WASHINGTON -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) will host The Business of Show Business: Icons, Artists & Innovators, its third annual industry symposium, on April 5, 2011 in Washington, D.C. This year's event will be held at the Library of Congress, home of the world's largest collection of historic audio-visual works.

What: The Business of Show Business: Icons, Artists & Innovators
When: April 5, 2011
Where: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building

This summit provides a forum in the Nation's Capital for top national policy and lawmakers to hear from creators, technological innovators and other movie and television industry leaders about the economic impact of the motion picture industry and the diversity of jobs it creates. A keynote address and panel discussions will illustrate the talent, time and resources that go into making a motion picture, as well as showcase the new platforms, delivery models and technological advancements that are shaping the future of the industry.

This year's event will also celebrate, in conjunction with the Library, the historic importance of motion pictures in American culture and highlight the Library's efforts in collecting, preserving and housing the world's largest collection of American audio-visual works.

"Hundreds, often thousands of workers contribute to making a single motion picture. These workers, from the set-builders to the actors and special effects technicians, are the heart of the industry," said MPAA President and Interim CEO Bob Pisano. "Bringing these artists, technological entrepreneurs and industry leaders together in Washington, D.C. to speak about the myriad of behind-the-scenes challenges they face to finance, produce and distribute a motion picture gives policymakers an opportunity to grasp the true impact of our business. I am especially pleased that this is being held at the Library of Congress, which plays such an important role in the preservation of American film. And I would like to thank Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington for his long commitment to preserving our film heritage."

 

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Source: Variety.com

Bradley Cooper will star alongside Jeremy Irons in The Words, the directorial debut of TRON: Legacy screenwriters Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.

The story is about "a writer who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man's work."

Cooper will be seen in Limitless this March alongside Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish.

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Los Angeles, CA -- Ten years after its powerful theatrical debut, the classic thriller Memento, released by Exclusive Media Group's Newmarket Films, celebrates its anniversary with ONE NIGHT ONLY screenings on February 17th, 2011 in 11 select digital cinemas (theatres listed below) across North America via Cinedigm Digital Cinema (NASDAQ: CIDM). These screenings will feature never-before-seen question and answer footage with award-winning writer and director, Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), speaking with acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. The film will be screened from an all-new, director-approved, high definition digital print. Suspenseful and unique, this daring and challenging Academy Award® nominated, movie launched Nolan's career.

Memento will also be released as a 10th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray, available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on February 22nd. The Blu-ray comes packed with special features including a brand new featurette with the director discussing the legacy of the film, plus the director's script, audio commentary with Christopher Nolan, the original short story, "Anatomy of a Scene" and more!

The exclusive Q&A footage can be seen ONLY IN THEATRES and features a conversation between Nolan and Del Toro which was recorded during a sold out Memento screening on February 4th, 2011 at The American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. Nolan shares his insights and opinions on the impact Memento had on his life and his overall body of work.

Demonstrating one of the many benefits of digital cinema, Cinedigm is holding a DIGITAL MOVIE POSTER contest. Fans will be provided with the art assets to create a unique poster for Memento, with the winners' art to be included on the big screen during the event on the 17th.

Specific locations located here.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced fiscal fourth quarter 2010 results.

Total revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 30, 2010 were $661.0 million compared to total revenues of $765.6 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009. Net income attributable to controlling interest was $13.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $35.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Diluted earnings per share was $0.09 for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $0.23 during the fourth quarter of 2009. Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) was $0.12 for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $0.27 during the fourth quarter of 2009. Adjusted EBITDA(3) was $116.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $156.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.

Regal's Board of Directors also today declared a cash dividend of $0.21 per Class A and Class B common share, payable on March 15, 2011, to stockholders of record on March 3, 2011. The Company intends to pay a regular quarterly dividend for the foreseeable future at the discretion of the Board of Directors depending on available cash, anticipated cash needs, overall financial condition, loan agreement restrictions, future prospects for earnings and cash flows as well as other relevant factors.

"We were pleased to end 2010 with an extraordinary dividend for our shareholders," stated Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group. "The increase in our recurring dividend to $0.21 per share illustrates our confidence in the Company's ability to generate significant free cash flow and our commitment to returning value to shareholders," continued Miles.

Forward-looking Statements:
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, may constitute forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the risk factors contained in the Company's 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2010. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by such factors.

 

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NEW YORK, NY and SANTA MONICA, CA -- The espionage thriller The Debt will be distributed for Miramax by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International (UPI). Focus will release The Debt in the U.S. nationwide on Wednesday, August 31st, and UPI will release the film internationally.

Directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), The Debt stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Jessica Chastain (soon to be seen in The Tree of Life), Marton Csokas (Universal's upcoming Dream House), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), Ciarán Hinds (Focus' Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), and two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson. The screenplay, by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, is adapted from the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov. The producers of The Debt are Mr. Vaughn and Kris Thykier through Marv Films, Eitan Evan, and Eduardo Rossof; Tarquin Pack is the film's executive producer.

The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (played by Ms. Mirren) and Stefan (Mr. Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Mr. Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Ms. Chastain, Mr. Csokas, and Mr. Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Mr. Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said, "We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Focus and UPI. The Debt continues Miramax's proud history of producing the highest-quality films, with the most respected talent and directors. We believe the film will be well-received by audiences worldwide, and it will be a powerful addition to the Miramax library."

"Given Focus' tradition of dramatic thrillers that unfold in exotic locations, The Debt makes for a worthy addition to our 2011 release slate," said Focus CEO James Schamus. "The picture is taut with nail-biting tension, and spotlights powerful performances from its gifted cast. We are also excited to partner with Miramax and its new team."

"What was a strong script has become an excellent film - and the kind of terrific thriller that works so well in the international marketplace. Everyone at UPI is proud to be distributing the picture," said UPI president, international production and acquisitions Christian Grass.

Producer Kris Thykier commented, "We are delighted that Focus and Universal Pictures International have come on board. Their enthusiasm for the movie is palpable, their track record is second to none, and we couldn't wish for better partners. We are especially grateful to the new Miramax for their commitment to finding the right home for the film."

 

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