NEW YORK -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that David Fincher's The Social Network has been selected as the Opening Night film for their upcoming 48th Annual New York Film Festival, kicking off at Alice Tully Hall on Friday September 24th. Directed by Fincher from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. The film is set to be released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on October 1, 2010. The New York Film Festival runs September 24th - October 10th, 2010.

"It's exceptionally rare to discover a film that so powerfully captures the spirit of its time; The Social Network is such a film. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment, but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at forefront of contemporary cinema," says Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. From director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin comes The Social Network, a film that proves you don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Ceán Chaffin and based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.

Commenting on the Opening Night Selection, Mara Manus, Executive Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, said, "Our mission is to bring our audience films that entertain, spark a dialogue, and speak to the moment. That is the best of what film can do, and it is why The Social Network is the perfect choice to kick off this year's New York Film Festival. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin have focused their lenses on a story of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, with a multifaceted character at the center who is as complex as he is clever. This is just the kind of film that our audience wants to see and we're thrilled to be hosting the world premiere."

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Peña also includes: Melissa Anderson, Freelance Critic; Scott Foundas, Associate Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Dennis Lim, Editor, Moving Image Source & Freelance Critic; and Todd McCarthy, Critic indieWire.

 

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Beverly Hills, CA - The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finalized the rules for the 83rd Academy Awards at its most recent meeting (June 22). The most significant change is in the Visual Effects category, which will now feature five nominees rather than three.

Since 1963, when the Special Effects award was discontinued and new separate categories for achievements in visual effects and sound effects were established, the only period during which it was possible to have five visual effects nominees was 1977 through 1979. In only one of those years (1979) were five achievements actually recognized. Between 1980 and 1995, two or three productions could be nominated; since 1996 the rules have dictated there be exactly three nominees.

In the Animated Feature Film category, the rule governing running time for a motion picture to qualify was changed from at least 70 minutes to greater than 40 minutes, which is consistent with the running time requirements for feature films in all other categories. The running time for a motion picture to qualify as an animated, live action or documentary short film has been and continues to be a maximum of 40 minutes. The previous 70-minute threshold for an animated feature had left a gap for films that ran between 40 and 70 minutes, effectively preventing them from being able to qualify as either features or shorts.

Also in the Animated Feature Film category, a sentence regarding motion capture was added to clarify the definition of an animated film. The language now reads: "An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of greater than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture's running time."

Other modifications of the 83rd Academy Awards rules include normal date changes and minor "housekeeping" changes.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards Rules Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy's Board of Governors for approval.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.

 

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Source: Variety

After recently hitting $1 billion domestically, Paramount has now hit that mark internationally. Shrek Forever After's $42.6 million weekend helped the studio reach that plateau.

Iron Man 2 is the biggest international earner with $305 million.

The Last Airbender looks to help Paramount build on that considerably, since its bound to be an even bigger film internationally than it is domestically.

 

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On August 27, Avatar will return to movie theaters across the country.

The official release from 20th Century Fox:

LOS ANGELES  -- Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron today announced that Avatar: Special Edition will be released in theaters August 27, in a limited engagement and exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.

This version of Cameron's history-making and groundbreaking epic will include more than eight minutes of new footage. Since - and largely as of result of -- Avatar's release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D will now have that opportunity.

Commented James Cameron: "Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer. So we're making that possible. Avatar: Special Edition will be exclusively in 3D, and will have eight minutes of never before seen footage, including new creatures and action scenes. Whether you already love the movie, or you've never seen it, with this Special Edition, you'll be seeing it like never before."

Commented Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen and CEOs, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman: "Avatar: Special Edition is especially gratifying, because not only has AVATAR become one of the most beloved films in history, but after its initial theatrical release, we have been inundated with requests to re-release the film in theaters in 3D. Equally important, we're thrilled that Jim Cameron is able to give audiences even more of what they loved about Avatar."

The Oscar and Golden Globe winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time.

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Los Angeles, CA -- SmartJog, the global leader in managed digital delivery services, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Deluxe Digital London, a major content distributor in Europe. Deluxe Digital London will service its clients using SmartJog's Pan-European digital cinema network for the delivery of digital cinema packages (DCPs) to theatres in Europe.

"We are very pleased to have signed an agreement with SmartJog. Our historical relationship with SmartJog and our common clients make this a logical step forward in our relationship. Deluxe is committed to providing the best services for its clients and we feel that this agreement will enable us to pass on the benefit of digital distribution to them," said Peter Wright, Managing Director of Deluxe Digital London.

In addition to being able to send DCPs directly from its London premises electronically, Deluxe Digital London and SmartJog will "handshake" their operating systems to create a fully integrated platform, enabling such features as live web-based tracking of transfers and online notifications for their common clients.

"This is a natural extension to our current business relationship with Deluxe and we look forward to servicing their digital cinema distribution needs. Using our secured dedicated network, SmartJog optimizes and simplifies DCP distribution logistics, which will allow Deluxe Digital London to service clients in a secure, cost-effective, and reliable way," said Thomas Bremond, COO at SmartJog.

Deluxe has been using SmartJog for over 5 years to distribute a diverse range of content internationally. Currently, SmartJog is deployed in 11 of their facilities around the world including in Rome, Barcelona, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and London.

The SmartJog service provides digital cinema clients with a state-of-the-art file transfer network via satellite, which includes network monitoring, workflow management tools, and cloud-storage solutions. The solution enables clients to send to any connected facility, including digital cinema mastering facilities, distributors, service providers and theatres.

SmartJog currently has approximately 200 cinemas and more than 850 screens connected to its network in Europe and has delivered over 100 feature films to theaters since the start of its digital cinema operations.

 

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