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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“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