Press Releases Archive for September, 2012

THE WORLD’S END, THIRD COMEDY TEAMING DIRECTOR EDGAR WRIGHT WITH STARS SIMON PEGG AND NICK FROST, COMMENCES PRODUCTION

LONDON, September 28, 2012— Working Title Films and Big Talk Productions have commenced filming on The World’s End, the third installment of Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies, following the successes Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).  The new movie is filming in the U.K. As with the first two movies in the…

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ANDREW GARFIELD AND DIRECTOR MARC WEBB SET TO RETURN FOR NEXT CHAPTER OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™

Andrew Garfield will return to the role of Peter Parker and Marc Webb is set to direct as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man.

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POST-TIFF, WELL GO USA ACQUIRES N.A. RIGHTS TO KOREAN BLOCKBUSTER THE THIEVES, FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 12

PLANO, TEXAS.  (September 27, 2012) — Coming off the North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Well Go USA has acquired all rights for the North American market to Korea’s summer blockbuster heist actioner The Thieves from Showbox / Mediaplex Inc.  The North American theatrical release is set for October 12. Written and directed by Dong-hoo Choi (Woochi,…

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Cinema Eye Honors Names 10 Finalists for 2013 Outstanding Short Film Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Camden, ME, Sept. 27, 2012 – Ten short documentary films from the U.S. and Europe have been named as finalists for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.  The announcement was made on the opening day of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) in Camden, Maine.  CIFF…

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Reykjavík Fest Opens Thursday with Queen of Montreuil

PRESS RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 Reykjavík International Film Festival opens on Thursday with a screening of Queen of Montreuil by Sólveig Anspach in Harpa Music Hall. The festival runs for eleven days, until October 7th. The award ceremony takes place on October 6th. RIFF was founded in 2004, making this its ninth edition. Honorary guests include Dario Argento, Susanne Bier and Marjane Satrapi….

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EXCLUSIVE MEDIA ACQUIRES STAKE IN MILLENNIUM ENTERTAINMENT

MILLENNIUM TO PROVIDE HOME ENTERTAINMENT DISTRIBUTION FOR SELECTED EXCLUSIVE RELEASING TITLES Los Angeles, CA (Sept 25, 2012) – Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Millennium Entertainment and Nu Image Founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short today announced that Exclusive Media has acquired a minority stake in US distribution company Millennium Entertainment. Under the…

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KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL US RIGHTS TO ALAIN RESNAIS’ YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET, SOON TO PREMIERE AT THE 50th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

New York, NY – September 25, 2012 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Alain Resnais’ YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET, a beautiful and poetic ensemble film about love and theater from the acclaimed director of LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD and HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR – as well as…

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A24 PICKS UP SALLY POTTER’S GINGER & ROSA STARRING ELLE FANNING

Film will have a year-end qualifying run followed by an early 2013 release New York, NY (September 25, 2012) – A24 announced the acquisition of GINGER & ROSA, a provocative story about friendship and betrayal featuring a sensational performance by Elle Fanning.  The Sally Potter film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival…

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THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TO DISTRIBUTE LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

MEGAWATT CAST BRINGS TO LIFE REMARKABLE STORY INSPIRED BY FORMER WHITE HOUSE BUTLER New York, NY – September 24, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights from Butler Films to distribute THE BUTLER, directed by Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS). A Laura Ziskin Production, THE BUTLER is…

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PHASE 4 FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. AND CANADIAN RIGHTS TO ALEX GIBNEY’S THE LAST GLADIATORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Los Angeles, CA (September 20, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney’s (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, ENRON) hockey documentary THE LAST GLADIATORS. Larry Weitzman, Jim Podhoretz and Gibney crafted…

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IFC FILMS TAKES NORTH AND LATIN AMERICAN RIGHTS TO NOAH BAUMBACH’S FRANCES HA

New York, NY (September 20, 2012) – IFC Films announced today from the 2012 New York Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North and Latin American rights to director Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA. Baumbach wrote the screenplay with Greta Gerwig who stars in the film. Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver and Michael Zegen co-star….

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LOUIS PHILLIPS JOINS FOCUS FEATURES AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PHYSICAL PRODUCTION

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  LOS ANGELES, September 20, 2012 – Louis Phillips has joined Focus Features as the worldwide film company’s executive vice president, physical production. Focus president Andrew Karpen, to whom Mr. Phillips reports, made the announcement today. Mr. Phillips is based in Focus’ West Coast offices, overseeing physical production and post-production on all in-house…

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Robert Redford to Honor Roger Ebert at ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute’ Los Angeles Benefit in June 2013

For Immediate Release September 20, 2012 Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced that its President & Founder Robert Redford will present journalist and film critic Roger Ebert with the Vanguard Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy of independent cinema. The award presentation will take place at the third annual ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute’…

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Screen Media Acquires Media 8 Titles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New York, September 19, 2012 – Screen Media has acquired exclusive distribution rights to the Media 8 Library. Screen Media will begin marketing the titles at the upcoming MIPCOM in October. “We’re very excited to be adding the Media 8 titles to our library, said Joseph Kovacs, President of Screen Media.  “Screen…

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2012 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

 DAVID CHASE TO PRESENT NOT FADE AWAY AS OPENING NIGHT FILM INCLUDING SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE SESSIONS,FLIGHT, QUARTET, THE SAPPHIRES, SHADOW DANCER, A LATE QUARTET, IT’S A DISASTER, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, AND FREE SAMPLES AUSTIN, TX (Sept 19, 2012) ­ The 19th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today this year’s full feature-length film lineup. This list excludes the Closing Night Film, which will be announced along with…

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ATLAS ENTERTAINMENT PROMOTES ANDY HORWITZ AND JAKE KURILY TO VPs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           Round of Promotions Will Also See Curt Kanemoto Move Up to Production Executive, With Rebecca Roven and Dan Wiedenhaupt Promoted to Creative Executives LOS ANGELES, CA, September 19, 2012 – Charles Roven, founder of Atlas Entertainment, announced today that Andy Horwitz,…

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KEY DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

September 18, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced key dates for the 85th Academy Awards season. The key dates are: Friday, November 30, 2012: Official Screen Credits due Saturday, December 1, 2012: Governors Awards presentation Monday, December 17, 2012: Nominations voting begins Thursday,…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES THE PATIENCE STONE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           NEW YORK (September 16, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to THE PATIENCE STONE.  The film, adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES WADJDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           NEW YORK (September 15, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to WADJDA from Berlin-based Razor Films.  Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, WADJDA…

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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER APPOINTS KENT JONES AS DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL AND ROBERT KOEHLER AS DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, YEAR ROUND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (September 13, 2012) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s pre-eminent non-profit film organization, announced today the appointment of Kent Jones as Director of Programming, New York Film Festival and Robert Koehler as Director of Programming, Year Round. As announced previously, after 25 years, Program Director and New…

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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