UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri announced today the principal talent for the 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is the third feature created by Illumination and Universal and will be released March 2, 2012.

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O'Hare, and beloved actress Betty White has signed on to portray Ted's wise Grammy Norma.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax reunites much of the team who brought Illumination's inaugural blockbuster hit, Despicable Me, to the big screen. The film will be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio (Despicable Me, Hop, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!). Meledandri and fellow Despicable Me producer Janet Healey are producing for Illumination alongside Audrey Geisel, who serves as the film's executive producer. This is the second collaboration for Geisel and Meledandri, the next project together after their enormous success as executive producers on the global box-office blockbuster Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.

"In 1970, during his trip to the Serengeti, Ted Geisel scribbled notes on the back of a napkin. These ideas became the foundation for his favorite book, 'The Lorax,'" said Meledandri. "Beyond the story's indelible themes is an ensemble of unforgettable Seussian characters, and the title creature is both acerbic and adorable. Bringing his sharp humor, enormous heart and deep conscience to the project, Danny DeVito epitomizes the Lorax, and we have an absolutely stellar supporting cast led by Ed, Taylor, Zac, Rob and Betty."

Kyle Balda, a key creative lead on Despicable Me, serves as the film's co-director. Eric Guillon, who served as art director on Despicable Me, and production designer Yarrow Cheney will work in the same capacities on Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. John Powell, who will compose the music for the film, formerly collaborated with Meledandri on Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.

The beloved children's tale Dr. Seuss' The Lorax was first published in 1971 and has sold more than one million copies around the world.

 

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Washington D.C. -- Ryan Reynolds will receive the "CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Reynolds will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"Ryan Reynolds is one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men, who has entertained audiences with his charmingly comedic onscreen presence," noted Neuhauser. "Starring in the title role of the upcoming action adventure ‘Green Lantern,' Ryan is sure to gain a whole new legion of fans, and we could not be more honored to present him with the ‘CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award.'"

On June 17th, Ryan Reynolds stars in the big screen debut of the enduringly popular super hero "Green Lantern," released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Under the direction of Martin Campbell, Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, a test pilot and the first human ever selected to wear the ring that grants him superpowers, as well as membership into the Green Lantern Corps, a brotherhood of warriors who have sworn to keep intergalactic order. Hal's abilities are tested when a new enemy (Parallax) threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, but with encouragement from fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart, Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), and his determination and will power, Hal may prove to not only be the key to defeating the Parallax...he may become the greatest Green Lantern of them all.
Following "Green Lantern," Reynolds stars with Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde in "The Change-Up," a comedy about a married guy who switches bodies with his best friend in order to woo his co-worker. Reynolds is currently filming the action thriller "Safe House," which also stars Denzel Washington.

Reynolds first caught moviegoers' attention with his lead role in the 2002 comedy "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." Since then, he has gone on to star in such box office hits and critically acclaimed films as "Smokin' Aces," "The Nines," "Definitely, Maybe," "Adventureland," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and, most recently, "Buried."

 

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Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today that American Multi-Cinema, Inc. has selected Cinedigm's Exhibitor Management Solution (EMS) to manage theatre revenue auditing and consolidation, as well as film rental settlements and payments, for all of AMC's North American sites. Cinedigm expects that implementation will be completed by summer 2011.

Cinedigm's EMS system is a powerful head-office accounting and film management solution designed specifically for theatre circuits and film buyers of all sizes. EMS streamlines circuit-wide booking and planning, integrates with theatre box office and point of sale systems to consolidate all sales information from each store. EMS manages auditing and reconciliations, computes film rental liabilities, controls distributor payments and provides real-time financial and analytic data.

 

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Source: Deadline.com

Darren Aronofsky has decided not to direct Hugh Jackman in the upcoming sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

According to Aronofsky: "As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won't be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again."

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Centennial, Colo. -- MEMPHIS, Broadway's current Tony Award® winning Best Musical, is hitting big screens nationwide for an exclusive four-night run on Thursday, April 28; Saturday, April 30; and Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee on Sunday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. (all times are local). This is the first time the current Tony Award®-winning Best Musical will be presented in movie theaters while concurrently running on Broadway. In addition to the electrifying musical, audiences will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the musical that won four 2010 Tony Awards® and continues to play to sold out houses on Broadway. MEMPHIS was captured live in performance with the original Broadway cast for this special Fathom event presentation.

Tickets for MEMPHIS are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations, prices and additional information - including cast photos and other details -visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Presented by NCM Fathom and Broadway Worldwide, MEMPHIS was captured live in performance at Broadway's renowned Shubert Theatre in New York City, and will be broadcast to more than 530 movie theaters nationwide through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Broadway Worldwide's production team is led by founder and executive producer Bruce Brandwen, Emmy Award®-winning director Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live, CBS' The Early Show, Survivor) and Grammy® and Emmy Award®-winning sound producer Matt Kaplowitz (Ghandi, PBS' To Bear Witness).

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball) fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover). MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

"We are absolutely thrilled to share the story of MEMPHIS and its Broadway experience with audiences nationwide," said MEMPHIS producer Sue Frost. "It's an extraordinary opportunity for all of us involved with the production, and we can't wait for Broadway lovers across America to see it on the big screen!"

MEMPHIS features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music and lyrics composed by David Bryan, Grammy Award® winning keyboard player and founding member of Bon Jovi. Directed by Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) with choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), the all-star cast features Tony® nominee Chad Kimball, Tony® nominee Montego Glover, Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Tony® nominee Michael McGrath and Cass Morgan.

"MEMPHIS has been dazzling audiences since its Broadway premiere, and for the first time ever, audiences around the country will be able to experience Broadway's current Best Musical at its finest - direct from Broadway - in their own hometown movie theater," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom.

MEMPHIS will launch a U. S. national tour in Memphis, Tenn., in October 2011 at the Orpheum Theatre. Additional cities, dates and casting will be announced at a later date. The national tour is being booked by The Booking Group, contact Meredith Blair (212) 869-9280 www.thebookinggroup.com.

For more information about MEMPHIS on Broadway, please visit www.MemphistheMusical.com

 

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