Press Releases Archive for December, 2018

Academy’s 15-Documentary Feature Shortlist To Screen In 13 Cities

ACADEMY PRESENTS NEW THEATRICAL SCREENING PROGRAM: “OSCARS® SPOTLIGHT: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SHORTLIST” LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, led by its Future of Film Committee, will present “Oscars® Spotlight: Documentary Feature Shortlist,” a new program showcasing the 15 shortlisted documentary feature films in contention for the 91st Oscars.  The films will screen…

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Academy Named Christine Simmons CEO

ACADEMY NAMES CHRISTINE SIMMONS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER LA Sparks President and COO to come on board January 2019     LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Christine Simmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer, it was announced today by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Simmons, president and…

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Three-Hundred-Forty-Seven Features Are Best-Picture Eligible

[pr] Three hundred forty-seven feature films are eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 91st Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven…

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Academy Shortlists Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Visual Effects

[pr] LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fifteen films…

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Post-Les Moonves, CBS Grants Producers Guild $2 Million To “Combat Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry”

[pr]  LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2018) — The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that its charitable arm, the Producers Guild of America Foundation 501(c)(3), has received a grant of $2 million from CBS in support of its landmark new program, the “Independent Production Safety Initiative,” which will provide free anti-sexual harassment training and legal consultation for independent…

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Sundance Institute Announces 2019 January Screenwriters Lab Fellows

Los Angeles, CA — Fifteen screenwriters from countries including the U.S., Lebanon, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Kingdom will bring twelve projects to the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, taking place January 18-23, 2019 at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. The Lab provides an immersive environment that encourages all participants to embrace a spirit of…

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Academy Awards Go To Nine Scientific and Technical Achievements

9 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED WITH ACADEMY AWARDS® Curtis Clark to receive John A. Bonner Award LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that nine scientific and technical achievements represented by 27 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation…

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African American Film Critics Association Announces Awards And Top Ten Films

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AAFCA) ANNOUNCES ITS AWARD WINNERS AND  TOP TEN FILMS OF THE YEAR BLACK PANTHER wins three awards including Best Film, Best Director (Ryan Coogler) and Best Song John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”), Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)…

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Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Nod Roma as Best Film, Cinematography and Foreign Film

December 8, 2018 PHILADELPHIA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE NAMES ROMA THE BEST FILM OF 2018  Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle today voted on its second annual year-end awards, and the choice for Best Movie was Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma.  Roma also won awards for Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film. Tying Roma for the most awards, with three,…

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ALFONSO CUARÓN’S ROMA TO BE RELEASED THEATRICALLY IN OVER 600 THEATERS WORLDWIDE

Hollywood, Calif. – (December 7, 2018) – Netflix confirmed today that Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, will be released in over 100 theaters in the United States and more than 500 theaters internationally in over 40 countries, curated by Netflix by territory around the…

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Cohen Media Press Release On Landmark Theatres Acquisition

COHEN MEDIA GROUP BUYS LANDMARK THEATRES FROM WAGNER/CUBAN COMPANIES   Nation’s Largest Independent Theater Chain Sold to Indie Film Distributor and One of the Country’s Most Influential Patrons of Culture and the Arts- (December 4, 2018) — Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest specialized theater chain dedicated to independent cinema with 252 screens in 27 markets, has…

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima