Press Releases Archive for November, 2012

END OF WATCH RETURNS TO THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON DECEMBER 7th

END OF WATCH RETURNS TO THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON DECEMBER 7th LOS ANGELES, CA, November 30, 2012 – END OF WATCH — the hit film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, written and directed by David Ayer, which opened to number one at the box office in September 2012 — will return to theaters nationwide on…

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11 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

November 29, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 11 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®.  A tie in the nominations balloting resulted in 11 films being shortlisted.  One hundred twenty-five pictures had originally…

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10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX OSCAR® RACE

10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards®

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2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN U.S. AND WORLD COMPETITIONS, NEXT <=>

Park City, UT, November 28, 2012 — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute…

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THE 28th ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2012) – Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, announced nominations for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent co-presidents Sean Mc Manus and Josh Welsh…

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TANGLED BANK STUDIOS, A PRODUCTION COMPANY FROM THE HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE, LAUNCHES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2012 Inaugural Productions Include Films on Cartography and Evolution Chevy Chase, MD-The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced the launch of Tangled Bank Studios, a new film and media production company that aims to be a significant contributor to the science documentary arena. The new company, helmed by Michael…

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WGAw Issues A “Stop Work Order” Against Comedy Central

Dear Writers Guild Member, We are writing to alert you that you must refrain from writing for Central Productions, the production arm of Comedy Central, without first contacting the WGAW contracts department to ensure that the writing is Guild-covered. If you are currently writing on a Central Productions project, please contact us immediately. Central Productions…

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HOT DOCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEW APPOINTMENTS

At Hot Docs’ recent AGM, the organization said farewell to long-serving Board directors…

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Call for support to Bahman Ghobadi upon the arrest of his brother

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival wishes to express its fervent support to Kurdish Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi and his brother, Behrouz Ghobadi, who was recently arrested and is currently detained by the Iranian authorities. Bahman Ghobadi, one of the honored directors during the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which was concluded 10 days ago, has made…

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SIFF Receives Major Grant From The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

3-Year Commitment to Showcase African Films at Seattle International Film Festival

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Gilt Home to Sell Authentic Props from Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi”

Gilt HOME will exclusively sell authentic props from Academy Award®-winning director Ang Lee’s highly anticipated film, Life of Pi

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Cinemark to Acquire 32 Theatres from Rave Cinemas

Cinemark to Acquire 32 Theatres from Rave Cinemas

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MICHAEL KUTZA HONORED WITH 2012 POLLACK AWARD AT STAR-STUDDED AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE GALA HONORING BEN STILLER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO (November 16) – Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, was honored with the Sydney Pollack Award last night at the 26th American Cinematheque Gala, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. The star-studded black tie event included the presentation of the Sydney Pollack Award by…

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Flashback: MGM’S RED DAWN IS RISING AGAIN: LOS ANGELES, CA July 9, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA July 9, 2008 — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has assembled its production team for a new installment of the classic movie RED DAWN, it was announced today by Mary Parent, Chairman, Worldwide Motion Pictures Group, MGM. Carl Ellsworth will write a script for the new RED DAWN installment.  Ellsworth is moving forward with…

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ACADEMY’S TECH COUNCIL ADDS EIGHT NEW MEMBERS

November 15, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Doug Cooper, Paul Debevec, Ray Feeney, Josh Pines, David Stump, Steve Sullivan, Bill Taylor and Beverly Wood have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2012–2013 membership roster to 25.Doug Cooper…

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SPRING BREAKERS TO OPEN IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE SPRING 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ANNAPURNA PICTURES TEAMS UP WITH A24 TO RELEASE THE HARMONY KORINE FILM NEW YORK (November 15, 2012) – The highly anticipated SPRING BREAKERS will receive a Spring 2013 nationwide theatrical release courtesy of A24 and Annapurna Pictures. The film stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine as four college coeds willing…

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STAR TREK – Imax Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WORLD PREMIERE EXTENDED PREVIEW OF J. J. ABRAMS’ “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” TO DEBUT IN IMAX 3D ON DECEMBER 14th  THE FIRST 9-MINUTES FROM THE ANTICIPATED SEQUELWILL BE RELEASED EXCLUSIVELY IN DIGITAL IMAX 3D THEATRES WORLDWIDE HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 14, 2012) – Paramount Pictures will release the first 9-minutes from J.J. Abrams’…

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21 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2012 OSCAR® RACE

November 2, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Adventures in Zambezia” “Brave” “Delhi Safari” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” “Frankenweenie” “From Up on Poppy Hill”…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces Nominees for 6th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Imposter and Searching for Sugar Man Receive Five Nominations Each Detropia, Only the Young, Room 237 and ¡Vivan las Antipodas! Net Four Nominations 5 Broken Cameras and Marina Abramović The Artist is Present Among Other Nominees for Top Award Only the Young’s Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims Lead Individuals with Four Nominations November 2, 2012, Los Angeles, Calif. – Thirty-one feature films and…

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas