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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Press Releases

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“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner

“Our business is complicated because intimacy is part and parcel of our profession; as actors we are paid to do very intimate things in public. That’s why someone can have the audacity to invite you to their home or hotel and you show up. Precisely because of this we must stay vigilant and ensure that the professional intimacy is not abused. I hope we are in a pivotal moment where a sisterhood — and brotherhood of allies — is being formed in our industry. I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. That’s why we don’t speak up — for fear of suffering twice, and for fear of being labeled and characterized by our moment of powerlessness. Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power. And we hopefully ensure that this kind of rampant predatory behavior as an accepted feature of our industry dies here and now. Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence.”
Lupita Nyong’o