Los Angeles, California -- For the first time in its 70 year history, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Dinner celebrated record breaking attendance in an evening honoring former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook as its 2011 "Pioneer of the Year." The Awards dinner, which brought in over $1 million in donations, was held Wednesday, March 30 at the inaugural edition of CinemaCon - the Official Convention of NATO.

The emotionally charged evening emceed by actor/comedian Tim Allen to a sold out crowd of over 2400 guests made the 70th Pioneer of the Year Dinner the biggest one in its illustrious history.

Dinner Chair and AMPAS President Tom Sherak said, "We are thrilled that this historic event honoring Dick Cook was such an astounding success. He is a dear friend as well as an extraordinary human being and I'm proud to know him." Sherak continued, "The money raised from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Dinner will help many, many movie industry veterans who are encountering an illness, injury or life-changing event."

Award recipient Dick Cook said, "I am extremely honored to be part of an industry where folks genuinely care about each other. The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation literally changes lives... and donations to this worthy organization are more vital than ever. I am grateful for the outpouring of generosity from those who supported the evening's event."

Paying tribute to honoree Dick Cook were:

Ben Affleck: The fact that I'm able to direct movies now is really because at that one moment in time Dick Cook said I believe in you and I'm going to roll the dice. He is the reason I am directing and I will never forget that.

James Cameron: Dick had the vision and the faith early on to back digital 3D technology. He is a man who does what he says he is going to do.

Jamie Lee Curtis: Dick loves to put on a show and his premieres and the spectacle are bigger and more extraordinary. They are in themselves an event. Dick reinvigorated that idea.

Johnny Depp: Dick will always be a force because he has incredible taste and because he is a risk taker and because he is not afraid.

Michael Eisner: It was because of Dick's quiet persistence that he always got what he wanted. In fact, I can't remember a time that I said no to him.

Jeffrey Katzenberg: I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. The nicest guy in Hollywood is also one of its greatest pioneers. He's been a role model for so many of us on how to do our jobs ... and how to live our lives. ..And let's be clear: This is not a Lifetime Achievement award. This is a Lifetime-up-until-now Achievement award. I am certain that we'll all be watching, and learning from, this Hollywood Pioneer for many, many more years to come.

Joe Roth: Dick Cook is one of my closest friends and I'll be the first person on his door step when he starts making movies.

John Travolta: Very few people in the business world treat you like family and doing business with Dick is like doing business with a great father.

Robert Zemeckis: Dick is truly a pioneer, as he saw way before a lot of people how important digital cinema is to our art form and 3D digital exhibition....Dick helped push forward one of the most important evolutions in the history of cinema.


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NEW YORK -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Premiere Cinema Corp., one of the largest independently owned circuits in North America, today announced a sales agreement for three new IMAX(R) theatre systems in Texas. The new IMAX locations are expected to open by year-end in Houston, Lubbock, and El Paso. As part of the agreement, Premiere has an option to open a fourth location.

Since January 1, IMAX Corporation has signed contracts for over 100 theatre systems, more than double the number of theatre system signings that occurred during the same period in 2010.

"The strong IMAX box office performance this past year demonstrated how The IMAX Experience(R) has become synonymous with the biggest event movies," said Premiere Cinema Corporation's CEO Gary Moore. "The favorable economics of IMAX's digital projection system has enabled us to easily enter the IMAX business, and with IMAX's robust film slate, our timing couldn't be better. We are very excited to partner with IMAX and look forward to delivering on our commitment to Premiere's guests of offering the best movie-going experience in town."

"We are happy to be increasing our presence in Texas, and continuing to execute on our domestic growth strategy, which includes entering markets with high quality, well-branded regional exhibitors," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Premiere Cinema Corp. is known for its first-class entertainment venues, which makes its complexes an ideal fit for the IMAX brand."


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LOS ANGELES, CA, -- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that actor Josh Hutcherson (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth (THE LAST SONG) joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' worldwide smash hit novel. Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who it was recently announced will play heroine Katniss Everdeen.

About The Characters

Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.

Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister's stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they'll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.

About The Film

THE HUNGER GAMES will be directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Collins' best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of science fiction/action novels which have developed a global following.

"The Hunger Games" chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual "Hunger Games," a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home. The Hunger Games novel has been on the New York Times best seller list for over 100 consecutive weeks. Foreign rights for the book, published by Scholastic have been sold in 41 countries.

Lionsgate will release "The Hunger Games" on March 23, 2012.


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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces today that guests can now make smart snack choices at AMC Theatres with the debut of AMC Smart MovieSnacks, a comprehensive snack pack that includes Chiquita Fruit Chips, a 20-oz. Dasani water, an Odwalla Bar Chocolate Chip Trail Mix and PopCorners popped corn chips.*

"At AMC, we are all about giving our guests choices - in the type and format of entertainment they watch and the food and beverages they consume," said George Patterson, senior vice president of food and beverage at AMC. "We know there are occasions - and dietary reasons - when guests want more options beyond traditional concession fare. AMC Smart MovieSnacks is an innovative way to provide guests a variety of quality branded products in a convenient bundle. We think they will love it."

AMC Smart MovieSnacks are now available at all AMC Theatres in the United States for $7 and include:
• Chiquita Fruit Chips consisting of 100-percent real fruit
• Dasani purified water
• Odwalla Bar Chocolate Chip Trail Mix with chocolate chips, rolled oats, peanuts, raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and Vitamins A, C, E, plus folic acid and calcium
• PopCorners chip-like corn snacks that are air popped with real corn and all natural ingredients

"Movie goers will be the biggest winners of our partnership with AMC to bring healthy Chiquita Fruit Chips into movie theatres," said Deverl Maserang, vice president and general manager of Chiquita Fruit Solutions. "Our mission is to offer nutritious, convenient foods and we commend AMC for providing AMC Smart MovieSnacks that are aligned with the health and wellness needs of consumers. Our Chiquita Fruit Chips are pure fruit without any additives and represent a healthy option for any consumer."

"The Coca-Cola Company has been refreshing movie goers for nearly 90 years and we are very pleased to partner with AMC to expand our offering to include our great tasting Odwalla bars coupled with Dasani," said Stefanie Miller, group vice president, strategic partnership marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. "There's nothing like a great snack, a refreshing beverage and a good movie to make life fun."

"PopCorners deliver the taste of fresh popcorn in a unique chip that's a perfect snack. PopCorners are a hit because they're air popped, all natural, gluten free and contain zero percent trans fat," said Linda Fishman, president of Medora Snacks, maker of PopCorners. "At Medora Snacks, we're the first company to bring an innovative change to the ever-growing popcorn market. We're already part of more than 2 million school lunches per month and proud to be part of AMC Smart MovieSnacks."

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.

*Individual items are not sold separately and the Dasani water may be substituted for a 20-oz. Diet Coke® or Coke Zero® fountain drink.


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