Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to work with Whole Foods Market, the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, to offer guests the chance to see the "Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival" in celebration of Earth Month in April.

"AMC is committed to bringing quality, diverse content to our guests and the Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival is a prime example of that," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming for AMC. "It is also an example of how we intend to amplify our pledge of bringing these powerful stories found in independent films to our guests through direct partnerships with independent filmmakers and film festival participation."

The festival launched April 1 and will travel to theatres in 70 cities across the United States this month, including five AMC theatres: AMC Rainbow Promenade 10 (Las Vegas); AMC Plymouth Meeting 12 (Philadelphia); AMC Rio Cinemas 18 (Washington D.C.); AMC Cupertino Square 16 (San Francisco); and AMC Rolling Hills 20 (Los Angeles). A different film will be shown each night at 6:30 p.m. local time, with a double feature on Earth Day, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

It's a collection of six provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and serve as reminder of small changes people can make for good while supporting budding green-genre filmmakers. The six films chosen for the inaugural festival include:

• BAG IT! - In this highly entertaining and eye-opening film, filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic-reliant world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. www.bagitmovie.com

• LUNCH LINE - This deeply affecting film from filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch and wind up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. www.lunchlinefilm.com

• ON COAL RIVER - A compelling and transcendent narrative on the human costs of coal and strip-mining, this provocative film from filmmakers Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Woods follows the journey of a former coal miner and his neighbors, residents of Coal River Valley in West Virginia, as they transform from so-called victims to fearless and informed experts on mountaintop removal. www.oncoalriver.com

• PLANEAT - This visually stunning film from filmmakers Shelley Lee Davis and Or Shlomi tells the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age: Western culture's love affair with meat and dairy. Through an extraordinary personal and mouthwatering culinary journey we discover the wide range of medical and environmental benefits of eating our veggies. www.planeat.tv

• URBAN ROOTS - Filmmaker Mark MacInnis tells the powerful story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally grown, sustainably farmed food in a city cut off from real food and limited to processed fast food. This group has taken on the enormous task of changing this reality. www.urbanrootsamerica.com

• VANISHING OF THE BEES - Narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page, this cautionary tale from filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Heinen reveals the mystery of the disappearing bees, and the links to industrial farming and our attitude toward the natural world. Starring in this real-life drama is a commercial bee farmer who sounded the alarm when his bee colonies collapsed and his business was decimated. www.vanishingbees.com

Earlier this month, AMC unveiled AMC Smart MovieSnacksTM, a comprehensive snack pack that includes ChiquitaTM Fruit Chips, a 20-oz. Dasani® water, an Odwalla Bar® Chocolate Chip Trail Mix and PopCornersTM popped corn chips. In creating AMC Smart MovieSnacks, AMC identified the best products after testing hundreds with a guest panel and collecting feedback. As a result, AMC Smart MovieSnacks represents a meaningful product offering that incorporates the best of nutritious snack choices, yet still allows guests to indulge, albeit smartly, when snacking at the movies.

AMC's initiative to improve access to more nutritious snacks at the movies included working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity. AMC modeled AMC Smart MovieSnacks on the Alliance's school competitive food and beverage guidelines, which the organization uses in its work that supports more than 11,000 U.S. schools.

In addition to the Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival, Whole Foods Market is also creating a grant program for filmmakers in the green film genre. A portion of all tickets sales from the film festival will go towards a film production and development grant that will encourage filmmakers to continue making stories about the environment and the choices we make as consumers.

The festival is presented in association with Applegate Farms and RiceSelectTM, with additional support from EVOL Burritos, Food Should Taste Good and Siggi's. For additional information about the festival, please visit www.dosomethingreel.com.

 

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41511predictions.pngRio: 3,826 (NEW)
Scream 4: 3,305 (NEW)
The Conspirator: 707 (NEW)
HOP: 3,607 (-9)
Arthur: 3,276 (+0)
Your Highness: 2,772 (+3)
Source Code: 2,557 (-414)
Hanna: 2,545 (+10)
Insidious: 2,233 (-186)
Soul Surfer: 2,214 (+0)
Limitless: 1,885 (-770)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: 1,849 (-1,032)
The Lincoln Lawyer: 1,702 (-718)
Rango: 976 (-1,031)
Sucker Punch: 555 (-1,200)
Battle: Los Angeles: 554 (-854)

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WASHINGTON -- The New Zealand Parliament last night approved legislation that creates a new process for handling online content theft. The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill requires Internet service providers (ISPs) to cooperate with copyright holders and codifies the steps they must take to respond to theft occurring on their networks. These measures range from forwarding rights owner-generated infringement notices to penalizing repeat offenders with damage fees and Internet account suspensions. The law will go into effect on September 1, 2011.

Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) issued the following statement:

"I applaud the New Zealand Government and Parliament for working together to create an enforceable, viable process for addressing P2P illegal file sharing - a pernicious drain on the creative workforce. The millions of men and women who work in our industry all across the world depend on the protection of their product to make a living. To them, content theft has real consequences. We all have a shared responsibility in the fight against digital theft, and this law goes a long way toward ensuring that the burden of illegal online activity - and the obligation to stop it - does not solely rest on the backs of our workers and their advocates."

 

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NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Roman Polanski's new film, CARNAGE, in North America. Polanski penned the script with Yasmina Reza, which is adapted from Reza's 2009 Tony Award® winning play God of Carnage. CARNAGE is produced by Said Ben Said (THE WITNESSES, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN) and stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. SPC expects an end of year release.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film from Said Ben Said and ICM's Jeff Berg.

Polanski assembled an all-star crew to work on CARNAGE, director of photographer Pawel Edelman (THE GHOST WRITER, RAY, THE PIANIST), production designer Dean Tavoularis (THE NINTH GATE, THE GODFATHER, THE OUTSIDERS), editor Herve de Luze (THE GHOST WRITER, WILD GRASS, TELL NO ONE), costume designer Milena Canonero (DARJEELING LIMITED, MARIE ANTOINETTE, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and composer Alberto Iglesias (TALK TO HER, VOLVER, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, THE KITE RUNNER).

Set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York, CARNAGE centers on two pairs of parents one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

"In today's world of moviemaking, Roman Polanski, his screenwriting partner Yasmina Reza, his cast, his crew, and his producer Said Ben Said represent the best of the best. We are so fortunate and pleased to bring CARNAGE, which promises to be an experience of intense emotion and hilarity, to the American audiences," states Sony Pictures Classics.

Said Ben Said and Sony Pictures Classics last worked together on the film I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination and top mobile movie ticketing provider, is teaming up with top game app publisher Rovio and Twentieth Century Fox to provide U.S. show time info and ticketing capabilities for Fox's hit motion picture RIO from within the popular game, Angry Birds RIO.

RIO, already the world's top-grossing film of the week with an international box office take of approximately $55 million, opens in the U.S. tomorrow on Friday, April 15.

Starting today, Angry Birds apps for smartphones and tablets will link to Fandango's optimized mobile site, where fans can buy tickets for the movie, RIO, currently one of Fandango's top daily ticket-sellers.

Angry Birds RIO combines appearances from the Angry Birds with RIO's fine-feathered animated stars, and has ranked as the season's most downloaded app on iOs, Mac and Android.

The avidly-played aviary app, which has seen more than 10 million downloads in its first 10 days of release, was developed by Rovio in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox.

"There's always been a huge crossover between film fans and the gamer audience," says Rick Butler, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Fandango. "We're thrilled to work with Fox and Rovio to exclusively provide another convenient way for fans to get tickets to one of the season's most highly-anticipated movies."

"As we gear up for the U.S. theatrical release of RIO this Friday, we're excited to work with Fandango and Rovio to give fans an easy and fun way to purchase tickets to this incredible film," says Peter Levinsohn, President of New Media and Digital Distribution for Fox Filmed Entertainment.

"We are pleased by the runaway success of Angry Birds RIO, as we continue to increase our footprint in Hollywood," says Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. "We're happy to work with Fox and Fandango to make it easy for the fans to be able to see the excitement of the movie RIO up on the big screen."

Moviegoers purchasing a RIO movie ticket on Fandango via the Angry Birds RIO app will be entered into a sweepstakes, launching today and offering the chance to win one of five iPad 2s.

 

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