WASHINGTON D.C. -- Legendary actor Harrison Ford will receive the "CinemaCon® Lifetime Achievement Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Ford will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"With a career spanning five decades, Harrison Ford has brought some of the most memorable characters of our time alive on the big screen," noted Neuhauser. "From Han Solo to Indiana Jones, he has showcased his innate ability to embrace and mold these remarkable roles into characters that will forever be remembered by movie lovers around the world for decades to come. We could not be more honored to present this years ‘CinemaCon® Lifetime Achievement Award' to such a remarkable actor, Harrison Ford."
Ford can be seen later this year in "Ender's Game," which is set to be released by Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company, on November 1, 2013. The epic adventure film based on the best-selling, award-winning novel stars Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff who, along with the International Military, is training the best young minds for an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. "Ender's Game" also stars Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Viola Davis with Abigail Breslin. In April, Ford will be seen in Legendary Entertainment's "42" as Branch Rickey, the Major League Baseball executive who helped shatter baseball's color barrier by making Jackie Robinson the first African-American player in the MLB. And in the fall of 2013, Ford will star in the Robert Luketic thriller "Paranoia."
Harrison Ford's Hollywood career was launched following his portrayal of hot rod demon Bob Falfa in George Lucas' 1973 Oscar®-nominated hit, "American Graffiti." Four years later, he reunited with Lucas when he landed the now-legendary role of Han Solo in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." In 1981, Ford brought Indiana Jones to life on the big screen for Steven Spielberg in the Best Picture-nominated "Raiders of the Lost Ark," reprising the heroic character in three sequels: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." He earned an Academy Award® nomination in 1986 for his compelling role as detective John Book in "Witness." In 2000, the American Film Institute honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. And, in addition to receiving four nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press for his roles in "Sabrina," "The Fugitive," "The Mosquito Coast" and "Witness," Ford was revered by the organization with the 2002 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the annual Golden Globes ceremony. His many other credits include Francis Coppola's Oscar®-nominated epic "Apocalypse Now," "The Conversation," Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," Ridley Scott's iconic sci-fi classic "Blade Runner," Mike Nichols' Oscar®-nominated romantic comedy "Working Girl" and his 1991 drama "Regarding Henry," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Presumed Innocent," "Air Force One," "What Lies Beneath," "K-19: The Widowmaker," "Extraordinary Measures," "Morning Glory" and "Cowboys & Aliens." Several of these movies represent some of the highest-grossing films in their respective release years.
Oz: The Great and Powerful took in $69.9 million overseas. Disney's fantasy flick is already up to $150.2 million globally.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters added another $11.2 million this weekend, pushing its overseas total to $142.5 million. The global total is now $197 million.
A Good Day To Die Hard took in $9.1 million from 5,930 screens in 67 markets. The overseas total is now $177.9 million. Globally, the action flick is up to $241.2 million.
Mama added $6.3 million, pushing its overseas total to $41.7 million. The global total is $112.8 million.
Les Mis tacked on another $5.8 million for an overseas total of $274.8. The global cume is up to $422.9
Jack the Giant Slayer added $4.9 million, pushing its overseas cume to $22.6 million. The global total is now $66.4 million.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey added $.8 million, pushing its overseas cume to $708.1 million. Globally, The Hobbit is up to $1.009 billion.
Ted is up to $327 million overseas after raking in another $1 million from Japan, which mean the comedy has now matched the overseas total of The Hangover Part II. Ted will surpass The Hangover Part II this week in order to become the highest-grossing comedy of all-time overseas. Globally, Ted now has $545.7 million in the bank.
Other updated totals: Lincoln $77.4 million overseas/$258.2 million global; Life of Pi $480.9 million overseas/$600.3 million global; Flight $65.1 million overseas/$219.3 million global.
Disney estimates that Oz: The Great and Powerful took in $2 million from 10pm/Midnight shows. That's a solid start for a film that will make the bulk of its money from families. Boxoffice.com predicts a $75 million debut frame.
AUSTIN, TX -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today at SXSW® Conference & Festivals the debut of a new movie buzz indicator called "Fanticipation," a first-of-its-kind tool to measure moviegoer excitement and help predict the films that will connect with fans at the weekend box office. Released weekly, "Fanticipation" ranks fan excitement around upcoming and current movies based on Fandango's proprietary data collected from its online and mobile traffic, the social media engagement of its fans, and its advance ticket sales. In addition to being shared on the site, "Fanticipation" will also be featured in Fandango's new original digital video series, "Weekend Ticket," premiering on March 14, 2013.
"Weekend Ticket" host Dave Karger - Fandango's Chief Correspondent and one of the country's most highly-regarded movie experts - will film the series' inaugural episode at SXSW, where he will interview fan favorites including Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Paul Walker, Josh Duhamel and Paul Rudd, along with mainstream moviegoers. Whether it's finding the ultimate date movie or a film the whole family will enjoy, Karger will help consumers find the perfect movie on "Weekend Ticket." Unlike other movie preview shows, "Weekend Ticket" will also directly connect moviegoers to Fandango's advance ticketing for that film at one of its 20,000 screens nationwide.
"‘Fanticipation' captures Fandango's unique ability to tap into moviegoer buzz and will be a great feature for both the industry and consumers," said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "SXSW, where entertainment meets technology, is the perfect place to debut this one-of-a-kind new tool."
"Weekend Ticket" follows on the heels of Fandango's first original video series, "The Frontrunners." Also hosted by Karger, "The Frontrunners" is a seasonal show covering breaking news, predictions, reactions, snubs and surprises of the movie awards season.
"Our goal with ‘Weekend Ticket' is to connect moviegoers with the perfect film based on what kind of experience they're looking for," said Dave Karger, Fandango's Chief Correspondent. "Along with my own recommendations on each week's releases, I'm excited to have input from the film's stars, as well as from Fandango's engaged audience and our new data on movie buzz from ‘Fanticipation.'"
In the same spirit of "Weekend Ticket," Dave Karger will moderate an official SXSW kickoff panel, "An Insider's Preview to the SXSW Film Festival," on March 8 at the Convention Center Room 16AB, to help SXSW attendees make their moviegoing decisions at the festival. Fandango will also host the "Fandango Film Lounge" March 8 through March 12 at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, where festival-goers can relax with free food and drink, log onto WiFi and charge their phones -- all while checking out the latest movie trailers, Karger's live in-lounge interviews with celebrities, and Fandango's original videos, including a sneak preview of "Weekend Ticket."