Press Releases Archive for September, 2011

Drafthouse Films Acquires North American Rights to “COMIN’ AT YA! 3D” from Fantastic Fest 2011

The Highest Grossing Independent 3D Film Of The 1980s Becomes First Fully Restored Classic 3D Film Using State-Of-The-Art RealD Technology AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 29, 2011 — Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced the acquisition of North American rights to COMIN AT YA! 3D following the premiere of its stunning…

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SHERWOOD PICTURES’ COURAGEOUS REACHES MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN PRE-SALES

Film Opens Nationwide September 30th CULVER CITY, CA (Sept. 29, 2011) – TriStar Pictures and Sherwood Pictures are pleased to announce that COURAGEOUS, the latest installment from Sherwood Pictures, has reached more than $2 million in pre-sales ticketing in anticipation of Friday’s national release. Pre-sales numbers for COURAGEOUS more than double that of Sherwood Pictures’…

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP FINALISTS FOR 2011

September 29, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Seven individual writers and three writing teams have been selected as finalists for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES TIFF’S 2011 CADILLAC PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK (September 28, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today they have acquired all US rights to Nadine Labaki’s WHERE DO WE GO NOW? from Pathé International.  Produced by Anne-Dominque Toussaint of Les Films des Tournelles, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International…

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WOMEN IN FILM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 26TH ANNUAL FILM FINISHING FUND RECIPIENTS

LOS ANGELES, CA,  September 28, 2011 – Today, Women In Film’s Finishing Fund co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone announced the recipients of the Foundation’s 26th Annual finishing fund grant program. They were chosen from a total of 113 submissions, made up of 71 Documentaries (41 features and 30 shorts) and 41 Narrative Films…

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TWEET TO DECIDE WHO IN THE WORLD SEES “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3” FIRST!

Paramount Pictures Launches First Ever Global “Tweet To See It First” to Kick Off the Eagerly Awaited Third Installment of the Thriller Franchise Movie Will Premiere in 20 Cities Worldwide on October 18 HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 28, 2011) – In an unprecedented move, Paramount Pictures will debut PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 exclusively in cities where the most…

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Sony Pictures Statement Regarding 3D Glasses

There are constructive ways to deal with the cost of 3D glasses that will not adversely impact consumers, and can also help the environment. NATO’s statement that it has been “understood” that distributors would always bear the cost of 3D glasses is incorrect, because there never has been any such agreement. In fact, we have…

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Sikh Art & Film Foundation presents Sikh International Film Festival

Sikh Art & Film Foundation presents Sikh International Film Festival, Leadership Summit and Heritage Gala as part of Sikh Heritage Week, October 13-15, 2011 in New York City September 28, 2011 (New York, NY) —The Sikh Art & Film Foundation will present its eighth annual Sikh International Film Festival and inaugural Leadership Summit, October 13-15, 2011 at theAsia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th St) in…

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Study Reveals Continued Lack of Characters with Disabilities on Television

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1% Representation on Network TV Creates Few Employment Opportunities for Performers With Disabilities; Improvement Seen on Cable Networks Los Angeles (September 28, 2011) — Coinciding with the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, a new study shows characters with a disability are virtually non-existent on scripted primetime network television…

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NATO Responds to Sony Plan to Shift Costs of 3D Glasses to Consumers and Theater Owners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATO Responds to Sony Plan to Shift Costs of 3D Glasses to Consumers and Theater Owners (Washington, D.C. And North Hollywood, CA – September 28, 2011) Recent press reports indicate that Sony has decided to stop providing 3D glasses to consumers and wants moviegoers to buy their own glasses. NATO believes Sony’s…

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND SHORT FILM ENTRIES DUE OCTOBER 3 FOR 2011 OSCARS

September 27, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Monday, October 3, is the deadline to submit entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories to be considered for the 84th Academy Awards®.  Complete entries must arrive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by…

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SAM SHEPARD, MICHAEL SHANNON AND SARAH PAULSON JOIN JEFF NICHOLS’ MUD STARRING MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AND REESE WITHERSPOON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles, September 26, 2011 — Academy Award nominee Sam Shepard, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and Golden Globe nominee Sarah Paulson have joined the cast of the feature film MUD, written and to be directed by Jeff Nichols (TAKE SHELTER).  Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon (THE BLIND SIDE), Joe Don Baker…

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THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY NAMES STEPHEN BRUNO PRESIDENT OF MARKETING; BRUNO TO REUNITE WITH TWC

New York (September 26, 2011) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today the hiring of Stephen Bruno as president of marketing. Bruno’s new role is effective today. The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO David Glasser. As president of marketing, Bruno will oversee and execute marketing campaigns and strategy for all…

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Flatiron Film Company in Association with Variance Films Announces November Theatrical Release of José Padilha’s ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (TROPA DE ELITE 2)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BRAZIL’S OFFICIAL SUBMISSION TO THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS® OPENS NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES WITH NATIONAL ROLLOUT TO FOLLOW New York, September 26, 2011 – New Video’s Flatiron Film Company and Variance Films announced today that they have partnered for the theatrical release of José Padilha’s record-breaking Brazilian crime thriller, ELITE SQUAD: THE…

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Facets Condemns Arrest of Six Iranian Filmmakers

[Chicago, IL. September 26, 2011] Facets Multi-Media, Chicago’s independent film exhibitor, distributor, and educator, today issued a statement condemning the arrest of six Iranian filmmakers on September 17: “Facets strongly condemns the arrest of Mohsen Shahmazdar, Haidi Afarideh, Naser Safarian, Shahnam Bazdar, Mojtaba Mir Tahmaseb, and Katayoun Shahabi, and calls on Iranian judicial authorities to…

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Millennium Locates RAMPART

September 23, 2011 — Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Oren Moverman’s critical smash RAMPART, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Millennium Entertainment will release the film theatrically this year with newly appointed Millenium Films’ Mark Gill consulting on the…

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52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SETS TRIBUTES TO SARA DRIVER, OLE CHRISTIAN MADSEN, PAOLO SORRENTINO, CONSTANTINE GIANNARIS

PRESS RELEASE ATHENS, Greece, September 23rd, 2011 — Four diverse and distinctive directors are being celebrated this year in the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival: American Sara Driver, Danish Ole Christian Madsen, Italian Paolo Sorrentino and Greek Constantine Giannaris. Sara Driver, Ole Christian Madsen, Constantine Giannaris and Paolo Sorrentino will attend the event to…

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Founder of Ninjavideo pleads guilty to criminal copyright conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today for his role in founding a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download copyright-protected movies and television programs. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in conjunction with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination…

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Ghostbusters To Return to Theaters For Limited Engagement Through Sony Pictures Repertory

Who Ya Gonna Call? Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Its Classic Film “Ghostbusters” Back to Theatres Culver City, CA (September 22, 2011) – Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited…

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Variance Films slam dunks announcement for acquisition of theatrical rights to ELEVATE

No lockout at movie theaters as basketball doc directed by Anne Buford to open next month New York, September 23, 2011 – Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights to the basketball documentary ELEVATE, it was announced today by founder Dylan Marchetti. Directed by Anne Buford, the film follows four teenagers from Senegal as they…

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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