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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“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