Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company headquartered in Kansas City, and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee proudly announce a partnership to honor independent filmmaking at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest from April 6-10.

"The partnership with AMC Theatres is a big step in expanding the visibility of the Kansas City FilmFest as well as the importance of independent film and the local and regional film community," said Fred Andrews, president and founder of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. "We appreciate AMC's willingness to share its historical gem of a theatre downtown and its expertise in marketing and programming to obtain films that might otherwise not be available to us."

AMC will host the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest at the AMC Mainstreet 6 theatre, located at 14th and Main Streets in the heart of downtown Kansas City. The theatre will be the primary screening venue for short and feature dramas, comedies, documentaries, animated and experimental works and foreign films from April 6-10.
"AMC has long supported independent filmmaking and regularly provides guests with the best independent films through AMC independentTM, our renewed commitment to providing quality content to our increasingly diverse audience," said Rodi Vehr, general manager of AMC Mainstreet 6. "Participating in film festivals such as this one in our hometown of Kansas City is just one way we bring great films to our guests through direct partnerships with independent filmmakers."

The AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest will be a feast of films for five days, starting on opening night, Wednesday, April 6 and culminating with an awards gala that will honor filmmakers for their art and craft on Sunday, April 10. This year, the Award for Outstanding Service to the Kansas City Film Community will be renamed in honor of the late Karen McCarthy, a former U.S. Representative of Congress from Missouri who loved film and was a champion for community service. McCarthy served on the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee board and received the award in 2005.

The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee will also celebrate 15 years as Kansas City's premiere showcase of independent films at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest.


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Chris Columbus is set to start work on a remake of the Korean film Hello Ghost. The film, which follows a young man enlisted to help four ghosts after he tries to kill himself, was a commercial hit in its native Korea, and Columbus responded to its combination of different ideas and especially emotional tones. Columbus said in a statement, "After watching Hello Ghost I was immediately struck by the film's ability to mix comedy, drama and complex emotional themes. Its strong universal storyline translates to any culture."

Columbus' previous film was an adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Hello Ghost is being developed in conjunction with Nex Entertainment World, a Korean company that distributes and finances film projects. There's not word on who might star in the film, or whether its title may be changed to better suit an international market.


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Kissimmee, FL. - "The drive-in theatre not only remains a time honored American icon, but in a down economy still offers the best value available for family entertainment" said John Vincent, Jr., president of the United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA).
Drive-in theatre owners and operators from across the United States traveled to Florida to learn the latest developments in theatre technology, hospitality and operations and to share their perspective on issues facing the industry.

Attendees were addressed by National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Executive Director Kathy Conroy and senior NATO staff who updated the group on industry issues as well as federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. NATO solicited the support of UDITOA members in working with decision makers to pursue a legislative and regulatory agenda fair and favorable to motion picture exhibitors.

Ongoing industry conversion to Digital Projection was a major topic of interest. UDITOA wants to make sure drive-in theatres are able to convert to the new technology to ensure the ongoing success of this unique entertainment option. Technical and financial challenges were reviewed. Several Digital Projection manufacturers were present, some providing hands on demonstrations.

Discussions included vigilance in preventing movie theft, supporting the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) voluntary rating system and ways in which UDITOA members can play an even larger role in contributing to the Will Rogers Institute.
Vincent was also pleased to report the emergence of UDITOA as a valued participant in the prestigious Intersociety for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. Intersociety members are the driving forces molding the direction of the industry and UDITOA is honored to join these distinguished organizations.

UDITOA members have delivered valuable insights and unique, creative solutions to the challenges inherent to the drive-in theatre industry. "From concession improvements to picking the right novelties to training our workers, our members are fully invested in doing everything they can to enhance our patrons' experience when they visit our theatres," said Vincent.


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Can you say Oscar bait?

Director Paul Greengrass (Green Zone, The Bourne Ultimatum) and producer Scott Rudin (True Grit, The Social Network) are teaming up with Universal to film Memphis, a project focusing on the assassination of Martin Luther King. Production is set to begin in June.

Greengrass is obviously not afraid of sensitive topics. Green Zone is an unflinching look at the Iraq war, and United 93 gave viewers an unflinching look at the 9-11 hijackings.

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LOS ANGELES - The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today released its annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2010. The report shows that global box office receipts for all films released around the world reached an all time high of $31.8 billion, an increase of 8% over 2009. The U.S./Canada market repeated its peak performance from last year but remained flat at $10.6 billion. International box office increased by 13%, with the largest growth in Asia Pacific which grew by 21%. More than 40% of the Asia Pacific box office growth occurred in China. However, China remains a highly restrictive market for foreign film distribution.

The 3D market was a key driver at the U.S./Canada box office making up 21%, or $2.2 billion of the total, doubling last year's performance, and compared to just 2% of the box office in 2008. One in three people in the U.S. and Canada saw a 3D movie in 2010. Younger moviegoers are avid consumers of the 3D experience; 64% of moviegoers ages 2-17 viewed at least one 3D movie in 2010.

"It was a strong year at the movies in 2010. Despite a weak economy, shifting business models, and the ongoing impact of digital theft, we had another record year at the global box office driven by growth outside the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S. and Canada 3D was the driving force," said Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the MPAA. "Higher value entertainment continues to make a significant contribution to box office revenues."

John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, added: "The domestic theatrical market continues its strong performance. Box office has grown for four of the past five years, setting records in three of them. It has surpassed $10.5 billion for the past two years. The industry's investments in digital cinema and 3D have begun to show dividends, with 3D releases doubling their share of the box office. Admissions, which are more volatile than box office, continue to hold their own in the face of a prolonged economic downturn. Theater owners continue to offer their patrons the lowest-priced form of out of home entertainment, with the average movie ticket - including premium-priced tickets - costing less than it did in 1970, adjusted for inflation."

The number of tickets sold in the U.S./Canada declined 5% to 1.34 billion, returning to the 2008 level. While the number of moviegoers was up 3% compared to the previous year, the average number of movies they attended declined to an average of six times in 2010, from 6.5 in 2009. Ticket sales continue to be fueled by repeated visits to the cinema by frequent moviegoers - those who go to the movies once a month or more. Frequent moviegoers make up only 11% of the population but bought over half of all tickets sold in 2010. While the number of frequent moviegoers rose to 35 million, up three million from the previous year, occasional moviegoers - those who see less than one movie per month - went to the movies less frequently in 2010.

The number of screens has remained constant over the past five years at around 150,000 worldwide; however digital screens have increased dramatically. Nearly one-quarter of all screens are now digital and over 60% of those are 3D-capable. In 2010, every region in the world more than doubled its digital screen count for an overall increase of 122%.

"Though innovation and technology continue to be a positive force for the theatrical business, driving moviegoers towards higher value 3D entertainment, the continued theft of movies online will have a sustained adverse impact on movie attendance in the coming years. It's impossible to compete with free," said Pisano. "We will continue to work with our industry partners to fight for common sense ways, through legislative, enforcement and legal avenues, to vigilantly protect the creativity at the heart of our industry from theft."

For a detailed analysis of the 2010 MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics please visit our website at www.mpaa.org.


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