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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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook