Press Releases Archive for April, 2013

WOODY ALLEN’S NEW COMEDY TO STAR COLIN FIRTH & EMMA STONE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  NEW YORK (April 30, 2013) – Woody Allen’s new, untitled comedy will star Colin Firth and Emma Stone. The Gravier Productions film is produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Set in the South of France, Allen will shoot the film this summer, once again collaborating with cinematographer Darius…

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2013 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS

THE ROCKET, THE KILL TEAM, WHITEWASH AND OXYANA WIN TOP AWARDS IN JURIED WORLD COMPETITIONS * * * SANDY STORYLINES WINS FIRST-EVER BOMBAY SAPPHIRE AWARD FOR TRANSMEDIA * * * FESTIVAL AWARDS $155,000 IN CASH PRIZES [April 25, 2013 – New York, NY] – The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS AND IFC FILMS NAMES SHANI ANKORI HEAD OF MARKETING AND LAUREN SCHWARTZ HEAD OF PUBLICITY

MICHAEL WINTON NAMED HEAD OF MARKETING AND PUBLICITY FOR IFC MIDNIGHT New York, NY – April 24, 2013 – Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films announced today that Lauren Schwartz will head film publicity and Shani Ankori will head marketing for the company’s distribution labels, Sundance Selects and IFC Films. In their expanded roles, Schwartz…

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THREE-TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER OLIVER STONE TO ATTEND KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Festival will award the Director, Producer and Screenwriter with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema 23 April 2013, London, UK: The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) today announced that the 2013 recipient of its most prestigious award, the Crystal Globe, will be legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone.  Stone…

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Cannes Sets 2013 Directors Fortnight

Includes Bozon, Barnard, Nadjari, Folman, Jodorowsky, Ophüls, And A Short By Lynne Ramsay

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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, JARED LETO, JENNIFER GARNER STAR IN JEAN-MARC VALLÉE’S DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, TO BE RELEASED BY FOCUS FEATURES DOMESTICALLY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 – Dallas Buyers Club, currently in post-production, has been acquired by Focus Features for domestic theatrical release in the second half of 2013. The company has also acquired Latin American rights to the feature. Focus CEO James Schamus and Focus president Andrew Karpen made the announcement today….

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THE AMERICAN PAVILION ANNOUNCES HISTORIC REDESIGN DETAILS TIMED TO 25 ANNIVERSARY

DESIGN INCORPORATES SOPHISTICATED DESIGN ELEMENTS THANKS TO PRESENTING SPONSOR THE PENINSULA HOTEL GROUP

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Cannes 2013: Official Selection and Un Certain Regard

  IN COMPETITION Opening Film Baz LUHRMANN THE GREAT GATSBY (H.C.) 2h22 *** Valeria BRUNI-TEDESCHI UN CHÂTEAU EN ITALIE 1h44 Ethan COEN, Joel COEN INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS 1h45 Arnaud des PALLIÈRES MICHAEL KOHLHAAS 2h05 Arnaud DESPLECHIN JIMMY P. (PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN) 2h Amat ESCALANTE HELI 1h45 Asghar FARHADI LE PASSÉ (THE PAST) 2h10 James…

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BRITNEY SPEARS TO RELEASE NEW SONG “OOH LA LA” FOR COLUMBIA PICTURES/SONY PICTURES ANIMATION’S FAMILY COMEDY “THE SMURFS™ 2”

 CULVER CITY, Calif., April 17, 2013 – Pop icon Britney Spears will release a song for Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated family comedy The Smurfs™ 2, entitled “Ooh La La,” via Kemosabe / RCA Records. “Ooh La La,” which will play at the end credits of the film, was written by Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Joshua…

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CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON RETURN TO PRODUCE THE OSCARS®

The acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return.

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International Documentary Association’s New Screening Series To Replace DocuWeeks Qualifying Showcase

LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2013 — The International Documentary Association announced today the launch of the IDA Documentary Screening Series, invitation-only screenings of fifteen documentary features to take place annually between September and January.  The new series will replace IDA’s DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase, a program designed to help filmmakers qualify their works for Oscar®…

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JURIES ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE PROGRAMS

For Immediate Release  Bryce Dallas-Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Riley Keough, Kenny Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Sheila Nevins, Josh Radnor and Evan Rachel Wood among the jurors this year New York, NY – April 10, 2013 – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding partner American Express, today announced its jurors – a diverse…

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NAMING OF THE DAVID GEFFEN THEATER

THE DAVID GEFFEN FOUNDATION DONATES $25 MILLION TO THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Award Winners

Award Winners were announced this afternoon at the annual Awards Barbecue.

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Statement from TIFF on the passing of Roger Ebert

April 4, 2013 We are terribly saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Roger Ebert. More than a friend, Roger was family. He knew us from our humble beginnings, stuck by us, and helped us grow, as only family can do. It is no exaggeration to say that Roger, through his championing,…

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING THE PASSING OF ROGER EBERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2013 Chicago—The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago grieves with the Ebert family, Chicago, and film buffs everywhere on the passing of the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. Barbara Scharres, the Film Center’s Director of Programming for 37 years, has…

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William Friedkin’s SORCERER added to Chicago Critics Film Festival)

A rare screening of William Friedkin’s “Sorcerer.”

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott