Source: Deadline.com

Albert Brooks is now in talks to join Judd Apatow's latest directorial effort. Word is he'll play Paul Rudd's father in the film.

Source: THR.com

Megan Fox is reportedly in talks to star alongside Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow's untitled new comedy.

Rudd and Mann will both be reprising their roles as the married couple from Knocked Up. That 2007 comedy remains Apatow's biggest hit as a writer/director with a domestic haul of $148.8 million.

Fox's career recently took a hit when it was announced that Passion Play, her latest project that also features Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, is headed straight to DVD.

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Washington D.C. -- The Harry Potter film franchise will receive the "CinemaCon Hall of Fame 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. Harry Potter producer David Heyman 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.

The "CinemaCon Hall of Fame Award" has been created to single out that rare and exceptional achievement in the motion picture theatre industry and will be presented only on special occasions. The "CinemaCon Hall of Fame Award" is reserved for those truly special achievements, as well as contributions from talent, filmmakers, franchises and even technology based game-changers that help make our industry so great.

"With Harry Potter being the largest-grossing franchise in motion picture history, we could not think of a more exciting or appropriate way to inaugurate this special award than by presenting it to Harry Potter producer David Heyman in honor of this incredible success," said Neuhauser. "Since the first film hit theatres in 2001, Harry Potter has created a global phenomenon unlike anything ever seen before. Ten years and seven blockbuster films later, the most successful film franchise of all time-having entertained and thrilled audiences of all generations around the world-will present its final chapter this summer, while its legacy in film history will live on forever."

The final adventure in the Harry Potter film franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 will be released in theatres and IMAX, in 3D and 2D, by Warner Bros. Pictures on July 15, 2011. In the epic finale the battle between good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climatic showdown with Lord Voldemort.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, reprising their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film's ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright. Directed by David Yates, the film is produced by David Heyman, David Barron and J.K. Rowling, with Lionel Wigram serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Steve Kloves, based on the book by J.K. Rowling.

 

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests are now able to see movies like never before when the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETX) opens with BATTLE: LOS ANGELES at AMC 30 at The Block in West Orange, Calif. on March 18.

ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience, guests will not simply watch a movie. They will live it in ETX.

"We are proud to offer our ETX concept at one of our flagship theatres," said John McDonald, executive vice president, U.S. operations "With the upgraded screen and sound system, in addition to the premium viewing experience digital cinema offers, we believe our guests at AMC 30 at The Block will walk away with a new perception of how movies should be delivered."
AMC 30 at The Block is one of 14 ETX auditoriums across AMC's circuit. In addition to AMC 30 at The Block, AMC currently offers moviegoers the option of seeing a movie in ETX at:

• AMC Aventura 24 (Miami)
• AMC Ontario Mills 30 (Ontario, Calif.)
• AMC Empire 25 (New York City)
• AMC BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, Mo.)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Orlando)
• AMC Burbank 16 (Los Angeles)
• AMC Northpark 15 (Dallas)
• AMC Metreon 16 (San Francisco)
• AMC Forum 22 (Montreal, Quebec)
• AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (Toronto, Ontario)
• AMC Century City 15 (Los Angeles)
• AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 (Denver)

An additional ETX auditorium is scheduled to open on March 18 at AMC Tysons Corner 16 (McLean, Va.).
ETX is just one of several ways guests can experience movies and other content at AMC Theatres. Movies shown in this new high-tech, state-of-the-art ETX auditorium will cost between $4 to $5 more depending on the title and format. For more information, please visit www.AMCTheatres.com/etx.

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests are now able to see movies like never before when the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETX) opens with Battle: Los Angeles at AMC Tysons Corner 16 in McLean, Va. on March 18.

ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums. As a result of this improved experience, guests will not simply watch a movie. They will live it in ETX.

"We are proud to offer our ETX concept at one of our flagship theatres," said John McDonald, executive vice president, U.S. operations "With the upgraded screen and sound system, in addition to the premium viewing experience digital cinema offers, we believe our guests at AMC Tysons Corner 16 will walk away with a new perception of how movies should be delivered."
AMC Tysons Corner 16 is one of 14 ETX auditoriums across AMC's circuit. In addition to AMC Tysons Corner 16, AMC currently offers moviegoers the option of seeing a movie in ETX at:

• AMC Aventura 24 (Miami)
• AMC Ontario Mills 30 (Ontario, Calif.)
• AMC Empire 25 (New York City)
• AMC BarryWoods 24 (Kansas City, Mo.)
• AMC Downtown Disney 24 (Orlando)
• AMC Burbank 16 (Los Angeles)
• AMC Northpark 15 (Dallas)
• AMC Metreon 16 (San Francisco)
• AMC Forum 22 (Montreal, Quebec)
• AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (Toronto, Ontario)
• AMC Century City 15 (Los Angeles)
• AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 (Denver)

An additional ETX auditorium is scheduled to open on March 18 at AMC 30 at The Block (West Orange, Calif.).
ETX is just one of several ways guests can experience movies and other content at AMC Theatres. Movies shown in this new high-tech, state-of-the-art ETX auditorium will cost between $4 to $5 more depending on the title and format. For more information, please visit www.AMCTheatres.com/etx.

 

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BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- The Bloomfield 8 theater, located across from Town Hall in the Wintonbury Mall, has begun an estimated $1 million conversion to 3-D digital projection and sound thanks to a recent acquisition by Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. (DCDC), Westfield, N.J. (www.digiplexdest.com). The 22,800 sq. ft. theater with 1,500 seats in eight auditoriums, was purchased from partners Dean Gentile and Tim Keefner for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition of the Bloomfield theater was announced today by digital theater entrepreneur A. Dale "Bud" Mayo, chairman and CEO of Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. The Bloomfield 8 is the third theater acquired by the company which began operation on Dec. 31, 2010, the day Mayo acquired in-town theaters in Westfield and Cranford, N.J. All three Digiplex Destinations theaters will serve as the foundation of a chain of all-digital theaters that Mayo's team plans to open nationwide.

Former Bloomfield 8 co-owner Dean Gentile, a resident of New City, N.Y., becomes Regional Vice President of Operations for DCDC working out of the company's New Jersey headquarters in Westfield. His former partner, Tim Keefner, a resident of Stratford, Conn., has also joined DCDC as General Manager of the Bloomfield 8 theater, with responsibilities to spearhead further expansion of DCDC's Digiplex Destinations theaters in New England. Both were former executives of Crown Theaters based in Norwalk, Conn.

The conversion to digital will also include new seating, carpeting, repainted interiors and a digital sound system. Once completed, staffing at the theater will remain at about 20 full- and part-time employees.

When the digital conversion is completed later this year, patrons visiting the all-digital Bloomfield 8 will notice a brighter, crisper, clearer scratch-free image. For the first time in the theater's 15-year history, 3-D movies such as the blockbuster hit Avatar can be shown. Digital conversion will allow the Bloomfield 8 theater to become a center for special event programming delivered by high definition satellite, such as pop concerts, live sports events and auctions, motivational talks, religious ceremonies, and children's series, thus allowing the theater to fill more seats during off-peak periods.

The first Digiplex Destination event will be Kidtoons Family Matinees on April 9 and 10 featuring free G-rated movies. On the schedule will be: April 9, Candyland: The Great Lollipop Adventure, and The Little Engine That Could; April 10, Tonka Tough Truck and Barbie: A Fairy Secret. After Apr. 10, the Kidtoons Family Matinees will be priced at $3.50 per person.

Digital conversion is also environmentally-friendly: for decades, Hollywood films would arrive in 70 pound cans shipped by air, truck and courier, consuming fuel and up to $1 million per film in distribution costs. With digital projection, movies arrive by satellite or paperback book-sized hard drive that's downloaded into a digital projector, one for each auditorium. It takes only minutes to prepare a digital movie for showing, versus one to two hours to spool six reels of film onto a platter, thread it into a projector, then respool it for return shipment at the end of the run.

DCDC's Bud Mayo says, "In a digital theater, the audience will be totally immersed in the experience. They will be able to text back questions and comments, sing along, host tailgate parties outside, even perform skits to accompany the program, as appropriate.

"Corporate and professional groups will save time, and consume less energy and money using Digiplex Destination theaters as a meeting place."

Mayo continues, "Digital technology allows us to redefine what it means to go to a movie theater."

For more information on the Bloomfield 8 and DCDC, log onto www.digiplexdest.com

 

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