Press Releases Archive for February, 2016

Bill Block Sets First Look Deal With Warner Bros

Billblock Media has closed a first-look production deal with Warner. Bros. Pictures.

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Ebert Fest Slates First Films For 2015

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Doc Fest True/False 2015 Announces Full Programming

The 2016 True/False Film Festival  Runs March 3-6 Nation’s Premiere Documentary Festival Returns for 13th Year “My love for True/False runs deep – from the smart programming, passionate audiences, inspired buskers, and fabulous venues.”  – Laura Poitras “True/False is nirvana. When I went to True/False, I remembered what I sometimes forget: the unalloyed joy of…

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Spotlight Wins LA Press Club’s Veritas Award

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UCLA Sets Month-Long Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival

[PR] LEGENDARY FILM PRODUCER JERRY BRUCKHEIMER TO BE HONORED BY THE UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION  WITH A MONTH LONG FILM FESTIVAL THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS EXTRAORDINARY CAREER  The festival will celebrate Jerry Bruckheimer’s outstanding achievements in film offering panel discussions and screenings of beloved films such as  American Gigolo, Black Hawk…

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HOLLYWOOD STREET CLOSURES FOR 2016 OSCAR® WEEK

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The Full BAFTAS 2015 List

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Oscar Adds 17 To Presenter List, Bringing Total To 41

Oscars® producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today a third slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast.

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Russell Simmons Creates “All Def Movie Awards”

[PR] ALL DEF DIGITAL TO HOLD FIRST-EVER ALL DEF MOVIE AWARDS HOSTED BY TONY ROCK AT TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES ON FEB 24 (February 10, 2016) — All Def Digital, the fastest growing video programming brand in hip hop and youth culture, is hosting the first-ever All Def Movie Awards just days before the Oscars, at the World Famous…

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Ira Sach’s Sundance Drama Little Men Goes To Magnolia

MAGNOLIA PICTURES TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO IRA SACHS’ ‘LITTLE MEN’ STARRING GREG KINNEAR, JENNIFER EHLE, PAULINA GARCIA, AND SUNDANCE BREAKTHROUGHS THEO TAPLITZ AND MICHAEL BARBIERI Distrib takes Sachs’ New York-set sixth feature, one of the most acclaimed films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival New York, New York (February 11, 2016)  – Magnolia Pictures announced today that…

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ICONIC, OUT-OF-PRINT SCORE FOR JAMES CAMERON’S CLASSIC THE TERMINATOR SET FOR DELUXE RELEASE BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN

[PR] BRAD FIEDEL’S DYSTOPIAN SCORE PART OF NICOLAS WINDING REFN PRESENTS SERIES OUT APRIL 8 ON MILAN RECORDS AUDIO: “Main Title” / Soundcloud + Pitchfork The score to The Terminator, composed by Brad Fiedel (Fright Night, True Lies), is as striking as the title character. Punctuated with erratic electronic jolts and rapid fire drums giving the…

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Academy Sets Oscar Lunch

OSCAR® NOMINEES TO BE HONORED AT ACADEMY LUNCHEON LOS ANGELES, CA —More than 150 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 8, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon. Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees,…

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Academy Governors Ball Will Salute “Art”

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2016 OSCARS® GOVERNORS BALL CREATIVE TEAM LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 88th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February…

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The 20th ADG Awards

“The Martian” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” Motion Picture Winners at the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards Celebrating “From Silver Screen to Every Screen” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “American Horror Story”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Muppets” Win for Television Series Josh Brolin Presents David…

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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster