Press Releases Archive for February, 2015

New Directors New Films Announces Its 2015 Attractions

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce Complete Lineup for the 44thAnnual New Directors/New Films March 18-29   Marielle Heller’s award-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl selected for Opening Night; and Rick Alverson’s Entertainment selected for Closing Night     New York, NY (February 23, 2015) – The…

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Oscar WInners 2015

Best Picture “Birdman” Directing Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” Best Actor Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” Best Actress Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” Original Screenplay “Birdman” Adapted Screenplay “The Imitation Game” Documentary Feature “Citizenfour” Foreign Language Film: “Ida,” Poland Animated Feature Film…

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US-Ireland Alliance’s 10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards honors Colin Davidson, Carrie Fisher and Stephen Colbert

Wilde Night Was Calling For Immediate Release February 20, 2015 Last night, Colin Davidson, Carrie Fisher and Stephen Colbert were honored at the US-Ireland Alliance’s 10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards. J.J. Abrams emceed the event, which was held for the fourth year at his Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica. J.J.’s opening remarks celebrated…

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Baz Lurhmann Shifts Shingle To RCA Records

ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, SCREENWRITER BAZ LUHRMANN JOINS FORCES WITH RCA RECORDS  FOR AN EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE JOINT VENTURE (New York, New York) – World renowned director, producer and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann enters into an exclusive, worldwide and multi-tiered agreement with RCA Records. This long-term joint venture will consist of a new record label, Bazmark Records with RCA…

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ALCHEMY PLEDGES ITS LOVE TO THE TRUE-LIFE ROMANTIC COMEDY MEET THE PATELS

LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2015 – The newly minted Alchemy announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to the film festival favorite MEET THE PATELS. The “true-life romantic comedy” is directed by the sibling team of Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel and produced by Janet Eckholm and Geeta V. Patel. The announcement…

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ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance Film Festival Debut Slamdance Cinema Club in Los Angeles

Two premiere cinema organizations partner to bring independent films to ArcLight audiences with the Slamdance Cinema Club LOS ANGELES  (February 18, 2015) — Beginning March 2015, movie lovers in Los Angeles will have another reason to celebrate with the premiere of Slamdance Cinema Club, a new series of independent films titles to be shown exclusively at ArcLight Cinemas. Each month, the Slamdance Cinema Club will select new independent films from the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival…

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BIRDMAN Wins American Society of Cinematographers Theatrical Award

BOARDWALK EMPIRE and MANHATTAN Take Top Honors in TV Categories;  Spotlight Award Goes to CONCRETE NIGHT   LOS ANGELES, February 15, 2015 – Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, ASC; John Lindley, ASC; and Peter Flinckenberg, FSC earned top honors in the four competitive categories at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding…

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Lady Gaga Joins Oscar Show

 Six-time Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. “Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing. …

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H’wd Street Closures Announced For 2015 Oscar Week

To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and…

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BAFTA Winners Announced

 Boyhood wins Best Film, Director and Supporting Actress The Grand Budapest Hotel wins five BAFTAs Three BAFTAs for The Theory of Everything: Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay and Leading Actor for Eddie Redmayne Julianne Moore wins Leading Actress Three wins for Whiplash: Supporting Actor, Editing and Sound London, Sunday 8 February: At tonight’s EE British…

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Kino Lorber Unlocks Guy Maddin’s Forbidden Room

KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL U.S. RIGHTS TO GUY MADDIN’S THE FORBIDDEN ROOM AFTER ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE 2015“[A] wonderful excursion to the outer edges of half-forgotten cinema.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times“A wild, demented cinephiliac feast from the mind of Guy Maddin.” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter New York, NY – February 5, 2015 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the…

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Visual Effects Society Goes Big Hero Six, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Visual Effects Society Announces Winners of the 13th Annual VES Awards Big Hero 6 is the Big Hero with 5 Awards; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Tops the Feature Film Category; Games of Thrones and SSE Lead in Broadcast and Commercial Wins Zoe Saldana, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg and Patton Oswalt Join…

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BROAD GREEN PICTURES and IMAX JOIN SOPHISTICATED FILMS and WILD BUNCH TO BRING DIRECTOR TERRENCE MALICK’S VOYAGE OF TIME TO THE SCREEN

                                   LOS ANGELES, BERLIN (February 3, 2015) – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX), together with Broad Green Pictures, today announced they are joining Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing of Terrence Malick’s VOYAGE OF TIME. Broad Green will have the first opportunity to distribute the feature film version in North America following 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