LOS ANGELES - Michael Bay will receive the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Bay will be presented with the ShoWest Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"We are thrilled to be able to honor one of the most bold and imaginative filmmakers in the industry today," said Neuhauser. "Michael Bay's aggressive visual style and memorable action sequences leaves audiences at the edge of the seats and running back to the theaters for more with each new release. We could not be more honored to present Michael Bay with the ShoWest Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking."

Opening on June 24, 2009, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is Bay's highly anticipated follow-up to the box-office blockbuster Transformers, the third-highest grossing picture and the best-selling DVD of 2007. Transformers earned over $700 million worldwide, making it Bay's most successful film to date. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen marks the return of stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro and introduces several new characters played by Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas and Rainn Wilson.

As one of the entertainment industry's most successful filmmakers, Michael Bay has grossed more than $3 billion at the worldwide box office. From the time he was 15 working at LucasFilm, to being a Production Assistant on the Warners lot at 16, he knew he wanted to be a director. At a young age, he pursued photography, a field in which he would go on to win multiple awards, while cultivating his artistic vision for the future. His work evolved from Super 8 to 35mm, and by the age of 24, he'd directed some of the most acclaimed advertising campaigns in the world and won nearly every award bestowed in the advertising industry, including the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year for the "Got Milk?/Aaron Burr" spot

Bay found his voice as a storyteller -- his forté became fast-paced, action-packed drama with just the right hint of comedy thrown in. His first feature film, "Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was a resounding success, coming in as Sony's highest-grossing picture of 1995. In 1996 he scored an even bigger hit with the The Rock, starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. Grossing more than $335 million worldwide, the film was one of the top-five releases of 1996. Next up was Armageddon with Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton and Liv Tyler which earned $550 million, followed by Pearl Harbor, and The Island. Michael Bay became synonymous with a wild ride at the movies.

His production company, Bay Films, remains one of the most cutting-edge production companies in Hollywood today while Platinum Dunes, a company he formed with partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, was founded to give talented commercial and video directors an opportunity to break into the feature world. Platinum Dunes is the one of the most successful Horror genre labels in the business, producing such hits as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Amityville Horror (2005), and this year's Friday the 13th, which pulled in the highest grossing opening weekend for horror of all time.

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Los Angeles -- The popular vampire love story, Twilight, has been selected by 78% of participating moviegoers as the top film of 2008, as part of the polling for the first annual Fandango Fan Choice Award. The new award will be presented to the studio that produced Twilight (Summit Entertainment) at ShoWest, the world's largest theatrical convention, on the night of April 2 in Las Vegas.

During the Hollywood awards season (February 9 - February 27, 2009), over 69,000 film fans voted online for their favorite film at www.fandango.com/awardswatch. Moviegoers were asked to pick their favorite film from a list of 2008's top ten domestic box office hits (which included The Dark Knight, Iron Man and WALL-E).

Although it was not the top-grossing film of 2008 (that honor goes to The Dark Knight), Twilight ended up receiving more fan votes than any other title and went on to win the Fandango Fan Choice Award. According to a recent Fandango survey, New Moon, the Twilight sequel set for release on November 20, is among 2009's most anticipated movies.

"Twilight clearly struck a chord with mainstream moviegoers," says Ted Hong, Chief Marketing Officer for Fandango. "Although it was overlooked by the Academy and the top critics' groups for nominations in 2008,Twilight has a remarkable online fan base, which was obviously instrumental in helping it win the Fandango Fan Choice Award. The franchise's huge following shows no signs of abating."

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Burbank, California - As part of its on-going product improvement effort, GDC Technology ("GDC") is pleased to announce that it has added Closed Captioning capabilities to its SA-2100 family of digital cinema servers. This will benefit cinema patrons who are hearing impaired as they can now read the captions individually (using specially designed equipment available on individual seats) while watching the movie at the same time.

Unlike open captioning where text is permanently visible which can be intrusive to the viewing audience, closed captioning allows individual caption-reading. This means others seated alongside do not watch, or even see, the captions. GDC has adopted the WGBH Rear Window Captioning System to display the caption. The adopted system is in full compliance of SMPTE 428-10 and SMPTE 429-12 standards. All GDC SA-2100 servers now accept digital content in the form of Digital Cinema Packages which include closed captions.

In a recent letter sent to studios and equipment suppliers, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatres Owners (NATO), John Fithian had this to say with regard to Closed Captions for the audibly impaired: "To enable closed captions in digital cinema, NATO is working inside SMPTE to produce a uniform standard distribution format for digital cinema captions. In addition, NATO is working towards a standard interface for the digital cinema player so that 3rd party closed caption system can simply plug in without modification. The goal is to incorporate these new standards in digital cinema systems by early 2009, along with the DCI-mandated improvements currently scheduled."

"GDC is among the earliest few digital cinema server companies to introduce Closed Caption capabilities to its range of servers," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC respects The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities (hearing impaired included) in public accommodations such as movie theatres. We are proud of our efforts to bring the magic of digital movies to all patrons."

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LOS ANGELES - Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Day Luncheon for ShoWest 2009 on Monday, March 30. The announcement was made today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director ShoWest, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas. Gianopulos will speak about the state of the global film industry, the impact of new technologies, and the future of theatrical exhibition.

"We could not be more excited to open the 35th anniversary of ShoWest with such an exciting and important keynote address," noted Neuhauser. "Jim Gianopulos is sure to provide attendees with an informative and enthusiastic look at the global movie marketplace and we are thrilled to have him address the nation's exhibition community at the ShoWest 2009 opening day luncheon ‘ShoWest Goes Global.'"

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LOS ANGELES -The female ensemble cast of Summit Entertainment's Sorority Row, will jointly receive the ShoWest 2009 Female Star of Tomorrow Award, it was announced by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, and Margo Harshman will be presented with the ShoWest Female Stars of Tomorrow Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Yes, this is certainly a first, in being able to honor not one, but an ensemble group of six extremely talented and promising young actresses as our Female Star, or should we say, Female Stars of Tomorrow.", said Neuhauser. "ShoWest has had a longstanding tradition of honoring stars in this category and we couldn't be more excited than to be able to bring to the forefront of the industry, the vibrant and exciting breakout stars of the upcoming film Sorority Row, Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, and Margo Harshman, by honoring them as the 2009 ShoWest Female Stars of Tomorrow."

Releasing on October 2, 2009, Sorority Row tells the story of when five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank that went horribly wrong, they all agree to keep the matter to themselves and to never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five girls and anyone who knows their secret. Sorority Row stars Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, and Margo Harshman. The film was directed by Stewart Hendler and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger and is based on the original screenplay entitled Seven Sisters by Mark Rosman which was developed into the classic 1983 horror film The House on Sorority Row.

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