Tribeca picks up North American rights to ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ at Sundance

Tribeca picks up North American rights to ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ at Sundance

Park City, UT — Tribeca’s distribution arm, Tribeca Film announced Friday it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy.” The film premiered the same day at the Sundance Film Festival. The Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production is written by Pollak and John Varhous, and produced by Becky Newhall, […]

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ tops Online Film Critics Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ tops Online Film Critics Awards

Wes Anderson’s gleeful, absurdist adventure “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took home top honors in the 2014 Online Film Critics Society Awards (of which I am a member). It also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Other big winners include Richard Linklater’s decades-in-making experiment “Boyhood,” which took home Best Director and Best Supporting Actress honors […]

5 ½ hour film dominates awards at Locarno

5 ½ hour film dominates awards at Locarno

From What is Before, a 338-minute film by Filipino director Lav Diaz, has won the Golden Leopard, grand prize of the 67th Locarno Film Festival. The moody and atmospheric black-and-white film depicts rising levels of fear, violence and suspicion in a small village, reflecting the widespread impact of Ferdinand Marcos’ regime, which imposed martial law […]

‘Farah Goes Bang’ writer/director awarded Norah Ephron Prize at Tribeca

‘Farah Goes Bang’ writer/director awarded Norah Ephron Prize at Tribeca

NEW YORK — First-time writer/director Meera Menon (“Farah Goes Bang”) took home the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday. Menon was selected out of eight 2013 TFF filmmakers to receive a cash prize of $25,000 for work and talent that embody the spirit and vision of Ephron. “We’re […]

‘Richard III’ to be restored in 4K

‘Richard III’ to be restored in 4K

CULVER CITY, Calif. — A few months before the bones of Richard III were discovered below a parking lot in Leicester, England, the infamous British monarch was the focal point of a very different type of reclamation project halfway around the world in Culver City, California. There, Colorworks, Sony Pictures’ digital intermediate facility, applied the […]

Focus Features picks up Jean-Marc Vallee’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Focus Features picks up Jean-Marc Vallee’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

NEW YORK — Focus Features has picked up the domestic and Latin American distribution rights to Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” Focus CEO James Schamus and Focus president Andrew Karpen said Tuesday. currently in post-production, has been acquired by Focus Features for domestic theatrical release in the second half of 2013. The company has also acquired […]

Props from ‘ParaNorman’ to be auctioned off for charity

Props from ‘ParaNorman’ to be auctioned off for charity

LOS ANGELES -– Animation buffs, movie fans, and memorabilia collectors will all have the chance to own unique hand-crafted materials from Academy Award nominee, “ParaNorman.” The internet auction is coordinated through Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, and will begin on Friday, February 22 and will end Monday, March 4. […]

‘Argo’ takes top honors at the 16th Annual OFCS Awards

‘Argo’ takes top honors at the 16th Annual OFCS Awards

The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 16th annual movie awards. The winners in each category are listed below: Best Picture “Argo” Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”) Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) Best Actress Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”) Best Supporting […]

2012 Beneath the Earth Film Fest opens, selects TMA critic as Grand Juror

2012 Beneath the Earth Film Fest opens, selects TMA critic as Grand Juror

The 2012 Beneath the Earth Film Festival kicked off with an international selection of independent films Thursday. This year’s official selection, which includes films from the US, Taiwan, Germany and London, consists of five dramatic shorts, one dramatic feature and one documentary short. Head film critic for The Moving Arts, Eric Armstrong, was selected as one […]

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion, plans ‘Star Wars 7’ for 2015

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion, plans ‘Star Wars 7’ for 2015

Burbank, CA – The Walt Disney Company agreed Tuesday to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100 percent owned by Chairman and founder, George Lucas. Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on Oct. 26, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with […]

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