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John Cusack has announced on his Twitter page that he'll be playing Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven for director James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin). Shooting begins this fall.

This certainly sounds like an Oscar bait role for Cusack. The veteran thesp has never been nominated by the Academy.

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Memphis, Tennessee -- Malco Theatres is lending a helping hand in the community during the month of September with a uniquely different twist on the traditional canned food festival!

The meat and potatoes of the Rave for Faves Canned Food Fest is for moviegoers to have the opportunity to "rave about their fave" film genre of Comedy, Horror, Action or Drama with a monetary donation that will spice up local food banks coffers.

The company goal is to raise enough dough to pepper the shelves of the Mid-South Food Bank, as well as the Smyrna LaVergne Food Bank (Smyrna, Tennessee), Project Homestead Food Pantry (Columbus, MS), the Mississippi Food Network, The Food Bank and Helping Neighbors Food Bank (Jonesboro, AR), the Ozark Food Bank (Northwest Arkansas), Tri-State Food Bank (Owensboro, KY area), Southeast Missouri Food Bank (Sikeston, Missouri) and Holmes Chapel Food Bank (Monticello, AR).

"The idea was cultivated from manager feedback. Malco has a long-standing tradition of supporting local organizations and we wanted to do something 'organically fresh' this time around", said Karen Scott, Director of Marketing, "and if all the ingredients come together, it will be a recipe of success."

All Malco Theatres locations will have donation boxes at theatre guest services or the concession stand from September 1 thru September 30.


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toystory3review.pngDisney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 will hit the $1 billion plateau worldwide today. That makes Disney the first studio to put out two $1 billion grossing films in the same year. In March, the studio released Alice in Wonderland in 3D and saw a rush of business.

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 combined for more than $840 million worldwide.

Disney's fall slate is looking quite impressive. You Again and Secretariat will be gunning mostly for female moviegoers, while Tangled is poised to be a hit among family audience. TRON Legacy should find a healthy following among sci-fi enthusiasts.

The official release:

BURBANK, Calif. -- Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios - the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.

"It's been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton's vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm," said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over."

As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney's largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region. Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far. In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie. Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.

Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios' biggest opening for a non-sequel film. Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney's biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas. Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history.

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the top ten movies-on-demand (VOD) titles based on consumer transaction rate. Movies-on-demand are transactional (pay-per-purchase) films available through cable and telco providers.

According to the company's OnDemand Essentials service, the top ten most-viewed titles, per data collected from August 16, 2010 through August 22, 2010 include:



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Cyrus Voriff and Ethan Reiff will pen Karate Kid 2 for Sony. The pair found success with Kung Fu Panda, which raked in more than $630 million worldwide after opening during Summer 2008.

Karate Kid was able to top The A-Team by a mile when it opened in June, and it was all uphill from there. The reboot has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide.

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