Press Releases Archive for April, 2012

WARNER BROS. DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION LAUNCHES “INSIDE THE SCRIPT” DIGITAL PUBLISHING INITIATIVE

MOVIE FANS CAN NOW OWN DIGITAL VERSIONS OF SCRIPTS FROM ICONIC FILMS INCLUDING “CASABLANCA,” “BEN-HUR,” “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS” AND “NORTH BY NORTHWEST” COMPLETE WITH RARE NOTES, PUBLICITY STILLS AND OTHER INTERACTIVE ASSETS FIRST “INSIDE THE SCRIPT” TITLES NOW AVAILABLE ON iBOOKSTORE, KINDLE AND NOOK® BURBANK, CALIF., April 30, 2012 – Warner Bros. Digital Distribution…

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2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS

For Immediate Release WAR WITCH, THE WORLD BEFORE HER, UNA NOCHE AND WAVUMBA WIN TOP AWARDS IN JURIED WORLD COMPETITIONS * * * FESTIVAL AWARDS $180,000 IN CASH PRIZES [April 26, 2012 – New York, NY] – The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES PAST AND PROLOGUE: THE FILMS OF RIDLEY SCOTT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (April 26, 2012) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today a complete retrospective of three-time Oscar-nominee Ridley Scott, whose career began in the 70’s and who has continued to excite and enchant audiences with his remarkable storytelling ability. The retrospective will run from May 25 – June…

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40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks announces theatrical release plans for Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER; Will partner with Variance Films for August 10 theatrical release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Republic of Brooklyn, April 25, 2012 – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks announced today that the company will undertake its first independent distribution effort with founder Spike Lee’s Brooklyn coming-of-age story, RED HOOK SUMMER. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks will partner with New York-based Variance Films for the theatrical release,…

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“SEE ‘CHIMPANZEE,’ SAVE CHIMPANZEES” PROGRAM EXTENDED

Disneynature’s Newest True Life Adventure Celebrates its $10.6 Million Opening-Weekend Box Office by Extending Benefit to Jane Goodall Institute BURBANK, Calif. (April 25, 2012) – Swinging into theaters April 20 with a $10.6 million opening-weekend performance, “Chimpanzee” proved so popular among audiences that Disneynature is extending the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation initiative for a…

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES UNVEILS NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE OF “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” SHOWCASING STUNNING HIGH-FRAME-RATE RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BURBANK, CA, April 24, 2012 — Warner Bros. Pictures screened approximately 10 minutes of never-before-seen footage from New Line Cinema and MGM’s upcoming epic “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which showcased the filmmaking innovation of 48 frames-per-second (fps), doubling the typical frame rate of 24 fps.  The footage was part of the…

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NANCY MEYERS TO RECEIVE NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL’S SCREENWRITERS TRIBUTE: DIANE KEATON TO PRESENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD SET FOR OPENING NIGHT Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE (Opening Day) & IFC’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME (Centerpiece) and YOUR SISTER’S SISTER (Closing Night); Tribute Awards Night to Include Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling to Rory Kennedy (ETHEL) and New Voices in Screenwriting Award to Lucy Alibar and…

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The Art of The Avengers

Press Release: Marvel Studios announced today that Gallery1988 in Hollywood, Calif., will mount a show of art inspired by the Marvel Super Heroes featured in the highly anticipated, summer event movie “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The show, sponsored by Visa Signature, will run through the film’s opening weekend, from May 3 through May 6, 2012.

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Terry Press And Wolfgang Hammer Named Co-Presidents Of CBS Films

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2012 — CBS Corporation announced today that Wolfgang Hammer and Terry Press have been named Co-Presidents of the CBS Films division. “In Terry and Wolfgang, we are fortunate to have two very skilled executives, each with terrific knowledge of the business and strong resumes of innovation,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of…

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MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS HOME VIDEO DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Mill Creek Entertainment Licenses 250 SPHE Titles for U.S. and Canadian DVD and Blu-ray Distribution MINNEAPOLIS, MN, April 23, 2012 – Mill Creek Entertainment, a leading home entertainment distribution company has just inked a home video distribution deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) covering US and Canadian territories.  Under the licensing agreement Mill Creek…

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Providence Equity Backs Chernin Group

April 23, 2012 – Media and entertainment executive Peter Chernin announced today that The Chernin Group (“TCG”) has entered into a strategic partnership with and received a significant investment from an investor group led by Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), a leading private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, education, and information companies…

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Faith Based Horror Film about Pornography

Onslaught Media Announces the production of Harmless Colorado Springs, CO – April 20, 2012 — Onslaught Media is proud to announce the completion of production of the feature film Harmless. Harmless is horror film shot entirely in Colorado in the popular found footage style. It was produced and directed by Rich Praytor of Onslaught Media….

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THE HUNGER GAMES RETURNS TO SELECT IMAX®THEATRES FOR A ONE WEEK ENGAGEMENT

Limited One-Week Engagement Begins April 27 Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2012 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that due to overwhelming demand, The Hunger Games will return to more than 100 IMAX digital theatres across North America on April 27. The film will play for a one-week special return engagement through…

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Sycamore Entertainment Group Inc. Partners with Gravitas Ventures for the Day and Date, VOD Release of Fred Schepisi’s “The Eye of the Storm”

April 11, 2012 – Hollywood, CA – Sycamore Entertainment Group, Inc. (SEGI), is pleased to announce it has partnered with Gravitas Ventures for the day and date, Video On Demand release of “THE EYE OF THE STORM” on September 7, 2012. “THE EYE OF THE STORM”,  directed by Fred Schepisi , made its North American…

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ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS TO RELEASE SCI-FI/THRILLER BRANDED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor and Max Von Sydow starrer Wide Theatrical Release this September Los Angeles, CA (April 19, 2012) – Roadside Attractions has acquired all North American rights to the film, BRANDED, it was announced today by Roadside Attractions Co-President Howard Cohen.  The studio plans a nationwide theatrical release…

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MICHAEL PITT TO STAR IN DIRECTOR ROBINSON DEVOR’S YOU CAN’T WIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Adaptation of Classic Underground Novel Set to Begin Shooting in Late April New York, NY (April 18, 2012) – Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy and producers Robert Scarff and Zach Sebastian announced today that they are partnering to produce YOU CAN’T WIN. Acclaimed helmer Robinson Devor (ZOO, POLICE BEAT)…

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Cannes 2012 Line-Up Announced

(Cannes website here.) Competition Opening Film Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson After The Battle (Baad el mawkeaa), Yousry Nasrallah Amour, Michael Haneke The Angels’ Share, Ken Loach Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg Holy Motors, Leos Carax The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg In Another Country, Hong Sang-soo In the Fog, Sergei Loznitsa Killing Them Softly,…

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Rooftop Films Announces Feature Film Lineup for the 16th Annual Summer Series Presented by AT&T

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (New York, NY | April 19, 2012) Rooftop Films is proud to announce the feature film lineup for the 16th Annual Summer Series presented by AT&T, featuring over 45 outdoor screenings with huge crowds, live music, spectacular venues and the best in new, independent, and foreign films. This year’s edition kicks off…

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM HIS EXCELLENCY ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN – SUPREME LEADER, ALL TRIUMPHANT GENERAL, BELOVED OPPRESSOR, AND CHIEF OPHTHALMOLOGIST OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF WADIYA

Date:     April 18, 2012 From:    Office of Propaganda RE:          Dartz Motorz PROMBRON (ex.RussoBaltique) Aladeen Edition His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen has graciously granted his express permission for Dartz Motorz, manufacturer of ultra-luxury armored vehicles and exclusive provider to the Wadiyan government motor pool, to offer limited edition commemorative vehicles honoring the Ruthless Protector of the…

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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER CONVERGENCE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH STORYCODE AND KILL SCREEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAUCHES FIRST “STORY HACKATHON” New York, NY (April 18, 2012) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that it will collaborate with StoryCode and Kill Screen Magazine as it steps up its transmedia/immersive media programming and becomes a key participant in the ongoing discussion on how the evolution of technology…

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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