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Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will pen the sceenplay for a new project that Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman are slated to star in called Important Artifacts. The film centers around a romance between a male photographer and a younger food columnist.


Mottola is currently shooting the sci-fi comedy, Paul. That project is due out this year, and it features a fine comedy ensemble with such all-star players as Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.

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Tokyo, Japan - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Tokyu Recreation, the owner of 109 Cinemas (10 is "To" and 9 is "kyu"), today announced a new joint venture agreement to install five digital IMAX® theatre systems in Japan. The agreement builds on the success of IMAX's current joint venture partnership with the exhibitor, which includes four IMAX theatres that were installed in 2009. Those existing IMAX screens have posted consistently strong box office performance with Hollywood IMAX releases, including Twentieth Century Fox's Avatar, which grossed $8 million on the four Tokyu IMAX screens. For the release of Avatar, the 109 Cinemas IMAX location in Kawasaki ranked as Japan's highest grossing screen. The three other Tokyu IMAX screens in Nagoya, Minoh and Shobu have shown significant improvements on their national rankings since their IMAX systems were installed. Disney's Alice in Wonderland opened on Saturday in Japan, setting a new Japanese IMAX box office record, with the four Tokyu IMAX screens generating a total of $335,882 in only 2 days.

Under the terms of the new deal, five new IMAX systems are scheduled to be installed in 109 Cinemas locations by June 2012, with the first two expected to be installed in November 2010 in the greater Tokyo area. The deal brings the total number of IMAX commercial multiplex theatres in Japan to nine, up from the four that are currently open. IMAX believes that its presence in Japan could grow significantly larger over time.

As with the previous joint venture agreement, IMAX and Tokyu Recreation will share the cost and profitability of the new theatres. Each theatre will be equipped with IMAX's new digital projection system.

IMAX Chief Executive Office Richard L. Gelfond joined executives from Tokyu Recreation in Tokyo, Japan to announce the new theatre signings.

"The performance of our four joint venture IMAX theatres has been very strong, increasing our market share and delivering an incredible consumer experience that is simply the best way to see event films," said Hitoshi Sato, President of Tokyu Recreation. "We are pleased to further our commitment to IMAX by adding five new theatres that will serve even more consumers in key markets throughout Japan. IMAX is an important and valuable partner for our company and we look forward to even more financial and operational success together."

"We are very excited to build on the success of our four current joint venture theatres with Tokyu Recreation, our first major exhibition partner in Japan, one of the most important entertainment markets in the world," said Mr. Gelfond. "Our Tokyu joint venture theatres are among our highest performing IMAX locations, and this success, combined with being associated with a top Japanese exhibition brand, is contributing significantly to the increased visibility of our own brand with consumers and exhibitors in the market."

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Centennial, Colo. - Exclusively broadcast to nearly 500 select movie theaters for only one night, Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes takes audiences on an inspiring and compelling journey to a picturesque Rocky Mountain camp where 25 boys gather to honor the memories of their fathers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. NCM Fathom and the executive producer of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" Conrad Ricketts present Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes, a touching in-theater tribute to our military and their families on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central / 6:00 p.m. Mountain / 8:00 p.m. Pacific (tape delayed). This uplifting event will feature live fireside discussions with the boys and celebrity camp mentors who celebrate their courage in overcoming many of life's challenges. Celebrity mentors include current "The Celebrity Apprentice" contestant and former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg, actor Ryan Merriman ("Final Destination 3") and host of "Sons of the Fallen" and former IndyCar racer Joey "T" Truscelli, with musical performances by Clint Black.

Tickets for Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes are available at participating box offices and online here. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

"This live event is about our nation coming together to help tell these boys' stories so that more people will become aware and never forget the sacrifices these families have made and are continuing to make for our freedom," said Truscelli, a former Marine and founder of "One Good Turn Ranch 4Kids" in Divide, Colo. where the camp is hosted.

Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes showcases the boys, ranging in age from seven to 17, who lost their fathers serving the United States as they live together for a week at "One Good Turn Ranch" sharing experiences they typically would have had with their fathers. Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes features pre-recorded footage as cameras followed the boys on their journey at the ranch while experiencing the joys of the great outdoors and working together through daily camp challenges including climbing the 14,000-foot Pikes Peak, fishing, kayaking, archery and riding in race cars at Pike's Peak International Raceway. This moving big screen event is presented in association with Schwan's Home Delivery.

"I have always been drawn to support the military, and when given the chance to be a mentor for boys who had lost a parent to their countries service, I wanted to help as much as I could," said Bill Goldberg. "The main reason I got involved was because I couldn't imagine my little boy growing up and not knowing his father and not being able to share his experiences with his father."

Goldberg is currently appearing on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" and playing for "One Good Turn Ranch 4Kids" as his charity during the series.

NCM will also make a charitable contribution to Communities 4Kids/One Good Turn Ranch from the company's charity initiative funded by employee donations each month.

"Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes is an event every community should rally around to pay tribute to soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and to those left behind," said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. "Audiences in theaters will be touched and inspired by these young men as communities and celebrities come together in this historic event to help them after the loss of their brave fathers. Boys like these live in every community across the United States and this program will inspire the hero in all of us to make a difference. "

Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes appears on the big screen in high-definition with Cinema Surround Sound in 491 select movie theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Bainbridge Cinemas (Bainbridge, WA), Carolina Theatre (Asheville, NC) and Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network - North America's largest cinema broadcast network.

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'Bond 23' Delayed

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In a joint statement, producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli put a halt to speculation of when a 23rd installment of the Bond series will hit theaters.


"Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23," said the pair.

The announcement comes at a time when the franchise is as strong as ever. 2008's Quantum of Solace snagged more than $570 million worldwide.

While moviegoers were initially hesitant to the idea of Daniel Craig taking over the Bond role, the actor has shown that a darker interpretation of the classic 007 character can still bring in the masses.

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MORRISTOWN, NJ & LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in the digital cinema industry, today announced two key promotions. Gerd Jakuszeit, formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media Services, is now President and COO of Digital Media Services. Alison Choppelas, formerly Director of Legal Affairs of the Media Services Group, is now Vice President of Business Affairs of the Media Services Group.

Chuck Goldwater, President of Cinedigm's Media Services Group said, "Both Gerd and Alison have been invaluable members of the Cinedigm team. Their hard work in their respective areas of responsibilities have contributed greatly to Cinedigm becoming a leader and trusted partner with exhibitors, studios and vendors throughout the digital cinema world. Together with the rest of our team we look forward to Gerd and Alison's continuing contributions to Cinedigm's growth and success."

Mr. Jakuszeit joined Cinedigm in May of 2004 as Director of Access Digital Media focusing on exhibitor and studio business development. In November 2007 he was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media Services where he has led the development, expansion and implementation of Cinedigm's industry leading satellite distribution network which includes the CineLive 3D live event technology.

Prior to joining Cinedigm Mr. Jakuszeit had extensive experience in the exhibition community serving as General Manager of National Theatres Corp. responsible for operations, construction and projection technology. Gerd subsequently contributed to the initial technology development and deployment of digital cinema while at Technicolor.

Mr. Jakuszeit has served for more than 15 years as an active member of multiple, regional National Association the Theatre Owners boards. Mr. Jakuszeit attended the University of Maryland and Cleveland State University.

Ms. Choppelas joined Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. in May of 2007 as Director of Legal Affairs, of Media Services Group. She oversees legal matters for the Media Services area of the company, most notably the studio, exhibitor, and vendor negotiations for the digital cinema deployment. In her new role she will be responsible for a broader range of responsibilities throughout the development of the company's digital cinema business.

Prior to joining Cinedigm, Ms. Choppelas represented entertainment and technology companies in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law. At Santa Clara, Ms. Choppelas was President of the International Law Society and served on the Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

Ms. Choppelas has been an active volunteer of the Junior League of Los Angeles for more than six years, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including Secretary of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Annual Giving fundraising committee, and Chair of the Social and Special Events fundraising committee.


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