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Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (Exclusive)

Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (Exclusive)
Oscilloscope has reached its first agreement with Amazon to stream 20 titles through the Prime Instant Video service.

The pact also makes Amazon the exclusive streaming subscription home for four of the indie distributor’s titles: “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” “The Human Scale” and dirt-bike documentary “12 O’Clock Boys.”

Other Oscilloscope titles that will become available through Amazon include the documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” the comedy “It’s a Disaster,” the documentary “After Tiller,” the Spike Jonze-Lance Bangs documentary “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” and Michel Gondry’s “The Thorn in the Heart.”

Oscilloscope said, “Amazon is a major force within the digital video space and is a big supporter of independent cinema and we greatly value the association with them and see this as the start to our exciting work together.
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‘Her’ Gets Release Date Shifted

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Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the release date of Spike Jonze’s already much anticipated romantic drama “Her.” The film will now open in limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on December 18, 2013, and wide on January 10, 2014. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The move comes on the heels of strong positive reactions coming out of early screenings. “Her” has also just been announced by the New York Film Festival as its selection for the prestigious Closing Night Gala slot. The date change allows the studio to take full advantage of word of mouth resulting from the Festival screening, placing the film in the key awards consideration corridor and positioning it for its December opening and wider launch in January.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Spike Jonze has created an unconventional love story that is thought-provoking and reflective of our modern age.
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Sundance Selects Takes North America On ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’

Sundance Selects Takes North America On ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Chiemi Karasawa’s “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a week after the documentary made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film was produced by Karasawa and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger and exec produced by Alec Baldwin and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.

Sundance Selects has not set a release date.

Scott Foundas gave the movie an upbeat review for Variety: “Painting a surprisingly tender, insulin-injections-and-all portrait of a star known for her brassy demeanor and Teflon exterior, this feature directing debut for vet docu producer Chiemi Karasawa (‘The Betrayal,’ ‘Tell Them Anything You Want’) should earn wide fest and ancillary exposure, plus limited theatrical, where it will prove catnip to the cabaret crowd and those entranced by the artistry of great performers.”

The film includes interviews with Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro.

The deal
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’
“She’s still here … but not for much longer” is the subtext of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a superior celebrity docu that finds the Broadway legend on the doorstep of her 87th birthday, contemplating retirement as well as her own mortality. Painting a surprisingly tender, insulin-injections-and-all portrait of a star known for her brassy demeanor and Teflon exterior, this feature directing debut for vet docu producer Chiemi Karasawa (“The Betrayal,” “Tell Them Anything You Want”) should earn wide fest and ancillary exposure, plus limited theatrical, where it will prove catnip to the cabaret crowd and those entranced by the artistry of great performers.

Karasawa starts with a montage of her subject brazenly negotiating street and sidewalk traffic on the Upper East Side, pausing to needle admirers with her Don Rickles-esque ripostes. Then on to the set of “30 Rock,” where she ably trades barbs with TV son Alec Baldwin (also
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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #4: Chiemi Karasawa Celebrates Broadway Legend 'Elaine Stritch'

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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #4: Chiemi Karasawa Celebrates Broadway Legend 'Elaine Stritch'
Documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa ("The Betrayal - Nerakhoon") makes his directorial debut with "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," about the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress. The 87-year-old is most known for her performance in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical "Company," as well as her more recent part as Jack Donaghy's mother Colleen on NBC's "30 Rock." Karasawa, who shares the same hairdresser with Stritch, tells the story of the still-working legend through interviews with Nathan Lane, Tina Fey and others. What it's about: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is an intimate, entertaining and unflinching portrait of the Broadway legend on and off-stage as she approaches her 87th year. About the filmmaker: This is my directorial debut, so take it easy on me. I've been producing documentaries exclusively for the past 7 years, including: "Billy the Kid," "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)", "Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak," "Elevate," "Love Etc." and "Harry Dean.
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Critic's Notebook: How Spike Jonze's Doc 'Tell Them Anything You Want,' Available Online, Eulogizes Maurice Sendak and Adam Yauch

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Critic's Notebook: How Spike Jonze's Doc 'Tell Them Anything You Want,' Available Online, Eulogizes Maurice Sendak and Adam Yauch
In the past week, the deaths of two major creative forces have sent shockwaves through the multiple generations impacted by their work. Last Friday brought the news of Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch succumbing to cancer; on Tuesday, children's book author Maurice Sendak, best known for "Where the Wild Things Are," passed away after a sudden stroke. In death, the achievements of both men have landed on unexpected common ground: Oscilloscope Laboratories, Yauch's indie film distribution company, released Spike Jonze's terrific documentary, "Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak" on DVD; today, the company made the movie available on Hulu (you can watch it on the next page). Sendak's voice dominates "Tell Them Anything You Want," encompassing a perspective on the expansive nature of artistic endeavors embodied by Yauch's career as well. In retrospect, it eulogizes both men. Beyond that, it is essential viewing...
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R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, died today after suffering a stroke Friday. He was 83. Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are was awarded a Caldecott Medal for best children’s book of 1964, and President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of the Arts in 1996. As well as his work as a writer and illustrator, Sendak was a television producer of series based on his work, such as Seven Little Monsters, George And Martha and Little Bear. Spike Jonze made Where The Wild Things Are into a feature film in 2009; Sendak was a producer on the film. The author was also the subject of the documentary Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, directed by Jonze and Lance Bangs. (Photo: Getty Images)
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R.I.P. 'Where The Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

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"Please don't go. We'll eat you up, we love you so"

- Maurice Sendak, "Where The Wild Things Are"

Only a few days after the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, more sad news has arrived today, with The New York Times reporting that Maurice Sendak, author of beloved children's classics "Where The Wild Things Are" (which was turned into an acclaimed 2009 film by Spike Jonze) and "In The Night Kitchen," among others, has passed away at the age of 83.

Sendak, the child of Polish Jewish immigrants, was born in Brooklyn in 1928, and set his heart on becoming an illustrator after seeing Walt Disney's "Fantasia" at the age of 12. He worked on books for other authors for years, most notably Else Holmelund Minarik's "Little Bear" series, before gaining fame of his own accord in 1963 for "Where The Wild Things Are," the story of an unruly boy in a wolf
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Adam Yauch dead: Beastie Boys release official obituary and statement

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By now, we've all heard the tragic news of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's untimely death. Initially, the Beastie Boys' camp had no comment on the situation, but as news has spread, the band has released a heartfelt statement and obituary via their official website. You can read the statement in its entirety below.

It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "McA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.
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Oscar short documentary contenders named

Oscar short documentary contenders named
Author Maurice Sendak, whose childrens' book "Where the Wilds Things Are" arrives on the big screen next Friday, also is the subject of one of eight short documentaries that will contend for Oscar honors at the 82nd annual Academy Awards.

Spike Jonze, who directed "Wild Things," is one of the directors of the short-listed film, "Tell Them Anything You Want, A Portrait of Maurice Sendak," that made the cut.

Thirty-seven films were submitted in the short doc category and on Friday the Academy's documentary branch released a list of the eight films that have been short-listed. Three to five of them will be nominated when the nominations are announced on Feb. 2.

The contenders are:

-- "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," from filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill and Downtown Community Television Center, which looks at the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Sinchuan Province last year.

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