Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to partner with Sony Pictures to offer guests the chance to see the new digital restoration of Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER for a limited time, ahead of its April 5th Blu-ray release, exclusively at 145 AMC theatres in 41 markets across the United States and Canada.

Together with Sony Pictures, AMC will feature an extensively restored 4K digital presentation (where available) of this classic movie that was originally released on Feb. 8, 1976. An iconic movie from the 1970s, TAXI DRIVER is a dark rumination centering on one man driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. The movie was directed by Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks.

Now 35 years later, AMC guests can see the movie that was nominated for four Academy Awards® in 1976 and depicts a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who works as nighttime taxi driver in New York City.

"TAXI DRIVER is an intense and powerful American movie classic," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC. "We are pleased to partner with Sony Pictures to offer guests the opportunity to view the dark world of New York City at night through the eyes of a lonely man, when this beautifully digitally restored movie hits the big screen again."

In preparation for its 35th anniversary release, TAXI DRIVER has undergone an extensive, fully 4K digital restoration. Working from the original camera negative, the film was scanned at 4K (the equivalent resolution of the 35mm negative) with color correction and digital restoration to remove imbedded emulsion dirt and repair torn frames and scratches, which was also completed at 4K. Finishing work, including the creation of the TAXI DRIVER 4K Digital Cinema Package, which also includes a multi-channel stereo soundtrack approved by the director and created from the original stereo recordings, was completed at full-service digital intermediate facility Colorworks at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

"TAXI DRIVER is a classic that should be experienced again in a movie theater," said Jim Amos, president, Sony Pictures Releasing. "This film is an important part of our studio's rich history and it is a responsibility and privilege to restore films like these so future generations can experience Martin Scorsese's masterpiece as it was meant to be seen."

TAXI DRIVER grossed more than $28 million at the box office in 1976 by telling the story of Travis Bickle (De Niro) a veteran who battles insomnia by working as a taxi driver at night. Bickle, dejected about what a cesspool the city is at night, sees one bright spot in his dark world, Betsy (Shepherd) a campaign worker for a Senator aspiring to become President. Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy and obsesses to make the world a better place, particularly for Iris (Foster), 12-year-old runaway and prostitute who he tries to rescue.

Showings will be at 8 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 22. Tickets for this limited-time, special event and a list of participating markets and theatres are now available online at www.AMCTheatres.com/taxidriver or at participating theatres.

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- The MPAA has overturned the "R" rating on director Julian Schnabel's feature, Miral. The ruling comes as a result of an appeal brought forth by Schnabel and producer Jon Kilik, which contested the MPAA's decision to grant Miral an "R" rating in lieu of a "PG-13."

"I understand the MPAA is by nature a protective organization, but I felt very strongly that they didn't need to protect teenagers from my film," said Schnabel. "Quite the contrary, teenagers are the intended audience for Miral's story. I am very happy the MPAA proved to be open minded and ultimately agreed."

"The MPAA's decision to overturn the R-rating they originally placed on Miral is very good news," said Kilik. "We are happy to have the MPAA find that our film respected the guidelines of their rating system. To have lost the ability to share Miral with the generation most affected by the story's message would have been at odds with the meaning and purpose of our film."

Miral which is slated for release by The Weinstein Company on March 25th, stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Omar Metwally (Munich, Rendition), and Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) and is based on the autobiographical novel of the same title by award-winning author and journalist, Rula Jebreal, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of Miral, a young Palestinian girl growing up in East Jerusalem and confronting the effects of a prolonged war on every aspect of her life. Raised from early childhood at Hind Husseini's orphanage and school, Dar El-Tifel, she is gradually awakened to her people's struggle. Ultimately, she must choose between a path of violence and "Mama" Hind's belief that education and enlightenment are the only way towards lasting peace.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- The Collective, a full-service entertainment management and content company, along with AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical and exhibition company, and popular horror website BloodyDisgusting.com, announce today a film distribution partnership dedicated to acquiring and marketing the best horror and thriller titles from the festival and international markets.

The Collective has acquired the rights to several films out of horror- and genre-heavy festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, Slamdance, Sitges Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, and plans on releasing the films across multiple platforms.

AMC will show a new title in the series each month, at least twice a week, across 32 key markets, including a special Friday midnight show, beginning in May. After their theatrical exhibition at AMC, films from the series will be available to fans of the genre in DVD, Video on Demand (VOD), online and television. Released though The Collective's home-video partnership with Vivendi Universal, DVDs for titles in the Bloody Disgusting series will feature unrated content, bonus features and special packaging for each title.

The AMC showings will introduce audiences to top horror and thriller films they would not otherwise see, as well as feature short films, contests and premiere content from the genre's heavy hitters, offering a new platform for how films can be experienced.

"There's a huge market for niche horror films - both independent and foreign - that isn't being met in the current environment," said Gary Binkow, a partner at the Collective. "We're extremely excited to be working with AMC, a company that is forward-thinking in their approach to distribution and community outreach, and willing to work with us to bring the fans into theatres to experience quality horror films in high definition video and audio. Together, we will build up a series around what those fans really want. And it only makes sense to have the trusted tastemakers of the genre from the world's number one entertainment source for horror, Bloody Disgusting, pick the titles that they think deserve to be seen by a wider audience."

"In many of AMC's major-market theatres, horror films are very popular, but we have lacked a steady supply of quality titles," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of alternative and specialty content at AMC. "We are pleased to offer our guests this innovative film series, one that will entice them to return month after month for programming selected especially for them."

"We see a lot of horror films that never make it to the consumer here in the States," said Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting co-head. "We hope to change that by releasing only films we personally love and think the horror community will embrace. Horror movies are a social experience. The success of Bloody Disgusting and other horror communities proves that concept. Bloody Disgusting represents a society of hardcore fans and we plan to activate them through these screenings, bringing the conversation off of the blogs and into the theater itself, while creating a unique experience for each filmgoer that motivates them to come back every month for the experience itself, not just the films."
The first films to be released under this venture are:

• COLD FISH - From Sion Sono, the director of LOVE EXPOSURE and SUICIDE CLUB and based on a true story, it came as no surprise that Sono's brutal serial killer film COLD FISH received international acclaim on the festival circuit, playing Toronto, Venice, Pusan, Fantastic Fest, and others. When Shamoto's teenage daughter was caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps to resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Shamoto's daughter work at their fish store. Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple...who force him to get his hands dirty in their brutal business. Inspired by a true events, COLD FISH is a bloodcurdling suspense drama that unveils the underlying insanity of an ordinary man.
• RAMMBOCK - Produced by Melanie Berke and Sigrid Hoerner, written by Benjamin Hessler and directed by Marvin Kren, the Fantastic Fest favorite marks the first German foray into the zombie genre. Kren's short but action packed feature follows a group of strangers attempting to fight off a horde of infected zombies in a Berlin apartment complex.
• YELLOWBRICKROAD - Produced by Eric Hungerford and directed and written by Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland and starring Cassidy Freeman (SMALLVILLE), Anessa Ramsey (THE SIGNAL), and Lee Wilkof (BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD) In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years, until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomed citizens of Friar took.

For more information, please visit: www.bloodydisgustingselects.com.

 

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March 10, 2011 -- Continuing to push the boundaries of what digital cinema can deliver at the local multiplex, Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has teamed with Exclusive Media Group, RCA Records and Spitfire Pictures to bring the yet to be released music documentary "FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH," followed by a live concert from the band, to over 80 theatres across the U.S. for one night only on April 5th. The live performance, broadcast directly into theatres, will feature the Foo Fighters playing their upcoming album "Wasting Light" front to back a week in advance of the album's street date of April 12th.

Following the theatrical broadcast, the documentary will air as a VH1 Rock Doc on VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia on April 8th at 10PM ET/PT.

Produced by Nigel Sinclair ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan", "Amazing Journey the Story of the Who", "The Last Play at Shea") of Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures, the documentary chronicles the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Sinclair is also the CEO and co-chairman of Exclusive Media Group. Executive Producers are Jeanne Elfant Festa, Glen Zipper, Michele Farinola, John Silva, Gaby Skolnek, John Cutcliffe, Alex Brunner and Chris Miller.
Oscar® and Emmy® winner James Moll produced and directed the documentary film which culminates with the making of the new album: a process in which the band pushed itself forward by going fully back to basics and recording in Grohl's garage completely on analog tape. No computers, no software - just a band recording an album to tape in a garage. The new record also marks the Foos' first full-length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, with whom Grohl worked on Nirvana's classic album Nevermind. Former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic will also return along with other surprise guest artists.

The theatres presenting "FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH" will be announced in the coming days at www.cinedigm.com/foofighters.

The film was co-financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records and produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Allentown Productions. VH1 and Sony Music Entertainment acquired domestic and international television rights respectively.

 

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