Press Releases Archive for July, 2012

HAWK KOCH ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT

July 31, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Beverly Hills, CA – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office. Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the…

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Steve James’ HEAD GAMES Set for September 21 Theatrical Release Through Variance Films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Award-winning filmmaker tackles hot-button issue of concussions in sport New York, July 31, 2012 – Variance Films announced today that it has acquired theatrical rights to HEAD GAMES, the new documentary feature from acclaimed director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” The Interrupters”) that takes a nuanced, intelligent look at the concussion crisis in American sports. …

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MASSIVE E-BOOK GIVEAWAY FOR THE INTOUCHABLES MOVIEGOERS

YOU CHANGED MY LIFE: A MEMOIR GIVES FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED THE WORLDWIDE RECORD-BREAKING COMEDY New York, NY – July 26, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Weinstein Books announced today that they, along with partners Amazon, Apple, B&N.com, and Sony, plan to give away free eBook copies of You…

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Academy Sets Campaign Rules For 85th Academy Awards

July 25, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA– The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated regulations for how companies and individuals may market movies and achievements eligible for the 85th Academy Awards® to Academy members. The changes pertain to screenings that feature live filmmaker participation, the…

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TRIBECA FILM ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Spring 2013 theatrical release set for Bob Byington’s offbeat SXSW comedy starring Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman and Jess Weixler New York, NY – July 25, 2012 – Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired all North American rights to indie director Bob Byington’s deadpan comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me, starring Keith…

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2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

July 24, 2012 NEWS RELEASE. Toronto – Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, made the first announcement of films to premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. Films announced include titles in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes. The announced films include 17…

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NATO Letter on Fund for Aurora

July 24, 2012 Dear Exhibition Colleagues, The tragic events that occurred in Aurora, Colorado have been devastating to the victims, their families and loved ones, the community, the state and the nation. As we watch the aftermath unfold and try to make sense of this terrible crime, you should be encouraged by the leadership and…

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EVOLUTION INDEPENDENT, LAGNIAPPE AND PARADOX ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO FINANCE AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Principal Photography Began July 9 in Louisiana Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2012) – Evolution Independent, Lagniappe and Paradox Entertainment announce today that principal photography has begun on the new dramatic thriller AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, which was written and is being directed by David Lowery (“Pioneer”) and stars Academy Award-nominees Rooney Mara (“The…

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Oscar®-winning Screenwriter Frank Pierson: Statement from Pierson Family

July 23, 2012 Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson died today in Los Angeles of natural causes following a short illness.  He was 87. A three-time Academy Award® nominee, Pierson won an Oscar for his original screenplay of “Dog Day Afternoon.” He received nominations for “Cat Ballou” and “Cool Hand Luke.” Pierson’s writing credits also include “Presumed…

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Updated: AMC Theatres Statement Regarding the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The following is a statement by AMC Theatres: AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons….

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UPDATED: AMC Theatres Statement Regarding the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

Kansas City, Mo. (July 21, 2012, 2 p.m. CDT) – AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons….

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AMC Theatres Statement Regarding The Tragedy In Aurora, Colorado (8:51am)

Kansas City, Mo. (July 21, 2012) – We are terribly saddened by the random act of violence in Aurora and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. For the safety and security of our guests and associates, we are actively working with local law enforcement in communities throughout the nation and under the…

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Relativity Taps Breck Eisner to Helm Stretch Armstrong

Targeted for April 11, 2014 Release (Beverly Hills, Calif.) July 19, 2012 – Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara)to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. [NASDAQ-HAS] to develop…

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WARNER BROS. TECHNICAL OPERATIONS LAUNCHES OUTMYWINDOW, A PRIVATE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE

ALL-IN-ONE CAMERA APP AND WEB SERVICE THAT GIVES CONSUMERS A MORE PERSONAL WAY TO SHARE AND SAVE THEIR PHOTOS  BURBANK, CALIF., July 19, 2012 – Warner Bros. Technical Operations today launched outmywindow(TM) (www.outmywindow.com), a new all-in-one private photo sharing and storage service that gives consumers complete control over their photos and who views them.  outmywindow allows consumers…

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STANDOUT DOC BROOKLYN CASTLE TO RECEIVE FALL 2012 RELEASE FROM PRODUCERS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY

For Immediate Release // July 19, 2012 NEW YORK – Producers Distribution Agency, the distribution initiative created by Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Bart Walker, announced today the upcoming theatrical release of BROOKLYN CASTLE.  The film will be the fourth PDA release, following the commercially successful and critically acclaimed national theatrical campaigns of SENNA, THE…

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Cassian Elwes Takes North American Rights to Syrian Director Sam Kadi’s ‘The Citizen’

For Immediate Release: Veteran Sales Agent Presents Syrian Filmmaker’s First Feature to Distributors in Toronto Los Angeles, CA (July 19, 2012) –  3K Pictures announces today that veteran sales agent Cassian Elwes is handling all North American rights to director Sam Kadi’s debut political drama THE CITIZEN. The film was produced by Kadi, Chris Wyatt (NAPOLEON…

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Filmmaker Magazine Announces 2012 “25 New Faces of Independent Film”

For immediate release Speaking to the collaborative spirit and self-sufficiencies of today’s filmmakers, a record 37 people comprise Filmmaker Magazine’s 2012 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Several filmmaking teams and one sprawling collective all occupy slots on the list, the 15th edition of Filmmaker‘s annual survey of up-and-coming directors, screenwriters, actors, producers and cinematographers….

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WARNER BROS. TECHNICAL OPERATIONS LAUNCHES OUTMYWINDOW(TM) A PRIVATE PHOTO SHARING SERVICE

ALL-IN-ONE CAMERA APP AND WEB SERVICE THAT GIVES CONSUMERS A MORE PERSONAL WAY TO SHARE AND SAVE THEIR PHOTOS BURBANK, CALIF., July 19, 2012 – Warner Bros. Technical Operations today launched outmywindow(TM) (www.outmywindow.com), a new all-in-one private photo sharing and storage service that gives consumers complete control over their photos and who views them. outmywindow…

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IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO ERAN CREEVY’S WELCOME TO THE PUNCH

FILM STARS JAMES MCAVOY, MARK STRONG AND ANDREA RISEBOROUGH New York, NY (July 18, 2012) – IFC Films announced today the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to director Eran Creevy’s action thriller WELCOME TO THE PUNCH from Worldview Entertainment. The film, which was also written by Creevy, stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong, and Andrea Riseborough. The project…

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ICARUS FILMS acquires distribution rights to the dGENERATE FILMS collection

July 17, 2012                                                                                 For Immediate Release Jonathan Miller, President of Icarus Films, and Karin Chien,…

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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