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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

Press Releases

Quote Unquotesee all »

“I had this friend who was my roommate for a while. She seemed really normal in every way except that she wouldn’t buy shampoo. She would only use my shampoo. And after a year it’s like, “When are you going to buy your own shampoo?” It was her way of digging in her heels. It was a certain sense of entitlement, or a certain anger. It was so interesting to me why she wouldn’t buy her own fucking shampoo. It was like,“I’m gonna use yours.” It was coming from a place of “You have more money than me, I just know it”—whether I did or I didn’t. Or maybe she felt, “You have a better life than me,” or “You have a better room than me in the apartment.” It was hostile. And she was a really close friend! There was never any other shampoo and I knew she was washing her hair. And clearly I have a thing about shampoo, as we see in ‘Friends with Money.’ I had some nice shampoo. So I found that psychologically so interesting how a person can function normally in every way and yet have this aberrance—it’s like a skip in the record. It was a sense of entitlement, I think. I put that in Olivia’s character, too, with her stealing someone’s face cream.”
Nicole Holofcener

“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady