Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily

Actors Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz have joined Martin Scorsese's upcoming family film The Invention of Hugo Cabret.


Based on the children's novel by Brian Selznick, the film follows an orphan named Hugo Cabret living in the walls of the Paris train station, who repairs an abandoned robot and finds himself in the middle of a mystery. Butterfield would play the title character, while Moretz would take on the part of Isabelle, an eccentric girl who plays an important role in the adventure. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley previously joined the project.

Butterfield's biggest role to date is a leading role in the Holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, while Moretz recently appeared in (500) Days of Summer, and will be seen very soon in Matthew Vaughn's Kick Ass as the deadly villain Hit Girl. She also recently wrapped one of the lead roles in Cloverfield director Matt Reeves' American remake of Tomas Alfredson's popular vampire thriller Let the Right One In (re-titled Let Me In), which will also be in theaters this year.

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LOS ANGELES - Last week's Oscar for Best Picture may have gone to Summit Entertainment's The Hurt Locker, but the ShoWest/Fandango Fan Choice Award will be presented to another Summit picture, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The award, announced today by ShoWest managing director Robert Sunshine, will be presented at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"We are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to partner with Fandango to present the ShoWest/Fandango Fan Choice Award at this year's ShoWest Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony," said Sunshine. "It is no surprise that the fans have chosen the box office hit The Twilight Saga: New Moon as this year's recipient and we are excited to present the film with this award."

Garnering over 66% of the vote, The Twilight Saga: New Moon beat out other fan favorites in an 8 week online survey exclusively featured on Fandango's Awards Watch section. More than 71,000 moviegoers voted for their favorite film of 2009, picking the winner from a list comprised of the ten top-grossing films of the year. Fans also had the opportunity to participate in a sweepstakes for a chance to attend the ShoWest Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

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Source: THR Heat Vision Blog

Comedian Jason Segel has signed to star in Disney's first big-screen Muppet effort, currently titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Segel co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, who directed Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which contained a vampire puppet musical number that helped Segel and Stoller get the job).


The story for the movie is currently being kept a secret, although it sounds as if Segel's character will re-unite the Muppets. James Bobin, a writer, producer, and director on the hit HBO comedy show "Flight of the Conchords", has been tapped to direct. Recently, Disney has started to re-build the Muppet brand, by creating a YouTube and Twitter account for the Muppet Studio. Late last year, a video of the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" was uploaded to the channel and quickly became an internet sensation. It currently sits at 13.5 million views.

Segel has been fairly careful about big-screen ventures. The actor is primarily tied up with the popular abc comedy "How I Met Your Mother", currently in its fifth season, but aside from Marshall, he appeared in the successful 2009 comedy I Love You, Man, alongside Paul Rudd, and recently signed to star in the Duplass Brothers' upcoming comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home. Stoller, meanwhile, has been hard at work writing and directing the Marshall spin-off Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, which opens on June 4th, 2010.

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James Cameron's sci-fi epic will hit store shelves on April 22. Avatar should help give a nice boost to sagging DVD/Blu-ray sales.


The 20th Century Fox release has brought in around $2.65 billion since opening in December. There has been talk of releasing the film again this summer with extra footage, but nothing is official yet.

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Building upon the success of its groundbreaking line of amplifiers dedicated for use in cinema sound, Crown Audio is showcasing the DSi 6000. The newest addition to the DSi series, the DSI 6000 is designed to provide further support for the JBL line of cinema loudspeakers.

The DSi 6000 features automatic presets for JBL cinema speaker systems for quick and easy setup. An intuitive front panel LCD panel guides installers through the process of choosing loudspeaker signal processing presets and other system parameters. All DSi series amplifiers can be configured through the Harman HiQnet System Architect platform.

"When increased power is required, the Crown DSi 6000 cinema amplifier provides the power of 2100 Watts at 4 ohms and is a significant addition to the DSi line of cinema amplifiers that are the perfect match for JBL cinema systems," stated Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing for JBL Professional.

"The DSI 6000 represents our commitment to provide the end users in this market with a continuously expanding variety of options to meet the needs any environment. The collaboration with JBL in the development of the new DSI 6000 is an example of the ability of Harman brands to share product development expertise," stated Andy Flint, Marketing Manager, for Crown.

The DSi6000 amplifiers include Crown's extremely light and efficient switch-mode power supply, and weighs 24 pounds. The DSi 6000 has a three-year, no-fault warranty. The power rating for the new DSi 6000 is 2100 watts per channel at 4 ohms

Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated ( Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG, Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, QNX, Soundcraft and Studer. Harman International's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NYSE: HAR."

Harman HiQnet is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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