TORONTO, ON -- Cineplex Entertainment (TSX: CGX) and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) (TSX: IMX) today announced an agreement under which Cineplex will acquire three new digital IMAX® systems in addition to upgrading seven of its existing IMAX film-based projectors to digital IMAX systems. The three new theatres will be located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas (opening July 1), and in Ontario at SilverCity Windsor Cinemas (opening July 15) and SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas (opening this fall).

"Our IMAX theatres have always been very well received by our theatre guests," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Entertainment. "We are pleased to extend the premium IMAX Experience® to new audiences in Southern Ontario and Winnipeg, and to upgrade seven of our existing IMAX projection systems to digital, bringing our total IMAX locations to 12."

"We are happy to enter into this expanded deal with Cineplex, which has been a long-standing and successful exhibitor partner for IMAX in Canada," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation. "We are particularly pleased that two of the new Cineplex IMAX locations will open in time to benefit from the exciting slate of summer blockbusters scheduled to be released in the IMAX format, such as the July releases of Transformers 3: An IMAX® 3D Experience and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: An IMAX®3D Experience."

 

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Weekend of Horrors is happening this weekend, offering fans of the frightful arts an opportunity to hobnob and reminisce in person with their favorite actors and filmmakers. Appropriately, the genre convention runs from Saturday to Sunday, and offers a broad and eclectic slate of panel programming as well as screenings, benefit events, and of course a showroom where collectors can find all sorts of grisly goodies. Meanwhile, attendees can look forward to appearances by such horror luminaries as John Carpenter (Halloween), Asia Argento (Mother of Tears), Ernest Borgnine (Willard), and Tippi Hedren (The Birds).

In addition to reunion panels for Halloween and Demons, on Saturday night there's a costume contest to be judged by effects mavens Sergio Stivaletti and Tom Savini, a private cocktail party that promises appearances by various attendees, and a "zombie walk" for charity. On Sunday, look forward to an auction of rare collectibles, a reunion of cast and crew mebers from the original Nightmare on Elm Street (including Nancy herself, Heather Langenkamp), and a panel and autograph signing with Asia Argento.

Check out the Creation Entertainment website for additional information, schedules and ticketing details.

 

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New York, NY -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Pathé International all U.S. distribution rights to THE IRON LADY, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (MAMMA MIA!) and starring Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep (THE HOURS, JULIA AND JULIA) as Margaret Thatcher. Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (the HARRY POTTER series, IRIS) co-stars as Thatcher's husband, Denis. The film marks the second collaboration between Lloyd and Streep, following the acclaimed hit musical MAMMA MIA!. THE IRON LADY is written by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (BRICK LANE, WHITE GIRL) and produced by Damian Jones (THE HISTORY BOYS, MILLIONS). The announcement was jointly made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and Francois Ivernel, EVP, Pathé.

TWC will partner on the acquisition with Ron Burkle, in the third joint acquisition of 2011, following OUR IDIOT BROTHER and THE DETAILS.

The US Theatrical release for THE IRON LADY is planned for 2011.

Said Weinstein, "Having worked with both Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, I know that they are without peer as film actors. Even so, I was absolutely blown away by what I saw of their performances as Margaret and Denis Thatcher. Phyllida is doing an incredible job."

Commented Ivernel and Cameron McCracken, MD Pathé UK, "We are excited to be in business again with Harvey and his team - The Iron Lady has found a worthy home in TWC and a great champion for the US market."
Added Peter Lawson TWC Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, "I was very impressed by the screenplay and when I saw the assembled footage, I knew immediately that THE IRON LADY belonged at TWC."

The deal was negotiated for TWC by COO David Glasser, Lawson, and Michal Steinberg, Senior Vice President Business Affairs and Acquisitions; and for Pathé by McCracken, Muriel Sauzay, Executive Vice President, International Sales and Mike Runagall, Senior Vice President, International Sales.

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Centennial, CO and New Orleans, LA -- National CineMedia (NCM), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has entered into a new type of long-term network affiliate agreement with Southern Theatres, LLC, management company for VSS-Southern Theatres ("Southern").

Under the terms of the exclusive long term agreement, Southern's 19 Grand Theatres and AmStar Cinemas locations with 278 screens in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas will join the NCM Cinema Network beginning in July 2011. In addition to exclusively presenting NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, select Southern locations will also present NCM Fathom's live and pre-recorded Entertainment and Business Events. Southern has an estimated annual attendance of approximately 9.5 million patrons, making it one of the 15 largest theater circuits in U.S. The structure of the agreement provides for an upfront payment that allows Southern to monetize a portion of its advertising business, while providing higher operating margins to NCM than network affiliate agreements signed in the past.

"Southern Theatres is a great addition to the NCM network. Its high-quality theaters allow us to increase our overall national reach and provide enhanced geographic coverage in many mid-sized markets in the Southeastern U.S.," said Kurt Hall, NCM's president and chief executive officer. "This new, long-term affiliate structure offers a great way for Southern to unlock some of the value of their theater circuit while participating in the benefits of being part of our growing national advertising and Fathom networks." Mr. Hall concluded, "We look forward to working with the Southern management team to deliver NCM's quality FirstLook pre-show entertainment to their patrons and incremental attendance through NCM Fathom events."

"NCM offers a great portfolio of programming and experiences that increase the value of our theaters to our guests," said George Solomon, CEO of Southern Theatres, LLC. "We look forward to working with the team at NCM for many years to come."

The new affiliate agreement with Southern Theatres is the most recent expansion of the NCM Cinema Network - the largest digital in-theater video and satellite distribution network in North America. NCM currently has exclusive, long-term cinema advertising agreements in place with founding member exhibitors AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, totaling approximately 1,160 theaters and 15,300 screens, as well as network affiliate relationships with 21 top regional theater circuits representing approximately 320 theaters and 3,400 screens.

 

 

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Priest: 2,864 (NEW)
Everything Must Go: 218 (NEW)
Thor: 3,963 (+8)
Fast Five: 3,791 (+129)
Rio: 2,929 (-329)
Something Borrowed: 2,904 (+0)
Water For Elephants: 2,425 (-189)
Jumping the Broom: 2,035 (+0)
Soul Surfer: 1,468 (-313)
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family: 1,449 (-432)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil: 1,276 (-1,229)
Prom: 1,201 (-1,529)
Insidious: 762 (-239)
African Cats: 631 (-404)
Source Code: 626 (-304)
HOP: 457 (-445)
Scream 4: 426 (-907)

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