Source: Deadline.com

Kristen Stewart, the superstar actress who plays Bella Swan in the Twilight film series, is in final negotiations to take on another iconic literary character in Snow White and the Huntsman. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Rupert Sanders, and Kristen Stewart will join a cast that already includes Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen. Palek Patel, who is producing the film with Joe Roth, tweeted that the actress is in negotiations to take on the title role.

If the production gets underway according to its current schedule, shooting will start in August, three months after she completes work on Breaking Dawn, the final installment in the Twilight saga. Once the film is completed, meanwhile, it will find itself competing with The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, a film that distributor Relativity Media is developing with Julia Roberts.

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests are now able to see movies like never before when the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETX) opens with Rango at AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 in Broomfield, Colo. Today.

ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience, guests will not simply watch a movie. They will live it in ETX.

"We are proud to offer our ETX concept at one of our flagship theatres," said John McDonald, executive vice president, U.S. operations "With the upgraded screen and sound system, in addition to the premium viewing experience digital cinema offers, we believe our guests at AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 will walk away with a new perception of how movies should be delivered."

AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 is one of 12 ETX auditoriums across AMC's circuit. In addition to AMC Flatiron Crossing 14, AMC currently offers moviegoers the option of seeing a movie in ETX at:

• AMC Aventura 24 (Miami)
• AMC Ontario Mills 30 (Ontario, Calif.)
• AMC Empire 25 (New York City)
• AMC BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, Mo.)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Orlando)
• AMC Burbank 16 & AMC Century City 15 (LA)
• AMC Northpark 15 (Dallas)
• AMC Metreon 16 (San Francisco)
• AMC Forum 22 (Montreal, Quebec)
• AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (Toronto, Ontario)

Two more ETX auditoriums are scheduled to open soon at AMC Tysons Corner 16 (Washington, D.C.) and AMC 30 at The Block (West Orange, Calif.).

ETX is just one of several ways guests can experience movies and other content at AMC Theatres. ETX represents a different level of sight and sound technology and provides guests an enjoyable out-of-home entertainment experience. Movies shown in this new high-tech, state-of-the-art ETX auditorium will cost between $3 to $4 more depending on the title and format. For more information, please visit www.AMCTheatres.com/etx.

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Washington D.C.  -- Academy Award® nominated director, producer and writer Morgan Spurlock will receive the "CinemaCon Documentary Filmmaker of the Year Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Spurlock will receive his "Documentary Filmmaker of the Year Award" prior to a screening of his latest release POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold on Wednesday, evening March 30. The film is being released by Sony Pictures Classics on April 22.

"From his documentary debut with 2004's Super Size Me to his upcoming release POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock continues to entertain and educate audiences around the globe with his thought provoking films," noted Neuhauser. "We could not be more excited in having Morgan Spurlock be on hand to accept this honor, as well as having the opportunity to screen his film for our audience at CinemaCon."

Those at CinemaCon attending the screening of POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will get a taste of Spurlock's sponsorship prowess as he awards two weekend getaways for two from sponsors JetBlue Airlines, "The Greatest Airline You'll Ever Fly", and Hyatt, "The Greatest Hotel You'll Ever Experience". Plus $250.00 gift cards for a few lucky screening goers from sponsor Old Navy, touting "The Greatest Clothes You'll Ever Wear".

Releasing in select cities across the country on April 22, 2011 via Sony Pictures Classics, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold sees filmmaker Morgan Spurlock exploring the world of product placement, marketing and advertising. Fully financed through product placement from various brands, all of which are integrated transparently into the film. The film was directed by Morgan Spurlock, written by Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick. POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold was produced by Spurlock, Chilnick and Abbie Hurewitz through Spurlock's production company, Warrior Poets along with Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder and Jessica Wu.

Morgan Spurlock is a New York-based writer, director and producer. Since the success of his first film, Super Size Me, Spurlock has directed projects including: Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice!, Freakonomics and the FX show 30 Days.

 

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today its partnership with Crimson Films and PMK*BNC to theatrically distribute the indie-horror film "Bereavement," directed/written by Stevan Mena and produced by Vincent Butta.

"Bereavement" will be screened in select theatres nationwide on Friday, March 4th with additional locations starting on Friday, March 18th. In conjunction with Crimson Films, the initial release on March 4th will take place in Allentown, PA, Raleigh/Durham, NC, Madison, WI, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis, MN, Baton Rouge, LA and Long Island, NY with the March 18th showings taking place in Birmingham, AL, Providence, RI, San Antonio, TX, Milwaukee, WI and the New York DMA.

The film will be playing at the following Screenvision exhibitor partners' theatres: Carmike Cinemas, Rave Motion Pictures, Carmike Cinemas, Carolina Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Santikos Theatres, Clearview Cinemas and Reading Cinemas.

BEREAVEMENT tells the story of Martin's whereabouts which have remained a mystery for five years, until 17 year old Allison Miller comes to live with her uncle, Jonathan. While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren't quite right at the farmhouse down the road. Her curiosity disturbs a hornet's nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed. The film stars Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, Grindhouse), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hall Pass (2011), John Savage (The Deer Hunter, Hair), Nolan Gerard Funk (Spectacular, Smallville) and Brett Rickaby (The Crazies, Zodiac)

"Screenvision is excited to partner with Crimson Films and PMK*BNC to bring "BEREAVEMENT" to theatres across the country for this theatrical release," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision.

"I am thrilled to team with Screenvision and PMK*BNC to support Bereavement's theatrical release. Both companies have a tremendous amount of experience and resources that will contribute to projected success of the film," says director Stevan Mena.

 

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Source: The Wrap

Former Weinstein Company executive Tom Ortenberg will be heading this venture, which is now tentatively called Open Road.

Source: LATimes.com

Regal and AMC are reportedly close to joining forces to acquire and release independent movies. The move would give the two giant exhibitorscombined they represent 31% of the nation's screensmore control over how much money they bring in. Traditionally, studios take anywhere from 50-55% of box office receipts.

AMC already runs a program called AMC Independent that allows small films to reach a larger audience. The union will benefit moviegoers in rural areas who don't normally have access to arthouse flicks.

With attendance falling around 5% in 2010, theaters are working hard to come up with new ways to entice patrons. Alternative contentconcerts, operas, sporting events, etc.is picking up momentum during weeknights that would traditionally be very slow.

The relationship between exhibitors and studios is starting to feel some strain due to the goal of most studios to being utilizing premium video on demand. Exhibitors fear that allowing moviegoers to access films from home too quickly will seriously cut into their profits, and ultimately put the theatrical business in serious danger.

 

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