Searchlight acquires ‘Tree of Life’ for 2011 release

Posted by · 9:54 am · September 9th, 2010

Well, things just took a turn for the worse if you’re a Terrence Malick fan desperate to feast your eyes on his latest film, “The Tree of Life.” But they took a turn for the absolute best if you want the film to be taken care of by a studio with resources and savvy awards […]

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Apparition looking to secure ‘Tree of Life’ distribution deal

Posted by · 5:38 pm · September 7th, 2010

Boy, the story on Apparition and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” just keeps stacking up the drama.  Mike Fleming reports this afternoon the company has obliterated much of its staff because “there were no films to distribute,” and that Bill Pohlad has been showing the film to studios and is looking for a distribution […]

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‘Tree of Life’ alone in Apparition stable

Posted by · 1:53 pm · June 30th, 2010

Things looked so upbeat for fledgling distribution outfit Apparition when they started out last year. Masterminded by former Picturehouse head Bob Berney, the company was christened with the acquisition of one of 2009’s best films, Jane Campion’s “Bright Star.” A classy roster of titles followed, including “The Young Victoria,” “Fair Game,” “The Runaways” and, most […]

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Apparition adopts Sundance pic ‘Rileys’

Posted by · 5:32 am · March 15th, 2010

Fresh off their first Oscar win (Best Costume Design for “The Young Victoria”), fledgling distributor Apparition has picked up a well-regarded Sundance indie that could end up buttressing their 2010 awards campaign for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” “Welcome to the Rileys,” a domestic drama starring James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo as bereaved parents […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Post early for Christmas

Posted by · 1:35 pm · October 7th, 2009

London is in the midst of a postal strike. No mail, be it far-flung postcard or electricity bill, has popped through my front door for over a month. I recently had to stroll into Soho to pick up my London Film Festival accreditation pack by hand. And rather discouragingly, my local post office today put […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Underdog season

Posted by · 10:50 am · September 28th, 2009

It suddenly occurred to me when I got a screening invite last week to “That Evening Sun,” a potential awards prospect for lead actor Hal Holbrook, that the film actually had a distributor: Freestyle Releasing. Freestyle is a boutique company that doesn’t have a lot on deck, but it reminded me of how spread out […]

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Bill Pohlad on Apparition and working with Malick

Posted by · 1:06 pm · September 10th, 2009

One of the stories I’m tracking most curiously this awards season is the rise of brand-spanking-new distribution company Apparition, whose impressive slate of upcoming titles belies their fledgling status. “The Tree of Life,” “Bright Star” and, to a lesser extent, “The Young Victoria” are obviously the titles on people’s lips right now, but there are […]

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8/25 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:33 am · August 25th, 2009

• Jeff Wells speaks up on the Best Actress race. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • “Black Dynamite” goes to Apparition. [Variety] • Behinds the scenes of “The Burning Plain.” [Coming Soon]

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Apparition logo

Posted by · 6:30 pm · August 14th, 2009

Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad’s new distribution company got a new name last week.  You’ve read all about it.  Today at a screening of “Bright Star” (which did not work for me — at all — but more on that next week), I saw this image on the front of the press notes.  I imagine […]

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Apparition will release ‘The Young Victoria’ Stateside

Posted by · 4:06 pm · August 10th, 2009

Bob Berney’s new outfit is filling out nicely, having acquired “Bright Star” out of Cannes, announcing plans to release Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” in 2009 last week and now, snatching the domestic rights to Jean-Marc Vallee’s “The Young Victoria.”  Anne Thompson has the scoop: Over the weekend, Apparition closed a U.S. distribution deal […]

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Berney/Pohlad’s Apparition to release Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’

Posted by · 4:54 pm · August 6th, 2009

We can all stop using “Unnamed Bob Berney/Bill Pohlad Company” to classify the domestic distribution of Jane Campion’s forthcoming “Bright Star.”  Apparition, as the new indie distributor is calling itself, had something of a coming out party today announcing the new moniker and, the real newsy item, that Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” will […]

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