Press Releases Archive for March, 2015

BILL CONDON’S MR. HOLMES STARRING IAN MCKELLEN AND LAURA LINNEY TO HAVE US PREMIERE AT 58TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sherlock Holmes Revisits His Final Case with the Help of a Young Protege San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Film Society announced today that it will host the US Premiere of acclaimed director Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and newcomer Milo Parker Saturday April 25, 12:30 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas as part of the 58th San…

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Here’s The 17th Ebertfest Schedule In Full

17TH ANNUAL ‘EBERTFEST’ INCLUDES ’99 HOMES’, ‘THE END OF THE TOUR’, WITH RAMIN BAHRANI, JAMES PONSOLDT AND JASON SEGEL AS GUESTS, FULL FILM SLATE ANNOUNCED Additional attendees include Seymour Bernstein, Chazz Palminteri, Héloïse Godet, Godfrey Cheshire, Erica Ramis and Leonard Maltin CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (March 26, 2015) — THE END OF THE TOUR, a new film…

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Janus Films To Release Satyajit Ray’s Restored Apu Trilogy

JANUS FILMS ANNOUNCES MONUMENTAL RESTORATION OF SATYAJIT RAY’S MASTERPIECE ‘THE APU TRILOGY’   AFTER SEVEN YEAR RESTORATION ON THREE CONTINENTS, THE FILMS BEGIN A NATIONWIDE RELEASE IN MAY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (New York, NY – March 25, 2015) Janus Films is proud to announce today the release of glorious new 4k restorations of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s seminal…

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RADiUS Postpones It Follows V-O-D For 1,200-Screen Expansion

RADiUS’ BREAKAWAY HIT ‘IT FOLLOWS’ SPREADS TO 1,200 THEATERS NATIONWIDE THIS WEEKEND New York, NY (March 24, 2015) ­- RADiUS proudly announced today that the company is going wide with their smash success IT FOLLOWS. One of the best-reviewed films of the year will expand to 1,200 theaters on Friday. Bolstered by strong word of mouth…

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Still Alice Co-Director Richard Glatzer Was 63

Richard Glatzer, 63, passed away Tuesday, March 10 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with ALS. His most recent film, Still Alice, co-directed with his husband Wash Westmoreland, mushroomed into a global box=office success after its lead actress, Julianne Moore was awarded an Oscar for her performance in the titular role in the 2014 Academy…

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Barbra Streisand Will Present FSLC’s Chaplin Award To Robert Redford

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES BARBRA STREISAND TO PRESENT THE 42ND ANNUAL CHAPLIN AWARD TO ROBERT REDFORD DURING CEREMONY ON APRIL 27  PRESENTER LINEUP WILL ALSO INCLUDE J.C. CHANDOR, JANE FONDA, AND JOHN TURTURRO A seven-film tribute will take place leading up to the Gala,The Films of Robert Redford, April 24-27 New York, NY…

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PETER BERG LAUNCHES FILM 45

Berg Forms New Production Company Producing Original Content in the Non-Scripted & Branded Entertainment Space LOS ANGELES (March 10, 2015) – Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights) announced today the launch of Film 45, a new production company formalizing a partnership between Berg and producer Matthew Goldberg (HBO’s State of Play, CNN’s The Sixties) to produce content in the non-scripted and…

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Florida State President Makes Statement On THE HUNTING GROUND; Filmmaker Kirby Dick Replies

FSU President issued a statement about THE HUNTING GROUND – the link appears on FSU’s home page – see below: http://titleix.fsu.edu/statements/response-to-documentary-on-sexual-assault/ STATEMENTS February 27, 2015 Dear Friends, We want to make you aware that “The Hunting Ground,” a film about campus sexual assaults that debuted in Los Angeles and New York City Thursday, is seriously lacking in…

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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