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Ryebeach
Jul 29, 2007, 10:42 AM
Front Page Post (http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/08/22/justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc/)

Romance and Cigarettes (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368222/) will be opening in an exclusive engagement at the New York City Film Forum on September 7, 2007.

[See Front Page Post (http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/08/22/justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc/) for Video]

Romance and Cigarettes (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368222/) is a film which Justin (http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/category/the-cast/justin-berfield-reese/) co-produced a few years back. It is a comedy-musical and has an all star cast including James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mandy Moore, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken and Mary Louise-Parker.

The film has already been released in the UK and a few other countries however it hasn't yet been released in the US. Aside from a screening at the Avignon/New York Film Festival in 2006, the film hasn't screened in the states before now.

Source: FilmForum (http://www.filmforum.org/comingsoon.html)

AlexTheMartian
Jul 30, 2007, 08:35 PM
Oh god, is Justin's production company doing ok? They seem to have a hard time getting movies they produced to be released. They however do fine with producing for TV. Well I guess doing it for TV is easier then for film.

I hope they get more successful. Maybe they need a veteran movie producer to join the team? I dont know.

yardgames
Jul 30, 2007, 10:33 PM
Well it's about time! :D To be honest, I thought it already had been released but I guess I didn't realize that it never had been in the States. Thanks for the news Rye.

Ryebeach
Aug 1, 2007, 08:32 PM
Oh god, is Justin's production company doing ok? They seem to have a hard time getting movies they produced to be released. They however do fine with producing for TV. Well I guess doing it for TV is easier then for film.

I hope they get more successful. Maybe they need a veteran movie producer to join the team? I dont know.

Yes, J2 Pictures/J2TV is doing very well, with a number of projects in the works. :) This film is not a J2 project, actually. This is a film which Justin co-produced, but not through his company.


Well it's about time! :D To be honest, I thought it already had been released but I guess I didn't realize that it never had been in the States. Thanks for the news Rye.
No problem! :)

It was set to be released quite awhile ago, but the acquisition of MGM/United Artist's, the films original distributor, by Sony held up the release.

That didn't affect a UK release and a few other countries as well were not affected by it either, and the film was released in theaters in those countries and then on DVD. :)

MalcolmFun
Aug 3, 2007, 04:20 AM
Yes, J2 Pictures/J2TV is doing very well, with a number of projects in the works. :)

I'm not so sure. Looks like it is struggling to have a succesful release of any its projects.
http://www.hollyscoop.com/jessica-simpson/jessica-simpsons-movie-bombs-before-release_12100.aspx

Ryebeach
Aug 3, 2007, 07:16 AM
I'm not so sure. Looks like it is struggling to have a succesful release of any its projects.
http://www.hollyscoop.com/jessica-simpson/jessica-simpsons-movie-bombs-before-release_12100.aspx

I would have to disagree. To date, J2 has only had one other project ready for release and that was the TV series, Filthy Rich:Cattle Drive, which was released back in the summer of 2005. All of their other projects, and there are many of them, are still in various stages of development. More info will be released on those projects as it becomes available.

As for the "news" item you link to, I can't comment one way or the other, except to say it's never the best idea to trust anonymous sources.

AlexTheMartian
Aug 4, 2007, 01:05 AM
eh i just realized, thinking about how new J2 is, nothing ever got big being as new as J2 is right now.

it is all time :) i guess im just anxious for success, lol, but it takes time

yardgames
Aug 5, 2007, 04:24 PM
We can't really comment on Blonde Ambition until we've seen it but that's not the first negative review I've heard about it. How long does it really take J2 to get a project from the conception stage to the distribution stage? Years seems like a long time.

Ryebeach
Aug 5, 2007, 05:43 PM
How long does it really take J2 to get a project from the conception stage to the distribution stage? Years seems like a long time.

It does take years. You have to remember J2 is just starting out. They are establishing themselves in the industry now and it takes time and patience to do so. They have to connect with studios, other producers and perhaps even other production companies affiliated with distributors while getting projects off the ground and into development and eventually into the theaters. If a project is filmed but does not yet have a distributor attached, then you have to also factor in festival screenings. It can be 1 to 2 additional years after the film is first screened at a festival before it secures a distribution deal and gets a theatrical and/or DVD release.

There's just so many variables you have to factor in, it's difficult to answer this question with certainty, other than to say it can take a long time.

But, Justin is committed to producing and no matter how long it takes, I'm sure the projects they have in the works are going to be awesome when they are released. :)

AlexTheMartian
Aug 6, 2007, 01:09 AM
It does take years. You have to remember J2 is just starting out. They are establishing themselves in the industry now and it takes time and patience to do so. They have to connect with studios, other producers and perhaps even other production companies affiliated with distributors while getting projects off the ground and into development and eventually into the theaters. If a project is filmed but does not yet have a distributor attached, then you have to also factor in festival screenings. It can be 1 to 2 additional years after the film is first screened at a festival before it secures a distribution deal and gets a theatrical and/or DVD release.

There's just so many variables you have to factor in, it's difficult to answer this question with certainty, other than to say it can take a long time.

But, Justin is committed to producing and no matter how long it takes, I'm sure the projects they have in the works are going to be awesome when they are released. :)

yeah you are 100% right rye. On my first post here, i sort of forgotten how new the company is. But in good time will come good things for J2 :)

MalcolmFun
Aug 6, 2007, 02:34 AM
I wish him the best and hope J2 does well. A few of the projects in the works sound pretty interesting. I just don't think there is any evidence it is going well so far. Mediocre (or possibly failed) releases probably arent enough to make a profit for a production company.

Boofyboy
Aug 6, 2007, 05:09 PM
I'm routing for J2 to do well, but they certainly do appear to be struggling a bit to make things work. I hope they keep at it and the future holds tremendous successes. :thumbup1:

yardgames
Aug 7, 2007, 12:40 PM
Wow, I never realized how long the process really took. Especially for a new company. At least one of his projects is reaching fruition. :)

tjpeople
Nov 25, 2007, 06:26 PM
Front Page Post (http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/11/25/justin-berfields-romance-and-cigarettes-in-more-theaters/)

As <a href="http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/08/22/justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc/" title="justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc">posted previously</a>, <em>Romance and Cigarettes</em>, a film co-produced by Justin, opened in an exclusive engagement at the New York Film Forum back in September. Now, the film is set for a limited run in additional theaters in additional cities through the end of the year. See the new <a href="http://romanceandcigarettesfilm.com/" title="Official Site" target="_blank">official site</a> for details.<a href="http://romanceandcigarettesfilm.com/" target="_blank"></a>

Source: <a href="http://boards.safesearching.com/showthread.php?t=75783" title="Source" target="_blank">SafeSearching</a>

Ryebeach
Dec 15, 2007, 08:59 AM
Front Page Post (http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/12/17/justin-berfield-produced-romance-and-cigarettes-coming-to-dvd-in-us/)

A US DVD release date has been set for <em>Romance and Cigarettes</em>, which was co-produced by Justin. It will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment <strong>on February 12, 2008</strong>. It has been available outside the US on DVD for a while.

This is following the film being aired in <a href="http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/11/25/justin-berfields-romance-and-cigarettes-in-more-theaters/" title="justin-berfields-romance-and-cigarettes-in-more-theaters">select theaters</a> and <a href="http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/08/22/justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc/" title="justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc">films festivals</a>.

The film is currently available for pre-order through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Cigarettes-Steve-Buscemi/dp/B0010DM3R4/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=dvd&amp;qid=1197722551&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.

AlexTheMartian
Dec 15, 2007, 09:15 AM
Front Page Post (http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/11/25/justin-berfields-romance-and-cigarettes-in-more-theaters/)

As <a href="http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/2007/08/22/justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc/" title="justin-berfields-reese-romance-and-cigarettes-to-air-in-nyc">posted previously</a>, <em>Romance and Cigarettes</em>, a film co-produced by Justin, opened in an exclusive engagement at the New York Film Forum back in September. Now, the film is set for a limited run in additional theaters in additional cities through the end of the year. See the new <a href="http://romanceandcigarettesfilm.com/" title="Official Site" target="_blank">official site</a> for details.<a href="http://romanceandcigarettesfilm.com/" target="_blank"></a>

Source: <a href="http://boards.safesearching.com/showthread.php?t=75783" title="Source" target="_blank">SafeSearching</a>

just a little FYI. the source link no longer work since the new domain is celebrityloop.com (redirect from the main page works, but direct links to boards and posts seem to not work)

Source is: http://boards.celebrityloop.com/showthread.php?t=75783

yardgames
Dec 16, 2007, 07:31 PM
Yeah that's probably not a good thing. :D Celebrity Loop does seem to be a more descriptive title for the site than Safe Searching, but Rye, you may want to suggest a more complete forwarding system to the new domain since you have connectinos over there. There are numerous links here on this site, and certainly Google has many indexed as does the official forums. It would be impossible to change all the links but certainly relatively easy to set up a little forwarding.

AlexTheMartian
Dec 16, 2007, 07:36 PM
yeah, forward everything in the main directory of safesearching to the directory of celebrityloop

i believe a simple forward in .htaccess if Apache is used.

Ryebeach
Dec 16, 2007, 08:49 PM
Celebrity Loop does seem to be a more descriptive title for the site than Safe Searching, but Rye, you may want to suggest a more complete forwarding system to the new domain since you have connectinos over there. There are numerous links here on this site, and certainly Google has many indexed as does the official forums. It would be impossible to change all the links but certainly relatively easy to set up a little forwarding.


yeah, forward everything in the main directory of safesearching to the directory of celebrityloop

i believe a simple forward in .htaccess if Apache is used.

Thanks guys. I'll be speaking with one of our programmers tomorrow morning about a few issues and I will bring this up and see if it would be possible. It may well be something they are already working on, I'm not sure.

MalcolmFun
Dec 19, 2007, 02:27 AM
With all the star power in that clip, I'm stunned this movie didnt have a major theatrical release.

Ryebeach
Dec 19, 2007, 09:44 PM
With all the star power in that clip, I'm stunned this movie didnt have a major theatrical release.

I was quite surprised as well. One of the reasons that it didn't is that the film was originally set to be released in theaters in the US by United Artists. Around the time the theatrical release was being planned, the parent company of UA, MGM, was bought by Sony. After that, there was some confusion, which led to a legal matter, as to which company, MGM or Sony, held the rights to distribute the film in the US. It was released in theaters in the UK and other countries.

Finally, in the US, the film was finally released in theaters this fall at the expense of its director, John Turturro.

yardgames
Dec 23, 2007, 12:56 AM
Why would it matter which company had the rights if they were technically owned by the same company anyway after the acquisition?

Ryebeach
Dec 23, 2007, 08:39 AM
Why would it matter which company had the rights if they were technically owned by the same company anyway after the acquisition?

Two reasons, really. 1). UA, the actual company that was to distribute the film, ceased to exist when Sony bought MGM (it has since been revived and is now run by Tom Cruise and his producing partner, Paula Wagner) and 2) Sony didn't buy MGM outright, it was part of a consortium which purchased it. As Sony didn't wholly own MGM, it made it very difficult to get previous UA films released because they didn't automatically become Sony's property.

yardgames
Dec 26, 2007, 12:15 PM
Well that sounds like a bit of a mess. Why didn't someone think of that before the transaction went through!