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The duo, who began working together in the 1980s, will depart Friday, according to a spokeswoman. Each held the title of exec VP of marketing, and the pair were based at Participant’s headquarters in Beverly Hills.
Participant was founded a decade ago ago by former eBay exec Jeff Skoll with the aim of backing films with a social message. The company’s co-financed “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Syriana” as well as docu “An Inconvenient Truth.” “Lincoln” has been Participant’s top grosser with $275 million worldwide.
Participant’s “The Fifth Estate” performed poorly after it premiered as the opening night film at the Toronto Film Festival last September. The WikiLeaks drama took in only $3.2 million in the U.S. and another $5 million overseas.
Shutt and Jones were hired at »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones are out as heads of marketing at Participant Media. They leave Friday after being there for more than eight of the company’s 10 years, a milestone Participant hits after being formed by eBay founder Jeff Skoll, with Jim Berk as CEO. Shutt and Jones grew up in features, together running marketing for TriStar and Universal, and they helped Participant market with social media campaigns issue-oriented films that include The Help and Lincoln, and the Oscar-winning The Inconvenient Truth and The Cove, Good Night, And Good Luck, and Syriana, and Waiting For Superman. Participant has evolved into a more diversified company and that is why this is happening. I’ve confirmed the exit, which was attributed to a restructuring, and officially I’m told it was a mutual decision to part ways. The company will hire a new marketing head who’ll come in as senior vice president, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Participant Media's film marketing chiefs Kathy Jones and Buffy Shutt are exiting the financing and production company at the end of the week. The longtime business partners joined Participant in 2007 as executive vp marketing after working as consultants for the company, helping to guide some of Participant's first releases, including Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana and An Inconvenient Truth. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' Participant was founded in 2004 by former eBay executive Jeff Skoll with a mandate to co-finance and co-produce
- Pamela McClintock
Academy awards winners have namechecked Streep, God and Sidney Poitier – in that order
Meryl Streep to play Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette
She may be the queen of the Oscars, with a staggering 18 nominations and three wins over a 35-year period, but Meryl Streep might be surprised to hear that she is also unsurpassed when it comes to being mentioned in acceptance speeches at the ceremony. A new survey by Slate magazine suggests that winners over the past dozen years have namechecked the star more times than they have thanked God.
Streep topped the list of individual luminaries named during acceptance speeches, ahead of God, Sidney Poitier and Oprah Winfrey. She was thanked by four out of the 47 individual Oscar-winners since 2002, compared with three for the Almighty and two each for Poitier and Winfrey.
Not surprisingly, the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is high up on the list of those thanked, »
- Ben Child
Few might realize that last year George Clooney won his second Oscar. While his first was earned with a superb supporting turn as an actor in the politically charged thriller Syriana, the second came courtesy of the producing credit he was owed for the creation of Best Picture winner Argo. Now, he and fellow winner/producing partner Grant Heslov are now gearing up for a new collaboration under their Smokehouse banner, and this one finds its inspiration a bit farther from home, Hollywood or Washington. THR reports Clooney and Heslov are looking to produce a remake of the 2013 Norwegian thriller Pioneer. Sony is currently in talks to buy the remake rights for the project, which Sony's Elizabeth Cantillon will oversee. Clooney is attached to produce, but it is unknown if he plans to star and/or helm the feature as well. The original Pioneer was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and »
As of Feb. 5, 2014, the film had reached $48.6 million in 330 IMAX 3D theatres domestically and $51.5 million from 309 theatres internationally. Gravity represents the third IMAX Hollywood film to cross the $100-million threshold, following Avatar in 2010 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
The film will be released on Blu-ray February 25, but see it on the big screen and in IMAX 3D!
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s internationally lauded drama, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike, closing in on the $700 million mark at the global box office, while receiving 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, »
- Michelle McCue
It was a huge technological leap into the unknown – and a physical and psychological challenge for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Here, she and director Alfonso Cuarón talk about how they made Gravity an Oscar favourite
The makers of Gravity won't really come back down to Earth till the awards season is over, but even if the movie doesn't win any Baftas or Academy Awards, there is a sense of triumph in their simply having got the film made. They can also console themselves with the wall-to-wall acclaim and the $700m-odd in worldwide box office, but it's inarguable that, more than any other movie of the past year, Alfonso Cuarón's space epic pushed back the frontiers of film-making – to the extent that most viewers couldn't fathom how on earth (or elsewhere) the film was even made. What is easy to forget is that, initially, Cuarón and his team »
- Steve Rose
The Monuments Men is old-fashioned in the fullest sense of that term. In dramatizing the remarkable true-life initiative to save precious works of art during the waning days of World War II in Europe, George Clooney (who directed, co-produced, co-wrote, and stars in the film) and Grant Heslov (his writing and producing partner) have taken a sharp turn from such provocative films as Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck. by consciously evoking Hollywood movies of the past. There is no cynicism here; the leading characters are genuinely, unabashedly heroic. (In the opening scene, President Roosevelt is even shown, respectfully, from behind, his face obscured, just as it was in...
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- Leonard Maltin
Washington, Feb 6: George Clooney has revealed that he will never join the social networking site Twitter because he likes to drink at night.
The 'Syriana' actor explained to Variety that he could easily say something stupid in his tweet, and he doesn't think he needs to be that available.
Clooney wondered what if he took a sleeping pill and woke up and found that his tweet doesn't even make sense, before adding that it would be. »
- Anita Agarwal
At the height of fighting during World War II, the allied forces invading Nazi-occupied Europe found themselves with a challenging predicament on their hands: fighting across this particular theatre would mean putting some of the greatest artistic treasures of the western world in harm’s way. The advent of bombers, tanks, and all manner of explosives made cultural collateral damage more likely than ever, but weighed against the greatest threat the free world had ever known, art preservation was low on the list of priorities for most. Not so for The Monuments Men, a group of socialites-turned-soldiers that went to Europe specifically to save and steal art from Nazi hands, ensuring some of the world’s irreplaceable works of art would be cherished by generations beyond just the greatest one.
And just as every generation of filmgoers gets the James Bond and Batman it deserves, now every generation of audience »
- Sam Woolf
George Clooney, this week’s Variety cover subject, wears so many different hats, it’s hard to keep track. He’s won Oscars for producing (“Argo”) and acting (“Syriana”) and critical acclaim for directing (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) and screenwriting (“The Ides of March”).
When he’s not working on a movie, he’s trying to help save the world—as a human rights advocate on the genocide in Darfur. Is there anything George can’t do?
Yes, it’s called Twitter.
Clooney, who has written all his scripts by hand, said he’ll never join the social networking platform. “Just because, I like to have a drink at night,” Clooney told Variety during a lengthy interview at his Studio City home. “I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The walls of his rustic chic home, tucked away on a quiet wooded street in Studio City, are graced with framed black-and-white photographs of gorgeous leading men from a bygone era: Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman, among them. In his living room, next to all the regal portraits, there is a snapshot of him and then-Sen. Barack Obama side by side at a 2006 Washington, D.C., press conference concerning the genocide in Darfur. The walls of George Clooney’s abode — once owned by Gable himself — speak volumes about the man who is at once a charismatic star craving legendary fame and someone who thinks beyond the borders of insular Hollywood.
Meet Citizen Clooney.
The 52-year-old actor-director-producer is among a small group of celebrities, including power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as Oprah, and Bono, who can shine a global camera on significant »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Everybody knows Oscar, but they may not know his whole story.
That background is explored when Turner Classic Movies launches its annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival - consisting of films that either have won or been nominated for Academy Awards - with a new documentary titled "And the Oscar Goes to ..." Saturday, Feb. 1. Rare footage is a highlight of the program, including clips from some of the earliest ceremonies to honor a year's achievements in cinema.
Expectedly since the program is on TCM, and also since he's a longtime documenter of Hollywood whose book "85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards" was published recently, main channel host Robert Osborne is among the interviewees.
"There's footage in this that people haven't seen for years, so it's going to be great fun for them, I think," Osborne, who was the official greeter of celebrities on the Oscar red carpet for several years, »
London, January 30: George Clooney has revealed that he had a better time working on some of his worst films.
The 52-year-old American actor said that there's no correlation between having fun on set and making a good film as some of his best films have been the least fun, while he made "lifelong friends" during the making of some of his worst films, the Daily Express reported.
The 'Batman and Robin' star added that the memory of films is very different from how it is reviewed, which is "a tricky thing to come to terms with".
- Leon David
Experience space like never before in the Academy Award-nominated Gravity, arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 25 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A heart-pounding thriller starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana), and stunningly directed by Academy Award-nominee Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space.
Gravity was written by Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the Harry Potter films), with Christopher DeFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones serving as executive producers.
Gravity will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99. Both include a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Gravity in Digital HD on February 25 via purchase from digital retailers.
Gravity has »
[Press Release] Burbank, CA, January 17, 2014 – Experience space like never before in the Academy Award®-nominated “Gravity,” arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 25 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A heart-pounding thriller starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”), and stunningly directed by Academy Award-nominee Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity” pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. “Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films), with Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones serving as executive producers. “Gravity” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95 »
- Pietro Filipponi
Following the announcement yesterday of the film's 10 Academy Award nominations, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Alfonso Cuaron's highly-acclaimed Gravity , which stars Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock ( The Blind Side ) and George Clooney ( Syriana ), will come to home video on February 25 with Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD editions. Check out the cover art below! Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone.tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the darkness. The deafening silence tells »
When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off 31 Days of Oscar®, the network’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards® in February, it will be embarking on one of the most ambitious and comprehensive editions of the month-long festival yet.
Each night’s primetime lineup from Feb. 1 through March 3 will be devoted to showcasing all the movies nominated in a particular category in a given year. Meanwhile, daytime programming will focus on specific categories, with winners and nominees from multiple years.
TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is one of several events celebrating the network’s 20th year as a leading authority in classic film. Making the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar even more spectacular will be the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, slated to premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt). CNN Films will encore the documentary onThursday, »
- Michelle McCue
Following months of overwhelming critical and audience acclaim and numerous year-end awards, Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing Alfonso Cuarón’s cinematic achievement Gravity back to big screens nationwide.
The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will be re-released on more than 900 screens on January 17, 2014, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Originally released on October 4, 2013, Gravity instantly became a favorite of both critics and audiences. It has since become one of the most honored films of the year, most recently bringing a Golden Globe Award for Best Director to Alfonso Cuarón. The film has also received 11 BAFTA Award nominations and 10 Critics’ Choice Award nominations, both including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (Bullock)*.
It has also won Best Picture awards from several prestigious critics organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has been included on 395 critics’ and critics groups’ top ten lists, »
- Michelle McCue
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