Burbank, CA -- Everything has led to this moment. The epic finale begins with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1", which arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download this April 15th from Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Setting the stage for the much anticipated theatrical release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" this summer, the entire ensemble cast is back for this must-see seventh installment of the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history, based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling.

From celebrated director David Yates (Harry Potter series Years 5-7), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" brings back the highly-acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as well as Academy Award® Nominee Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans, The English Patient), Academy Award® Nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The Kings's Speech, Sweeney Todd), Academy Award® Nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Alan Rickman (Sweeney Todd, Love Actually), and Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd, Gosford Park). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" also introduces Golden Globe® Winner Bill Nighy (The Constant Gardener, Love Actually) as Rufus Scrimgeour.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition, and a digital copy of the film, for $35.99 and on Single Disc DVD in widescreen format for $28.98 SRP.

Beginning February 1st, Harry Potter fans old and new can sign up to join the "Quest for the Hallows", an exciting global online adventure throughout the year. The "Quest for the Hallows" allows participants to unlock exclusive content, including videos, photos and other exciting, never-before-seen materials, and also enter sweepstakes featuring spectacular prizes. For more information and to sign up for the "Quest for the Hallows" visit www.questforthehallows.com.

On April 15th, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" will be available for rent ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, and select game consoles. It is also available to buy through DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from digital movie retailers and select game consoles.

It will be available to rent on Blu-ray and DVD via kiosks and subscription on May 10, 2011.

Also on April 15 from Warner Home Video, the adventure multiplies with the release of "Harry Potter Years 1-7 Part 1" Giftsets on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The giftsets feature the first seven films in the franchise ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1"); the Blu-ray giftset includes an abundance of spectacular special features on each movie. The "Harry Potter Years 1-7 Part 1" Giftset will be available on Blu-ray for $134.99 and DVD for $78.92 SRP


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a motion picture event, told in two full-length parts.

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes--the keys to Voldemort's immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as Voldemort's followers look for Harry with orders to bring him to the Dark Lord...alive.

Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale--the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived." No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" contains the following special features:

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:

• Exclusive Sneak Peek of a scene from the highly anticipated upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
• Maximum Movie Mode - Join host Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and other members of the cast and crew, on an interactive journey through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. Plus, revisit important moments from the previous films to prepare for the final battle that takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
• Dan, Rupert and Emma's Running Competition - While filming the escape scene from the Snatchers in Swinley Forest, Dan, Rupert and Emma engage in a little competition of their own. With colorful commentary by Director David Yates, see the competitive spirit on set and this hilarious rivalry between the three leads.
• The Seven Harrys - See how Daniel Radcliffe recreated the personalities of the different characters that transform into Harrys in the hilarious Privet Drive scene.
• On the Green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James - Accompany Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and James Phelps (Fred Weasley) for a round of golf and get a glimpse into their 10-year friendship that developed while making the Harry Potter films.
• The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Promotional Trailer - Join Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and other cast members from the Harry Potter films on their first visit to the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
• Additional Scenes
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Behind the Soundtrack
• Standard Definition DVD of the feature film
• Digital Copy of the feature film

DVD Includes:

• Additional Scenes


Consumers who buy or rent the movie digitally will receive special bonus materials:

• iTunes - Fans that purchase the title from iTunes will receive extras including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" soundtrack, eight deleted scenes, and an interview with Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps discussing growing up on set and life after Potter.

• On Demand - Consumers that rent the film On Demand in Hi-def will have access to great bonus content including Dan, Rupert and Emma's "Running Competition," an exclusive video that gives a glimpse of the new cast members on the set, and a deeper look at the making of the soundtrack for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."


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Washington D.C. -- Richard Fox, Executive Vice President, International of Warner Bros. Entertainment will receive the inaugural CinemaCon Passepartout Award, as part of CinemaCon's International Day, 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. When it debuts, CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. Fox will receive his special honor at the International Day Luncheon to take place on Monday, March 28, 2011.

"The ‘CinemaCon Passepartout Award' has been created to single out the achievements of an industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unequalled and is an award that will be presented on an annual basis," noted Neuhauser. "Having Richard Fox be the first recipient is really our great honor. There is no one we can think of who is more deserving, or, is as highly respected and admired by so many filmmakers and executives throughout the world when it comes to international distribution and local and foreign production. This is a wonderful opportunity for the industry to single Richard out for his pioneering efforts and leadership and we couldn't be more delighted."

Fox has spent his entire professional career at Warner Bros. Entertainment, having joined the company in 1975 as a management trainee working in Australia and Japan. Numerous promotions led to his current position of Executive Vice President International in 1992 where Fox manages the company's extensive indigenous film production initiative, in which Warner Bros. Pictures serves as a producer, production partner or distributor of local language films in various countries around the world. When applicable, the Studio commits its worldwide resources to exporting these films to an international audience. In 2006, Fox was named the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters) an award created by the French government in 1957 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to creative life in France and throughout the world. In 2008, Fox received the honorary title Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic,) which is conferred by the President of the Italian Republic on Italian and foreign citizens who have distinguished themselves through lasting contributions to Italian society.


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BURBANK, Calif. - January 31, 2011 - Chuck Viane, president of Global Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, announced today that he will retire in July after 25 years with The Walt Disney Company.

"Chuck is one of the most knowledgeable and savvy individuals in the film industry," said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Throughout his distinguished career at Disney, he has proven himself to be a rare legend, deeply respected by those who have had the privilege to work with him here as well as by exhibitors and colleagues around the world."

Coming from the exhibition arm of the industry, Viane joined Disney in 1985 and has helped shepherd the Studio's distribution operation through rapidly changing technological and economic times, including significant international expansion. As a result, the Studio's distribution arm reached the domestic billion-dollar plateau 13 times during his tenure, setting the stage for the Studio in 2010 to become the first to have two billion-dollar earners in the same year, with Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

"Being on the front lines at Disney over such an exciting period in the film industry has been an extraordinary experience. I've worked on the best projects, I've worked with the best people and I'm proud of the things we've accomplished together," said Viane. "Now I'm looking forward to watching my grandkids grow - and maybe getting to sleep in on Sunday mornings."

The Studio is pleased to announce that Dave Hollis has been promoted to executive vice president, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution. He will work closely with Viane over the next five months to transition oversight of the theatrical distribution function. Viane will stay on as a consultant through the middle of next year and a replacement for Hollis will be named at a later date.

"I've had the pleasure of watching Dave's career thrive here at Disney and I know I am leaving the team in very capable hands," added Viane.

A 10-year Disney veteran, Hollis was most recently senior vice president of Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, where he was responsible for the sales and distribution operation across 70 countries, for all motion pictures released under the Walt Disney Pictures, Disneynature, Marvel and Touchstone Pictures banners. In his new role, Dave will assume responsibility for global sales and distribution of The Walt Disney Studios motion pictures, including North America and international markets. He will report directly to Bob Chapek, president of Distribution for TWDS.



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WASHINGTON - A comprehensive new study released today by the brand and trademark monitoring firm Envisional found that 23.8 percent of global Internet traffic involves digital theft with BitTorrent accounting for almost half (11.4 percent). And traffic numbers for the United States, showed that over 17 percent of the US Internet traffic is estimated to be infringing, with BitTorrent responsible for more than half (9 percent).

The study by Dr. David Price, Head of Piracy Intelligence for Envisional, was commissioned by NBCUniversal. It also found that infringing cyberlocker sites accounted for 5.1 percent and infringing video streaming sites accounted for 1.4 percent of global traffic. Other peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and file sharing arenas contributed the rest of the infringing traffic.

Additionally, the analysis of the top 10,000 peer-to-peer swarms (as measured by the number of active downloaders or "leechers" on the PublicBT tracker, the largest and most popular BitTorrent tracker) found that 99.24 percent of the non-pornographic material was copyrighted material.

The study was released in conjunction with a panel discussion sponsored by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

The following is a statement from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):

"Bottom line, according to this new study, nearly one-quarter of the traffic on the Internet involves the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material such as movies, TV shows, music and video games. Whether you call it piracy, digital theft, illegal downloading or unauthorized streaming, it's stealing the creative work of others. The real victims are the 2.4 million Americans working in film and television, and the millions of other workers in the United States and abroad whose livelihoods depend on the creation, sale and distribution of copyrighted material."

"Our society would not tolerate a situation where one-quarter of all the traffic in and out of the bakeries, butcher shops and grocery stores involved stolen merchandise, and we cannot tolerate the vast explosion of digital theft on the Internet. With download speeds and server capacity increasing every day, the problem will only get worse if we don't do something about it. The time for governments and industries to act is now."

A copy of a summary of the key findings along with the report can be found here.


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Source: Deadline.com

Katherine Heigl will take on the role previously occupied by Halle Berry in Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve. Jon Bon Jovi will play Heigl's love interest.

New Year Eve's cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sofía Vergara, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sienna Miller. It's due in theaters on Dec. 9, 2011.


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