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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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SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2019 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION LINEUP 

  11 Narrative and 9 Documentary Features To Be Showcased in Competition During 25th Annual Festival, Including 18 World, North American, and U.S. Premieres Festival Also Announces Inaugural Breakouts Section Lineup NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (Los Angeles)– The Slamdance Film Festival  today announced the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs, as well as the lineup for its…

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Sundance 2019

[PR] Park City, UT — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 24 – February 3, 2019. The Festival is the Institute’s…

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BLACK PANTHER COMES TO ART HOUSE THEATERS NATIONWIDE WITH FREE SCREENINGS AND A LIVE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR RYAN COOGLER,  NOVEMBER 27

  PRESENTED BY FILM COMMENT MAGAZINE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE NEW YORK, NY (November 16, 2018) – Black Panther returns to the big screen with free screenings at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide on Tuesday, November 27 at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET. Presented by Film Comment, a publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and supported by the Art…

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ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 November 2018 ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL STATEMENT For 32 years, the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles has presented more than 1,000 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to close to one million filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art. Last night, at…

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SUNDANCE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY ‘MINDING THE GAP’ ACQUIRED BY HULU

 Santa Monica, CA (June 5, 2018) – Hulu today announced that the company has acquired the rights to MINDING THE GAP, a moving documentary from director Bing Liu about three young men who bond across racial lines to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. Ten years later, while facing adult responsibilities, unsettling revelations force them…

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KROLL & CO. ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES JONATHAN LETHEM’S THE FERAL DETECTIVE

Los Angeles, CA (May 30, 2018) – Kroll & Co. Entertainment, the recently launched production company of producer Sue Kroll, has acquired the rights to Jonathan Lethem’s new novel, The Feral Detective, through her exclusive deal at Warner Bros. Pictures. The highly anticipated novel—Lethem’s first detective story since hisNew York Times bestseller Motherless Brooklyn—sold to Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, and will be…

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RICHARD SUCKLE NAMED PRESIDENT OF ATLAS ENTERTAINMENT

  The Academy Award®-Nominated Producer Proves Instrumental In Building Atlas’ Business Across TV & Film   (LOS ANGELES, CA) May 30, 2018 – Today, Atlas Entertainment’s Founder/CEO Charles Roven announced that the company has elevated longtime executive and veteran producer, Richard Suckle, to the position of President, effective immediately.  In his new role, Suckle will work closely with Roven to…

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True/False Receives Academy Funding For Its 2019 Neither/Nor Series

[pr] Columbia, MO –  The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has awarded True/False $10,000 for the continuation of its Neither/Nor Series. Now entering its sixth year, Neither/Nor is True/False’s ongoing survey of groundbreaking film movements that—through their imaginative approaches to sound, image, and reality—altered the course of nonfiction cinema. In keeping with its…

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City of Los Angeles Officially June 16 Buster Keaton Day

Events include dedication of plaque commemorating Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin Studio, plus location tours and screenings Los Angeles (May 23, 2018)—A bronze plaque commemorating the location of a movie studio where both Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin created their timeless comedies in the early part of the 20th century will be dedicated at 4 p.m. June…

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Creative and Technological Case Studies

AMIA’s Digital Asset Symposium Presents A Powerful Lineup of  Two Keynotes, Netflix’s “Bobby Kennedy for President” and Crowdsourcing for Data Collection, Join Archive, Data Science, and Object Storage Discussions NEW YORK (May 16, 2018) – The Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) returns to New York on June 6, presenting a full day of…

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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