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August 24, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
A few weeks ahead of the trifecta of fall film festivals, Sony Pictures Classics has purchased all U.S. rights to Robert Redford's new film "The Company You Keep. " Redford stars in the film that he also directed opposite Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie and Susan Sarandon. The movie centers on a former Weather Underground activist (Redford) who goes on the run from a journalist (LaBeouf) who has discovered his identity. Lem Dobbs ("Haywire") adapted the script from the 2003 novel by Neil Gordon.
January 18, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- How does it feel to arrive at the Sundance Film Festival with five Academy Awards nominations in tow? What's it like to have a daughter who directed a film that is showing in the festival? And what Sundance trends appear to be materializing this year? Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City to answer these questions -- and more. PHOTOS: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | The Scene Barker and Bernard's company, a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has three pictures screening in the festival: "The Raid 2," "Only Lovers Left Alive" and "The Lunchbox.
January 8, 2013 | By John Horn
Sony Pictures Classics will distribute director Woody Allen's next film, “Blue Jasmine,” the studio announced Tuesday, marking the sixth partnership between the filmmaker and Sony's art house division. Sony Classics first released an Allen movie in 1999 with “Sweet and Lowdown.” The New York-based distributor has released the director's last four movies, including 2011's “Midnight in Paris,” Allen's highest-grossing film ever (not adjusted for inflation), with domestic ticket sales of $56.8 million.
January 13, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Sony Pictures Entertainment led all studios with four Golden Globe wins in film categories on Sunday night. The studio's haul included three awards for "American Hustle," which had been nominated in seven categories. Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp., led the pack with 15 nominations in movie categories. "American Hustle" took home the awards for best motion picture, musical or comedy; best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy (Amy Adams); and best supporting actress in a motion picture (Jennifer Lawrence)
January 11, 2013 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Oscar nominations for "Amour" as best picture and foreign-language film provided a boost to the one studio that still regularly brings subtitled films to the U.S. Sony Pictures Classics, the New York-based specialty label owned by the studio behind "Spider-Man" and "Men in Black," also released the last movie to garner Academy Awards nominations in both categories: 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. " Other studios remain in the business of distributing low-budget "prestige" movies for adults through divisions such as Fox Searchlight and Universal Pictures' Focus Features.
March 29, 1998 | Jack Mathews, Jack Mathews is the film critic for Newsday
If the marketing department at Sony Pictures Classics was to put together a newspaper ad using quotes to promote the company instead of one of its movies, they could do worse than these: "Those guys love film, they see everything, they have good tastes, and they work like hell for their movies." --Milos Forman "They believe in cinema, they fight for their films, and they have a kind of passion that is rare now in our business."
January 28, 2009 | Tom O'Neil
Disney "Bolt" "Wall-E" DreamWorks "Kung Fu Panda" Focus Features "In Bruges" "Milk" Fox Searchlight "Slumdog Millionaire" 20th Century Fox "Australia" Janus Films "Revanche" Miramax "Doubt" "Happy-Go-Lucky" Paramount "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Paramount Vantage "The Duchess" "Revolutionary Road" Regent Releasing "Departures" Sony Pictures Classics "The Class"...
May 14, 2009 | John Horn
Generally, the tortoise doesn't beat the hare in Hollywood. No matter what Aesop's fable suggests, show business winners are deemed to be films like "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Transformers" -- blockbusters that start off at a sprint and never slow down. There's only one small corner for patience in the film world, and you can find it at the Cannes Film Festival. This year's festival gathering opened Wednesday without many U.S.
March 4, 2009 | John Horn
The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will open with Woody Allen's latest comedy, "Whatever Works," the filmmaker's first movie shot in New York City since 2004's "Melinda and Melinda." The film, which stars "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Larry David and "The Wrestler's" Evan Rachel Wood, will open the Manhattan festival on April 22. "Whatever Works" is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Classics on June 19. The Tribeca Film Festival, launched to stimulate the arts and local spending in New York after the Sept.
January 18, 2004
Adored -- Diary of a Male Porn Star. A gay actor reconnects with his estranged brother at their father's funeral. Marco Filiberti writes, directs and stars. Wolfe, April. Against the Ropes. Meg Ryan stars in this fictionalized take on the career of boxing manager Jackie Kallen. With Omar Epps. Charles S. Dutton directs and costars. Paramount, Feb. 20 Almost Peaceful. Parisian Jews try to resume their lives in the months after World War II. Directed by Michel Deville ("La Lectrice").
January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
October 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When George Clooney and Sony Pictures said Tuesday that the release of “The Monuments Men” would be delayed from mid-December to an unspecified date in 2014, they set off a round of speculation--and potential scrambling. “Monuments Men,” a World War II art heist movie that Clooney directs and stars in, was considered a possible contender in this year's race. Could coveted Academy Award slots - and the important media and mindshare required to land them--now go to of other hopefuls?
October 1, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The academy's deadline for foreign-language film submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and though this is a category that has often stymied common sense and gone against the critical consensus, it's safe to say that Sony Pictures Classics has an excellent chance at moving its Oscar winning streak here to five years running. The indie division has two of the year's strongest contenders -- Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" (Iran's submission) and the festival crowd-pleaser "Wadjda," the first-ever Oscar submission from Saudi Arabia.
September 30, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
What is it about the Oscars that lends itself to so much premature ... speculation? Whether it's declaring the best picture race over and done ( Congratulations, "12 Years a Slave!" Your Oscar's in the mail! ), surveying the awards-season landscape months before the movies have actually screened ( "Foxcatcher," we hardly knew ye ) or definitively declaring a movie out of the Oscar race without so much as a source citation, half-baked hunches are all the rage these days.
September 14, 2013 | By Mark Olsen and John Horn
"Wadjda," a film about a resourceful young tomboy, has been selected as Saudi Arabia's official submission for the Oscars' foreign language category, the first time the country has submitted a film for Academy Awards consideration. That the film, from director Haifaa Mansour, was made at all, let alone screened and submitted for the Academy Awards, is a startling achievement. In a country where the actions of women are severely restricted, Mansour managed to secretly write and shoot her movie.
August 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Sony Pictures Classics is increasing the theater count for "Blue Jasmine" from 229 locations to more than 1,200 on Friday -- marking the widest release of Woody Allen's career. The drama, which stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy socialite in the midst of a breakdown, has garnered $9.9 million at the box office since it opened to positive reviews in limited release July 26. Now on his 44th film as a writer and director, Allen is enjoying a late career renaissance at the box office.
July 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong documentary isn't exactly going to be the comeback story the cyclist first imagined. Produced by Sony Pictures and now set to come out later this year from Sony Pictures Classics, Gibney's film will be called “The Armstrong Lie,” Sony said Wednesday. "We set out to make a movie about a comeback - with unlimited and unprecedented access to Armstrong and the inner workings of the Tour de France.  Along the way, we ended up chronicling the collapse of one of the greatest myths and legends of our time,” producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall said in a statement.
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