Press Releases Archive for July, 2016

UCLA Explains The Coppola Live Cinema Workshop

“I felt the need to experiment in order to learn the actual methodology of live cinema, which is a hybrid of theater, film and television.”

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Screenwriter Mark Boal Sues Feds For Military Overreach In Bowe Bergdahl Case

MARK BOAL SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR OVERREACH BY MILITARY IN BOWE BERGDAHL CASE   Military Prosecutor’s Threat to Subpoena Boal’s First Amendment-Protected Taped Interviews with Bergdahl Prompts Suit   Taped Interviews Were Part of Boal’s and NPR’s Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Report, ‘Serial’   LOS ANGELES, CA, THURSDAY, JULY 21—Mark Boal filed a suit in a…

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54th NYFF Sets First Nonfiction Opener, Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Doc On Racial Inequality

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES AVA DuVERNAY’S THE 13th AS OPENING NIGHT OF THE 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL First nonfiction film to ever open the festival makes its world premiere New York, NY (July 19, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening…

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Spielberg, Laura Dern, Roger Ross Williams Among New Academy Governors

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2016–17 BOARD OF GOVERNORS Runoff election required for Film Editors Branch LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2016–17 Board of Governors.  A runoff election is required for the Film Editors Branch. “I’m honored and privileged to welcome the Academy’s new Board,”…

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“SONY PICTURES’ “GHOSTBUSTERS” OFFERS FIRST-EVER FRONT AND REAR-FACING LENS ON SNAPCHAT”

 On July 7th, Snapchatters Can “Bust” Ghosts Using Their Front-Facing Camera or “Slime” Friends Using their Rear-Facing Camera on Highly Popular Lens Feature Adored By Millions For the first time ever, Snapchatters can use both the front and rear cameras of their phones with a new type of Lens as millions of users become true Ghostbusters on…

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JOHN COOPER AND JAMES FRANCO TO RECEIVE AWARDS AT OUTFEST LOS ANGELES

FILMMAKERS ROSE TROCHE AND GUS VAN SANT TO PRESENT Los Angeles, July 7, 2016 – Outfest – the Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – has announced the recipients of their two major awards. Former Outfest Director of Programming and current Sundance Film Festival Director,…

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SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR 2016 OSCARS® APPROACHING

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today published its list of upcoming submission deadlines for 89th Academy Awards® consideration. Submissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (OSC) form are due by 5 p.m. PT on the following dates: Scientific and Technical Awards Wednesday, July 13 Documentary…

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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