Source: THR

20th Century Fox is delaying the release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps from April 23 to September 24, a whole five months later. The delay seems to be because the studio is hoping the film can be a part of the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place in May.

Money Never Sleeps is a sequel to the 1987 classic, Wall Street, which introduced the world to the ruthless Gordon Gekko. Michael Douglas will return to play the iconic role and this time he is sharing the screen with Shia LaBeouf, rather than Charlie Sheen (who has a cameo). The first movie grossed $43.8 million at the domestic box office.

 

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the latest action extravaganza from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, will be playing on IMAX screens come May 28.

"Once again our expanded network of IMAX locations is enabling us to offer moviegoers around the world more compelling content ideally suited to The IMAX Experience," says IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "The success of our international theatre network is a key component of our growth, and we are delighted to secure this highly anticipated summer title for our international exhibitor partners."

Prince of Persia and Sex and the City 2 are opening on the same weekend, which means that May 2010 will end on a very strong note.

 

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LOS ANGELES - ShoWest has named Zach Galifianakis Comedy Star of the Year, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of ShoWest, which will be held March 15-18, 2010, in Las Vegas. Galifianakis will be presented with the ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Zach Galifianakis has a knack for making audiences laugh till it hurts, through the comedic characters he plays," said Sunshine. "We anticipate that his performance in Due Date will be no exception. With equal amounts of charm and humor, and a lot of talent, Zach is one of the funniest actors on the screen today and we are honored to be presenting him with the Comedy Star of the Year Award."

Galifianakis re-teams with The Hangover director Todd Phillips in the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures film Due Date, opening on November 5. It also stars Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx and Alan Arkin. Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan - on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter's last nerve.

After failing his last college course by one point, Galifianakis moved to New York City, where he got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses throughout the city. He got his first acting job on the NBC sitcom "Boston Common" and an eclectic career followed. Galifianakis' breakout moment came in last summer's blockbuster hit The Hangover, which quickly became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He followed that performance with a starring role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced live-action Disney feature G-Force, which also debuted at #1 and grossed over $285 million worldwide. Currently, he can be seen opposite Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta in the independent feature Youth in Revolt, as well as in a cameo role in the Academy Award-nominated Up in the Air. Galifianakis recently wrapped production on Paramount Pictures' Dinner for Schmucks, opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, as well as Focus Features' It's Kind of a Funny Story. His other credits include What Happens in Vegas, opposite Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, and Into the Wild, from director Sean Penn. On the small screen, Galifianakis is beginning production on Season Two of the HBO comedy Bored to Death.

 

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Total tweets for March 12th Openers

Green Zone had a nice bump on Wednesday to 878 tweets, up from Tuesday's 568 tweets. By comparison, Surrogates had 742 tweets on its Wednesday before release, Law Abiding Citizen had 702 and Edge of Darkness had 1,291. This bump was good to see, especially on Wednesday when most movie skewing older tend to have weak percentage increases. With this in mind I think its Friday is going to come in at $6 million, which will lead to $17.5 million over the weekend.

Our Family Wedding increased to 643 tweets on Wednesday, up from Tuesday's 459 tweets. Another solid tally which puts it firmly ahead of most of the totals of the films I've been using as a benchmark: Did You Here About the Morgans? had 179 tweets its Wednesday before release, Leap Year had 344, When In Rome had 595. The big caveat here is its theater count which is estimated at 1,500. This figure has proven in the past to be inversely related to ratios, ie generally the lower the number of theaters the higher the ratio. Expect a ratio of ~800 and around $3 million on Friday and $8 million for the full weekend.

Remember Me sizzled yet again with an impressive 3,278 tweets on Wednesday, up from 2,214 tweets on Tuesday. The puts it in the top 10 of all films since last September in terms of buzz. The draw of Pattinson on Twitter is undeniable, but the ratio here is going to be tricky. Right now I'll stick with my estimate of 2,500 from yesterday and go ahead and predict a $5 million Friday and $12.5 million for the weekend. However, depends on how it explodes today (it's already at 850 tweets by 8:30AM) this number might definitely see a bump up by a few million.

Bringing up the rear, She's Out Of My League had 645 tweets on Wednesday, up from 571 tweets on Tuesday. A weak increase from Tuesday which is consistent with many romantic comedies and is a good sign for it having a typical 500-600 ratio. Given its trajectory towards a 2,400 tweet week I'd say a $3.75 million Friday and $10.5 million for the weekend are in order.

Check back tomorrow to see the Thursday's numbers and the final weekend predictions. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets030510.gifThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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LOS ANGELES - Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the stars of Sex and the City 2, will receive The Ensemble Award, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event, which will be held March 15-18, 2010, in Las Vegas. They will be presented with the ShoWest Ensemble Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"With the success of the first smash hit Sex and the City movie release, based on the hugely popular HBO series, the cast of Sex and the City 2 have already garnered commercial and critical success for their roles as four friends making their way through life and relationships in the big city," said Sunshine. "We could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon for their celebrated roles with The Ensemble Award."

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures on May 27, 2010, Sex and the City 2 finds Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda taking another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster. The film also stars Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone and Willie Garson and was written and directed by Michael Patrick King. King is also producing with Parker, John Melfi and Darren Star.

Parker, who reprises the role of Carrie Bradshaw, won acclaim from critics and audiences around the world in HBO's much beloved television series "Sex and the City," for which she was awarded four Golden Globe Awards an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, two SAG Awards as part of the Ensemble, and an Emmy Award as a producer on the series. Her recent credits include Failure to Launch, her Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Family Stone, State and Main, Ed Wood, The First Wives Club and Honeymoon In Vegas. Parker's early motion picture roles include Flight of the Navigator, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, L.A. Story and Footloose.

With an extensive acting career that spans film, stage and television, Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress Kim Cattrall will reprise her role as the femme fatale Samantha in Sex and the City 2. Cattrall can currently be seen in the political thriller The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski and also starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. Currently she can be seen in the UK, starring in "Private Lives," in the West End's Vaudeville Theater in London.

Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Kristin Davis will return to the silver screen as the ever-hopeful Charlotte in Sex and the City 2. Starring in film, television and on the stage, Davis was recently seen in the hit comedy Couples Retreat. In 2006, she made her London theatre debut, reprising her role as Sunny Jacobs in "The Exonerated." Prior to the series "Sex and the City," Davis starred on television as the devious Brooke Armstrong on "Melrose Place."

Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Cynthia Nixon will star as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City 2. Nixon's latest film credits include An Englishman in New York, Lymelife and The Babysitters. She was most recently seen onstage as Mama in the off-Broadway play "Distracted," earning a Drama League Award nomination. In 2006, she completed a successful run in "Rabbit Hole," for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress. Her television credits include an Emmy Award-winning guest appearance on "Law & Order: SVU" and an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Eleanor Roosevelt in the HBO telepic "Warm Springs."

 

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