Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Harkins Theatres announced today the ascension of Racheal Wilson to Senior Vice President and Tyler Cooper to Vice President. In their new roles, Wilson and Cooper will utilize their vast industry experience to build upon and expand Harkins success in movie exhibition.

Wilson has 23 years in the exhibition industry, including 18 years with Harkins Theatres. During her time  with Harkins, she has been instrumental in developing the Company's theatre operations and guest experience. Wilson formerly served as Director of Theatre Operations, District Manager and General Manager. In addition to theatre operations and guest services, Wilson will now assume responsibility for IT, Facilities, Engineering and overall Company leadership.

Cooper has been with Harkins Theatres for 13 years and in the exhibition industry for 18 years. In his previous position as Director of Business Development and Concessions, he was integral in leading Harkins Theatres to exceptional growth in theatre and corporate revenue streams. In addition to these responsibilities, in his new position, Cooper will assume more broad company leadership and the direction of Harkins' Marketing, Advertising and Corporate Sales.

"Harkins Theatres has always prided itself on having the best talent in the industry. Racheal and Tyler have  set the industry standard in  knowledge, leadership and vision. In these vital roles at Harkins Theatres, they  will keep us moving forward as we venture into a new era of moviegoing," said Mike Bowers, President and COO.

"We've been entertaining moviegoers for 78 years and have enjoyed some of our greatest growth and  success due to the dedication of Racheal and Tyler. I'm excited to see where we will go with their  guidance and leadership," said Dan Harkins, owner and CEO.

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Source: Deadline.com

Paul Giamatti is now signing on to play the manager of Stacee Jax's (played by Tom Cruise) band in the rock musical.

Source: THR.com

Julianne Hough will star alongside Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige in Rock of Ages, a new musical from director Adam Shankman. The project is being housed at New Line.

Rock of Ages follows the rise and fall of a young girlto be played by Houghin '80s Hollywood. Cruise will play a brash rocker who tries entice her into his lifestyle.

Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand both have roles in the film.

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32511predictions.pngDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: 3,167 (NEW)
Sucker Punch: 3,033 (NEW)
Rango: 3,645 (-198)
Battle: Los Angeles: 3,118 (-299)
Paul: 2,806 (+4)
Limitless: 2,805 (+49)
Red Riding Hood: 2,715 (-315)
The Lincoln Lawyer: 2,707 (+0)
The Adjustment Bureau: 2,279 (-381)
Mars Needs Moms: 2,170 (-947)
Beastly: 1,585 (-225)
Gnomeo & Juliet: 1,364 (-384)
Hall Pass: 1,204 (-701)
Just Go With It: 1,116 (-592)
The King's Speech: 1,062 (-187)

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Washington D.C. -- Chris Hemsworth will receive the "CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Hemsworth will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"With a successful small screen career in Australia, Hemsworth is sure to impress audiences with his upcoming role in ‘Thor'," noted Neuhauser. "We are excited for what the future holds for Hemsworth on the big screen and are thrilled to present him with the ‘CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award.'"

Hemsworth can be seen this spring in "Thor," from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios, to be released on May 6, 2011. The epic adventure, directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne and a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Born and raised in Australia, Hemsworth first made a name for himself as a series regular on the popular Australian television series "Home and Away." He made his U.S. film debut in "Star Trek," directed by J.J. Abrams, playing the pivotal role of George Kirk. In addition to "Thor," Hemsworth will star in the Dan Bradley remake of "Red Dawn" and the Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard scripted "Cabin in the Woods," and will begin production on Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" this year.

 

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