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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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray