Press Releases Archive for May, 2014

Gravity Named Best At 15th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

(Beverly Hills, May 30, 2014) — Hollywood celebrated the best in motion picture marketing at the 15th Annual Golden Trailer Awards tonight in Beverly Hills. More than 1,100 studio marketing executives, movie fans, celebrities and trailer editors were on hand as Warner Bros.’ work for Gravity titled “detached” won the Best of Show Prize and…

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LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES “THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION”

Touring Exhibit Debuts Summer 2015  Company Appoints Veteran Thinkwell Executive To Oversee Branded Attractions SANTA MONICA, May 30, 2014 – As part of its initiative to extend its global brands and franchises into new lines of business, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, will launch a U.S. tour of “The Hunger Games: The…

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Universal Names Goldstine Head Of Worldwide Marketing

Goldstine and his team were instrumental in positioning the studio for its best year at the worldwide box office in 2013.

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Jonathan Gordon New Production Prez For Annapurna Pictures

Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison announced today that the company has hired producer Jonathan Gordon as President of Production for the company, effective immediately.

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SPC Snaps Salt Of The Earth, Un Certain Regard Winner By Wenders And Salgado

NEW YORK (May 25, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s THE SALT OF THE EARTH.  The film was in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Special Prize Award. The film was…

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Saban Films Takes North America For Tommy Lee Jones’ Manifest Destiny Western

SABAN FILMS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER TOMMY LEE JONES’ “THE HOMESMAN”   New Banner Aggressively Sweeps Up Rights to Buzz-Worthy Cannes Competition Title to Mark First Acquisition   CANNES – May 22, 2014 – Haim Saban announced today that after launching Saban Films last week the company has acquired North American distribution rights…

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THE DAILAN WANDA GROUP ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR CREATION OF NEW STUDIO AND MEDIA COMPLEX, AND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN QINGDAO, CHINA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Stephen Mensch announced as CEO of the Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park with Rose Kuo named as the CEO of the Qingdao International Film Festival  Cannes, France (May 16, 2014) – Hawk Koch, President of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and Special Advisor to Dailan Wanda Group announced at a press conference during the…

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PARTICIPANT MEDIA JOINS EVOLUTION MEDIA CAPITAL AND TPG GROWTH IN GLOBAL MEDIA, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT VENTURE

Evolution Media to Help Accelerate Growth of Young Companies May 15, 2014, Los Angeles, CA – Participant Media, the leading provider of entertainment that inspires, announced today that it has joined TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of global investment firm TPG, and Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a merchant bank focused on…

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Cannes 2014: Opening Day

I have long been of the opinion that Cannes is an indulgence to US press. Starting my third year covering the festival, I have to say, nothing’s changed that opinion. But like Telluride, it’s a lovely indulgence. It’s the most civil film festival of the biggies. The schedule is loaded, but manageable. The town is…

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OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO JON STEWART’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, ROSEWATER

Film from Oddlot Entertainment and Producers Jon Stewart, Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker to be Released Fall 2014 Los Angeles, CA, May 12, 2013 – Open Road Films announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution to Jon Stewart’s ROSEWATER, the feature film based on the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for…

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Sundance Institute Selects 13 Projects for June Directors and Screenwriters Labs

Part of 10 Summer Labs the Institute will Lead for Independent Artists in Film and Theatre Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced the 13 projects selected for its annual June Directors and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 26 through June 26. The Labs are the centerpiece of the…

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OSCILLOSCOPE IS GETTING LOW DOWN; ACQUIRES ACCLAIMED SUNDANCE DRAMA

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Jeff Preiss’ LOW DOWN, starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Flea (with featured turns by Caleb Landry Jones, Tim Daly and Taryn Manning). The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January as an early…

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Nominees For The 15th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

NOMINEES FOR 15th ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS REVEALED AS INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR ONE OF THE MOST FUN AND ORIGINAL AWARDS SHOWS HONORING THE BEST IN MOTION PICTURE TRAILERS AND MARKETING — Warner Bros. Earns Most Nominations By Studio as Universal, Fox, Lionsgate and Disney Round Out The Top 5 — — Top Nominations by Vendor…

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Hot Docs 2014 Awards Announced

At a reception hosted by award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio’s Q, at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. Thirteen awards and $66,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. Best Canadian…

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Christopher Plummer will star in Atom Egoyan’s “REMEMBER”

Director Atom Egoyan and Producer Robert Lantos reteam for this this emotionally charged contemporary thriller FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – “Remember” is produced by Ari Lantos (producer of “Stage Fright,” “The Right Kind of Wrong”) and Robert Lantos (Producer of Academy Award® and Golden Globe Nominated “Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”).  Academy Award® Nominated and Cannes Grand Prix…

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton