Press Releases Archive for February, 2014

And the Oscar presenters are…

STARS COME OUT TO CELEBRATE ON OSCAR® SUNDAY

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art Announce Complete Lineup for the 43rd Annual New Directors/New Films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 19 – 30 Ana Lily Amirpour’s A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is the Opening Night presentation, with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH starring Nick Cave slated for Closing Night Gillian Robespierre’s OBVIOUS CHILD is the Centerpiece selection New York, NY, February 20, 2014 — The…

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KINO LORBER SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH PALISADES TARTAN FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT DISTRIBUTION OF ACCLAIMED LIBRARY IN U.S. AND CANADA

90 Titles Include Award Winning Masterworks from World Cinema’s Leading Directors and the “Asian Extreme” Collection NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 19, 2014 – Kino Lorber announced today it has signed a multi-year agreement with Palisades Tartan to serve as the exclusive home entertainment distributor in the US and Canada (as available). The distribution deal includes…

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ZHANG YIMOU COMES HOME TO SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

 Film marks twelfth collaboration with the filmmaker and Sony Classics Team NEW YORK (February 18, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yimou’s COMING HOME starring Gong Li.  The film, currently in post-production, is produced by Bill Kong and…

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RACHEL DRATCH, WENDY MONIZ AND TREVOR ST. JOHN TOPLINE THE CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PATRICK WANG’S SOPHOMORE FEATURE; THE GRIEF OF OTHERS

Filmmaker’s Second Feature Follows Critically Acclaimed In the Family Companion iBook “Post Script: The Making of the Film, The Grief of Others” Available Now on iTunes Coincides with Announcement New York, NY – February 18, 2014 – Director Patrick Wang and Vanishing Angle today announced that Rachel Dratch, Wendy Moniz and Trevor St. John are…

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Creative Future Launches, with Ruth Vitale as Exec Director

Creative Community Coalition Expands and Launches as CreativeFuture, Independent Film Veteran Ruth Vitale Named Executive Director CreativeFuture Promotes the Value of Creativity in the Digital Age, Expanded Audience Access, and Voluntary, Cooperative Solutions that Preserve the Creative Process and Reduce Digital Theft LOS ANGELES – A broad-based coalition of more than 65 film and television…

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FINAL OSCARS® VOTING BEGINS FRIDAY

Closing on Tuesday, February 25, at 5pm PT.

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BOW TIE CINEMAS ZIEGFELD THEATER PRESENTS A FILM RETROSPECTIVE CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE COLLABORATION OF MARTIN SCORSESE AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO ON FEBRUARY 13 AND 14

FEATURING A PANEL CONVERSATION WITH DICAPRIO, THELMA SCHOONMAKER AND TERENCE WINTER ON FEBRUARY 13   NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2014) – Bow Tie Cinemas Ziegfeld Theater will celebrate the longtime collaboration between Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio with a two day, five film retrospective on  February 13 and 14. Kent Jones of the New York Film Society at Lincoln Center will moderate…

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 64TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS

“AMERICAN HUSTLE,” “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” AND “FROZEN” WIN BIG AT THE 64TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING EDITING IN 2013 “THE OFFICE,” “BREAKING BAD” AND “HOMELAND” TOP TELEVISION WINNERS “20 FEET FROM STARDOM” TAKES FILM DOC PRIZE AND “THE ASSASINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY” WINS TV DOC PRIZE PAUL GREENGRASS, RICHARD HALSEY, A.C.E., ROBERT C. JONES…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces creation of new annual documentary-as-art showcase ART OF THE REAL

Opening Night  will be Raya Martin and Mark Peranson’s LA ÚLTIMA PELICULA with Robert Greene’s ACTRESS selected for Closing Night  New York, NY (February 6, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today plans to present Art of the Real, a new documentary-as-art  series to take place April 11-26. Formerly a monthly series highlighting…

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GRAVITAS PREPARES TO WHIP OUT BAD JOHNSON

 Comedic dick pic coming soon to theaters and VOD Int’l rights currently being sold at Berlin Film Festival by the Salt Company  El Segundo, CA (February 6, 2014) – BAD JOHNSON, the new comedy from 2DS Productions, Roman Empire Productions, and director Huck Botko (THE VIRGINITY HIT, THE LAST EXORCISM), will hit theaters and VOD this spring…

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Magnolia Acquires Life Itself For Summer Theatrical

New York, NY (February 4, 2014) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to LIFE ITSELF, a documentary about the life of Roger Ebert directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters). A Kartemquin Films and Film Rites production in…

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Sundance PING PONG SUMMER Locks Deal With Gravitas Ventures

Sundance PING PONG SUMMER Locks Deal With Gravitas Ventures Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and newcomer Marcello Conte love the ’80s in this critically-acclaimed comedy which hits theaters this summer El Segundo, CA (February 3, 2014) – Following an uproarious Sundance premiere, one of the festival’s biggest crowd-pleasers, Michael Tully’s PING PONG SUMMER, has landed a deal with…

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TRIBECA FILM SETS RELEASE DATE FOR GIA COPPOLA’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, PALO ALTO, BASED ON JAMES FRANCO’S SHORT STORY COLLECTION

The acclaimed debut feature from writer/director Gia Coppola will open exclusively in theaters on Friday, May 9.

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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2014 COMPLETE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK –February 3, 2014 – The 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ celebrated annual showcase of the newest and best in contemporary French film, sweeps across screens at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek, March 6 – March 16. The…

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Statement Regarding “Alone Yet Not Alone” Song Decision

The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton, was made thoughtfully and after careful consideration.  The Academy takes very seriously anything that undermines the integrity of the Oscars® voting process. The Board regretfully concluded that Mr. Broughton’s actions did precisely that. The nominating process for Original Song is intended…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

The spirited girls don’t make the overwhelming task any easier in INFINITELY POLAR BEAR.

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott