Press Releases Archive for August, 2014

Academy Extends Governors Awards To Belafonte, O’Hara, Miyazaki, Carrière

HARRY BELAFONTE, JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE, HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND MAUREEN O’HARA TO RECEIVE ACADEMY’S GOVERNORS AWARDS   LOS ANGELES, CA — The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award…

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Telluride Announces Its Film Program

41st TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAM LINEUP   41st edition plays host to 25 new feature films in its main program   Tribute programs honoring Volker Schlöndorff, Hilary Swank and the 35th Anniversary of Apocalypse Now Telluride, CO (August 28, 2014) – Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program…

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21 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR 2014 ACADEMY AWARDS®

  August 15, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 21 scientific and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for further awards consideration. The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with…

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 SOARS PAST $500,000,000 AT GLOBAL BOX OFFICE

DreamWorks Animation’s High-Flying Sequel Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Film of the Year  Los Angeles, CA – August 15, 2014 – On the heels of yesterday’s opening day of $5.6 million in China, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 soared past the $500 million mark at the global box office.  The highly acclaimed sequel is now not only one of…

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Statement from Robin Williams’ wife / August 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2014 Below please find a personal statement from Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider. We ask that you please run statements in their entirety. “Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a…

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NYFF Annnounces Its 2014 Main Slate, With Argento, Assayas, Costa, Cronenberg, Ferrara, Hansen-Løve, Leigh, Resnais

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces Main Slate selection for the   2014 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 30 features include new films by Lisandro Alonso, Asia Argento, Olivier Assayas, Nick Broomfield, Pedro Costa, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Abel Ferrara, Jean-Luc Godard, Hong Sang-soo, Mike Leigh, Mia Hansen-Løve, Bennett Miller, Oren Moverman, Alex Ross Perry, Alain…

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“Creative Coalition Mourns the Loss of Advisory Board Member Robin Williams”

New York, New York (August 12, 2014) – It is with great sadness that The Creative Coalition expresses its sympathies to the family, friends and fans of Robin Williams.   As an Advisory Board member of The Creative Coalition for nearly two decades, Robin was a guiding light of informed advocacy for members of the entertainment industry.  In 1995…

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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