fandango.pngFandango passes along news that their chief correspondent Dave Karger was recently presented with "The Press Award" by ICG Publicists Awards. The press release follows:

BEVERLY HILLS, Feb. 20, 2015- More than 900 Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) 52nd Annual Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel today, chaired by Henri Bollinger and co-chaired by Tim Menke.

In his opening remarks Steven Poster, ASC., president of the International Cinematographers Guild, in noting the theme of this year's luncheon, said, "We live in the age of social media and there's no turning back. That's why we appreciate social media today and celebrate the talented publicists who are making it work for the dynamic entertainment industry we're proud to be part of. We have a lot of very impressive people here today, all thanks to our talented publicists."

Henri Bollinger added, "We sing the praises of those who have excelled in an art form that dates back to the earliest days of circuses and vaudeville. When these awards were first handed out 52 years ago, self-promotion by publicists was reason for getting fired. It's clear that we've progressed considerably since then."

Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, were presented the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge), while Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, received the Television Showmanship Award from Chelsea Handler, who has entered into a multi-tiered deal with the Internet TV network.

Much loved comedian/actor Bob Newhart received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The President's Award was presented to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® by Ava DuVernay, director of the Oscar® nominated film Selma, and Steven Poster, ASC., president of the International Cinematographers Guild.


Les Mason Award. The highest honor publicists can bestow on one of their own.

Bob Yeager Award for community service:
JUSTINE GAMEZ, Warner Bros. publicist

Press Award:

International Media Award:

Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Motion Picture:
THE INTERVIEW (Columbia Pictures): Publicist ANDRE CARACO and team.

Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Television Program:
JANE THE VIRGIN (CBS Television Studios). ARPI KETENDJIAN accepted the award

Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Motion Pictures Award:

Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Television Award:


Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge), Octavia Spencer (Black or White), Chelsea Handler (Uganda Be Kidding Me Live), Ava DuVernay (Selma), Melora Hardin (Transparent), Bruce Davison (X-Men series), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Scott Eastwood (Snowden), Maddalena Ischiale (Unbroken).

Sponsors of the event are 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Netflix, The Weinstein Company in conjunction with Dimension Films, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Creative Handbook, E! Entertainment, Junket Productions, MDS West John Drinker Group, Relativity Media, Sony Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Photo Lab, Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, Below The Line, City National Bank, Executive Limousine, Goodnight & Company, Sony Electronics in conjunction with Fujinon.

About the International Cinematographers Guild:
The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents more than 7,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and Publicists. The first cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG's ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey held onto first place at the box office this weekend with $22.26 million. However, the successful romantic drama was down a massive 74 percent from last weekend's three-day debut. Initial front-loading driven by the film's pre-existing fanbase and Valentine's Day along with mixed word of mouth and poor critical reviews are all having an effect on the film. Fifty Shades of Grey held up well during the midweek, so it is likely the film will perform relatively stronger on weekdays than during the weekend going forward. In the bigger picture, Fifty Shades of Grey is still performing very well and continues to run towards the higher end of expectations with $129.16 million through ten days. That places the film a very impressive 49 percent ahead of the $86.93 million ten-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day (which fell 70 percent in its second weekend to gross $16.67 million).

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $18.35 million to remain in second place. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth was down 49 percent from last weekend. That represented a very respectable second weekend hold, especially with last weekend's debut having been inflated a bit by the dual-holiday weekend. Kingsman continues to exceed expectations with a healthy $67.93 million in its first ten days of release. The film is currently running 56 percent ahead of the $43.52 million ten-day gross of 2010's Red.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held steady in third with $16.57 million. That represented a 47 percent decline from the previous frame. While The SpongeBob Movie has been relatively front-loaded for a family film so far, the film continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with $126.25 million through 17 days. That places The SpongeBob Movie 37 percent ahead of the $92.34 million 17-day take of 2011's Rango. With no new family films entering the marketplace each of the next two weeks, The SpongeBob Movie could still stabilize going forward.

Disney's McFarland, USA led this weekend's openers with a fourth place debut of $11.02 million. The well received sports drama starring Kevin Costner opened on the high end of expectations. McFarland, USA opened 13 percent ahead of the $9.78 million start of last year's Draft Day.

McFarland, USA opened with $3.63 million on Friday, increased 25 percent on Saturday to gross $4.55 million and declined 38 percent on Sunday to take in $2.84 million. That gave the film a promising opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.03 to 1. McFarland, USA also received a promising A rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film was evenly split between genders and skewed heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (70 percent).

The DUFF followed closely behind in fifth place with $10.81 million. The PG-13 comedy from CBS Films and Lionsgate exceeded pre-release expectations and was helped out this weekend by relatively high levels of online buzz. The DUFF opened 21 percent stronger than the $8.93 million start of last year's That Awkward Moment.

The DUFF opened with $4.29 million on Friday, was down 1 percent on Saturday with $4.26 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.27 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.52 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (75 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (68 percent). With an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore and no real new direct competition until Cinderella and Insurgent open in March, The DUFF has a good chance of holding up nicely going forward.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 stumbled out of the gates this weekend with a seventh place debut of $5.96 million. The R-rated comedy sequel from Paramount opened below pre-release expectations and 57.5 percent below the $14.02 million start of 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine. Clearly Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a sequel that audiences weren't excited about.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opened with $2.30 million on Friday, decreased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $2.19 million and declined 33 percent on Sunday to gross $1.47 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.59 to 1. Going forward Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is unlikely to hold up as well as its predecessor did, especially after receiving a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's American Sniper continued to have a presence at the box office with a sixth place take of $10.05 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper was down a very solid 39 percent. American Sniper has grossed $320.01 million after 38 days of wide release and continues to march closer to becoming the highest grossing release of 2014 domestically (a mark which is currently held by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 with $336.41 million).

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Basingstoke - Sony Digital Cinema has confirmed a ground-breaking initiative with the National Theatre and Vue Entertainment International to screen four National Theatre Live stage productions in detail-packed 4K Ultra High Definition.

A landmark in ‘Event Cinema', this unique three-way partnership represents the first agreement of its kind between a leading cultural brand, a cinema chain and an electronics manufacturer.

Over the next year, audiences at Vue Cinemas across the country will be able to enjoy a world-class theatrical experience without travelling far from home. The four shows will be captured with Sony cameras at 4K resolution, with four times the detail of ordinary Full HD television broadcasts.

During the 12-month tie-up, Vue customers at its 83 sites across the country will exclusively be able to enjoy the productions projected in 4K - the highest quality currently possible with commercial digital cinema projection.

Beautiful forever: 4K shines over celluloid
First fruit of the new partnership is the NT's acclaimed production of David Hare's Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on the book by Katherine Boo, directed by Rufus Norris and starring Meera Syal.

Captured in 4K using Sony's F55 cameras, the recorded performance will be distributed to Vue Cinemas as a 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Stored on a hard drive or transmitted securely by satellite, this high-resolution ‘digital print' replaces bulky reels of celluloid film that were formerly used for movie distribution to cinemas.
It's anticipated that National Theatre Live, Sony and Vue Entertainment International will push the boundaries of event cinema even further with other technical innovations during the course of the 12-month agreement, including live 4K capture and transmission of future productions.
"National Theatre Live continually aims to push the boundaries and ensure we're at the cutting edge" remarks Emma Keith, Producer of National Theatre Live. "By partnering with Sony and Vue Entertainment International and enabling our audiences to experience our broadcasts in 4K Ultra High Definition we're ensuring the best quality experience."

Fresh experiences: leading the way in Live Event Cinema
On February 27th 2014, National Theatre Live (NT Live) broadcast War Horse live from the New London Theatre to cinemas across the world. The performance was captured using Sony F55 cameras and projected using a Sony 4K projector, ensuring cinema-goers enjoyed the best possible 4K viewing experience. The recording was subsequently made available as a 4K DCP, allowing 4K enabled cinemas to also show encore screenings. 36 Vue Cinemas in the UK screened the theatrical production on Sony 4K projectors throughout March 2014. In total, the broadcast attracted an audience of almost 400,000 people watching War Horse from around the world.

In August 2014, Sony cameras were used to capture the summer's footballing action in Brazil, with images from FIFA World CupTM Final beamed live in 4K to fans at Vue's prestigious Westfield multiplex in London. Vue Entertainment International has been a trailblazer in the switch to digital projection, with all its 755 screens in the UK now converted to 4K digital projection with the help of Sony.

"At Vue we're constantly innovating with new ways to bring customers experiences that stand out from the ordinary", comments Kevin Styles, UK & Ireland MD, Vue Entertainment International. "Event Cinema is an incredibly important facet of our offering that's attracting brand-new audiences to cinemas. Our auditoriums are the perfect environment to enjoy world-class artistic and cultural events in comfort - and naturally projected in Sony 4K for the finest picture quality."

With a unique capability extending from live production to digital projection, Sony is a key player in the growing Event Cinema market. From sports, opera and music to alternative comedy and high-profile public events, Event Cinema lets exhibitors expand their offering beyond traditional feature films and represents an increasingly important slice of box office receipts.

"If there's a medium that's naturally suited to the immersive detail and realism of 4K, it's got to be live theatre", says David McIntosh, Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas.
"Cinema Projection in 4K, delivers the best possible image quality which enhances the event cinema experience so that the performance can be enjoyed whether you are in the live theatre or watching in a cinema. We're hugely excited to be working with both the National Theatre and Vue Entertainment International on this project that promises to redefine the boundaries of event cinema with extraordinary new viewing experiences."


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By Alex Edghill

Monday Morning Update: Star Wars: The Force Returns rode much of the spoiler buzz surrounding its plot to the top spot on this past week with just over 60,000 new likes. Numerous stories have leaked online containing rumored plot details for the tightly guarded film, prompting J.J Abrams himself to come forward and say that many of the rumors were both false and true but that he appreciated the enthusiasm from its loyal fanbase. With one of the most fervent fanboys of any franchise Star Wars appears to be set to break all sorts of records on release which the only real question mark seeming to be whether it can topple Avengers: Age Of Ultron as the top grossing film of 2015.   

Furious 7, Minions and Cinderella all had about average churn on the week giving them modest bumps upwards. Furious and Minions are already forgone top 10 hits for 2015 in my head but Cinderella has a few more questions surrounding it. The cast are hardly box office draws, who are better known for their TV performances, but then you include the fact that Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time and that the last big production dealing with princesses was kind of a big deal, Frozen. Course this isn't animated, and it might have a tough time connecting with some younger children, but I believe there is still merit in the comparison. I'm still on the fence with whether it is $100 million material or $250 million material but the marketing push and social media response has been impressive and I think this could be one of the big breakout stories of the year. Looking specifically at Facebook it has seen a 1 million like increase since its first trailer in November of last year. That is a huge number, especially for a family friendly film. This is one to watch which may surprise people come opening weekend.

Chappie tacked on a few more likes, enough to get it into the top 5 for the first time. The film has largely flown under the radar of many but with its release looming and marketing kicking into high gear it is starting to turn more heads. Director Neil Blomkamp has proven himself to be a master of the whole mech-warrior / alien genre in District 9 and Elysium and Chappie looks like another solid entry into the sci-fi genre for the South African. Elysium had 364,618 likes by the day it was released which looks reachable for Chappie which should also enjoy a similar box office fortune if all goes well ($286 million worldwide gross).

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday February 22nd

Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 13,466,416 13,406,311 60,105 0.45%
04/03/15 Furious 7 54,894,859 54,841,186 53,673 0.10%
07/10/15 Minions 29,038,509 28,988,780 49,729 0.17%
03/13/15 Cinderella (2015) 13,590,779 13,548,290 42,489 0.31%
03/06/15 Chappie 194,854 158,788 36,066 22.71%

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Fifty Shades of Grey remained as the top film overseas for a second consecutive weekend after grossing $68.1 million at 10,794 dates in 58 territories. The weekend performance lifts the film past the $400 million worldwide in only its second weekend; Fifty Shades has already collected $280.5 million overseas and is up to $410.6 million globally with four more territories left on its schedule.

Kingsman: The Secret Service brought in $33 million from 5,964 screens in 54 markets. The film has now grossed $86.6 million overseas and $153.7 million worldwide.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water keeps earning big overseas. The film opened in 15 new territories this weekend and brought in $21.9 million from 6,562 locations in a total of 44 territories. Germany is the top new market with a $5.3 million bow at 503 sites, enough for second place in the market. France opened in fourth place with a $3 million debut from 634 locations. Spongebob has now grossed a total of $76 million overseas and crosses a major milestone with a $201.1 million global total.
American Sniper crossed the $100 million mark overseas this weekend thanks to a $20.5 million performance from 4,300 screens in 55 markets. The film registered the biggest opening weekend for director Clint Eastwood in France with a $6.1 million haul from 411 screens, the top film of the weekend in the market. Eastwood scored the same record in Spain, where American Sniper opened to $3.25 million from 380 screens. Other big opening weekends came from Japan ($2.8M) and Mexico ($2.57M) as the film finished the weekend with a $108.5 million overseas cume. American Sniper has grossed $428.1 million worldwide.

Big Hero 6 grossed $11 million in its latest frame overseas. The film has now brought in a total of $326 million outside of North America and $546.2 million worldwide. Japan continues to be the film's top overseas market with a $72.1 million haul. Big Hero 6 expands to China next weekend.

Jupiter Ascending grossed $8.9 million from 6,200 screens in 66 markets. The Wachowski sci-fi flick has grossed a total of $75 million overseas and $114.5 million worldwide.

Penguins of Madagascar grossed $5.2 million from 1,062 screens in 12 markets. The overseas total climbs up to $276.7 million, while the film has now grossed $359.1 million worldwide.
Taken 3
earned $5.1 million from 2,406 screens in 40 markets, hitting the $200 million mark overseas. The thriller has grossed $286.7 million globally.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb added $4.4 million from 1,590 screens in 12 markets. The film has now grossed a total of $229.4 million overseas and $340.9 million globally.
The Theory of Everything crossed the $100 million mark worldwide this weekend thanks tot a$2.7 million haul from 46 territories. The biopic has now grossed $70 million overseas and $104.1 million globally.

Birdman added another $2.3 million from 1,163 screens in 24 markets ahead of Oscar weekend. The awards contender has grossed $38.9 million overseas and $76.6 million worldwide. 


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