Press Releases Archive for April, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s First Full-Service Production Studio Launches as Its First Int’l Co-Prod Wraps

[pr] FIRST FULL-SERVICE PRODUCTION STUDIO “NEBRAS FILMS” LAUNCHED IN SAUDI ARABIA Production Wraps on the Facility’s First International Co-Production “Born a King”  LOS ANGELES / SAUDI ARABIA:  In advance of the Cannes Film Festival, Mr. Abdullah Al Nafisah today announced the launch of Saudi Arabia’s first full-service production studio Nebras Films. Setting out to develop and produce a…

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SAG-AFTRA on Unanimous Passage of the Music Modernization Act by the U.S. House of Representatives

SAG-AFTRA Statement on Unanimous Passage of the Music Modernization Act by the U.S. House of Representatives    LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2018) – SAG-AFTRA commends the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing the Music Modernization Act [H.R. 5447] today.   SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said the following:   “Today’s vote by the House is an…

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“I’m not sure anybody has ever seen DETOUR looking so good, and it’s still one of the most revered and beloved noir classics.”

THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE AND THE FILM FOUNDATION PRESENT NEW 4K RESTORATION OF EDGAR G. ULMER’S DETOUR (1945) RESTORATION TO PREMIERE AT TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL JANUS FILMS TO RELEASE THEATRICALLY IN FALL 2018 New York, NY. (April 25, 2018) – The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique,…

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For Oscar 91, Academy Issues More Rules Arcana

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 91ST OSCARS® CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS UPDATED FOR NEW AWARDS SEASON LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 91st Academy Awards®. Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed. There is now one submission deadline – Monday, October 1, 2018 – for…

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Oscar 91: February 24, 2019

THE ACADEMY AND ABC ANNOUNCE KEY DATES FOR 91ST OSCARS® THE OSCARS AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced key dates for the 91st Oscars®. The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2019. Academy key dates…

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Dan Fellman To Finish Remainder Of William Mechanic’s Term On Academy Board

DANIEL FELLMAN NAMED GOVERNOR OF ACADEMY’S  EXECUTIVES BRANCH LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that Daniel Fellman has been named governor of the Academy’s Executives Branch. Fellman will serve out the remainder of William Mechanic’s term which concludes on June 30, 2019. Mechanic announced his resignation from the…

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Vin Diesel And H Collective Partners Acquire xXx Franchise

THE H COLLECTIVE AND SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS STRIKE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL  The Partnership Will See the Studio Release and Market Up to Four Films Per Year from The H Collective LOS ANGELES, CA (April 18, 2018) – LA-based studio The H Collective has entered into a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) to distribute and market up…

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Wallace Shawn Releases an Audio Play, “Evening at the Talk House,”

The Intercept presents “Evening at the Talk House,” a three-part audio play by award-winning actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, starring Matthew Broderick, Shawn, Larry Pine, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, John Epperson, Claudia Shear and Annapurna Sriram New York, NY – April 18, 2018 – The Intercept, in collaboration with Topic Studios, is proud to present “Evening at the Talk House,”…

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Michael Moore Names Joseph Beyer Exec Director Before Fourteenth Annual Traverse City Film Festival

  FOUNDER MICHAEL MOORE TO KICK OFF 14TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL AND NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. (April 17, 2018) Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) founder and president Michael Moore announced dates for the 14th annual edition, running July 31 to August 5, along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay Traverse City,…

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Nantucket Film Festival Announces Noah Baumbach, Morgan Neville And Andrew Heckler as 2018 Honorees

NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 HONOREES AND NEW PROGRAMS NOAH BAUMBACH RECEIVES TOP HONOR AT SCREENWRITERS TRIBUTE MORGAN NEVILLE RECIPIENT OF SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AWARD ANDREW HECKLER RECOGNIZED WITH NEW VOICES IN SCREENWRITING AWARD THE ALL-STAR COMEDY ROUNDTABLE, THE IMPROV TAKE-OVER PRESENTED BY BEN STILLER FEATURING THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH AND BEN SCHWARTZ LIVE TAPING OF…

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David Ninh, Late Of Kickstarter And Film Society Of Lincoln Center, Moves To Kino Lorber As Director of Press and Publicity

New York, NY – April 17, 2018 – Kino Lorber announced today that David Ninh is joining the company as Director of Press and Publicity, beginning at Kino Lorber on April, 23, 2018. He will report to the company’s Senior VP Theatrical, Non-theatrical Distribution & Acquisitions Wendy Lidell and to Company CEO Richard Lorber for corporate communications. Ninh was previously…

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Jurors

THE 17THANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® ANNOUNCES 2018 JURIES Jurors include Josh Charles, Amy Kaufman, Dan Cogan, Lakeith Stanfield, Joanna Gleason, Susan Lacy, Ray Liotta, Zosia Mamet, Chris Messina, Jenny Lumet, Norman Reedus, Alysia Reiner, Nelson George, Ondi Timoner, Sasheer Zamata NEW YORK, NY – The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced the members of…

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SAG-AFTRA Calls for End to Auditions and Interviews in Private Hotel Rooms or Residences

Union Issues Guideline No. 1 as Part of SAG-AFTRA Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2018) – To help protect members from potential harassment and exploitation, SAG-AFTRA released today a Guideline that calls for an end to the practice of holding professional meetings in private hotel rooms or residences. This is the first expansion…

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Sue Kroll Launches Kroll & Co. Entertainment At WB

INDUSTRY VETERAN SUE KROLL LAUNCHES KROLL & CO. ENTERTAINMENT AT WARNER BROS. The widely respected movie executive kicks off an impressive development and production slate BURBANK, CA, April 4, 2018 – Having made her mark as one of the industry’s top studio executives for more than two decades, Sue Kroll is now hanging her own production shingle,…

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain