Press Releases Archive for January, 2016

HBO, Magnolia In Pink With Sundance Doc Tickled

[PR]  HBO has acquired the U.S. television rights to the shocking Sundance documentary, TICKLED, while MAGNOLIA has picked up North American theatrical rights, and world rights outside of North America excluding Australia and New Zealand.  Co- directed by David Farrier & Dylan Reeve and produced by Carthew Neal, TICKLED is about a journalist who stumbles upon a “competitive endurance tickling” competition….

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The Complete 22nd Annual SAG Awards List

Outstanding Film and Television Performances Honored at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30, 2016) —The Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los…

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Sundance Awards 2016

Sundance Institute tonight announced the prizes in feature filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with top awards going to Between Sea and Land, The Birth of a Nation, First Girl I Loved, Jim: The James Foley Story, Sand Storm, Sonita and Weiner. The Birth of a Nation and Sonita won both the Grand Jury…

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Sony Classics Adopts John Krasinski Sundance Pic

  [PR] NEW YORK (January 29, 2016) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in the US and Asia to John Krasinski’s THE HOLLARS.   Directed by Krasinski (BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN) with a script from Jim Strouse (PEOPLE PLACES THINGS), the film is premiering tonight at the Sundance Film Festival….

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“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD,” “THE BIG SHORT” AND “INSIDE OUT” WIN BIG AT THE 66TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING THE BEST FILM EDITING OF THE YEAR

Beverly Hills, January 29 – “Mad Max: Fury Road” (edited by Margaret Sixel) and “The Big Short” (edited by Hank Corwin, ACE) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy) respectively at the 66th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out recognizing the best editing of 2015 in ten…

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Slamdance 2016 Announces Audience And Jury Prizes

  [PR]  (PARK CITY, UT – January 28, 2016) – The 22nd Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature and short film recipients of this year’s Sparky awards in the Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Categories. The award winners were announced at the festival’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT. As…

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Open Road Films Partners On Upcoming Productions

OPEN ROAD FILMS PARTNERS WITH CRYSTAL CITY ENTERTAINMENT AND BOUNDARY STONE FILMS FOR MULTI-YEAR DEVELOPMENT FINANCING DEAL   Los Angeles, CA – January 28, 2015 – Open Road Films and Crystal City Entertainment/Boundary Stone Films today announced a multi-picture development financing pact for all of Open Road Films’ own productions over the coming years. The…

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Bigelow-Boal Set Untitled 1967 Detroit Riot Crime Drama With Annapurna

Details about the Detroit project are not being revealed at this time.

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Names All Five Best Director Nominees As Directors Of The Year

[PR] The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, respectively.  The individual…

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Universal Music Group Gets Behind Lee Daniels Apollo Theatre Doc

[PR] Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, PRECIOUS and creator and producer of the Fox hit series EMPIRE) will direct the documentary feature film THE APOLLO THEATER FILM PROJECT – the authorized history of New York’s famed Apollo Theater, it was announced today by White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair and Jeanne Elfant Festa….

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The Black List Announces Cassian Elwes Screenwriting Fellowships At Sundance

THE BLACK LIST ANNOUNCES THIRD ANNUAL CASSIAN ELWES INDEPENDENT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIPS AT THE 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL   PARK CITY, UT (January 27, 2016) – The Black List and Cassian Elwes announced that they had selected not one but two 2016 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellows who joined them at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival….

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Sundance Announces 2015 Short Film Awards

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the jury prizes in short filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 72 short films selected from 8,712 submissions, went to Thunder Road by director and screenwriter Jim Cummings. The awards were presented…

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Sundance Institute Announces $60,000 In Sloan In Science Cinema Awards

Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra wins 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at 2016 Sundance Film Festival Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today awards for the most promising new independent films about science and technology, including Embrace of the Serpent directed by Ciro Guerra as the recipient of the Sloan Science-in Film-Prize at…

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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Equity At Sundance

Worldwide rights to the first female driven Wall Street film.

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SONY PICTURES TO DISTRIBUTE BLADE RUNNER INTERNATIONALLY

LOS ANGELES, CA, JANUARY 25, 2016 –Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER in all overseas territories in all media; with Warner Bros. Pictures distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove…

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American Masters Doc Theatrical Label Announced At Sundance

WNET Launches First Theatrical Imprint  American Masters Pictures   Documentaries Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Richard Linklater – Dream is Destiny and Maya Angelou: Still I Rise World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT – January 22, 2016) Today at the Sundance Film Festival, WNET, parent company of New York’s public television stations…

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STATEMENT FROM ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS

I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees.  While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.  In the…

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Sundance Institute Launches Initiative To Support “Inventive Artistic Practice” In Nonfiction Film

Robert Greene, Margaret Brown, Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq Selected as First ‘Art of Nonfiction’ Fellows Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute, one of the world’s largest grantmakers to documentary film, today announced the ‘Art of Nonfiction’ initiative, which will expand the Institute’s existing support for documentaries exploring contemporary social issues to include targeted creative…

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Slamdance 2016 Sets Juries

“We are fortunate to have such acclaimed industry members and alumni join our juries.”

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88TH OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee announced the 88th Academy Awards® nominations today (January 14). Del Toro and Lee announced the nominees in 11 categories at 5:30 a.m. PT, followed by Boone Isaacs and Krasinski for the remaining 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. PT,…

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook