Press Releases Archive for September, 2013

Music Box Films Takes U.S. and Canadian Rights For Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA

For Immediate Release Second Quarter 2014 Release Planned Chicago, IL (September 25, 2013) – Music Box Films announced today that it has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Pawel Pawlikowski’s Polish Communist-era drama IDA, which riveted festival audiences at its premiere screenings in Telluride and Toronto. IDA tells the story of a young orphaned novice nun exposed to…

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IDA To Honor Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and Geralyn Dreyfous

Top honorary awards.

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SETH ROGEN AND EVAN GOLDBERG LET IT ALL HANG OUT WITH “SAUSAGE PARTY”

SETH ROGEN AND EVAN GOLDBERG LET IT ALL HANG OUT WITH “SAUSAGE PARTY,” AN OUTRAGEOUS, NOT-FOR-KIDS ANIMATED MOVIE, FROM SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, ANNAPURNA PICTURES AND POINT GREY   CULVER CITY, Calif., September  24, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures will partner on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party, written by Seth…

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CINEDIGM ACQUIRES KELLY REICHARDT’S “NIGHT MOVES,” STARRING JESSE EISENBERG, DAKOTA FANNING AND PETER SARSGAARD

Cinedigm takes all North American rights to eco-terrorism thriller, with U.S. theatrical release planned for 2014  LOS ANGELES, CA (September 20, 2013) – Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired all North American rights to NIGHT MOVES, directed by acclaimed American independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt.  The film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard made its…

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Salinger Film Reedited For National Release In 62 Cities

NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN MATERIAL ADDED TO SALINGER DOCUMENTARY FOR NATIONAL RELEASE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ALSO DEVELOPING LIVE ACTION J.D. SALINGER BIOPIC New York, NY (September 18, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that their latest documentary release, SALINGER, will have a special edition debuted for its national release on Friday, September 20. The film, which opened in New York and Los Angeles on September…

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FSLC SETS COMPLETE LINEUP OF JEAN-LUC GODARD – THE SPIRIT OF THE FORMS, 3-Week Retrospective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (September 17, 2013) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the full schedule and complete lineup for the upcoming film series, Jean-Luc Godard – The Spirit of the Forms. The three-week retrospective of the legendary director’s work will begin during the second week of this year’s New…

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DALIAN WANDA GROUP DONATES $20 MILLION TO THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

September 17, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $20 million gift from the Dalian Wanda Group for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The gift was made as part of the Academy Museum’s $300 million capital campaign and…

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THE CW TO BROADCAST THE “CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS” AND “CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS” IN 2014

September 16, 2013 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Television Network has partnered with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) to broadcast the 19th annual “Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” for the second consecutive year, and also the 4th annual “Critics’ Choice Television Awards” in 2014, it was announced today by Joey…

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ANDREW DOSUNMU TO DIRECT FELA KUTI, DRAMA WITH MUSIC ABOUT MUSICIAN AND ACTIVIST FELA KUTI, FOR FOCUS FEATURES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, September 16, 2013 – Andrew Dosunmu will direct Focus Features’ drama with music Fela Kuti, which is currently in development. Focus CEO James Schamus and co-CEO Andrew Karpen made the announcement today. A human rights activist, sexual revolutionary, and political maverick, Fela Kuti was one of the most influential musicians…

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THOMAS VINTERBERG TO DIRECT “FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD” FOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT

CAREY MULLIGAN, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, MICHAEL SHEEN, TOM STURRIDGE AND JUNO TEMPLE TO STAR IN “FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD” FOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES THOMAS VINTERBERG TO DIRECT   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES, CA September 16, 2013 – Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th.  The…

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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AND KEIRA KNIGHTLEY LEAD A TOP-FLIGHT CAST IN “THE IMITATION GAME”

September 15, 2013 Start of Principal Photography in the UK Announced by Black Bear Pictures  LONDON, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013: THE IMITATION GAME, which began principal photography in the UK yesterday, is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with…

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ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO FRED SCHEPISI’S ‘WORDS AND PICTURES’ STARRING CLIVE OWEN AND JULIETTE BINOCHE

(LOS ANGELES, CA) September 15, 2013 – Following its acclaimed world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired US rights to director Fred Schepisi’s adult romance, WORDS AND PICTURES, written by Gerald Di Pego and starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen (KILLER ELITE, BLOOD TIES) and Oscar winner…

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FSLC NAMES DIRECTOR-WRITER ANDREA ARNOLD AS THE 2013 FILMMAKER IN RESIDENCE DURING THE 51ST NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New York, NY (September 12, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center names director/writer, Andrea Arnold, as the 2013 Filmmaker in Residence, to take place during the 51st New York Film Festival. The initiative is in partnership with luxury brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, to further the goals of filmmakers at an earlier stage in…

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OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK TO RELEASE OSCAR-WINNER BARBARA KOPPLE’S ‘RUNNING FROM CRAZY’ THEATRICALLY ON NOVEMBER 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2013 Starring Academy Award-Nominated Actress and Advocate Mariel Hemingway Los Angeles, CA – The acclaimed documentary “Running From Crazy,” the latest project from two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County USA,” “American Dream”), which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will be released theatrically on November 1, 2013, and will…

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WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO COMEDY BAD WORDS, DIRECTED BY AND STARRING JASON BATEMAN, ACQUIRED BY FOCUS FEATURES FOR 2014 RELEASE

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, September 7, 2013 – Worldwide rights to the comedy Bad Words, directed by and starring Jason Bateman, have been acquired by Focus Features for a 2014 theatrical release. Focus CEO James Schamus and co-CEO Andrew Karpen made the announcement today at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is having its…

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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER TO HOST 3-WEEK RETROSPECTIVE OF JEAN-LUC GODARD DURING 51ST NYFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF DIRECTOR RICHARD LINKLATER’S DAZED AND CONFUSED ALSO ANNOUNCED New York, NY (September 5, 2013) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that the 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF, September 27 – October 13) will serve as the launching pad for a retrospective of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s work….

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TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION COMES TO A CLOSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Telluride, CO, September 2, 2013 – Telluride Film Festival (August 29-September 2, 2013), presented by the National Film Preserve, draws to a close today following a spectacular five-day anniversary presentation of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests attended by more than 4,000 movie lovers. Telluride Film Festival curated over 100 programs…

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CHARLIE HUNNAM CAST AS CHRISTIAN GREY IN UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND FOCUS FEATURES’ FILM ADAPTATION OF “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”

NEWS RELEASE UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, September 2, 2013 — Charlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it was announced today.  He joins Dakota Johnson, who will star opposite him as Anastasia Steele.  The film, which will…

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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