Aaron Sorkin to be presented with Screenwriters Tribute at film fest

Aaron Sorkin to be presented with Screenwriters Tribute at film fest

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Aaron Sorkin is to be presented with the Screenwriters Tribute at the 19th annual Nantucket Film Festival in Massachusetts.

Writers guild announces award winners in LA, New York

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Writers Guild of America named "Her" the Best Original Screenplay and "Captain Phillips" Best Adapted Screenplay at ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Focus acquires rights to Moore-Bening film

Focus acquires rights to Moore-Bening film

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Focus Features says it has acquired North American and select international distribution rights to Lisa Cholodenko's film "The Kids Are All Right."
'Story' set to shoot in NYC

'Story' set to shoot in NYC

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are to begin shooting "It's Kind of a Funny Story" in New York early next month, Focus Features said.
Macdonald to direct 'Eagle of the Ninth'

Macdonald to direct 'Eagle of the Ninth'

CANNES, France, May 21 (UPI) -- Focus Features announced at the Cannes Film Festival it has firmed up a deal to finance the Roman epic adventure "The Eagle of the Ninth."
Ang Lee set on 'Taking Woodstock'

Ang Lee set on 'Taking Woodstock'

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Focus Features has announced it is developing the period comedy "Taking Woodstock" as the next project for Taiwan-born filmmaker Ang Lee to direct.

Stars line up for new Jarmusch project

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal have joined the cast of Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control," currently filming in Madrid.

Keira's 'Atonement' dress to be auctioned

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The gorgeous green gown Keira Knightley wore in the film "Atonement" is being auctioned off to benefit Variety -- The Children's Charity of Southern California.

Mendes to direct contemporary comedy

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. distributor Focus Features has announced it is working with British film and stage director Sam Mendes on a new untitled contemporary movie comedy.
Focus acquires rights to 'Hamlet 2'

Focus acquires rights to 'Hamlet 2'

PARK CITY , Utah, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Focus Features said it has acquired the worldwide rights to Andrew Fleming's comedy "Hamlet 2," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Gibson, Kidman saddened by Ledger's death

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman expressed shock and sadness upon hearing the news of Heath Ledger's untimely death Tuesday at the age of 28.

'In Bruges' to open Sundance festival

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Playwright Martin McDonagh's first feature film, "In Bruges," has been selected to open the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this January.

Sean Penn to play Harvey Milk in film

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Sean Penn has signed on to play gay-rights icon Harvey Milk in "Milk," a bio-pic directed by Gus Van Sant, Focus Features said Friday.

Ang Lee's 'Lust' gets NC-17 rating

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The erotic spy thriller "Lust, Caution," the latest from director Ang Lee, has drawn an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Oscar contenders get early start

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The move of the Academy Awards presentation to February has made sure that most weekends this fall are packed with at least one or two film debuts.
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James Schamus
Jake Gyllenhaal,Heath Ledger,Michelle Williams,Ang Lee and James Schamus attend the pressroom of the Orange British academy film awards at Odeon, Leicester square in London on February 19, 2006. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter The Ice Storm and producer Brokeback Mountain, and is CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Kids Are All Right. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley.

Schamus also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.

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