Press Releases Archive for November, 2010

Paramount Digital Entertainment and MTV to Launch JACKASS 3.5 in March 2011

JACKASS 3.5 Follows the Worldwide Box Office Success of JACKASS 3D with All New Antics from Johnny Knoxville and Crew to Be Released Digitally LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2010 – Paramount Digital Entertainment in association with MTV, both part of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) announced today that it plans to add another original…

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PETER CRAIG TO ADAPT FRENCH-CANADIAN MOTION PICTURE PHENOMENON “FATHERS AND GUNS”

CULVER CITY, Calif., November 30, 2010 – Peter Craig has been tapped to adapt the French-Canadian blockbuster Fathers and Guns for Sony Pictures, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The film is being developed and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall along with Denise Robert and Emile Gaudreault, producer…

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10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS STAY ALIVE IN 2010 OSCAR® RACE

November 30, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Seventy-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by…

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10 ANIMATED SHORTS MOVE AHEAD IN 2010 OSCAR® RACE

November 30, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title,…

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2011 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES (November 30, 2010) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for…

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2010 GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

New York, NY (November 29, 2010) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today the winners at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony in New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street. Presented by IFP, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL FILM FORWARD SLATE OF FILMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2010 Among the Ten Films are Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone, Cherien Dabis Amreeka,  Havana Marking’s Afghan Star and Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home LOS ANGELES, CA – Following up on last month’s announcement of the Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, Sundance Institute announced today the ten films selected to participate…

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FRANCO, HATHAWAY TO HOST OSCAR® SHOW

November 29, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities. “James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation…

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HIGHRISE, the NFB’s innovative documentary experiment, wins at IDFA 2010

Toronto, November 26, 2010 – HIGHRISE, the National Film Board of Canada’s innovative documentary experiment that examines the human experience in global vertical suburbs, has won the first DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The world’s largest documentary film festival, on now through November 28, spotlights HIGHRISE’s first international…

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IFC FILMS GETS U.S. RIGHTS TO YVES SAINT LAURENT L’AMOUR FOU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (November 23, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company is acquiring the U.S. rights to Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary YVES SAINT LAURENT L’AMOUR FOU.  Produced by Kristina Larsen of Le Films du Lendemain and Hugues Charbonneau of Les Films de…

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ROGER EBERT RECEIVES “GOLDEN CIUPAGA” AWARD FROM THE POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN AMERICA

Roger Ebert, one of the most respected and widely-read film critics in the world, is the recipient of the 2010 Golden Ciupaga Award, for his contribution in promoting European cinema in the United States, including works by Polish filmmakers. This prestigious prize is being presented by the Polish Film Festival in America, which hosts the…

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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER DANIEL DAY-LEWIS TO STAR AS LINCOLN FOR DREAMWORKS STUDIOS

Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2010) – Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will star as the 16th President of the United States in DreamWorks Studios’ Lincoln to be directed by Steven Spielberg.  The announcement was made today by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios. “Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been…

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The Academy’s Documentary Feature Shortlist…

Links to shortlisted features’ websites are below. Most of them have trailers and other materials, including press kits. Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. One hundred-one pictures had qualified…

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TWC FORCED TO ACCEPT NC-17 RATING IN ORDER TO BEGIN APPEALS PROCESS; SPECIAL HEARING GRANTED ON THE KING’S SPEEC

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 18, 2010) – In response to the ratings given to two of its upcoming films, The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has engaged a formidable legal team to challenge the NC-17 rating for BLUE VALENTINE and the R rating for THE KING’S SPEECH given by the Motion Picture Association…

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CROSS CREEK PICTURES AND VERTEBRA FILMS TO FINANCE ELI ROTH’S “CLOWN” AND “AFTERSHOCK”

Los Angeles (November 16, 2010) – Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures and Steven Chester Prince, President of Vertebra Films announced today they have partnered to fully finance two horror projects with Eli Roth producing. Cross Creek Pictures will handle all distribution rights for the two films in conjunction with CAA. Financing will be…

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MIMRAN SCHUR PICTURES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR HENRY’S CRIME WITH MOVING PICTURES FILM & TV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Acquired by Maitland Primrose Group, film stars Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan and premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Los Angeles, CA (November 17, 2010) – It was announced today that Maitland Primrose Group acquired the North American rights to HENRY’S CRIME, which will be distributed by Moving…

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Amazon.com Launches Amazon Studios

Amazon.com Launches Amazon Studios — a New Online Business to Discover New Talent and Develop Motion Pictures Amazon Studios will award filmmakers and screenwriters $2.7 million with the purpose of developing movies under a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures SEATTLE—November 16, 2010 — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today launched Amazon Studios, a new online…

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IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES HAMMER’S THE RESIDENT STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNING ACTRESS HILARY SWANK

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 9, 2010) — Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB : DISK) has acquired all U.S. rights to Hilary Swank-starrer The Resident from Exclusive Media Group’s Hammer Films (“Hammer”).  In addition to two time Academy Award® winner Swank, The Resident also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, P.S. I Love You), Hammer Films icon Sir Christopher Lee (The…

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THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ACQUIRES “APOLLO 18” AT AFM

Santa Monica, CA (November 7, 2010) – The Weinstein Company has acquired “Apollo 18,” the sci-fi thriller based on the screenplay by Brian Miller, winner of the inaugural Astana International Action Film Festival screenplay competition, founded by “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov.  Trevor Cawood is set to direct the project. Bekmambetov and Michele Wolkoff, President of Development…

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BT VISION SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The winners of the BT Vision Sheffield Doc/Fest awards were announced last night at the Lyceum Theatre at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010. THE SHEFFIELD YOUTH JURY AWARD Awarded to Laura Fairrie for THE BATTLE FOR BARKING BCS DIGITAL REVOLUTIONS COMPETITION Winners of the BCS Digital Revolutions short film competition,devised to encourage people to look more closely…

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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West