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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“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