HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress Annette Bening will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award" and Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall will receive the "Hollywood Actor Award" at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

"It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Annette Bening's and Robert Duvall's extraordinary talent as well as remarkable work and to recognize their outstanding acting achievements," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.

The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.


Annette Bening has received three Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Being Julia," "American Beauty, " and "The Grifters." She can be seen recently in Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," which also stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and Mia Wasikowska, and Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child."

Bening's other film credits include: Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child"; Diane English's "The Women"; Ryan Murphy's "Running with Scissors"; Kevin Costner's "Open Range"; Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"; Sam Mendes' "American Beauty"; Edward Zwick's "The Siege"; Warren Beatty's "Bulworth"; Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"; Rob Reiner's "The American President"; Richard Loncraine's "Richard III"; Glenn Gordon Caron's "Love Affair"; Neil Jordan's "In Dreams" Barry Levinson's "Bugsy"; Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"; Irwin Winkler's "Guilty," Mike Nicols' "Postcards from the Edge"; Milos Forman's "Valmont"; and Howard Deutch's "The Great Outdoors."


Robert Duvall can be seen recently in Aaron Schneider's "Get Low" starring Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black. A leading man since the 1960s, Robert Duvall has specialized in taciturn cowboys, fierce leaders and driven characters of all types. He is respected by his peers and adored by audiences worldwide, he has earned numerous Oscar® nominations for his performances in "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now," "The Great Santini," "The Apostle" and "A Civil Action." Duvall won the Academy Award® as Best Actor for his role in "Tender Mercies," and later earned the Golden Globe for his performance in the title role of HBO's "Stalin." More recently, Duvall was honored with the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for his iconic portrayal of "Prentice Ritter" in AMC's "Broken Trail." Duvall made his big screen debut in 1962, as the creepy "Boo Radley" in "To Kill a Mockingbird." He has gone on to star in such classics as "Bullitt," "True Grit," "M*A*S*H," "The Conversation," "Network," "The Natural," "Colors," "Days of Thunder," "The Handmaid's Tale," "Rambling Rose," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Phenomenon," "A Civil Action," "Open Range," and "Thank You For Smoking," among many others.

As a director and producer, Duvall got behind the camera for his labor of love project "The Apostle" in which he also starred. The film went on to earn many accolades, including being named on over seventy-five film critics. Top 10 Films for 1997 lists, including the "New York Times" and "Los Angeles Times." He also wrote, produced and starred in "Assassination Tango." Duvall was most recently seen as the Old Man in "The Road," which stars Viggo Mortensen and is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Previously announced honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the "Humanitarian Award"; Helena Bonham Carter for the "Supporting Actress Award"; Sam Rockwell for the "Supporting Actor Award"; Andrew Garfield for the "Breakthrough Actor Award"; Mia Wasikowska for the "Breakthrough Actress Award"; Danny Boyle and Chris Colson for the "Producer Award"; Aaron Sorkin for the "Screenwriter Award"; Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" and director Lee Unkrich for the "Animation Award"; Hans Zimmer for "Film Composer Award"; Wally Pfister for "Cinematographer Award"; Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for the "Hollywood Editor Award"; Paramount Pictures' "Iron Man 2" and visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Janek Sirrs for the "Visual Effects Award"; and Robert Stromberg for "Production Designer Award."

The festival and awards will mark their return on October 20 for a weeklong series of screenings, competitions and awards. The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.

The festival and awards presenter is Starz Entertainment, LLC, a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.3 million and 31.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group.

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to partner with Universal Pictures to offer guests the chance to see the timeless film BACK TO THE FUTURE for a limited time, exclusively in more than 150 theatres spanning 40 markets.

Together with Universal, AMC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this phenomenally popular movie, which was originally released on July 3, 1985 and spent 11 weeks as the #1 movie in the United States.

"We are pleased to offer guests a convenient time for families to enjoy this ageless PG-rated movie, creating not only nostalgia for parents but also a new family sharing experience for children," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC.

"A quarter century after its initial release, BACK TO THE FUTURE remains a beloved cultural touchstone for a generation of moviegoers all over the world," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "We are thrilled to offer new audiences the opportunity to enjoy this timeless, fun-filled action-adventure, with its iconic characters and prolific storytelling, on the big screen with these very special showings."
"BACK TO THE FUTURE is a beloved family classic and this is a great opportunity to allow families to come back to the theatre to see this iconic film," said Nikki Rocco, president of distribution at Universal.

"For our 25th anniversary, BACK TO THE FUTURE has been restored and remastered, and it now looks and sounds even better than it did in 1985," said Bob Gale, co-creator/co-writer/co-producer of BACK TO THE FUTURE. "In a word, it's glorious! If you've never experienced it on the big screen with an audience, then you absolutely must attend this special event!"

Showings will be at 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, Oct. 23 and 7 p.m. local time on Monday, Oct. 25, the same night that main character Marty McFly (portrayed by Michael J. Fox) went "back in time."

Guests who attend these showings will enjoy a free, full-sized, 25th anniversary BACK TO THE FUTURE poster to commemorate the event (while supplies last.) Plus, guests who "like" AMC Theatres on Facebook or who are members of the MovieWatcherTM network will be eligible to win a BACK TO THE FUTURE Blu-ray Disc or DVD trilogy set. The newly restored 25th anniversary BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD nationwide on Oct. 26.

Tickets for this limited-time, special event are now available online at www.AMCTheatres.com/bttf or at participating theatres. For participating markets and theatres, please visit www.AMCTheatres.com/bttf.

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Starting in 2012, the Star Wars trilogy will hit theaters again thanks to a new 3D conversion. The Phantom Menace will come first in the early months of 2012. After that, each film would be sent out at the same time each year ... as long audiences are receptive to the idea.

While the 2D-to-3D conversion process has taken some heat recently thanks to the likes of Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender, even the biggest skeptics will have a hard time passing up Star Wars in 3D. Plus, George Lucas is known for making huge technological breakthroughs, so this event won't be a "rush job."

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MORRISTOWN, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced that Cobb Theatres, a member of the Cinema Buying Group (CBG) of NATO, will add 170 screens at 14 sites to Cinedigm's Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program, in a Cinedigm exhibitor self-financed agreement. The deal includes five of Cobb Theatres unique CinéBistro locations. The historic Cobb Theatres have been entertaining consumers for more than 90 years. The transition to digital entertainment not only represents a milestone in the Cobb Theatres' legacy, but positions the company to continue delivering enhanced entertainment well into the future. Digital screens will allow Cobb to greatly expand the entertainment options on its roster, from 3D movie extravaganzas to live sports programming, 3D concert films, event programming and much more.

"We are thrilled to have Cinedigm help us complete this transition to digital," said Jeremy Welman, chief operating officer, Cobb Theatres. "Innovative entertainment is a family tradition at Cobb. Our guests will benefit immediately. And we will benefit as well; the digital transition will allow us to operate our screens with far more efficiency and programming choices."

"With their long-time commitment to their guests and their creativity in always finding new ways to provide the best entertainment experience in their theatres Cobb is another ideal exhibitor partner for Cinedigm," said Chuck Goldwater, President, Cinedigm's Media Services Group. "We are eager to begin working with the Cobb team to help them take full advantage of the operational and the programming applications of the Cinedigm digital cinema platform."

Cinedigm's Phase 2 plan will bring up to 10,000 additional screens to the global roster of fully digital theaters. And with the recent addition of Cobb Theatres, Cinedigm has signed 43 exhibitors representing more than 5,600 screens to date, including 15 CBG members and just over 650 CBG screens. Such theaters are fully networked, turnkey systems - simple and cost-efficient to operate .These screens will join the growing number of fully digital Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens around the world.

Cinedigm's Digital Cinema division is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema. It facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Cinedigm is also the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators in United States and Canada.


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