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Tom Cruise has revealed that the fourth Mission: Impossible film will be titled Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Ghost Protocol is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2011. Brad Bird is directing, and Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton co-star.

The last Mission: Impossible film was able to rake in just shy of $400 million worldwide.

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LOS ANGELES -- China Lion Film Distribution is set to release the blockbuster movie Aftershock (Tangshan Dadizheng) across select AMC Theatres in North America on October 29th. The North American theatrical release comes after its success in China where the movie broke box office records becoming the highest grossing domestic film in China. Directed by acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang, the movie is based on the Tangshan earthquake of 1976 that killed more than 240,000 people in China.

Aftershock is the first North American movie release for China Lion Film Distribution that earlier announced an exclusive partnership with AMC Entertainment Inc., a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, to introduce mainstream Chinese movies in the United States and Canada. This deal will see China Lion supply up to 15 films per year exclusively to AMC in the United States and to AMC in Toronto and Ottawa. Most films are expected to release the same date as in China.

Aftershock has grossed $100 million (USD) in China domestically, making it the biggest local film in Chinese box office history. China recently announced that the film will be its official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Oscars leading to its increased popularity nationally and internationally. The movie release marked the 34th anniversary of the Tangshan earthquake.

Aftershock's director Feng Xiaogang has become the most successful commercial film director in China with movies like If You Are the One, the Chinese romantic comedy film that grossed $53.7 million in box office sales in 2008 and Assembly the Chinese war drama film that won the 2008 People's Hundred Flowers Award and the 2009 Golden Rooster Award, the two most prestigious film Awards in China, established by the China Film Association. Feng Xiaogang has been better known for directing romantic comedies but with the record breaking success of Aftershock the director has shown his mastery in directing drama movies that appeal to the Chinese audience globally.

Aftershock is adapted from Zhang Ling's novel by the same name and shows the story of a family torn apart by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. When both her son and daughter are stuck beneath the same cement slab, the mother is forced to choose whom to save. Her agonizing decision shapes the fate of her family for 32 years to come. The movie stars Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Lu Yi, Zhang Guoqiang, Zhang Zifeng and Zhang Jiazhun.

Aftershock will be released in 24 AMC Theatres across USA and Canada in regions with significant Chinese population including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Ottawa. Release schedules are being finalized for the rest of 2010 and early 2011, with China Lion expected to announce significant acquisitions at this year's America Film Market, which opens November 3.
Commenting on the deal and Aftershock's release in the North American market, CEO Milt Barlow said, "We are delighted to partner with such a U.S. theatrical powerhouse as AMC. After a long absence, Chinese, Asian and European audiences will have access to the very best of Chinese theatrical releases in most cases screening the same day as in China." AMC President of Programming Robert J. Lenihan said, "We are excited to be the exclusive primary partner with Milt and his team at China Lion. For AMC this is another step in embracing ethnic programming in the United States."

Details on the Aftershock movie and complete theatre listings for USA and Canada are available on the movie website at www.chinalionentertainment.com/aftershock.


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harrypotter7news.pngMovieTickets.com is already reporting 190 sold-out showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I as of 1 p.m. PT today. The Warner Bros. release accounts for 57% of daily sales.

BoxOffice.com is currently predicting a $112 million debut.

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New York, NY  -- Principal photography is underway in Austin, Texas on Dimension Film's family action adventure, "Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World," being directed by Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City," The "Spy Kids" Trilogy) from his own screenplay. Rodriguez is also producing this fourth addition to the wildly popular series with Elizabeth Avellan under their Troublemaker Studios banner. Bob and Harvey Weinstein are executive producing. The film is being shot entirely in Austin, Texas and will be released in 3-D on August 19, 2011.

The ensemble cast includes Jessica Alba ("Machete"), Jeremy Piven ("Entourage"), Joel McHale (TV's "Community" and "The Soup") and young stars Rowan Blanchard (TV's "Dancelot Robot") and Mason Cook ("Treasure Buddies"). Also reprising their roles from the previous films are Antonio Banderas ("The Mask of Zorro"), Danny Trejo ("Machete"), Alexa Vega ("From Prada To Nada") and Daryl Sabara ("Machete").

On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don't want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn't know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissa's a retired secret agent.

Marissa's world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she's called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world's most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it.

Robert Rodriguez is also serving as his own director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor on the film. Rodriguez and Avellan have reunited a number of their collaborators from their past films, including makeup department head Ermahn Ospina, production designer Steve Joyner, costume designer Nina Proctor, and first assistant director Brian Bettwy.

The record-breaking "Spy Kids" Trilogy ("Spy Kids," "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams," and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over") have collectively grossed over $450 million worldwide.


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Christopher Nolan's third Batman film will be called The Dark Knight Rises. The director has also ruled out using The Riddler as the next villain in the series.

"We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we'll be introducing some new ones," says Nolan.

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.

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