The Jim Henson company is set to embark on a collaboration with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and European distributor Pathe to produce a 3D stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio, the Carlo Collodi fairy tale that was previously adapted into a classic by Disney in 1940. Promising a perhaps unsurprisingly edgier interpretation of the material than Disney's already surprisingly dark film, co-directors Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson will helm the project based largely on an illustrated version Grimly created in 2002, while del Toro helped develop the story and will produce.

Although del Toro has a number of projects currently underway, including the completion and release of Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as well as his own directorial project At the Mountains of Madness, the filmmaker helped crack the story with his longtime collaborator Matthew Robbins, and subsequently enlisted the Jim Henson Company to design the characters. Meanwhile, he also recruited musician Nick Cave as a music consultant, and provided several images to demonstrate the look and tone of the forthcoming project.


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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.,  -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced today that the industry-leading customer loyalty program, Regal Crown Club, will celebrate ten years by honoring more of its most dedicated members. In 2010, Regal created a new Elite status to recognize the most loyal movie theatre patrons and will now honor more than 100 additional members who have accumulated 10,000 or more credits on their loyalty cards.

These new Elite Members will receive a specially-designed Regal Crown Club Elite membership card embossed with their name and a prize package including a $50 Regal Entertainment Group gift card and movie memorabilia. In 2010, 10 Regal Crown Club members with the highest credit totals were the first inducted into the Elite status. Since the program's inception, those Top 10 Elite members each accumulated more than 16,000 credits.

"We certainly appreciate the loyalty of all moviegoers who choose Regal Entertainment Group as their preferred theatre. As we celebrate 10 years for our industry-leading Regal Crown Club program, we are excited to honor members who have reached their own milestone with the new Elite status," stated Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal is extremely proud to offer this free loyalty program which rewards our moviegoers with great benefits."

With more than 18 million members enrolled, Regal Crown Club is the number one theatre loyalty program in the country. Through the Regal Crown Club, moviegoers accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. Loyalty club members account for over 25% of the total admissions for Regal Entertainment Group. The Regal Crown Club began in 2001 as a way to reward Regal's frequent moviegoers.

In addition to earning free popcorn, soft drinks and movies, Regal Crown Club members can also participate in the following benefits:

* Enjoy Discount Days - $2 featured candy every Monday and $2 small popcorn on Tuesdays.
* Create a personal online account to watch RCC credits build and view exclusive offers.
* Receive monthly online Regal Crown Club newsletter communications.
* Receive emails about special movie promotions and programs in your area.
* Win great prizes through various member sweepstakes throughout the year.
* Earn Extra Credits toward free popcorn, soft drinks and movies.

Regal Crown Club membership is free and open to everyone 13 years of age and older. Membership is obtainable at any Regal Entertainment Group theatre or online at


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WASHINGTON -- Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), today applauded House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA) for encouraging the White House to focus on strong intellectual property protections in its upcoming negotiations on the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. In a bipartisan letter addressed to President Obama, 18 Members of the House of Representatives indicated that the ability of the United States to compete on a global scale depends largely on its ability to shield its creative industries from theft.
"We want to thank Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Berman for their leadership and support for pursuing the highest level of protection for American intellectual property rights in the TransPacific Partnership free trade agreement," said Pisano. " They and the 16 other signatories understand the critical role that IP protection plays in safeguarding America's economic future - our export economy, creative jobs, and investments in American innovation depend on it. As a model for future free trade agreements, setting a strong IP precedent is imperative."
"We hope the White House builds on its efforts during the U.S.-Korea FTA negotiations to make intellectual property protection an integral part of this agreement, and look forward to working with Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Berman on future initiatives."

The letter coincides with this week's TPP negotiations in Santiago, Chile, and emphasizes that efforts to bring negotiations to a swift conclusion must not come at the expense of including a robust IP chapter to protect American industry.

A copy of the letter can be found here.


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Source: Deadline Hollywood

Twilight star Taylor Lautner is apparently in the final stages of completing a deal to star in a film that will be produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay. According to Deadline, Tuesday morning signaled the beginning of a bidding war between a number of studios for the distribution rights for a project developed for and with Bay and Lautner. Described by an anonymous source as "Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Wanted," the film will mark the pair's first collaboration, and continue Lautner's post-Twilight career trajectory that put him in starring roles in a number of high-profile studio projects, including Lionsgate's Abduction and Universal's Stretch Armstrong.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen precisely what sort of involvement Bay will have in the film, since his production company Platinum Dunes has connected him to a number of big films which he ultimately did not direct. But Lautner is clearly capitalizing on the newfound success afforded him by the Twilight film series, setting up a considerable slate of film projects that will keep him in the public eye after the Breaking Dawn, the two-part finale to the Twilight saga, wraps up in 2012.


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