Press Releases Archive for September, 2014

Morgan Spurlock and Paul G. Allen’s WE THE ECONOMY Launches On Digital Platforms October 21

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan Announce Full Cast of Actors, Artists and Economic Experts to Appear in WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss Amy Poehler, Adrian Grenier, Werner Herzog, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and others to participate in series launching across all digital platforms October 21  SEATTLE /…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO OPEN STILL ALICE IN DECEMBER FOR A YEAR-END AWARDS QUALIFYING RUN

Sony Pictures Classics announced today they will open STILL ALICE in New York and Los Angeles in December for a one-week year-end awards qualifying run, with a regular film release to follow on January 16. The film reunites Co-Directors and Co-Writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD) with Sony Pictures Classics,…

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Former Universal Pictures Chairman Fogelson Named Chairman of Robert Simonds’ New Studio

(Los Angeles – September 24, 2014) — Former Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson will be named Chairman of the Motion Picture Group for the new, next generation film and television studio being led by Robert Simonds, the studio announced today. Fogelson, who most recently led Universal Pictures to three of the most successful years in that…

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BROAD GREEN ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO EDEN, MIA HANSEN-LØVE’S ACCLAIMED PORTRAIT OF ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC

FILM TO SCREEN IN THE MAIN SLATE AT NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL  NEW YORK (September 23, 2014) –Broad Green Pictures (BGP) announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to acclaimed director Mia Hansen-Løve’s EDEN.  The announcement comes in advance of the film’s U.S. Premiere at the New York Film Festival and on the heels…

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Kino Lorber Signs Multi-Year Deal with Carlotta Films US for Home Entertainment Distribution in U.S.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year distribution deal with Carlotta Films US as home entertainment distributor in the U.S. for packaged and digital media. The first release under the new distribution deal will be Charles Lane’s acclaimed modern silent film and…

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KEVIN GRAYSON NAMED PRESIDENT OF DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION FOR NEW ROBERT SIMONDS-LED STUDIO

Los Angeles, September 16, 2014—Kevin Grayson will be joining Robert Simonds’ newly announced next generation film and television studio as President of Domestic Distribution for the Motion Picture Group, it was announced today by Simonds and Thomas McGrath, COO of the new studio. Grayson segues to the Company at the end of the month from Universal…

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KRISPY KREME & SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS CELEBRATE GHOSTBUSTERS ANNIVERSARY W/ NEW DOUGHNUTS

KRISPY KREME & SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS CELEBRATE GHOSTBUSTERS 30TH MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY WITH GHOSTBUSTERS AND STAY PUFT MARSHMALLOW DOUGHNUTS Winston-Salem, N.C., (September 16, 2014) – Switch on your proton packs because the boys are back in town!  Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have joined together to mark the 30th Anniversary of  the iconic blockbuster motion picture franchise with…

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TIFF-Preemed 99 Homes Listed By New Distrib Broad Green

BROAD GREEN TAKES US RIGHTS TO HYDE PARK – IMAGE NATION’S ’99 HOMES’ BY RAMIN BAHRANI AND STARRING ANDREW GARFIELD, MICHAEL SHANNON AND LAURA DERN LOS ANGELES (September 16, 2014) – Broad Green Pictures (BGP) announced today that they have acquired all US rights to Ramin Bahrani’s feature 99 HOMES. BGP plans to release the film,…

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Morgan Spurlock And Paul G. Allen Announce Directors Of Film Series On The U. S. Economy

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan Announce Line-Up of Award-Winning Directors and Economic Advisors for Film Series Designed to Demystify the U.S. Economy WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss to Premiere this October Across Multiple Platforms Special Sneak Preview at the 2014 New York Film Festival Convergence NEW…

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Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden Doc To World-Premiere At NYFF

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour AS A MAIN SLATE SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT the 2014 New York Film Festival  radius, in association with participant media and hbo® documentary films, presents a stunning thriller with edward snowden that unfolds in real time  New York, NY (September 16, 2014) – The…

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At Toronto, SPC Takes Still Alice For North America

  NEW YORK (September 12, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to STILL ALICE, starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. The film reunites Co-Directors and Co-Writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD) with Sony Pictures Classics, who worked together…

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The DVD Wrapup: God’s Pocket, Captain America, For No Good Reason, Pumpkinhead, Fed Up, Midnight Special, Goldbergs, New Who … More

Anyone who may have wondered what was lost with the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman–last February, at 46, to a drug overdose–shouldn’t have to look very far to study his impressive body of work. Once a prince of the indie realm, Hoffman more recently balanced his schedule with key supporting roles in such studio blockbusters as Mission: Impossible III and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as dramatic turns on Broadway. Never someone who could be mistaken for a classic Hollywood leading man, Hoffman’s presence was felt in every scene in which he appeared.

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SPC’s Barker And Bernard Slated For French Légion d’honneur

  CO-FOUNDERS AND CO-PRESIDENTS OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS MICHAEL BARKER & TOM BERNARD AND DIRECTOR OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN STUDIES MAMADOU DIOUF TO RECEIVE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR NEW YORK, September 10, 2014—Mr. Michael Barker and Mr. Tom Bernard, Co-Founders and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, and Professor Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and…

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Free-To-The-Public NYFF Directors Dialogues To Include Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Costa, Mike Leigh, Bennett Miller

  THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces On Cinema conversation with Paul Thomas Anderson as part of the 2014 New York Film Festival Talks Free HBO® Directors Dialogues also announced with Mathieu Amalric, Pedro Costa, Mike Leigh, and Bennett Miller     New York, NY (September 5, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln…

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HBO Doc Films Takes Broomfield’s Tales Of The Grim Sleeper At Toronto

HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS TAKES NICK BROOMFIELD’S TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER CRITICAL FAVORITE CLOSES US DEAL FOLLOWING FIRST TORONTO SCREENING Toronto, ON (September 10, 2014) – Submarine announced today from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival that HBO Documentary Films is acquiring US rights to veteran Nick Broomfield’s highly acclaimed TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER….

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RADiUS Acquires Anna Kendrick-Starrer The Last 5 Years At Toronto

ADiUS CELEBRATES ‘THE LAST 5 YEARS’ WITH OSCAR NOMINEE ANNA KENDRICK AND JEREMY JORDAN ACQUISITION MARKS ONE OF THE FIRST OF THE FEST ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE RICHARD LAGRAVENESE DIRECTS ADAPTATION OF POPULAR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL BY THREE TIME TONY WINNER JASON ROBERT BROWN TORONTO, CA (September 5, 2014) –  RADiUS is proud to announce one of…

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Aviv Joins Simonds’ Next Gen Studio As Prez Of Motion Picture Group; Up To 10 Releases Planned Per Year

OREN AVIV JOINS ROBERT SIMONDS’ NEXT GEN STUDIO AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER OF THE MOTION PICTURE GROUP -New Motion Picture and Television Studio Will Finance, Develop, Produce, Market and Self Distribute Diverse Slate of Up To 10 Films A Year—  (Los Angeles, September 3, 2014) — Oren Aviv, the highly respected entertainment industry executive who is distinguished for having successfully run production and marketing at two of Hollywood’s largest studios, has joined Robert Simonds’ newly announced…

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“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff

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