February 2011 - Posts

Epoch Films Expands Film, TV Operations with Anne Carey

"Junebug" producer Epoch Films is partnering with producer Anne Carey to expand its film and television operations. Carey, whose credits include "The American" and "The Savages" and founded This is That with producer Ted Hope, will still develop and produce select projects outside the partnership. The full release follows. PRODUCER ANNE CAREY TEAMS UP WITH EPOCH FILMS TO EXPAND FILM AND TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION   New York, NY (Feb ...
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Ann Arbor Film Festival to Open with New Film from Helen Hill

A total of 188 films, videos and live performance will be taking place at the 49th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, running from March 22-27. 40 different programs organize this year's diverse slate of offerings, which include over 20 premieres. The Ann Arbor festival features work from a variety of different independent and experimental filmmakers. This year's opening night screenings will include "The Florestine Collection," the last film from the ...
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Remembering Gary Winick: Caroline Kaplan, Jennifer Garner, Jason Kliot and More

One of the independent film scene’s leading lights has faded. Producer, director and independent film pioneer Gary Winick died Sunday afternoon in New York at the age of 49, just a month shy of his 50th birthday. The cause of death was brain cancer, said Mark Ross, a close friend of Winick who was among the friends and relatives with him when he died at Beth Israel Medical Center in ...
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REVIEW | A Work In Progress: James Franco and Gus Van Sant's "Unfinished"

James Franco's ubiquity may finally have reached its saturation point this past weekend. Within the same frenzied 48-hour period there was his Independent Spirit Award win for "127 Hours;" an Oscar co-hosting gig; and a third, less-visible achievement: Saturday was the opening of "Unfinished," his collaboration with director Gus Van Sant. And it's only this work, now open to the public at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, that provides ...
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OSCARS 2011 | Kohn and Knegt Dissect the Oscars, Post-Mortem

The day after Oscar, indieWIRE's Eric Kohn and Peter Knegt chatted via instant messenger for some quick reflection about what just went down... Eric Kohn: I hate to say it after so many months of reflection and analysis, but last night was pretty much an afterthought. As expected, the casting of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts was a feeble bid by the Academy to pull in younger viewers, ...
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In Their Own Words: The Complete 2011 Oscar Acceptance Speeches

The speeches at the 83rd Academy Awards, published below in their entirety (as transcribed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences). Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin ("The King's Speech"), Best Motion Picture. Iain Canning: What an incredible, incredible honor. What an amazing year for film. To be with those other films in that category is just absolutely incredible. Tom Hooper, you put so much passion and ...
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Hosting the Oscars...What a Drag

After performing a parody of Les Mis standard "On My Own," Oscar host Anne Hathaway was joined on stage by her "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"-inspired co-host, James Franco. [Photo Credit: Michael Yada/AMPAS]
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Franco Stands By as Hathaway Raises the Roof

Although James Franco (left) and Anne Hathaway (right) got decidedly mixed reviews for their joint hosting duties at the Academy Awards, there's no denying that they both looked the part. [Photo credit: Michael Yada/A.M.P.A.S.]
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Brownlow, Coppola, Wallach (and Not Godard) Celebrate Their Lives' Achievements

The honorees for the Academy's Governors Awards, for lifetime achievement, bask in the glory of their peers on stage at the 2011 Academy Awards. Noticeably absent is legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. L-R: historian Kevin Brownlow, director Francis Ford Coppola and actor Eli Wallach. [Photo Credit: Michael Yada/AMPAS]
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"The King's Speech" Claims the Throne at the Oscars

The team behind "The King's Speech" took to the stage last night at The Kodak Theater to accept the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 83rd annual event. From left to right: Oscar-winners Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, David Seidler, Tom Hooper and Gareth Unwin. [Photo credit: Richard Hardbaugh/A.M.P.A.S.]
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Douglas Awards Shocked Leo Her First Oscar

After a quite entertaining Vaudevillesque routine, Kirk Douglas awarded "The Fighter" actress Melissa Leo with the award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo went on to give a flabbergasted acceptance speech, which concluded with an expletive and a bleep from ABC. [Photo Credit: Michael Yada/AMPAS]
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Breslin & Keys Do "Rango" in NYC

Abigail Breslin (left) bonded with Alicia Keys (right) over the weekend at a New York screening of Gore Verbinski's "Rango," hosted by The Cinema Society. Among the attendees at the day event were: Edie Falco, Mariska Hargitay, Swizz Beatz, George Stephanopoulos & Ali Wentworth, John McEnroe, Cynthia Rowley, Mary Alice Stephenson, Nigel Barker, Bonnie Fuller, Daniel Flaherty (MTV’s “Skins”), Jill Kargman, Coco Kopelman, Muffie Potter Aston, Kate Betts, Gregg Bello, ...
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Gary Winick, Director and InDigEnt Founder, Dies at 49

Director Gary Winick died Sunday afternoon in New York, after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 49. Winick was known most recently for directing major-studio pictures, including "Bride Wars," "Letters to Juliet," "Charlotte's Web" and "13 Going On 30." However, he was also the founder of InDigEnt, an independent film company that produced "Pieces of April," "Personal Velocity" and "Tadpole," which Winick also directed. Launched in 1999 with ...
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Tribeca Film to More Than Double Annual Output

Tribeca Film announced today plans to commercially release 26 films over the next year, more than double the number released in 2010. To kick off the year, the company has acquired U.S. rights to nine new titles - including Vincent D'Onofrio's directorial debut "Don't Go in the Woods," Peter Mullan's "NEDS" and Jerzy Skolimowski's award-winning "Essential Killing" - to be released across multiple platforms. "With the rapidly evolving landscape, Tribeca ...
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ACADEMY AWARDS | Winners and More Live on indieWIRE

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards follow. indieWIRE will post the results live as Oscar is handed out from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Best picture "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers "The Fighter" (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers "Inception" (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma ...
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