Press Releases Archive for March, 2011

AMC THEATRES® CUES “ACTION” ON NEW AMC STUBS™ REWARDS PROGRAM

AMC Celebrates Official Nation-wide Launch and Kick Off to the “Search for Stubs Challenge” Las Vegas (March 31, 2011) — AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today officially unveiled AMC Stubs — the company’s new rewards program — to a crowd of CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas. AMC Stubs is a new spend-based rewards program that…

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Sundance Selects A Deux With Wenders’ PINA

NEW YORK, March 21, 2011 – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to celebrated director Wim Wenders’ (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB) 3D documentary PINA. Wenders also wrote the screenplay for the picture and produced it along with Gian-Piero Ringel (PALERMO SHOOTING). PINA, an in-depth look into…

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NATO RESPONSE TO EARLY PREMIUM VOD ANNOUNCEMENT

On March 30, it was reported that Warner Bros., Fox, Sony and Universal planned to release certain of their films to the home 60 days after their theatrical release in “premium” Video on Demand at a price point of $30. On behalf of its members, the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) expresses our surprise…

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TRIBECA FILM WILL PREMIERE TITLES FROM 2011 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL IN OVER 40 MILLION HOMES VIA VIDEO-ON-DEMAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TRIBECA FILM SLATE FEATURES STARS SUCH AS RYAN PHILLIPPE, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, EVA MENDES, SAM WORTHINGTON AND TAYLOR KITSCH New York, NY (March 29, 2011) – Tribeca Film, the comprehensive distribution label from Tribeca Enterprises supported by founding partner American Express, today announced that four of its films, 2011 Tribeca Film Festival official…

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GK FILMS AND INFINITUM NIHIL’S THE RUM DIARY LANDS AT FILMDISTRICT

JOHNNY DEPP STARS FilmDistrict to release October 28 NEW YORK, March, 29, 2011 – It was announced today at CinemaCon, by Bob Berney, President, Theatrical Distribution that FilmDistrict will release “The Rum Diary,” based on the early Hunter S. Thompson novel that was ultimately published in 1998. It stars Johnny Depp and will be released…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP ON WHIT STILLMAN’S Violet Wister’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2011) –Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Oscar nominated Whit Stillman’s latest film Violet Wister’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS worldwide. Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer produced alongside Stillman, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Greta Gerwig (GREENBERG, upcoming ARTHUR remake), Adam Brody (THE ROMANTICS, upcoming SCREAM…

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ACADEMY TO HOST TRIBUTE TO SOPHIA LOREN

March 28, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of Sophia Loren with a gala evening of film clips and personal remarks from her friends and colleagues, concluding with an onstage conversation with the Oscar®-winning actress on Wednesday, May 4,…

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Cinema Guild Takes The Interrupters For Summer Release

New York, NY, March 28, 2011—The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical rights to Sundance Festival favorite “The Interrupters,” a gripping and inspiring documentary about modern-day heroes, former gang members who disrupt violent situations as they happen, from acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz. “The Interrupters” will…

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WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT OFFERS FIVE ADDITIONAL MOVIES FOR RENT DIRECTLY ON FACEBOOK®

STUDIO EXPANDING TEST TO INCLUDE “HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE,” “HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS,” “INCEPTION,” “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT” AND “YOGI BEAR” MILLIONS OF WARNER BROS. FACEBOOK FANS CAN NOW RENT MOVIES USING FACEBOOK CREDITS AND STREAM WITHIN STUDIO’S MOVIE FAN PAGES BURBANK, CALIF., March 27, 2011 – Warner Bros….

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THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF TWC GAMES

NEW YORK, NY March 25, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today a new initiative in the video game space by launching TWC Games.  The TWC Games label will utilize The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films’ strong and recognizable properties, and work with external partners to develop and publish video games for mobile, social,…

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FILM LEGEND ROBERT REDFORD, DIRECTOR OF UPCOMING FILM “THE CONSPIRATOR,” TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

INFO ABOUT REDFORD / CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH Robert Redford will be in Chicago to support his most recent directorial effort, The Conspirator, which opens in theatres nationwide April 15.  The debut film from The American Film Company, The Conspirator tells the true, widely unknown story of the lone woman (Robin Wright) charged in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and…

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LORD (DAVID) PUTTNAM SHOWS FILM DISTRIBUTION IS AT THE HEART OF UK FILM CULTURE AND CONSUMPTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

London — 24 March 2011. In his role as President of the UK trade body, Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE today gave a keynote speech in which he called for the distribution of cinema releases to be placed at the heart of planning for a new UK film policy. Speaking in London’s…

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OSCAR’S BEST PICTURE IS NOW THE BEST FAMILY FILM OF 2011 AS WEINSTEIN’S THE KING’S SPEECH PG-13 OPENS NATIONWIDE APRIL 1

Quadruple Academy Award® Winner  To Open On 1,000 Screens, Will Be Only Version In Theatres New York, NY, March 24, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that THE KING’S SPEECH PG-13, the family-friendly version of its Academy Award-winning historical drama about King George VI, will open on 1,000 screens nationwide on April 1,…

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IFC FILMS TAKES ALL U.S. RIGHTS TO ROB MINKOFF’S COMEDY FLYPAPER

New York, NY (March 24, 2011) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Rob Minkoff’s (THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, THE LION KING) robbery comedy FLYPAPER from Foresight Unlimited. Produced by Mark Damon, Patrick Dempsey, and Peter Safran, the film stars Dempsey (GREY’S ANATOMY), Ashley Judd (CROSSING OVER), Jeffrey Tambor…

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The Dallas Film Society Announces Efforts to Promote Social Change through the Love of Film at the 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival

Press Release Dallas, TX, March 24, 2011 – The 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac has announced the festival intends to raise awareness of social issues and promote the need for change through a series of panels, new awards and partnerships with health organizations. For the first time in the festival’s five-year history,…

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John Gill appointed CEO of National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

March 22, 2011: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Winnipeg, MB – The board of the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of respected executive John Gill as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He will assume the position on April 4, 2011. “John comes to NSI with a wealth of experience and…

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scenechronize Now Fully Established in Hollywood

$5M financing raised; David Semel joins the board; New office in Burbank. SAN FRANCISCO (March 22, 2011)–scenechronize, the only web-based production management system in Hollywood, has closed a $5.0M series B financing, led by 3 private investors — it was announced today by scenechronize CEO Hunter Hancock.  Hancock also announced that veteran Hollywood director David…

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HOT DOCS CELEBRATES 18th YEAR WITH MORE FILMS ON MORE SCREENS THAN EVER BEFORE

For immediate release Toronto, March 22, 2011 – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, proudly returns for its 18th annual edition from April 28 to May 8, 2011.  Showcasing the best Canadian and international documentaries, Hot Docs is set to welcome delegates, filmmakers and audiences to Toronto…

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ERIK LOMIS JOINS THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY AS PRESIDENT OF THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT

New York (March 16, 2011) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Erik Lomis has joined the company as president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment.  The announcement was made by TWC COO David Glasser. In his new position, Lomis will oversee the theatrical distribution slate for TWC and Dimension Films, including such upcoming…

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 AWARD WINNERS

Austin, Texas – March 15, 2011 – The Jury and Audience Award-winners of the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by comedian Owen Egerton in Austin, Texas. Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories. New…

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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