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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“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