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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3411predictions.pngRango: 3,917 (NEW)
The Adjustment Bureau: 2,840 (NEW)
Take Me Home Tonight: 2,003 (NEW)
Beastly: 1,952 (NEW)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 2,984 (-53)
Hall Pass: 2,950 (+0)
Just Go With It: 2,920 (-624)
Unknown: 2,913 (-130)
I Am Number Four: 2,903 (-253)
Drive Angry 3D: 2,290 (+0)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: 2,254 (-556)
The King's Speech: 2,240 (-145)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: 1,642 (-1,179)
True Grit: 725 (-497)
Black Swan: 681 (+64)
The Roommate: 606 (-1,120)
The Fighter: 575 (-93)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date - February 10, 2012! Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a "galaxy far, far away," Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga's most stunning and spectacular sequences - from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

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