LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that Sean Penn will be honored with the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award. The award will be presented to Penn at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Kramer, considered within the film industry to have served as "Hollywood's Conscience" during his career as a film producer and director, created some of the most respected and successful works in the annals of American motion pictures. He was the master behind such classics as The Caine Mutiny, High Noon, The Defiant Ones, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Previous recipients of the Kramer award include such films as The Great Debaters, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, Innocent Voices, In America, Antwone Fisher, and the 2010 winner was Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Sean Penn is the first individual to receive the Guild's Stanley Kramer Award, and the first recipient of the award in 2002 was the film I Am Sam, which Penn starred in.

"We are proud to honor Sean Penn with this award as he truly exemplifies the Stanley Kramer legacy. Sean is a committed activist who has used his extraordinary talents and influence to shed light on powerful stories, causes and individualsthrough film, journalism, and global humanitarian organizations," said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards.



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Robert De Niro will serve as the head of the jury for 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The event is scheduled for May 11-22 on the French Riviera.

De Niro has a couple of films lined up for 2011. He'll speak Italian in Manuale d'amore 3, he's playing opposite Bradley Cooper in Limitless and the Oscar-winning thesp also has a cameo in Garry Marshall's star-studded New Year's Eve.

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE -- Malco Theatres is taking another step towards seeing more green in 2011. The theatre chain is now offering recycling containers for cans and bottles, aninitiative that is leading other theatre circuits across the country.

The recycling bins are located inside theatre lobbies and according to Larry Etter, Senior Vice President of Concessions, "we are conscious and aware of the need to reduce waste. This is just another opportunity for Malco Theatres and our customers to work towards eliminating our carbon footprint."

In 2008, Malco Theatres was the first theatre circuit in the country to "go green" with the introduction of new environmentally friendly popcorn bags and for the past 13 years the company has recycled film trailers into collectible bows as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Malco Theatres is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee and is fourth-generation family-owned and operated. Malco operates over 300 screens in 30 locations across the mid-south.

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Robert Pattinson, who plays immortal hottie Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series, will take a lead role in Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel of the same name. Pattinson will play Eric Packer, a prodigiously talented financial prognosticator who becomes the target of an assassination attempt after risking his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a particularly volatile day in the financial world. Pattinson joins Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard in the film.

Pattinson's non-Twilight material has fared comparatively poorly at the box office: Little Ashes received only a limited release, but earned less than $500,000 during its theatrical run, while Remember Me more than doubled its production budget but still raked in only about $19 million in theaters. Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants will be his next theatrical release - prior to the first of two installments to complete the Twilight saga - but it appears that the Cronenberg film may be the true test of his commercial mettle, since it will be the highest-profile project he's taken on in his career, and will indicate how versatile a performer he may be, not to mention how much adult audiences will want to see him.

Nevertheless, Cronenberg's reputation for getting great performances out of actors is unassailable, giving him an edge when it comes to a different kind of longevity than that which comes at the end of a vampire's fang.


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thesocialnetworknews3.pngCULVER CITY, Calif. -- As The Social Network, the most critically acclaimed film of the year, is set to launch on DVD, the hit film is poised to pass $200 million at the worldwide box office, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. To date, The Social Network has grossed more than $93 million in the US and $104 million overseas, and will pass the $200 million mark in the next few days. The DVD will be released on January 11, 2011, and contains more than eight hours of bonus extras about the motion picture. The film will also be re-released in approximately 600 theaters nationwide on January 7.

Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, "The Social Network has struck a chord with audiences all around the world. No invention defines our era like Facebook does, but what has made it break through as a motion picture is that it is a parable for our time. Everyone, everywhere, can relate to the human motivations of the real-life people who are depicted in the film. At the box office, this film showed true staying power, grossing more than four times its opening weekend gross - a rare accomplishment when the average for wide releases last year was below three times its opening weekend gross. It is always a great feeling to see a film connect with moviegoers, but this film is incredibly special to us - we are as proud of it as any film in our studio's history."

The Social Network has been embraced during this year's awards season, with four honors from the National Board of Review, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. The film has also received six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and nominations for Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, as well as two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, including Ensemble and Eisenberg for Best Actor, and nominations for Best Picture from the Producers Guild of America and Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. The film has also been named Best Picture by 24 critics groups, including the New York Film Critics Circle, the New York Film Critics Online, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Dallas/Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, the Washington Area Film Critics Association, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the UK Regional Critics Awards, Sight and Sound, the Village Voice/LA Weekly Critics Poll, the African American Film Critics Association, the Black Film Critics Circle, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the Houston Film Critics Society, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, the St. Louis Film Critics Association, the Indiana Film Journalist Awards, the Utah Film Critics Association, the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. The film also appears on over 350 critics' Top Ten lists.

The film has been named Best Picture of the Year by numerous publications, including The New York Times, New York Post, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Post, Boston Phoenix, Cleveland Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, IFC.com, Miami Herald, Lincoln Journal-Star, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MSN Movies, North County Times, Oklahoma Gazette, Omaha World Herald, Orlando Weekly, Sight & Sound, Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York, and Tulsa World, among many others.

In The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin explore the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomenon of the new century, was invented - through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. Drawn from multiple sources, the film moves from the halls of Harvard to the cubicles of Palo Alto as it captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making - and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart. In the midst of the chaos are Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the brilliant Harvard student who conceived a website that seemed to redefine our social fabric overnight; Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), once Zuckerberg's close friend, who provided the seed money for the fledgling company; Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), who brought Facebook to Silicon Valley's venture capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), the Harvard classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for ownership of it. Each has his own narrative, his own version of the Facebook story - but they add up to more than the sum of their parts in what becomes a multi-level portrait of 21st Century success - both the youthful fantasy of it and its finite realities as well. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Ceán Chaffin and based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.


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