Culver City -- Columbia Pictures has promoted Sam Dickerman to Executive Vice President of Production, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures.

Dickerman, who has served as Senior Vice President of Production for the label since joining the studio in 2005, has overseen a series of hits including Click, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Salt, Grown Ups and Just Go With It, among others. Dickerman was the studio's point person on Battle: Los Angeles and is currently working on such highly anticipated films as Zookeeper, I Hate You Dad, and Total Recall, all of which were recently added to the studio's 2012 summer slate, as well as the upcoming Kevin James comedy Here Comes The Boom.

"Sam's contributions to our success the last several years have been exceptional and this promotion is richly deserved," said Belgrad. "He is one of the most highly regarded production executives in our business. We are proud to reward his hard work and thrilled that he will continue to be a key part of our team for many years to come."

After graduating from Stanford University in 1988, Dickerman worked as an investment banker before attending the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at USC. He started his film career at Chestnut Hill Productions, where he originally worked as an intern before being promoted to the position of assistant for John Bard Manulis. Dickerman followed Manulis to the Samuel Goldwyn Company in 1994, where he worked on such films as The Madness of King George. In 1996, Dickerman joined Radiant Productions, Wolfgang Petersen's development and production company, as Vice President, where he worked on Air Force One. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1998 and helped develop the screenplay for The Perfect Storm. In 2001, he was promoted to President and worked on Troy, among other films.

 

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to partner with Sony Pictures to offer guests the chance to see the new digital restoration of Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER for a limited time, ahead of its April 5th Blu-ray release, exclusively at 145 AMC theatres in 41 markets across the United States and Canada.

Together with Sony Pictures, AMC will feature an extensively restored 4K digital presentation (where available) of this classic movie that was originally released on Feb. 8, 1976. An iconic movie from the 1970s, TAXI DRIVER is a dark rumination centering on one man driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. The movie was directed by Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks.

Now 35 years later, AMC guests can see the movie that was nominated for four Academy Awards® in 1976 and depicts a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who works as nighttime taxi driver in New York City.

"TAXI DRIVER is an intense and powerful American movie classic," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC. "We are pleased to partner with Sony Pictures to offer guests the opportunity to view the dark world of New York City at night through the eyes of a lonely man, when this beautifully digitally restored movie hits the big screen again."

In preparation for its 35th anniversary release, TAXI DRIVER has undergone an extensive, fully 4K digital restoration. Working from the original camera negative, the film was scanned at 4K (the equivalent resolution of the 35mm negative) with color correction and digital restoration to remove imbedded emulsion dirt and repair torn frames and scratches, which was also completed at 4K. Finishing work, including the creation of the TAXI DRIVER 4K Digital Cinema Package, which also includes a multi-channel stereo soundtrack approved by the director and created from the original stereo recordings, was completed at full-service digital intermediate facility Colorworks at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

"TAXI DRIVER is a classic that should be experienced again in a movie theater," said Jim Amos, president, Sony Pictures Releasing. "This film is an important part of our studio's rich history and it is a responsibility and privilege to restore films like these so future generations can experience Martin Scorsese's masterpiece as it was meant to be seen."

TAXI DRIVER grossed more than $28 million at the box office in 1976 by telling the story of Travis Bickle (De Niro) a veteran who battles insomnia by working as a taxi driver at night. Bickle, dejected about what a cesspool the city is at night, sees one bright spot in his dark world, Betsy (Shepherd) a campaign worker for a Senator aspiring to become President. Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy and obsesses to make the world a better place, particularly for Iris (Foster), 12-year-old runaway and prostitute who he tries to rescue.

Showings will be at 8 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 22. Tickets for this limited-time, special event and a list of participating markets and theatres are now available online at www.AMCTheatres.com/taxidriver or at participating theatres.

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- The MPAA has overturned the "R" rating on director Julian Schnabel's feature, Miral. The ruling comes as a result of an appeal brought forth by Schnabel and producer Jon Kilik, which contested the MPAA's decision to grant Miral an "R" rating in lieu of a "PG-13."

"I understand the MPAA is by nature a protective organization, but I felt very strongly that they didn't need to protect teenagers from my film," said Schnabel. "Quite the contrary, teenagers are the intended audience for Miral's story. I am very happy the MPAA proved to be open minded and ultimately agreed."

"The MPAA's decision to overturn the R-rating they originally placed on Miral is very good news," said Kilik. "We are happy to have the MPAA find that our film respected the guidelines of their rating system. To have lost the ability to share Miral with the generation most affected by the story's message would have been at odds with the meaning and purpose of our film."

Miral which is slated for release by The Weinstein Company on March 25th, stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Omar Metwally (Munich, Rendition), and Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) and is based on the autobiographical novel of the same title by award-winning author and journalist, Rula Jebreal, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of Miral, a young Palestinian girl growing up in East Jerusalem and confronting the effects of a prolonged war on every aspect of her life. Raised from early childhood at Hind Husseini's orphanage and school, Dar El-Tifel, she is gradually awakened to her people's struggle. Ultimately, she must choose between a path of violence and "Mama" Hind's belief that education and enlightenment are the only way towards lasting peace.

 

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Just Go With It: 2,398 (-522)
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