aimc-australianintlmovieconvention.pngThe 69th Australian International Movie Convention (Jupiters Hotel & Casino on Queensland's Gold Coast October 12-16) will showcase a diverse range of films ahead of what industry pundits forecast will be a strong box office year.

The AIMC is hosted annually by NACO (National Association of Cinema Operators-Australasia). NACO Executive Director, Michael Hawkins says the convention, which has become a valuable annual industry event for the Australian, NZ and Pacific region, looks forward to welcoming Australia's major and independent distributors to present their upcoming product slates to the decision makers who program cinemas large and small.

The major Hollywood distribution companies of Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Warner Bros. will present previews and footage from films scheduled for release in late 2014 and 2015 release.

"We will be off to a good start as the AIMC Opening Night hosts the Australian Premiere of the Universal-distributed Working Title film ‘The Theory of Everything', says Mr Hawkins.

"Over the four and a half days of the convention, our delegates will get to enjoy a cross-section of what we hope will be a bumper crop of films for the coming year".

Sony Pictures Releasing will screen ‘Fury', starring Brad Pitt as a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines as the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre in April, 1945. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

John Jarratt will present the first sneak peek of his upcoming film in a presentation titled ‘From Wolf Creek to Stalkher', with the latter billed as an "inappropriately funny, dark, romantic thriller" from OZPIX Entertainment & Backlot Films. John Jarratt will be joined by his ‘Stalkher' co-director and fellow lead actor Kaarin Fairfax and Alan Finney, the Executive Producer, to offer a unique insight into Australia's own ‘Misery meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

The Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA) will have product presentations and movie screenings throughout the four days of the convention, including Dan Gilroy's crime drama, ‘Nightcrawler', about a young man who stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and ‘Love is Strange', a drama starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei.

AIDA member companies include Becker Film Group, Curious Film, Entertainment One Films, Icon Film Distributors, Madman Entertainment, Palace Films, Pinnacle Films, Potential Films, Sharmill Films, Studio Canal, Rialto Distribution and Umbrella Films.

Comedy is a box office staple and AIMC delegates will have the opportunity to see ‘Dumb and Dumber To', in which Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit which "took physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts". The original film's directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will screen ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day', which follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life - a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. The film also stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell as Alexander's parents.

Paramount Pictures will screen ‘Top Five', written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, which tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career-and the past-that he's left behind. The film stars Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.

Michael Hawkins says some of the distributors have yet to announce the films they will be screening at this year's AIMC.

"Plenty of scope for some last-minute surprises this year".

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Notes to Editors
‘The Theory of Everything' (the subject of a previous AIMC 2014 media release) is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Together they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star as the young lovers in this inspiring film directed by Academy Award® winner James Marsh.

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About the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC)
Continually attracting record numbers of delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and Europe, the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) remains the premier event to showcase the Australian film industry and provide opportunities for industry stakeholders to reflect upon and shape the issues that affect the business of motion pictures, and to network with local and international colleagues. The Australian International Movie Convention is held annually on the Gold Coast, Queensland and hosted by NACO, the National Association of Cinema Operators - Australasia.

The Australian International Movie Convention is supported by City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Screen Queensland.

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Geneva Convention Recap

Add Comment on October 02, 2014

Hollywood and the heartland met again at the annual Geneva Convention September 9-11, 2014, at the beautiful Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

"Once again attendance was strong for our annual gathering," said Co-chairman John Scaletta. "We are very pleased with the ongoing support we receive from exhibition, distribution, and industry vendors through their attendance, participation, and sponsorships of Geneva Convention. This year the tradeshow was sold out again with nearly 100 booth spaces."

Attendees were treated to a diverse event schedule that included convention standards such as screenings/studio presentations, panels on topics such as tax credits, hospitality, and the general state of our industry, the NATO issues briefing, and plenty of opportunities for networking. Then there was something more unconventional: a speech from Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold, about management techniques.

"Although we saw many familiar faces, it is exciting to see the momentum build as new attendees took advantage of the unique programming developed for Geneva Convention," said George Rouman, co-chairman.

Several industry leaders-both on the national level and the local level-received recognition at the event. On the studio side, Lionsgate received the BoxOffice Blue Ribbon Award for having the highest-grossing domestic release of 2013 with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and 20th Century Fox received Studio of the Year. The Ben Marcus Award went to Screenvision's Travis Reid, Cinema Buying Group's Bill Campbell received the Larry Hansen Award, and Sonic Equipment's Eric Olsen accepted the Vendor of the Year Award on behalf of his employer. Joe Delgado of Moving Image Technologies accepted the Friend of Exhibition Award on behalf of industry vet and former-NEC employee Peter Nicholas, who was unable to attend due to sickness. On the local side, three members of the local film community were added to the Midwest Exhibition Hall of Fame: Gene Grengs, Grengs Theatres, Wisconsin; Paul Ayotte, National Screen Service/MTS (posthumously), Minnesota; and Frederick E. Heise, Melody Drive-In, Indiana. Ayotte's son accepted the award on his behalf.

This year's event also raised money for two charities that are highly valued by the film industry. "Since its inception, proceeds of Geneva Convention have benefited two very important industry charities, Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and Variety Club. To date contributions have exceeded $500,000 to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and $100,000 to Variety Club," said co-chairmen Rouman and Scaletta.

Next year's Geneva Convention is scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2015.


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By Shawn Robbins

Sony reports that The Equalizer tacked on another $2.6 million on Wednesday, off 29 percent from the day prior. Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua's latest hit has tallied $43.3 million in its first 6 days--22 percent more than 2 Guns at the same point in release, and 1 percent ahead of The Book of Eli.

Focus Features' and Laika Animation's The Boxtrolls added $637,338 yesterday for a 26 percent day-to-day drop. The claymation film has grossed $19.5 million in its first six days, topping the studios' Coraline by 0.6 percent and ParaNorman by 5.5 percent.

Fox's The Maze Runner slid 48.5 percent from last Wednesday to $0.91 million yesterday. That gives the young adult hit a $61.1 million domestic take, 30 percent ahead of the 13-day pace of Ender's Game.

This Is Where I Leave You eased 32 percent from last Wednesday to $637,155 yesterday. With $24.5 million in the bank, the ensemble dramedy is running 3 percent behind Trouble with the Curve.

Rounding out the top five, A Walk Among the Tombstones earned $0.41 million on Wednesday for a 55 percent week-to-week drop. The film's total stands at $22.2 million after 13 days. Unfortunately, the noirish thriller starring Liam Neeson is pacing well behind some of his recent flicks.


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mpaa.pngFilm Opens Nationwide Friday, October 3
Directed by David Fincher
Produced by Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon and Ceán Chaffin
Written by Gillian Flynn and based on her bestselling novel "Gone Girl"

WASHINGTON, DC - The production of Twentieth Century Fox's GONE GIRL in Cape Girardeau, Missouri spanned close to two months and contributed over $7 million dollars to the Missouri economy, according to new data released today by the studio. The production hired 116 Missourians, including over 30 off-duty law enforcement officials, and the cast and crew stayed over 7,000 hotel room nights. The movie also utilized over 1,400 extras. The movie opens nationwide tomorrow and local residents of Cape Girardeau will celebrate the production tonight with an advanced screening at the local Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Theater.

Beyond the immediate economic benefit from production, the film has also already begun to spark a boost in tourism. Cape Girardeau has already created a driving tour of GONE GIRL's most notable spots.

The latest state economic profile also reports that beyond just GONE GIRL, the film and television industry in Missouri supports over 8,700 direct jobs and $325 million in wages in the state.

Missouri State Representative Kathryn Swan said, "The filming of GONE GIRL, by 20th Century Fox, was an overwhelmingly positive economic experience for Cape Girardeau, both in the short-term and long-term. Not only was over $7 million dollars spent in our local community during the filming, but our area will benefit from tourism in the years to come. Yet, the benefits were not only monetary, as the city became fully-engaged in hosting the friendly cast and crew. Property improvements were made, university students benefited, extras experienced once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and the air was electrified as celebrities were sighted on a regular basis. Cape Girardeau is a most congenial host and we look forward to the next opportunity!"

"The production of GONE GIRL is a great example of the enduring impact that the production of movies and television have on local communities throughout the nation." said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "Movie and television productions provide a tremendous boost to the economy of hosting communities, first with the significant investments made during production and then often through increased tourism for years to come."

Key economic impact figures from the production of GONE GIRL in Missouri:

Contributed over $7 million dollars to the Missouri economy
Hired 116 Missourians and utilized 1,400 extras
Cast and crew stayed 7,000 hotel room nights
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"Gone Girl" currently tops the list of the films trending now as published on homepage. According to, domestic box office advance ticket sales for the film account for 38% of all tickets sold by the company in the last 24 hours. "Annabelle" is next up at 11% of all tickets sold in the last 24 hours followed by "Interstellar," which does not come out until November, with 10%. Tickets for the Christopher Nolan film just went on sale and are already selling well.

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