WASHINGTON - The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced it has named former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Senator Dodd, who completed five terms in the United States Senate in January, will assume his new role on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day).

"Senator Dodd is a battle-tested leader whose reputation as a strong leader on major issues facing this country has prepared him to serve as the Ambassador for the movie business. I, along with my colleagues, agree that he was worth the wait," said Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jim Gianopulos. He added, "We're also grateful to Bob Pisano, who has done an excellent job of leading the MPAA during this transition period."

Senator Dodd, a Democrat, represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 2011, where he was Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and the author of the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dodd also served as Acting-Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during the 2009 consideration of the Health Care Reform Act. He also was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has been widely respected as an effective lawmaker able to successfully reach across party lines.

"I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world," said Senator Dodd. "The major motion picture studios consistently produce and distribute the most sought after and enjoyable entertainment on earth. Protecting this great American export will be my highest priority."

"In several important ways, taking this step represents a continuation of my work in the Senate, from advancing the interests of children and families and creating and safeguarding American jobs to the protection of intellectual property and the expansion of international trade," said Senator Dodd.

"It is also an honor to follow in the footsteps of Jack Valenti and Dan Glickman, both of whom I worked with on many occasions over the years. I look forward to working with the studios, the Association staff and all who work in our industry on the major issues facing it during this time of economic and technological challenge and global growth."

"We conducted a thorough search to identify the very best individual to lead the MPAA," said Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton. "We're convinced we have found that person in Chris Dodd. He is uniquely qualified to represent and protect our industry globally."

"Chris Dodd not only has the political instincts and experience, but he's the right person to lead the film industry through its toughest challenges regarding content protection and piracy on a domestic and global scale," said Barry Meyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros.

Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Walt Disney Company and MPAA Search Committee Member added, "This is a critical time for the motion picture industry and we couldn't be more pleased that Chris Dodd is leading our team. His vast experience in consensus-building and innovative approaches to resolving complex issues make him the ideal choice to lead this organization."

Born in Willimantic, Connecticut, Senator Dodd attended Providence College, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and then received his law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1972. He served in the Connecticut National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves and practiced law in Connecticut before being elected to Congress in 1974. He also served as the General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the re-election campaign of President William J. Clinton in 1995-1996. Senator Dodd and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, have two daughters, Grace and Christina.


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GLENDALE, Calif. -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) and IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) announced today that the studio's two upcoming releases, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots, will open in digital IMAX® theatres in IMAX® 3D. Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released to IMAX theatres in select international territories in conjunction with each of the territory's release dates. Puss in Boots will have a two-week IMAX release day-and-date with the domestic release. Both films are produced by DreamWorks Animation and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"The IMAX Experience® remains among the premiere viewing experiences in the world and we are thrilled that our audiences overseas will have the opportunity to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 and that movie-goers here in the U.S. will get to see Puss in Boots in IMAX 3D later this year," said DreamWorks Animation's Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

"The addition of these two DreamWorks Animation films reinforce the strong offering of titles we have slated for the rest of the year," said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. "Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots are the next incarnation of blockbuster franchises and we are happy to make them available to our moviegoers around the world."

"Clearly these beloved DreamWorks Animation characters have resonated around the world with audiences young and old alike and we are excited to be able to once again showcase them and their new adventures to IMAX fans through our long-standing alliance with DreamWorks Animation," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride in Puss in Boots, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.


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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Mar 01, 2011 -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced its participation in the following media conferences:

Deutsche Bank 2011 Media and Telecommunications Conference
The Breakers Hotel - Palm Beach, FL
March 7, 2011 @ 11:10 AM ET

2011 Credit Suisse Global Media & Communications Convergence Conference
Mandarin Oriental - Miami, Florida
March 8, 2011 @ 9:30 AM ET

Gabelli & Company 3rd Annual Digital Cinema & Movie Conference
Harvard Club - New York, NY
March 17, 2011 @ 11:45 AM ET

A webcast of Regal's presentations at the Deutsche Bank 2011 Media and Telecommunications Conference, the 2011 Credit Suisse Global Media & Communications Convergence Conference and the Gabelli & Company 3rd Annual Digital Cinema & Movie Conference are available in the investor relations section of the Company's Web site: www.REGmovies.com.


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Source: Ain't It Cool News/ Movieplayer.it

Acclaimed Italian actor Franco Nero announced on February 25 that he is in the process of joining the production of a spaghetti western attached to Oscar-winning writer-director Quentin Tarantino. In the same interview, he indicated that Keith Carradine and Treat Williams were also involved with the film, which was yet unnamed. Meanwhile, over at Ain't It Cool News, longtime contributor Beaks confirmed that Tarantino is involved, and the film is currently slated to be his next filmmaking project, although neither story confirmed that Tarantino was actually directing. Additionally, Beaks was unable to confirm who else has been cast thus far, but he revealed that Inglourious Basterds costar Christoph Waltz will join the film's ensemble cast.

Tarantino's last project, Inglourious Basterds, was a significant critical and commercial success for the filmmaker, whose previous effort, the collaboration Grindhouse, fared poorly at the box office, and received mixed reviews. Tackling a spaghetti western (or western of any kind) seems par for course for the director, whose indefatigable ability to absorb and digest a wide variety of cinematic influences consistently results in films that are tributes, commentaries and reinventions of their respective genres.


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Source: THR.com

Josh Brolin and Tim Burton are set to join forces for a new take on The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Warner Bros. Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the duo behind Sherlock Holmes 2, are penning the script.

Burton is currently working on Dark Shadows at Warner Bros., and his involvement will ultimately depend on the script. Brolin is filming Men In Black III with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

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