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Olivia Wilde, costar of TRON: Legacy, was just cast in Dreamworks' upcoming film Welcome to People. Wilde joins a cast that includes Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), and will play the Pine character's girlfriend. Directed by Alex Kurtzman from a script he co-wrote with Jody Lambert and regular collaborator Roberto Orci, the film follows a business man (played by Pine) who after the death of his father discovers for the first time that he has an alcoholic sister (Banks) with a 12-year-old son.

Wilde's profile has steadily risen over the last few years. In addition to her current role in TRON: Legacy, for which BoxofficeMagazine.com interviewed her last month, she will appear in Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, which was adapted for the screen by Kurtzman and Orci, as well as The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, and Now with Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake.

Meanwhile, Welcome to People marks a significant departure for Kurtzman and Orci, whose previous work has primarily focused on genre fare, such as Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III, and the first two Transformers films.

 

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Although pundits have pre-emptively announced the death of big-screen 3D after the underwhelming commercial success of recent releases like TRON: Legacy and The Nutcracker, home video divisions of many studios, including TRON distributor Walt Disney Studios, are mounting ambitious campaigns to bring the technology into consumers' living rooms. On Monday, Disney announced a sizable slate of 3D releases in the coming months, including both current titles and a handful of classics post-converted into the 3D format.

Although the announcement did not include specific release dates for any of the titles mentioned, Disney plans to offer at least 15 titles in 3D in 2011, starting with day-and-date releases of both TRON: Legacy and Tangled, their two biggest releases from the fourth quarter of 2010. Additionally, Disney announced plans to release post-converted versions of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, as well as 3D versions of many of their films from recent years that were released in both 2D and 3D formats, including Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force, and Chicken Little. The studio already released Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and Step Up 3 in 2010, bringing their slate of 3D titles to almost 20 by the end of 2011.

According to Lori MacPherson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, the release schedule will offer consumers more choices and improved presentation of titles both new and old. "As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, and the original artists and filmmakers meticulously ‘dimensionalize' their work for release on the Blu-ray 3D format, we will be offering movie- lovers the most incredible in-home entertainment experience they will ever have," says MacPherson.

Other details on the releases were scarce, but the press release issued in conjunction with the announcement indicated that each release will be designed in 3D from top to bottom, featuring 3D menus, previews of coming attractions, and "an introduction to the eye-popping world of Disney Blu-ray 3D featuring beloved characters Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King."

 

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thesocialnetwork.pngThe winners of the 2010 Online Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Lead Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Best Lead Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, True Grit
Best Editing: Lee Smith, Inception
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film: Mother
Best Documentary: Exit Through The Gift Shop

 

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TORONTO AND LOS ANGELES -- IMAX CORPORATION (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that for the fifty-two weeks ended December 31, 2010, IMAX DMR® global gross box office reached a record $546 million, more than doubling the Company's previous global box office record of $270 million achieved in 2009. The Company's DMR gross box office for the fourth quarter of 2010 reached $102 million compared to $101 million in the fourth quarter of last year.

Gross box office generated from the Company's original documentaries including Hubble 3D, Under the Sea 3D and Deep Sea 3D totaled $41 million.

"Our 2010 box office results reflect our model of showcasing the biggest blockbuster titles, whether they are 2D or 3D, our network expansion and the significant increase in box office generated from our existing theatres," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation. "In fact, our box office per theatre average grew by 50 percent year-over-year. Looking ahead to 2011, we have more visibility into our future film slate than we have ever had, we will grow the size of our global network and we believe that this year's strong box office performance will further fuel the theatre signing momentum we enjoyed in 2010 into 2011."

"IMAX proves time and again to be the magic formula that keeps the excitement of movie-going alive and there is no greater proof of this than the 100% year over year uptick in IMAX's 2010 box office revenues," said Paul Dergarabedian president of the box-office division of Hollywood.com, "With nearly $600 million in worldwide box office and same-store revenues up an incredible 50%, the premium IMAX format continues to be a key contributor to the success of more and more big studio titles."

"In 2010 we released more films to the IMAX network from the most diverse group of studio partners than ever before and our box office results reflect well on our strategic initiatives," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "In 2011, we anticipate another record number of DMR titles will be released to a record number of IMAX screens, and we are working closely with new and long-time studio, exhibitor and filmmaker partners to bring mind-blowing and differentiated IMAX experiences to moviegoers around the globe."

IMAX Box Office Highlights:
- Domestically, 9 of the top 10 grossing films were released into the IMAX network
- A record 16 DMR titles were released to the IMAX® theatre network compared to 13 in 2009
- 24 of the last 25 IMAX DMR titles opened Number 1 at the box office on their opening weekend
- 39% of IMAX box office was generated overseas in 2010, compared to approximately 26% in 2009

The Company's announced 2011 film slate includes:
TRON: Legacy: An IMAX 3D Experience (Walt Disney Studios) (continued from 2010)
The Green Hornet: An IMAX 3D Experience (Sony Pictures)
Sanctum: An IMAX 3D Experience (Universal Pictures)
I am Number Four: The IMAX Experience (DreamWorks/Disney)
Mars Needs Moms: An IMAX 3D Experience (Walt Disney Studios)
Sucker Punch: The IMAX Experience (Warner Bros.)
Born to Be Wild 3D (original production from IMAX and Warner Bros.)
Fast Five: The IMAX Experience (Universal)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: An IMAX 3D Experience (Walt Disney Studios)
Cars 2: An IMAX 3D Experience (Walt Disney Studios)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience (Warner Bros.)
Real Steel: The IMAX Experience (DreamWorks/Disney)
Happy Feet 2: An IMAX 3D Experience (Warner Bros.)

 

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Legendary character actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Postlethwaite received one Oscar nomination in his career for a supporting turn opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in In The Name of the Father.

The actor appeared in three 2010 releases: Clash of the Titans, Inception and The Town. Other memorable credits include The Usual Suspects, Romeo + Juliet and The Last of the Mohicans.

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