New York, NY -- The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today that actors Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson will serve as hosts of the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards Show on November 29th in New York City.

Patricia Clarkson can currently be seen starring in the romantic drama, CAIRO TIME, which won the Best Canadian Feature award at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. Following CAIRO TIME, Clarkson is also in theaters now in the features LEGENDARY and EASY A with Emma Stone and her Gothams co-host, Stanley Tucci. Clarkson last appeared in Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and in 2009 was seen in Woody Allen's WHATEVER WORKS alongside Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Stanley Tucci's BLIND DATE opposite Tucci. Clarkson's continuous innovative work in independent film earned her the Independent Award for Acting Excellence at the 2009 ShoWest Awards. In 2003, her role in PIECES OF APRIL earned her nominations for Academy, Golden Globe, SAG, Broadcast Film Critics and Independent Spirit awards. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her work in PIECES OF APRIL and THE STATION AGENT. On television, Clarkson won an Emmy in 2002 and 2006 for her guest-starring role on HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under."

Stanley Tucci has appeared in over 50 films and countless television shows. In 2008 Tucci starred in JULIE & JULIA and THE LOVELY BONES, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination along with Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Broadcast Film Critics nominations. In the past few years he has appeared in films such as THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE TERMINAL and ROAD TO PERDITION. Tucci just wrapped CAPTAIN AMERICA and is filming THE FIRST AVENGER. He can currently be seen in the upcoming musical, BURLESQUE and in EASY A, in which he re-teams with Patricia Clarkson. Tucci has also done many films behind the camera including BLIND DATE, JOE GOULD'S SECRET, THE IMPOSTERS and BIG NIGHT. Tucci is no stranger to the theater; and has appeared in over a dozen plays, on and off Broadway. Earlier this year, Tucci made his Broadway directorial debut with a revival of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play. In addition to his accomplishments on film and the stage, Stanley was also nominated for an Emmy for his guest role as Dr. Moretti on "ER." In 2007, his appearance on "Monk," received critical attention as well as an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Tucci also starred in the highly acclaimed HBO drama, CONSPRIACY, a film for which Tucci earned both an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Made-for-TV-Movie or Miniseries.

"We were delighted to hear that Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman passed on hosting the Gotham Awards this year," said Patricia and Stanley. "It encouraged the two of us to launch a massive Twitter and Facebook campaign to get the hosting gig. As two actors who love and respect each other's work, and happen to be incredibly good friends too, what could be more fun than hosting the Gotham Awards on their 20th Anniversary. We took the job with the understanding that every time either of us says the word "independent," everyone at home watching or attending the awards themselves must take a shot. Here's to a fun evening for all."

"We are thrilled that last year's actor tributee, Stanley and indie stalwart, Patti Clarkson will be co-hosting the 20th Anniversary Gotham Awards," said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP.

IFP also announced the first batch of confirmed presenters at the awards including: Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Barbara Kopple, Anthony Mackie, Leighton Meester, Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, John Turturro and Michelle Williams

IFP's 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM ceremony will be held on Monday, November 29 at Cipriani Wall Street. As the first major awards of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. Previous winners for Best Feature and Best Documentary include THE HURT LOCKER (2009), FOOD, INC (2009), FROZEN RIVER (2008), TROUBLE THE WATER (2008), INTO THE WILD (2007), SICKO (2007), HALF NELSON (2006), CAPOTE (2005), MURDERBALL (2005) and SIDEWAYS (2004). The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting its Breakthrough Actor recipients prominently into national awards season attention, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar® contenders: Melissa Leo (2008), Ellen Page (2007), Rinko Kikuchi (2006), Amy Adams (2005) and Catalina Sandindo Moreno (2004).

Awards will be given out across six competitive categories including: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. In addition actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank, director Darren Aronofsky and focus Features CEO, James Shamus, will each be presented with a career tribute.

This year, the IFP has created a new award, The Festival Genius Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at a U.S. or Canadian film festival from November 2009 through October 2010. The Festival Genius community, 200,000 film fans worldwide, will vote online for the winner. To vote and see this year's nominees go to

The Premier sponsors of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM are The New York Times and The Royal Bank of Canada. RBC is also the sponsor of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award. IFP welcomes new presenting sponsor of the Actress Tribute award, euphoria Calvin Klein and presenting sponsor, Fox Searchlight; returning sponsors Focus Features and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Official Spirit, Russian Standard Vodka, Official Hotel, Andaz Wall Street, Official Partners MoMA and Slated and preferred sponsor of the Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor Awards, Alfred Dunhill. The Gotham Awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times on Friday, November 19, 2010.

The previously announced list of the nominees for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards can be accessed at


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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests at AMC Essex Green 9 in West Orange, N.J. will soon be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages. AMC Dine-In Theatres debuts at this theatre on Nov. 17 and combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Essex Green 9 as one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "This concept showcases the options we provide our guests. It's one example of how AMC embraces consumer trends and takes a proprietary approach to food and beverage service at the concession stand and inside our auditoriums."

AMC Dine-In Theatres offers two meal-and-a-movie options and a bar and lounge:

Cinema Suites® - Four auditoriums will feature:
• Premium, upscale in-theatre dining
• Reserved seating in luxury recliners
• Up to nine feet of row spacing
• Extensive menu including Cinema Suites specialties such as Bleu Cheese Chips, Blackened Salmon and Lobster Ravioli served on unique swivel tables via seat-side service
• Cinema Suites guests must be at least 21 years old

Fork & Screen® - Five auditoriums will offer:
• Casual, in-theatre dining
• Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
• Table-top dining
• An extensive menu including Crab Rangoon Dip, Thai Coconut Chicken Tenders and Chocolate Loving Spoon Cake served via seat-side service
• Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian(at least 21)

• A full-service bar and lounge area inside AMC Essex Green 9
• Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
• Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and a selection of appetizers and desserts
• MacGuffins guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Essex Green 9 pricing:
• $10 for an adult movie ticket plus a $15 experience charge for Cinema Suites
• $10 for an adult ticket plus a $10 experience charge for Fork & Screen
• The $15/$10 experience charge is deducted from meal purchases in the auditorium
For complete pricing information and showtimes, please visit:

In addition to AMC Essex Green 9, AMC will open three more AMC Dine-In Theatres soon:
• AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 - Bridgewater, N.J. - Opens Nov. 22
• AMC Grapevine Mills 30 - Grapevine, Texas - Opens Dec. 8
• AMC Menlo Park 12 - Edison, N.J. - Opens Dec. 15

AMC features three existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:
• AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead - Atlanta
• AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
• AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.

For more information about AMC Dine-In Theatres, please visit:


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Paul Giamatti has signed on to star opposite Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms in The Hangover 2. The comedy is shooting in Thailand, and Giamatti will be headed there in a couple of weeks.

The Oscar-nominated actor is currently winning praise for Barney's Version, which Sony Pictures Classics is being to push as an Awards contender. He's also currently shooting the role of Ben Bernanke in HBO's Too Big to Fail.

The Hangover 2 is set to hit theaters on May 26, 2011.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Get ready next week for a dramatic new level in the theater-going entertainment experience, Middle Tennessee!
Carmike Cinemas Inc. is announcing the November 18th unveiling of "The Big D" theater at Franklin's Thoroughbred 20 location. "We're providing the ultimate entertainment experience that centerpieces large format digital with bigger screens, bigger sound, and luxurious in-theater seating for cutting edge presentation and the definitive enjoyment of our audiences," notes David Passman, Carmike's President and CEO.

With the Franklin opening the Nashville area is becoming one of the first in the nation to offer theater goers the exciting new Big D format being launched by Carmike Cinemas, an industry leader in digital projection and 3D technology since 2006.
A private "gala" VIP red carpet opening at Thoroughbred 20 is planned for Thursday, November 18th at 7:30 P.M. The "invitation only" premier will include celebrity guests, community leaders and representatives of Carmike Cinemas, including its President and CEO, David Passman. The Big D experience will open to the public with the midnight presentation of the new Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows."
By special arrangement with the GRAMMY Foundation proceeds from the sale of a special concession package at the VIP opening will benefit the GRAMMY© Foundation and its music education programs.

For a community that loves great sound and the art of presentation, the technology of the new theater will be fully appreciated.

Dubbed "The Big D," the totally re-designed new auditorium will include a wall-to-wall screen measuring 78 feet wide and over three stories tall, the latest in 7.1 surround sound and Digital projection of both 2D and 3D features. In technical terms, Carmike's Big D DIGITAL experience is powered by a cutting edge Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector. Images are projected onto a colossal wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screen. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.

To further enhance the experience, the custom QSC DIGITAL audio system is tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels and the ability to upgrade to 11.1, a revolution in surround sound technology with DIGITAL audio processing supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers and six 21-inch subwoofers. In a town that loves good ‘sound production' the new configuration at Thoroughbred promises a new gold standard in unparalleled picture clarity and deep resonating DIGITAL sound.

The new environment will be further embellished by the comfort of plush leather high-back rocking seats placed for optimal viewing in a stadium seating configuration.
"The success over the past year of 3-D releases for features like 'Avatar' and 'Alice In Wonderland' proves that audiences are not only willing to pay a premium for the new DIGITAL experience, but they are demanding it," notes David Passman. "These early successes will no doubt persuade producers to release more movies in this format, and with the Big D experience Carmike has the full capability to provide our audiences with the technology and total luxury that brings theater going to a new level."

Plans for the Big D Experience will include more locations by the end of 2011. "Whether it be a movie, concert, sporting event, motivational speaker or church service, patrons will find Big D placing them at the heart of the event," notes Dale Hurst, Carmike's Director of Marketing.


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