Press Releases Archive for August, 2016

Oscar Stays At ABC Until At Least 2028

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that they have expanded their agreement for eight more years, in which the Network will remain home to the Oscars®, Hollywood’s biggest entertainment ceremony of the year, through 2028. The new agreement for the domestic network of the Academy Awards® adds eight years…

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Academy Announces 2016 Student Academy Award Winners

The Academy has voted 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awardscompetition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year – 1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities – which were voted by a record number of Academy members.  The 2016 winners join the ranks of such past…

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52nd Chicago Int’l Film Fest Announces First Round Of Attractions, Including Bogdanovich And McQueen Salutes

Peter Bogdanovich, Steve McQueen to be honored at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival First round of selected films, events announced in advance of October festival Chicago (August 25, 2016) – The Chicago International Film Festival today announces the first film selections to be featured at the 52nd edition, October 13-27. Additionally announced is Peter Bogdanovich…

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Mann, Pacino And De Niro Present HEAT at the Academy with Chris Nolan

ONLY AT THE ACADEMY:  MICHAEL MANN, AL PACINO AND ROBERT DE NIRO TOGETHER FOR “HEAT” Director Christopher Nolan to Moderate Q&A LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy celebrates Michael Mann’s 1995 classic, “Heat,” on the big screen onWednesday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills with a new 4K…

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Ang Lee’s Immersive New Feature To Be Centerpiece Of NYFF

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk “astonished me, and it moved me deeply—in the grandest way”

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BFCA Moves “Critics Choice” Awards To Dec 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE ‘22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS’ WILL KICK OFF AWARD SEASON HONORING THE BEST IN FILM AND TELEVISION ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 8PM ET/5PM PT ON A&E T.J. MILLER TO RETURN AS HOST OF THREE-HOUR SHOW New York, NY—August 18, 2016 –A&E Network, home of the Critics’ Choice Awards for the past two…

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STATEMENT REGARDING THE PASSING OF FORMER ACADEMY PRESIDENT ARTHUR HILLER

STATEMENT REGARDING THE PASSING OF FORMER ACADEMY PRESIDENT ARTHUR HILLER   LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar®-nominated director and former Academy president Arthur Hiller died today in Los Angeles of natural causes.  He was 92. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “I was a…

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Sony Pictures Classics Consummates Entire Almodóvar Film Library

Almodóvar’s 20th film, JULIETA, will be released in theaters on December 21.

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Nate Parker & Co. Set Fellowship For Young Filmmakers

The Sundance Institute | The Birth of a Nation Fellowship

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2016 FILM SCHOLARS  GRANT RECIPIENTS

Dr. Donna Kornhaber and Dr. Ellen Christine Scott have been named 2016 Academy Film Scholars

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New York Film Fest Announces Main Slate

25 features include new films from Maren Ade, Pedro Almodóvar, Olivier Assayas, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Alain Guiraudie, Eugène Green, Mia Hansen-Løve, Hong Sangsoo, Jim Jarmusch, Barry Jenkins, Pablo Larraín, Ken Loach, Kenneth Lonergan, Alison Maclean, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Cristian Mungiu, Matías Piñeiro, Cristi Puiu, Kelly Reichardt, Gianfranco Rosi, Dash Shaw, and Paul Verhoeven New…

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TIFF ’16 Doc Titles Announced

For a full pdf of the release, click here NEWS RELEASE. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS VIBRANT REAL-LIFE CHARACTERS Slate includes films on Leonardo DiCaprio, Amanda Knox, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, John Coltrane and the “6th Beatle” TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 documentary programme presents a diverse collection of works…

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected To Fourth Academy Term

LOS ANGELES, CA – Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 2) by the organization’s Board of Governors. Also elected to officer positions by the Board: Jeffrey Kurland, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee) John Bailey, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History…

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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Debut In November

Critics’ Choice is announcing its first ever award ceremony solely dedicated to giving recognition to those in the documentary world

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas