Press Releases Archive for February, 2012

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY WEST OF MEMPHIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK (February 29, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) high profile documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premiere Section to great critical acclaim….

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Cinemark and Paramount Pictures Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of “The Godfather” with Exclusive Cinemark XD Events at Theatres Across the US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Plano, TX, February 29, 2012 – Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), a leading motion picture exhibitor, is proud to partner with Paramount Pictures to offer movie-goers the opportunity to see Francis Ford Coppola’s restored version of his Academy Award®-winning “The Godfather,” on 55 Cinemark XD auditoriums across the country, on Thursday, March…

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2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

For Immediate Release Comedy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall Creative Team Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and Producer Judd Apatow to Kick Off 11th Edition of TFF on April 18 New York, NY (February 29, 2012)—The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Universal Pictures today announced that The Five-Year Engagement will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival,…

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THEATRE OWNERS THREATENS NC-17 RATING STATUS FOR BULLY

THREAT COMES AFTER THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY’S MPAA APPEAL TO LOWER R RATING IN AN EFFORT TO USE FILM AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL FOR CHILDREN New York, NY – February 28, 2012 – National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) President & CEO John Fithian sent Harvey Weinstein a letter dated February 24 on behalf of NATO…

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Actor Michael Fassbender joins YouTube’s Your Film Festival as Juror and Co-Executive Producer

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Acclaimed international talent and Sir Ridley Scott help choose the Grand Prize Winner at the Venice Film Festival Winner receives a $500,000 YouTube Original Production Grant to work with Scott Free LOS ANGELES, CA (FEBRUARY 28, 2012):  Acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender (SHAME, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) has joined the YOUR FILM FESTIVAL team to…

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“TITANIC” IN 3D SNEAK PREVIEW MOVIE EVENTS SET FOR APRIL

For Immediate Release PARAMOUNT OFFERS FANS A CHANCE TO SEE THE NEWLY RE-MASTERED MOVIE EARLY, WHILE ALSO RECEIVING A LIMITED EDITION MOVIE PACK WITH PURCHASE OF TICKET ADVANCE EVENT TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 26, 2012) – Moviegoers across the U.S. and Canada will be among the first audiences anywhere to experience TITANIC in…

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The 2012 Spirits Winners

Oh, there’s this little film called The Artist?

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WILDE IRISH NIGHT AT BAD ROBOT

John Logan, Melissa McCarthy and Michelle Williams Honored FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   February 23, 2012 Oscar Wilde once said:  “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking…

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BULLY LOSES MPAA APPEAL BY ONE VOTE, RETAINS R RATING

TWC Considers Leave Of Absence From MPAA Los Angeles, CA, February 23, 2012 – Following a hearing this morning, The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced that it has lost an appeal of the R rating given to its forthcoming documentary BULLY by the Motion Picture Association of America.  The MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration originally bestowed…

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Official Dictator Stunt Announcement

ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN WILL DELIVER A FORMAL RESPONSE TOMORROW MORNING TO BEING BANNED FROM THE OSCARS BY THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS AND ZIONISTS.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art Announce Lineup for the 41st Annual New Directors/New Films March 21–April 1

Nadine Labaki’s WHERE DO WE GO NOW? is the Opening Night presentation with a Surprise Screening slated for the Closing Night slot New York, NY, February 22, 2011—The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art announced the full lineup today for the 41st edition of New Directors/New Films (March 21 –…

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INDOMINA ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO A&E INDIEFILMS’ THE IMPOSTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Documentary meets Film Noir; Was Critical Hit at Sundance and Will Be at SXSW Beverly Hills, CA (February 22, 2012) — It was announced today that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, has acquired North American Rights to The Imposter, from A&E IndieFilms. Bart…

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Screen Actors Guild Statement Regarding Legal Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Screen Actors Guild released the following statement: Los Angeles (February 22, 2012) – “We believe that this suit is completely without merit and we will vigorously defend all claims in court. We are confident that our actions are appropriate and consistent with the law and our own rules of procedure. “Any suggestion…

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“OZ” RUBY SLIPPERS FIND THEIR WAY HOME: MAJOR ACQUISITION FOR ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

February 22, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Leonardo DiCaprio spearheads effort with help from Steven Spielberg, Terry Semel Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired a pair of the iconic ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio led a…

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Legendary Academy Award®-Winning Motion Picture Director/Producer Steven Spielberg Presents The Critically Acclaimed Epic Adventure WAR HORSE

On Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, April 3, 2012 BURBANK, Calif., February 21, 2012 – Legendary Academy Award®-winning motion picture director/producer Steven Spielberg presents the critically acclaimed and multi Academy Award®-nominated epic adventure “War Horse” on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, April 3. This newest home entertainment release not only enthralls viewers once again with…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ALISON KLAYMAN’S AWARD-WINNING SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY “AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Summer Theatrical Release Planned To Coincide With Weiwei’s First Trip Outside China Since Detainment New York, NY (February 21, 2012) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Alison Klayman’s AI WEIWEI:  NEVER SORRY which just screened as an Official Selection in the Berlinale Special at…

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THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TO APPEAL MPAA RATING OF BULLY

TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein And One Of Film’s Bullied Subjects Will Personally Appeal MPAA’s Decision To Give Anti-Bullying Documentary An “R” Rating Restricted Rating Will Keep Film Out Of Schools Where America’s Bullying Epidemic Rages New York, NY, February 21, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today plans to appeal the MPAA’s decision to assign…

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THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE TO “OUTGUESS EBERT”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago, IL, 2/20/12 — Last Friday the Music Box Theatre, via its social networks, threw down the gauntlet and challenged Roger Ebert, one of the greatest living film critics, to a battle of Oscar guesses.  After a period of what we can only assume was deep and thoughtful consideration, Mr. Ebert publicly accepted…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO CRISTIAN MUNGIU’S BEYOND THE HILLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (February 17, 2012) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Cristian Mungiu’s BEYOND THE HILLS. Mungiu, who also penned the script for the picture, produced along with Pascal Cauchteaux and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. The film stars Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Dana Tapalaga,…

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HOLLYWOOD’S “IT” COUPLE – KERMIT THE FROG AND MISS PIGGY – TO PRESENT AT THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS® ON OSCAR® SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 ON ABC

February 17, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – Hollywood icons Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. This is the Muppets fifth appearance at the Academy Awards. They are fresh off their triumphant critical and box office…

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up