Press Releases Archive for April, 2014

SIFF ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP FOR 40th SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films and events for the 40th annual Festival (May 15 – June 8, 2014).  This year, SIFF will screen 440 films: 198 features (plus 4 secret films), 60 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 168…

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2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

* * * ZERO MOTIVATION, POINT AND SHOOT, MANOS SUCIAS, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON WIN TOP AWARDS IN JURIED WORLD COMPETITIONS PLUS CLOUDS WINS THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE AWARD FOR TRANSMEDIA * * * ZERO MOTIVATION WINS SECOND ANNUAL NORA EPHRON PRIZE * * * FESTIVAL AWARDS $190,000 IN CASH PRIZES   [April 24, 2014 – New York, NY] – The 13th…

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STEVE ELZER LAUNCHES BOUTIQUE PR FIRM SPECIALIZING IN MEDIA RELATIONS & STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS FOR EXECUTIVES, PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND INDUSTRY RELATED BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Rachel Falikoff Joins Firm As Senior Vice President; Launch Clients Include *Newzcard, Court Five Productions, Stradella Road (Los Angeles, April 24, 2014) — Corporate communications veteran Steve Elzer is launching Elzer & Associates, Inc, a new, boutique PR firm offering strategic communications counsel to help businesses build brands and support the ever-evolving media relations needs of…

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Sony’s New Digital Paper Goes Hollywood with Starring Role as Paper Replacement for Motion Picture and Television Industries

Pilot Program with Major Studios; Collaboration with Ease Entertainment’s Digital Start Paperwork Streamlines New Hire & Crew Onboarding Processes LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2014 – Sony’s new Digital Paper is taking a leading role in a pilot program with selec tHollywood studios to streamline the new hire and crew on-boarding process for motion picture and television productions. Starting…

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Sony Pictures Entertainment And Mattel Announce Plan To Bring The Iconic Character Of Barbie To Life On Screen

  Live-Action Comedy Set to Begin Production End of Year Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Next Global Franchise to be Produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and written by Jenny Bicks CULVER CITY, Calif., April 23, 2014 — Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation today announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring the beloved and…

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SPC To Release FOXCATCHER November 14

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER in the United States on November 14.  The film will premiere in the In Competition Section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL, CAPOTE), FOXCATCHER tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and…

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CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON RETURN TO PRODUCE THE 2015 OSCARS®

April 21, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON RETURN TO PRODUCE THE 2015 OSCARS®   BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will…

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Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist Begins At FSLC

  Comprehensive retrospective celebrates the work and influence of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and will include features, television work, films starring Fassbinder, and films influenced by him   One-week exclusive theatrical run of the newly restored print of The Merchant of Four Seasons to coincide with series from May 16-23   New York, NY (April 18,…

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES KEY DATES FOR OSCAR 2015

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars.  The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015. Key dates for the Awards season are: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards Wednesday, December 3, 2014…

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“BEHAVING BADLY” Acquired by Vertical Entertainment

Nat Wolff/Selena Gomez Comedy set for August 2014 release   Los Angeles, April 9, 2014 – Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Tim Garrick’s BEHAVING BADLY, starring Nat Wolff (“The Fault in our Stars”) and Selena Gomez along with Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Jason Lee, Heather Graham, Cary Elwes, Gary Busey, and Patrick Warburton.  The…

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JURIES ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Jurors Include Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Regina Dugan, Anton Yelchin, Shelia Nevins and Paul Wesley New York, NY [April 8, 2014] – The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 33 industry leaders, including award-winning filmmakers, writers, producers, acclaimed actors, respected…

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MOVIE STUDIOS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST MEGAUPLOAD AND ITS OPERATORS OVER MASSIVE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Washington, DC – The major U.S. movie studios today filed a lawsuit against Megaupload and its key operators, alleging that the defendants facilitated, encouraged, and profited from massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows before the defendants were indicted on federal criminal charges and Megaupload was shut down. “When Megaupload.com was shut down in…

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RADiUS-TWC, THE DUPLASS BROTHERS AND BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS JOIN FORCES ON ‘CREEP’ TRILOGY AFTER THE FILM’S FEAR-INDUCING SXSW PREMIERE

DISTRIB TO RELEASE ‘CREEP’ WHILE BLUMHOUSE/DUPLASS GO INTO PRODUCTION ON SECOND AND THIRD INSTALLMENTS   (New York, NY) April 7, 2014 – RADiUS-TWC is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Duplass Brothers and Blumhouse Productions on a CREEP trilogy after the film’s highly praised and fear inducing SXSW premiere.  CREEP stars Mark Duplass (SAFETY…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO RELEASE LAND HO! ON JULY 11

WILL ALSO SCREEN AT THE UPCOMING TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK (April 7, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that it will release Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s LAND HO! on July 11 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by openings nationwide.  Additionally, LAND HO! will screen at…

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DISTRIB FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO PHILIPPE GARREL’S JEALOUSY

Distrib Films is a Paris-based company specializing in the theatrical distribution of French art house films and documentaries in the United States.

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WERNER HERZOG FILMS SET FOR EXCLUSIVE SVOD DEBUT ON FANDOR

16 Films To Launch April 10.

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Joe Bel Bruno New Editor Of LATimes’ Company Town

Joe Bel Bruno New Editor Of LATimes’ Company Town

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BONG JOON-HO’S SNOWPIERCER TO OPEN 20TH ANNIVERSARY 2014 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

BONG JOON-HO’S SNOWPIERCER TO OPEN 20TH ANNIVERSARY 2014 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF BONG JOON-HO’S SNOWPIERCER FOR OPENING NIGHT AT 2014 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL – FESTIVAL TO RUN JUNE 11-19 AT L.A. LIVE – LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2014) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by…

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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