Press Releases Archive for August, 2015

2015 Governor’s Awards Go To Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.  All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the…

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Full-Service Distributor FilmBuff Establishes Midtown Manhattan Headquarters, Doubles Management Team, and Expands Annual Theatrical Slate

On the heels of the recent expansion of its management team and its rapid growth in theatrical releases, FilmBuff announced a move today of its headquarters toManhattan’s burgeoning NoMad district. The move comes during a banner year for the company, which recently released the documentaries Banksy Does New York and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul…

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Fifteen 2015 Student Academy Award Winners Named

ACADEMY REVEALS 2015 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD® WINNERS ALL WINNING FILMS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR OSCARS® LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy has voted fifteen students as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awardscompetition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities — which…

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VETERAN ANIMATION EXECUTIVES PENNEY FINKELMAN COX AND SANDRA RABINS  TO LEAD ORIGINAL FORCE ANIMATION AS CHINESE STUDIO LAUNCHES LOS ANGELES PRODUCTION OFFICE

(Culver City, CA, August 13, 2015) — Original Force, one of China’s most prominent and successful digital animation studios, has launched a new motion picture division and initiated production on three animated feature films, it was announced today by Harley Zhao, President and founder of Original Force. To support the company’s expansion into Hollywood, Original Force…

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20 Scientific And Tech Achievements Vie For 2015 Oscar

The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 20 scientific and technical achievements, involving 11 distinct investigations, have been selected for further consideration for 2015 Academy Awards. The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art…

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NYFF Adds Nonfiction, Revivals, Restorations And A New Doc By Paul Thomas Anderson

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCED TODAY SPECIAL EVENTS AND REVIVALS LINEUP FOR THE 53RD NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL Special Events include Film Comment Presents: Son of Saul; World Premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun; 15th Anniversary screening of O Brother, Where Art Thou?; North American Premiere of De Palma Revivals highlights include new restorations…

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Ex-TIFFer Shane Smith Takes Reins Of Hot Docs Programming

Hot Docs Names Shane Smith As New Director Of Programming Hot Docs is delighted to announce that Shane Smith will join the team as the organization’s new director of programming. Shane brings years of festival experience and expertise to the position, having headed up the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and programmed for…

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51st Chicago Int’l Film Festival To Honor Howard Shore

(CHICAGO, August 19, 2015) – The 51st Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, will honor acclaimed composer and orchestrator Howard Shore in recognition of his contributions to film and television with a tribute and award ceremony on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Howard Shore is one of the most versatile, talented, and respected composers and music conductors…

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NATO & UNIC Asking For Uniform Projection Aspect Ratios

Projection Aspect Ratio of DCP Features Prepared by NATO/UNIC Technology Committees Summary Exhibition is ultimately responsible for the quality of the image and sound for theatrical presentations. We have seen two major releases (Tomorrowland and Jurassic World) that were delivered in non-standard aspect ratios (2.2:1 and 2.0:1) resulting in an inferior presentation of either the…

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HBO Gets To Sesame Street In Five-Year Partnership

SESAME WORKSHOP AND HBO ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP   New Seasons of Sesame Street will Premiere on HBO and Continue to be Available to PBS (New York, August 13, 2015) – Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy Award-winning program Sesame Street, and HBO, the nation’s leading premium cable network, today announced a new…

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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES MAIN SLATE SELECTIONS FOR THE 53RD NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

26 features include the World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and new films from Chantal Akerman, Arnaud Desplechin, Todd Haynes, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Rebecca Miller, Michael Moore, Nanni Moretti, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jia Zhangke, and more New York, NY (August 12, 2015) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the 26 films that…

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Santa Barbara Honors Jane Fonda with the Kirk Douglas Award for 2016

TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER JANE FONDA TO RECEIVE KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM SANTA BARBARA, CA (August 11, 2015) – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Jane Fonda will be honored with the tenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.  The award will be presented at a black-tie…

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Key West Film Festival “Critics Focus” Program Taps Top Critics Ann Hornaday and Eric Kohn to Curate Films; “Brett Ratner Florida Student Filmmaker Scholarship” Announced

New York, NY — The Key West Film Festival announced today a new annual Critics Focus program in which the nation’s top film critics will be invited to curate spotlight selections. This year, Ann Hornaday, Chief Film Critic of The Washington Post, and Eric Kohn, Chief Film Critic of Indiewire, will attend and host audience…

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Reelected Academy President

Cheryl Boone Isaacs was reelected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night, August 4, by the organization’s Board of Governors. In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was elected first vice president; John Bailey, Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to vice president posts; Jim Gianopulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson…

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott