Press Releases Archive for June, 2011

NEW FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA FILM CONFIRMED FOR PANEL PRESENTATION AT 2011 COMIC-CON

Iconic filmmaker will make his first trip back to San Diego since 1991 Coppola will show portions of his upcoming film TWIXT and demonstrate the unique way he plans to present it. NEW YORK, NY (June 30, 2011) – Francis Ford Coppola will be presenting portions of his upcoming film TWIXT at a panel discussion…

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SOCIAL NETWORK BIG WINNER AT 12TH ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS

GTA12 Jury Friends “The Social Network” With Three Wins AND “Best in Show” June 30, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)—Last night,“The Social Network” came away from the 12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards with three wins in major categories and the coveted top honor, Best in Show. It is the first time a trailer has accomplished this…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY FILMS TO RECEIVE $575,000 IN GRANTS

For Immediate Release June 30, 2011 Grants will Support 29 Documentary Projects, Filmmakers in 9 Countries Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the 29 feature-length documentary films selected to receive a total of $575,000 in Documentary Film Program (DFP) grants for the Spring 2011 round. The DFP received applications for grants from 650…

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WEINSTEIN COMPANY TO RELEASE MADONNA’S W.E. ON DECEMBER 9, 2011 IN NEW YORK AND L.A.

Love Story Stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy And Oscar Isaac New York, NY, June 29, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it will release Madonna’s “W.E.” on December 9, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles. The film will expand to additional markets in December, with wide release anticipated by…

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38th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 GUEST DIRECTOR CAETANO VELOSO

Brazilian musician to curate special program of films for the four-day Festival June 28, 2011 – BERKELEY, CA – Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2011 Guest Director, Caetano Veloso. The beloved artist has been invited to select a series of films to present at…

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Ron Meyer Signs Thru 2015

Ron Meyer has signed a new contract to continue as President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios. He will remain with the company at least through through 2015 and he will continue to report to Steve Burke.

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AFI-DISCOVERY CHANNEL SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

FAMILY INSTINCT, OUR SCHOOL and GUANAPE SUR Receive Festival’s Prestigious Sterling Awards Additional Distinguished Awards Go to THE LOVING STORY and LIFE IN A DAY Competitive Grants Go To THE GREAT INVISIBLE, BLUESPACE and THE TILLMAN STORY INTERACTIVE EDITION Special Jury Mentions to THE BULLY PROJECT, WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING Winners to receive $76,500…

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4,891 SMURFS FANS SET NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD TITLE FOR LARGEST GATHERING OF PEOPLE DRESSED AS SMURFS WITHIN A 24-HOUR PERIOD IN MULTIPLE VENUES ON GLOBAL SMURFS DAY

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 25, 2011 – Today, in honor of Global Smurfs Day, Smurfs fans in 11 cities around the world set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour Period in Multiple Venues, it was announced today by Marc Weinstock, president, Worldwide Marketing…

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS MARKS WOODY ALLEN’S HIGHEST GROSSING FILM IN NORTH AMERICA IN 25 YEARS

NEW YORK, NY (June 23, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that MIDNIGHT IN PARIS has become Woody Allen’s highest grossing film in North America in 25 years. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS has grossed $23,330,859 to date. Sony Pictures Classics’ upcoming releases include BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST; LIFE,…

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PALADIN TAKES A “FALL”

NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2011) — ONE FALL, a powerful story about a man who is both blessed and cursed with an unusual power, will be released by Paladin in August, it was announced by company president Mark Urman.  Veteran New York-based indie producers Dean Silvers and Marlen Hecht, who number among their credits…

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JOHN STEINBECK’S THE LOG FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ TO GRACE THE BIG SCREEN

JUNE 21, 2011 — New York, NY – Robert Kanter announced today that he has acquired the exclusive world-wide documentary film rights to Nobel Prize recipient and celebrated author John Steinbeck’s non-fiction work, The Log from the Sea of Cortez. Through his production shingle, Sardine Boat Pictures, Kanter will recreate and film the six-week voyage Steinbeck…

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WOODY ALLEN ANNOUNCES FULL CAST FOR HIS LATEST FILM, “THE BOP DECAMERON”

For Immediate Release New York (June 20, 2011) – Woody Allen announced today the full cast for “The Bop Decameron,” his latest film in pre-production. Starring, in alphabetical order, are: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi,…

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SAG and AFTRA Convene Formal Discussions to Create One Union

Silver Spring, Maryland (June 19, 2011) — Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists convened this weekend for the first, formal face-to-face discussions between the AFTRA New Union Committee and the SAG Merger Task Force at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. The two groups, comprised of members…

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Academy Invites 178 To Membership

June 17, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the…

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WARNER BROS. AND RYAN REYNOLDS JOIN FORCES TO HONOR MILITARY DADS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Green Lantern” Star Flies by Miramar to Kick Off Father’s Day Weekend with Advance Screening Burbank, CA, June 16, 2011 – Ryan Reynolds, the star of Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure “Green Lantern,” made a special appearance at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar today to herald the opening of the new…

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SPC Seduced By Cronenberg’s DANGEROUS METHOD

NEW YORK (June 16, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD from UK-based Hanway Films. The film, produced by Jeremy Thomas (THE LAST EMPEROR, SEXY BEAST), stars Viggo Mortenson, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel.  The film is currently in postproduction. Cronenberg…

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Relativity to Release Haywire: Studio Dates Soderbergh Thriller on 1/20/12

(Beverly Hills, CA) June 15, 2011 – Relativity Media announced today that it has retained North American rights to theatrically market and distribute its action-thriller Haywire, directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic). The film is set for a January 20, 2012 wide release. Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano (American Gladiators) makes her feature…

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ACADEMY BUILDS SURPRISE INTO BEST PICTURE RULES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday (6/14) to add a new twist to the 2011 Best Picture competition, and a new element of surprise to its annual nominations announcement.  The Board voted to institute a system that will now produce…

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2011 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR JOHN LASSETER WITH EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING AWARD

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER OF WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS JOINS DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARDEE CAROLINE THOMPSON AND “BONES” CREATOR HART HANSON, OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARDEE AUSTIN, TX (June 14, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the 2011 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award will be John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation…

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Entertainment One Announces Acquisition and U.S. Theatrical Release of “THE FAMILY TREE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Film starring Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Brittany Robertson and Chi McBride to open in New York City and Los Angeles on August 26 New York – June 14, 2011 – Entertainment One has acquired North American rights to THE FAMILY TREE, a hilarious, touching and offbeat comedy which explores the frailties and complexities of the…

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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