Press Releases Archive for December, 2011

Academy “Celebrates the Movies” as Poster Art Kicks Off Oscar® Campaign

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

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A Special Constellation Screening: “99%- The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”

Event hosted by filmmakers to preview selections of submitted documentary footage New York, (Dec. 28, 2011) – Constellation and the producers of “99%- The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” a documentary made by more than 75 independent filmmakers across America about the Occupy Wall Street movement, are pleased to announce a special online preview screening…

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TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY STAR GARY OLDMAN RECEIVING 6-FILM RETROSPECTIVE IN HOLLYWOOD

THE CONTENDER, DRACULA, JFK, PRICK UP YOUR EARS, SID AND NANCY ALSO SCREEN IN FREE 3-NIGHT SERIES CO-HOSTED BY KCRW; GARY OLDMAN TO PARTICIPATE IN LIVE Q&A ON JANUARY 11th FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES, December 27, 2011 – Celebrating 25 years of one actor’s unforgettable screen performances, the ArcLight Hollywood (www.arclightcinemas.com) will host a 6-film retrospective of movies…

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OSCAR NOMINATION BALLOTS MAILED TO 5,783 ACADEMY VOTERS

December 27, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Nomination ballots for the 84th Academy Awards® were mailed today to the 5,783 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. PT on Friday, January 13, 2012. Ballots received after the deadline…

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97 ORIGINAL SCORES IN 2011 OSCAR RACE

December 22, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order…

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Nominees for Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2011 AWFJ EDA Awards

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS Best Film: The Artist The Descendants Hugo Melancholia Midnight in Paris Best Director: Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Terrence Malick – Tree of Life Alexander Payne – The Descendants Martin Scorsese – Hugo Best Screenplay, Original The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius Beginners – Mike Mills…

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HYDE PARK ENTERTAINMENT, IMAGE NATION AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FILMS TO FORM JOINT VENTURE

Los Angeles, CA (December 22, 2011) — National Geographic and Image Nation are consolidating their partnership with Hyde Park/Image Nation to finance and produce a wide array of National Geographic themed entertainment projects designed for global distribution. Hyde Park will be the managing partner, and the venture will develop feature films, documentaries, and television series…

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KINO LORBER ACQUIRES KUMARÉ (2011), A DOCUMENTARY BY VIKRAM GANDHI

New York, NY – December 22, 2011 – Kino Lorber, Inc. (www.kinolorber.com) is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to the acclaimed and controversial doc Kumaré (2011), by director Vikram Gandhi and producers Brendan Colthurst and Bryan Carmel (all three of  Disposable Television), and executive producer Stephen Feder. After its world premiere…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES WOODY ALLEN’S NERO FIDDLED

Film marks fifth collaboration with the filmmaker and Sony Classics NEW YORK (December 21, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and UK rights to Woody Allen’s next film, NERO FIDDLED. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Produced…

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The Most Prolific Female Filmmaker You’ve Never Heard Of: NINA MENKES NY & LA FILM RETROSPECTIVES

Los Angeles: February 18 – March 7, 2011; New York: March 9-16, 2012 Anthology & UCLA Film Archives partner to celebrate the work of Nina Menkes Menkes’s latest film “Dissolution” to receive one-week theatrical run in NYC concurrent with retrospective A filmmaker who has broken cinematic ground on multiple levels and has completed six feature films…

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TRIBECA FILM AND CABLE OPERATORS CREATE UNIQUE COLLABORATION TO MARKET MOVIES-ON-DEMAND RELEASE OF EDWARD BURNS’ NEWLYWEDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Major Cable Operators Take Pioneering, Unified Approach To Maximizing Social Media Platforms Ahead of Film’s Dec. 26 Debut Filmmaker/Actor Edward Burns to Appear in Interactive LiveStream Interview on Jan. 3 (New York, December 20, 2011) – Tribeca Film announced today in conjunction with the major cable providers a first of its kind,…

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IMAX® POSTS RECORD DECEMBER OPENING BOX OFFICE RESULTS WITH MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL

Film Breaks Record Global and Domestic Results for December Grossing $14 Million Globally and $10.5 Million Domestically Over Opening Weekend in IMAX Early Release Window Los Angeles – Dec. 20, 2011 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures today announced that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol The IMAX Experience, earned approximately $14 million at…

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39 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR OSCAR’S 2011 PLAYLIST

December 19, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is…

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Four Additional Films Selected for the Sundance Film Festival

For Immediate Release December 19, 2011Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the selection of four additional films for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will be January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. John Cooper, Director…

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12 Feature Film Projects Selected For Sundance Institute January Screenwriters Lab

For Immediate Release December 16, 2011 Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, an immersive, five-day (January 13-18) writers’ workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Participating independent screenwriters – drawn from around the world, including the United States, China, South Africa, and Europe – will…

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FOCUS FEATURES ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATES FOR FIRST HALF OF 2012

BEING FLYNN, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, MOONRISE KINGDOM OPENINGS SET FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, December 16, 2011 – Three previously announced Focus Features movies for 2012 release have been assigned confirmed domestic opening dates for the first half of the year. The company made the announcement today. Being Flynn…

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2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards Categories

With sincerest appreciation of all the great work that’s been done in film this year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the awards categories for the 2011 EDA Awards. AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS These awards are presented to females and/or males, so please nominate accordingly. Best Film Best Director (Female or…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER TO HOST A COMPLETE BÉLA TARR RETROSPECTIVE

PRESS RELEASE TARR’S FINAL FILM, THE TURIN HORSE, TO OPEN THEATRICALLY AT THE FILM SOCIETY New York, NY (December 15, 2011) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a complete Béla Tarr retrospective titled The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr from February 3-8, 2012. In advance of the U.S. Theatrical…

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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO PADRAIG REYNOLDS’ RITES OF SPRING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (December 15, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds’ thriller RITES OF SPRING. The film, with a screenplay also by Reynolds, stars A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolf, Marco St. John, Hannah Bryan, Sarah Pachelli, James Bartz,…

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Selects Daughters of the Dust and Reality Bites for ‘From the Collection’ Screenings

For Immediate Release Park City, UT — December 14, 2011 – Sundance Institute announced today that Daughters of the Dust (1991) and Reality Bites (1994) have been selected for the From the Collection screenings at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Both titles are part of The Sundance Collection at UCLA (The Collection), a film preservation…

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch