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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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch