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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What are we doing wrong?
“Well, first of all, by “we” I assume you mean the public, the public approach or the public discourse, which means the discourse that takes place in the media. And for the purposes of this discussion, let us imagine that the media is white and thus approaches the topic of race as if they (the white people) were the answer and them (the black people) were the question. And so, in the interest of fairness, they take their turn (having first, of course, given it to themselves) and then invite comment by some different white people and some similar black people. They give what purports to be simply their point of view and then everyone else gives their beside-the-point of view.

“The customary way for white people to think about the topic of race—and it is only a topic to white people—is to ask, How would it be if I were black? But you can’t separate the “I” from being white. The “I” is so informed by the experience of being white that it is its very creation—it is this “I” in this context that is, in fact, the white man’s burden. People who think of themselves as well intentioned—which is, let’s face it, how people think of themselves—believe that the best, most compassionate, most American way to understand another person is to walk a mile in their shoes. And I think that’s conventionally the way this thing is approached. And that’s why the conversation never gets anywhere and that’s why the answers always come back wrong and the situation stays static—and worse than static.”
~ Fran Lebowitz, 1997

“If one could examine his DNA, it would read ACTOR. He embraced every role with fire and fierce dedication. Playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood was his loving tribute to all actors and garnered him a well-deserved Academy Award. His work was his joy and his legacy.”
~ Barbara Bain On Martin Landau