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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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