Netflix Chief Content Officer to Be Honored at Gotham Independent Film Awards
by TV News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's premier member organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, will be presented with the 24th annual Industry Tribute (more...)

Aaron Sorkin to Receive Nantucket Festival's 2014 Screenwriters Award
by TV News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

The 2014 Screenwriters Tribute Award will be presented to AARON SORKIN, best known as the screenwriter behind The Social Network (more...)

Fred Armisen Among Presenters for Writers Guild Awards NY Ceremony
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

An incredible line-up of presenters has been confirmed for the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. (more...)

Colin Quinn to Host 2014 Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

Renowned television star and Drama Desk nominee for his acclaimed one-man Broadway show, Colin Quinn will host the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. (more...)

Writers Guild Awards to Honor Focus Films' James Schamus
by Movies News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Revered by his peers for his ability to tell beautiful and complex stories, James Schamus will be presented with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award for bringing honor and dignity to writers at the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards New York on Saturday, February 1, 2014. (more...)

Peter Schlessel to Take Over as Focus Features CEO
by Movies News Desk - Oct 02, 2013

FilmDistrict founder and CEO Peter Schlessel will transition to Focus Features as its CEO as of January, 2014 (more...)

Filming Underway on Thriller BLAKE SEA Starring Jude Law
by Movies News Desk - Aug 08, 2013

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law captains the cast of BLACK SEA, the suspenseful adventure thriller being directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (more...)

Focus Features Acquires DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Starring Matthew McConaughey
by Movies News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, currently in post-production, has been acquired by Focus Features for domestic theatrical release in the second half of 2013. The company has also acquired Latin American rights to the feature. (more...)

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Honors Christopher Plummer at 2013 Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2013

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is set to honor Christopher Plummer at a gala event tonight, April 15th in New York City. The 13th Annual Monte Cristo Award will be presented to Mr. Plummer by fellow stage and film legend Kevin Spacey. Mr. Spacey was the recipient of the Monte Cristo Award in 2009. Red carpet and cocktails begin at 6:30pm at the Edison Ballroom on West 47th Street, followed by dinner, and a program celebrating the honoree. (more...)

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to Honor Christopher Plummer at 2013 Gala, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2013

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is set to honor Christopher Plummer at a gala event Monday evening, April 15th in New York City. The 13th Annual Monte Cristo Award will be presented to Mr. Plummer by fellow stage and film legend Kevin Spacey. Mr. Spacey was the recipient of the Monte Cristo Award in 2009. Red carpet and cocktails begin at 6:30pm at the Edison Ballroom on West 47th Street, followed by dinner, and a program celebrating the honoree. (more...)

LAIKA Announces Third Animated Film THE BOXTROLLS, Coming in 2014
by Movies News Desk - Feb 07, 2013

Marking their third project together, LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the current Academy Award-nominated animated feature ParaNorman, announced today that LAIKA has begun production on THE BOXTROLLS. (more...)

Cinedigm to Release GKIDS' TALES OF THE NIGHT on DVD 1/29
by Movies News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

TALES OF THE NIGHT, a stunning new feature film by French filmmaker Michel Ocelot ("Kiriko and the Sorceress;" "Azur & Asmar"), will now be available to audiences of all ages at home. Through an agreement with the film's theatrical distributor, GKIDS, Cinedigm Entertainment Group (CEG) will release the English-language version of TALES OF THE NIGHT on January 29 on DVD/Blu-ray, preceded by an early cable VOD and digital release on January 8. (more...)

Breaking News: Kelly Marcel to Write Screenplay for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
by Movies News Desk - Oct 08, 2012

Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James' #1 Bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features' Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus. (more...)

Barry Levinson Among Guests Set for 2012 NY Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Sep 27, 2012

Highlights will include a conversation about the making of LIFE OF PI with Tom Rothman, as well as talks with NYFF filmmakers Lee Daniels (THE PAPERBOY), Barry Levinson (THE BAY), Cristian Mungiu (BEYOND THE HILLS), Sally Potter (GINGER AND ROSA), actors Gael Garcia Bernal (NO) and Greta Gerwig (FRANCES HA). (more...)

DeLuca, Brunetti to Produce 50 SHADES OF GREY Film
by Movies News Desk - Jul 10, 2012

The upcoming film adaptation of the best-selling novel 50 SHADES OF GREY, coming from Universal Pictures and Focus Features will be produced by Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (more...)

FOCUS FEATURES: 10th ANNIVERSARY SALUTE Kicks Off May MoMA Film Screenings, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art has announced its ongoing and upcoming screenings and discussions through the end of May. See details below. (more...)

FOCUS FEATURES: 10th ANNIVERSARY SALUTE Kicks Off May MoMA Film Screenings Today, 5/3
by Movies News Desk - May 03, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art has announced its ongoing and upcoming screenings and discussions through the end of May. See details below. (more...)

FOCUS FEATURES: 10th ANNIVERSARY SALUTE Kicks Off May MoMA Film Screenings, 5/3
by Movies News Desk - Apr 27, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art has announced its ongoing and upcoming screenings and discussions through the end of May. See details below. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Point Honors New York 2012 Gala
by Linda Lenzi - Apr 17, 2012

On Monday night, April 16, 2012, The Point Foundation honored Edward Albee and Focus Features at their fifth annual New York Gala. BroadwayWorld.com was on hand at Pier Sixty to capture the event honoring current and future champions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. (more...)

Universal Acquires Film Rights to E.L. James' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
by Movies News Desk - Mar 26, 2012

As first reported on Deadline.com, Universal and Focus Features have acquired the film rights to the popular novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E.L. James, a TV executive and mother of two. (more...)

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