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Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.
The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.
“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”
Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”
King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and »
- Dave McNary
On a disastrous weekend at the overall box office –with the lowest per capita attendance since the Fdr administration — specialty movies did comparatively better. On a smaller scale.
Still, continuing a recent trend, a slew of Sundance premieres expanded to weak results. “Ingrid Goes West” (Neon) and “Good Time” (A24), both with significant support and strong theater placement, are barely treading water in most locations as they broaden.
“Beach Rats” (Neon), another Sundance American indie, leads among new openers with an adequate start in its initial two city dates. But it is below other films that are now struggling to find interest with broader audiences.
Like the mainstream market, the specialized scene has gone from a strong early summer with several notable titles (led by “The Big Sick”) to a wide number of disappointments that have come and gone very quickly. With the fall festival and awards season just around the corner, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Former Vice President Al Gore and producer Jason Blum will be honored at this year’s Ifp Gotham Awards, with Gore on the heels of his follow-up climate documentary An Inconvenient Sequel set to receive the Humanitarian Tribute and Blum the Industry Tribute during the event’s annual awards ceremony November 27 in New York. Gore has been making the rounds for his movie, an update to his original An Inconvenient Truth which won the 2007 Documentary Oscar. The Gotham award… »
Al Gore and Jason Blum will be honored at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards, with Gore set to receive the humanitarian tribute and Blum tapped to get the industry tribute.
The Gothams, the Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual round of awards honoring indie film, typically dole out a handful of pre-announced tributes to notable figures, in addition to awards in ten competitive categories. This year’s crop will also include tributes to an actor and an actress, among others.
‘Moonlight’ Sweeps the 2016 Gotham Awards, Winning Best Film
Former Vice President Gore, now the chairman of the Climate Reality Project, gets the Gotham honor for his decades of work calling attention to climate change, especially in films “An Inconvenient Truth” and this year’s sequel, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Blum, meanwhile, receives the industry award for helping to spur the resurgence of low-budget genre films, starting with “Paranormal Activity” in 2000. More recently, his »
- Gordon Cox
21 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The humanitarian tribute recognizes an individual who has had a profound, transformative global impact through film. Nobel Prize-winner Gore, who in recent years has focused on finding solutions to climate change, starred in the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and this year's follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
The industry tribute is given to an individual whose vision, innovation and contributions have had a significant impact on the »
- Hilary Lewis
A slew of hit-and-miss indie films from Sundance and elsewhere continue to roll out at the specialty box office. Fox Searchlight took another blow as high-end Sundance acquisition “Patti Cake$” fell below the expectations set by its expensive $9.5 million price tag.
“Gook” (Goldwyn) and “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios/IFC) both enjoyed respectable initial limited responses ahead of other openers. A24’s Robert Pattinson actioner “Good Time” also showed some promise in its second weekend.
The most encouraging news comes from the second weekend of Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West” and third for The Weinstein Co. breakout “Wind River.” Both look positioned to dominate the specialized scene over the next few weeks in advance of upcoming fall post-festival releases.
Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 65; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors/New Films 2017
$66,000 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $4,714
Fox Searchlight won an intense Sundance acquisition battle with its reported $9.5 million offer. »
- Tom Brueggemann
A necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis
Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) was an effective consciousness-raising exercise, focusing on Al Gore’s “slide shows”, as he calls them, on the reality of climate change. Eleven years on, the sequel brings home the intensification of the crisis: needless to say, as the film’s timeline approaches the present, the spectre of Trump looms like an iceberg on a foggy Arctic night. As Gore visits the world’s environmental flashpoints, the footage of floods, storms and exploding glaciers adds ballast to the statistics. There’s a sliver of against-the-clock narrative at the 2015 Paris climate summit, although the film simplifies matters in suggesting that India’s coming on board was the result of Gore making a few well-placed phone calls behind the scenes. Useful as a teaching tool, strictly functional as cinema.
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- Jonathan Romney
New challenges – and a science-dismissing Us President – make Gore’s sequel to his 2006 film feel both cinematic and compelling
Related: Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason'
Eleven record-breaking summers on from An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore doubles down. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s galvanising documentary accompanies the former Us vice-president throughout 2015 and 2016, by which point he had pivoted from touring pro-bono slideshows to addressing the Climate Reality Leadership Corps programme initiated by the first movie’s success.
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- Mike McCahill
In today’s film news roundup, Miranda Bailey’s vaccine documentary “The Pathological Optimist” gets distribution and Lionsgate teams with Roadside Attractions to pick up faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine.”
The film will be released theatrically by the Film Arcade on Sept. 29 followed by a VOD release via Gravitas later this year.
The film is a character study of Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a 1998 paper in the U.K. medical journal the Lancet. That paper claimed that there was a link between the administration of the measles, mumps, and rubella (Mmr) vaccine, and the appearance of autism and bowel disease. Wakefield was accused of professional misconduct and falsifying information in that study, and the Lancet retracted the piece in 2010 and the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council revoked Wakefield’s »
- Dave McNary
Written by Elizabeth Willoughby
Despite that the current Us president pulled out of the Paris climate accord earlier this year, former vice president and current activist, Al Gore, still says he comes down on the side of hope.
Following his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, about the effects of global warming, Gore released a follow up documentary last month called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which speaks to the human ingenuity that is behind his hope.
In an NPR interview, Gore said that with the fossil fuel industry financing an industry of climate denial through pseudo scientists and pseudoscientific reports, enough doubt was created so that the sense of urgency about solving the crisis was lost. “But because Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us,” he says, “they’re losing this battle. The Paris agreement was truly a historic breakthrough, illustrating that all around the world, »
Sundance hit “Ingrid Goes West” (Neon) and Cannes breakout “Good Time” (A24) both opened well in New York/Los Angeles dates. “A Trip to Spain” (IFC), the third installment of Michael Winterbottom’s comedy franchise, also had a decent showing.
And yet another indie director returning from studio franchise to specialty fare, Marc Webb, met scathing reviews for Amazon Studios’ “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Roadside Attractions), which opened wider to modest numbers.
Ingrid Goes West (Neon) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance, Los Angeles 2017
$141,216 in 3 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $47,072
A younger audience responded well to this specialized platform release about the risks of obsessive social media story involvement, which evoked a positive reaction when it premiered at the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Feature competition. Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza added some name value to director Matt Spicer’s feature debut, which scored the third-best limited opening »
- Tom Brueggemann
Paramount Pictures have debuted a new video for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the climate change documentary that arrives in cinemas next Friday (our review is here), and features the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Bono, Pharrell Williams, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Ryan Tedder, Adam Levine, Dnce, The Chainsmokers, Jennifer Hudson, Rainn Wilson, Shailene Woodley, Randy Jackson and Steve Aoki who all say why they are “Inconvenient” to save the planet.
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that »
- Paul Heath
After its second weekend of release, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” got a flurry of unflattering headlines from the right-leaning publications.
The Washington Times reported that it was met with a “cool reception, placing 15th at the box office,” while Western Journalism published a story, “New Al Gore Film Bombs at the Box Office.” The Washington Free Beacon and Fox News also noted the middling performance of the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”
So was it such a disaster? Not really.
How Donald Trump Made ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ 10 Times More Relevant
While “An Inconvenient Sequel” fell short of the take of the opening weekend of “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, its total gross so far is $1.1 million, which is still a respectable and even solid number in the world of documentaries, said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “An Inconvenient Truth” grossed $24 million in its domestic box office, and »
- Ted Johnson
Chicago – The beauty of ex-Vice President Al Gore is that whenever his name is mentioned we think about his central passion… how Planet Earth is changing due to greenhouse gases and pollution. His groundbreaking “An Inconvenient Truth” documentary is a cultural icon, and now he is back with the aptly titled “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” co-directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.
This is both an update of the first and a cause for optimism. Al Gore has his slideshow – which is being updated almost day-by-day, as depicted in the documentary – and there are ominous and apocalyptic signs still in the picture (Miami is altering its infrastructure because of rising ocean levels), but also there are true success stories as a result of Gore’s crusade. The wind and sun power industries are viable and becoming profitable enough to be adopted, plus the word is out.. in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
During a competitive period when well-reviewed wide releases like “Dunkirk” and “Baby Driver” are luring adult audiences away from new smart-house fare, Weinstein stormed back at the specialty box office with Taylor Sheridan’s Wyoming western “Wind River,” which boasted one of the best limited openings of the year. A strong debut will help it stand out in the weeks ahead as the flow of new films declines.
Fox Searchlight welcomed a decent initial response for its heart-tugging inner-city dance documentary “Step” in seven cities. Also impressive is the two-theater launch for “Columbus,” starring Jon Cho as a Korean translator spending time in middle America due to a family emergency.
Wind River (Weinstein) – Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: Sundance, Cannes, Seattle 2017
$164,187 in 4 theaters; PTA (per screen average): $41,042
- Tom Brueggemann
The Dark Tower, Detroit and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewThe Dark Tower, Detroit and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen8/4/2017 12:40:00 Pm
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now, the story makes its long-awaited launch on the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim. The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair). The action in this is pretty epic and a must-see on the big screen!
- Tanner Zipchen
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is the follow-up to the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth,” in which former vice president Al Gore introduced many of us — myself included — to climate science we might not have been aware of. Eleven years later he’s back for a victory lap — okay, not quite. Despite […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
The long summer hiatus for Real Time with Bill Maher is over tonight — as the show returns with Al Gore and Ralph Reed Jr. toplining the show. Former Vice President Gore will open as the top-of-the-show interview guest. He has recently been busy promoting An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up documentary to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth. He appeared on CNN earlier this week in a televised town hall meeting, where he said Donald Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was regrettable. When asked by Anderson Cooper, he said: “I actually...read more »
- April Neale
4 August 2017 12:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will attend this year's Zurich International Film Festival to present An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Davis Guggenheim's 2006 Oscar-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
An Inconvenient Sequel will screen in Zurich on Sunday, October 8. Al Gore will attend the screening and present the documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shen.
“We are proud to welcome Al Gore, one of the most globally influential politicians, environmental activists and Nobel Prize winners of recent years," said Zurich Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. "An Inconvenient Truth was a »
- Scott Roxborough
The Dark Tower, Logan Lucky, Brigsby Bear and more films to see in theatres this AugustThe Dark Tower, Logan Lucky, Brigsby Bear and more films to see in theatres this AugustAdriana Floridia8/3/2017 9:27:00 Am
This August in theatres, we're getting a wide variety of Hollywood and indie films that range from topics like Instagram, TV shows about bears, and creepy dolls.
Basically, there's a lot of diversity in theatres this month, and you'll surely want to check out some of these great August titles.
These are our ten picks for what to see in theatres this month!
Release Date: August 4th, 2017
See it with: Your dad
- Adriana Floridia
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