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Universal Dubs Series Of Monster IP Remakes The “Dark Universe”; New Danny Elfman Musical Theme For All

[PR] UNIVERSAL PICTURES UNVEILS “DARK UNIVERSE” WITH  NAME, MARK AND MUSICAL THEME FOR ITS CLASSIC MONSTERS SERIES OF FILMS Brand Logo to Debut in Theaters on The Mummy with All-New Musical Theme Composed by Four-Time Academy Award Nominee Danny Elfman Oscar Winner Bill Condon as Director of Bride of Frankenstein, the Next Dark Universe Film, to be Released in…

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Annapurna And eOne Partner For Distribution

ANNAPURNA PICTURES AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE INK MULTIYEAR DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP  Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT set as first film under the new agreement  Los Angeles, CA (May 22, 2017) – Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One (eOne) today announced a new distribution partnership.  The multi-year deal will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT. The film, Annapurna’s inaugural release under…

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Julian Schnabel To Paint His Van Gogh

[PR] Rocket Science announced today that Golden Globe Winner® Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls) will direct At Eternity’s Gate, which will star Academy Award Nominee® Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, John Wick) as Vincent van Gogh.  Based on a screenplay by Schnabel and Jean-Claude Carrière, the story focuses on the time…

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ANNAPURNA TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE JACQUES AUDIARD’S “THE SISTERS BROTHERS”

  Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2017) – Annapurna will co-produce and co-finance award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s THE SISTERS BROTHERS, it was announced today. The company also holds the domestic distribution rights for the film. Why Not Productions will co-produce and co-finance the film alongside Annapurna with Page 114 also on board as producers. John…

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TIGER SHROFF TO STAR IN THE OFFICIAL INDIAN REMAKE OF RAMBO, DIRECTED BY SIDDHARTH ANAND

TIGER SHROFF TO STAR IN THE OFFICIAL INDIAN REMAKE OF RAMBO, DIRECTED BY SIDDHARTH ANAND CANNES (May 18, 2017) –– India/Bollywood’s rising action star Tiger Shroff (Baaghi, Heropanti) will star in the official Indian remake of Rambo, to be directed by Siddharth Anand (Bang Bang). M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand…

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES STANLEY TUCCI’S FINAL PORTRAIT

NEW YORK (May 17, 2017) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America to Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT from Riverstone Pictures. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival out of competition in a gala screening. Written and directed by Tucci, FINAL PORTRAIT stars Geoffrey…

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SPC Takes Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless”

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s LOVELESS.  The Russian language film will premiere In Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, May 18. Sony Pictures Classics and Zvyagintsev previously worked together on LEVIATHAN, winner of Best Screenplay at the…

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Poitras-Co-Produced Chelsea Manning Doc Launches In Cannes

ON THE DAY OF CHELSEA MANNING’S HISTORIC RELEASE FROM PRISON PULSE FILMS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE AND FIRST LOOK MEDIA, ANNOUNCE “XY CHELSEA” THE DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWING HER EXTRAORDINARY STORY MANNING HAS GRANTED FILMMAKERS UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS LED BY DIRECTOR TIM TRAVERS HAWKINS AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER LAURA POITRAS SUBMARINE WILL LAUNCH…

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Academy Grants 2018 True/False Neither/Nor

TRUE/FALSE RECEIVES FUNDING FROM ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES FOR NEITHER/NOR 2018 Columbia, MO –  The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has awarded True/False $10,000 for the continuation of its Neither/Nor Series. Neither/Nor is repertory film series in which True/False turns over the programming reins to a visiting critic. Now entering…

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Annapurna Production Deal To Pastel, Barry Jenkins And Adele Romanski’s Co

BARRY JENKINS AND ADELE ROMANSKI’S PASTEL JOINS ANNAPURNA WITH NEW PRODUCTION DEAL Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2017) – Annapurna has partnered with PASTEL, the Academy Award®-winning production company behind MOONLIGHT. The two-year film production deal includes a feature project to be directed by Barry Jenkins in development at PASTEL, as well as future films…

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Nominees for 18th Annual Golden Trailer Awards Named

The Golden Trailer Awards, the entertainment industry’s most anticipated and fun-filled celebration devoted to the year’s most outstanding achievements in motion picture and television marketing, announced today the nominees in the 18th annual competition that has emerged as one of the most  recognized events acknowledging the work of film marketers and companies that create movie…

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Chicago Int’l Film Fest Names Mimi Plauché Artistic Director; Founder Michael Kutza Now President-CEO

[PR] Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, announced the promotion of two long-time employees.  Mimi Plauché has been named Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago, effective immediately. Michael Kutza, who founded the Festival in 1964 and has since served as Artistic Director, will continue to serve as…

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CAMSING Int’l Acquires Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment

Deal Marks Camsing’s Foray into the Entertainment Space, Acquiring Famed IP for Production & Distribution Across Multiple Platforms LOS ANGELES  — CAMSING International Holding (HK Listed Code: 2662), one of China’s leading brand licensing, merchandising, and sports and entertainment marketing companies has acquired POW! Entertainment, the media and entertainment company founded by legendary comic creator…

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Film Society Of Lincoln Center Now Says “Film Lives Everywhere”

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER DEBUTS FILM LIVES EVERYWHERE, A NEW INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE GLOBAL FILM COMMUNITY   Participants include Ava DuVernay, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Olivier Assayas, Agnès Varda, Guy Maddin, and more “I don’t want to be a filmmaker making movies in a scary and dangerous world. I want to be a…

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Lakeshore Ent Reups Financing, $250 Million For Another 5 Years

[PR] LAKESHORE ENTERTAINMENT REUPS FINANCING  JPMORGAN, VINE, AND ALL EXISTING CAPITAL PARTNERS RECOMMIT TO OVER $250 MILLION FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS. LOS ANGELES, CA – Lakeshore Entertainment Group announced today that it has closed the fourth iteration of its revolving credit facility since the company began in 1994.  JPMorgan again led the deal as Sole Bookrunner…

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Annapurna Partners With Pitt-Gardner-Klein Plan B Entertainment

[PR] PLAN B PARTNERS WITH ANNAPURNA: Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney project will be the companies’ first collaboration under the new deal Los Angeles, CA (May 4, 2017) – Plan B Entertainment, the Academy Award-winning production company behind the most recent Best Picture-winner MOONLIGHT, has signed a three-year production deal with Annapurna. Annapurna will handle marketing…

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SIFF Announces Lineup For Seattle Int’l Film Festival’s 43rd Edition

The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films, guests, and events for the 43rd annual 25-day Festival (May 18 – June 11, 2017). This year, SIFF will screen 400 films representing 80 countries and will include: 161 features (plus 4…

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Gaumont, La Cinematheque Francaise And The Film Foundation Partner To Restore « L’Atalante » By Jean Vigo

Gaumont, La Cinematheque Francaise, and Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization, The Film Foundation, have collaborated for the first time to restore Jean Vigo’s masterpiece, « L’Atalante ». For this ambitious project, the partners enlisted scholar Bernard Eisenschitz, who had previously worked on two earlier restorations of « L’Atalante ». The director’s daughter, Luce Vigo, also provided invaluable assistance. This is the…

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Sundance Institute Names First Two Films For Creative Distribution Fellowship; Initiative Also Relies On Kickstarter

Columbus and Unrest Secure Groundbreaking New Distribution Arrangement, with Support from Sundance Institute; New Sundance Institute Creative Distribution Fellowship will Enable the Entrepreneurial Release of Two Acclaimed Films from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for its Creative Distribution Fellowship, a new initiative to support filmmaking teams seeking a more…

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Amazon Gives Prime To Every Household In Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

[pr] Amazon Gives Prime To Every Household in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts As Academy Award Winning Film Comes to Prime Video Amazon Original Movie and Academy Award Winning Film, Manchester by the Sea, available on Prime Video starting Friday, May 5 To celebrate, Amazon offers all families in Manchester-by-the-Sea a one-year Prime membership and a bag of…

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“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many recappers, while clearly over their heads, are baseline sympathetic to finding themselves routinely unmoored, even if that means repeating over and over that this is closer to “avant-garde art” than  normal TV to meet the word count. My feed was busy connecting the dots to Peter Tscherkassky (gas station), Tony Conrad (the giant staring at feedback of what we’ve just seen), Pat O’Neill (bombs away) et al., and this is all apposite — visual and conceptual thinking along possibly inadvertent parallel lines. If recappers can’t find those exact reference points to latch onto, that speaks less to willful ignorance than to how unfortunately severed experimental film is from nearly all mainstream discussions of film because it’s generally hard to see outside of privileged contexts (fests, academia, the secret knowledge of a self-preserving circle working with a very finite set of resources and publicity access to the larger world); resources/capital/access/etc. So I won’t assign demerits for willful incuriosity, even if some recappers are reduced, in some unpleasantly condescending/bluffing cases, to dismissing this as a “student film” — because presumably experimentation is something the seasoned artist gets out of their system in maturity, following the George Lucas Model of graduating from Bruce Conner visuals to Lawrence Kasdan’s screenwriting.”
~ Vadim Rizov Goes For It, A Bit

“On the first ‘Twin Peaks,’ doing TV was like going from a mansion to a hut. But the arthouses are gone now, so cable television is a godsend — they’re the new art houses. You’ve got tons of freedom to do the work you want to do on TV, but there is a restriction in terms of picture and sound. The range of television is restricted. It’s hard for the power and the glory to come through. In other words, you can have things in a theater much louder and also much quieter. With TV, the quieter things have to be louder and the louder things have to be quieter, so you have less dynamics. The picture quality — it’s fine if you have a giant television with a good speaker system, but a lot of people will watch this on their laptops or whatever, so the picture and the sound are going to suffer big time. Optimally, people should be watching TV in a dark room with no disturbances and with as big and good a picture as possible and with as great sound as possible.”
~ David Lynch