Source: Variety

Andy Serkis, who is best known for his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings, has signed on to star as an ape named Caesar who leads an uprising against the humans in Rise of the Apes. Serkis joins James Franco, John Lithgow and Frida Pinto for director Rupert Wyatt. The film is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2011.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be opening at 4,416 locations, which tops the 4,380 location unveiling of Iron Man 2 in May. To put that into perspective, 2009's New Moon never reached more than 4,124 locations.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces the start of extensive renovations at Regal Cinemas Champlain Centre 8 in Plattsburgh, NY. Among other renovations, each of the eight auditoriums will receive stadium seating, digital projection and new high-back rocking seats. Champlain Centre 8 will remain open through Sunday, July 11 and then close temporarily as construction crews begin the renovations. The improved theater is scheduled to reopen in time for the upcoming holiday movie season.

"Our loyal moviegoers are going to be impressed with the improvements that will transform this theatre into a state-of-the-art entertainment center. Regal Entertainment Group is pleased to bring all digital projection, RealD 3D movies, stadium seating and more to Champlain Centre in time for the holiday movie season," stated Dick Westerling, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal is proud to offer these enhancements at a successful regional mall operated by the Pyramid Companies."

The new Regal Cinemas Champlain Centre Stadium 8will encompass more than 26,000 square feet with a total of 8 auditoriums, each including stadium seating. Visit for updated information about the renovation.

Regal Champlain Centre Stadium 8 will feature these amenities:

* Digital projection in every auditorium to provide a crystal-clear picture.
* RealD 3D projection systems available for 3D enhanced presentations.
* Digital surround sound completes the true digital cinema experience.
* Stadium seating in every auditorium for an unobstructed view of the screen.
* New high-back rocking recliner seats offer extra comfort to each guest.
* Retractable cup holders move out of the way to form seats for two.
* Remodeled lobby features a fully stocked concession stand.
* Computerized box office located inside mall to protect patrons from the elements.
* Advance tickets are also available by phone or online.
* The industry-leading Regal Crown Club loyalty program rewards frequent moviegoers.


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Centennial, CO and New Albany, IN -- National CineMedia (NCM), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has entered into a network affiliate agreement with Great Escape Theatres, an Indiana-based cinema chain, for the presentation of cinema advertising and NCM Fathom entertainment and business events in theaters.

Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreement, 26 Great Escape Theatres with 307 screens in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia will join the NCM Cinema Network beginning in September 2010. Focused in mid-sized markets, Great Escape Theatres has an estimated annual attendance of over seven million patrons. In addition to exclusively presenting NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, select Great Escape locations will also present NCM Fathom's live and pre-recorded in-theater entertainment and corporate events.

"Great Escape Theatres are a great complement to our network, as they provide additional geographic coverage in key Midwestern and Southern markets," said Kurt Hall, NCM's president and chief executive officer. "These new theater additions complement our larger markets and bring significant value to brands and entertainment content providers looking to connect with Great Escape's heartland audiences."

"We chose to work with National CineMedia because they're the leader in the cinema advertising industry," said Anne Ragains, CEO of Great Escape. "The fact that NCM is an integrated media company with multiple platforms like NCM Fathom events and the NCM Interactive Network made good business sense to us. We're excited that our theaters will now be a part of such an innovative network. Coupled with our recent deployment of digital projection and 3-D technology, we have insured that Great Escape Theatres will remain an industry leader in film exhibition."

Great Escape Theatres represents 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 its founding member exhibitors, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, as well as network affiliate pacts with theater circuits such as Carolina Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Galaxy Theatres, LLC, Georgia Theatre Company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, Metropolitan Theatres, MJR Theatres, Picture Show Theatres, ShowBiz Cinemas, LLC, Starplex Cinemas and Storyteller Theatres Corporation, among others.


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DULUTH, Ga. - NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced the expansion of BLOCKBUSTER Express®-branded DVD kiosks across Tennessee and Kentucky to nearly 100 Daily's Convenience Stores. Daily's customers will now be able to pick up entertainment along with their gasoline and groceries.


Consumers in the region can already experience the convenience of BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks at local grocery stores and convenience stores, and the addition of kiosks at Daily's Convenience Stores will create even more options to pick up and drop off $1-per-night DVDs.(1) Consumers can conveniently return DVDs to any BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk - not just where they rented the DVD.


"Our customers choose Daily's for the quality and convenient retail experience we aim to provide through our friendly atmosphere and broad selection of products and services," said Steve Hostetter CEO/COO of Daily's Convenience Stores. "NCR's BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD kiosks are a great complementary addition to the products and services we already offer."


With capacity for more than 950 DVDs, NCR's kiosks can offer more than twice the typical number of DVDs held by competing kiosks. In addition, customers can rent DVDs online at, so they can quickly pick up their DVD at their preferred kiosk location without spending time browsing at the kiosk. No membership is required to rent a DVD at a BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk - customers simply swipe their credit card and are charged $1 per night until they return the DVD. (1)


"The rapidly increasing selection of BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks throughout Tennessee and Kentucky means consumers have the convenience of picking up their favorite entertainment titles alongside their everyday purchases, no matter where they prefer to shop, and return the title at the location of their choice," said Alex Camara, vice president and general manager, NCR Entertainment. "Through conveniently-located BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosks, Daily's Convenience Stores is improving the everyday shopping experience of its customers."


To find the nearest BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk, consumers can use the kiosk locator found here.


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