New York, NY - Screenvision has partnered with waggingtail entertainment (Bryan Bantry in association with Eric Hanson and Michael S. Rosenberg) to present STAND-UP 360 in theatres nationwide beginning in May 2009. STAND-UP 360 will be delivering a series of feature-length, stand-up comedy films, which offer seven distinct feature presentations with comedian Caroline Rhea as the lead host of the recorded-live films, to Screenvision's Programming Network division.

Screenvision's Programming Network will make the comedy series available through its exhibitor partners across the country with coverage in all of the top 10 DMAs.

STAND-UP 360 presents top names from headliners to break-out stars capturing the unmistakable energy of a live New York comedy show in an unparalleled experience. Serving up a new style of entertainment at the movies, Screenvision offers major bang for the buck; it would take months of repeated visits to a variety of comedy venues to experience the caliber and range of talent assembled by STAND-UP 360 for each part of this series.

"Screenvision is committed to using its digital network to deliver quality entertainment to movie theatres nationwide. From documentaries, to concerts, to live sports and now stand-up comedy we are creating a full spectrum of alternatives to compliment the biggest draw of all, the feature-length movie," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations for Screenvision. "STAND-UP 360 will bring top-draw comedy stars to theatre audiences on a national level and we look forward to working with waggingtail and our exhibitor partners to promote it."

The Screenvision Programming Network was launched in 2007 to enable exhibitors to attract additional audiences during off-peak movie timeframes. Screenvision's presentation of the La Scala opera series, UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days, Ballet Shoes, its partnership with the New York Mets for Mets at the Movies, the Phillies' World Series film with Major League Baseball, the Boston Celtics championship season documentary, Return to the Rafters, MSNBC's coverage of President Obama's Inauguration, and most recently Stevie Wonder's "Live at Last" concert are examples of previous successes.

"New York comedy clubs are to stand-up comedy what Broadway is to theater - the place to see the absolute best performers," says producer Bryan Bantry, waggingtail entertainment. "Now, we can deliver the experience of a New York club closer to home, at a great price. Seeing live comedy is about who's at the mic and the energy of the crowd. Showcasing our comedy series in theatres generates the same dynamic and exciting experience of a live show. With the state of the economy and discouraging headlines all around us -- we need a laugh, now more than ever. STAND-UP 360 is designed to be fun, inexpensive and unmatched in terms of its entertainment value."

Hosted by Caroline Rhea, STAND-UP 360 series will debut four original films with two special features, STAND-UP 360: Muy Caliente and STAND-UP 360: Inside Out. Muy Caliente will be devoted to Hispanic comics such as Angelo Lozada, Cristela Alonzo, Sara Contreras and hosted by rising star Erik Rivera. Inside Out will headline popular LGBT comics and friends including Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Frank DeCaro and Jaffe Cohen. Filled with laughs and never-before-seen footage, each series delivers thought-provoking performances.

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LOS ANGELES - Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert will be honored at ShoWest 2009 with a special ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award, 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. Ebert will be presented with the ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award at a special luncheon "Celebrating the Importance of Independent and Specialty Film" on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"With over 40 years devoted to providing moviegoing audiences with reviews and incredible insight into the film world, Roger Ebert has been a standout critic respected by audiences, peers and movie industry insiders alike," noted Neuhauser. "And what's more is that if it weren't for Roger Ebert, who has always had the foresight to champion the cause of relatively unknown and budding filmmakers and talent, the world of motion pictures as we know it today wouldn't be as rich, diverse and enriching as it is. We all owe Mr. Ebert a debt of gratitude and we are thrilled to be able to present him with this special ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award."

Ebert began his career as a film critic in 1967, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times. In 1976 he teamed with Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune to begin co-hosting a weekly film review television show. Ultimately known as "Siskel & Ebert at The Movies" the pair co-hosted the show, known for their thumbs up and thumbs down film reviews, until Siskel's death in 1999. After a rotation of co-hosts Richard Roeper became the permanent co-host in 2000 and "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper" was on the air until 2007. Ebert has also been the critic for WLS/ABC in Chicago from 1983-2003 and co-hosted the Academy Awards live pre-show on ABC for many years. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, and in June of 2005 Ebert was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has also been awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2003, by the American Society of Cinematographers and an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Directors Guild of America in 2009. Ebert continues to write movie reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and he is the most visited film critic on the internet.

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LOS ANGELES -Dennis Quaid, will receive the ShoWest 2009 Male Star of the Year Award, 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. Quaid will be presented with the ShoWest Male Star of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Dennis Quaid's impressive accomplishments as an actor and his charismatic onscreen presence have been entertaining audiences for over three decades," said Neuhauser. "Since first bursting onto the scene with his sensitive portrayal of a struggling youth in the terrific Breaking Away, through films like The Right Stuff, Any Given Sunday, The Parent Trap, The Rookie, The Parent Trap, Traffic, The Day After Tomorrow and Vantage Point, Quaid's body of work is as diverse and varied which is all a testament to his ability and talent as a great actor. ShoWest is honored in its own right to be able to single him out as its 2009 Male Star of the Year."

Since landing in Hollywood and securing a breakout role in Breaking Away, Dennis Quaid has gone on to build a remarkable body of work that includes such films as Great Balls of Fire, Something to Talk About, Any Given Sunday, Wyatt Earp, The Parent Trap, Traffic, The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow and Smart People, to name just a few. His 2002 role as a closet homosexual in 1950's New York, in the critically acclaimed Far From Heaven, netted Quaid the New York Film Critics Circle and The Independent Spirit Award as "Best Supporting Actor." The role also garnered Quaid nominations for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor's Guild Award.

Quaid's voice will next be featured in the Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions' 3D Film Battle for Terra, releasing on May 1, 2009. Battle for Terra tells the story of Senn and Mala, two rebellious alien teens living on the beautiful planet Terra, a place that promotes peace and tolerance, having long-ago rejected war and weapons of mass destruction. But when Terra is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe, the planet is plunged into chaos. During the upheaval, Mala befriends an injured human pilot and each learns the two races are not so different from one another. Together they must face the terrifying realization that in a world of limited resources, only one of their races is likely to survive.

Quaid can also be seen this summer as part of the ensemble cast in the Paramount Pictures action adventure, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, and this fall in the Overture Films horror film Pandorum. Next year, he can be seen in the dramatic thriller Legion, releasing in January 2010, from Sony Screen Gems.

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Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading 3D motion picture exhibitor, today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

"We finished 2008 with a solid fourth quarter, highlighted by a 10 percent increase in theatre level cash flow, compared to the year-ago quarter," stated Carmike Cinemas Chairman David Passman. "Although the domestic economy continues to be challenged, Carmike and the exhibition industry as a whole have demonstrated our resilience.

Our adjusted net income improved by $6.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 as compared to the same period in 2007. Our adjusted net income for the three months ended December 31, 2008 was $1.7 million, excluding $36.3 million of impairment charges. Our adjusted net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2007 was $4.9 million, excluding impairment charges of $63.6 million. The impairments are non-cash charges to earnings and did not affect the Company's liquidity or cash flows from operating activities.

"We are pleased with the positive response throughout our circuit to 3D films. Over the past few years Carmike has converted 2,157 of our screens to digital cinema and built a leadership position in 3D installations. As a result, Carmike now has the largest installed base of 3D screens of any domestic exhibitor. We believe we are well positioned to benefit from a growing pipeline of high profile 3D content planned for 2009 and beyond."

Carmike's Chief Financial Officer Richard Hare stated, "Our per patron revenue rose year-over-year during the fourth quarter due to price increases implemented during the year and 3D premium pricing. In aggregate, theatre patrons spent an average of $9.72 per visit during the fourth quarter, up over five percent versus the prior year period. Our average per patron combined revenue for the full year rose to $9.56, with average admissions rising 7.3 percent to $6.32, and average concessions/other finishing the twelve-month period at $3.24, a 5.9 percent year-over-year increase. The per patron metric increases we achieved during the fourth quarter offset a modest 1.2 percent decline in average per screen attendance, with revenues rising 1.5 percent to $117.4 million, versus $115.7 million in the 2007 fourth quarter.

"On the expense side, we once again achieved a significant reduction in total general and administrative expenses, which fell 9.6 percent in the 2008 fourth quarter. For the full year, G&A declined 10.8 percent, compared to prior year levels. Our expense savings combined with a 14.8 percent drop in our annual interest expense, enabled us to reduce bank debt over 9 percent and make a voluntary $10 million bank debt pre-payment in December. We finished the year with $273.5 million in outstanding bank debt, and no borrowings on our $50 million revolving credit facility. We were in compliance with our debt covenant financial ratios at December 31, 2008 and importantly, during the fourth quarter of 2008, both of our debt covenant financial ratios improved compared to third quarter 2008 levels."

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Los Angeles -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced that its new iPhone and iPod touch application is available for free in the Apple App Store. The Fandango app enables fans to access movie and theater information ‘on the go', buy tickets in seconds for more than 16,000 screens across the U.S in seconds, watch trailers, view fan ratings and more.

"We are always seeking ways to make the moviegoing experience more convenient for fans," says Ted Hong, Fandango's chief marketing officer. "Each of the steps involved in making a great movie night - from choosing a film to finding a nearby theater to securing your tickets - can now be done quickly and easily from your iPhone or iPod touch without ever leaving the application or risking a sold out sign at the theater. That's the ultimate in convenience for moviegoers."

Movie fans can find their desired movie from a list of "In Theaters" or "Coming Soon", watch trailers, read synopses and view fan ratings. Additionally, fans can browse local theaters using the devices' location-based features, add theaters to a "favorites" list for faster searching, view showtimes and discover amenities such as Print at Home ticketing and stadium seating. Ticketing for more than 16,000 screens is available at the flick of a finger - simply select the desired date, time and ticket quantity - and guarantee tickets in seconds. For the ultimate in convenience, users have the ability to securely save their credit card for expedited purchasing.

At launch, movie fans will also be able to view an exclusive clip (available only on Fandango's app) from Earth, the first motion picture from the new film label Disneynature. Earth, narrated by James Earl Jones, tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journeys across the planet we call home. Earth opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

The Fandango app is available for free from Apple's App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or here.

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