Press Releases Archive for March, 2016

Heroes and Outcasts Seek Redemption, Justice, Peace in POV’s 29th Season on PBS, Starting Monday, May 23, 2016

Returning veterans, newly paroled prisoners, Afghan girls and hospice patients navigate a world of new challenges in thought-provoking documentaries; Season opens with ‘The Return’ and features Oscar® nominee ‘The Look of Silence’ Not all eyes are on politicians seeking higher office. POV’s new season presents unforgettable stories of diverse people—ranging from war heroes to highly stigmatized…

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ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2016 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS COMPETITION

New Expanded Foreign Film Category Winners Eligible for Oscars®

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Ebertfest 2016 Sets Its Slate

EBERTFEST ANNOUNCES FINAL SLATE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS FOR 2016 FESTIVAL 18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 13-17, 2016 in Champaign, IL CHAMPAIGN, ILL – March 23, 2016 – The 18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ announced today the final slate of…

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NATO’s Statement On “The Screening Room”

Movie theater operators will individually decide what business models work for movie theaters.

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Academy Adds 3 To Board Of Governors; 6 Members Added To Board Committees

“We know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”

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Peter Dinklage Seeks Your Memories

Clips of memories to appear in new film.

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Focus World Takes Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, DIRECTED BY AND STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN

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Al Jazeera Offshoot beIN Media Group Acquires Miramax Assets

Miramax to continue operating as an independent film and television studio under new ownership.

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“Don’t work with assholes. Ever. No matter what they’re offering, no matter what they bring to the table. If they’re the sort of person where the phone rings at 10 o’clock at night and you wince because you see that it’s them, then don’t do business with them. One asshole will ruin your life. I’ve managed my entire TV and filmmaking career to work with people I like and respect. If the point comes where I don’t like or respect someone, I don’t work with them anymore.”

– Anthony Bourdain

The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh