Source: Deadline Hollywood

Andy Serkis was signed to reprise his role as Gollum in the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit, to be mounted by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson. Serkis joins actor Martin Freeman, who will play a younger version of the Rings' films' character Bilbo Baggins, as well as Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett, who will similarly reprise their roles from the original trilogy.

Serkis' turn as the tormented creature in the original trilogy was one of the first major film characters to be created entirely via performance capture, and James Cameron credited the successful creation of Gollum as the evidence he needed to get his own performance-capture-based film, Avatar, off the ground. Meanwhile, since the Rings films, Serkis provided the performance-capture bases for Jackson's King Kong, and played a variety of live-action characters in films such as 13 Going On 30 and The Prestige. But his return to the world of The Lord of the Rings signals Jackson's intention to at least try and recreate the magic that made the original films such a critical and commercial success.

 

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Burbank, CA -- Tag along on this hilarious road trip when Due Date arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download February 22nd from Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. From The Hangover director Todd Phillips, Due Date follows a raucous odd couple thrown together by fate as they try to survive each other on a cross-country journey.

From Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School), "Due Date" stars Oscar(tm) nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man), Zach Galifinakis (Dinner for Schmucks, The Hangover), Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor), Juliette Lewis (The Switch) and Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (Ray).

Uptight architect and father-to-be Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is forced to endure the company of exuberant aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifiniakis) on a journey across the country in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

Due Date will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98.

On February 22, "Due Date" will also be available for rent ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, and IPTV. It can also be purchased for permanent download or rented on iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

It will also be available to rent via kiosks and subscription on March 22nd.

SYNOPSIS

From The Hangover director Todd Phillips, Due Date stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as two unlikely companions thrown together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous.

Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is only days away. As he hurries to catch a flight home to Los Angeles from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor and disaster-magnet Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) leads to the two of them being tossed off the plane and placed on a no-fly list...while Peter's luggage, wallet and ID take off without him.

With no alternatives in sight, Peter is forced to hitch a ride with Ethan and his canine traveling companion on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter's last nerve.

DVD ELEMENTS

The "Due Date" Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
o "Two and a Half Men" Scene Featuring Ethan Tremblay
o Gag Reel
o Too Many Questions Mashup
o Action Mashup
o Additional Scenes
o DVD version of the film
o Digital Copy of the film on Disc

The "Due Date" Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
o Gag Reel
o Theatrical film
o Deleted scenes

DIGTIAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

iTunes (www.itunes.com) will feature "Due Date" for purchase as an iTunes Extra. The iTunes Extra version will feature the following special features:
o Gag Reel
o Deleted scenes (three scenes)

For select, Digital Cable, Satellite TV, IPTV and game console providers, the high-definition (HD) version of "Due Date" will include over ten minutes of digital distribution exclusive bonus content when rented On Demand. The following bonus content will be available for viewing after the credits roll:
o Pull No Punches- The Physical Comedy of Due Date
o The Anti-Chemistry of Due Date

 

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - It was another successful fundraising event for Malco Theatres, with the wrap up of the annual Wrapped with Love campaign, which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

This program, in its twelfth year, ran from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day at all 30 Malco Theatre locations inTennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Mississippi. This year over 73,000 bows were sold during the 4-week holiday campaign.

The bows were hand-made from actual film and sold by employees for $1.00 each. The materials and volunteer production hours for the bows were donated, so there was no cost to Malco Theatres; the true beneficiary was St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Since 1999, Malco Theatres has raised over $390,000 for St. Jude thru the annual Kids Summer Film Fest and Wrapped with Love campaigns.

A formal check presentation at the hospital is being planned for early spring.

Malco Theatres is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee and is fourth-generation family-owned and operated. Malco operates over 300 screens at 30 locations in 5 states across the mid-south.

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It's worth noting that the winner of the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award has matched the Oscar winner eight times over the last 10 years. The only exceptions are Rob Marshall for Chicago (Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist) and Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Steven Soderbergh won the Oscar for Traffic).

The official release:

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010.

"2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the DGA, making the celebration of this year's five nominees especially meaningful," said Hackford. "Their inspired films radiate the passion and unique vision of each of these filmmakers, who are about to become part of our Guild's rich history. My sincerest congratulations to all five nominees."

The winner will be named at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the Grand Ballroom of Hollywood and Highland.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

DARREN ARONOFSKY

Black Swan

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Aronofsky's Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
* First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
* Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
* Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt
* Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser

This is Mr. Aronofsky's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

DAVID FINCHER

The Social Network

(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Fincher's Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
* First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
* Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
* Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams

This is Mr. Fincher's second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

TOM HOOPER

The King's Speech

(The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper's Directorial Team:

* Production Manager: Erica Bensly
* First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
* Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Mr. Hooper's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

Inception

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
* First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
* Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
* Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
* Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack

This is Mr. Nolan's third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Dark Knight in 2008 and for Memento in 2001.

DAVID O. RUSSELL

The Fighter

(Paramount Pictures
and The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Russell's Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
* First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
* Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
* Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger

This is Mr. Russell's first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

 

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