BURBANK, CA -- Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has become the highest grossing installment in the Harry Potter franchise in international markets. With just months to go before the release of the finale of the record-breaking film series based on the beloved books by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has earned a staggering $657.24 million and counting, soaring past the previous record-holder, 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which grossed $657 million. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"It's tremendously gratifying to reach this benchmark as we enter the final stretch of this remarkable journey," said Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. "We share this achievement with Jo Rowling, whose books are the foundation of this rich and vibrant world, as well as the talented people who brought her vision to life on the screen."

"We are also incredibly proud of our teams around the world who have brought a consistent level of excellence, passion and ingenuity to the campaigns for these films," said Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures. "And, of course, we're thrilled that longtime fans and new audiences alike have continued to champion each film, resulting in the huge success of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."

Kwan-Rubinek added, "These numbers speak to the phenomenal and enduring strength of this property, which has captivated audiences across all borders, regardless of age or culture. We're looking forward to releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 this summer, which will be a fitting way to bring to a close the movie event of a generation."

With the success of its first six of seven titles, the Harry Potter series had already achieved the distinction of being the top-grossing film franchise of all time, with a combined worldwide gross of $6.37 billion. This benchmark for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1-which has earned $951.8 million worldwide-as well as the anticipation for Part 2, opening globally on July 15, 2011, should ensure its place in film history for years to come.


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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Relativity Media, LLC announced today it has significantly increased its digital footprint with the addition of ScreenRant.com, one of the fastest growing sites focused on movies and television, to The Movie Network. ScreenRant.com focuses on the movies and TV shows that people want to read about and has seen significant traffic growth, now reaching 800,000 unique users per month (ComScore).

Publishers like ScreenRant.com sign on with TheMovieNetwork to grow their brand exposure with entertainment media buyers, and to forge direct relationships with studio partners, like Relativity Media. The Movie Network, (www.themovienetwork.net) is a premium group of movie properties, built by Relativity Media and managed exclusively by Q1Media.

Screen Rant had its start by covering sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films, and then branched out into action, comedy, horror and indie films. While the site covers an array of movie content, their focus is on films that are generating buzz. In addition to providing movie news, ScreenRant.com also hosts and encourages healthy movie discussion. Vic Holtreman, owner of ScreenRant.com, contributes movie reviews to the site.

The Movie Network, part of the larger entertainment branded advertising and promotional network, The Rogue Network, presents enormous content syndication and marketing opportunities for brands searching to reach an entertainment-savvy audience. The Movie Network is represented exclusively in the US by Q1Media http://www.Q1Media.com and by Redux in Canada.


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WASHINGTON - President Obama today nominated Commerce Secretary Gary F. Locke as the next American Ambassador to China. The following is a statement by Bob Pisano, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) in support of the nomination.

"Secretary Locke has a strong record in support of American workers and businesses whose livelihoods are dependent on exports. And, he has an outstanding record of championing intellectual property rights.
As Ambassador to China, he will be an important advocate in a nation where the theft and illegal distribution of American movies, television shows, music, software and other forms of intellectual property is a major threat to American competitiveness. Likewise, he will help lead efforts to ensure that the Chinese marketplace is opened up to American products that face far too many restrictions.

We look forward to working with Secretary Locke in his new role on these issues that are so critical to the film and television industry and its 2.4 million employees."


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Washington, D.C. -- Russell Brand will receive the "CinemaCon Comedy Star of the Year 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. Brand 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.

"Since his hilarious turn as rocker Aldous Snow in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Brand has been making audiences laugh around the world with his unique character portrayals and unforgettable comedic timing," noted Neuhauser. "Brand is one of the most entertaining comedians on the big screen today and we could not be more honored to present him with the CinemaCon Comedy Star of the Year Award."

Brand will next star in the title role of the April 8, 2011 romantic comedy Arthur, from Warner Bros. Pictures. In this fresh new look at a classic story, he re-invents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge of choosing between an arranged marriage to ambitious corporate exec. Susan (Jennifer Garner), that will insure his lavish lifestyle, or an uncertain future with Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the woman he really loves. With Naomi's inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and learn what it means to be a man. Brand also serves as an executive producer on the film.

Russell Brand first shot to fame in the U.S. starring as rocker Aldous Snow in the Judd Apatow-produced hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He later reprised the role in the hit comedy Get Him to the Greek, starring opposite Jonah Hill. Most recently, Brand lent his voice to the Easter Bunny in Hop, and Dr. Nefario in the hit animated feature film Despicable Me. He has also starred, alongside Helen Mirren, in Julie Taymor's adaption of The Tempest, and in Bedtime Stories, with Adam Sandler and Keri Russell. His writing debut, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up, became a huge success in the United Kingdom, before being released in the U.S. where it stayed on the New York Times' bestseller list for five consecutive weeks. The follow up, My Booky Wook 2: This Time it's Personal, was published in 2010.


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