kingspeechnews.jpgAs of Noon PT, The King's Speech represents 21% of daily sales on Fandango.com. The historical drama has seen a 76% jump in sales since the Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday.

"The Academy Award nominations clearly gave the film a little Oscar bump," says Fandango editor Chuck Walton. "By end of day Tuesday, this little movie moved up to the top slot as Fandango's top daily ticket-seller, a nice feat considering that the film opened almost nine weeks ago. This King shows no signs of slowing down, as it continues to receive more ‘Must Go' fan ratings on Fandango than any other film of the last few months."

The King's Speech has currently earned more than $58 million domestically.

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, announced today a partnership with Women of the Storm, a non-political, non-profit grassroots organization formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Through the partnership, Screenvision will run Women of the Storm's Be the One PSA within its cinematic preshow, touting the importance of the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the BP oil spill. Be the One is set to run on over 6,400 screens nationwide beginning January 28th through February 24th. The Be the One PSA features celebrities including John Goodman, Wendell Pierce, Alfre Woodard, Bryan Batt, Drew Brees, Peyton and Eli Manning, James Carville and Harry Shearer.

In the PSA, the featured stars individually express their commitment to coastal restoration and urge the viewer to Be the One by signing an e-petition (www.restorethegulf.com) requesting funding for and the implementation of coastal restoration. Within select theatres the PSA will boast a state-of-the-art scantag which allows audience members to sign the petition via cell phone directly from their theatre seats. Women of the Storm intend to take these signatures to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate the broad national support for restoration of the Gulf Coast. The non-profit has amassed over 130,000 signatures since the campaign launched 10 weeks ago.

"It's our honor to partner with Women of the Storm in support of its Be the One PSA Campaign," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "We've learned that the Gulf Coast accounts for 40% of all shipping and commerce, 30% of all seafood, and 33% of the energy supplied to our country therefore truly affecting this nation as a whole. Our extensive network of screens will allow the Be the One message to reach a vast audience and, undoubtedly will assist in raising awareness of the importance of Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration."

Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm adds, "We are so grateful to Screenvision. Its far-reaching exhibitor network means we are able to reach, and actively engage, a huge new audience with our Be the One PSA, which is sure to resonate deeply with all Americans. We're confident the exposure we'll receive through Screenvision's network will exponentially increase the number of signatures on our petition, catch the attention of policymakers and opinion leaders and move us ever closer to coastal restoration goals."

 

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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, announces its "Red Carpet Dreams Sweepstakes" in which loyal moviegoers have the extraordinary opportunity to win a trip to L.A. to see the stars. Regal Crown Club members are entered for their chance to win the trip by attending Oscar(R) nominated films at any Regal Entertainment Group theatre nationwide.

"Thanks to our partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences we are able to offer this fantastic contest to our most loyal patrons. Regal Crown Club members will certainly be thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of the Academy Awards in 2012. This sweepstakes has been an annual tradition at Regal since 2005 and we are excited to continue to offer this amazing trip to two lucky pairs of movie fans," stated Dick Westerling, Regal Entertainment Group Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising.

"The Academy Awards is a celebration of excellence in movies from the past year and with our continued slate of ten Best Picture nominees, there will be something for everyone," offered Academy President Tom Sherak. "There is nothing quite like the thrill of sitting in a darkened theater, and sharing the most memorable movie moments of the year. The opportunity to win a trip to the Oscars red carpet is every movie lover's dream."

Through a promotional partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Regal is able to offer a grand prize package for two sets of winners which includes access to view the Red Carpet Arrivals from the fan bleachers at the 84th Academy Awards(R) Ceremony in 2012. With more than 6-million active members, Regal Crown Club is the number one theatre loyalty program in the country.

To enter the sweepstakes, moviegoers can sign up now or use their existing Regal Crown Club card when purchasing tickets to any of the 2010 Academy Award(R) nominated films in the following categories: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Writing (Original Screenplay). The sweepstakes is available at Regal Entertainment Group theatres across the country from January 28 through February 27, 2011. The grand prize is an all expense paid trip for two to view the Red Carpet Arrivals at the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony in 2012. The grand prize will be awarded to two sets of winners.

As an added incentive, Regal Crown Club members will receive 5 Extra Credits for each ticket they purchase to a nominated film in any of the above mentioned categories during the sweepstakes dates. The Regal Crown Club allows moviegoers to accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. In addition, Regal Crown Club members can participate in the following benefits:

* Free membership to America's most popular movie theatre loyalty program.
* Enjoy Discount Days - $2 selected candy every Monday and $2 small popcorn on Tuesdays.
* Create a personal online account to watch RCC credits build and view exclusive offers.
* Receive monthly online Regal Crown Club newsletter communications.
* Receive emails about special movie promotions and programs in your area.
* Win great prizes through various member sweepstakes throughout the year.
* Earn Extra Credits toward free popcorn, soft drinks and movies.

Regal Crown Club membership is free and open to everyone 13 years of age and older. Membership is obtainable at any Regal Entertainment Group theatre or online at www.REGmovies.com. Full contest rules are also available online.

 

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Naomi Watts will star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Watts will play Helen Gandy, Hoover's loyal secretary for more than 50 years. Charlize Thereon was originally considered for the role.

Watts will also be seen this September opposite Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig in Jim Sheridan's Dream House.

Judging how fast Eastwood works, J. Edgar is bound to open this fall.

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Major Snubs: No Christopher Nolan for Best Director. Michelle Williams made it in for Blue Valentine, but Ryan Gosling didn't. Mila Kunis missed out on a nod for Black Swan. Andrew Garfield wasn't able to ride The Social Network wave.

Surprises: Lots of love for performances in small films. John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) and Javier Bardem (Biutiful) were able to make the cut.

True Grit has 10 nominations, while Inception and The Social Network both managed 8.

"It's quite an honor to be nominated," Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington tells Boxoffice. Hetherington's doc about Afghanistan has become a grass-roots hit by raking in $1.3 million since opening last June. The Oscar nomination will make more people aware of the doc. Adds Hetherington, "Our film has opened up a dialogue."

The list of nominees:

Best Picture

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit)

Best Actor

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)

Best Actress

Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Original Screenplay

Another Year
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech

Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Animated Film

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Film

Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies
(Canada)
Outside the Law (Algeria)

Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)
The King's Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration)
True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Cinematography

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique
Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood
I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan
The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell
True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres

Best Documentary Feature

Exit Through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production
Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production
Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production
Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production
Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production

Best documentary short subject

Killing in the Name Nominees to be determined A Moxie Firecracker Films Production
Poster Girl Nominees to be determined A Portrayal Films Production
Strangers No More Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
Sun Come Up Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger A Sun Come Up Production
The Warriors of Qiugang Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon A Thomas Lennon Films Production

Achievement in film editing

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter (Paramount) Pamela Martin
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Achievement in makeup

Barney's Version (Sony Pictures Classics) Adrien Morot
The Way Back (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment) Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman (Universal) Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell
Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

"Coming Home" from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
"I See the Light" from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
"If I Rise" from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best animated short film

Day & Night (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo A Magic Light Pictures Production Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let's Pollute A Geefwee Boedoe Production Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) A Sacrebleu Production Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film

The Confession (National Film and Television School) A National Film and Television School Production Tanel Toom
The Crush (Network Ireland Television) A Purdy Pictures Production Michael Creagh
God of Love A Luke Matheny Production Luke Matheny
Na Wewe (Premium Films) A CUT! Production Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143 A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing

Inception (Warner Bros.) Richard King
Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
TRON: Legacy (Walt Disney) Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable (20th Century Fox) Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in sound mixing

Inception (Warner Bros.) Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in visual effects

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter (Warner Bros.) Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception (Warner Bros.) Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

 


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