Press Releases Archive for January, 2015

2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Grand Jury Prizes go to The Wolfpack, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker and Slow West Audience Awards go to Meru, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dark Horse, Umrika and James White Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the feature film Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The awards, celebrating artistry,…

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The 2014 ACE Eddie Editing Awards

“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, ACE) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The black-tie ceremony was held in the…

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Slamdance Jury And Audience Awards Announced

he 21st Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Categories. The award winners were announced at the festival’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT. As in previous years, juries of leading industry experts and esteemed…

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Joe Swanberg’s Digging For Fire Planted In The Orchard

The Orchard announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Joe Swanberg’s DIGGING FOR FIRE. The film is co-written by Jake Johnson and Swanberg and it stars Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. DIGGING FOR FIRE was produced by Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering and Jake Johnson. The film had its world premiere…

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Focus World Takes US And UK Rights To Cop Car

Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, has acquired US and UK rights to Cop Car out of Sundance where the film premiered in the midnight section and has been receiving rave reviews. The film is directed by Jon Watts and stars Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham and Camryn…

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IRRATIONAL MAN

Film marks eighth collaboration with the filmmaker and Sony Classics NEW YORK (January 29, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s upcoming film, IRRATIONAL MAN, from Gravier Productions. Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, the film features a prestigious cast including…

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Condé Nast Plucks Bouquet Of Sundance Shorts

 ‘Russian Roulette,’ ‘Stop’ and ‘{The And} Marcela & Rock’ Shown at Sundance Film Festival   Park City, Utah (January 27, 2015) – Following on the successful launch of The New Yorker Short Films series last month, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) announces the acquisition of three films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s shorts lineup: “Stop” directed…

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Slamdance Studios Launches Film Collection On Hulu

New Agreement Will Make a Selection of Slamdance Films Available for Viewers to Stream Slamdance Film Festival’s commercial distribution enterprise Slamdance Studios has announced that independent flm lovers will be able to stream a selection of its flms on Hulu beginning today. Combining visionaries of independent flm and Slamdance’s unique and trusted brand, 12 feature programs from Slamdance alumni will be available to stream…

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Sundance Buy: SPC Swains Paul Weitz’s Grandma

 Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired worldwide rights to GRANDMA. The film, written and directed by Paul Weitz, premieres Friday at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and stars Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott. GRANDMA is produced by Andrew Miano, Weitz, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas and executive…

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SPC Reads The Diary Of A Teenage Girl At Sundance

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE SENSATION THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL  ‘Diary’ has been one of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival    NEW YORK (January 27, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired the rights in  North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe excluding…

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Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

SAG-AFTRA Honors Outstanding Film and Television Performances at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® LOS ANGELES (Jan. 25, 2015) — SAG-AFTRA presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2014 at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors,…

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Casting Society Of America Lists Its 30th Awards, Including Career Achievement For Richard Linklater

Due to the Artios Awards date change this year the eligibility period for film projects was expanded for this award ceremony only, to include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.) Feature Film Big Budget Comedy “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Ellen Lewis Feature Film Big Budget Drama “12 Years a Slave,”…

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STX ENTERTAINMENT & SHOWTIME NETWORKS PARTNER ON MULTI-YEAR PREMIUM TELEVISION OUTPUT DEAL AS STX BEGINS PRODUCTION ON INITIAL SLATE OF FILMS

  (LOS ANGELES, CA — January 20, 2015) — Showtime Networks and STX Entertainment, the newly launched film, television and multimedia studio, announced today that they have closed a multi-year output agreement to bring motion pictures distributed theatrically by STX exclusively to Showtime Networks during the premium television window. The deal will begin in 2015 and covers…

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Iconic Film Name Carolco Pictures Returns for First Time in 20 Years

  Brick Top Productions, Inc. Becomes Carolco Pictures, Inc. as Stock Symbol is Changed to CRCO BOCA RATON, FL / ACCESSWIRE / January 20, 2015 / Brick Top Productions, Inc. (BTOP)(OTCQB:CRCO), announced that Carolco Pictures, the legendary name behind dozens of film blockbusters such as Rambo, Basic Instinct and Total Recall, is back and making its first…

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SNOOT ENTERTAINMENT TO PRODUCE ANTARCTICA, ANIMATED FEATURE FILM HELMED BY PRODIGIOUS FILMMAKER DON HERTZFELDT

SNOOT ENTERTAINMENT TO PRODUCE ANTARCTICA, ANIMATED FEATURE FILM HELMED BY PRODIGIOUS FILMMAKER DON HERTZFELDT   LOS ANGELES – January 21, 2015 – Snoot Entertainment, the production company behind YOU’RE NEXT, THE GUEST and Charlie Kaufman’s upcoming animated film ANOMALISA, announced today that they have optioned Don Hertzfeldt’s script for ANTARCTICA, an animated, genre-defying adventure which explores the world’s coldest continent. …

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MoMA And FSLC Name First 9 Selections For New Directors/New Films

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the initial nine official selections for the 44th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 18-29) Selections include Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God New York, NY (January 21, 2015) – The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center today…

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AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) HONORS VETERAN FILM EDITORS DIANE ADLER, ACE, JERRY GREENBERG, ACE AND JOURNALIST CAROLYN GIARDINA WITH HONORARY AWARDS

Awards to be presented at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on January 30, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Jerry Greenberg, ACE Lifetime Career Achievement Honoree Diane Adler, ACE Lifetime Career Achievement Honoree Carolyn Giardina Robert Wise Award Honoree           Universal City, January 21, 2015 – American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present veteran editors Diane…

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The 2014 Critics Choice Movie Awards Go To…

Best Picture – “Boyhood” Best Actor – Michael Keaton, “Birdman” Best Actress – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood” Best Acting Ensemble – “Birdman” Best Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G….

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Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture American Sniper Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole Boyhood Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson The Imitation Game Nora Grossman,…

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas