Press Releases Archive for October, 2011

Julie Andrews, Target and Disney Announce First Annual National Princess Week

Celebration will take place April 22-April 28, 2012 MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 31, 2011) — World renowned actress, singer and best-selling children’s author, Julie Andrews, in collaboration with Target and The Walt Disney Company is announcing the creation and inaugural launch of National Princess Week beginning April 22, 2012. This unprecedented collaboration highlights Julie Andrews’ longtime dedication…

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NetCoalition, CEA, and CCIA Respond to Members of Congress On Stop Online Piracy Act

Letter to Members of the House of Representatives October 31, 2011 Dear Member of Congress: Last week, Representatives Lamar Smith, Bob Goodlatte, John Conyers, Howard Berman and eight others introduced H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (“SOPA”). This legislation has been framed by its sponsors as a vehicle to protect U.S. trademarks and copyrights…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES ARTISTS AND PROJECTS FOR NEW FRONTIER AT 2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

For Immediate Release October 31, 2011 Program Explores Concept of “Future Normal,” Features Work by: Paul Abacus / Early Morning Opera / Lars Jan Jeremy Mendes & Leanne Allison Marco Brambilla Molleindustria Nonny de la Peña Gingger Shankar, Mridu Chandra & David Liang Brent Green Hank Willis Thomas & Chris Johnson Eva & Franco Mattes…

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LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION NAMES DORIS DAY 2011 CAREER ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE

Association Names Doris Day as 2011 Career Achievement Winner and Announces Awards Voting Date LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 29, 2010 – Doris Day was selected to receive the Career Achievement Award, it was announced today by Brent Simon, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). “Decades on from the main body of her work, Doris…

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RELIVE THE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY FRANCHISE FROM THE BEGINNING EXCLUSIVELY AT SELECT REGAL CINEMAS TOMORROW NIGHT!

WHAT:             For one night only, Paramount Pictures and select Regal theatres across the country want PARANORMAL ACTIVITY fans to relive the thriller franchise from the beginning.  For the price of a single admission ticket, see all three films in chronological order: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2; and receive a free small…

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AMAZONAS FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2011 JURORS AND LINE-UP

Award-winning films from around the globe will be screened at this unique festival in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest MANAUS, BRAZIL (October 26, 2011) – The eighth annual Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up, which features award-winning films from around the globe, and its jury of international stars and filmmakers. The festival…

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27TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ceremony to Premiere Exclusively on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2011) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards will return to its traditional Saturday afternoon on February 25…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces Nominees for 5th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards

The Arbor, The Interrupters, Nostalgia for the Light, Position Among the Stars, Project Nim and Senna all nominated for top award, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking The Interrupters’ Steve James leads individuals with 4 Nominations Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Tim Hetherington and Wim Wenders Among This Year’s Cinema Eye Nominees October 26, 2011 – For…

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New Jersey Filmmaker Offers Kevin Smith $10,000 to Review Film

Chatham, N.J. (October 19, 2011 — Jim Riffel, whose feature film “Black-Eyed Susan” won the Grand Prize at New Jersey’s “Garden State Film Festival,” is making a unique offer to New Jersey native and Hollywood filmmaker Kevin Smith: “If you review my feature film I’ll give you $10,000 to donate to the charity of your…

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Joint Statement from AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG Regarding STOP Online Piracy Act (HR 3261)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2011 Los Angeles, CA – 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 Teamsters (IBT),…

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Sundance Institute Announces Sarah Eaton as Director of Media Relations

For Immediate Release October 25, 2011, Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the appointment of Sarah Eaton to Director of Media Relations. Eaton will oversee media relations for all programs of the nonprofit Institute, including the annual Sundance Film Festival. She will begin November 14, reporting to Director of External Relations Jennifer Arceneaux….

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MAGNOLIA TAKES U. S. RIGHTS TO FERNANDO MEIRELLES’ 360

New York, NY – October 24, 2011 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to 360, the sweeping new film from two acclaimed artists: director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). With a stellar international cast that includes Rachel Weisz,…

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47th CHICAGO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS: THE ARTIST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO, October 24, 2011 – The 47th Chicago International Film Festival proudly announces the Audience Choice Awards, presented by American Airlines. A record number of audience members participated in the selection of this year’s audience choice winners, with 50% of attendees casting their vote! Audiences received ballots at every public screening during…

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The Paris Film Festival Launches

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN PARIS WILL BE AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FILM ON THE CHAMPS ELYSÉES JUNE 6th – 12th, 2012 October 24th, 2011 — The first edition of the Paris Film Festival, under the patronage of the French Minister of Culture, will take place in Paris from June 6th – 12th, 2012…

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Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Santa Monica, CA (October 24th , 2011) Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”).  Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features…

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CHICAGO FESTIVAL WRAPS UP ITS BEST EDITION YET!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2011 – The 47th Chicago International Film Festival wrapped up another successful 15 days of world-class cinema and events on Thursday, October 20, with the Closing Night presentation of Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST (France). This edition of the Festival featured one of its strongest lineups in a decade. From silent…

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HAPPY 10TH DAVID BRENT: THE OFFICE GETS GLOBAL DEBUT ON iTUNES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY – October 24, 2011. BBC Worldwide announces that all episodes of The Office are now available to download and purchase in the US for the first time on iTunes (www.itunes.com). David Brent, the awkward and unnerving boss of the fictional paper merchants Wernham Hogg, first graced televisions back in…

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RENOWNED COMPOSER ALEXANDRE DESPLAT SCORING Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

(LOS ANGELES, CA) — Acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat has signed on to score the drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for Paramount. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel and directed by Stephen Daldry, the film stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn. The film tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who searches…

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR IFP’S 21st ANNUAL GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Monday, November 28that Cipriani Wall Street The Descendants and Martha Marcy May Marlene Receive Three Nominations Each Beginners and Take Shelter Both Receive Two Nominations New York, NY (October 20, 2011) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today the nominees for the Gotham Independent Film…

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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS UNITE IN SUPPORT OF IMPRISONED IRANIAN FILMMAKERS

October 19, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison…

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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