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Mark Wahlberg will team up for the fourth time with director David O. Russell on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, an adaptation of the popular PS3 franchise. The two most recently worked together on The Fighter, but they also made Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are also being considered for roles in the film.

Says Wahlberg, "I'm obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It's not going to be the watered-down version, that's for sure."

Filming is set to begin next year.

The Fighter opens in limited release on December 10, before expanding wide on December 17. Boxoffice.com is currently predicting a $12 million haul during the expansion weekend.

 

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ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola Freestyle®, The Coca-Cola Company's new proprietary fountain dispenser, will enter the Los Angeles market. Long-time Coca-Cola Company customer Rave Motion Pictures, Rave 18 Theater located at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center will be the first to offer the exciting new fountain technology in the city. Rave plans to feature Coca-Cola Freestyle in other theater locations this summer.

The sleek, stylish new fountains are touch screen operated, enabling consumers to select from 106 regular and low-calorie beverage brands - including many varieties of waters, fruit-flavored beverages and sparkling beverages that, prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle, were not available in the U.S. The self-serve fountains - which represent a complete departure from anything The Coca-Cola Company has offered previously - were in development for more than four years prior to launching in 2010.

"We have created a concept that is quickly becoming recognized as the soda fountain of the future - a representation of the way people will experience Coca-Cola beverages years from now," said Gene Farrell, vice president, Coca-Cola Freestyle, Coca-Cola North America.

2009 Beta testing of the fountains included more than 50 restaurants in Georgia and Southern California. Results from these tests indicate a significant increase in total restaurant sales - including fountain servings - as well as a measurable lift in traffic.

The Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser uses unique, proprietary PurePour TechnologyTM and has the capacity to dispense 106 beverage varieties in the same amount of space as a standard eight-valve machine.

Consumers can find their nearest Coca-Cola Freestyle® location at www.Facebook.com/cocacolaFreestyle.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which opened number one at the box office this weekend, generating an overall domestic gross of $125.1 million, grossed a record $16.1 million globally in IMAX® theatres, beating previous opening records for an IMAX DMR® title.

Domestically, the film's release in IMAX theatres contributed $11.8 million from 239 IMAX screens. Internationally, the IMAX release also posted a record opening weekend, generating approximately $4.3 million on 101 screens. The film is scheduled to open on IMAX screens in France and Korea among other markets over the coming weeks.

"This extraordinary franchise commands an absolutely massive audience, and the Harry Potter IMAX experience is a crucial component of its enduring success," said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "In collaboration with our partners at IMAX, we anticipate an enormously triumphant run extending throughout the holiday season."

"These record-breaking numbers are a true testament to the overwhelmingly positive response internationally to our latest installment of Harry Potter," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We're thrilled to be working with IMAX once again to deliver such a unique viewing experience to audiences around the world as we conclude this beloved series."

"The strong performance of this film demonstrates what the IMAX brand and the growth of the IMAX theatre network can bring to the release of a blockbuster film," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO, IMAX Corporation. "In fact, 23 new IMAX theatres were installed and opened in time for the release of this film, demonstrating that great Hollywood films in IMAX not only deliver great box office results but can also be the catalyst for theatre openings. As our network rapidly expands, so does the appetite for The IMAX Experience®, and that is clearly reflected in the performance of many new locations that opened this weekend. We're particularly pleased with our new theatres in Japan, which generated a per screen average of approximately $50,000."

"Everyone is under the Potter spell," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "This phenomenal weekend captures the global excitement for JK Rowling's epic series. Warner Bros. Pictures' masterful campaign peaked perfectly and made the film's debut one of the most highly anticipated releases in history. We look forward to the weeks ahead and are honored to be a part of the franchise's final installment next summer."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: The IMAX Experience 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®. 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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November 23 Update: Disney has locked down Gore Verbinski for an adaptation of The Lone Ranger. No word yet on when filming will begin.

September 28 Update: Source: Deadline.com

Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films) may end up joining forces once again Johnny Depp. The director is circling Disney's planned film version of The Lone Ranger. Depp is already on board as Tonto.

Verbinski and Depp recently teamed up on Rango, an animated 3D flick that Paramount will release on March 4, 2011.

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