harrypotter7news.pngMonday Update: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I came in slightly higher than Sunday projection, taking in $54.8 million with over 7.1 million admissions from over 14,000 screens in 63 territories, bringing the international cume to date to $469.7m.

Sunday Update:
Warner Bros. is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I was able to rake in $54.4 million internationally this weekend thanks to 7 million admissions from over 14,000 screens in 62 territories. The sequel fell 53% from last weekend. The international cume to date is now $469.1 million, which puts Potter's worldwide total at an estimated $713 million.

Key Holdovers (sorted by weekend gross):

France (2nd w/e): €7m (US$9.2m) / cume €23m (US$31m)

UK (3rd w/e): £3.5m (US$5.5m) / cume £39m (US$62.4m)

Japan (3rd w/e): ¥455m (US$5.4m) / cume ¥3.8b (US$45.3m)

Germany (3rd w/e): €4m (US$5.2m) / cume €32.1m (US$43.6m)

Australia (3rd w/e): A$3.4m (US$3.3m) / cume A$31.3m (US$30.8m)

China (3rd w/e): Rmb 17m (US$2.6m) / cume Rmb 186.8m (US$28.1m)

Brazil (3rd w/e): R$3.8m (US$2.2m) / cume R$27.4m (US$15.9m)

Italy (3rd w/e): €1.6m (US$2m) / cume €16.4m (US$22.2m)

Russia (3rd w/e): Rbl 52m (US$1.7m) / cume Rbl 750.2m (US$24.2m)

Spain (3rd w/e): €1.3m (US$1.7m) / cume €10.8m (US$14.6m)

Mexico (3rd w/e): Ps 19.8m (US$1.6m) / cume Ps 231.5m (US$18.8m)

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2010 ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me - Illumination Entertainment
How to Train Your Dragon - DreamWorks Animation
Tangled - Disney
The Illusionist - Django Films
Toy Story 3 - Disney/Pixar

Best Animated Short Subject
Coyote Falls - Warner Bros. Animation
Day & Night - Pixar
Enrique Wrecks the World - House of Chai
The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger - Plymptoons Studio
The Renter - Jason Carpenter

Best Animated Television Commercial
Children's Medical Center - DUCK Studios
Frito Lay Dips "And Then There Was Salsa" - LAIKA/house
‘How To Train Your Dragon' Winter Olympic Interstitial "Speed
Skating" - DreamWorks Animation
McDonald's "Spaceman Stu" - DUCK Studios
Pop Secret "When Harry Met Sally" - Nathan Love

Best Animated Television Production
Futurama - The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century
Fox Television
Kung Fu Panda Holiday - DreamWorks Animation
Scared Shrekless - DreamWorks Animation
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Arc Troopers" - Lucasfilm Animation,
Ltd.
The Simpsons - Gracie Films
Best Animated Television Production for Children
Adventure Time - Cartoon Network Studios
Cloudbread - GIMC
Fanboy & Chum Chum - Nickelodeon, Frederator
Regular Show - Cartoon Network Studios
SpongeBob SquarePants - Nickelodeon
Best Animated Video Game
Heavy Rain - Quantic Dream
Kirby's Epic Yarn - Good-Feel & HAL Laboratory
Limbo - Playdead
Shank - Klei Entertainment Inc.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Andrew Young Kim "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks Animation
Jason Mayer "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Brett Miller "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Sebastian Quessy "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of
Ga'Hoole" - Warner Bros. Pictures
Kryzstof Rost "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Character Animation in a Television Production
Nicolas A. Chauvelot "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation
Savelon Forrest "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" -
ShadowMachine
Elizabeth Havetine "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" -
ShadowMachine
David Pate "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Nideep Varghese "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Mark Donald "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Anthony Hodgson "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Gabe Hordos "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Jakob Hjort Jensen "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
David Torres "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Quentin Miles - Clash of the Titans
Ryan Page - Alice in Wonderland

Character Design in a Television Production
Andy Bialk "The Ricky Gervais Show" - W!LDBRAIN Entertainment
Stephan DeStefano "Sym-Bionic Titan" - Cartoon Network
Ernie Gilbert "T.U.F.F. Puppy" - Nickelodeon
Gordon Hammond "T.U.F.F. Puppy" - Nickelodeon
Steve Lam "Fanboy & Chum Chum" - Nickelodeon, Frederator
Character Design in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
Carter Goodrich "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Timothy Lamb "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Nico Marlet "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation

Directing in a Television Production
Bob Anderson "The Simpsons" - Gracie Films
Peter Chung "Firebreather" - Cartoon Network Studios
Duke Johnson "Frankenhole: Humanitas" - ShadowMachine
Tim Johnson "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Gary Trousdale "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation

Directing in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
Pierre Coffin "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Mamoru Hosoda "Summer Wars" - Madhouse/Funimation
Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois "How To Train Your Dragon" -
DreamWorks Animation
Lee Unkrich "Toy Story 3" - Disney/Pixar

Music in a Television Production
J. Walter Hawkes "The Wonder Pets!" - Nickelodeon Production &
Little Airplane Productions
Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer and John Powell "Kung Fu Panda
Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Tim Long, Alf Clausen, Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement "The
Simpsons: Elementary School Musical" - Gracie Films
Shawn Patterson "Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special" -
ShadowMachine
Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nick Carr, Tuck Tucker
"SpongeBob SquarePants" - Nickelodeon

Music in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
David Hirschfelder "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of
Ga'Hoole" - Warner Bros. Pictures
John Powell "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Harry Gregson Williams "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks
Animation
Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira "Despicable Me" - Illumination
Entertainment

Production Design in a Television Production
Alan Bodner "Neighbors From Hell" - 20th Century Fox Television
Barry Jackson "Firebreather" - Cartoon Network Studios
Pete Oswald "Doubtsourcing" - Badmash Animation Studios
Richie Sacilioc "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Scott Wills "Sym-Bionic Titan" - Cartoon Network Studios
Production Design in a Feature Production
Yarrow Cheney "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Eric Guillon "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Dan Hee Ryu "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" -
Warner Bros. Pictures
Pierre Olivier Vincent "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Peter Zaslav "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in a Television Production
Sean Bishop "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation
Fred Gonzales "T.U.F.F. Puppy" - Nickelodeon
Tom Owens "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Dave Thomas "Fairly OddParents" - Nickelodeon

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Alessandro Carloni "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Paul Fisher "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks Animation
Tom Owens "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Catherine Yuh Rader "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in a Television Production
Jeff Bennett as The Necronomicon "Fanboy & Chum Chum" -
Nickelodeon & Frederator
Corey Burton as Baron Papanoida "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" -
Cartoon Network
Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" -
Cartoon Network
Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown "The Cleveland Show" - Fox
Television Animation
James Hong as Mr. Ping "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks
Animation

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Jay Baruchel as Hiccup "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Gerard Butler as Stoick "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Steve Carrell as Gru "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Cameron Diaz as Fiona "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks
Animation
Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of
Ga'Hoole" - Warner Bros. Pictures
Writing in a Television Production
Daniel Arkin "Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Heroes on Both Sides" -
Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.
Jon Colton Barry & Piero Piluso "Phineas & Ferb: Nerds of a Feather"
- Disney Channel
Geoff Johns, Matthew Beans, Zeb Wells, Hugh Sterbakov, Matthew
Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, Mike Fasolo, Douglas
Goldstein, Tom Root, Dan Milano, Kevin Shinick & Hugh Davidson
"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" - ShadowMachine
Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham "The Simpsons: Stealing First
Base" - Gracie Films
Michael Rowe "Futurama" - The Curiosity Company in association
with 20th Century Fox Television

Writing in a Feature Production
Michael Arndt "Toy Story 3" - Disney/Pixar
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders "How to Train Your
Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Dan Fogelman "Tangled" - Disney
Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons "Megamind" - DreamWorks
Animation

JURIED AWARDS
Winsor McCay Award - Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg, Matt Groening
June Foray - Ross Iwamoto.
Ub Iwerks Award - Autodesk
Special Achievement - "Waking Sleeping Beauty"

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests in Texas will soon be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages when a renovated wing at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine, Texas opens on Dec. 8.

Just weeks after the debut of AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Essex Green 9 in West Orange, N.J. on Nov. 17 and AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 on Nov. 22, AMC Grapevine Mills 30 combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Grapevine Mills 30 as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "This concept showcases the options we provide our guests. It's one example of how AMC embraces consumer trends and takes a proprietary approach to food and beverage service at the concession stand and inside our auditoriums."

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 offers two meal-and-a-movie options inside 13 newly renovated auditoriums as well as a bar and lounge:

Cinema Suites® - Five auditoriums at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 will feature:

• Premium, upscale in-theatre dining
• Reserved seating in luxury recliners
• Up to nine feet of row spacing
• Extensive menu including Cinema Suites specialties such as Bleu Cheese Chips, Blackened Salmon and Lobster Ravioli served on unique swivel tables via seat-side service
• Cinema Suites guests must be at least 21 years old

Fork & Screen® - Eight auditoriums at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 will offer:
• Casual, in-theatre dining
• Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
• Table-top dining
• An extensive menu including Crab Rangoon Dip, Thai Coconut Chicken Tenders and Chocolate Loving Spoon Cake served via seat-side service
• Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21)

MacGuffins®
• A full-service bar and lounge area inside the theatre
• Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
• Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and a selection of appetizers and desserts
• MacGuffins guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome
AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 pricing:
• Adult movie tickets range from $6 to $10 depending on the time of purchase plus a $15 experience charge for Cinema Suites or a $10 experience charge for Fork & Screen
• The $15/$10 experience charge is deducted from meal purchases in the auditorium

AMC Grapevine Mills 30 also offers 17 traditional auditoriums featuring stadium seating, which have been open since the 13 auditoriums in the AMC Dine-In Theatres' wing closed for renovation in September.

In addition to AMC Grapevine Mills 30, AMC will open a fourth AMC Dine-In Theatre location at AMC Menlo Park 12 in Edison, N.J. on Dec. 15.

AMC features five existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:
• AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 - Bridgewater, N.J.
• AMC Essex Green 9 - West Orange, N.J.
• AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead - Atlanta
• AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
• AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.

For more information about AMC Dine-In Theatres, please visit: www.amctheatres.com/dinein.

 

 

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TO LIONS GATE SHAREHOLDERS:

Today the Icahn Group has launched a website entitled "Save Lions Gate" -- http://www.savelionsgate.com/

The website includes three reports. The first is "Why change is needed at Lions Gate". It goes into detail as to how the board approved an arrangement to issue millions of dollars in "bargain" priced stock to a fund controlled by Mark Rachesky, a board member, which Mr. Rachesky would vote (see page 6 of the report).

Through the years I have seen many transgressions of corporate governance but they all pale in comparison to what has taken place during a week in mid-July 2010 at Lions Gate. Some of the emails that were found in discovery make for fascinating reading. Many of these emails are printed in the report (see pages 13-15 of the report). (I believe they could be the basis of a great business movie on the abuses of shareholders in corporate America. Lions Gate has first right to the script.) One of the emails where Mark Rachesky, a director, is communicating with Michael Burns, Vice Chairman of Lions Gate, on how to best get the company's lawyers to provide Rachesky with a "disclosure letter", a necessary step in their plan, (see page 10 of the report) is as follows:

Rachesky to Burns: "You need to be the quarterback. I can only fail because you don't put enough effort in dealing with all these crazy lawyers' egos. They are not on the same page yet."

Burns to Rachesky: "They will be." "Beating sh*t out of lawyers. Making progress."

These are our directors. They are supposed to be safeguarding our assets. Shareholders, would you want these guys running your family business, let alone Lions Gate?

The second report was produced by Salem Partners LLC, a boutique investment bank specializing in media companies. Among many other things, it delves into misconceptions about the value of Lions Gate's film library and about cash flows or -- better said -- the lack thereof.

The third report compares our nominees with the current directors of Lions Gate we hope to replace.

After reading these reports, I hope and believe you will support us by voting the gold card. Let's try to save Lions Gate. If you have any questions or problems getting to the website, please contact Jesse Lynn at 212-702-4331 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 212-702-4331 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email him at jlynn@sfire.com.

The terms and conditions of the Icahn Group's offer to purchase up to all of Lions Gate's common shares for $7.50 per share, which expires at 11:59 p.m., Vancouver time, on December 10, 2010, unless extended or withdrawn, are set forth in an Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other related materials that have been distributed to holders of Lions Gate's common shares and were filed with the SEC as exhibits to the Icahn Group's amended Schedule TO and with the Canadian securities authorities on SEDAR. Shareholders with questions about the tender offer may call D.F. King & Co., Inc., the Information Agent, toll-free at 800-859-8511 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-859-8511 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (banks and brokers call 212-269-5550 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 212-269-5550 end_of_the_skype_highlighting).

 

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