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“127 Hours” Is The Box Office Fave

“127 Hours” Is The Box Office Fave

  Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” grossed $265,925 from just 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the year’s second-highest per-screen average of $66,481, and the best per-theater-average, of director Danny Boyle’s career. “The Kids Are All Right” holds the record for the year’s best per-theater-average of $70,282 from 7 screens in July. 127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 […]

RIP: Actress Jill Clayburgh

RIP: Actress Jill Clayburgh

Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Jill Clayburgh, has died of leukemia, aged 66. Clayburgh’s husband, the playwright David Rabe, told the New York Times she died at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut. She was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress for the film and also for the 1979 film “Starting Over,” with Burt Reynolds and Candice Bergen.

IFC Midnight Nabs North American Rights To Manuel Carballo’s Exorcismus And Miguel Angel Vivas’ Kidnapped

IFC Midnight Nabs North American Rights To Manuel Carballo’s Exorcismus And Miguel Angel Vivas’ Kidnapped

IFC Midnight, the genre label of IFC Films, announced that the company is acquiring North American rights to two films: Manuel Carballo’s supernatural chiller EXORCISMUS and Miguel Angel Vivas’ powerful and shocking home invasion flick KIDNAPPED. Both films will be released through the IFC Midnight label theatrically and on their video on demand platform in early 2011. In Carballo’s intense supernatural horror film EXORCISMUS, a rebellious young girl (Sophie Vavasseur) slowly discovers that she is possessed […]

CINEMA EYE Announces Nonfiction Film Nominees for 2011 HONORS

CINEMA EYE Announces Nonfiction Film Nominees for 2011 HONORS

Nominations were announced last night in the United Kingdom for the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing excellence in artistic achievements in nonfiction filmmaking. LAST TRAIN HOME by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan received a record-tying seven nominations.  The film, which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work, was nominated for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice.  Director Fan is nominated in six of those categories, […]

MGM Files for Bankruptcy

MGM Files for Bankruptcy

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday as part of a reorganization plan that would help it shed more than $4 billion in debt and hand control over to a group of hedge fund creditors. Read more in the NY Times

‘Box Elder’ Headed to Video On Demand

‘Box Elder’ Headed to Video On Demand

“Box Elder,” a movie about “dudes being dudes” and highlighting Columbia college is headed to video-on-demand, which is an excellent thing for an independent film. Starting Monday, the film will be available for at least 90 days on cable and satellite Video On Demand throughout the U.S. and Canada. The number of people who view the film during its 90-day trial will determine how long it will remain available on cable and satellite Video On […]

Weinsteins Partners with Icon on film Financing and Production Fund

Weinsteins Partners with Icon on film Financing and Production Fund

This probably won’t help the majority of true independent films, but The Weinstein Company announced on Monday that they are partnering with Icon UK Group to launch a new film finance and production fund to buy or produce films with budgets between $5 million and $20 million. The Weinstein Co., run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, will handle U.S. distribution, while Icon UK will handle distribution in Britain. Other territories would be split between […]

The Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations And Jury For 13th Edition

The Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations And Jury For 13th Edition

The nominations and jury members for the thirteenth annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, Monday 1st November at St Martins Lane, London by Jared Harris. Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year’s nominations truly reflect the scope of independent filmmaking in the UK and regardless of budget each category showcases the wealth and variety of talent committed to making quality British films.” […]

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

George Hickenlooper, director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Dogtown, Mayor of Sunset Strip and Factory Girl, died suddenly in Denver on Saturday at the age of 47. Hickenlooper was in Denver to promote his latest film, Casino Jack, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival will be devoted to director George Hickenlooper, the Denver Film Society announced Saturday night.   source: Deadbolt  

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Screenwriter Will Rokos, who earned an Academy Award nomination for “Monster’s Ball” was in critical but stable condition after he was clipped in the head by a train while leaning over a subway platform in New York City.  The NY Post reports, that cops said Rokos was waiting for a train Saturday afternoon when he leaned over to peer down the tunnel. The train barreled into the station striking Rokos in the head. The impact […]

Adam Chanzit, The 15th Stone Is Winner Of 2011 Djerassi Residency Award / Sffs Screenwriting Fellowship

Adam Chanzit, The 15th Stone Is Winner Of 2011 Djerassi Residency Award / Sffs Screenwriting Fellowship

The San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, announced the winner and honorable mention of the 2011 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship given annually to encourage the career of an emerging or established screenwriter. The fellowship is part of the Film Society’s suite of filmmaker services designed to foster creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers. Adam Chanzit was selected for his project The 15th Stone. Christy […]

Kim Basinger To Narrate A Smithsonian Channel Documentary

Kim Basinger To Narrate A Smithsonian Channel Documentary

Kim Basinger will narrate a Smithsonian Channel documentary on the rare blue Hope Diamond, thought to be the world’s most valuable gem. The special marks the 50th anniversary of the diamond’s donation to the National Museum of Natural History by Harry Winston, its last private owner. “Mystery of the Hope Diamond” will premiere Nov. 21.   Read more