Press Releases Archive for November, 2017

Angela Lansbury

“There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner. And, I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise. “Those who have known the quality of my work and the many public statements I have made over the course of my life, must know, that I…

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Sundance 2018 Goes For 110 Features

2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: FEATURE FILMS ANNOUNCED: 110 Independent Films From 29 Countries Park City, UT — Sundance Institute showcases bold, independent storytelling at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with today’s announcement of feature films selected across all categories. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 18–28….

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Focus Features Takes Morgan Neville’s Fred Rogers Doc For Summer 2018

MISTER ROGERS’ DOCUMENTARY WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MORGAN NEVILLE ACQUIRED BY FOCUS FEATURES NEW YORK, November 27, 2017 – Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the new documentary about the life and work of Mister Fred Rogers. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet…

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FACTORY 25 ANNOUNCES THE FACTORY 200 SERIES: EARLY FILMS BY SOME OF THE BEST DIRECTORS IN THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SCENE

FACTORY 25 ANNOUNCES THE FACTORY 200 SERIES: EARLY FILMS BY SOME OF THE BEST DIRECTORS IN THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT SCENE Brooklyn, NY  – Factory 25 announces their new Factory 200 series of early films by some of the best American independent filmmakers of today including Funny Ha Ha by Andrew Bujalski (Results, Computer Chess), We Go Way Back by Lynn Shelton (Your Sisters Sister, Laggies, Outside In), Vacation by Zach…

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Artists, Critics, Writers, Filmmakers Among Sundance Institute 2017 Art of Nonfiction Fellows and Grantees

 Artists, Writers, Filmmakers Among Sundance Institute’s  2017 Art of Nonfiction Fellows and Grantees. New: Nonfiction Critics Fellowship, Fostering New Writing on Documentary Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction Initiative welcomes four Fellows and five Grantees, as well as three Nonfiction Critics Fellows, in its third year of granting key creative and financial support to…

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Amazon Studios’ “Lord Of The Rings” Press Release

Amazon to Adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s Globally Renowned Fantasy Novels, The Lord of the Rings, for Television with a Multi-Season Production Commitment Television adaptation, exploring new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, slated to debut exclusively on Prime Video SEATTLE, Nov. 13, 2017 — Amazon today announced it has acquired the global television rights to The…

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Rian Johnson Charged With New Star Wars Trilogy

[PR] For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.  As writer-director…

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National, NY, LA, Boston Film Critics Groups DQ All Disney Films For Year-End Award Consideration

A STATEMENT FROM THE LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION, THE NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE, THE BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AND THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS Nov. 7, 2017 — The members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society…

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BFCA Announces Nomination And Awards Dates

[PR] Los Angeles, CA – November 7, 2017) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) are pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air LIVE on The CW Network on Thursday, January 11, 2018 (8-10pm ET/PT).  The show will continue its combined Film and Television awards format, honoring the finest in…

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Volker Schlöndorff Statement on Dustin Hoffman Allegations

“I welcome the #metoo campaign and do not want to sound dismissive of what I consider a serious cause. However one should not smear, tar and feather indistinctively every male around. Calling Dustin Hoffman a predator is simply going too far. I hope this fades away. “It’s plain silly. Just watch Christian Blackwood’s wonderful documentary PRIVATE…

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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