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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“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