Press Releases Archive for July, 2014

SABAN FILMS EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM FOLLOWING LAUNCH IN CANNES

Jonathan Saba leads Marketing and Azniv Tashchyan heads up Finance As Saban Bolsters Its Release Slate LOS ANGELES – July 31, 2014 – Saban Films, an entertainment venture from Haim Saban’s Saban Capital Group, expands their team with the hire of Azniv Taschyan as Vice President of Finance and Jonathan Saba as Vice President of Marketing. After…

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JEFF BLAKE ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

JEFF BLAKE ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT CULVER CITY, Calif., July 22, 2014 – Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the studio’s Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, announced today that he will leave Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) to pursue other opportunities effective August 1. “I have had a great 22…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU’S BIRDMAN AS THE CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION FOR THE 52ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU’S BIRDMAN AS THE CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION FOR THE 52ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL  New York, NY (July 21, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance as the Closing Night selection for the…

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON’S INHERENT VICE WILL BE CENTERPIECE FOR 52ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY THE WORLD PREMIERE OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON’S INHERENT VICE AS THE CENTERPIECE SELECTION FOR THE 52ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL  New York, NY (July 18, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will make its…

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Academy Sets New Governors, Including Albert Berger, Kate Amend, Ed Zwick And Caleb Deschanel

July 18, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2014–15 BOARD OF GOVERNORS LOS ANGELES, CA – Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.  In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board. The first-time governors are…

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Dolby Donates $12 Million To Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures

  THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES MAJOR GIFTS FROM DOLBY® LABORATORIES AND THE DOLBY FAMILY   $12 MILLION TO THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES     BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $7 million gift from Dolby Laboratories to provide cutting-edge audiovisual technology…

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NYFF Goes GONE GIRL For Opening Night

    THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DAVID FINCHER’S GONE GIRL AS THE OPENING NIGHT SELECTION FOR THE  52ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL     New York, NY (July 17, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that David Fincher’s Gone Girl will make its World Premiere as…

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From AMPAS president John Bailey:

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is not only one of the visual landmarks of the silent era, but is a deeply disturbing portrait of a young woman’s persecution in the face of the male judges and priests of the ruling order. The actress Maria Falconetti gave one of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of cinema as the Maid of Orleans.

Since the decision of the Academy’s Board of Governors on Saturday October 14 to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from its membership, I have been haunted not only by the recurring image of Falconetti and the sad arc of her career (dying in Argentina in 1946, reputedly from a crash diet) but of Joan’s refusal to submit to an auto de fe recantation of her beliefs.

Recent public testimonies by some of filmdom’s most recognized women regarding sexual intimidation, predation, and physical force is, clearly, a turning point in the film industry—and hopefully in our country, where what happens in the world of movies becomes a marker of societal Zeitgeist. Their decision to stand up against a powerful, abusive male not only parallels the cinema courage of Falconetti’s Joan but gives all women courage to speak up.

After Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Academy issued a passionately worded statement, expressing not only our concern about harassment in the film industry, but our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago. It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our industry. The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court, but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.

Yours,
John

.“People that are liars — lying to his wife, to his children, to everyone — well, they have to turn around and say, ‘Who stabbed me?’ It’s unbelievable that even to this moment he is more concerned with who sold him out. I don’t hear concern or contrition for the victims. And I want them to hear that.”
~ Bob Weinstein