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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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook