Press Releases Archive for December, 2012

The Walt Disney Company Completes Lucasfilm Acquisition

At closing Disney issued 37,076,679 shares and made a cash payment of $2,208,199,950.

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9 Foreign Language Films Vie For Oscar

Amour, War Witch, No, Royal Affair, Intouchables, Deep, Kon-Tiki, Beyond The Hills, Sister

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33RD LONDON CRITICS’ CIRCLE FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS

London – Tuesday 18 December 2012 The London Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the nominations today for its 33rd Film Awards. Michael Haneke’s Amour and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master lead the nominations with seven apiece. Amour received nods in categories including both Sky Movies Film of the Year and Foreign Language Film, the…

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Sundance Institute Announces 12 Projects Selected for Feature 2013 Screenwriters Lab

Dedicated to the Memory of Founding Creative Advisor Frank Pierson.

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Sundance Institute Announces Grants to 25 Documentaries

$550,000 in grants from its Documentary Film Program and Fund.

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2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

“Zero Dark Thirty,” the drama chronicling the long ten-year hunt for Osama bin Laden in the wake of 9/11 hit its mark, according to the Chicago Film Critics Association. In voting for their annual awards, the film led with five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, Best Original Screenplay for Mark Boal,…

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2012 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION NOMINEES

“The Master” leads.

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“Lincoln” leads Houston Film Critic Society Awards with eight nominations

“Lincoln” leads Houston Film Critic Society Awards with eight nominations

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7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR®

December 15, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Hitchcock” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “Les Misérables” “Lincoln” “Looper”…

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OSCAR NOMINATIONS VOTING OPENS MONDAY TO 5,856 ACADEMY VOTERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2012 BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Nominations voting for the 85th Academy Awards® will open at 8 a.m. PT, Monday, December 17, for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Members will have until 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, January 3, 2013, to vote electronically or…

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FILM COMMENT ANNOUNCES 2012 BEST OF YEAR LISTS

“HOLY MOTORS,” “THE MASTER” AND “MOONRISE KINGDOM” ARE 1-2-3.

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282 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2012 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®

December 14, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two hundred eighty-two feature films are eligible for the 2012 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by…

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The Walt Disney Company and Cox Communications Announce Comprehensive Distribution Agreement

New Multi-Year Deal Provides Sports, News and Entertainment to Cox Customers In and Out of the Home WatchESPN, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior To Launch This Month to Cox Customers December 13, 2012 05:54 PM Eastern Time  ATLANTA & NEW YORK–Cox Communications and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced…

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Adds Four Feature Films, Including El Mariachi as ‘From the Collection’ Screening

For Immediate Release December 13, 2012 Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced the addition of four films to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including Magic Magic (Director: Sebastián Silva), Muscle Shoals (Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier) and Wrong Cops (Director: Quentin Dupieux) as well as El Mariachi (1993) for the From the Collection screening….

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Detroit Film Critic Society Nominates 2012

ARGO, THE IMPOSSIBLE, SILVER LININGS, TAKE THIS WALTZ, ZD30

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KCRW to Curate Evening Music Programming at 2013 Sundance Film Festival

For Immediate Release December 12, 2012 KCRW to Program Three Nights of Live Musical Performances for Festival’s Music Café and Broadcast Live from Park City, Utah All Performances to be Free and Open to the Public (21 and Older) Los Angeles, CA & Park City, UT — Sundance Institute and KCRW today announced that the…

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Nominations Announced for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

LOS ANGELES  (Dec. 12, 2012) — Nominees for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2012 in five film and eight primetime television categories as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen…

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75 ORIGINAL SONGS TUNE UP FOR 2012 OSCAR®

December 11, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA– Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2013 Heterodox Nominees, Launches Voting for 2013 Audience Choice Prize

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2013 The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking today announced the five nominees for its third annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award, sponsored by Filmmaker Magazine. The Cinema Eye Heterodox Award honors a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. The five films nominated for the…

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“LINCOLN” LEADS WITH A RECORD SETTING 13 NOMINATIONS FOR THE 18TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

“LES MISÉRABLES” SCORES 11 NOMINATIONS AND “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” IS A TOP CONTENDER WITH 10 NOMINATIONS CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER FAN VOTED AWARD   AWARDS CEREMONY TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON THE CW NETWORK THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT (Los Angeles, CA – December 11, 2012) – The Broadcast Film…

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“With every table in the dining room occupied and me, the only waiter, neglecting the needs of a good fifty patrons, I approached Roth. Holding out Balls as a numbness set into the muscles of my face, I spoke. “Sir, I’ve heard you say that you don’t read fiction anymore, but I’ve just had my first novel published and I’d like to give you a copy.”

“His eyes lifting from his iPhone, he took the book from my hands. He congratulated me. Then, staring at the cover, he said, “Great title. I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself.”

“These words worked on me like a hit of morphine. Like two hits. It felt as if I was no longer the occupant of my own body. The legs had gone weak, the ears warmed, the eyes watered, the heart rate increased rapidly. Barely able to keep myself upright, I told him, “Thank you.”

“Then Roth, who, the world would learn sixteen days later, was retiring from writing, said, in an even tone, with seeming sincerity, “Yeah, this is great. But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

“I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

“Nodding slowly, he said to me, “Well then, good luck.”

“After which I went back to work.”
~ Julian Tepper

“Any form of physical or sexual assault is a very serious matter, potentially a legal matter. But I’m also wondering, what about having some kind of “extreme asshole” clause? I know lots of people who have been abused verbally and psychologically. That’s traumatizing, too. What do we do with that?  It takes a lot of energy to be an asshole. The people I admire most just aren’t interested in things that take away from their ability to make stuff. The people I really respect, and that I’ve met who fit this definition, have a sense of grace about them, because they know that there is no evolving and there is no wisdom without humility. You can’t get better if you behave in a way that shuts people off. You can’t! You don’t have all the ideas necessary to solve something. You don’t! I’m sure if you spoke to Harvey in his heyday and said to him what I just said to you, he would believe that he accomplished all that he had because of the way he behaved.”
~ Steven Soderbergh