Press Releases Archive for March, 2014

Kino Lorber To Launch Zalman King Label

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 12, 2014 – Kino Lorber is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Zalman King Company for the packaged media and digital distribution rights to the Zalman King library which will be marketed under a dedicated Zalman King label. The first release under this new…

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Hank Rieger, Former President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Was 95

Hank Rieger, left, with Tom Sarnoff, both past presidents of the Television Academy Henry “Hank” Rieger, a Los Angeles icon in the fields of news and public relations and former President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (1973-75, 1977-1980), died Wednesday of old age in Oceanside, California. He was 95. For more than 20 years…

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TOM TYKWER’S “A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING” STARRING TOM HANKS LOCKS IN CAST AS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS IN MOROCCO

Produced by X Filme Creative Pool, Primeridian and Playtone in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine   Berlin, 6th March 2014 – Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama “A Hologram for the King,” which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”, “Perfume”), who also adapted the script from the eponymous novel…

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DESIERTO WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JONAS CUARON AND STARRING GAEL GARCĺA BERNAL AND JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN BEGINS PRODUCTION

BAJA CALIFORNIA (March 6, 2014) – It was announced today that Jonás Cuarón’s DESIERTO began production last week in La Paz, Baja California. Gael García Bernal (NO, Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WATCHMEN, P.S. I LOVE YOU) will star in the film, written by Cuarón and Mateo García. The film marks Cuarón’s second…

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AMPLIFY AND WELL GO USA TEAM UP TO OPEN MINDS WITH TERRY GILLIAM’S THE ZERO THEOREM

New York, NY  March 5, 2014 – Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have teamed up to acquire the U.S. rights to acclaimed director Terry Gilliam’s science-fiction opus, THE ZERO THEOREM.  The partners will release the film to theaters across the US in late summer, with a home video release to follow. Amplify will handle theatrical and digital…

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PMK•BNC FILM DEPARTMENT GROWS WITH ADDITION OF REBECCA FISHER

Fisher has joined the agency expanding its Film Marketing and Distribution Department as Director of National Publicity.

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2014 Tribeca Film Festival announces World Narrative and Documentary Competition selections, plus Viewpoints titles

  2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD NARRATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTIONS PLUS OUT-OF-COMPETITION VIEWPOINTS TITLES *** Documentary Competition Section to Open with World Premiere of DIOR AND I; Narrative Competition Section to Open with World Premiere of GABRIEL; Viewpoints to open with  World Premiere of SUMMER OF BLOOD at 13th Annual TFF, April 16-27  New…

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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