Press Releases Archive for June, 2012

ACADEMY INVITES 176 TO MEMBERSHIP

June 29, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA– The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s…

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RULES APPROVED FOR 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – June 28, 2012- The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 85th Academy Awards. The most significant changes affect the Music, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Visual Effects categories. In the Music (Original Song) category, the Executive Committee may…

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer Go To Camera With Kimberly Peirce’s Adaptation of CARRIE

MGM and Screen Gems’ Reimagined Horror Classic Begins Principal Photography TORONTO, Ontario, June 27, 2012 — Principal photography has commenced in Toronto, Ontario on the highly anticipated horror film CARRIE, it was announced today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Screen Gems.  Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry; Stop-Loss) reimagines Stephen King’s best-selling novel for MGM and Screen Gems’ take on the enduring genre…

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AFI-DISCOVERY CHANNEL SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

ONLY THE YOUNG, PLANET OF SNAIL and KINGS POINT Receive Festival’s Prestigious Sterling Awards Additional Distinguished Awards Go to ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS, ¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS!  ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE Competitive Whole Foods/Silverdocs Green Grants Go to SEED and CAN’T STOP THE WATER Audience Award Winners to be Announced Sunday, June 24   Silver Spring, Maryland, June 23, 2012 – AFI-Discovery Channel SilverdocsDocumentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminatingthe week-long festival activities that included the screening of 114 filmsrepresenting 44 countries, a free outdoor screening, live performances and afive-day professional documentary conference.  The Festival hosted over27,000 attendees, including more than 1,000 filmmakers, film and televisionexecutives and media professionals celebrating the art and business ofdocumentary filmmaking. This year’s Sterling Award for Best U.S. Feature went to ONLY THE YOUNGdirected by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims.  The film follows three teens stuck in a chaste love triangle in a depressed Southern California suburb, and…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES PEDRO ALMODÓVAR’S COMEDY CURRENTLY TITLED “I’M SO EXCITED’’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   NEW YORK (June 19, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Pedro Almodóvar’s new comedy currently titled I’M SO EXCITED from El Deseo. The film, an ensemble comedy written and directed by Almodóvar, is set to begin production in July and will be…

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Hundreds of Classic TV and Movie Titles from MGM Coming to Prime Instant Video

Prime Instant Video offers unforgettable films and TV episodes including Moonstruck, Rain Man, The Silence of the Lambs, Species, Stargate and many more SEATTLE–Jun. 13, 2012 – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc., adding hundreds of classic movies and hit TV episodes throughout 2012 to the Prime Instant Video catalog….

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USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN WELCOMES ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

“Abraham Lincoln,” himself — actor Benjamin Walker – and Cast and Filmmakers Screened 20th Century Fox’s Summer Movie Thriller  with Navy Entertainment for Thousands of Sailors Aboard Supercarrier in the Middle East June 14, 2012, Los Angeles – Abraham Lincoln, in the guise of actor Benjamin Walker, who portrays the 16th president in the summer movie…

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND INDIAN PAINTBRUSH ANNOUNCE THE START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON REITMAN’S “LABOR DAY”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 13, 2012) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., and Indian Paintbrush announced today that principal photography has begun on “LABOR DAY,” from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman, with Academy Award®-winner Kate Winslet and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Brolin starring. The film is shooting in Massachusetts. Based on Joyce…

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On The Closing Of Brooklyn’s Indie reRun Theater

Dear friends and colleagues: It is with some reluctance that I announce today that I’m stepping down as curator of the reRun Gastropub Theater. Although my time with reRun has been exciting and fruitful, on the whole, there have been creative differences internally that now make it too difficult for me to contribute sufficiently to…

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Wally Pfister To Headline Kodak Focus at Los Angeles Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2012 – Director-cinematographer Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC will headline the annual Kodak Focus program at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. The intimate conversation will spotlight Pfister’s artistic and technical accomplishments by screening scenes from three of his films – Insomnia, Laurel Canyon and Inception. Kodak Focus takes place on June 23 at 1 p.m….

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SONY PICTURES ANIMATION DRIVES TONKA TRUCKS TO THE BIG SCREEN

Fully Animated Film To Be Produced By Happy Madison and Hasbro CULVER CITY, Calif., June 11, 2012 – TONKA, the Hasbro brand that for 65 years has stood for its line of toy trucks for children, will bring its TONKA toughness to the big screen in a fully animated motion picture to be produced by…

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39th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 GUEST DIRECTOR GEOFF DYER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BERKELEY, CA – June 11, 2012  — Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is thrilled to announce its 2012 Guest Director, Geoff Dyer. The award-winning writer is set to select a series of films to present at the 39th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 3,…

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SIFF 2012 COMPETITION AWARDS AND GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AUDIENCE AWARDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‘Any Day Now’ receives two Golden Space Needle audience awards for Best Film, Actor ‘Eden’ receives three awards, including Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award ‘The Invader’, ‘Five Star Existence’, ‘Welcome to Pine Hill’ win jury awards SEATTLE – June 10, 2012 — The 38th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most…

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Tributes To J. Michael Riva

On Friday June 1, 2012, while on location in New Orleans, production designer J. Michael Riva was preparing to head to the studio when he suffered a severe stroke. He passed away yesterday afternoon surrounded by his family. Michael’s family has returned to Los Angeles and a service of celebration to remember his life is…

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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO BRANDON CRONENBERG’S ANTIVIRAL

New York, NY (June 6, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to ANTIVIRAL, directed by Brandon Cronenberg. The film, also with a screenplay by Cronenberg, stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith and Malcolm McDowell. The film was produced by Niv Fichman of RhombusMedia. ANTIVIRAL, which made…

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IFC MIDNIGHT ACQUIRES ALL US RIGHTS TO PROVOCATIVE THRILLER REPLICAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Theatrical and VOD release planned for 2013 Los Angeles, CA (June 5, 2012) – IFC Midnight is acquiring all US rights to REPLICAS, the acclaimed thriller from director Jeremy Power Regimbal, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.  Starring Selma Blair (HELLBOY), Joshua Close (THE PACIFIC), James D’Arcy (W.E.),…

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LOOK EAST KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF SCREENINGS, INCLUDING LIVE Q&As

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  A Retrospective of Korean Film Including Cult Film “The Host” in 3D Hollywood, CA (June 4, 2012) – Look East: Korean Film Festival today announced the lineup of films for its first annual Hollywood celebration of Korean cinema.  Taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, on June 23-24, the rising Korean…

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Men In Black III International Numbers, June 1 Weekend

ASIA CHINA added a big 15.4 on 5,200 screens, falling just 29% from its opening weekend and still #1 in the market.  The cume is now 51.0.  JAPAN earned 4.6 on 980 screens, off just 36% from last weekend and also still #1, bringing the market total to 19.0.  KOREA fell 53% in its 2ndframe…

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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Historic Deal with Record Labels Landmark Deal is the First Industrywide Agreement Covering Music Video Performers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2012) — SAG-AFTRA today announced that it had reached tentative agreement with the major record labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co. — on a first-ever industry-wide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos. The…

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ACADEMY CELEBRATES 70MM ALL SUMMER LONG

June 1, 2012 0 Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off its summer screening series, “The Last 70mm Film Festival,” on Monday, July 9, with a big-screen presentation of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963). The six-film series, which will run through August 13, will showcase…

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Dear Irene Cho, I will miss your energy and passion; your optimism and joy; your kindness towards friends, colleagues, strangers, struggling filmmakers, or anyone who randomly crossed your path and needed a hand. My brothers and I have long considered you another sibling in our family. Our holiday photos – both western and eastern – have you among all the cousins, in-laws, and kids… in the snow, sun, opening presents, at large dinner gatherings, playing Monopoly, breaking out pomegranate seeds and teaching us all how to dance Gangnam style. Your friendship and loyalty meant a great deal to me: you were the loudest cheerleader when I experienced victories and you were always ready with sushi when I had disappointments. You had endless crazy ideas which always seemed impossible but you would will them into existence. (Like that time you called me and suggested that we host a brunch for newly elected mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti because “he is going to president one day.” We didn’t have enough time or funding, of course, only your desire to do it. So you did, and I followed.) You created The Daily Buzz from nothing and it survived on your steam in spite of many setbacks because you believed in a platform for emerging filmmakers from all nations. Most of all, you were a wonderful mother to your son, Ethan, a devoted wife to your husband, and a wonderful sibling and daughter to your family. We will all miss how your wonderful smile and energy lit up the room and our lives. Rest in peace, Irene.
~ Rose Kuo Remembers Irene Cho on Facebook

“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas