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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“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

From AMPAS president John Bailey:

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is not only one of the visual landmarks of the silent era, but is a deeply disturbing portrait of a young woman’s persecution in the face of the male judges and priests of the ruling order. The actress Maria Falconetti gave one of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of cinema as the Maid of Orleans.

Since the decision of the Academy’s Board of Governors on Saturday October 14 to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from its membership, I have been haunted not only by the recurring image of Falconetti and the sad arc of her career (dying in Argentina in 1946, reputedly from a crash diet) but of Joan’s refusal to submit to an auto de fe recantation of her beliefs.

Recent public testimonies by some of filmdom’s most recognized women regarding sexual intimidation, predation, and physical force is, clearly, a turning point in the film industry—and hopefully in our country, where what happens in the world of movies becomes a marker of societal Zeitgeist. Their decision to stand up against a powerful, abusive male not only parallels the cinema courage of Falconetti’s Joan but gives all women courage to speak up.

After Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Academy issued a passionately worded statement, expressing not only our concern about harassment in the film industry, but our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago. It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our industry. The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court, but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.

Yours,
John