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Writers Guild West President Howard Rodman On Trump Attack On “Working Men And Women”

    December 8, 2016 Chuck Jones is President of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the workers of the Carrier plants in Indiana. This week he spoke out about the much-publicized deal to keep over a thousand jobs from moving to Mexico, calling it a promise “half-way delivered.” He pointed out a truer set of numbers:…

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Sundance Sets 68 Shorts

Sixty-eight short films, announced today, will complement the lineup of longer fare at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The short film slate aligns thematically with other Festival categories, including Midnight and The New Climate, the Festival’s new programming strand highlighting climate change and the environment. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City…

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15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2016 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®.  One hundred forty-five films were originally submitted in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their…

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Sundance 2017 Sets Premieres, Doc Premieres, Midnight

Sundance Institute announces the lineup for Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Kids and Special Events. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19-29. Three projects announced today are part of The New Climate, the Festival’s new environmental program: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman(Documentary Premieres), Look & See: A…

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Oscar Advances 20 VFX Contenders

20 films are in the running.

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Sundance Announces New Frontier, Including Work By Jem Cohen, Travis Wilkerson, Terence Nance And Nonny de la Peña

Now in its second decade of breaking new ground at the forefront of art and technology, Sundance Institute has curated an in-depth vision of storytelling’s future for the 2017 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, January 19-29 in Park City. The full slate — including storyworlds in Augmented Reality headsets, projection-mapped acrobatics,…

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS   BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Sully   BEST ACTOR Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea Joel Edgerton – Loving Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling – La La…

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Annapurna Interactive Launches

[PR] Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind ZERO DARK THIRTY, HER, and SAUSAGE PARTY, has expanded its operations with the creation of Annapurna Interactive, a division entirely dedicated to producing and publishing video games. Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring…

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Sundance 2017 Competition And NEXT Announced

Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park…

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Slamdance Announces 2017 Competition

Festival to Showcase 11 Narrative and 8 Documentary Features Lineup Spotlights 8 Directorial Debuts From Women Filmmakers The Slamdance Film Festival announced today their Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 23rd Festival edition, taking place in Park City from January 20-26, 2017. Driven by a dedication to emerging artists, Slamdance continues to…

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Showtime Showing First Two Seasons Of “Twin Peaks” For The Horrordays

SHOWTIME CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS BY OFFERING ITS SUBSCRIBERS THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF TWIN PEAKS The Groundbreaking Original Series TWIN PEAKS Will Be Available On December 26 On The SHOWTIME Streaming Service, SHOWTIME On Demand® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® The Oscar® and Golden Globe®-Nominated Film Blue Velvet Directed By David Lynch Available Now Photo: Courtesy of…

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10 Animated Shorts Up For Oscar

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®.  Sixty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director…

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Official Screen Credits Due December 1 For 2016 Oscars

[PR] Thursday, December 1, is the deadline to submit Official Screen Credits (OSC) forms to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 89th Academy Awards® consideration. For a feature film to be considered for the 2016 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must either send a scanned, signed copy of the OSC form…

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Seventh Annual H’wd Music In Media Awards Announced

(PR)  The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announced today its winners in film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers. This year’s theme recognized trail blazers and trend setters within the music industry. The event was at capacity and virtually every winner was in attendance. Justin Timberlake delivered a tapped acceptance speech from the airport in…

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ANNAPURNA INTERNATIONAL AND SACHA BARON COHEN’S “KLOWN” REMAKE SELLS OUT WORLDWIDE AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET

  Los Angeles, CA (November 17, 2016) – Annapurna Pictures and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films’ English-language remake of the hit Danish film KLOWN is the highest performer out of AFM, it was announced today. The title was the only new property on the market to sell-out in all international territories. Annapurna Pictures…

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LEADING CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR ELEVATION PICTURES LAUNCHES PRODUCTION ARM

[PR] Leading Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures has announced the launch of a production division as Canada’s production business continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.  Canadian film production veteran Christina Piovesan will partner with Elevation on the new division, which will build on Elevation’s existing distribution business by providing best-in-class production services to all types…

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Collaborative Releasing Partners Hybrid Distribution Initiative With Multiple Players

[PR] WILL PARTNER WITH: ALEXANDER STREET, COLLECTIVE EYE FILMS, FILM SPROUT, GRAVITAS VENTURES, KANOPY, OUTCAST FILMS, PASSION RIVER,  RIGHTS STUFF, RO*CO FILMS EDUCATIONAL, RO*CO FILMSINTERNATIONAL, TUGG and JON REISS/HYBRID CINEMA In service to its ongoing commitment to mentor filmmakers and provide them with the most filmmaker-friendly, sustainable and successful distribution, The Film Collaborative (TFC) announces COLLABORATIVE RELEASING, a new soup-to-nuts…

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A Record 27 Animated Features Submitted For Oscar

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Kung Fu…

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“I was 15 when I first watched Sally Hardesty escape into the back of a pickup truck, covered in blood and cackling like a goddamn witch. All of her friends were dead. She had been kidnapped, tortured and even forced to feed her own blood to her cannibalistic captors’ impossibly shriveled patriarch. Being new to the horror genre, I was sure she was going to die. It had been a few months since I survived a violent sexual assault, where I subsequently ran from my assailant, tripped, fell and fought like hell. I crawled home with bloody knees, makeup-stained cheeks and a new void in both my mind and heart. My sense of safety, my ability to trust others, my willingness to form new relationships and my love of spending time with people I cared about were all taken from me. It wasn’t until I found the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that something clicked. It was Sally’s strength, and her resilience. It was watching her survive blows to the head from a hammer. It was watching her break free from her bonds and burst through a glass window. It was watching her get back up after she’d been stabbed. It was watching her crawl into the back of a truck, laughing as it drove away from Leatherface. She was the last one to confront the killer, and live. I remember sitting in front of the TV and thinking, There I am. That’s me.”
~ Lauren Milici On “The Final Girl”

“‘Thriller’ enforced its own reality principle; it was there, part of the every commute, a serenade to every errand, a referent to every purchase, a fact of every life. You didn’t have to like it, you only had to acknowledge it. By July 6, 1984, when the Jacksons played the first show of their ‘Victory’ tour, in Kansas City, Missouri, Jacksonism had produced a system of commodification so complete that whatever and whoever was admitted to it instantly became a new commodity. People were no longer comsuming commodities as such things are conventionally understood (records, videos, posters, books, magazines, key rings, earrings necklaces pins buttons wigs voice-altering devices Pepsis t-shirts underwear hats scarves gloves jackets – and why were there no jeans called Bille Jeans?); they were consuming their own gestures of consumption. That is, they were consuming not a Tayloristic Michael Jackson, or any licensed facsimile, but themselves. Riding a Mobius strip of pure capitalism, that was the transubstantiation.”
~ Greil Marcus On Michael Jackson