Press Releases Archive for November, 2015

Slamdance Announces Competition Features And Docs

SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2016 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION WITH INCREASED GLOBAL REACH AND DIVERSITY Lineup full of premieres and highlights first-time directors from around the globe including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy and UK tackles subjects of redemption, agoraphobia, misfits, captivity, friendship and whistleblowers (LOS ANGELES, CA – November 30, 2015) The Slamdance Film Festival today…

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DIRECTOR TOM MCCARTHY TO RECEIVE SONNY BONO VISIONARY AWARD AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

    Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(PSIFF) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. McCarthy…

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Sundance Announces Nine For Midnight, Including New Rob Zombie, Kevin Smith

Park City, UT — Adrenaline junkies and genre film-lovers know the real fun at the Sundance Film Festival starts at midnight. Sundance Institute tonight offers a first look at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival by announcing the nine feature films that will screen in its iconic Midnight section, which has launched films including The Blair…

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Oscar Shortlists 10 Animated Shorts

10 ANIMATED SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2015 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by…

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Oscar Shortlists 10 Live Action Shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  One hundred forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Ave Maria,” Basil…

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Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2016 Fiction Film Nominees That Blur Line Between Nonfiction, Including Tangerine, Taxi And Tribe

-Cinema Eye, the organization that presents the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking as part of the annual Cinema Eye Week, today announced the five nominees for its annual Heterodox Award. The Heterodox Award honors a narrative fiction film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. The five films nominated this year…

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AMBI TO REMAKE CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S “MEMENTO” November 16, 2015 – Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic, twist-laden film “Memento.” Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted “Memento” from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon…

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Cinema Eye Announces Nominees For Ninth Annual Nonfiction Film Awards

  Cartel Land and The Look of Silence Lead Nonfiction Film Nominees With Nods for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production & Cinematography Amy, Democrats, Listen to Me Marlon and The Wolfpack Round Out List of Six Nonfiction Feature Film Nominees 4 Nominations for Meru; 3 Nominations each for Going Clear, Heart of a Dog and Kurt…

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Kartemquin Pairs With Fandor For Distribution Of Doc Library

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for independent and international films, announced today that they will jointly release over thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films, sixteen of which debut today. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts. “I…

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Ben Stiller And Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Partners Production With Bold Films

                                Veteran Producer & Executive Nicky Weinstock Teams Up with Red Hou To Create a Production and Digital Powerhouse Los Angeles, CA – November 9, 2015 – Red Hour announced today that it is partnering with Bold Films to produce a new slate…

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16 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2015 OSCAR® RACE

 Sixteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Anomalisa” “The Boy and the Beast” “Boy and the World” “The Good Dinosaur” “Home” “Hotel Transylvania 2” “Inside Out” “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” “The Laws of the Universe –…

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Johnny Depp To Receive Maltin Modern Master Award At 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA, CA (November 4, 2015) – Johnny Depp is set to receive the newly renamed Maltin Modern Master Award at the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the festival announced today.  Previously known as The Modern Master Award the honor was renamed this year to honor the famed film critic who has moderated the…

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ALL STAR CAST ANNOUNCED ON SHANE CARRUTH’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED UPCOMING FEATURE: THE MODERN OCEAN

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah, Jeff Goldblum LOS ANGELES- (Nov 3, 2015) Casting was announced today on Shane Carruth’s highly anticipated third feature, THE MODERN OCEAN starring Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz  (IF I STAY, THE EQUALIZER, KICK ASS 2), Tom Holland (SPIDERMAN, IN THE HEART OF…

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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

The Lobster leads the nominations with 7 45 Years and Macbeth have 6 nominations each Amy, Brooklyn and Ex Machina have 5 4 nominations for High-Rise and Suffragette 28 different British feature films nominated London, Tuesday 3 November: The Lobster topped the list of nominations for the Moët British Independent Film Awards, announced this morning….

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Michael Moore “Rejects” “R” Rating For “Language, Some Violent Images, Drug Use And Brief Graphic Nudity”

Academy Award® winner Michael Moore announced today that he will reject the “R” rating the MPAA assigned to his latest comedy, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.  The ratings group cited Moore’s film “for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.”  Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League, who are distributing the film, join Moore in…

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FSLC Sets Most Comprehensive Douglas Sirk Retrospective In Decades

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES IMITATIONS OF LIFE: THE FILMS OF DOUGLAS SIRK, DECEMBER 23 – JANUARY 6 Most comprehensive Sirk retrospective in decades includes 25 films with all but one in 35mm or 16mm      Image: Written on the Wind New York, NY (November 2, 2015) – The Film Society of…

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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