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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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch