Press Releases Archive for February, 2017

Directors Of The Five Nominated Foreign-Language Films Make A Statement

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Statement by all Nominated Directors, 2017 On behalf of all nominees, we would like to express our unanimous and emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately…

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Added Oscar Presenters: Aniston, Bateman, Beatty, Damon, Dunaway, Gosling, Hayek, Henson, Patel, Rogen, Spencer, Streep And Vince Vaughn

[PR] LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren…

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Academy Announces $250,000 Gift From Walmart For Outreach

[PR]  LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $250,000 gift from Walmart to the Academy Foundation in support of the organization’s educational and outreach initiatives.  Walmart, a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Oscars®, continues its commitment to encourage and support emerging talent in the film community. The…

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“Women In Film, Sundance Institute and 50 Hollywood Leaders Launch ReFrame to Create Sustainable Gender Equity in Film And Television”

Suggested Tweet: 50 Hollywood leaders join @sundanceorg & @womeninfilm to launch ReFrame to create gender equity in film, TV & media (insert link here) Los Angeles, CA — Fifty Hollywood leaders and influencers, including studio heads, agency partners, senior network executives, talent and guild representatives brought together by Women In Film and Sundance Institute today announce the launch…

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Cinema Audio Society Awards For Outstanding Sound Mixing

  Los Angeles, February 18 – The Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture – Live Action was presented to the sound mixing team of Steven Morrow, CAS, Andy Nelson, CAS, Ai Ling Lee, Nicholai Baxter, David Betancourt, and James Ashwill for “La La Land”. Director Damien Chazelle was on hand to…

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True/False Film Fest Awards Claire Simon Its True Vision Award

[PR] The True/False Film Fest is proud to announce that Claire Simon will receive this year’s True Vision Award in honor of her achievement in and contribution to the field of nonfiction filmmaking. True Vision is the only award given out at the fest. Simon is the 14th recipient of this honor. Last year, the…

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Oscar Adds Presenters Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron

[PR] LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced the third slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John…

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New Directors/New Films Announces 46th Annual Lineup

[PR] New York, NY (February 15, 2017) – The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the complete lineup for the 46th annual New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), March 15-26. Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around…

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Oscar 89 Names Production Team

89th OSCARS® PRODUCTION TEAM ANNOUNCED Over 75 Years of Combined Oscars Telecast Experience LOS ANGELES, CA — Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced eight key members of the production team for the 89th Oscars®, which will air live on Sunday, February 26, on ABC. It was previously announced that Glenn Weiss would…

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True/False Film Fest And Kickstarter Will Provide Childcare To Visiting Filmmakers, Artists And Musicians

FEBRUARY 10, 2017 True/False Film Fest TRUE/FALSE and KICKSTARTER ANNOUNCE NEW CHILD CARE INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT FAMILIES IN FILM Visiting artists will have access to free daycare during the four-day festival In 2017, True/False Film Fest is partnering with Kickstarter to expand its staff childcare initiative to include visiting filmmakers, artists, and musicians. True/False will…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Auli’i Cravalho, Sting, Justin Timberlake, John Legend To Perform For Oscar

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, AULI’I CRAVALHO, STING, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM THIS YEAR’S NOMINATED SONGS AT THE OSCARS® LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar® nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting, Justin Timberlake and 2014 Oscar winner John Legend will perform at the 89th Oscars® ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. Hosted by…

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Here’s The 2017 True/False Film Fest Lineup

Columbia, Missouri – The True/False Film Fest is proud to announce the list of 37 feature films included in its 2017 program. Each of these selections meet the traditional notions of nonfiction cinema head on, expanding the boundaries of the form and inviting audiences to be challenged, inspired, and entertained. These films were selected from…

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True/False Film Fest Announces Its 2017 “Provocateurs”

With generous support from the Ford Foundation, True/False presents its second year of Provocations: a curated selection of incendiary thinkers. These whip-smart presenters will appear before feature films, injecting a mini “ideas-fest” into True/False, offering challenging ideas in five-minute blasts. These five individuals stand ready to rearrange worldviews with the power of their words: Destiny…

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ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER MEL GIBSON AND VINCE VAUGHN TO STAR IN S. CRAIG ZAHLER’S “DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE”

LOS ANGELES (February 1, 2017) –– Academy Award® Winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, Wedding Crashers) will star in Dragged Across Concrete, written and to be directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk).  The film will mark another production for Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and financed by the recently announced Unified…

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Production Begins On Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson 2017

[PR] Production has begun in the U.K. on writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new film (under the working title “Phantom Thread”). Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps whose films include A Most Wanted…

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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