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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“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