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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Auli’i Cravalho, Sting, Justin Timberlake, John Legend To Perform For Oscar

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, AULI’I CRAVALHO, STING, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM THIS YEAR’S NOMINATED SONGS AT THE OSCARS® LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar® nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting, Justin Timberlake and 2014 Oscar winner John Legend will perform at the 89th Oscars® ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. Hosted by…

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Here’s The 2017 True/False Film Fest Lineup

Columbia, Missouri – The True/False Film Fest is proud to announce the list of 37 feature films included in its 2017 program. Each of these selections meet the traditional notions of nonfiction cinema head on, expanding the boundaries of the form and inviting audiences to be challenged, inspired, and entertained. These films were selected from…

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True/False Film Fest Announces Its 2017 “Provocateurs”

With generous support from the Ford Foundation, True/False presents its second year of Provocations: a curated selection of incendiary thinkers. These whip-smart presenters will appear before feature films, injecting a mini “ideas-fest” into True/False, offering challenging ideas in five-minute blasts. These five individuals stand ready to rearrange worldviews with the power of their words: Destiny…

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ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER MEL GIBSON AND VINCE VAUGHN TO STAR IN S. CRAIG ZAHLER’S “DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE”

LOS ANGELES (February 1, 2017) –– Academy Award® Winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, Wedding Crashers) will star in Dragged Across Concrete, written and to be directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk).  The film will mark another production for Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and financed by the recently announced Unified…

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Production Begins On Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson 2017

[PR] Production has begun in the U.K. on writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new film (under the working title “Phantom Thread”). Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps whose films include A Most Wanted…

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Latest Tommy O’Haver And Joe Swanberg Joints Direct To Netflix After SXSW Bow

Netflix original films Win It All, from filmmaker Joe Swanberg and starring Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez and Keegan-Michael Key, and The Most Hated Woman in America featuring Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo, Adam Scott and Juno Temple, will make their world premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in March before launching on Netflix. A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O’Hair,…

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True/False Sets Media Literacy Initiative

  JANUARY 30, 2017 True/False Film Fest TRUE/FALSE MEDIA LITERACY INITIATIVE The Media Literacy Initiative is True/False’s ambitious new educational partnership with Ragtag Cinema, Columbia Public Schools, and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. After more than 10 years of high school programming, T/F recognized that students are often already documentarians. Constantly recording, archiving and compiling…

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And Sundance Awards…

And Sundance Awards…

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Santa Monica’s 30-Year-Old Vidiots Closing Doors, But Expanding Activities

VIDIOTS TO MOVE FROM HISTORIC SANTA MONICA LOCATION AND TRANSITION TO NEW HOME The beloved video store-turned film non-profit will close the doors of its original location on February 15, but will maintain many of its services and programs as it identifies a new location Vidiots, the nonprofit film foundation, video store and longtime resource…

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2017 Oscar Nominations

Best Picture Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams…

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Academy Outlines Prerecorded Oscar Nomination Anecdotes From Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, Ken Watanabe And Others

Tuesday, January 24 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18 p.m. GMT/9:18 p.m. CST To help guide this year’s nominees through the 33 days between the nominations announcement and the Oscars ceremony, the Academy invited 11 Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members to share personal anecdotes about their Oscars experience and offer advice to the new class of…

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League-Quinn Neon Label Makes First On-Site Sundance Acquisition

  In a competitive bidding situation, Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, Ingrid Goes West, following the world premiere on Friday night. Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age…

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True/False Film Fest Names 2017 True Life Fund Film

The indomitable Rainey family, featured in the new film Quest, have been selected as 2017’s True Life Fund recipients. The fund, True/False’s yearly philanthropic initiative, serves as a tangible way of thanking documentary subjects. “The True Life Fund represents us completing a circuit,” T/F co-director David Wilson says. “The film subjects share their stories, and…

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Annapurna Pictures Distribution Launches August 4 With Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project

ANNAPURNA PICTURES LAUNCHES NEW FULL SERVICE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATION Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT will be the company’s inaugural release, hitting theaters nationwide on August 4, 2017 Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2017) – Annapurna Pictures is launching its long-planned, full-ervice distribution and marketing operation with Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT.  Marc Weinstock, who…

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A24 To Make Donation To Planned Parenthood On Film Opening

A24 WILL MAKE A DONATION TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN HONOR OF ALL THE WOMEN (AND MEN) WHO SEE THE FILM THIS WEEKEND Writer/director Mike Mills and stars Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning reflect on those who raise us and the times that shape us in latest video ‘Modern Women’, featuring an exclusive interview with Planned…

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Martin Short to Receive Oscar Wilde Award

[PR] The Oscar Wilde Awards will not be short of laughter with Martin Short receiving an award at the February 23rdevent at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica.  The US-Ireland Alliance’s annual event will also honour Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe. US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo notes that Short’s father was from Northern…

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GKIDS Names David Jesteadt President

GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced today that David Jesteadt has been appointed to the role of President. GKIDS founder Eric Beckman will continue to serve as CEO.  Jesteadt joined GKIDS in 2007 and has served a variety of roles within the company, most recently as…

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Oscar Scraps Dawn Nominations Presser For Online Live Stream And Featured Placement On ABC’s “Good Morning America”

  [PR] We’ve got exciting news. To welcome our new class of nominees, several Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the 89th Oscars® Nominations, on Tuesday, January 24, beginning at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18…

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Annapurna Promotes Chelsea Barnard To President Of Film

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PROMOTES CHELSEA BARNARD TO PRESIDENT OF FILM Barnard will continue to serve her role as Chief Creative Officer for the company and is currently an Executive Producer on Mike Mills’ Golden Globe-nominated film, 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Annapurna Pictures has promoted Chelsea Barnard to President of Film, it was announced today by Founder and…

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89TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 24, 2017

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 89TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 24, 2017 Alison Cuddy Moderates Panel Discussion Featuring Film Critics J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Pamela Powell, Ray Pride and Dean Richards CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the…

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas