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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas