November 3, 2012
The 2012 Holiday Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Nov. 9 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography A documentary about the influential 1980s skateboarding crew known as Bones Brigade, whose members included Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk. Directed by Peralta. The Film Sales Company The Comedy An aging Brooklyn hipster on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate grows weary of his aimless, sheltered life.
September 14, 2012 |
Following its world premiere last weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, "The Brass Teapot" was picked up for North American distribution by Magnolia Pictures, with a current plan to release the film on video-on-demand ahead of a theatrical opening sometime in 2013. The debut feature by commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosely, the film centers on a down-on-their-luck couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano) who come into possession of an ancient artifact, the titular teapot, which dispenses money when in the vicinity of pain and suffering.
April 23, 2012
More than three decades after his death, Bob Marley continues to fascinate legions of fans, as evidenced by the solid debut of a documentary about the reggae musician at the box office this past weekend. "Marley," directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, played in 42 theaters and collected a respectable $260,000, according to an estimate from distributor Magnolia Pictures. Because the Rastafarian singer embraced marijuana, Magnolia decided to open the film April 20, an unofficial holiday when many cannabis lovers often gather to smoke.
April 20, 2011 |
Dallas Mavericks owner and media entrepreneur Mark Cuban confirmed Tuesday that he has put Landmark Theatres, the nation's leading theater chain showing specialized movies, and his production and distribution company Magnolia Pictures up for sale. "Prices for entertainment properties are up," Cuban said in an email. "If we don't get the price and premium we want, we are happy to continue to make money from the properties. " Bids are expected as early as next week, according to Bloomberg, which first reported news of the auction.
February 17, 2011 |
This year marks the first time the five Oscar-nominated documentary shorts are getting a theatrical release, which is good news for the filmmakers, the distributors (Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures) and for the Oscar pool participants who in past years had to take a wild guess at which of the 40-minute (or less) films might take the prize. This year's crop takes viewers from a sinking New Guinea island to a pollution-imperiled village in rural China; from an extraordinary multi-ethnic school in Tel Aviv to one Muslim's quest for understanding and the defusing of jihad throughout the Middle East; and into the head of a young Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and her possible salvation through art. And each of these true-life depictions takes less time than the "CSI" folks need to crack a case.
January 30, 2011 |
A project with a young star at the peak of media attention, a well-regarded director and source material of class and pedigree are all components of a traditional indie film success story. "The Other Woman," starring Natalie Portman, has been available on video on demand since Jan. 1 and will be released theatrically in Los Angeles on Feb. 4 ? coming to audiences in an untraditional way that is fast becoming more commonplace. In just a few weeks on VOD, the film had a number of viewers that would have made it more than $1 million in theatrical ticket sales.