Press Releases Archive for May, 2011

CINEMA GUILD ACQUIRES BÉLA TARR’S “THE TURIN HORSE”

Winner of the Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, “The Turin Horse” may be Béla Tarr’s Last Film New York, NY, May 31, 2011 — The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Béla Tarr’s apocalyptic masterpiece “The Turin Horse.” The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey…

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AUDIENCES TO EXPERIENCE DISNEY’S “THE LION KING” LIKE NEVER BEFORE…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWO FIRSTS FOR OSCAR®- AND GOLDEN GLOBE®-WINNING ANIMATED CLASSIC: September 16, 2011—All-New 3D Version of the “The Lion King” Hits Theaters for the First Time Ever October 4, 2011— Available on Disney Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and Blu-ray 3D™ for the First Time Ever BURBANK, Calif. (May 26, 2011) — Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon…

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AFI-DISCOVERY CHANNEL SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SLATE

AFI-DISCOVERY CHANNEL SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SLATE Festival Opens with THE SWELL SEASON Closes with REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker 2011 Guggenheim Honorees AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of films for this year’s Festival, which will take place June 20-26, 2011 in the Washington, DC…

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Joint Statement from AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG Commending Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of the PROTECT IP Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2011 Los Angeles (May 26, 2011) – American Federation of Musicians (AFM), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), International Brotherhood of…

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Relativity Announces Nine Actors to Play alongside Roberts, Collins, Hammer, and Lane

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Beverly Hills, CA) May 25, 2011 – Relativity Media has closed deals with Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Hancock) and Joey Gnoffo (Pirates of the Caribbean series) to play…

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18TH ANNUAL CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: EVEN STILL 2: THE RETURNING,  An Exhibit of CUFF Alumni & Friends

For Immediate Release Gene Siskel Film Center Gallery, May 26th – June 30, 2011 Opening Reception, June 2nd, 6pm-8pm  –  Open to the Public (May 18, 2011) –   Just like your typical horror movie, the CUFF Exhibition of non-moving image works by Alumni and Friends has returned with essentially the same plot, but a whole…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO CANNES CRITICS’ WEEK OPENER DECLARATION OF WAR

New York, NY (May 25, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today, on the heels of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, that the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to Valérie Donzelli’s DECLARATION OF WAR from Wild Bunch. Produced by Edouard Weil (Demonlover, Frontier of Dawn), the film was written by Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm, who…

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MUSIC BOX FILMS TO RELEASE NICOLAS SARKOZY BIOPIC “THE CONQUEST”

For Immediate Release: Chicago, IL – Music Box Films announced today the acquisition of all US rights to the THE CONQUEST, directed by Xavier Durringer, a political drama about the political ascendency of the current French president Nicolas Sarkozy.  Based entirely on public documents and first person accounts, THE CONQUEST is the story of seemingly…

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COLUMBIA PICTURES ACQUIRES UNITED STATES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO THE FORTHCOMING FILM FROM OSCAR-WINNING “HURT LOCKER” TEAM OF DIRECTOR KATHRYN BIGELOW AND SCREENWRITER MARK BOAL

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 24, 2011 – Columbia Pictures has acquired United States distribution rights to the forthcoming motion picture from Oscar®-winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, director and screenwriter, respectively, of the Best Picture-winning film The Hurt Locker, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The untitled film focuses on…

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ACADEMY GRANTS MORE THAN $500,000 TO FILM ORGS

May 24, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA –The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded 68 grants totaling more than $500,000 to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning throughout the United States as part of its annual Institutional and Internship Grants programs.  The monies will fund…

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Warner Bros Statement Re: The Hangover Part II Release

In response to today’s court decision, Warner Bros. released the following statement: “We are very gratified by the Court’s decision which will allow the highly anticipated film ‘The Hangover Part II’ to be released on schedule this week around the world. Plaintiff’s failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a…

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DAVID LINDE CLOSES FUNDING FOR NEW COMPANY WITH INDIA’S RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT

New Company Establishes First Look Production and Related Distribution Agreement with Universal Pictures Finalizes Key Overseas Output Deals in Select Territories Tory Metzger and Adam Rymer Named as Head of Production and Chief Operating Officer, Respectively Los Angeles, CA – May 24, 2011 – David Linde and Reliance Entertainment jointly announced today the official formation…

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CANON U.S.A. PARTNERS WITH TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, RON HOWARD, TO LAUNCH “LONG LIVE IMAGINATION” CAMPAIGN

The Multi-Platform Campaign Includes a Curated Imagination Gallery Celebrating Original Photography and the First User-Generated Photo Contest in History to Inspire a Hollywood Film NEW YORK, N.Y., May 23, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has launched a new multi-dimensional marketing campaign, “Long Live Imagination,” which centers on a unique collaboration…

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Donald Krim (1945 – 2011)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY – May 20, 2011 – Donald B. Krim (b. October 5, 1945), the President of Kino International and co-President of Kino Lorber Inc., one of the most prestigious independent film distribution companies in the United States, died at his New York home on May 20, 2011, after a one-year…

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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES ALL NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO JUSTIN KURZEL’S SNOWTOWN AT CANNES

Cannes, FRANCE (May 20, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North American rights to Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN from Protagonist Pictures. The directorial debut for Kurzel, with a screenplay by Shaun Grant, stars Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, and Louise Harris. …

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SUNDANCE SELECTS GRABS JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE’S THE KID WITH A BIKE

Cannes, FRANCE (May 19, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to master filmmakers’ Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s THE KID WITH A BIKE from Wild Bunch.  The film made its world premiere in Competition at this week’s festival.  The Dardenne’s have won…

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES, TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX AND LIGHTSTORM ENTERTAINMENT TO SET SAIL AGAIN WITH JAMES CAMERON’S OSCAR-WINNING “TITANIC” WITH A WORLDWIDE 3D RE-RELEASE ON APRIL 6, 2012

For Immediate Release Movie’s Re-Release to Coincide With the Centennial of the Ship’s Sailing HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 19, 2011) – Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment jointly announced today that James Cameron’s “TITANIC” will be re-released worldwide on April 6, 2012. The release, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail…

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TITANIC WORLDWIDE 3D RE-RELEASE ON APRIL 6, 2012

For Immediate Release PARAMOUNT PICTURES, TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX AND LIGHTSTORM ENTERTAINMENT TO SET SAIL AGAIN WITH JAMES CAMERON’S OSCAR-WINNING “TITANIC” WITH A WORLDWIDE 3D RE-RELEASE ON APRIL 6, 2012 Movie’s Re-Release to Coincide With the Centennial of the Ship’s Sailing HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 19, 2011) – Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment jointly…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS TAKES TWO AT CANNES: BONELLO, HANSEN-LøVE

COMPANY PICKS UP COMPETITION FILM HOUSE OF TOLERANCE & PRE-BUYS GOODBYE FIRST LOVE Cannes, FRANCE (May 18, 2011) – Sundance Selects announced today from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North American rights to writer/director Bertrand Bonello’s HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (which made its world premiere in Competition at this week’s…

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MGM AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER ON THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 17, 2011) –  MGM will become a  financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal.  Sony…

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“One of my favorite things in watching any performance on film is when there isn’t a lot of cutting going on and when you get a chance to become really absorbed in the artist in hand. The same way we do, hopefully, at a concert, when we get a chance to really trip in to something that’s happening on stage. Whether the singer’s singing, or one of the other musicians is playing, we sort of stay there instead of cutting round with our eyes a lot.”
~ Jonathan Demme

“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray