Source: Variety

Liam Neeson will star alongside Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna in Peter Berg's Battleship. Universal will release the action flick on May 18, 2012.

Neeson will be seen later this fall in The Next Three Days from Paul Haggis. The Lionsgate release hits theaters on November 19, 2010.

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Jesse Eisenberg revealed that a draft of a Zombieland 2 script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick has been turned in to Sony. The young actor hasn't read it yet.

Says director Ruben Fleischer, "... it's an early draft and we have plenty more to do to work on it, but I think it's going to be amazing, I'm really excited about it."

Eisenberg will next be seen in David Fincher's The Social Network. Fleischer is currently shooting 30 Minutes or Less with Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari.

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San Francisco -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced today that the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) has equipped the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival's newly constructed year-round home, with a full suite of Dolby® cinema technologies. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is outfitted with Dolby 3D, Dolby Digital Cinema, and Dolby Digital surround sound.

"The Toronto International Film Festival has raised the bar for viewing and sound quality at film festivals with the new TIFF Bell Lightbox, complete with the latest Dolby technologies," said Bill Allen, Senior Director, Production Services, Dolby Laboratories. "The international film community can rest assured that its films will be presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox the way the directors envisioned. The state-of-the-art complex is now a permanent fixture in downtown Toronto."

The TIFF Bell Lightbox includes a Dolby Show Library, Dolby Screen Servers, Dolby CP650 and CP750 Digital Cinema Processors, DMA8Plus Digital Media Adapters, and a Dolby 3D playback system.

In addition, Dolby Production Services will be onsite at TIFF to ensure that audiences receive the best possible entertainment experience. Dolby has worked closely with TIFF over the past two decades and will be calibrating sound and enhancing image quality at all of the TIFF venues. Dolby has also partnered with TIFF to provide participants with the technology and expertise to convert their films into industry standard DCI Digital Cinema Packages for digital playback at the festival.

"Technical innovation and the history of cinema are inextricably linked and Dolby has always been at the forefront of the industry. In as much as an institution such as ours has an artistic vision and mandate to represent the best of cinema, it also requires a technical vision to match." said Andrei Gravelle, Technical Manager, TIFF.

At this year's festival, Dolby 3D will be used to present the world premiere of Cave of Forgotten Dreams directed by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Herzog puts 3D technology to a profound use, taking audiences back in time over 30,000 years as he films inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. The premiere will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2010.

The 35th Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 9-19 at venues throughout Toronto, Canada. The TIFF Bell Lightbox will open on September 12, 2010. For more information on the Toronto International Film Festival and the TIFF Bell Lightbox visit


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SAN FRANCISCO and CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, two of the most popular online and mobile movie brands, and NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, today announced a strategic alliance to develop innovative new advertising and marketing initiatives reaching moviegoers beginning in September.

The new alliance combines the reach of the NCM Cinema Network - the nation's largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and other leading movie theaters across the country - with the popularity and social-media strength of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes. Together, the two entertainment-industry leaders can offer brands exciting opportunities to build true 360-degree in-theater, online and mobile campaigns to reach moviegoers before, during and after the movie.

"This is an extremely exciting collaboration, combining in-theater, online and mobile platforms that will motivate both online audiences and in-theater audiences around the country," said Ken Venturi, NCM's chief creative officer and executive vice president of interactive media. "We're working with Flixster to develop creative and scalable marketing solutions that will be relevant and engaging to moviegoers."

Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes complement the NCM Interactive Network, the No. 1 online portfolio of sites reaching moviegoers according to comScore. Flixster's websites and mobile apps are together used by more than 35 million moviegoers each month. Every weekend, more than 3 million moviegoers use Flixster's mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android-powered devices.

Joe Greenstein, co-founder and CEO of Flixster Inc., said, "Together, Flixster and NCM will reach hundreds of millions of moviegoers in movie theaters, online and across mobile platforms, providing an immersive new way to connect consumers with compelling content and messages."

NCM Media Networks' creative team will also work with Flixster to develop the company's first broad, consumer-focused marketing campaign for Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, expected to debut in NCM's First Look pre-feature program on the big screen in movie theaters around the country this fall. NCM's award-winning in-house agency has created cinema campaigns for more than 3,000 local, regional and national advertisers.


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Source: THR

Natalie Portman has been offered a leading role in Alfonso Cuaron's 3D survival pic titled Gravity. The project focuses on a woman who is stranded on a space station. Robert Downey Jr. has already accepted a supporting a role. The project is being housed at Warner Bros.

Portman is currently winning rave reviews for her performance in Black Swan. Fox Searchlight will release that film on December 1.

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