Press Releases Archive for November, 2014

RICHARD LINKLATER TO RECEIVE THE SONNY BONO VISIONARY AWARD AT THE 26th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala.  Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Academy Award® winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius.Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be…

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2015 Spirit Awards Nominees Announced

LOS ANGELES, NOV. 25, 2014—Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson…

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10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted For Oscar

10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®.  One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed…

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AMC THEATRES® AND PARAMOUNT PICTURES INTRODUCE A FIRST TIME UNLIMITED TICKET FOR INTERSTELLAR

With moviegoers around the country raving that INTERSTELLAR is a movie they want to see again, AMC Theatres and Paramount Pictures offer AMC Stubs members an out-of-this-world opportunity with a ticket to see INTERSTELLAR as many times as they want Leawood, Kan. (Nov. 17, 2014) – AMC Theatres and Paramount Pictures are excited to offer…

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87TH OSCARS® PRODUCTION TEAM ANNOUNCED

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced 13 key members of the production team for the 87th Academy Awards, which will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, on ABC. Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast.  He made his Oscar…

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OFFICIAL SCREEN CREDITS FORMS DUE DECEMBER 3 FOR 2014 OSCARS

November 13, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES, CA – Wednesday, December 3, is the deadline to submit Official Screen Credits (OSC) forms to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 87th Academy Awards® consideration. For a feature film to be eligible, the film’s distributor or producer must complete the OSC form athttp://submissions.oscars.org, sign…

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AFI FEST 2014 ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING FILMS

Encore Screenings of Selected Award-Winning Films at the Chinese 6 Theatres Today LOS ANGELES, CA, November 13, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces Nominees for 8th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards

Citizenfour Leads All Films with 6 Nominations; 20,000 Days on Earth & Life Itself Receive 5 The Overnighters and Virunga Round Out Feature Film Nominees Historic Nominations for Steve James and Laura Poitras Kate Amend, Nick Broomfield, Nanette Burstein, Nick Cave, Edwyn Collins, Marshall Curry, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Kirsten Johnson, Ross Kauffman, James Lapine,…

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JEFF SKOLL AND UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION LAUNCH THE SKOLL CENTER FOR SOCIAL IMPACT ENTERTAINMENT

  $10 Million Endowment from Jeff Skoll Will Advance Social Change Through Entertainment and Performing Arts, Establishing a Groundbreaking Center Focused on Research, Education and Special Initiatives, Public Programming and Exhibition   Participant Media to join with new Center and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television to Host Annual Event Bringing Together Leaders from…

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James Schamus Making Feature Directorial Debut With His Own Adaptation Of Philip Roth’s “Indignation”

JAMES SCHAMUS TO MAKE HIS FEATURE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH HIS ADAPTATION OF PHILIP ROTH’S NOVEL “INDIGNATION” Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman To Produce New York, NY – November 12, 2014 — James Schamus and Anthony Bregman announced today that Schamus will make his directorial debut with his adaptation of Philip Roth’s best-selling novel “Indignation.”  Likely Story is attached, with Bregman and Schamus…

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MICHAEL BARKER TO BECOME CO-CHAIRMAN, SUCCEEDING HERBERT S. SCHLOSSER, IN LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MICHAEL BARKER TO BECOME CO-CHAIRMAN, SUCCEEDING HERBERT S. SCHLOSSER, IN LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE Sony Pictures Classics leader to join Ivan L. Lustig as Co-Chairman of Board of Trustees; Herbert S. Schlosser to become Chairman Emeritus after 30 years of service New York, November 10, 2014—Michael Barker, Co-President…

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10 Animated Shorts Drawn For Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer…

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20 Animated Features Submitted To Academy

Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Big Hero 6” “The Book of Life” “The Boxtrolls” “Cheatin’” “Giovanni’s Island” “Henry & Me” “The Hero of Color City” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” “Jack and the…

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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