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Cohen Media Group and Focus World Teaming Up to Release Ziad Doueiri’s THE ATTACK, in the U.S. and Canada

Posted August 27, 2012

Cohen Media Group and Focus World are teaming up to release THE ATTACK in the U.S. and Canada in 2013. Cohen Media Group will be handling theatrical release and DVD distribution and sales while Focus World will be controlling all digital media and television rights.

THE ATTACK, adapted from Yasmina Khadra’s international bestseller by the film’s director, Ziad Doueiri and with a screenplay by Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma, is produced by Jean Bréhat and Rachid Bouchareb. John Wells is also a producer on the film.  THE ATTACK is a 3B Productions and Douris Film, Broadcast Management Worldwide and Scope Pictures co-production.

THE ATTACK marks Doueiri’s third feature, following his critically acclaimed films West Beirut and Lila Says.

Acclaimed international actor Ali Suliman (Paradise Now) stars as Amin Jaafari, an Israeli-Palestinian surgeon who has fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. His picture-perfect life is turned upside down when he is told by the police that his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem), who was killed in a suicide bombing of a restaurant, was also the person responsible for the terrorist attack. Amin immediately rejects their accusation, but his conviction is shaken when he receives a posthumous letter from Sihem confirming her role in the carnage. Shattered by the startling revelation, Amin goes in pursuit of the zealots who recruited her.

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Gus Van Sant’s PROMISED LAND, Written by & Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, to Begin Theatrical Run December 28th, 2012

Posted August 23, 2012

Promised Land, Focus Features’ contemporary drama from two-time Academy Award-nominated director Gus Van Sant, will be released in exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, December 28th, 2012, prior to an expansion in January 2013. The film’s original screenplay was written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon, based on a story by Dave Eggers. Participant Media co-financed the movie, for which Focus holds worldwide rights.

Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) executive-produced Promised Land with Mr. Van Sant and Ron Schmidt (Won’t Back Down). Mr. Damon and Mr. Krasinski produced the movie with Chris Moore. Mr. Moore co-produced Good Will Hunting, which brought its stars and co-writers, Mr. Damon and Ben Affleck, the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Mr. Van Sant earned his first Oscar nomination for directing Good Will Hunting; his second came for directing Focus’ Milk, which won two Academy Awards. Mr. Krasinski previously starred for Focus in Away We Go, which was co-written by Mr. Eggers. Mr. Damon previously starred for Participant in Contagion.

In addition to Mr. Damon and Mr. Krasinski, the cast of Promised Land includes Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Scoot McNairy (of this October’s Killing Them Softly), Titus Welliver (The Town), and, in her fourth film for Focus, Academy Award winner Frances McDormand.

Mr. Damon plays Steve Butler, a corporate salesman who arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Ms. McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Mr. Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Mr. Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.

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Relativity Music Group Releases Jon Brion Movie Soundtrack For ParaNorman Today!

Posted August 15, 2012

Full Album Streaming on AOL and MSN All Week!

Purchase on iTunes here

The soundtrack to ParaNorman by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion is available today, August 14th from Relativity Music Group. The new stop-motion animated comedy thriller, will be released in theaters everywhere on Friday, August 17th. The soundtrack is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and is available for purchase on iTunes here.

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? "Norman!" From Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman. 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.

Mr. Brion has performed with, and produced records for, artists such as Fiona Apple (When the Pawn...); Aimee Mann (Whatever; I'm with Stupid); Brad Mehldau (Largo); Rhett Miller (The Instigator); Rufus Wainwright (Rufus Wainwright); Robyn Hitchcock (A Star for Bram and Jewels for Sophia); Kanye West (Late Registration); and Evan Dando (Baby I'm Bored), as well as his own Meaningless.

He has worked as a session musician on albums with Fiona Apple (Tidal); Badly Drawn Boy (the About a Boy soundtrack, Have You Fed the Fish?); Macy Gray (On How Life Is); Elliott Smith (XO, Figure 8); Sam Phillips (Omnipop); The Crystal Method (Vegas, Tweekend); Eels (Electro Shock Blues); Grant Lee Buffalo (Jubilee); Sean Watkins (26 Miles); and Old 97's (Fight Songs). He has also conducted and arranged the orchestra for Tom Petty's album The Last DJ, as well as for the latter's Live at the Olympic concert (recorded for DVD).

Mr. Brion previously composed the music for three of Paul Thomas Anderson's features: Hard Eight (a collaboration with Michael Penn); Punch-Drunk Love; and Magnolia. The latter earned him his first Grammy Award nomination. His second came for his score for Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; the Focus Features film also earned him 2 World Soundtrack Award nominations.

Among the other movies that he has scored are Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York; David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees; Peyton Reed's The Break-Up; Adam McKay's Step Brothers and The Other Guys; and Miranda July's The Future. His upcoming releases include Judd Apatow's This is 40 and Pixar's Umbrella Shorts. Mr. Brion performs monthly sold-out shows at Café Largo.

The ParaNorman production had utilized Mr. Brion's music from previous movies - including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Magnolia - as "temp tracks" for the early assemblages of ParaNorman.

Brion was most receptive to the prospect of scoring his first animated feature. "I'd been waiting for the right one for some time now," reveals the composer.

The soundtrack reveals that it was worth the wait, for the composer and the ParaNorman moviemakers.

Track Listing for ParaNorman Soundtrack
01- Zombie Attack In The Eighties
02- Norman at the piano/main title
03- Norman's walk
04- Alvin attacks
05- Enter Neil/Mr P/Ghost Walk/Ghost Dog
06- Goodbye Mr P/Historic Drama/Grounded/Heavy visitation
07- Alvin again/Scary bedroom
08- Norman tries to keep it cool/ Grandma's got your back
09- Moth Rock
10- The dead shall be raised
11- Zombies Attack
12- People Attack
13- Are we there yet?
14- Aggie Fights
15- Resolution
16- Oh, and one more thing

About Relativity Music Group


Relativity Music Group recently released the soundtrack for Relativity Media's Navy SEAL action thriller, Act of Valor, which is holding strong on the iTunes top country music charts since the initial release this past February. The lead track from the film and soundtrack, "For You" performed by Keith Urban is currently #13* on the Billboard® top county songs chart. Other recent releases include: Mirror Mirror, featuring the score from eight-time Oscar®-winning composer, Alan Menken, American Reunion (from the hit Universal Pictures comedy), and Relativity's Edgar Allan Poe action-thriller, The Raven.

Relativity Music Group was formed in 2009 under the leadership of Happy Walters, Relativity's Co-Chief Operating Officer. Since its inception, Relativity's music division has provided music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced, financed and or distributed by Relativity and other major Hollywood studios, including such titles as: Mirror Mirror, Act of Valor, Haywire, Immortals, Like Crazy, Beginners, Bridesmaids, Limitless, The Adjustment Bureau, Biutiful, The Fighter, 30 Rock, Dear John and many others.

Looking ahead, Relativity Music Group will release 15 to 20 soundtracks and compilations per year for an exciting slate of films, television shows, and special market music ventures through its distribution agreement with ADA/Warner Bros.

For more information, please visit www.relativitymusicgroup.net.

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Focus World Distributing AFRICA FIRST, VOLUME TWO Compilation of Short Films

Posted August 15, 2012

Available Today on HULU and HULU Plus;

Current AFRICA FIRST Program Accepting Entries Into Next Week

Focus World, the unique alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, will distribute Africa First, Volume Two, a two-hour compilation of short films from Focus’ Africa First Program, which is currently accepting new entries. The announcement was made today by Focus CEO James Schamus.

Beginning today, the compilation will be available on the free, ad-supported Hulu service and the Hulu Plus subscription service (www.hulu.com/africa-first). The short films in the compilation are by filmmakers who participated in the Program’s second year: from South Africa, Stephen Abbott’s Dirty Laundry, a dark comedy unfolding during one very long night in a Laundromat; from Uganda, Matt Bishanga’s A Good Catholic Girl, a drama addressing questions of religion and marriage in Christian and Arab communities; from Mali, Daouda Coulibaly’s Tinye So, a drama about a plague causing deafness in a West African community; from South Africa, Matthew Jankes’ Umkhungo, a science-fiction tale about a young boy from the slums of Hillbrow grappling with paranormal abilities; and, from Zambia, Rungano Nyoni’s The Adventures of Mwansa the Great, a fantasy in which a young Zambian boy’s imagination transforms everyday activities into an exciting quest. Ms. Nyoni’s movie received a BAFTA Award (Britain’s Academy Awards equivalent) nomination for Best Short Film.

Celebrating its fifth year, the Africa First Program is accepting entries through this coming Monday, August 20th. The initiative, with funds earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, is for the fifth consecutive year offering eligible and participating filmmakers the chance to be awarded $10,000 in financing for pre-production, production, and/or post-production on their narrative short film made in continental Africa and tapping into the resources of the film industry there. The program also brings the filmmakers together with each other and with a renowned group of advisors, major figures in the African film world, for support and mentorship. Africa First is supervised by Program Director and producer Kisha Cameron Dingle (…Sometimes in April), whose company, Completion Films, has a first-look and consulting deal with Focus, and who coordinates the Program’s submissions and evaluations with Focus Director of Development & Production Christopher Kopp. Past short films to come out of the Program have been showcased at the Sundance, Toronto, London, and Berlin Film Festivals; on The Africa Channel; and with the Museum of the Moving Image and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, among other venues worldwide. A two-hour compilation of films made by the first year’s filmmakers in the Program, Africa First, Volume One, is available on DVD and across VOD and EST platforms. Complete details on Africa First – including application information – can be accessed year-round through www.focusfeatures.com/africafirst.

Launched in 2011, Focus World identifies and curates the most exciting voices in international and independent cinema. Part of Focus Features’ multi-platform strategy, Focus World presents titles of genuine vision and originality as premiere releases on EST, iVOD, and VOD, along with DVD and other formats.

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Focus Features International to Handle Sales on Woody Allen’s Untitled Film Starring Alec Baldwin & Cate Blanchett

Posted August 13, 2012

Relationship with Allen Continues After To Rome with Love

Focus Features International will handle sales on Woody Allen’s next and currently untitled film starring Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, Max Casella and Alden Ehrenreich. Principal photography on the film will begin in San Francisco and New York City in August. 

Focus Features International handled sales on Allen’s last film, To Rome with Love starring Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International said:  “Woody Allen is one of the most lauded filmmakers of our time with the ability to attract high calibre talent and keep audiences around the world engaged.  We are delighted to continue our relationship following To Rome with Love.”

The film is a Gravier Production and produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. 

Focus Features International will premiere four titles in the Toronto International Film Festival in September including: Andrew Adamson’s drama Mr. Pip starring Hugh Laurie; Roger Michell’s historical tale Hyde Park on Hudson starring Academy Award® nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney; and the epic fantasy Cloud Atlas starring Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry for acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski.

The FFI slate also includes the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Opening Night Film, Moonrise Kingdom, written and directed by Wes Anderson and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; Paul Weitz’s comedy/drama Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, the contemporary drama written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski; psychological thriller Oculus, directed by Mike Flanagan; Arthur Newman, starring Academy Award® winner Colin Firth and Emily Blunt; and Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s thriller The Last Days on Mars starring Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams, and Romola Garai.

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RED MANGO Introduces Lemonade Frozen Yogurt and Frozen Lemonade Chillers

Posted August 13, 2012

Flavor launch  supports nationwide release of ParaNorman animated comedy thriller

As kids, a lemonade stand was much more than a place to sell cold drinks to neighbors. It was a hangout where friends celebrated intense heat, drank up the flavor of summer cup by cup and experienced a special kind of magic. And it’s back with a twist.

Red Mango, America’s 2011 #1 Zagat-rated frozen yogurt and smoothies chain, invites the whole family to cool off in style this summer with its new Lemonade frozen yogurt and Frozen Lemonade Chillers now available nationwide.

Labeled as “shockingly sweet and tangy,” the Lemonade frozen yogurt and Frozen Lemonade Chillers are blended with the signature all-natural and award-winning Red Mango nonfat yogurt.  The chiller beverages, served in 16-ounce and 20-ounce sizes, are available in three flavors: Frozen Lemonade, Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and Frozen Pomegranate Lemonade.

“Creating these flavors, as a frozen yogurt and as a drink, made me feel like a kid again,” said Dan Kim, founder and chief concept officer at Red Mango. “The power of lemon is its range for childhood excitement as well as adult sophistication. That’s exactly what I want customers to experience when they enjoy a taste they love and remember in a new, healthful, fun and delicious way.”

And nothing says excitement like a summer blockbuster to go with it. The frozen treats debut alongside “ParaNorman” releasing nationwide in 3D from Focus Features on August 17th and being promoted in Red Mango stores for the whole family to enjoy. The movie is the new stop-motion-animated comedy thriller from LAIKA Studios and Focus, the companies behind the hit “Coraline.”

From August 6 – Sept. 17, while supplies last, all participating Red Mango locations will give customers $5 of Hollywood Movie Money for every $10 spent at Red Mango.  Certain restrictions apply. See participating stores for details.

’ParaNorman’ was the perfect movie to partner with for our Lemonade line up of frozen yogurt and chillers,” Kim said. “They both celebrate the creativity, imagination and thrills we have as kids, which we keep with us for a lifetime. The movie and our menu are fun entertainment at its finest.”

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