13 items from 2014
The bizarre Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair seems like rich pickings for a documentary-maker like Charles Ferguson, whose Oscar-winning doc Inside Job laid bare some of the sleazier extremes of international high finance. Instead, it’s indie maverick Abel Ferrara who’s picked up the story, with predictably lacerating results. His take on the scandal, Welcome To New York, has a new trailer that you can feast your retinas on below. brightcove.createExperiences();Ferrara has assembled old French favourites, Gérard Depardieu as Strauss-Kahn cipher Devereaux, head of the International Monetary Fund, and Jacqueline Bisset as his wife. As Blackadder might say, the pair soon find themselves in a predicament stickier than when Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun.Head of the Imf, Strauss-Kahn / Devereaux was accused of sexual assault by a maid working at the Sofitel New York Hotel in May 2011. He was subsequently cleared but »
The Cohen Film Collection announced recently that two major films by acclaimed director Costa-Gavras – Capital, the Oscar winner’s most recent feature, and Amen, his César-winning historical drama from 2002 – have been digitally remastered and will be released in deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions on June 10, 2014. The Blu-rays will have SRPs of $34.98 each and the DVDs will have SRPs of $24.98 each.
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- Movie Geeks
Since marketing chief Laura Kim left Warner Independent Pictures after the studio shut down the specialty label, she has been consulting via her company Inside Job, running Oscar campaigns for Roadside Attractions and others, and releasing indie projects like "Restrepo" and through her and Paul Federbush's distribution arm, Red Flag. Now Participant Media has brought in the veteran marketing exec as Senior VP Film Marketing. She is replacing the recently departed team of Buffy Shutt, Kathy Jones and Jeff Sakson: In her new role at Participant, Kim will oversee marketing strategy, partnerships, and campaign development for Participant’s films and acquisitions, and serve as the key marketing executive for all distributors, promotional partners, filmmakers, talent and studios. She will report to Diane Weyerman, Evp Documentary Films, and Jonathan King, Evp Narrative Films. It makes sense, it's a perfect fit. Kim loves documentaries and independent film--has a »
- Anne Thompson
The marketing and publicity veteran will assume her new role of svp of film marketing and reports to evp of documentary films Diane Weyerman and evp of narrative films Jonathan King.
Kim will oversee marketing strategy, partnerships, and campaign development for Participant’s films and acquisitions and serve as the key marketing executive for all distributors, promotional partners, filmmakers, talent and studios.
“Laura is respected throughout the film world for her expertise, intelligence and creativity managing campaigns for a wide range of films,” said King. “We are thrilled to have her on board as Participant expands into new markets, and expands our slate of films.”
“I have known Laura for many years and have always been immensely impressed by her skills and expertise in shepherding a variety of films through the festival, theatrical, and awards circuits, as well as her capacity to ultimately connect them to audiences,” said Weyerman. “Laura is an incredible asset to Participant and I am »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Participant Media has named veteran marketing exec Laura Kim as its senior VP of their film marketing department. Kim will report to documentary films exec VP Diane Weyerman, and narrative films exec VP Jonathan King. In her new role, Kim will oversee marketing strategy, partnerships, and campaign development for Participant’s films and acquisitions, and serve as the key marketing executive for all distributors, promotional partners, filmmakers, talent and studios. "Laura is respected throughout the film world for her expertise, intelligence and creativity managing campaigns for a wide range of films. We are thrilled to have her on board as Participant expands into new markets, and expands our slate of films," said King in a statement. Kim is the founder of Inside Job, a motion picture marketing, public relations and distribution consulting firm, whose clients and campaigns included "Margin Call" and "Winter's Bone," as well as The Sundance Institute. »
- Nigel M Smith
Participant Media has hired veteran marketing and publicity exec Laura Kim as senior vp film marketing, the company announced Monday. Kim, who founded film marketing, PR and distribution consulting firm Inside Job, will oversee marketing strategy, partnerships, and campaign development for Participant’s films and acquisitions. She'll also serve as the key marketing executive for all distributors, promotional partners, filmmakers, talent and studios. She'll report to Diane Weyermann, executive vp documentary films, and Jonathan King, executive vp narrative films. Exclusive: Participant Media Marketing Chiefs Kathy Jones, Buffy Shutt Exiting While serving as a principal at Inside Job, Kim's campaigns included Albert
- Rebecca Ford
The documentary centers on the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team during the Cold War. The squad was the most successful dynasty in sports history. It is told through the eyes of the team captain Slava Fetisov and focuses on the friendships, betrayals, and his personal life, which let to his transformation from national hero to political enemy.
Gabe Polsky had this to say about the film.
"At its heart, this is a film about the Russian soul."
"We can't wait to present this film to audiences everywhere. This is Russian history as seen from the perspective of professional ice hockey. Director Gabe Polsky has made a dramatic, entertaining movie about historic heroes on the ice. »
Fox Business Network‘s Maria Bartiromo will anchor a Fox News Channel program, Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo, launching Sunday, March 30 at 10 Am Et. The new show will focus on the intersection of commerce and news events, offering viewers in-depth analysis on recent developments in the economy. Bartiromo will interview business leaders and industry newsmakers on topics such as job creation and investment opportunities, providing viewers with an inside look at how to prepare financially for the future. Bartiromo will continue as Fox Business Network’s global markets editor and anchor of Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo. Last November, Bartiromo, whose contract with CNBC expired that month, announced she was jumping to Fbn, reuniting her with Roger Ailes, who was running CNBC when she joined; she’d been on-air with CNBC since 1993, anchoring Closing Bell and hosted On The Money With Maria Bartiromo. Before that, she did a stint as a producer, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Neither TNT nor the makers of “Inside Job” (from the producers of “Undercover Boss”) and “Save Our Business” (which seeks to turn entrepreneur Peter Jones into the next Gordon Ramsay, minus the food throwing) — who are each raiding their own respective filmographies — win points for originality with the network’s new business-oriented reality-tv block. Still, the two shows represent a reasonably effective and certainly cohesive one-two combo in speaking to work-related apprehensions, while being a trifle formulaic in their respective approaches. Given the Friday scheduling, one suspects the network has its own misgivings about whether this tandem can ace the interview.
Like “Undercover Boss,” “Inside Job” is built around a bit of deception — in this case, pairing four candidates vying for a job at a different company each week (in the premiere, the House of Blues). The twist is that one of the four actually works for the employer, and »
- Brian Lowry
Timing can be crucial in the Oscar race. For topical, political documentaries, voters often select winners based upon newsy subject matter that is relevant right now, like climate change in 2006 ("An Inconvenient Truth"), U.S. military torture in 2007 ("Taxi to the Dark Side") and the financial crisis in 2010 ("Inside Job"). This year that voting trend may help "Dirty Wars," about President Obama's drone attacks on innocent people in the Mideast, or "The Square," which chronicles the hopes, dashed dreams and death toll of the Egyptian revolution. "The Square" premiered in January 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival and has been updated since to reflect changing conditions before its January 2014 Netflix premiere. Violence continues to plague Egypt even now on the third anniversary of the protests that removed dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The military, Islamic, and secular conflicts c »
Given that President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last night which highlights places where America is doing well and where it could use some improvement, it seemed fitting that we’d look at the movies that attempt to do the same. There’s a rich history of documentaries taking on the issues of the times and often find themselves nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. This year’s version of that film is Dirty Wars.
The film, based off the book Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, the movie investigates the United States military and government cover-up of the deaths of five civilians killed by Us soldiers from the Joint Special Operations Command and the U.S. assassination of an American citizen named Anwar al-Awlaki. Mixing in testimonies from a variety of parties, this movie managed to nab a surprise »
- Terence Johnson
‘Stories We Tell,’ ‘Blackfish’ out of the Oscar 2014 race: Academy’s Documentary Branch ‘anti-female’? (Photo: Sarah Polley [with camera] directing ‘Stories We Tell’) Besides Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, among the other glaring Oscar 2014 absentees were Robert Redford and Golden Globe-winning composer Alex Ebert for All Is Lost; Joel and Ethan Coen’s well-received Inside Llewyn Davis from the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay shortlists; Daniel Brühl and his movie, Ron Howard’s Rush, which was completely shut out; two Weinstein Company releases that were also completely shut out, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, and their respective stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, and Michael B. Jordan; Guillermo del Toro-Charlie Hunnam’s Pacific Rim and Marc Forster-Brad Pitt’s World War Z from any of the technical categories; and finally, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s »
- Andre Soares
A new year and a new installment of Panel Discussion and this time round I’m taking the reigns to talk about two new comics from the folks at Titan Comics: Batman/Superman #1 and Batman: Arkham #1. As with many of Titan’s UK-released superhero comics, these two issues are made up of already-released DC Comics, in the case of Batman/Superman (obviously titled to cash in on interest in the forthcoming movie) it’s Batman/Superman: Cross World which was part of DC’s “The New 52″ last summer, and Injustice: Gods Among Us - the videogame tie-in that did very well for DC as a low-priced digital comic (here we get 4 chapters instead of the one chapter at a time you got digitally). Meanwhile Batman: Arkham features another digital comic as it mainstay, Batman: Arkham Unhinged, with back up stories taken from both Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight. »
- Phil Wheat
13 items from 2014
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