Press Releases Archive for January, 2014

TLA Entertainment Group Sold to New York-Based Investment Firm Sterling Genesis International

For Immediate Release New York (January 30, 2014) — TLA Entertainment Group, Inc. (TLAEG) announced today that the company has been acquired by New York-based investment firm Sterling Genesis International, LLC. The sale includes direct to consumer brands of all digital properties including tlamovies.com, tlavideo.com, tlagay.com, tlacult.com and tlaondemand.com. G. Sterling Zinsmeyer, Chairman of Sterling Genesis International, will become Chief Operating Officer of TLAEG….

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EMERGING PICTURES ANNOUNCES “CINEMA MADE IN ITALY,” A MAJOR NEW INITIATIVE TO EXPAND AMERICAN AUDIENCE FOR ITALIAN CINEMA

NEW FILMS BY AMELIO, BELLOCCHIO, BERTOLUCCI, GOLINO AND SORRENTINO.

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Comments About Tom Sherak From Family, NATO and Hawk Koch

A statement from the Sherak family regarding the death of former Academy President Tom Sherak.

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2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Audience Favorites Include Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory, Whiplash, The Green Prince, Difret and Imperial Dreams Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, in…

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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES U.S. AND LATIN AMERICAN RIGHTS TO JENNIFER KENT’S FEATURE DEBUT THE BABADOOK

Film Features A Breakout Performance From Lead Actress Essie Davis PARK CITY, UTAH (January 25, 2014) – IFC Midnight announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring U.S. and Latin American rights to Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror film THE BABADOOK. The film, with a screenplay by Kent, stars actress Essie Davis…

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“LOVE IS STRANGE” AND SONY PICTURES CLASSICS GET HITCHED

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star in career-defining roles     Ira Sachs’ love letter to New York City has been one of the most talked about films at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival  NEW YORK (January 24, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, German and Scandinavian rights to Ira…

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A24 TO DISTRIBUTE J.C. CHANDOR’S A MOST VIOLENT YEAR IN THE U.S. FOR PARTICIPANT MEDIA

  THRILLER STARRING OSCAR ISAAC AND JESSICA CHASTAIN TO START FILMING SHORTLY IN NYC   New York, NY, January 22, 2014 – A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, written and directed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, Margin Call) and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and two-time Academy…

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RADiUS FALLS FOR ‘THE ONE I LOVE’ AROUND THE WORLD

SINGULAR ROMANTIC COMEDY STARRING MARK DUPLASS AND ELISABETH MOSS IS DIRECTED BY CHARLIE MCDOWELL AND PRODUCED BY THE DUPLASS BROTHERS FILM HAS BEEN THE TALK UP AND DOWN MAIN STREET SINCE ITS WORLD PREMIERE (Park City, UTAH) January 23, 2014 – RADiUS-TWC is proud to announce it has acquired worldwide rights to the romantic comedy THE ONE I LOVE…

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IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO JOHN SLATTERY-DIRECTED GOD’S POCKET

Film Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John Turturro PARK CITY, UTAH (January 22, 2014) – IFC Films announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to John Slattery’s directorial debut film, GOD’S POCKET. The film, with a screenplay by Slattery and Alex Metcalf, stars Philip Seymour…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS LANDS SUNDANCE SLEEPER HIT LAND HO!

SPC secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s bawdy road trip comedy.

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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “I ORIGINS”

Specialty Arm Acquires Worldwide Rights PARK CITY, UT January 20, 2014 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to the existential drama I ORIGINS.  Directed and written by Mike Cahill, I ORIGINS is his second feature following ANOTHER EARTH which Fox Searchlight acquired…

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Sundance Institute Receives $5 Million Grant from Open Society Foundations:

Support for Documentary Films Examining Contemporary Human Rights and Social Issues

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SAG-AFTRA Honors Outstanding Film and Television Performances at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 18, 2014) — SAG-AFTRA presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2013 at the “20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The “20th Annual Screen…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE HIT WHIPLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         NEW YORK (January 18, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to Damien Chazelle’s feature WHIPLASH.  The film, which played as the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s opening night film, received rave reviews on Thursday. Written by Chazelle, WHIPLASH stars Miles…

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Take International On Sundance Opener, Whiplash

SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS TAKES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO SUNDANCE OPENER, WHIPLASH Park City, UT (January 16, 2014) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights to several international territories to this year’s 2014 Sundance Film Festival opening night feature film, WHIPLASH, starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Territories acquired include: UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER and THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Announce Seven Official Selections for the 43rd edition of New Directors/New Films

New York, NY, January 14, 2014—The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art today announced seven official selections for the 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival (ND/NF) (March 19–30). The 2014 edition marks the 43rd year of the festival, which is dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic…

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OSCARS TO CELEBRATE MOVIE HEROES

January 14, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The 86th Academy Awards® will be a celebration of movie heroes, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Offering their first preview of the upcoming Oscar broadcast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the producers said the show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular…

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RYAN WERNER TO JOIN CINETIC MEDIA

“Ryan is one of the most inspired and innovative marketing minds we have encountered,” John Sloss said.

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES WOODY ALLEN’S NEXT FILM MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

Film marks seventh collaboration with the filmmaker and Sony Classics.

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Sundance Institute Announces Jury Members for 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally to Host Feature Film Awards Ceremony,
Livestreamed on January 25.

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“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant

“To say I knew exactly what I was doing at the outset — what’s that called? I think that would be a lie. Wormwood is something that was figured out as we went along. There was a kind of plan. My sales pitch to Netflix was, ‘I’m going to create the cinematic version of the everything bagel, except no raisins. I don’t like them in bagels. I think raisins are wrong, at least as far as bagels are concerned. But I told them I wanted to do something that combines straight drama, reenactments, archival research, various diverse graphics elements, and on and on and on. It wasn’t going to be documentary business as usual. It was going to be something different. I have suffered for years this idea that interviews aren’t directing and that there’s something really different about real people and actors. Whereas I’ve always believed that it’s really about performance — eliciting a performance, creating a performance on film. That’s true of interviews, it’s true of scripted material, it’s true of reenactments, it’s true of everything. It’s all direction.”
~ Errol Morris