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Votivo Creates a Holiday Gift Package Inspired by Focus Features’ ANNA KARENINA

Posted July 18, 2012

Major  Motion Picture starring Academy Award®  nominee Keira Knightley in Theaters  November 2012

VOTIVO, in partnership with Focus Features, celebrates the company’s bold new film version of Anna Karenina with a limited-edition collector’s travel tin and fragranced bookmark inspired by director Joe Wright’s visionary new telling of the epic love story, starring Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley and coming to theaters November 2012.

Carefully created by Votivo’s designers, the fragrance and packaging embody the world of the classic tale. From the dark red decorative bookmark featuring key art from the movie to the small portable travel tin candle, Votivo made exclusively for Anna Karenina moves to whisk you away to 19th-century Russian high society.

Red Currant, the featured fragrance, captures the essence of Anna’s passion, inner turmoil, and romance with its sweet berry top notes and dark, musky undertones. The uniquely designed, scented bookmark offers an olfactory escape into the story with every page turn. Additionally, participating retail stores will give their customers an opportunity to participate in a sweepstakes giveaway.

This holiday gift package will be sold alongside the re-release of Leo Tolstoy’s beloved novel in select U.S. booksellers and retailers starting September 2012 for a limited engagement.

About the Film

Following their award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, Keira Knightley and acclaimed director Joe Wright have reunited for a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love Anna Karenina. Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award® winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), the film powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her. Anna Karenina also stars Academy Award® nominee Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Emmy Award® winner Kelly Macdonald. Focus Features, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2012, will release Anna Karenina in theaters this November.

VOTIVO

Since its inception in 1994, Votivo has built a reputation for its quality fragrances and distinctive packaging. Each Votivo product is a culmination of care and fervor—each candle is hand-wrapped, each seal is hand-pressed, and each box is hand-stamped making each product inimitable. At the heart of every Votivo candle, is a unique fragrance meticulously formulated and layered to reflect depth, richness and complexity. As one of the very first U.S. made, luxury candle lines, Votivo passionately pursues excellence in the art of candle making.

 

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Universal Pictures Greenlights Edgar Wright’s THE WORLDS END, Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Posted July 13, 2012

Universal Pictures has officially greenlit the third film in director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies.  The final installment, entitled The World’s End, will follow the success of 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz.  Wright is currently in pre-production on the film, which will begin shooting this October in the U.K.  Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the script with Wright, will join forces once again with Nick Frost to star.  Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Pictures.  The official teaser poster for the movie was released today at Comic-Con.

As with the first two movies in the trilogy, Focus Features will distribute The World’s End domestically and Universal Pictures will handle international distribution.

About The World’s End
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again.  They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End.  As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s.  Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

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PARANORMAN Goes to Comic-Con

Posted July 10, 2012

Partnering with Yahoo! Movieland Experience,
with Exclusive Panel in Hall H

Norman Babcock, the 11-year-old hero of LAIKA and Focus Features’ new animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, will bring his “ghoul whisperer” expertise to the Yahoo! MOVIELAND Experience this week at Comic-Con in San Diego. On Friday, July 13th @10:45 AM in Comic-Con’s Hall H, ParaNorman will be presenting an exclusive panel in advance of its August 17th nationwide release; confirmed to participate are directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler; and actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

The MOVIELAND space is across the street from Comic-Con (located at 520 5th Avenue) and will be completely open to the public; festival passes are not required.

Yahoo! Movies, which reaches over 26 million users a month, will be in full force at Comic-Con this year as it brings to life MOVIELAND, a visually rich, interactive game on Yahoo! that was created in partnership with several major film studios. Throughout the entire Yahoo! MOVIELAND Experience encompassing 2,000 square feet on-site at Comic-Con from Thursday July 12th through Sunday July 15th, attendees will be able take a photo with Norman and several of the zombies invading his hometown of Blithe Hollow. Each attendee will walk away with not only a physical copy of their photo but also a digital copy that has been e-mailed to them.

Yahoo!’s Comic-Con MOVIELAND space will allow attendees to experience a life-size interactive game board with movie-related content (trivia, quizzes, etc.) customized to some of the summer’s biggest movies, including ParaNorman. MOVIELAND highlights and special attractions will include actual movie props, “augmented reality” photo booths, visits from actors including Kodi Smit-McPhee (who voices Norman) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who voices Norman’s classmate Alvin in ParaNorman), and chances to win exclusive on-site prizes including movie tickets.

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Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti to Produce Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Film Adaptation of the #1 Bestselling Book “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Posted July 10, 2012

Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that veteran producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce Fifty Shades of Grey.  De Luca and 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.

In March, Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced the acquisition of rights to the entire Fifty Shades Trilogy with Focus Features marketing and distributing the first film in partnership with Universal.  To date, Vintage Books has sold 31 million e-book and print copies of the trilogy in English-language markets worldwide.  In the U.S. alone, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 20 million copies in e-book and print making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.

“At its core, Fifty Shades of Grey is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen,” said Langley.  “Mike and Dana’s credits more than exemplify what we need in creative partners and we’re glad to have them as part of our team.”

“Michael De Luca is a dream producer, whose combination of vision, taste and fearlessness is the perfect match for Fifty Shades of Grey,” said Schamus.

As an award-winning producer, De Luca has made his mark on some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the last few years including 2011’s Best Picture nominee Moneyball starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s former general manager, Billy Beane.  Brunetti and De Luca served together as producers with Scott Rudin and Cean Chaffin on The Social Network which earned critical accolades, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture.  Brunetti and De Luca are collaborating with Scott Rudin on the upcoming Tom Hanks’ film Captain Phillips, the true story of a cargo ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates and rescued by Navy SEALs.  Other film credits for De Luca include I Am Sam, Blow, Magnolia, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Wag the Dog, American History X and Boogie Nights.  Additional film credits for Brunetti include Casino Jack, 21, Fanboys, Beyond The Sea and Safe.

“I am thrilled that Mike has joined Team Fifty,” said E L James.  “He brings a passion for and in-depth understanding of the characters and story, and a wealth of experience in making quality films.”

“Dana and I are both grateful and honored to be invited to join this team,” said De Luca. “We deeply respect and admire the kinds of films Donna, James and Jeb have been responsible for and are very excited to be joining Erika in a collaboration to bring her vision of this once in a lifetime, provocative and resonant love story to the screen.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.  Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (September 2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (January 2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

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