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Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment have formed a joint venture to launch sales company International Film Trust at Cannes.
The new banner — headed by Ariel Veneziano as president — has an initial fund of $15 million to acquire and provide minimum guarantees on third party productions for international sales.
The first two titles on the slate are comedy “King of the Castle,” starring Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver from Benaroya Pictures and Eduardo Sanchez’ horror thriller “Exists” from Miscellaneous Entertainment.
International Film Trust will represent feature film productions from their own banners on a non-exclusive basis along with titles from other producers and third party productions.
Veneziano will oversee the sales, acquisitions, distribution and marketing for the company. He’s served at Alliance Atlantis Communications as an acquisitions exec and served as president at GreeneStreet Films International and Icon Entertainment International, working on distribution of Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” and »
- Dave McNary
Marc Jacobs is known for creating fantasy. His fashion shows for his eponymous labels and for Louis Vuitton are the stuff fairytales are made of: carousels, escalators and Kate Moss are often involved. So when we heard the designer was playing the role of a porn baron in the new film "Disconnect," we wondered, how different can making a movie be from creating the vision behind his renowned brands? Pretty different, it turns out.
Jacobs was happy to share the story behind his role in the film (it involves a little-known actress named Winona Ryder), what psychotherapy has taught him about being emotionally fluent and his adventures on MySpace.
How did you become involved in "Disconnect"? "I met the director, Henry-Alex Rubin, years ago in Paris via a mutual connection, an actress named Winona Ryder. He was shooting a mockumentary around her shoplifting scandal and wanted to shoot in my showroom. »
- The Huffington Post
Burnat was detained by immigration authorities at Los Angles airport on Tuesday night The Palestinian farmer and co-director of Best Documentary Feature nominee 5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat, was detained for over one hour by U.S. immigration officials following his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday evening. Burnat had been expected at a dinner party in honor of those nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. (Pictured above: Emad Burnat.) Instead of attending the dinner party, Burnat, his wife, and 8-year-old son, Gibreel, who plays a role in 5 Broken Cameras, remained stuck at Lax; all three of them were threatened with deportation in case the Burnat failed to show proof that he was indeed an Academy Award nominee. (A bizarre request, considering that Burnat's Oscar "qualifications" could be easily found on the Internet.) Filmmaker Michael Moore comes to the rescue Michael Moore, an Academy Award winner for the documentary Bowling for Columbine, »
- Anna Robinson
On Wednesday evening, documentary Branch governor Michael Moore hosted the “Oscar Celebrates: Docs” event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. Moore won the 2002 Documentary Feature Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” and also was nominated in 2007 for “Sicko.”
“Oscar Celebrates: Docs” spotlighted the work of the nominated filmmakers in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories. The program included clips from all of the nominated documentaries in both categories, and a panel discussion with filmmakers from each group.
Of this group of filmmakers, Moore said he was honored to be in the company of this international group making nonfiction cinema. He happily shared with the audience that all the voting members of the Academy voted in both documentary categories. “There were no groups or panels deciding the winners. The Academy sent all the voters these provocative, powerful and emotional films on DVD.”
Moore also touched on the 800lb gorilla in the room. »
- Michelle McCue
Michael Moore said that Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat's ordeal with immigration officials on Tuesday demonstrates that the United States is overly strict when it comes to greeting foreign visitors, particularly people of color. "If he'd been a white guy he wouldn't have to go through that in our 'post-racial' America," Moore, the Oscar-winning director of "Bowling for Columbine," told TheWrap via email. Also read: Oscar-Nominated Palestinian Director Likens Being Held for Questioning at Lax to Israeli Occupation Burnat, whose film "5 Broken Cameras" is up for a Best Documentary Academy Award, was »
- Brent Lang
"And the Oscar goes to…" Five words that will send nervous tingles through even the coolest of Hollywood customer. Winning an Academy Award can prompt tears of joy, euphoria, the desire to kiss whoever crosses your path or, in the case of Joe Pesci, extreme terseness.
As the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck ready themselves for the big night on Sunday (February 24), Digital Spy takes a look back at 20 of the most memorable acceptance speeches in Oscars history.
"Thank you life, thank you love. It is true, there are some angels in this city!" So usually a calm and restrained presence in interviews, Marion Cotillard let her emotions run free as she picked up a much-deserved Oscar for her barnstorming turn as Édith Piaf.
> Watch Marion Cotillard's Oscars acceptance speech
"It's my privilege. »
Moore supporting activists who have mounted a case against the Obama administration seeking change to 'dangerous' Ndaa law
Michael Moore, the gadfly documentarian who has made a career out of fighting against conservative issues, has called for Us citizens to stand up to President Barack Obama and back a court case he says is fighting a dangerous erosion of civil liberties.
The case has been brought against a little known piece of legislation called the National Defence Authorization Act (Ndaa), which critics say has been changed to grant Obama the power to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge.
A group of activists, including Daniel Ellsberg – the official who leaked the Pentagon papers about the Vietnam war – and former New York Times journalist Chris Hedges have gone to court to get the language of the Ndaa changed. On Wednesday an appeals court in New York heard arguments in the case and »
- Paul Harris
For the five days leading up to the Oscars on Feb. 24, the academy will showcase nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Short Film categories. The events at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn theater will include screenings, film clips and discussions with the nominated filmmakers and artists. -Insertgroups:8- On the evening of Tuesday Feb. 19, Jason Schwartzman ("Moonrise Kingdom") will host a screening of the five nominees in each of the Animated Short and Live Action Short categories and lead a discussion with the filmmakers. Related: Emmy champs Jon Alpert & Matthew O'Neill bring 'Redemption' to Oscars Related: David Silverman on Oscars bid by Emmy favorite "The Simpsons" On Wednesday evening, Documentary Branch governor and Oscar champ Michael Moore ("Bowling for Columbine," 2002) will steer a conversation with those nominated for both Documentary S »
Watch the brand new promo for this year’s Oscars – hosted by Seth MacFarlane (shaken, not stirred) on February 24th on ABC. In early January producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that the 85th Academy Awards would include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. In October The Academy presented “The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years.” Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” the evening paid homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves.
In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy will celebrate the week leading up to the Oscars with five public events celebrating this year's nominees. The events are as follows: Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. - Oscar Celebrates: Shorts Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.” “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. - Oscar Celebrates: Docs Hosted by Documentary Branch governor Michael Moore. Moore won the 2002 Documentary Feature Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” and also was nominated in 2007 for “Sicko.” “Oscar Celebrates: Docs” »
- Sophia Savage
In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered nominations in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories. All events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Oscar Week schedule is as follows: Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. Oscar Celebrates: Shorts Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.” “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/shorts. »
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New York -- More than a decade has passed since Michael Moore released his pro-gun control documentary "Bowling for Columbine," and the director says he's saddened that the nation has not made enough strides toward ending violence in schools.
"I never thought I would have to, a decade later, stand here and say that that film of mine did no good. That to me is personally heartbreaking," Moore said Tuesday night while on the red carpet at National Board of Review Awards.
His 2002 documentary, which won an Academy Award, was inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.
Moore says he has no interest in making a film about last month's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead.
"No, I've made the film I wanted to make with `Bowling for Columbine.' Every word in stands true to this day, »
Here is the latest celeb gossip about the following topic from one of the freelance news writers at Green Celebrity Network. Controversial left wing activist Michael Moore is taking grief from Fox News for a controversial post he shared on Facebook. The "Bowling for Columbine" star went after Americans -- both Democrat and Republican -- for using the slogan "I Support Out Troops" in a disingenuous manner. Moore was the first person in his home town to advocate for soldiers returning from the war in Iraq and who serve now in Afghanistan to have preferential treatment with regard to hiring, but even he does not feel like he's doing enough to support or war vets. Find out what he really feels about soldiers and Americans (contrary to public opinion). Keep reading »
- Max Mihn
Current TV—Al Gore's attempt to be ignored on a quantifiable, 24-hour basis—has announced that it will put itself out of its low-rated, post-Keith Olbermann misery by selling itself to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-funded news organization dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of the Arab world and, presumably, Bowling For Columbine four times a day. Though, actually, the sale signals a complete makeover for the channel that will be renamed Al Jazeera America when it launches later this year: The network will feature 60 percent new, original programming (the rest being provided by Al Jazeera's current English-language channel »
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