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RIP: Walter Seltzer, Hollywood producer

RIP: Walter Seltzer, Hollywood producer

Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood producer who made seven films with Charlton Heston, has died. He was 96. Seltzer died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, said Jennifer Fagen, a spokeswoman for the fund. Seltzer began his career as a publicity agent for actors such as Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable and Joan Crawford while working for MGM. He became a producer with Marlon Brando’s independent film company, making films […]

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions will distribute Maryam Keshavarz’s CIRCUMSTANCE, which Participant Media acquired at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award, the film is set in contemporary Iran, where a wealthy family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. The film is targeted for a summer 2011 release. Directed by Maryam Keshavarz, the cast includes Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Sina […]

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 11, 2011 with Duncan Jones’ Source Code. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over […]

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film has acquired all U.S. rights to Unified Pictures’ Janie Jones and will release the film theatrically in multiple U.S. markets, as well as on video-on-demand and other platforms in the summer of 2011. The authentic and charming rock ‘n’ roll road trip drama about a father and daughter finding their way to each other through music stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Alessandro Nivola (Coco Before Chanel), Academy Award® nominee […]

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

The DALLAS International Film Festival announced today the first twelve films that will screen at this year’s fifth festival (March 31 – April 10) including four world premieres and one U.S. premiere.  The festival announced three films set for its Texas Competition, two films in its Family Friendly section and the first film selected for a brand new India Spotlight series. Films entered into the narrative feature and narrative documentary competition will once again have […]

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

  Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA, a wildly entertaining doc about pot smuggling in 1970s South Florida from Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur, the filmmakers behind the globally popular Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN’s The U. Named after the bales of marijuana that were often caught in the warm Florida coastal waters by unsuspecting fishermen, SQUARE GROUPER is a vivid portrait of South Florida’s pot smuggling […]

2011 Annie Awards

2011 Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon” won top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’; Best Animated Television Commercial to Duck Studios ‘Children’s Medical Center’; Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children and Playdead’s ‘Limbo’ won Best Animated Video Game. A new category, Character Animation […]

Barney’s Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations

Barney’s Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations

The nominations for the 31st Annual Genie Awards were announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at press conferences in Toronto and Montreal. Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Barney’s Version, including nods for Best Motion Picture and Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Giamatti). Following closely behind is Incendies with ten nominations including Best Motion Picture and Achievement in Direction (Denis Villeneuve). The 2011 Special Awards were also […]

10th LDS Film Festival, January 26-29, 2011 | Orem, Utah

10th LDS Film Festival, January 26-29, 2011 | Orem, Utah

The 2011 LDS Film Festival is scheduled for January 26-29, 2011, and will mark the 10th anniversary of the festival. It is also the 6th year the festival will take place at the historic Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. The festival features films from Mormon writers or directors or Mormon cultural themes and opens with the premiere of Michael Fisher’s “Midway to Heaven.” The schedule for the 10th LDS Film Festival 2011 […]