Source: Production Weekly
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage), and Matt Lucas ("Little Britain", Alice in Wonderland) are saving the date for "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig's untitled wedding comedy.
The project, which Wiig co-wrote with first-time feature writer Annie Mumolo, centers on two women who fight for the opportunity to plan their friend's wedding party. Wiig plans to star, while IMDb reports that Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne will co-star. No word on what roles each actor will be playing.
The film is being directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, who together famously created the cult television show "Freaks and Geeks" before Apatow became a box-office sensation. Apatow's last directorial effort, Funny People, was a critical success but an underperformer at the box office, grossing only $51.8 million domestically against a $75 million budget. He has several projects currently lined up in a producer capacity, including a film about Aziz Ansari's Funny People character "Randy".
The comedy is slated to open on May 12th, 2011.
Source: facebook, ComingSoon.net
Bill Condon, who recently officially jumped on board to direct the two-part Twilight finale Breaking Dawn, reached out to his new audience by posting a letter to the series' official facebook page. It reads:
Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,
I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.
I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.
Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.
The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.
I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.
P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers
Summit has also released two new photos from the upcoming sequel Eclipse, which you can see at ComingSoon.
The David Slade-directed Eclipse will open on June 30th, 2010, while the first part of Breaking Dawn is set for 2011.
COLUMBUS, Ga--Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today reported results for the three months ended March 31, 2010.
"The 2010 first quarter was hampered by severe weather conditions as well as higher film rental costs on blockbuster and 3-D films as compared to our 2009 first quarter which had mild weather and high performing movies with lower film costs. As a result, our first quarter went from what otherwise was a strong quarter to a respectable quarter. Notwithstanding these challenges we improved our financial liquidity by refinancing our bank debt set to expire as early as 2011 with debt maturing in 2016. The refinancing gives us the flexibility to fund our long-term strategies and it was completed at rates below our initial expectations," stated Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman.
Carmike's Chief Financial Officer Richard B. Hare stated, "Carmike's patrons spent $10.34 on average per visit during the first quarter of 2010, up 8.0 percent versus the comparable 2009 period. Average admissions advanced 7.4 percent to $6.85 as 3-D premiums of $2.50 and higher increased the average ticket price per attendee. Concessions and other revenue per patron increased 9.4 percent to $3.49, versus $3.19 in the prior year period.
"On the expense side, general and administrative expenses were up primarily due to an increase in stock incentive compensation. Other theatre operating costs were up 6.2% for the quarter to $53.9 million from $50.7 million primarily due to an increase in rent associated with new theatres, additional 3-D costs, an increase in repairs and maintenance and the impact of minimum wage increases. Quarterly interest expense declined slightly to $8.9 million, compared to $9.0 million the prior year. Importantly, we pre-paid $15 million in bank debt during Q1, leaving us with a March 31 bank debt balance of $249.3 million. Our results for the period were impacted by a $2.6 million charge related to the issuance of our new senior secured credit facility. We will continue our focus on deploying free cash toward improving our balance sheet in the near term," concluded Mr. Hare.
Mr. Passman concluded, "Despite the challenging first quarter comparisons to the prior year and the issues that negatively affected our current period results, Carmike has made significant progress on a number of critical fronts. We have enhanced our patrons' theatre experience as a result of our corporate 'refresh' program, we have a steadily improving capital structure and we have a highly motivated team of associates focused on delivering Carmike's patrons a great experience each and every time they visit one of our entertainment complexes. As well, we have a leading digital theatre circuit with cutting-edge technology - to which we recently added approximately 50 new 3-D screens."
LOS ANGELES--In an alliance that underscores its international leadership position in the 3D technology market, XpanD is now officially the exclusive technical partner of the Cannes Film Festival for 3D. The partnership, which extends through 2012, will draw on XpanD's 3D expertise to provide the necessary equipment and training of personnel for all of the 3D screenings shown at the Festival
In addition to providing its expertise for all 3D screenings at the Festival, XpanD will also employ its 3D technology for other parallel film festival sections, including Un Certain Regard, Cannes Classics, and more. All of the digital 3D projections will be made in co-operation with the technical representative of the Cannes festival, the Commission Superieure Technique Du Cinema (CST).
As the first film festival to premier digital films with Star Wars and 3D films with Phantoms of the Titanic, the Cannes Film Festival has a history of innovation and foresight when it comes to cinema. This year, the Festival continued in that tradition by screening the 3D film UP as the opening film.
"We are very excited to begin the transition to 3D technology in film and home theater," said Laurent Hebert, General Delegate for the CST. "We believe that XpanD's partnership with the Cannes Film Festival signifies the first step towards a new era in film, and we really couldn't be happier about that."