WASHINGTON D.C. -- Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow will receive the "CinemaCon Award of Excellence in Filmmaking," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held from April 23 - 26, 2012, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Apatow will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night's gala awards program.
"Judd Apatow has written, directed and/or produced many of this moviegoing generation's most memorable and entertaining comedies," noted Neuhauser. "With his uncanny ability to bring out the ridiculousness of many real-life situations, as well as his gift for recognizing and creating some of the most outrageous and compelling characters ever to appear on the big screen, he is sure to keep entertaining audiences for many years to come. We are thrilled to be able to present Judd with the ‘CinemaCon Award of Excellence in Filmmaking.'"
Audiences will get to experience Apatow's next film, "This Is 40," when it is released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2012. An original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit "Knocked Up," we will see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. The film also stars Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi and Albert Brooks.
Initially aspiring to become a professional comedian, Apatow eventually stopped performing in favor of writing. After writing on a few award shows, cable specials, "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Ben Stiller Show" (which he co-created), Apatow served as an executive producer on NBC's critically-acclaimed "Freaks and Geeks." He then made his feature-film debut as a director with 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." Co-written by Apatow and the film's star, Steve Carell, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" opened at No. 1 at the box office. In 2007, he directed, wrote and produced "Knocked Up," which grossed more than $200 million internationally. He followed this up by producing the hit comedies "Superbad," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Pineapple Express" and writing and directing 2009's "Funny People." Additional producing credits include "The Cable Guy," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Get Him to the Greek." In 2011, he produced the most successful R-rated female comedy of all time, "Bridesmaids." Apatow is currently in production on the HBO series "Girls," and recently produced "The Five-Year Engagement," the new comedy from director Nicholas Stoller that will be released on April 27 by Universal.
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Titanic 3D: $35.5 million from 5,579 screens in 53 markets. International cume = $35.5 million. Note: Titanic 3D opens in China on Tuesday, April 10 on 2,400 3D screens and 60 IMAX screens.
The Hunger Games: $25.5 million. International cume = $157.1 million.
American Reunion: $19.3 million from 2,388 locations in 28 territories. International cume = $19.3 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $11.8 million from 4,000 locations in 49 territories. International cume = $59 million.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: $10.0 million in 29 markets. International cume = $25.2 million.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $5.3 million from 1,423 screens in 27 markets. International cume = $53.2 million.
21 Jump Street: $2.9 million in 17 markets. International cume = $27.6 million.
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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres announced today that advance tickets for MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS, which is the culmination of The Ultimate Marvel Marathon, have sold out at 10 AMC locations across the country, a month ahead of the event. Based on the high demand AMC is adding additional marathon shows at participating theatres. The definitive fan experience features six movies, including the May 4 midnight debut of the highly anticipated MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS.
"In just three weeks since advance tickets went on sale, the response from Marvel fans and AMC guests has been tremendous - selling out screenings across the country. We are thrilled to meet the demand by adding additional shows of The Ultimate Marvel Marathon leading up to the midnight release of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS at participating AMC Theatres," said Robert J. Lenihan, President of Film Programming at AMC Theatres.
Tickets have sold out in the following locations:
AMC Empire 25, New York
AMC Downtown Disney 24, Orlando
AMC Sunset Place 24, Miami
AMC Downtown Disney 12, Los Angeles
AMC Burbank 16, Los Angeles
AMC Ontario Mills 30, Los Angeles
AMC Boston Common 19, Boston
AMC Garden State 16, New Jersey
AMC Metreon 16, San Francisco
AMC Courtney Park 16, Toronto
The Ultimate Marvel Marathon begins May 3 at 11:30 a.m. and will feature the following films in order:
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
IRON MAN 2
THOR (presented in RealD 3D)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (presented in RealD 3D)
MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (presented in RealD 3D) [at 12:01 a.m. May 4]
For just $40, fans can experience the marathon, including MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS. Guests will receive an event lanyard and may receive a pair of limited-edition Avenger character RealD 3D glasses, while supplies last. Due to demand, not all guests may receive limited-edition glasses. AMC Stubs members who purchase a ticket prior to May 3 will receive $5 Bonus Bucks on their AMC Stubs account, valid the day of the event.
Tickets for The Ultimate Marvel Marathon are on sale now at select participating locations. For more information about The Ultimate Marvel Marathon, including participating locations, or to purchase tickets, visit go.amctheatres.com/marvel. To purchase tickets to the midnight premiere of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS, visit amctheatres.com/movies/marvel-s-the-avengers. To learn more about AMC Stubs, visit amcstubs.com.