The official release:

Beverly Hills, CA -- James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons- fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27," said Cohen and Mischer. "We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that."

Franco, who currently can be seen in "127 Hours," will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include "Eat, Pray, Love," "Date Night," "Milk" and "Pineapple Express." Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" trilogy.

Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in "Alice in Wonderland" and currently can be seen in "Love and Other Drugs." Hathaway's other film credits include "Bride Wars," "Becoming Jane," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Princess Diaries." She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in "Rachel Getting Married."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Source: Deadline.com

Anne Hathaway and James Franco have reportedly been offered the job of co-hosting the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. While nothing is official yet, word is that both actors have accepted the offer. An official announcement could come this week. The awards will be handed out on March 7.

Both Hathaway and Franco are very much in contention for awards this year. Hathaway stars as a young woman with the early symptoms of Parkinson's disease in Love and Other Drugs, which has raked in an estimated $14 million since opening last Wednesday. As for Franco, he's winning praise for his turn in 127 Hours. The Fox Searchlight release has generated a modest $4.4 million in limited release.

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today a new exhibitor agreement with Cinema Entertainment Corporation (CEC Theatres). Through this agreement, Screenvision expands its presence in theaters across the Midwest, including the key Minneapolis DMA.

With this deal, Screenvision will have exclusive national selling rights exhibited within Screenvision's Premium PodTM and non-exclusive rights for promotions. The deal represents CEC Theatres' first foray into national advertisement display.

CEC Theatres currently operate 16 theatre locations and 123 screens across ten DMAs, including the Minneapolis market (DMA #15). Other key locations include Des Moines, Sioux City and Davenport, IA, as well as Fargo, ND.

"The deal with CEC Theatres further expands Screenvision's reach in key Midwest markets," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "We are proud that CEC has chosen Screenvision for its national cinema advertising needs and we look forward to providing them with a new stream of revenue."

"Creating a national advertising program through our agreement with Screenvision aligns with our strategy for growth and expansion while we continue to provide our guests with a superior cinematic experience," said Bob Ross, President, CEC Theatres.

CEC Theatres began in 1955, operating two drive-ins in St. Cloud, MN. In 1964, CEC Theatres began to focus on building and acquiring freestanding indoor theatres; including the purchase of 70 screens from Central States Theatres in 2002. Today, CEC operates 123 screens and continues to have plans to grow its screen count and install digital cinema projection systems.

 

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Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

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Leslie Nielsen passed away on Sunday in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 84. According to his nephew Doug Nielsen, "he just fell asleep and passed away."

Nielsen will be best remembered for legendary comedic turns in Airplane!, The Naked Gun series and a handful of other films from the Zucker Brothers. Yet his deadpan delivery was also put to use in dramatic roles on television shows such as The Fugitive and The Streets of San Francisco before  he switched gears and focused on comedy. Nielsen appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows during his career.

 

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Toronto, ON -- (TSX:CGX.UN) Cineplex Entertainment ("Cineplex") and D Films Corporation are pleased to announce the launch of a four-part series of live performances from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia. Each performance will be captured live in High Definition (HD) and digital surround sound, and broadcast via satellite to select Cineplex Entertainment cinemas across Canada.

Keeping with Cineplex's tradition in bringing the seasonal favourite, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, to cinema audiences, this will be the first live performance of the series. It will premiere on Sunday, December 19th at 11:00 am EST, (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST). This ballet draws on all the imagination and fantasy of E.T.A. Hoffmann's story of Christmas Eve and a night of magical adventures. With choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, this production stars Nina Kaptsova as Marie and Artem Ovcharenko as The Nutcracker/The Prince.

"We're very excited to partner with Cineplex Entertainment to bring the internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet live to Cineplex theatres across Canada," said Tony Cianciotta, President of Acquisitions for D Films. "These stunningly shot performances will appeal to audiences of all ages."

"The Bolshoi Ballet Series is another example of the extraordinary world class performances that Cineplex Entertainment presents to our guests across Canada as part of our Front Row Centre Events program," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "These events make you feel as if you are sitting front row centre - whether it is in Moscow for the Bolshoi Ballet, at Lincoln Centre in New York City for The Met Opera, or in Los Angeles for the LA Philharmonic orchestra, among others. Our core business is Hollywood and Canadian movies however these events and others have turned our theatres into true entertainment destinations."

The Bolshoi Ballet Series also includes:

Class Concert and Giselle
Sunday, January 23, 2011, 11am EST (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST)
Two ballets in 2 acts from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

A quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle recounts the moving story of a peasant girl whose everlasting love transcends death. The new choreographic version is by Yuri Grigorovich with music by Adolphe Adam.

Created in the early 1960s, Class Concert is a gloriously romanticized version of the ballet class that dancers do every day. From exercises at the barre to displays of beauty and strength at center stage, Asaf Messerer's entertaining circus of a ballet zips through the most difficult combinations with glee and brings panache to the most basic. This production is staged by Mikhail Messerer, the choreographer's nephew. The music, a compilation including Glazunov and Shostakovich, is a cornucopia of melody, played superbly by the Bolshoi Orchestra. Celebrated prima ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova stars.

Don Quixote
Sunday, March 6, 2011, 11 am EST (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST)

A stunning production, based on the epic masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes, this ballet was originally created for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1869. The choreography is by Alexei Fadeyechev with music by Ludwig Minkus.

Coppelia
Sunday, May 29, 2011, 11am EST (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST)

In this joyous and witty version written by George Balanchine, a beautiful mechanical doll threatens the happiness of two lovers. The original choreography by Marius Petipa is recreated by Sergei Vikharev. Music is by Leo Delibes.

Tickets for the 2010-2011 performances go on sale Friday, November 26, 2010 online at cineplex.com/events and at the participating theatres listed below. For more information on Cineplex Entertainment and Front Row Centre events, visit cineplex.com

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Coquitlam
SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas, 170 Schoolhouse Street
Kamloops
Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas, 700-1320 Trans Canada Highway
Langley
Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue
Prince George
Famous Players 6 Cinemas, 172-1600 Fifth Avenue
Vancouver
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street
Victoria
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas, 3130 Tillicum Road

ALBERTA
Calgary
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW
SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas & XSCAPE Entertainment Centre, 261055 CrossIron Boulevard
Edmonton
Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas, 14231-137th Avenue NW
Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525-99th Street NW
Grand Prairie
Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas, 10330-109th Street

MANITOBA
Winnipeg
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street
SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas, 160-1255 St. Mary's Road

SASKATCHEWAN
Regina
Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N
Saskatoon
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue

ONTARIO
Belleville
Galaxy Cinemas Belleville, 160 Bell Boulevard
Brantford
Galaxy Cinemas Brantford, 300 King George Road
Brockville
Galaxy Cinemas Brockville, 2399 Parkedale Avenue
Burlington
SilverCity Burlington Cinemas, 1250 Brant Street
Cornwall
Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall, 1325 Second Street E
Etobicoke
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway
Guelph
Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Road W
London
Cineplex Odeon Westmount & VIP Cinemas, 755 Wonderland Road S
Midland
Galaxy Cinemas Midland, 9226 County Road 93
Mississauga
Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas, 309 Rathburn Road W
Newmarket
SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas, 18151 Yonge Street
North Bay
Galaxy Cinemas North Bay, 300 Lakeshore Drive
Oakville
SilverCity Oakville Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road
Orangeville
Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville, 85 Fifth Avenue
Oshawa
Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, 1351 Grandview Street N
Ottawa
Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas, 2214 Bank Street
Owen Sound
Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound, 1020 10th Street
Scarborough
Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas, 300 Borough Drive
St. Thomas
Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas, 417 Wellington Street
Sudbury
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, 355 Barrydowne Road
Thunder Bay
SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street
Toronto
SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas, 2300 Yonge Street
Windsor
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas, 3100 Howard Avenue
Woodbridge
Colossus Vaughan Cinemas, 3555 Highway 7 W

QUEBEC
Brossard
Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc
Cote St. Luc
Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall, 5800 boul. Cavendish
Laval
Colossus Laval Cinemas, 2800 rue Cosmodôme
Montreal
Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Cinemas, 350 rue Emery
Sherbrooke
Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke, 4204 rue Bertrand
Ste.Foy
Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, 1200 boul. Duplessis
Trois Rivieres
Galaxy Cinemas Fleur-de-Lys, 4520 boul. des Récollets
Victoriaville
Galaxy Cinemas Victoriaville, 1121 Jutras Est

 

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