Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the family-friendly documentary adventure Born to be Wild 3D will be released exclusively to IMAX® theatres on Friday, April 8th. The film follows these young orphaned elephants and orangutans on the trip of a lifetime, from birth to their rebirth into the wild. This miraculous journey of second chances will transport moviegoers around the world to the far reaches of Kenya and Borneo and will inspire them to take action and save Earth's precious creatures.

The film will open on 207 IMAX screens domestically and on at least 18 IMAX screens internationally, with six screens releasing day-and-date. Additional international playdates are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Born to be Wild 3D was stunningly captured using IMAX 3D cameras and has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D and 2D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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LOS ANGELES - The nation's leading movie studios today filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against the operators of the unlicensed movie-streaming service Zediva (www.zediva.com), the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) announced on behalf of its members. Zediva illegally streams movies to its customers without obtaining required licenses from the movie studios, in violation of the studios' right to "publicly perform" their works.

Zediva claims it is like a brick-and-mortar DVD "rental" store and therefore not obligated to pay licensing fees to copyright holders. But the DVD "rental" label is a sham. In reality, Zediva is a video-on-demand service that transmits movies over the Internet using streaming technologies in violation of the studios' copyrights.

"Zediva's mischaracterization of itself is a gimmick it hopes will enable it to evade the law and stream movies in violation of the studios' exclusive rights," said Dan Robbins, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the MPAA. "Courts have repeatedly seen through the façade of this type of copyright-avoidance scheme, and we are confident they will in this case too."

The studios and law-abiding streaming services are making significant investments in new technologies to offer consumers a variety of authorized online distribution services. Zediva's model undermines these and future investments, as well as the interests of legitimate distribution businesses.

"When legitimate companies stream movies to their customers, they pay license fees to the copyright owners, enabling content providers to invest in new products and services that pay writers, set builders, wardrobe designers, and countless others who contribute to a movie production. Companies like Zediva profit off creators without paying them what is required by the law," said Robbins.

The studios' complaint alleges a single count of copyright infringement against WTV Systems, the parent company of Zediva, and Venkatesh Srinivasan, Zediva's founder and CEO. Specifically, the complaint, filed in federal district court in Los Angeles, alleges that the defendants violate the plaintiffs' exclusive right to "publicly perform" their movies under Section 106(4) of the Copyright Act. The studios seek an injunction and damages.

 

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Jaden Smith is set to star opposite his father, Will Smith, for director M. Night Shyamalan in an untitled sci-fi adventure, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. Shyamalan and Will Smith will produce with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ken Stovitz, Smith's partners at Overbrook Entertainment. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta.

Set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, "Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We're thrilled to have the two of them together on this project."

Shyamalan added, "The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project."

 

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Los Angeles, California -- For the first time in its 70 year history, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Dinner celebrated record breaking attendance in an evening honoring former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook as its 2011 "Pioneer of the Year." The Awards dinner, which brought in over $1 million in donations, was held Wednesday, March 30 at the inaugural edition of CinemaCon - the Official Convention of NATO.

The emotionally charged evening emceed by actor/comedian Tim Allen to a sold out crowd of over 2400 guests made the 70th Pioneer of the Year Dinner the biggest one in its illustrious history.

Dinner Chair and AMPAS President Tom Sherak said, "We are thrilled that this historic event honoring Dick Cook was such an astounding success. He is a dear friend as well as an extraordinary human being and I'm proud to know him." Sherak continued, "The money raised from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Dinner will help many, many movie industry veterans who are encountering an illness, injury or life-changing event."

Award recipient Dick Cook said, "I am extremely honored to be part of an industry where folks genuinely care about each other. The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation literally changes lives... and donations to this worthy organization are more vital than ever. I am grateful for the outpouring of generosity from those who supported the evening's event."

Paying tribute to honoree Dick Cook were:

Ben Affleck: The fact that I'm able to direct movies now is really because at that one moment in time Dick Cook said I believe in you and I'm going to roll the dice. He is the reason I am directing and I will never forget that.

James Cameron: Dick had the vision and the faith early on to back digital 3D technology. He is a man who does what he says he is going to do.

Jamie Lee Curtis: Dick loves to put on a show and his premieres and the spectacle are bigger and more extraordinary. They are in themselves an event. Dick reinvigorated that idea.

Johnny Depp: Dick will always be a force because he has incredible taste and because he is a risk taker and because he is not afraid.

Michael Eisner: It was because of Dick's quiet persistence that he always got what he wanted. In fact, I can't remember a time that I said no to him.

Jeffrey Katzenberg: I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. The nicest guy in Hollywood is also one of its greatest pioneers. He's been a role model for so many of us on how to do our jobs ... and how to live our lives. ..And let's be clear: This is not a Lifetime Achievement award. This is a Lifetime-up-until-now Achievement award. I am certain that we'll all be watching, and learning from, this Hollywood Pioneer for many, many more years to come.

Joe Roth: Dick Cook is one of my closest friends and I'll be the first person on his door step when he starts making movies.

John Travolta: Very few people in the business world treat you like family and doing business with Dick is like doing business with a great father.

Robert Zemeckis: Dick is truly a pioneer, as he saw way before a lot of people how important digital cinema is to our art form and 3D digital exhibition....Dick helped push forward one of the most important evolutions in the history of cinema.

 

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NEW YORK -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Premiere Cinema Corp., one of the largest independently owned circuits in North America, today announced a sales agreement for three new IMAX(R) theatre systems in Texas. The new IMAX locations are expected to open by year-end in Houston, Lubbock, and El Paso. As part of the agreement, Premiere has an option to open a fourth location.

Since January 1, IMAX Corporation has signed contracts for over 100 theatre systems, more than double the number of theatre system signings that occurred during the same period in 2010.

"The strong IMAX box office performance this past year demonstrated how The IMAX Experience(R) has become synonymous with the biggest event movies," said Premiere Cinema Corporation's CEO Gary Moore. "The favorable economics of IMAX's digital projection system has enabled us to easily enter the IMAX business, and with IMAX's robust film slate, our timing couldn't be better. We are very excited to partner with IMAX and look forward to delivering on our commitment to Premiere's guests of offering the best movie-going experience in town."

"We are happy to be increasing our presence in Texas, and continuing to execute on our domestic growth strategy, which includes entering markets with high quality, well-branded regional exhibitors," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Premiere Cinema Corp. is known for its first-class entertainment venues, which makes its complexes an ideal fit for the IMAX brand."

 

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