Press Releases Archive for September, 2017

Academy Museum Gets $50 Million Gift From Cheryl And Haim Saban

RON MEYER TO LEAD NEWLY ESTABLISHED MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign—brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal. In recognition of…

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Louis C. K.’s Hot-Button Clandestinely-Produced Woody Allen Homage Gets November NY/LA Release

THE ORCHARD ANNOUNCES LOUIS C.K.’S “I LOVE YOU, DADDY” TO OPEN THEATRICALLY NOVEMBER 17 IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES Comedy Stars Louis C.K., John Malkovich, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Helen Hunt, and Ebonee Noel Photo credit: Courtesy of The Orchard. Click here for artwork. NEW YORK (September 27, 2017) – The Orchard announced…

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Dee Rees Adapting Joan Didion Novel With Producer Cassian Elwes And Others

[PR] Award-winning independent filmmaker Dee Rees (Mudbound, Pariah) will direct the best-selling 1996 Joan Didion political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted from publisher Alfred A. Knopf.  Elevated’s Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) optioned the book last year from Didion to develop it in partnership with Rees following their incredible collaboration on Mudbound, which premiered to standing…

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Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Awards Grants Across Nonfiction Formats

Los Angeles, CA — Projects and artists on the frontlines of nonfiction storytelling received nearly $2 million in grants from Sundance Institute, furthering their work across subjects and forms. Works originate in 26 countries and six continents, and teams include Academy Award nominees (Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, Richard Rowley, Jon Else and David France), and first-time feature filmmakers (Cody Lucich, Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu…

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Scorsese Joins The Online “MasterClass” Gig

Academy® Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese’s First Ever Online Class The filmmaker behind GOODFELLAS, CASINO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and THE DEPARTED talks about film and filmmaking on MasterClass.com SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 – MasterClass, the premier online education platform, announced today that Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will have his first ever online class. The class is open…

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Mike Plante Named Las Vegas Film Festival “Captain of Strategy”

MIKE PLANTE JOINS LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL AS CAPTAIN OF STRATEGY Las Vegas Film Festival and CineVegas to Partner on Presenting Films, Comedy, Independent Video Games and More 2018 Festival to Return to Brenden Theatres and Palms Casino Resort June 6 – 10 LAS VEGAS (September 21, 2017) – Seasoned film festival programming veteran Mike Plante returns to…

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FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO LADY BIRD

TORONTO, CANADA, September 11, 2017 – Focus Features has acquired international rights to Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird, company chairman Peter Kujawski announced today. A24 and IAC Films are partners on the movie.  Focus will be handling distribution in all territories outside of North America. Lady Bird has emerged as one of the biggest breakouts of the fall season,…

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Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Telluride, CO, September 11, 2017 – Telluride Film Festival (September 1-4, 2017), presented by the National Film Preserve, reflects upon a spectacular four-day celebration of diverse programming and special guests attended by more than 4,000 movie lovers. “This was my 44th Telluride Film Festival,” remarked co-founder and artistic director Tom Luddy. “I feel it was one…

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NEON AND 30WEST LAND DOMESTIC RIGHTS TO CRAIG GILLESPIE’S STANDOUT DARK COMEDY “I, TONYA”

Toronto, Canada (September 11, 2017) – In one of the most high-profile sales of Toronto International Film Festival, NEON and 30WEST are excited to announce they have landed domestic rights to Craig Gillespie’s much talked about dark comedy, I, TONYA which premiered here on Friday to both critical and audience acclaim. I, TONYA is an at times absurd,…

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Annapurna Adds $350 Million Credit Facility

[PR] – Annapurna, an independent entertainment company with film, television, and interactive verticals as well as an upstart marketing and distribution operation, has completed a $350 million revolving credit facility, it was announced today. The new line of credit will provide a firm financial foundation as the company continues to expand their enterprises and build its production,…

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“With any character, the way I think about it is, you have the role on the page, you have the vision of the director and you have your life experience… I thought it was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief. For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss, those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you.”
~ Keanu Reeves

“I was checking through stuff the other day for technical reasons. I came across The Duellists on Netflix and I was absolutely stunned to see that it was exquisitely graded. So, while I rarely look up my old stuff, I stopped to give it ten minutes. Bugger me, I was there for two hours. I was really fucking pleased with what it was and how the engine still worked within the equation and that engine was the insanity and stupidity of war. War between two men, in that case, who fight on thought they both eventually can’t remember the reason why. It was great, yeah. The great thing about these platforms now is that, one way or another, they’ll seek out and then put out the best possible form and the long form. Frequently, films get cut down because of that curse in which the studio felt or feels that they have to preview. And there’s nothing worse than a preview to diminish the original intent.Oh, yeah, how about every fucking time? And I’ve stewed about films later even more because when you tell the same joke 20 times the joke’s no longer funny. When you tell a bad joke once or twice? It’s fine. But come on, now. Here’s the key on the way I feel when I approach the movie: I try to keep myself as withdrawn from the project as possible once I’ve filmed it. And – this is all key on this – then getting a really excellent editor so I never have to sit in on editing. What happens if you sit in is you become stale and every passage or joke, metaphorically speaking, gets more and more tired. You start cutting it all back because of fatigue. So what you have to do is keep your distance and therefore, in a funny kind of way, you, as the director, should be the preview and that’s it.”
~ Sir Ridley Scott