Los Angeles, CA  (October 22, 2010) – Steven Spielberg is set to direct “Robopocalypse,” it was announced today by Mark Sourian and Holly Bario, Co-Presidents of Production for DreamWorks Studios.  Based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, Spielberg will begin principal photography on the futuristic tale in January 2012.  Disney’s…

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Why You Can’t Rent The New Harmony Korine DVD from Netflix

Drag City is seriously considering going into the movie rental business! Why not? We’ve just about done everything else in the entertainment business, putting out music for twenty-plus (and a few minus) years on whichever format the people fancied, and eventually branching into booking live entertainment (music and comedy so far), radio (wherever they’ll let…

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP WINNERS FOR 2010

October 20, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Five writers have been selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a…

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BANKSY’S HIT DOCUMENTARY “EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP” COMING TO DVD

BANKSY’S HIT DOCUMENTARY “EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP” COMING TO DVD AND VOD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THRU OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES AND FILMBUFF New York, NY (October 20th, 2010) Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired the U.S. DVD rights to the critically acclaimed hit documentary, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP.  Oscilloscope joins FilmBuff in an innovative home video release strategy that…

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Universal Enters Exclusive Film Processing Agreement with Deluxe

Deluxe is now the Worldwide Provider of 35mm release printing services for Universal HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 20 — Deluxe Entertainment Services Group today announced the signing of a multi-year, exclusive worldwide 35mm film print services agreement with Universal Studios that includes Focus Features.”We are thrilled to have concluded this agreement with Universal,” said Cyril Drabinsky,…

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BILLY JOEL’S THE LAST PLAY AT SHEA TO PREMIERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON OCTOBER 21 IN EXCLUSIVE ONE NIGHT ONLY SHOWS

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL HIT WILL ALSO HAVE FULL THEATRICAL RUNS IN SELECT CITIES INNOVATIVE RELEASE STRATEGY COURTESY OF NEWMARKET FILMS IN ASSOCIATION WITH WREKIN HILL Los Angeles, CA (October 14, 2010) – Nigel Sinclair, CEO and Co-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) and Newmarket Films (“Newmarket”), Chris Ball, CEO and President of Wrekin Hill Entertainment…

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THE 2010 ANAHEIM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

THE 2010 ANAHEIM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS “COLONY” AND “EIGHTEEN” SHARE THE JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FEATURE “THE GOD OF LOVE” IS NAMED BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM “THE LOST THING” TAKES BEST ANIMATION SHORT HONORS AUDIENCE AWARDS GO TO “THE YANKLES” FOR BEST LIVE ACTION FEATURE, “UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY”…

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2010 GOTHAM AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

For Immediate Release Debra Granik’s Winters Bone Receives Three Nominations including Best Feature, Breakthrough Actor and Best Ensemble Performance; The Kids Are All Right and Tiny Furniture both receive two nominations New York, NY (October 18, 2010) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today the…

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46TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RUSSIA, MEXICO, NORWAY, GERMANY AND THE USA WIN TOP AWARDS IN CHICAGO CHICAGO, October 16, 2010 – Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, and Associate Programmers Joel Hoglund and Penny Bartlett proudly announce the winners of the 46th Chicago International Film…

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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