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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(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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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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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield