Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Harkins Theatres announced today the ascension of Racheal Wilson to Senior Vice President and Tyler Cooper to Vice President. In their new roles, Wilson and Cooper will utilize their vast industry experience to build upon and expand Harkins success in movie exhibition.

Wilson has 23 years in the exhibition industry, including 18 years with Harkins Theatres. During her time  with Harkins, she has been instrumental in developing the Company's theatre operations and guest experience. Wilson formerly served as Director of Theatre Operations, District Manager and General Manager. In addition to theatre operations and guest services, Wilson will now assume responsibility for IT, Facilities, Engineering and overall Company leadership.

Cooper has been with Harkins Theatres for 13 years and in the exhibition industry for 18 years. In his previous position as Director of Business Development and Concessions, he was integral in leading Harkins Theatres to exceptional growth in theatre and corporate revenue streams. In addition to these responsibilities, in his new position, Cooper will assume more broad company leadership and the direction of Harkins' Marketing, Advertising and Corporate Sales.

"Harkins Theatres has always prided itself on having the best talent in the industry. Racheal and Tyler have  set the industry standard in  knowledge, leadership and vision. In these vital roles at Harkins Theatres, they  will keep us moving forward as we venture into a new era of moviegoing," said Mike Bowers, President and COO.

"We've been entertaining moviegoers for 78 years and have enjoyed some of our greatest growth and  success due to the dedication of Racheal and Tyler. I'm excited to see where we will go with their  guidance and leadership," said Dan Harkins, owner and CEO.

Read more


Paul Giamatti is now signing on to play the manager of Stacee Jax's (played by Tom Cruise) band in the rock musical.


Julianne Hough will star alongside Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige in Rock of Ages, a new musical from director Adam Shankman. The project is being housed at New Line.

Rock of Ages follows the rise and fall of a young girlto be played by Houghin '80s Hollywood. Cruise will play a brash rocker who tries entice her into his lifestyle.

Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand both have roles in the film.

Read more

32511predictions.pngDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: 3,167 (NEW)
Sucker Punch: 3,033 (NEW)
Rango: 3,645 (-198)
Battle: Los Angeles: 3,118 (-299)
Paul: 2,806 (+4)
Limitless: 2,805 (+49)
Red Riding Hood: 2,715 (-315)
The Lincoln Lawyer: 2,707 (+0)
The Adjustment Bureau: 2,279 (-381)
Mars Needs Moms: 2,170 (-947)
Beastly: 1,585 (-225)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 1,364 (-384)
Hall Pass: 1,204 (-701)
Just Go With It: 1,116 (-592)
The King's Speech: 1,062 (-187)

Read more

Washington D.C. -- Chris Hemsworth will receive the "CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Hemsworth will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"With a successful small screen career in Australia, Hemsworth is sure to impress audiences with his upcoming role in ‘Thor'," noted Neuhauser. "We are excited for what the future holds for Hemsworth on the big screen and are thrilled to present him with the ‘CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award.'"

Hemsworth can be seen this spring in "Thor," from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios, to be released on May 6, 2011. The epic adventure, directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne and a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Born and raised in Australia, Hemsworth first made a name for himself as a series regular on the popular Australian television series "Home and Away." He made his U.S. film debut in "Star Trek," directed by J.J. Abrams, playing the pivotal role of George Kirk. In addition to "Thor," Hemsworth will star in the Dan Bradley remake of "Red Dawn" and the Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard scripted "Cabin in the Woods," and will begin production on Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" this year.


Read more

LAS VEGAS -- Harkness Screens, the world's leading manufacturer of cinema screens, announced today that its Digital Screen Selector application has passed the 500 user threshold.

Officially launched at ShoWest 2010, the Digital Screen Selector is intended as an aid to theatre operators seeking to optimise their investment in digital cinema by helping to reduce operating costs for 2D as well as optimise light levels for both 2D and 3D.

"We are delighted that our Digital Screen Selector has become such a popular aid to customers since its debut last year," says Andrew Robinson, managing director of Harkness Screens. "We created the Selector to identify cost-effective solutions for digital cinema conversion and encourage theatre operators throughout the world to utilize the wonderful insights the application provides."

By answering a few quick questions about the screen size and equipment being used in a particular theatre, the Selector suggests Harkness screen options to optimise performance and cost.

Available through the Harkness Web site, the Digital Screen Selector features a user-friendly interface with no software download required and uses industry-accepted standards and vendor data to compare different operating scenarios. The Selector is intended to be a guide for theatre operators when consulting with projector, lamp and 3D technology providers.

In addition to its 500 registered users, the Selector has had over 2,000 non-registered visitors use the application.

"We are committed to the trend in digital cinema and will continue to develop our products to optimise this application," adds Robinson.

For more information and to see a demonstration of the Digital Screen Selector, please visit Harkness at CinemaCon 2011, booth 904A.


Read more

Subscribe to Articles Feed