LOS ANGELES - Zac Efron will receive the ShoWest 2009 Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Efron will be presented with the ShoWest Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"When Zac Efron made his debut, with the cast of Hairspray at ShoWest 2007, many in attendance took notice of this young actor's incredible talent," said Neuhauser. "His undeniable onscreen presence and charm have connected with fans around the world, and with the impending release of the comedy 17 Again, Zac Efron is poised to break out as a true Hollywood star. We are so pleased to be able to present him with the ShoWest 2009 Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award."

In 17 Again, opening April 17th, Efron stars as Mike O'Donnell, a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp. But instead, he decides to throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting. Almost 20 years later, Mike's (Matthew Perry) glory days are decidedly behind him. His marriage to Scarlett (Leslie Mann) has fallen apart, he has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon). But Mike is given another chance when he is miraculously transformed back to the age of 17. Unfortunately, Mike may look 17 again, but his thirtysomething outlook is totally uncool in the class of 2009. And in trying to recapture his best years, Mike could lose the best things that ever happened to him.

Efron first gained attention as a standout star in the Emmy Award-winning High School Musical, later reprising the role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2, which broke cable TV records with 17.5 million viewers, and, most recently, in the 2008 feature High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which set a box office record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a musical. In the summer of 2007, Efron joined an all-star ensemble cast in the box office smash hit musical Hairspray, in which he starred as the popular and lovable Link Larkin. Efron also co-starred with Ben Chaplin and Claire Danes in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. On the stage, Efron has starred in the musical Gypsy and appeared in productions of Peter Pan, Mame, Little Shop of Horrors and The Music Man.

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The National Ticket Company board of directors has announced the appointment of Jason Mauser as National Sales Manager. Mauser joined the company in 1999 as an account manager for the Pittsburgh, PA and Mid West territory. He attended Washington & Jefferson College, graduating with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Secondary Education.

Mauser developed his leadership skills while playing basketball at Washington and Jefferson. He places high expectations on himself and is strongly driven towards the success of National Ticket Company.

Mauser plans to be an integral part of the management team. Technology is rapidly advancing in the ticketing industry and National Ticket Company continually strives to adapt its products to offer the latest integrations in ticketing to its' clients. His goal is to strengthen National Ticket Company's presence in many markets by building partnerships with various system integrators in the industry.

Mauser resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Tracy, and their children, Zakhary, Landon, & Peyton.

National Ticket Company recently opened two sales offices. Chris Conroy, Director of Inside Sales and Marketing, will lead a sales team from his Chalfont, PA office. Patrick Carter, Account Manager, will manage a sales office in St. Charles, MO.

Chris Conroy previously worked for two online marketing agencies where he led the sales growth as Director of Sales. He spent the previous years in sales, sales management, and marketing, helping small technology start-ups as well as large companies. Conroy began his career after graduating from the University of Richmond by serving as an officer in the US Army as a Combat Engineer. After completing a four year active duty commitment, he completed his MBA at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and then began his business career in the wireless industry with Nextel and ATT Wireless.

Conroy resides in North Wales, PA and will lead his new team of inside sales representatives, as well as manage online and offline marketing programs for National Ticket Company.

Patrick Carter has been involved in direct sales and sales management within the printing industry since 1992. All but two years of that time were spent in the ticket industry. He has been fortunate enough to have gained exposure to a variety of production methods, product lines and markets.

Carter attended Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO and graduated with a BS in Business Administration.

Carter plans to capitalize on his past experiences in his new role with National Ticket Company, to increase business in the Midwest territory and to solidify relationships on behalf of the company with both existing and new clientele.

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LOS ANGELES - Bradley Cooper will receive the ShoWest 2009 Comedy Star of the Year Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Cooper will be presented with the ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Ever since bursting onto the big screen as Rachel McAdams' hard-driven fiancé in 2005's Wedding Crashers, Bradley Cooper has firmly established himself as one of today's major comedic talents," noted Neuhauser. "He has rapidly become one of Hollywood's leading funny men as most recently evidenced in Yes Man and the breakout hit He's Just Not That Into You. ShoWest is honored to be able to recognize Bradley Cooper as its 2009 Comedy Star of the Year."

Cooper can be seen this summer starring in the, comedy The Hangover, opening June 12. Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and his three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a blow-out bachelor party they'll never forget. But, in fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can't remember a thing. They find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby in the closet of their suite. The one thing they can't find is Doug. With little time to spare, the trio must retrace their hazy steps and all their bad decisions in order to figure out where things went wrong and hopefully get Doug back to L.A. in time to walk down the aisle.

Cooper is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's busiest actors. In addition to The Hangover, he stars in four more films that are also scheduled for release in 2009: All About Steve, a quirky tale in which he stars with Sandra Bullock; and the anthology film New York, I Love You, in a segment directed by Allen Hughes. He was most recently seen in the hit romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You, with an all-star ensemble cast, and Yes Man, with Jim Carrey. His earlier film credits include Failure to Launch and Wedding Crashers. Cooper is also well known to television audiences for his work on several hit series, including a recent recurring role on the critically acclaimed series Nip/Tuck. In 2006, Cooper made his Broadway debut in the play Three Days of Rain, opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., and PARK RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 25, 2009 - Sony Electronics and RealD are working together to provide exhibitors with 3D digital cinema systems that combine a single Sony 4K projector and its new 3D dual lens adapter with RealD technology, including a specially designed optical filter tuned for the projector, resulting in the ability to deliver crisp 3D images to screens up to 55 feet in width.

Sony and RealD have also entered into a separate agreement that gives RealD the exclusive right to purchase and distribute Sony's 3D lens adapter for use with polarized filter systems in Sony digital cinema projection system 3D deployments in the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to the Sony 3D adapter, RealD will provide hardware and software, including its Cinema System and 3D EQ "Ghostbuster" technology, for 3D playback on Sony 4K digital cinema systems worldwide.

"The relationship between Sony and RealD will make it easy to install a 2D Sony projection system that then can be easily upgraded to 3D, with RealD's award-winning technology," said Gary Johns, vice president of Sony Electronics' Digital Cinema Systems Division. "By working with RealD, we'll be able to provide both a practical and an elegant 3D solution."

"Combining Sony's phenomenal 4K projector with RealD's market-leading 3D technology simply made sense," said Joe Peixoto, president of worldwide cinema at RealD. "With RealD having the world's largest 3D cinema network, and more and more 3D content hitting theaters, we're excited to be working with Sony to help exhibitors implement this high-quality 3D experience in an easy and cost-effective way."

The Sony 3D lens adapter maximizes the exclusive technology of the 4K SXRD® imaging device, which displays four times as many pixels as conventional 2K projectors for digital cinema. This allows full 2K resolution for the left and right eye simultaneously, resulting in a high-luminance, full-resolution stereoscopic cinema presentation and is designed to enable more faithful reproduction of motion in 3D.

The 3D capability is provided through hardware on a lens mount that attaches onto the projector and is compatible with all current Sony 4K digital cinema projectors. Installation is seamless and can be done within minutes. It is designed to meet DCI specifications for 3D digital projection.

RealD's 3D EQ technology enhances the separation of the left and right eye images. In the past, this process was incorporated into the master by the studios; RealD's new approach incorporates the technology into the digital cinema server and therefore simplifies the distribution process without sacrificing the optimal 3D visual experience.

The Sony and RealD solution, which includes the Sony 3D dual lens adapter, will be competitively priced in the marketplace and is expected to be available in March.

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Kansas City, Mo. - AMC Entertainment Inc. has announced that Peter C. Brown is retiring as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. AMC also announced the appointment of Gerardo I. ("Gerry") Lopez as its Chief Executive Officer and his election to the Company's Board of Directors. Lopez most recently served as Executive Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company and President of its Global Consumer Products, Seattle's Best Coffee and Foodservice divisions. The leadership changes are effective March 2, 2009.

"Peter Brown has been an integral part of AMC's extraordinary growth and innovation," noted Aaron Stone, a director since 2004 who has been named Chairman of the Board. "His sustained leadership has guided AMC through many challenging events for our industry, as well as several key mergers and acquisitions that helped to build this company from a family-run operation into one of the world's foremost theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies. The Board truly appreciates Peter's service and dedication to AMC over the last 18 years."

"I am deeply honored to have played a key role in the success of AMC for nearly two decades. Having helped the company grow from $400 million in revenues when I joined it to the $2.3 billion world-class company it has become," said Brown, "the time is right for me to turn to the next phase of my life and to the opportunities that exist. I leave the company confident that it is in the hands of a leader whose deep marketing and consumer background will take it to new heights."

Brown began his career with AMC in 1990 and became senior vice president and chief financial officer in 1991. He served as Executive Vice President from August 1994 to January 1997 and as co-Chairman of the Board from May 1998 through July 1999. In July 1999, Brown became Chairman and CEO of the company. He was only the third Chairman in its 89 year history.

"We are very pleased to welcome Gerry Lopez to AMC," said Chairman of the Board Stone. "During his tenure at Starbucks, he was a key driver of their consumer products growth strategy, and Gerry is very well-suited to be CEO of AMC. He is an outstanding leader with a proven history of creating dynamic strategic partnerships and intensely focusing on the customer experience."

"I am extremely excited to be taking on this new role at AMC, and I look forward to working with the talented AMC team to achieve many successes in the future," said Lopez. "This year, and for years to come, we have a fantastic opportunity to grow our company and bring the AMC experience to new audiences."

Prior to joining Starbucks, Lopez was president of the Handleman Entertainment Resources division of Handleman Company from November 2001 to September 2004, and its senior vice president and general manager from May 2000 to November 2001. Previously, Lopez held a variety of executive management positions with Frito-Lay, Inc., Pepsi-Cola Company and Procter & Gamble Company.

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