Press Releases Archive for April, 2017

Luc Besson on Le Pen & The Great Illusion

THE GREAT ILLUSION Dear compatriots, friends, and brothers, My name is Luc B. I’m 57 years old, French, married, and father of five beautiful children. I don’t belong to a particular community, party or union. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I’ve never done drugs. I do work, however, and have done since the…

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Tribeca Announces Jury Nods

[PR] New York, NY  – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories at the awards ceremony tonight at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Top awards went to Keep the Change for Best U.S. Narrative, Son of Sofia for Best International Narrative, and Bobbi Jene for Best Documentary. The Festival, presented by…

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Michael Mann Returns To TV For “Hue 68″ Vietnam Mini From Author Of “Blackhawk Down”

[PR] ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED FILMMAKERS MICHAEL MANN & MICHAEL DE LUCA ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO MARK BOWDEN’S HUE 1968  Bestselling Author Mark Bowden’s Highly Anticipated New Book HUE 1968  Will Be Released by Grove Atlantic on June 6 Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired the rights to Mark Bowden’s highly-anticipated new book, Hue 1968….

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Hulu Takes First-Window Streaming On All NEON Output

[PR] HULU AND NEON SET EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP AND CUTTING-EDGE OUTPUT LICENSING AGREEMENT New Deal Grants Hulu First-Window Streaming Rights to All NEON Conten SANTA MONICA, CA  – Hulu and NEON have inked a brand new, multi-year output licensing agreement for all upcoming films and content released via NEON. The deal marks the first of its kind…

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Film Festival Alliance Sets New Leadership

Dallas, TX (April 20, 2017) – Following a successful fourth annual conference in conjunction with the Art House Convergence in January, the Film Festival Alliance (FFA) has officially announced a newly elected Board of Directors, building on FFA’s established foundation to become North America’s preeminent film festival service organization, strengthening this vital segment of the film…

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Tribeca Sets 2017 Juries

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKERS, AWARD-WINNING ACTORS, AND CULTURAL LEADERS MAKE UP 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL JURIES Jurors include Priyanka Chopra, R.J. Cutler, Willem Dafoe, Peter Fonda, Diane Lane, Barbara Kopple, Tavi Gevinson, Josh Lucas, Alessandro Nivola, Sheila Nevins, Michael Pitt, Zachary Quinto, Christina Ricci, Ruth Wilson, and more The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for the…

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Nantucket Film Fest To Honor Tom McCarthy

The Nantucket Film Festival announced today the honorees who will be celebrated at this year’s Screenwriters Tribute—including Oscar®-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, legendary documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, and ground-breaking television creators and Emmy-nominated writing team David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. The 22nd Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) will take place June 21-26, 2017, and celebrates the art…

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Academy Sets New Rules For Oscar 90

The Academy’s Board of Governors approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 90th Academy Awards® at their most recent Board meeting on Tuesday, March 28. For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category will be opened up to the entire eligible voting membership.  Invitations to join the nominating committee will…

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Neon Launches Short Film Division

[PR] NEON launches short film division (NEON SHORTS) with Peter Huang’s 5 FILMS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, bringing back the long honored tradition of combining a feature film with a short. Premiering alongside Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL, this will be the first of many shorts to accompany NEON’s slate of feature length films. 5 FILMS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY had its World Premiere…

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Olivier Assayas Going Cold War With Next Film

OLIVIER ASSAYAS TO WRITE AND DIRECT “WASP NETWORK” FOR RT FEATURES AND CG CINEMA Based on Fernando Morais’ Book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2016) — RT Features and CG Cinema announced today that Olivier Assayas will write and direct Wasp Network, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book,…

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Academy To Launch “Academy Gold” Talent Development And Inclusion Program

[PR] Sixteen Entertainment Industry Partners Participate in Pilot Year LOS ANGELES, CA – In June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch Academy Gold, a new entertainment industry-wide summer internship and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  This initiative will afford top film entertainment,…

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Oscar Sets Dates For 2018-2021, Including March 4, 2018

THE ACADEMY AND ABC ANNOUNCE KEY DATES FOR 90TH OSCARS® THE OSCARS AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK OSCARS DATES SELECTED FOR 2019, 2020 AND 2021 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced key dates for the 90th Oscars®. The Academy Awards® presentation will…

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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray