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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“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady

“You know how in postproduction you are supposed to color-correct the picture so everything is smooth and even? Jean-Luc wants the opposite. He wants the rupture. Color and then black and white, or different intensities of color. Or how in this film, sometimes you see the ratio of the frame change after the image begins. That happens when he records from his TV onto his old DVCAM analog machine, which is so old we can’t even find parts when it needs to be repaired. The TV takes time to recognize and adjust to the format on the DVD or the Blu-ray. Whether it’s 1:33 or 1:85. And one of the TVs he uses is slower than the other. He wants to keep all that. I could correct it, but he doesn’t want me to. See, here’s an image from War and Peace. He did the overlays of color—red, white, and blue—using an old analog video effects machine. That’s why you have the blur. When I tried to redo it in digital, I couldn’t. The edges were too sharp. And why the image jitters—I don’t know how he did that. Playing with the cable maybe. Handmade. He wants to see that. It’s a gift from his old machine.”
~ Fabrice Aragno