Dallas, TX -- Former Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group President, Mark Zoradi will join the Board of Directors of newly formed Rave Cinemas, LLC, now the United States' fifth largest theater exhibition chain.

Mark Zoradi's 30-year career at Disney spanned the television, home entertainment and film businesses. He began in 1980 as marketing manager for Walt Disney Home Video during the beginning of the home entertainment boom. From there he moved into television as marketing director for the Disney Channel, also in its early development at the time.

In 1985, Zoradi entered the motion picture business as director of sales for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. With his combined media experience, next he was named vice president and general manager of Buena Vista Television (BVTV). From 1987 to 1992, he led the rapid growth of this business unit and was responsible for ad sales (which generated $100M in the first year), finance, administration and operations. He was also instrumental in the launch of a two-hour syndicated animation block called "The Disney Afternoon."

In 1992 he was hand-selected from BVTV to set up a stand-alone international theatrical marketing and distribution organization named Buena Vista International (BVI). Under his leadership as president, BVI shattered records by earning more than $1 billion at the international box office for 12 consecutive years, generating $16.8 billion from 1995-2006. From 2007 to early 2010 he spearheaded the worldwide Disney Marketing and Distribution teams which were responsible for such hits as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ratatouille, and UP.

Thomas W. Stephenson, Jr., President and CEO of Rave Motion Pictures remarked, "Rave is extremely fortunate to have Mark Zoradi join the board of our newly formed company. His long career at Disney and experience in all facets of the entertainment industry will provide valuable insight and counsel. His track record as a leader and innovator will be invaluable as we move forward."

Mark Zoradi commented, "I am so pleased to be joining the board of Rave Cinemas and serve with the TowerBrook partners, Chairman Charley Moss, and our CEO Tom Stephenson and his team. The new entity is well positioned within the exhibition community to excel in providing the best cinema-going experience to movie audiences. My longtime experience on the studio side of the business will be a complement to the existing team."

Zoradi holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from UCLA's Graduate School of Management and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Westmont College. He is a member of the following organizations: Board of Trustees at Westmount College; Board of Directors of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and Los Angeles Regional Young Life.

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Before landing on DVD/Blu-ray on April 22, Avatar will be playing at 61 theaters in 29 markets during late-night showings on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 thanks to AMC. The sci-fi epic will be offered up in IMAX 3D at select locations.


Cameron's film has raked in more than $2.715 billion worldwide since opening last December.

It will be interesting how Avatar performs in terms of DVD/Blu-ray sales considering that it will always be viewed as an event film that was meant for movie theaters.

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Burbank, California - GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce the signing of a server deployment agreement with Movie Tavern, a fast growing US cinema eatery chain. The agreement involves the deployment of 76 GDC servers scheduled to commence in Q2 of this year with full deployment expected to be completed by the end of year. As part of Cinedigm's Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program, GDC servers will be integrated with Series 2 DLP Cinema® projectors supplied by Barco. Participating theatres will become part of Cinedigm CertifiedTM digital cinema network.

Movie Tavern pioneered a unique cinema-eatery concept that has become a popular trend in recent years. The concept combines the enjoyment of movie-watching with an in-theatre dining experience that historically has not been provided by traditional cinemas. As the fastest growing cinema eatery in the US, Movie Tavern currently operates these unique venues in Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Virginia, and is expected to cover at least 15 locations and 120 plus screens by year's end.

"Movie Tavern is committed to giving its guests the very best film presentation possible. We know that GDC shares that commitment, and are excited to be able to partner with them to achieve our full conversion to digital cinema," said John Hersker, CEO and President of Movie Tavern.

"As an industry visionary who have pioneered and popularized the cinema-eatery concept in the US, Movie Tavern has always enjoyed a special status among its peers in the industry," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "It gave us great honour to be the sole server provider to an industry innovator and we hope other US exhibitors would take cue from Movie Tavern's decision and opt for GDC servers in their digital conversions."


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Source: Deadline New York

Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) will tackle the true story of a man who showed up in a small Missouri town to rid it of drugs before being exposed as a bank security guard. Clark Gregg (Choke) will pen the screenplay.


After watching his clout rise post-L.A. Confidential, Hanson has suffered through some commercial duds. Wonder Boys, Lucky You and In Her Shoes all failed to catch the attention of mainstream audiences. Only 8-Mile was a hit thanks to the star power of Eminem.

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Los Angeles, CA - Action 3D Productions, in association with AEG Network Live and Cinedigm, announced today the initial list of cities that will debut Phish 3D on Friday, April 30th. The fully immersive music and visual experience, featuring state-of-the-art 3D technology, will screen for one week only in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Philadelphia and dozens more cities nationwide (see list below). Tickets for the movie will go on sale beginning Wednesday, April 14th. A full list of screening markets, as well as specific theater ticketing information for the April 30th opening of Phish 3D, will be made available here.

Phish 3D is also being shown at special April 20th preview screenings in nine select U.S. cities. Tickets to the preview screenings sold out in less than an hour in Boston, Burlington, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh/Durham, and Washington D.C, necessitating a move to larger theaters. To fulfill fan demand, Phish 3D will return to all nine markets for the official debut screenings on April 30th.

CEO and Vice Chairman of Action 3D Productions Jeff Lewis says, "With the outstanding success of our April 20th previews, we're thrilled to be taking Phish 3D nationwide."

"It is a real treat to be able to use the Cinedigm digital cinema network to bring the unique experience of Phish 3D to fans around the country," said Bud Mayo, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.

Shot in October 2009 at the band's now-legendary Festival 8, Phish 3D gives viewers the sense that they are not only at the event, but on stage with the group that Entertainment Weekly has called "the biggest cult band in America." During Festival 8, more than 40,000 devoted fans watched as Phish combined two of their most beloved traditions - the multi-day festival and the Halloween album "costume." The band's highly anticipated "musical costumes" are concerts involving the performance of an entire album by another artist-in this case, Phish covered the Rolling Stones' album Exile on Main St. Phish 3D also features fan favorites, never-before-seen cover songs, intimate footage of the band backstage and in rehearsals, songs from the band's first ever full-length acoustic set, and performances taken from six additional sets of music.

Phish will kick off an extensive summer tour on June 11th at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. For full details, visit phish.com

Phish 3D will open in the following cities on April 30th:

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Bangor, ME
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Burlington, VT
Casper, WY
Charleston, WV
Charlotte, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Chattanooga, TN
Cheyenne, WY
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Columbus, GA
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Dayton, OH
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Harrisburg, PA
Hartford, CT
Houston, TX
Huntsville, AL
Johnstown, PA
Kansas City, MO
Knoxville, TN
La Crosse, WI
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles
Louisville, KY
Mankato, MN
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
Montgomery, AL
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Omaha, NE
Orlando, FL
Pensacola, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Providence, RI
Raleigh/Durham, NC
Richmond, VA
Roanoke, VA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA
Toledo, OH
Traverse City, MI
Washington, D.C.
Wheeling, WV

More cities will be added prior to April 30th. Fans are encouraged to click here for cities, ticketing and event news frequently, as limited seats are available.

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