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Banana Republic Announces ANNA KARENINA-Inspired Collection for Holiday 2012

Posted June 29, 2012

Anna Karenina Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran Partners with Banana Republic to Curate a Specially Designed Capsule Inspired bythe Bold New Movie Starring Keira Knightley

Banana Republic, in partnership with Focus Features, is proud to announce the Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection – a special holiday capsule styled and curated by twice-Academy Award-nominated Anna Karenina costume designer Jacqueline Durran. Designed by Banana Republic, the capsule takes its inspiration from the 19th Century fashions featured in this fall’s boldly theatrical new movie vision of the epic love story, re-imagined through a modern fashion lens. The Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection launches exclusively at Banana Republic North America retail locations and online this October, building up to the much-anticipated movie’s U.S. debut this November. Anna Karenina reteams Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley, starring in the title role, with acclaimed director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement).


Encouraging a return to elegance evocative of the era of Anna Karenina, the capsule features modern pieces for men and women, including polished, feminine looks for her and tailored styles for him. Reflective of the film’s high-society period, the capsule presents a modern-day collection including alluring embellishments, luxe fabrics, and romantic styles.

“As we began designing this Holiday collection, we found ourselves very inspired by the elegance typical of the Anna Karenina time period,” said Banana Republic Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, Simon Kneen. “With Jacqueline’s clear expertise and extensive knowledge of the era, it was a dream to have her as part of the styling and editing process, which allowed us to curate a capsule that embodies the film’s mood. Working with Jacqueline has been an incredible experience. Her understanding and passion for the project added a genuine dimension to the capsule.”

The Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection includes statement accessories and apparel fashioned with velvet, faux fur, lace, and a touch of sparkle that embody the style of the era. Working alongside Kneen, Durran pulled a selection of her favorites from the collection, which would become the capsule. These looks were most reflective of the film’s aesthetic, whether representative of a specific character personality or a modern translation of one of the film’s elegant costume pieces. 

“Working with Banana Republic and Simon to curate and style a capsule collection inspired by looks from Anna Karenina was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Durran. “I was given the unique chance to apply my passion for period styles to a collection that translates to fashion today.”

The capsule will be featured in Banana Republic’s November advertising campaign which will appear in select print, outdoor, online, direct mail and in store. Join the conversation at #BRAnnaK.

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ParaNorman star Norman hosts 2012 Summer Theatrical Fundraising for the Will Rogers Institute

Posted June 28, 2012

ParaNorman star Norman hosts 2012 Summer Theatrical Fundraising for the Will Rogers Institute

The Will Rogers Institute (WRI) has announced that Norman, the 11-year-old boy who is the lead character in this August’s new 3D stop-motion animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, will be its 2012 Summer Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson. The fundraising campaign, underway in participating movie theaters across the United States, is a time-honored tradition that began in 1936 with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Bette Davis in the first public service announcement (PSA). Norman joins the ranks of such beloved characters as The Muppets and Hank Hill, who have previously starred in PSAs for WRI.

Throughout the summer, Norman will be encouraging moviegoers to donate to WRI in any of several different ways: by giving their spare change, buying a special purchase at the concession stand, purchasing a personalized pin-up for a display board, or making a one-time $5 donation by texting WRI to 85944. The money collected funds pulmonary research laboratories, medical school fellowships, neonatal ventilators for children’s hospitals, and free educational materials. Participating theatres include BowTie Cinemas, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark USA, Clearview Cinemas, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Malco Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Cinemas, Regal Entertainment, ShowPlex Cinemas, Southern Theaters, and the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association.

Opening nationwide on Friday, August 17th and MPAA-rated “PG,” ParaNorman comes from Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline. Following Coraline, ParaNorman is the second stop-motion animated feature to be made at LAIKA in 3D, unifying the two stunning art forms to tell an all-new frightfully funny, magically emotional, and hilariously spooky story. ParaNorman, directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, where 11-year-old Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee of Let Me In and The Road) spends much of his days appreciating the finer points of scary movies and studying ghost lore. When a centuries-old witch’s curse is about to come true, Norman bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival Will Honor Focus Features CEO James Schamus at this Year’s Industry Toast

Posted June 18, 2012

Event to take place Friday, October 5th  at East Hampton Point

The  20th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival is honored to present Focus Features CEO James Schamus with this year’s Industry Toast. Mr. Schamus will be fêted by his peers on Friday, October 5th at East Hampton Point. The 20th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place this year over Columbus Day Weekend, from October 4th – 8th. 

As a screenwriter, producer, and academic, Mr. Schamus has enjoyed a prolific career in the motion picture industry. He is Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. Before co-founding the worldwide film company Focus Features, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2012, he served as co-president of the independent film production company Good Machine. Among the highlights of Mr. Schamus’ screenwriting career are his work on The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, both directed by his longtime creative collaborator Ang Lee; he was Academy Award-nominated as producer on Mr. Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, which became Focus’ all-time top-grossing film.

“In the Festival’s 20th year, it is a privilege to honor James, who is such a well-respected leader in the field,” said Hamptons International Film Festival Director Karen Arikian. “He has had a long and influential role in the independent film world in New York and in LA. and his deep understanding of the creative process has produced some of the most riveting films of the past years. He is also a generous mentor, passing on his knowledge and experience through his teaching career at Columbia University.  There is no one more deserving of this honor.”

“It’s a great honor to be subjected to the Hamptons Roast – I mean, Toast – a now-venerable tradition that brings together a truly wonderful community of independent film lovers,” said Mr. Schamus.

The Hamptons International Film Festival Industry Toast honors those who have played a significant role in the independent film industry over the years. Past recipients have included Marcie Bloom, Bob Berney, Ted Hope, Wouter Barendrecht, and Ben Barenholtz.


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MOONRISE KINGDOM Costume Auctioned Off for $4,250 to Benefit Variety the Children’s Charity of New York

Posted June 15, 2012

Movie Expanding to Theatres Nationwide June 29th

$4,250 was raised for Variety the Children’s Charity of New York with the successful auction of an original costume from Focus Features’ new movie Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, through Variety the Children’s Charity of New York’s online auction via

Bidding nearly tripled in the final minutes of the two-week auction. The costume is the Khaki Scouts of North America uniform worn by 12-year-old Sam Shakusky (played by Jared Gilman) in Moonrise Kingdom. After consulting with the director, costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone and her department created every single element of the uniform, including activity buttons and hand-sewn insignia patches. The movie introduces Mr. Gilman and his fellow screen newcomer Kara Hayward, who joined their director and his stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban in world-premiering Moonrise Kingdom last month at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Rave reviews and the highest recorded per-theater average for a live-action movie released domestically followed the stellar Cannes reception. The movie has retained the highest per-theater average among all films currently in release for three straight weeks, and because of the demand Focus added several dozen additional cities and theaters to the run. Because of industry and audience demand, a nationwide expansion to several hundred theaters is planned for Friday, June 29th.

The gift from Mr. Anderson and the worldwide film company generated the $4,250 that will help Variety the Children’s Charity of New York raise funds to support its work in the tri-state area transforming the lives of children through the arts.


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