In a shocking development for the almost pathologically loyal filmmaker Tim Burton, actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter were attached earlier this week to the director's forthcoming production of Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the "gothic soap opera" that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. Pfeiffer is reportedly in talks to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, while Carter is supposedly set to take the role of Dr. Julia Hoffman; both characters were created for the original series, but it's yet unclear precisely how they will play into the plot of Burton's film, which stars another frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, as Barnabas Collins.

Pfeiffer previously worked with Burton on Batman Returns, where she played Catwoman. Carter, meanwhile, in addition to being Burton's off screen companion, worked with the filmmaker on almost all of his films since his 2001 film Planet of the Apes.

In addition to these casting rumors, Deadline previously confirmed that Eva Green is playing the witch Angelique, Jackie Earle Haley will play a conman named Willie Loomis, and Bella Heathcoate will play a young governess of the Collins estate named Victoria Winters.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- MovieTickets.com, the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, today announced a long term extension with Marcus Theatres Corporation. Since 2000, MovieTickets.com has been the exclusive online ticketing partner for the theater chain's 55 locations, consisting of 684 screens across major Midwest markets.

"Marcus Theatres plays a critical role in our coverage throughout the Midwest," said Joel Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, MovieTickets.com. "We are pleased to extend our partnership with Marcus Theatres and to remain fully committed to providing its audience with unparalleled movie ticketing services."

With the multi-year extension agreement, Marcus Theatres will continue to enjoy the high level of additional visibility MovieTickets.com provides through its extensive affiliate program, including some of the most highly trafficked sites on the Internet.

"MovieTickets.com is a great partner that continues to provide our audiences with innovative ways to purchase movie tickets in advance," said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. "Bolstered by its extensive network of affiliates, MovieTickets.com has increased our online ticket sales by more than 100 percent in the past four years. When the time came to extend our agreement, it was an easy decision."

 

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Universal City, California -- The funniest and most entertaining installment of one of the most popular comedic franchises in history, Little Fockers, comes to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand April 5, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. For more than a decade, the antics of the extended Focker-Byrnes family have kept audiences laughing and generated combined worldwide movie ticket sales of nearly $1 billion. Now the latest chapter in this hilarious family saga turns an eye toward another of life's milestones - raising kids.

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has finally begun to earn the respect of his ex-CIA father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro) but one important test still lies ahead: can Greg prove that he has what it takes to be the family's next ‘Godfocker?' The sequel to the comedy blockbusters Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers reunites De Niro (Everybody's Fine) and Stiller (Night at the Museum franchise) with Oscar® winners Dustin Hoffman (Kung Fu Panda) and Barbra Streisand (The Prince of Tides), Blythe Danner (Paul), Teri Polo (Beyond Borders) and Owen Wilson (How Do You Know). Jessica Alba (Machete), Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) and Harvey Keitel (The Piano) also join the cast in the funniest Focker family story yet.

Both the Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and the DVD are packed with extras, including deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Little Fockers and a never-before-seen alternate opening and ending not shown in theaters! The two-disc Blu-rayTM Combo Pack offers fans three different ways to catch up with the Focker family. The set includes a Blu-rayTM and DVD copy of film; and for a limited time only, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere.

Not only will Blu-rayTM purchasers be able to experience Little Fockers in spectacular high definition and with the purest sound available, they can also watch exciting Blu-rayTM exclusive featurettes with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Blu-ray TM consumers can also access MY MOVIESTM, an exclusive feature that allows consumers to stream a bonus movie of their choice instantly to their television through any Internet-connected Blu-ray TM player via BD-LiveTM or to their Smartphone and iPadTM using the free pocket BLUTM app. The bonus movie will be available for a limited time only.

Also available through MY MOVIESTM, Blu-ray TM owners can instantly rent a selection of Universal film favorites on their television, Smartphone, computer or iPadTM including hits such as Meet the Parents, Fast and Furious, Mamma Mia! and Coraline, at a price of $2.99. Visit UniversalHiDef.com for information on how to get started.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) is pleased to announce that David Gajda has returned to Cinedigm as Chairman of Cinedigm Software. In this advisory role, Gajda will work alongside Jim Miller, President of Cinedigm Software, to enhance and expand the Company's vision and strategic direction in developing the next generation of software products and services.

A well-known and respected leader in the entertainment technology sector, Gajda has helped many of the top entertainment companies, including Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, EMI Music, Universal Music, and others, develop long term technology strategies. Gajda was a co-founder of Hollywood Software (which was acquired by Cinedigm in 2003).

"David is one of the most innovative executives in the entertainment software business and we are pleased to have him back," said Chris McGurk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cinedigm. "He is the latest in a string of strong additions to our leadership team, including Peter Brown, former Chairman of AMC Entertainment, joining our Board and the investment and Board participation of Sageview Capital LP. We are poised for the next phase of Cinedigm's evolution, which includes an increased international focus, as well as identifying business development opportunities, partnerships and potential acquisitions in the entertainment software arena. David is the perfect addition to help us achieve our growth objectives in these areas."

"I'm glad to be back at a time when the industry has achieved critical mass with digital cinema installations and is now able to take advantage of the technology innovations and cost saving opportunities from the platform that Cinedigm has been developing," said Gajda.

On the international front, Cinedigm Software has already had tremendous success, including securing a multi-year contract for its end-to-end booking, delivery, information and theatre management software platform to serve as the backbone of an India-based media exchange project. Additionally, Cinedigm is currently engaged in numerous pilot programs to license its Theatre Command Center ("TCC") software in five countries throughout the world as part of an overall global expansion strategy.

Domestically, Cinedigm Software has added several new theatrical distribution software customers and is deploying TCC software on over 1,700 screens.

Other products from Cinedigm Software include:
o RTS: software solution for owners and licensees of IP to manage rights, licensing and royalties
o TDS: software to plan and manage movie releases, operational workflow and accounts receivable for movie distributors
o EMS: software solution for movie exhibitors to manage movie bookings, cinema revenues and film rental payments
o TCC: software to manage in-theatre digital cinema operations
o Enterprise: software to consolidate data and operations of digital theatres using TCC

 

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Sony has announced that director Marc Webb's take on the Spider-Man franchise will be called The Amazing Spider-Man. The film is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.

A new pic has also been released:

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