Press Releases Archive for June, 2013

The Academy Invites 276 New Members

he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

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12 YEARS A SLAVE moves To October 18, 2013

This film will be a limited platform release.

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BUMBLE WARD AND TRACY BECHTOLD LAUNCH NEW COMMUNICATION FIRM, HIVE COLLECTIVE

Digital-oriented firm will focus on entertainment and philanthropy   LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2013 — A fresh approach to communication comes in the form of Hive Collective, a new company launched by entertainment industry veteran Bumble Ward in partnership with philanthropy professional Tracy Bechtold.  Sitting at the intersection of entertainment and philanthropy in Los Angeles, the firm will offer…

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FOCUS FEATURES SETS RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AS AUGUST 1, 2014

Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

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IFC FILMS TAKES US RIGHTS TO MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM’S THE TRIP TO ITALY

Follow Up To 2010 Comedy Hit The Trip Also Will Star Coogan and Brydon  New York, NY (June 24, 2013) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY.  The film is a follow up to the 2010 road trip comedy The Trip, which was…

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SUBMISSION DATES FOR 2013 OSCARS

June 24, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced category submission deadlines for 86th Academy Awards® consideration. Scientific and Technical Awards Friday, July 12 Documentary Short Subject Tuesday, September 3 Documentary Feature Monday, September 23 Live Action Short Film Tuesday, October 1 Animated Short Film…

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Sundance Institute Selects 22 Fellows for 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs

For Immediate Release Los Angeles, CA, June 19, 2013 — Sundance Institute today announced the selection of 22 Fellows representing nine documentary film projects to participate in the 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, June 21-29 and July 5-13 at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. Built upon the immersive Lab model launched in 1981 by…

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FOCUS FEATURES’ AFRICA FIRST PROGRAM BEGINS SIXTH YEAR, ACCEPTING ENTRIES

$10,000 IN FINANCING APIECE EARMARKED FOR NEW FILMMAKERS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 – To commence its sixth year, Focus Features’ Africa First Program will accept entries continuing through Monday, August 19, with applications needing to be received by Thursday, August 29. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today. The uniquely conceived…

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Sundance Selects Wraps Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR

SUNDANCE SELECTS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO ROMAN POLANSKI’S VENUS IN FUR Film Made Its World Premiere In Competition at 2013 Cannes Film Festival New York, NY (June 5, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR. With a screenplay by Polanski…

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS ENGLISH-LANGUAGE RIGHTS TO “A PROPHET”

To be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe through the Original Film banner.

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FOCUS FEATURES INTERNATIONAL LOCKS MULTI-TERRITORY SALES FOR AMY WINEHOUSE DOCUMENTARY AND MIKE LEIGH’S J.M.W. TURNER PIC

Company also closes Italy for Jude Law Starrer Black Sea, Germany for Mike Flanagan’s Oculus London (June 3, 2013) – Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International (FFI), announced multi-territory sales on director Asif Kapadia’s (Senna, The Warrior) untitled documentary on five-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.  FFI also saw strong sales on seven-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director…

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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES RICHARD SHEPARD’S “DOM HEMINGWAY”

“You only want the best for your baby. I’m over the moon and under the influence.”

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh

 

“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda