Press Releases Archive for December, 2014

Sony’s Statement On VOD Release Of The Interview On Google, YouTube And Xbox

Sony Pictures To Distribute “The Interview” Online Beginning Christmas Eve Through Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and Dedicated Website Film To Be Widely Available On Demand Throughout The United States [Culver City, CA – December 24, 2014] Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that The Interview will be available online across the United States starting…

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Tim League’s Statement About Alamo Drafthouse And That Now-Arthouse Sony Picture

STATEMENT FROM ALAMO: Alamo Drafthouse will be playing THE INTERVIEW at multiple locations. Specific theaters and showtimes are currently being determined. Follow @Drafthouse for further announcements. “We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organization they have been under attack. Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and…

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9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director; Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director; Georgia,…

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Sundance Institute Announces Jury Members For 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Tig Notaro to Host Closing Night Awards Ceremony, Live Streamed January 31 at sundance.org Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs…

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Sundance Sets Shorts

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAM FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The 2015 Short Film program is comprised…

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Sundance 2015 Adds Events

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ADDS FILMS, EVENTS AND NEW FRONTIER INSTALLATIONS FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced the addition of 10 films, events and New Frontier installations to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is is the centerpiece of…

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The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

“BIRDMAN” LEADS WITH THIRTEEN NOMINATIONS FOR THE BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION’S 20TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS   “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” AND “BOYHOOD” ALSO TOP CONTENDERS WITH ELEVEN AND EIGHT NOMINATIONS RESPECTIVELY   KEVIN COSTNER, RON HOWARD AND JESSICA CHASTAIN WILL EACH RECEIVE SPECIAL AWARDS DURING THE CEREMONY   SHOW WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON…

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114 ORIGINAL SCORES IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 114 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars®. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title: “American Revolutionary: The Evolution…

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79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 79 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 87th Oscars®. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order…

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IN CASE OF NO EMERGENCY: RETROSPECTIVE OF THE FILMS OF RUBEN ÖSTLUND

FIRST MAJOR TOURING RETROSPECTIVE OF FILMMAKER’S CAREER TRAVELING TO 15 CITIES  RETROSPECTIVE FEATURES 2 U.S. PREMIERES, AND WEEKLONG RUNS IN NY OF CRITICALLY  ACCLAIMED MOVIES “PLAY”AND”INVOLUNTARY” AND SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE-NOMINATED, ACADEMY AWARDS CONTENDER “FORCE MAJEURE”   New York, NY (December 12, 2014) – Comeback Company announced today “In Case of No Emergency:  The Films of…

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323 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR

323 feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under…

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Golden Globes Nominations 2015

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA BOYHOOD IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC Films FOXCATCHER Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Classic THE IMITATION GAME Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein Company SELMA Paramount Pictures and Pathé; Paramount Pictures THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Working Title Films; Focus Features BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA…

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Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar Writing Team Named

> Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced the special material writing team for the 87th Oscars, which will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, on ABC. Host Neil Patrick Harris will lead the special material writing team alongside head writer Dave Boone.  Boone, a veteran of eight Oscar telecasts, won two Emmys® for his work on…

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21st ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics) BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – “THE IMITATION GAME” (The Weinstein Company) JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – “NIGHTCRAWLER” (Open Road Films) MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)…

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Bahamas International Film Festival Hosts Tribute To Chaz Ebert

Together, she and husband Roger Ebert have opened doors to diverse critics, filmmakers HARBOUR ISLAND, Bahamas, December 9, 2014 – Chaz Ebert, president and CEO of The Ebert Companies and publisher of movie review siteRogerebert.com, will be honored Saturday for her contributions to the cinematic world at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). A tribute to Chaz Ebert will…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2015 Heterodox Award Nominees

Honoring Fiction Films that Blur the Line December 8, 2014, New York City, NY – The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking today announced the five nominees for its annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award, sponsored by Filmmaker Magazine, a publication of IFP. The Cinema Eye Heterodox Award honors a narrative fiction film that imaginatively incorporates…

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2015 Sundance Premieres And Doc Premieres Announced

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS IN PREMIERES AND DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEW ‘SPECIAL EVENTS’ SECTION AND TWO ‘POWER OF STORY’ PANELS ANNOUNCED Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections, as well as the selections for a new Special…

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Sundance Announces Premieres And Doc Premieres

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES FILMS IN PREMIERES AND DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES FOR 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEW ‘SPECIAL EVENTS’ SECTION AND TWO ‘POWER OF STORY’ PANELS ANNOUNCED Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections, as well as the selections for a new Special…

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CITIZENFOUR Takes Best Feature At IDA Documentary Awards

 Winners in the International Documentary Association’s 2014 IDA Documentary Awards were announced during tonight’s program at the Paramount Theatre, giving Laura Poitras’s CITIZENFOUR top honors with the Best Feature Award. The third in a trilogy about post 9/11 America, CITIZENFOUR reveals the disturbing level of surveillance of civilians through whistleblower Edward Snowden and others. Also…

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Oscar Reduces VFX Candidates To Ten With No Surprises

10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX OSCAR® RACE   LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 87th Oscars®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” “Dawn of the Planet…

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up