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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“The Motion Picture Academy, at considerable expense and with great efficiency, runs all the nominated pictures at its own theater, showing each picture twice, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. A nominated picture is one in connection with which any kind of work is nominated for an award, not necessarily acting, directing, or writing; it may be a purely technical matter such as set-dressing or sound work. This running of pictures has the object of permitting the voters to look at films which they may happen to have missed or to have partly forgotten. It is an attempt to make them realize that pictures released early in the year, and since overlaid with several thicknesses of battered celluloid, are still in the running and that consideration of only those released a short time before the end of the year is not quite just.

“The effort is largely a waste. The people with votes don’t go to these showings. They send their relatives, friends, or servants. They have had enough of looking at pictures, and the voices of destiny are by no means inaudible in the Hollywood air. They have a brassy tone, but they are more than distinct.”All this is good democracy of a sort. We elect Congressmen and Presidents in much the same way, so why not actors, cameramen, writers, and all rest of the people who have to do with the making of pictures? If we permit noise, ballyhoo, and theater to influence us in the selection of the people who are to run the country, why should we object to the same methods in the selection of meritorious achievements in the film business? If we can huckster a President into the White House, why cannot we huckster the agonized Miss Joan Crawford or the hard and beautiful Miss Olivia de Havilland into possession of one of those golden statuettes which express the motion picture industry’s frantic desire to kiss itself on the back of its neck? The only answer I can think of is that the motion picture is an art. I say this with a very small voice. It is an inconsiderable statement and has a hard time not sounding a little ludicrous. Nevertheless it is a fact, not in the least diminished by the further facts that its ethos is so far pretty low and that its techniques are dominated by some pretty awful people.

“If you think most motion pictures are bad, which they are (including the foreign), find out from some initiate how they are made, and you will be astonished that any of them could be good. Making a fine motion picture is like painting “The Laughing Cavalier” in Macy’s basement, with a floorwalker to mix your colors for you. Of course most motion pictures are bad. Why wouldn’t they be?”
~ Raymond Chandler, “Oscar Night In Hollywood,” 1948

“Film festivals, for those who don’t know, are not exactly the glitzy red carpet affairs you see on TV. Those do happen, but they’re a tiny part of the festival. The main part of any film festival are the thousands of people with festival passes hanging on lanyards beneath their anoraks, carrying brochures for movies you have never and will never hear of, desperately scrabbling to sell whatever movie it is to buyers from all over the world. Every hotel bar, every cafe, every restaurant is filled to the brim with these people, talking loudly about non-existent deals. The Brits are the worst because most of the British film industry, with a few honourable exceptions, are scam artists and chancers who move around from company to company failing to get anything good made and trying to cast Danny Dyer in anything that moves. I’m seeing guys here who I first met twenty years ago and who are still wearing the same clothes, doing the same job (albeit for a different company) and spinning the same line of bullshit about how THIS movie has Al Pacino or Meryl Streep or George Clooney attached and, whilst that last one didn’t work out, THIS ONE is going to be HUGE. As the day goes on, they start drinking and it all gets ugly and, well, that’s why I’m the guy walking through the Tiergarten with a camera taking pictures of frozen lakes and pretending this isn’t happening.

“Berlin is cool, though and I’ve been lucky to be doing meetings with some people who want to actually get things done. We’ll see what comes of it.”
~ Julian Simpson