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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas