Press Releases Archive for February, 2018

Rotten Tomatoes Gets New Editor-in-Chief

[pr] ROTTEN TOMATOES NAMES JOEL MEARES AS NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Los Angeles, CA (February 27, 2018) – Rotten Tomatoes, entertainment fans’ go-to destination for movie and TV show reviews and information, today announced that it has named Joel Meares as Editor-in-Chief. In his role, Meares will oversee editorial content and expansion as Rotten Tomatoes continues to build a multi-platform…

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Nanette Fabray Was 97

SAG-AFTRA Mourns the Passing of Nanette Fabray SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of performer Nanette Fabray, who died Feb. 22 at the age of 97. The multi-talented Fabray, who joined the union in 1937, was the 1986 recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the union’s highest honor. Fabray began her acting career at…

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True/False Film Fest Extends Sustainability Program

HY-VEE NAMED OFFICIAL SUSTAINABILITY SPONSOR OF TRUE/FALSE 2018 COLUMBIA, MO – Hy-Vee and True/False have joined forces to grow the film festival’s sustainability program, now in its third year. Hy-Vee’s values align with those of Columbia’s home-grown festival. “We continue to find ways to shrink our carbon footprint and generate awareness for best practices like…

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True/False Partners With “Brown Girls Doc Mafia”

Columbia, Missouri – True/False Film Fest is proud to host more than 30 members of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia collective in a new partnership to bring an infusion of women filmmakers of color to the festival space. Formed in 2015 by Iyabo Boyd, the Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) is a collective of filmmakers…

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CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENT AND VOLTAGE PICTURES SET TO PRODUCE ROLAND EMMERICH’S HISTORICAL EPIC MAYA LORD

Berlin (February 14, 2018) Centropolis Entertainment and Voltage Pictures are set to produce the thrilling historical epic feature film Maya Lord from visionary filmmaker and box-office powerhouse Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow), it was announced today by Centroplis. Angela Workman (The Zookeeper’s Wife) has written the script to be directed by Emmerich. Voltage is also handling international sales for…

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SAG-AFTRA Releases Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment and Launches “Four Pillars of Change” Program

[pr] SAG-AFTRA today released a Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment as part of a broader program to protect its members and to confront harassment and advance equity in the workplace. Leading with a Call to Action to its 160,000 members and the entertainment, music and media industries, the Code defines sexual harassment and details what constitutes…

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Jóhann Jóhannsson

February 10, 2018 – Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning Icelandic composer musician and producer, passed away in Berlin on Friday, February 9, 2018. The cause of death is unknown. He was 48. His death was confirmed by his manager. Known for his compositions that often blended electronics with classical orchestrations, Jóhannsson had…

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Janus Films Restores, Releases Oliver Assayas’ “Lost” 1990s Masterpiece

Janus Films presents the first-ever US theatrical release of award-winning French director Olivier Assayas’ COLD WATER (1994). The film received a stunning 4k restoration and will roll-out in theaters throughout the US beginning April 2018, following the March 9 premiere with the Austin Film Society (AFS). The film, which focuses on star-crossed adolescents in 1970s France, launched…

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True/False Film Fests Sets 2018 Slate

Columbia, Missouri – True/False Film Fest is proud to announce its 2018 slate of 40 new feature films that expand the boundaries of nonfiction and invite audiences to be challenged, inspired, and entertained. These films were selected from roughly 1,300 submissions plus hundreds more scouted at festivals around the world. The festival seeks to highlight work…

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CONDÉ NAST ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES ACADEMY-AWARD® NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORT “KNIFE SKILLS” FOR THE NEW YORKER’S ONLINE PROPERTIES

  The Film Will Appear as Part of The New Yorker’s “Screening Room” Series Highlighting Short Films and the Stories behind Them   NEW YORK — February 6, 2018 — Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) has acquired the Oscar® Nominated short documentary, “Knife Skills,” for The New Yorker’s online properties. Directed by Academy Award®-winning director, Thomas Lennon (“The Blood of Yingzhou District”), “Knife…

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Sundance Sale: Lionsgate And Roadside Take Juliet, Naked Romcom

LIONSGATE AND ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS ACQUIRE U.S. RIGHTS TO ACCLAIMED ROMANTIC COMEDY “JULIET, NAKED” FROM DIRECTOR JESSE PERETZ To Be Released In Theaters By Roadside Attractions this Summer   Stars Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd Based on Nick Hornby’s Novel SANTA MONICA and LOS ANGELES, CA, February 2, 2018 — Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A,…

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“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady

“You know how in postproduction you are supposed to color-correct the picture so everything is smooth and even? Jean-Luc wants the opposite. He wants the rupture. Color and then black and white, or different intensities of color. Or how in this film, sometimes you see the ratio of the frame change after the image begins. That happens when he records from his TV onto his old DVCAM analog machine, which is so old we can’t even find parts when it needs to be repaired. The TV takes time to recognize and adjust to the format on the DVD or the Blu-ray. Whether it’s 1:33 or 1:85. And one of the TVs he uses is slower than the other. He wants to keep all that. I could correct it, but he doesn’t want me to. See, here’s an image from War and Peace. He did the overlays of color—red, white, and blue—using an old analog video effects machine. That’s why you have the blur. When I tried to redo it in digital, I couldn’t. The edges were too sharp. And why the image jitters—I don’t know how he did that. Playing with the cable maybe. Handmade. He wants to see that. It’s a gift from his old machine.”
~ Fabrice Aragno