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Luc Besson on Le Pen & The Great Illusion

THE GREAT ILLUSION Dear compatriots, friends, and brothers, My name is Luc B. I’m 57 years old, French, married, and father of five beautiful children. I don’t belong to a particular community, party or union. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I’ve never done drugs. I do work, however, and have done since the…

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Tribeca Announces Jury Nods

[PR] New York, NY  – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories at the awards ceremony tonight at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Top awards went to Keep the Change for Best U.S. Narrative, Son of Sofia for Best International Narrative, and Bobbi Jene for Best Documentary. The Festival, presented by…

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Michael Mann Returns To TV For “Hue 68″ Vietnam Mini From Author Of “Blackhawk Down”

[PR] ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED FILMMAKERS MICHAEL MANN & MICHAEL DE LUCA ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO MARK BOWDEN’S HUE 1968  Bestselling Author Mark Bowden’s Highly Anticipated New Book HUE 1968  Will Be Released by Grove Atlantic on June 6 Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired the rights to Mark Bowden’s highly-anticipated new book, Hue 1968….

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Hulu Takes First-Window Streaming On All NEON Output

[PR] HULU AND NEON SET EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP AND CUTTING-EDGE OUTPUT LICENSING AGREEMENT New Deal Grants Hulu First-Window Streaming Rights to All NEON Conten SANTA MONICA, CA  – Hulu and NEON have inked a brand new, multi-year output licensing agreement for all upcoming films and content released via NEON. The deal marks the first of its kind…

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Film Festival Alliance Sets New Leadership

Dallas, TX (April 20, 2017) – Following a successful fourth annual conference in conjunction with the Art House Convergence in January, the Film Festival Alliance (FFA) has officially announced a newly elected Board of Directors, building on FFA’s established foundation to become North America’s preeminent film festival service organization, strengthening this vital segment of the film…

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Tribeca Sets 2017 Juries

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKERS, AWARD-WINNING ACTORS, AND CULTURAL LEADERS MAKE UP 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL JURIES Jurors include Priyanka Chopra, R.J. Cutler, Willem Dafoe, Peter Fonda, Diane Lane, Barbara Kopple, Tavi Gevinson, Josh Lucas, Alessandro Nivola, Sheila Nevins, Michael Pitt, Zachary Quinto, Christina Ricci, Ruth Wilson, and more The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for the…

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Nantucket Film Fest To Honor Tom McCarthy

The Nantucket Film Festival announced today the honorees who will be celebrated at this year’s Screenwriters Tribute—including Oscar®-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, legendary documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, and ground-breaking television creators and Emmy-nominated writing team David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. The 22nd Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) will take place June 21-26, 2017, and celebrates the art…

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Academy Sets New Rules For Oscar 90

The Academy’s Board of Governors approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 90th Academy Awards® at their most recent Board meeting on Tuesday, March 28. For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category will be opened up to the entire eligible voting membership.  Invitations to join the nominating committee will…

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Neon Launches Short Film Division

[PR] NEON launches short film division (NEON SHORTS) with Peter Huang’s 5 FILMS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, bringing back the long honored tradition of combining a feature film with a short. Premiering alongside Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL, this will be the first of many shorts to accompany NEON’s slate of feature length films. 5 FILMS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY had its World Premiere…

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Olivier Assayas Going Cold War With Next Film

OLIVIER ASSAYAS TO WRITE AND DIRECT “WASP NETWORK” FOR RT FEATURES AND CG CINEMA Based on Fernando Morais’ Book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2016) — RT Features and CG Cinema announced today that Olivier Assayas will write and direct Wasp Network, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book,…

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Academy To Launch “Academy Gold” Talent Development And Inclusion Program

[PR] Sixteen Entertainment Industry Partners Participate in Pilot Year LOS ANGELES, CA – In June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch Academy Gold, a new entertainment industry-wide summer internship and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  This initiative will afford top film entertainment,…

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Oscar Sets Dates For 2018-2021, Including March 4, 2018

THE ACADEMY AND ABC ANNOUNCE KEY DATES FOR 90TH OSCARS® THE OSCARS AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK OSCARS DATES SELECTED FOR 2019, 2020 AND 2021 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced key dates for the 90th Oscars®. The Academy Awards® presentation will…

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Annapurna Adds Marketing And Distribution Hires

[PR] – As part of their growing marketing and distribution operation, Annapurna has hired a number of new executives to build out the division.  Annapurna’s inaugural release is Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT on August 4, 2017. Reporting to President of Marketing, David Kaminow, Annapurna has expanded its marketing team with the hires of Anne Yoo, as…

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Ebertfest Fills Out Its Schedule

EBERTFEST ANNOUNCES FINAL SLATE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 19-23, 2017 in Champaign, IL CHAMPAIGN, ILL – March 30, 2017 – The 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ announced today the…

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Annapurna Pictures Partners With MGM For Some Int’l Distribution Of Theatrical Slate

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PARTNERS WITH METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER ON SELECT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF FILM SLATE Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is partnering with Annapurna to distribute all of Annapurna Pictures’ films in select international territories, it was announced today.  The multi-year partnership is set to begin this year with Annapurna’s first distribution title, Kathryn…

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Ebertfest Sets First Slate Of Attractions

“HAIR” SET AS OPENING NIGHT FILM OF EBERTFEST 2017 INITIAL SLATE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 19-23, 2017 in Champaign, IL CHAMPAIGN, ILL – March 23, 2017 – The 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as…

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The Int’l Doc Association On Funding From CPB, NEH, NEA

The Int’l Doc Association On Funding From CPB, NEH, NEA

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Veteran Publicist Adriene Bowles Joins Annapurna Pictures As President Of Publicity

[PR] Adriene Bowles has joined Annapurna Pictures as President of Publicity, it was announced today. Bolstering the company’s new marketing and distribution operation, Bowles will spearhead publicity and awards campaigns on behalf of Annapurna’s future releases as well communication initiatives for the company. Bowles joins Annapurna from Focus Features where she served as President of Worldwide Publicity…

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Tribeca Closes Out 2017 Programming Roster

[PR] – The reunion of talent and creators from iconic films and musical acts will be showcased at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The 16th edition of the annual cultural festival today announced the program’s Closing Night, Galas, Special Screenings, as well as the titles premiering under the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival banner. The…

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Tribeca Announces Shorts

[PR] – The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 57 thought-provoking and diverse short films in competition, including 36 world premieres. The selected shorts, 40% of which were directed by women, and include filmmakers from every corner of the globe, were curated from a record 4,385 submissions. They will…

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“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert

The Promised Land steers into the fact that the United States can mean whatever people want it to mean. You may not be able to be Elvis, but you can sure as shit impersonate him for a living. America, like its current President (at least as of this article’s publication), is so dangerous precisely because it’s a blank canvas on which anyone can project their dreams. Whatever it is that you see for yourself, there’s someone you can pay for the pleasure of believing that it’s possible. In his view, the pursuit of happiness is the ultimate con, a delusion that prevents us from seeing our circumstances for what they are.

“Forget the Matrix, it’s the invention of happiness that blinded us to the truth. The rich got richer and the poor help them do it. Jarecki doesn’t argue that the American Dream is dead; he argues that it was never alive in the first place — that we were all lobsters in a pot full of water that was boiling too slowly for any of us to notice. And now it’s time for dinner. Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. Elvis has left the building.”
~ David Ehrlich