Press Releases Archive for December, 2015

BRYAN CRANSTON TO RECEIVE SPOTLIGHT AWARD, ACTOR AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

[PR] Palm Springs, CA (December 29, 2015) – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bryan Cranston with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala.  The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan…

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10 VFX Oscar Contenders Remain

[PR] The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Ant-Man” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” “Ex Machina” “Jurassic World” “Mad Max: Fury Road” “The Martian” “The Revenant” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” “Tomorrowland” “The Walk” The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited…

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9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards®.  Eighty films had originally been considered in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director; Colombia, “Embrace of…

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112 Original Scores Qualify For Oscar; Morricone Makes The Cut; Revenant Renounced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title: “Adult Beginners,” Marcelo…

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7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Black Mass” “Concussion” “Legend” “Mad Max: Fury Road” “Mr. Holmes” “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared”…

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305 Features Qualify For Oscar

Three hundred five feature films are eligible for the 2015 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 88th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven…

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Indiana Film Journalists Ass’n Points Spotlight

  “Spotlight,” a drama exploring the Boston Globe’s investigation of widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests, was named Best Film of 2015 by the Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA).   “Room,” an adaption of the best-selling novel about a woman raising her young son inside a solitary room, won runner-up in the best film race….

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Critics Choice Awards Nominations 2015

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD LEADS WITH 13 NOMINATIONS FOR THE 21ST ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS CAROL, THE MARTIAN, AND THE REVENANT ALSO TOP CONTENDERS WITH NINE NOMINATIONS EACH ABC AND HBO LEAD WITH 14 TELEVISION NOMINATIONS EACH FARGO LEADS ALL SERIES WITH EIGHT TELEVISION NOMINATIONS   AWARDS GALA WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON A&E, LIFETIME AND…

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74 Original Songs Submitted For Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 74 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical…

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING IN INDONESIA

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS, PARTICIPANT MEDIA, VHX & FILMMAKERS COLLABORATE TO MAKETHE LOOK OF SILENCE AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING IN INDONESIA To Encourage Truth, Justice And Reconciliation, The Year’s Most Critically Acclaimed Documentary Will Be Made Available In Indonesia For Free December 9, 2015 – To commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, the…

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Alamo Drafthouse And Annapurna Pictures To Preserve Archive Of SF’s Shuttered Le Video

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2015 – Following the closing of San Francisco neighborhood video store and archive Le Video in November, it was announced today that Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League along with Academy Award-nominated producer Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have arranged for the preservation of the Le Video…

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SAG Nominates…

Nominations Announced for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ————————————————————————————————————– Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Saturday, January 30, 2016 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2015) – Nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film…

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Slamdance 2016 Rounds Out Its Slate

“daring new filmmaking from four continents”

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20 Contenders Advance Toward Oscar Visual Effects

20 CONTENDERS ADVANCE IN VFX OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Ant-Man” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” “Bridge of Spies” “Chappie”…

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE COMPLETES FEATURE FILM LINEUP FOR 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events: Bright Stars, New Stories and Fest Favorites Round Out Robust Festival Program Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today completed its feature film lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with the highly anticipated narratives, documentaries, episodic work and events in the Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance…

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New York Online Film Critics Also Shine SPOTLIGHT

New York Film Critics Online members held their annual awards meeting onDecember 6, 2015, at the Furman Gallery inside Lincoln Center. The following awards were voted for films that opened in 2015: PICTURE: Spotlight (Open Road) DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (Open Road) SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight (Open Road) ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room (A24)…

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LAFCA Chromes Up For Fury Road With Director, Cinematography And Design, But Best Pic And Screenplay Shine On Spotlight

LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE 2015 AWARD WINNERS LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 6, 2015 – “Spotlight” won for Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by Stephen Farber, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). “I am very pleased that our group selected a wide range of films, from big studio blockbusters…

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THE BOSTON ONLINE FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL AWARDS

THE BOSTON ONLINE FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL AWARDS December 5, 2015 (Boston, MA) -The Boston Online Film Critics Association have chosen their winners for 2015. Awards were selected via a system of online voting and announced on their website at www.bofca.com. After spirited and competitive voting, the recipients of the Fourth Annual BOFCA…

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Sundance 2016 Announces New Frontier Attractions

Sundance Institute Celebrates New Frontier 10th Anniversary with Exhibition of New Work at 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Mobile Virtual Reality Experiences, Events at MoMA and Walker Art Center 30 Virtual Reality Experiences, 11 Installations, Three Feature Films and One Live Performance Selected for New Frontier at 2016 Festival Slithering Screens Exhibition to Premiere at MoMA in April; Walker Art…

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Ira Deutchman Donates Personal Archive On Indie Film To U Mich

(press release) The University of Michigan Library will welcome the papers of another maverick to their growing collection of material that highlights visionaries in the genre of independent film. Ira Deutchman announced Dec. 2 at the Lincoln Center in New York that he will donate his entire archive to U-M’s Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection….

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Dear Irene Cho, I will miss your energy and passion; your optimism and joy; your kindness towards friends, colleagues, strangers, struggling filmmakers, or anyone who randomly crossed your path and needed a hand. My brothers and I have long considered you another sibling in our family. Our holiday photos – both western and eastern – have you among all the cousins, in-laws, and kids… in the snow, sun, opening presents, at large dinner gatherings, playing Monopoly, breaking out pomegranate seeds and teaching us all how to dance Gangnam style. Your friendship and loyalty meant a great deal to me: you were the loudest cheerleader when I experienced victories and you were always ready with sushi when I had disappointments. You had endless crazy ideas which always seemed impossible but you would will them into existence. (Like that time you called me and suggested that we host a brunch for newly elected mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti because “he is going to president one day.” We didn’t have enough time or funding, of course, only your desire to do it. So you did, and I followed.) You created The Daily Buzz from nothing and it survived on your steam in spite of many setbacks because you believed in a platform for emerging filmmakers from all nations. Most of all, you were a wonderful mother to your son, Ethan, a devoted wife to your husband, and a wonderful sibling and daughter to your family. We will all miss how your wonderful smile and energy lit up the room and our lives. Rest in peace, Irene.
~ Rose Kuo Remembers Irene Cho on Facebook

“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas