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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“I had this friend who was my roommate for a while. She seemed really normal in every way except that she wouldn’t buy shampoo. She would only use my shampoo. And after a year it’s like, “When are you going to buy your own shampoo?” It was her way of digging in her heels. It was a certain sense of entitlement, or a certain anger. It was so interesting to me why she wouldn’t buy her own fucking shampoo. It was like,“I’m gonna use yours.” It was coming from a place of “You have more money than me, I just know it”—whether I did or I didn’t. Or maybe she felt, “You have a better life than me,” or “You have a better room than me in the apartment.” It was hostile. And she was a really close friend! There was never any other shampoo and I knew she was washing her hair. And clearly I have a thing about shampoo, as we see in ‘Friends with Money.’ I had some nice shampoo. So I found that psychologically so interesting how a person can function normally in every way and yet have this aberrance—it’s like a skip in the record. It was a sense of entitlement, I think. I put that in Olivia’s character, too, with her stealing someone’s face cream.”
Nicole Holofcener

“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady