Press Releases Archive for July, 2013

LINKED IN LAUNCHED FIRST EVERY MOVIE PROMOTION FOR UPCOMING RELEASE LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

LINKED IN LAUNCHED FIRST EVERY MOVIE PROMOTION FOR UPCOMING RELEASE LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS EXPANDS BEFORE MIDNIGHT TO 226 SCREENS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              SONY PICTURES CLASSICS EXPANDS BEFORE MIDNIGHT TO 226 SCREENS NEW YORK, NY (July 31, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that after continued box office success they will once again increase BEFORE MIDNIGHT’s theater count to 226 screens this weekend.  Richard Linklater’s film, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, has grossed…

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NYFF 51 Opens With CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces the World Premiere of Paul Greengrass’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as the Opening Night Gala selection for the 51st NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

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Fox Searchlight To Release Nicole Holofcener’s ENOUGH SAID September 20, 2013

With James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.

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Venice 2013 Attractions

Including Venice 70, Out-Of-Competition.

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RIDES WITH DOCUMENTARY “THE ARMSTRONG LIE”

Armstrong’s team had run “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

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Kino Lorber Acquires The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Documentary by Bill Siegel from Kartemquin Films on Ali’s life and political legacy to open at IFC Center in New York City on August 23rd with national release following New York, NY – July 24, 2013 – Kino Lorber is pleased to announce the acquisition of North American rights to The Trials of Muhammad Ali,…

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ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES THREE MAJOR NAMING GIFTS

GALE ANNE HURD, GERALD SCHWARTZ AND HEATHER REISMAN, AND THE SIMMS/MANN FAMILY FOUNDATION EACH DONATE $5 MILLION TO THE ACADEMY MUSEUM

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WRITERS GUILDS MAKE CHANGES TO AWARDS ELIGIBILITY & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

New “Quiz & Audience Participation” Category Added.

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NATION’S LEADING CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS TAKE AN INTEREST IN THE BUTLER TITLE DISPUTE

 New York, NY – July XX, 2013 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) acknowledged today the support of three of the nation’s leading civil rights activists in the dispute with Warner Bros over use of the film title THE BUTLER, they are: Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ben Jealous, President & CEO of NAACP Roy Innis, National Chairman…

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IFP’s FILMMAKER MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ITS 2013 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM

The 16th edition of its annual “25 New Faces of Independent film.”

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ACADEMY NAMES 2013–2014 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Ten first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.

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Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for 29 Documentaries

From its Documentary Film Program and Fund.

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Sundance FF Comedy “Ass Backwards”

Los Angeles, CA (July 11, 2013) – Gravitas Ventures announced today the acquisition of the female road trip comedy ASS BACKWARDS, which premiered earlier this year in the Midnight section at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Starring and written by Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael and directed by Chris Nelson, the film will play next…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES DOCUMENTARY JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

The film was in the Director’s Fortnight section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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ALL MAJOR STUDIOS OFFICIALLY ADOPT THE PRODUCERS MARK CERTIFICATION

‘Six For Six’ As Par, Disney, and Warner Join p.g.a Mark

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SAM MENDES RETURNS TO DIRECT BOND 24

October 23, 2015 in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the US

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR FILM PARTNERSHIP

Legendary to Leverage Comcast and NBCUniversal Businesses

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Screen Media Films Acquires SXSW Comedy “Awful Nice”

Todd Sklar’s latest comedy, played at SxSW.

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FSLC TO HOST WORLD PREMIERE OF THE CANYONS

“Fervor, dedication and rigor.”

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch