Press Releases Archive for August, 2011

Nick Ray’s WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN Goes To Oscilloscope

NEW YORK (August 31,2011) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Nicholas Ray’s WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN, the director’s pioneering last film, for release in honor of the centenary of his birth. A pristine new restoration and reconstruction of the film will make its world premiere at the upcoming…

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PHASE 4 FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. AND CANADIAN RIGHTS TO JAMES WESTBY’S RID OF ME

SUBMARINE TO PARTNER ON A FALL THEATRICAL RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles, CA (August 31, 2011) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to director James Westby’s black comedy RID OF ME.  Phase 4 will partner with Submarine on…

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‘Suing The Devil’ is #2 Indie Film at Box Office – Faith-Based Movie Seeks to Expose the Devil’s Greatest Lie

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30, 2011 — Suing the Devil, the highly-acclaimed film that opened in select theaters nationwide on August 26, 2011 had the second highest-grossing average of any independent film in the nation. The film, which won 5-Dove Seal from the Dove Foundation, hit theaters in in cities across the nation, including Dallas, Houston, Evansville,…

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CRAZY HORSE, FREDERICK WISEMAN’S LATEST, TO OPEN THEATRICALLY ON JANUARY 18, 2012 AFTER PLAYING IN VENICE, TORONTO AND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALS

CRAZY HORSE, FREDERICK WISEMAN’S LATEST, TO OPEN THEATRICALLY ON JANUARY 18, 2012 AFTER PLAYING IN VENICE, TORONTO AND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALS Zipporah Films and mTuckman media dance again on documentary about famous Parisian cabaret club New York, NY (August 28, 2010) – Zipporah Films announced today that it will once again work with Michael Tuckman…

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Bumble Ward Named Executive Vice President of Publicity in Twentieth Century Fox’s Domestic Theatrical Marketing

LOS ANGELES (August 29, 2011) — Bumble Ward has been named Executive Vice President of Publicity in Twentieth Century Fox’s Domestic Theatrical Marketing Department, it was announced today by Oren Aviv, the studio’s President of Domestic Theatrical Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, and Tony Sella, President, Domestic Theatrical Marketing and Chief Creative Officer. Ward will…

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES PEDRO ALMODÓVAR AS GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF AFI FEST

2011 Marks 25th Edition of AFI FEST LOS ANGELES, CA, August 29, 2011 – American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. AFI FEST — celebrating its 25th year in 2011 — will take place November 3…

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London Film Festival 2011 Opener

London –24 August: The 55th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, is proud to announce that this year‟s Festival will open on Wednesday 12 October with the European premiere of 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) and with an original screenplay from the acclaimed writer Peter…

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ABC BANS COMMERCIAL SPOT FOR THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY’S COMEDY OUR IDIOT BROTHER

Network Refuses To Air Spot, Prompting Studio To Cut New Red Band Trailer For Film In Advance Of August 26 Opening New York, NY, August 25, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that ABC has refused to broadcast the commercial spot for its new comedy OUR IDIOT BROTHER,  unless TWC makes specified cuts.  The…

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Seattle Cinerama Film Festival Announced

Rare, Classic Films to Screen at Seattle Cinerama Theater SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2011 –  Film buffs will be treated to 15 classic widescreen movies during the Cinerama Film Festival, including extremely rare 70mm prints from studio vaults and the archives of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival opens Sept. 30 at…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces SPECIAL SCREENINGS

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces U.S. Premiere of the HBO Documentary PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY with never-before seen NEW Ending Special Sneak Preview of Oliver Stone’s The Untold History of the United States PLUS many more special anniversary screenings, documentary presentations and events announced to take place at 2011 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL…

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JEB BRODY JOINING FOCUS FEATURES AS PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES, August 24, 2011 – Jeb Brody is joining Focus Features as the worldwide film company’s president of production. Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen, to whom Mr. Brody will report, made the announcement today. Mr. Brody, who begins work next month, will be stepping into the production presidency…

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MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES A RECORD 23 PRIMETIME TELEVISION SERIES NOW BEING FILMED IN THE FIVE BOROUGHS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR- 304-11 August 22, 2011 MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES A RECORD 23 PRIMETIME TELEVISION SERIES NOW BEING FILMED IN THE FIVE BOROUGHS – ADDING TO THE 100,000 JOBS SUPPORTED BY NEW YORK CITY’S ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY Industry Now Supports 4,000 Local Businesses and Contributes $5 Billion to the Local Economy Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg…

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Chicago Int’l Names First 25 Selections For 47th Edition

Every year, we search the globe for the new, the unconventional and the bold, and we bring it to you. This is but just a sample of the riches you will find in October, from award-winning films from some of the world’s most important festivals to World and North American premieres. By ordering your passes…

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Marilyn Monroe to appear on 2012 Billy Wilder stamp as part of the “Great Film Directors’ Forever stamps set

Hi, I wanted to give you a head’s up that director Bill Wilder will be immortalized on a stamp in 2012 as part of our “Great Film Directors” commemorative Forever stamps set. The Great Film Directors stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail…

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JOE BERLINGER AND BRUCE SINOFSKY IN COURT TODAY TO WITNESS THE CONCLUSION OF THEIR HBO DOCUMENTARY PARADISE LOST

JONESBORO, ARKANSAS., Aug. 19, 2011 – Critically acclaimed HBO documentary “Paradise Lost” filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky were in court today to witness the stunning conclusion in which, after 18 years in prison, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelly, known as the West Memphis 3, were set free. The award-winning HBO documentary series…

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JOE BERLINGER AND BRUCE SINOFSKY IN COURT TODAY TO WITNESS THE CONCLUSION OF THEIR HBO DOCUMENTARY PARADISE LOST

For Immediate Release JOE BERLINGER AND BRUCE SINOFSKY IN COURT TODAY TO WITNESS THE CONCLUSION OF THEIR HBO DOCUMENTARY PARADISE LOST ——– Filmmakers To Change Ending As Decision Is Handed Down ——– Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols And Jessie Misskelly Set Free ——– Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Set To Air On HBO Jan. 2012 ——– JONSEBORO,…

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ALCON ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERING WITH RIDLEY SCOTT TO DIRECT AND PRODUCE NEW ‘BLADE RUNNER’ FOLLOW UP

BUD YORKIN AND CYNTHIA SIKES YORKIN ALSO TO PRODUCE LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 18, 2011—Three-time Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott is set to helm a follow up to his own ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” for Warner Bros-based financing and production company Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli”). Alcon co-founders and…

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FIRST RUN ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER CARL COLBY’S THE MAN NOBODY KNEW

New York, NY (August 17, 2011) – First Run Features announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. rights to award-winning filmmaker Carl Colby’s riveting documentary THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER, CIA SPYMASTER WILLIAM COLBY, which takes a look at the rise and fall of legendary CIA operative William Colby, one…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces NYFF’s Main Slate of 27 Features

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS as Closing Night Gala Selection NEW YORK, August 17, 2011 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS will be the Closing Night Gala selection for the 49th New York Film Festival (September 30-October 16). NYFF’s main slate of…

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THE WHALE to Premiere in Whaling Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, August 16, 2011 – In a surprising turn in the global fight over the killing of whales, normally fought at sea or in political conference rooms, THE WHALE, a new Ryan Reynolds-narrated documentary about the friendship between humans and a wild orca, will have its world premiere in one of the…

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott