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Dolby Donates Atmos Sound System To The Ray, New, Permanent 500-Seat Theater to Sundance

[pr] Dolby Atmos Elevates the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at The Ray, New 500-Seat Theatre Dolby Sound Fellowship Awarded to I Think We’re Alone Now and Blindspotting, Sundance Film Festival’s Opening Night Film SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2018  — Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, announced…

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Sundance Sets Juries

Sundance Film Festival: Juries, Awards Night Host Announced 24 Jurors to Award NUMBER Prizes, Including New NEXT Innovator’s Award Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will convene 24 experts in film, art, culture and science to award feature-length work shown at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with 28 prizes, announced at a ceremony January 27 that will be…

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TRUE/FALSE & THE CROSSING TO ANNOUNCE THE 2018 TRUE LIFE FUND FILM AND NEW TRAVELING DOCUMENTARY SERIES.

Columbia, Missouri – True/False and The Crossing invite members of the press and community to The Crossing on Wednesday, January 17th at 9:00AM CST when they will announce the 2018 True Life Fund Film along with a new outgrowth of the partnership, the Alethea Project: a 10-week traveling documentary screening series that will take place…

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 23, 2018

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 23, 2018 Panel Discussion Features Top Chicago Film Critics J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Michael Phillips, Pamela Powell and Ray Pride CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 90th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel Tuesday,…

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2018 Sundance Film Festival: Latest Additions Announced, Including Eight Features, Virtual Reality Work, Hosted Retrospectives

  Park City, UT — Sundance Institute completes the slate of bold independent work set for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, with eight feature films, a VR experience, the NEXT Innovator’s Award juror and hosted retrospectives joining the lineup today. Screenings will take place in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 18–28. RuPaul…

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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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Joint. Joint Venture: MGM and Annapurna Pact Joint Deal For U. S. Distribution; Bond In Play?

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER AND ANNAPURNA PICTURES FORM JOINT VENTURE TO DISTRIBUTE FILMS THEATRICALLY IN THE U.S. MGM Returns to Domestic Theatrical Distribution LOS ANGELES (October, 31 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna) have formed a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S., it was announced today by Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer…

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Board Of Governors Drops Another Oscar On Alejandro G. Iñárritu

THE ACADEMY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARDS AN OSCAR TO ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU’S “CARNE Y ARENA”  VIRTUAL REALITY INSTALLATION LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Wednesday (October 25) to present a Special Award – an Oscar statuette – to director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality installation, “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present,…

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Bold Films Extends $50 Million Finance Pact with Comerica Bank

[pr] Three Year Agreement Will Fund Future Film and TV Slate Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 24, 2017 – Bold Films renews and increases its revolving line of credit with Comerica Bank, a $50 million dollar debt facility that extends for three years. The deal provides financing for the independent studio to produce four to six…

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Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Errol Morris

[pr] DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER ERROL MORRIS TO RECEIVE THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’…

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Get Out Tops Gotham Awards Noms With Four

 New York, NY (October 19, 2017) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today the nominees for the 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards. For 2017, ten competitive awards will be presented to independent features and series. In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Award Tributes will be given…

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“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
Ellen Pompeo

“I am, as you indicate, no stranger as a novelist to the erotic furies. Men enveloped by sexual temptation is one of the aspects of men’s lives that I’ve written about in some of my books. Men responsive to the insistent call of sexual pleasure, beset by shameful desires and the undauntedness of obsessive lusts, beguiled even by the lure of the taboo — over the decades, I have imagined a small coterie of unsettled men possessed by just such inflammatory forces they must negotiate and contend with. I’ve tried to be uncompromising in depicting these men each as he is, each as he behaves, aroused, stimulated, hungry in the grip of carnal fervor and facing the array of psychological and ethical quandaries the exigencies of desire present. I haven’t shunned the hard facts in these fictions of why and how and when tumescent men do what they do, even when these have not been in harmony with the portrayal that a masculine public-relations campaign — if there were such a thing — might prefer. I’ve stepped not just inside the male head but into the reality of those urges whose obstinate pressure by its persistence can menace one’s rationality, urges sometimes so intense they may even be experienced as a form of lunacy. Consequently, none of the more extreme conduct I have been reading about in the newspapers lately has astonished me.”
~ Philip Roth