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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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott