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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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch