LOS ANGELES -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today issued the following statement from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO, regarding the release of a new report by MarkMonitor that estimates the volume of traffic to fewer than 100 websites with "business models that are indisputably centered on the sale or distribution of counterfeit and pirated goods" at a staggering 53 billion or more annual visits, most of which are to sites peddling stolen digital content:
"The findings in the MarkMonitor report on online piracy and counterfeiting are a call to arms for both government and the private sector. As the report demonstrates, a small number of rogue websites are generating mind-boggling traffic in pirated content. Billions of visits to these easily searchable websites - the vast majority of which are hosted in North America or Western Europe -translate into billions in lost revenue and lost American jobs. At a time of economic hardship, government and industry simply cannot stand by and allow businesses built on theft to flourish unimpeded and thereby handicap legitimate innovation and job creation. These websites and their operators are in our backyards; their lawlessness cannot be tolerated. We call on all concerned parties to redouble their efforts to address this scourge through vigorous law enforcement and robust inter-industry cooperation. We will also work closely with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith to secure passage of effective legislation to stop these rogue websites. All those concerned about the most creative and innovative sectors of our economy should do the same."
A copy of the MarkMonitor report can be found at: www.markmonitor.com.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced today that The IMAX Experience(R) will soon be available at three additional locations. These IMAX(R) theatres will showcase films through a newly installed digital IMAX projection system, IMAX's proprietary sound system and a specially-designed IMAX screen in an existing auditorium. Construction will begin this month for IMAX theatres in Amarillo, TX; Eugene, OR and Shreveport, LA.
"Regal Entertainment Group and our moviegoers have embraced The IMAX Experience which transforms movies into entertainment events not to be missed," stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Our patrons thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the crystal clear images and impressive IMAX sound system. Regal is extremely proud to add IMAX to these three very popular theatres."
"Regal Entertainment Group is a first-class exhibitor, and their strong commitment to ensure every guest has a top-notch experience is precisely why they are an ideal partner for IMAX," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are very excited to install our latest technology at these new locations, where audiences will now have the opportunity to be virtually transported into our incredible slate of blockbuster movies via The IMAX Experience."
Three new Regal IMAX Theatre locations:
Amarillo Market - United Artists Amarillo Star Stadium 14
Eugene Market - Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15
Shreveport Market - Regal Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14
IMAX digital projection systems showcase Hollywood blockbusters that have been digitally re-mastered into the unique image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience as well as original documentary-style IMAX content. Films are projected on a specially-designed screen that is slightly curved and moved forward to further immerse the audience. Images of exceptional quality, combined with IMAX's proprietary digital surround sound system and patented theatre geometry create "The IMAX Experience," making audiences feel as if they are IN the movie.
Every Regal Entertainment Group IMAX theatre also offers IMAX(R) 3D. When filmmakers choose to integrate IMAX 3D into their movies, images leap off of the screen and into the laps of the audience, further enhancing the feeling of being IN the movie. This is made possible by a combination of IMAX's powerful digital projection system - which simultaneously projects two separate images onto the IMAX screen - and polarized IMAX 3D glasses that audience members wear to fuse the two images into a single three-dimensional motion picture. The result is an amazing IMAX 3D Experience where the screen disappears and the movie envelopes the audience.
ASTORIA, NY -- David O. Russell will be the subject of the first director retrospective at the newly expanded Museum of the Moving Image. From January 19 through February 6, 2011, Moving Image will screen all five of Russell's feature films, from his audacious 1994 comedy Spanking the Monkey to his new film, The Fighter, which is a critical and popular success. The retrospective opens on Wednesday, January 19, with a special screening of The Fighter in the Museum's magnificent new 267-seat Moving Image Theater. Russell will discuss the film in a post-screening conversation moderated by his friend, director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are).
Teeming with life, Russell's acclaimed film The Fighter is at once assured and powerful, a cinematic experience that doesn't fit neatly into any one genre. His debut, Spanking the Monkey, is a coming-of-age story that ventures into mother-son incest without sacrificing emotional honesty or comedy. Flirting with Disaster is a screwball family comedy that cheerfully explores adoption, adultery, and many other loaded subjects. Three Kings uses wild humor to attack the absurdity of modern warfare. And I Heart Huckabees is a playful, irreverent comedy that is completely serious in its exploration of profound existential questions. "In short, Russell has firmly established himself as one of the most consistently original and inventive contemporary filmmakers. With all the attention surrounding his latest film, this is a good time to take a look at his remarkable and unconventional career," said David Schwartz, the Museum's chief curator, who organized the retrospective.
The Films of David O. Russell
January 15-February 20, 2011
Special screening: The Fighter
Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.
A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID O. RUSSELL AND SPIKE JONZE
2010, 115 mins. Paramount Pictures. With Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa
Leo, Amy Adams. Russell's vibrant new film is a true-life boxing drama and a family drama about the rivalry between two brothers and between a controlling mother-manager and her son's girlfriend. Gaining atmosphere from its Lowell, Massachusetts setting, this film features four of the year's most indelible performances. A labor of love for producer/star Wahlberg, the film is also a dazzling comeback of sorts for Russell, making his first feature film in six years.
TICKETS: $15 public / $10 Museum members / Free for Silver Screen members and above. Order online at movingimage.us or call 718 777 6800.
Spanking the Monkey
Friday, January 21, 7:30 p.m.
1994, 100 mins. With Jeremy Davies. In his impressive debut, which won the Audience Award at Sundance, Russell brings deadpan humor and emotional complexity to what could have been very lurid subject matter: the improper relationship that develops over a summer between a housebound mother and her college-age son.
Flirting with Disaster
Saturday, January 29, 6:00 p.m.
1996, 92 mins. With Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni. Madcap road movie meets screwball romance meets dysfunctional family comedy in Russell's wild and assured film about an adopted man who decides to track down his biological father. Russell's sophomore film is filled with surprises and great acting from an ensemble that includes George Segal, Lily Tomlin, Patricia Arquette, Richard Jenkins, and Josh Brolin.
Saturday , February 5, 6:00 p.m.
1999, 114 mins. With George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube. An audacious, satirical movie and one of the few Hollywood films set during the first Gulf War, Three
Kings, about a group of cynical American soldiers tracking down a pile of gold stolen by Saddam Hussein, was described by Roger Ebert as "some kind of weird masterpiece, a screw-loose war picture that sends action and humor crashing head-on into each other and spinning off into political anger."
I Heart Huckabees
Sunday , February 6, 5:30 p.m.
2004, 107 mins. With Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jason Schwartzman. A down-on-his-luck poet/activist enlists the help of an existential detective agency to help solve some cosmic questions in Russell's brilliant one-of-a-kind philosophical comedy about nothing less than the meaning of life and the nature of reality. Russell's most provocative and
unpredictable movie is also his most personal.
Hours (beginning January 15, 2011): Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Holiday Openings: Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Monday, February 21 (Washington's Birthday), 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Monday except for holiday openings).
Film Screenings: See schedule above for schedule.
Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events and Friday evenings) Tickets for special screenings and events may be purchased in advance online at movingimage.us or by phone at 718.777.6800.
Location: 35 Avenue at 37 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or M trains (R on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or Q trains to 36 Avenue.
Program Information: Telephone: 718.777.6888; Website: http://movingimage.us
Beverly Hills, CA -- Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will executive produce the red carpet arrivals show "Oscar's Red Carpet Live," 83rd Academy Awards® telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the pair's first time producing the red carpet show.
"Oscar's Red Carpet Live," which has been extended from 30 to 90 minutes, will air on the ABC Television Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET, immediately preceding the Oscar telecast. Cohen and Mischer also serve as executive producers for "Oscar's Red Carpet Live."
Haykel and Hare, who have long-standing associations with Mischer - 14 and 18 years respectively - are also serving as consulting producers for the 83rd Academy Awards telecast.
"We're excited to be working on the pre-show, and it's great that it's been extended to 90 minutes," said Haykel and Hare. "In addition to having more time to talk to the biggest movie stars in the world, we'll be able to take the viewers behind the scenes before the biggest event in entertainment!"
Haykel recently produced the "62nd Primetime Emmy Awards" in association with Mischer, and the official kickoff to the Obama Inaugural, "We Are One," for HBO. Also in collaboration with Mischer, he produced the halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXIX and XL and the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Hare joined Don Mischer Productions in 1996. She has worked on the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics in Shanghai, on several Emmy® telecasts, and on pre-game and halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXIX, XL and XLI. In 2009 Hare received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series for producing PBS's "From the Top at Carnegie Hall."
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.