Press Releases Archive for March, 2013

“THE ACADEMY TO HOST A “WAYNE’S WORLD” REUNION… NO WAY. WAY.”

March 27, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Producer Lorne Michaels, writer-actor Mike Myers, actor Dana Carvey and director Penelope Spheeris will reunite for a panel discussion and screening of “Wayne’s World” on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly…

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PARTICIPANT MEDIA TURNS TO TELEVISION WITH THE LAUNCH OF pivot

New Network’s Disruptive Model Celebrates Core Audience of Millennials “TV That Matters For The New Greatest Generation” Includes: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Open Source Variety Show, ‘HitRECord on TV!’; ‘TakePart Live,’ LIVE Topical Talk Nightly; Shakespeare 2.0 tale ‘Will’ From Craig Pearce & Cineflix Studios; ‘Raising McCain’ starring Meghan McCain; Romeo and Juliet Reality, ‘Jersey Strong’; Bilingual…

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RHYTHM & HUES ACQUIRED BY AFFILIATE OF PRANA STUDIOS, INC.

 New Operating Co. to Provide Capital and Digital Partnership LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2013) – Academy Award®-winning visual effects and animation studio Rhythm & Hues was acquired out of bankruptcy today by a wholly-owned affiliate of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios, Inc.  At a hearing held today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, Judge Neil…

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30TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION OF THE KING OF COMEDY TO CLOSE 2013 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ON APRIL 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY – March 28, 2013 – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, announced today that the 30th Anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, restored in association with The Film Foundation, Regency Enterprises and Twentieth Century Fox, will close its 12th edition on Saturday, April 27. Closing night…

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STATEMENT REGARDING THE PASSING OF FORMER ACADEMY PRESIDENT FAY KANIN

March 27, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved former president and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Fay Kanin. She was committed to the Academy’s preservation work and instrumental in expanding our public programming. A tireless mentor and inspiration to countless filmmakers, Fay’s passion for film…

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THE ACADEMY SELECTS 2014 AND 2015 SHOW DATES: KEY DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE OSCARS®

March 25, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar® presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, and February 22, 2015,…

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SCREEN MEDIA, FOCUS WORLD TEAM TO ACQUIRE U.S. RIGHTS TO THE LIFEGUARD, STARRING KRISTEN BELL

NEW YORK, March 22, 2013 – Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, and Screen Media Films have partnered on acquiring U.S. rights to The Lifeguard, starring Kristen Bell following its debut in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Screen Media and Focus World will release The Lifeguard in theaters and on digital…

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Wilmington on DVDs: Heaven’s Gate

It’s past time to resuscitate the reputation of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate. Remember how they shot it down? It was known after its release (before its release too, actually) as Cimino’s Folly, Cimino’s Trainwreck, the out-of-control, over-expensive epic that all but bankrupted United Artists and made a laughingstock out of its Oscar-winning filmmaker.

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L.A. Metro is Open for Filming

HOLLYWOOD LOCATIONS AWARDED METRO FILMING LIAISON CONTRACT LOS ANGELES, March 19, 2013  — Hollywood Locations is now representing the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority when film, television and commercial productions wish to utilize METRO owned property. Hollywood Locations has represented and marketed the regional transit hub, Los Angeles Union Station, for over the last…

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MAGNOLIA PICTURES TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO JOE SWANBERG’S DRINKING BUDDIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (March 19, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts’ Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later’s Paul M….

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES MIKE LEIGH’S LATEST FILM

a portrait of England’s greatest artist JMW Turner

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A24’s Double-Barreled Weekend

PRESS RELEASE A24 is thrilled to report the weekend estimates for our films, Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter), and Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine). GINGER & ROSA – Bolstered by fantastic reviews, particularly for Elle Fanning’s devastating performance (AO Scott said: “Elle Fanning shows a nearly Meryl Streep-ian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision”) Sally Potter’s…

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INKS DEAL FOR NEXT FILM FROM WRITER-DIRECTOR NANCY MEYERS

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 11, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Nancy Meyers to direct an untitled film to be produced by Matt Tolmach and Nancy Meyers, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.  Meyers rewrote a screenplay…

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DON JON No Longer Addicted

It’s now called… DON JON. I decided to change it, first of all, because DON JON is just so short and simple, and if you know me, you know I’m a fan of brevity.

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Christopher Nolan’s “INTERSTELLAR” To Be Co-Produced And Jointly Distributed By Paramount Pictures And Warner Bros. Pictures

Paramount To Distribute Domestically, Warner Bros. Pictures Internationally FILM WILL BE RELEASED IN THEATERS AND IMAX ON NOVEMBER 7, 2014 HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 8, 2013 —Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures jointly announced today that writer/director Christopher Nolan’s “INTERSTELLAR” will be co-produced and distributed by the two studios, with Paramount Pictures handling Domestic distribution and Warner Bros. Pictures…

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MAGNOLIA PICTURES GETS “TOUCHY FEELY” FOR THE WORLD WITH LYNN SHELTON’S LATEST

Shelton And Magnolia Reunite Following Successful Collaboration On Hit Comedy “Humpday” NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired world distribution rights to TOUCHY FEELY, the latest film from acclaimed writer/director Lynn Shelton.  The acquisition marks a reunion between Shelton and Magnolia, the distributor of Shelton’s hit…

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FULL FRAME ANNOUNCES COMPLETE PROGRAM LINEUP & OPENING NIGHT FILM FOR 16TH ANNUAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Durham, NC – Thursday, March 7, 2013 – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced its full program lineup of new feature and short films. Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s critically-acclaimed “Gideon’s Army” will be the Opening Night Film on Thursday, April 4th. Specific screening times and venues will be announced with the overall schedule on March…

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BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL 1ST YEAR WHILE MARKING THE VENUE’S 100TH YEAR AS A CINEMA

Toronto, March 7, 2013 – The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is thrilled to celebrate two key milestones during 2013, its successful first year of operation as a theatre, and the venue’s hundredth year as a cinema. The building officially opened as the Madison Theatre on December 23, 1913 and had various names over the years….

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WOMEN IN FILM FOUNDATION OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 FILM FINISHING FUND GRANTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Past Grant Winners like Cynthia Wade and Freida  Mock have gone on to win Academy® Awards Los Angeles, CA, March 5. Applications are now being accepted for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2013 Film Finishing Fund grants, it was announced today by FFF Committee Co-Chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone.  The…

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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