Press Releases Archive for August, 2013

Sundance favorite GOD LOVES UGANDA to receive theatrical release from Variance Films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams’ exposé of US Evangelical influence in Ugandan anti-homosexuality laws to hit theaters October 11, 2013.  New York, August 29, 2013 – Variance Films announced today that Roger Ross Williams’ GOD LOVES UGANDA will be released theatrically beginning in New York City on October 11, 2013, followed…

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DRAFTHOUSE FILMS, VICE, VHX & THE FILMMAKERS TO DELIVER ‘THE ACT OF KILLING’ FREE TO THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA

To Help Spur Social Change, The Year’s Most Acclaimed Documentary Will Be Made Available For All Of Indonesia August 28, 2013 –  Award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary film The Act Of Killing will be made available for free to the people of Indonesia in perpetuity, through the joint efforts of the US distributor Drafthouse Films,VICE Media, integrated digital platform VHX, Danish…

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40th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAM LINEUP

27 new feature films in main program.

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SCREEN MEDIA FILMS AND FOCUS WORLD ACQUIRE ADVENTURE COMEDY A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING, STARRING KODI SMIT-McPHEE, BEN KINGSLEY

New York, August 27, 2013 – Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, and Screen Media Films have partnered for a third time on U.S. distribution rights to a feature film, acquiring the U.S. rights to A Birder’s Guide to Everything, which made its debut at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was a…

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ACADEMY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

Continuing its sponsorship of the Telluride Film Festival with a series of special events.

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TOMORROWLAND is Today

Principal photography on Brad Bird’s film, edited by Walter Murch.

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Spotlight on Documentaries and Film Restoration at the 2013 NY FILM FESTIVAL

PRESS RELEASE HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS NOW, APPLIED SCIENCES, and MOTION PORTRAITS comprise the new documentary section and restorations of works by Leos Carax, Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Ray, Alain Resnais, Luchino Visconti and many more in the REVIVALS section NEW YORK, August 26, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the details of the additional programming that will…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Gala Tributes to honor Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes at the 2013 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK, August 22, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be the subjects of this year’s NYFF Gala Tributes. The Gala Tribute to Cate Blanchett will take place on Wednesday, October 2, and the Gala Tribute to Ralph Fiennes will take place on Wednesday, October…

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WEINSTEIN COMPANY AND SIMON & SCHUSTER ANNOUNCE UNCOVER THE MYSTERY BUT DON’T SPOIL THE SECRETS’ CAMPAIGN

Tthose seeing it before its official release date are being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements.

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO EXPAND WOODY ALLEN’S BLUE JASMINE TO OVER 1,200 SCREENS NATIONWIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   New York, NY (August 21, 2013) –  Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will expand Woody Allen’s latest box office success BLUE JASMINE from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend.  This surpasses…

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SUNDANCE SELECTS TO RELEASE KECHICHE’S PALME D’OR WINNER BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR WITH NC-17 RATING IN U.S.

NEW YORK, NY (August 20, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that they will release Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or Winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR with the MPAA rating of NC-17 in the United States, as opposed to trimming the film or releasing the film Unrated. With a screenplay by Kechiche…

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SAMUEL L. JACKSON JOINS PRESENTERS OF WONG KAR-WAI’s THE GRANDMASTER

FILMMAKER MARTIN SCORSESE ALSO BACKING FILM New York, NY – August 20, 2013 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson is joining previously announced filmmaker Martin Scorsese in presenting their upcoming release, THE GRANDMASTER. Jackson, who attended the film’s New York premiere on August 13th, will be adding his name to…

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OSCILLOSCOPE PICKS UP AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “THE KILL TEAM”

The devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches.

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PRODUCERS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY TO RELEASE “ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW”

Provocative Sundance Film To Hit Theaters and VOD This Fall PDA’s Follow Up To EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, SENNA, BROOKLYN CASTLE and THE WAY (New York, NY) August 19, 2013 –Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) announced today it will be releasing Randy Moore’s directorial debut ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW in the U.S. this fall, in partnership…

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A TASTE OF THE 49th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

First Round of Titles Announced.

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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Main Slate of selections for the 2013 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

PRESS RELEASE 35 Features include new films by Catherine Breillat, J.C. Chandor, Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard Curtis, Claire Denis, Arnaud Desplechin, Ralph Fiennes, James Gray, James Franco, Jim Jarmusch, Claude Lanzmann, Alexander Payne, Hong Sang-soo, Frederick Wiseman, and Jia Zhangke   NEW YORK, August 19, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today…

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JOEL AND ETHAN COEN AND T BONE BURNETT TO PRESENT ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF “INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS”

ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT EVENT TO BE HELD AT NEW YORK CITY’S TOWN HALL ON SEPTEMBER 29 Performers To Include The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Milk Carton Kids, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings,…

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14 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS

“Non-explosive car flipping devices.”

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS PINS ANNAPURNA’S FOXCATCHER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  NEW YORK (August 15, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will distribute Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER in North America, currently in post-production.  The film is produced by Megan Ellison under her company Annapurna Pictures, as well as, Miller and Anthony Bregman and will be released on December 20. Miller’s prestigious cast…

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DIRECTING ICONS WONG KAR WAI AND MARTIN SCORSESE CELEBRATE THE GRANDMASTER

DIRECTING ICONS WONG KAR WAI AND MARTIN SCORSESE CELEBRATE THE GRANDMASTER IN NYC New York, NY – August 15, 2013 – Filmmaking legends Wong Kar Wai and Martin Scorsese met in New York yesterday to celebrate the upcoming release of Wong’s kung fu epic THE GRANDMASTER. The Weinstein Company, who is releasing the film theatrically, recently announced…

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“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook

“Billy Wilder said to me, ‘Those of us who are hyphenates deserve a couple more beats,’ and I knew what he meant. As a director, you make sure a scene is not beat-heavy. You need just enough beats in the rhythm. Billy also used to say, ‘Whatever you do, is your mark. You don’t have to go out and impress someone. Let them look at your work.’”
~ Jerry Lewis