Los Angeles -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), today announced the addition of Karen Thorland to its legal team as Vice President and Senior Content Protection Counsel. Beginning on January 18, Thorland will manage domestic content protection civil litigation and will oversee and coordinate the Association's worldwide civil litigation efforts. She and her team will also provide legal support for the Association's worldwide content protection department. She will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Daniel Mandil, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Content Protection Officer.

"The MPAA vigorously pursues the intellectual property rights of our members in jurisdictions around the world and Karen is uniquely qualified to lead our team of U.S. content protection lawyers as our industry continues to evolve in an ever-changing landscape. We are thrilled to have her join the MPAA's Legal Department," said Mandil.

Thorland will fill the position held by Lisa Stone when she leaves the MPAA in January to raise her young children. Thorland joins the MPAA from her partnership at Loeb & Loeb, LLP which she joined in 2001. She has deep experience in a broad range of litigation and intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark, rights of publicity and privacy, First Amendment, entertainment contractual disputes and appeals.

She has represented prominent entertainment industry clients, including the major and independent film studios, producers and music companies, as well as interactive companies, internet marketers and advertisers. Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb LLP, Thorland was an associate at Jones Day from 1994 to 2001.

Thorland has also done pro bono work on behalf of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, and the ACLU Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.


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Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today the strong performance of the IMAX release of Walt Disney Pictures' TRON: Legacy, a 3D high-tech adventure, which opened number one at the box office this weekend. Domestically, TRON: Legacy generated a total of $44 million in box office, of which $10.45 million was generated in 234 IMAX® theatres. Internationally, the film grossed a total of $23 million, of which approximately $2.2 million was generated in 54 IMAX theatres. The film's overall box office in all theatres and formats around the world was $67 million, of which approximately $12.7 million was generated in IMAX.

An additional 70 international IMAX playdates will open in the weeks ahead, in markets that include China and several Western European markets such as France, Germany and Austria.

"The unique use of IMAX's format has created a special motion picture event that moviegoers are clearly responding well to," said Chuck Viane, president of global distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "We're looking forward to offering TRON fans this special IMAX release through the holidays and into the new year."

"TRON's strong start in IMAX both domestically and overseas is a reflection of the increasing size and drawing-power of our global theatre network and the unique film going experience we provide consumers," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO, IMAX Corporation. "The combination of continued consumer demand for IMAX and the significant box office revenue generated in our theatres benefits our studios and exhibitor partners. This is providing us with a platform for further worldwide network expansion."

"Nobody is better at getting behind a franchise than The Disney Company. They, along with director Joe Kosinski, have taken TRON: Legacy and capitalized on the draw that the IMAX brand has amongst our core fan base, and the results from our global network of theatres are groundbreaking," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The combination of TRON: Legacy and IMAX is a powerful one-two punch that is clearly resonating with audiences. We are pleased to be a part of this event film, and look forward to its successful run in IMAX over the holiday season and into January."


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Washington D.C. -- Andrew Cripps, President of Paramount Pictures International and Millard L. Ochs, President of Warner Bros. International Cinemas are slated to give the keynote addresses as part of CinemaCon's International Day, 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. When it debuts, CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. The keynote address will take place at the International Day Breakfast on March 28, 2011.

"As our industry continues to evolve around the world it is imperative that cinema owners and operators keep up to date with the ongoing changes within the industry," said Neuhauser. "Both Millard L. Ochs and Andrew Cripps will be able to provide valuable insight to the state of the industry in regards to international exhibition and the current state of international distribution. We are delighted they are joining us to kick off the inaugural edition of CinemaCon and we are excited to be able to provide the international exhibitors attending CinemaCon with the opportunity to hear a keynote address that we believe will be timely, topical and memorable."

Andrew Cripps has been President of Paramount Pictures International since its inception in January 2007. Cripps joined UIP, a joint venture distribution company between Paramount and Universal in 1986 where he started out as Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Japan. In 1988, he was promoted to Vice-President Sales, South East Asia and soon took on additional responsibility for sales in Australia, moving to London in 1990 to take on the role of Senior Vice-President of International Sales. He became President and COO of UIP in 1999 until being named President of Paramount Pictures International in 2007.

Millard L. Ochs has served as President of Warner Bros. International Cinemas since 1994, having been named to the post six months after joining the company. In this capacity he leads WBIC's efforts to provide a world-class movie experience to audiences around the globe in state of the art cinemas. Ochs is a third-generation theater business executive who has spent his entire career in the theatrical exhibition business. From 1966-1977, he worked for RKO Stanley Warner Theatres before moving to AMC Theatres, where he continued to rise through the ranks during his tenure there. Prior to joining WBIC Ochs was with UCI from 1988-1994. Ochs was honored with the 2007 Industry Achievement Award in Exhibition at the 2007 RAAM Conference. In 1998, he was the co-recipient of the ShoWest Exhibitor of the Year Award, and in 1996, he was the recipient of the Exhibitor of the Year Award from Cinema Expo.


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OAK BROOK, Ill. -- TCF and Lionsgate have developed a custom Facebook application which allows those grieving to upload original inspirational messages, poems, artwork, and videos that have helped them in their grief after the death of a child and other loved ones.

Rabbit Hole, released by Lionsgate, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by the same name, and stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Becca and Howie, a couple trying to find their way eight months after their four-year-old son was killed in a tragic accident. Nicole Kidman has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for "Best Actress in a Drama" for her portrayal in the movie, which she also produced. She's also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award.

"Our partnership with Rabbit Hole and Lionsgate is designed to give those grieving the death of a child and other loved ones the opportunity to display what they have created that has helped them in their grief journey," explains Pat Loder, executive director of The Compassionate Friends, which has nearly 625 U.S. chapters. The social media page is intended to be permanently available on Facebook.

Lionsgate, which premiered Rabbit Hole in New York and Los Angeles, December 17, says in a release that it "hopes to encourage audiences to celebrate the manner in which the film beautifully and poignantly explores the concept of loss with an honest and knowing humor. Additionally, Rabbit Hole's partnership with TCF offers a unique opportunity to extend the film's message of love and hope to the social media space, where film goers can continue to explore the universal themes explored in the film, while also having real-world discussion about coping with grief."

Those wishing to learn more or submit original messages, poems, artwork, or videos can reach this unique Facebook Application by visiting http://www.compassionatefriends.org and clicking on the Rabbit Hole banner.


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tronlegacy.pngDisney is now reporting that TRON: Legacy was able to rake in $3.6 million from midnight shows, about $1 million of which came from 228 IMAX engagements.

That's a very healthy debut, and it definitely indicates an opening north of $40 million. $50 million is even possible. Boxoffice.com's weekend prediction is $44 million.

Inception made $3 million from midnight shows in July before opening to $62.8 million.

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