FANS OF FANGS: Twi-Hards Start Lining Up Already For Thursday’s ‘Eclipse’ Premiere

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 11:34am PDT

Eclipse1Here are some early photos of the 600 fans starting to line up today for Thursday’s Eclipse premiere at the Nokia Theater for a glimpse of the cast of this 3rd pic in the Twilight Saga: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert … Read More »

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‘Green Hornet’ Debuts On IMAX 3D Jan. 14

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 11:05am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 16, 2010 – IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Releasing announced today that The Green Hornet, the adaptation of the radio and television masked superhero character, will be released to IMAX® theatres, simultaneously with the film’s wide domestic 2D and 3D release on January 14, 2011.

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UK Exhibitors Brace For World Cup Slump

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 7:57am PDT

uk cinemaMultiplex chains are resigned to admissions dropping by anything between 10% and 20% during this month’s soccer tournament. Numbers of tickets sold could fall to under 10 million compared with 12.5 million this time last year, according to Cinema … Read More »

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Cineworld Converting 50% of Screens to 3D

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 5:35am PDT

3D-glasses-404_675044cCineworld is extending its lead in 3D digital. About half of the UK exhibitor’s screens will be 3D within three years. At present 33% of its 790 screens are digital. Cineworld has just announced a £30 million ($44 million) initiative with … Read More »

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UK Film Council Delays BFI Film Centre

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 1:12am PDT

BFI_logo-782327EXCLUSIVE:: The film agency has suspended work on the British Film Institute’s £166 million ($271 million) flagship project until the autumn. The new Conservative government is cutting the UK Film Council’s budget by 3% (£1.3 million [$1.9 million) for this financial … Read More »

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IMAX And AMC Add More Screens

By | Tuesday June 1, 2010 @ 7:39am PDT
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3D-glasses-404_675044cIMAX Corporation and AMC Entertainment have just announced an expansion of their 2007  joint venture deal, and they will add between 15 and 25 new IMAX theatres in the U.S. And IMAX Corp CEO Richard L. Gelfond says they are thinking … Read More »

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THE END OF MOVIE THEATERS? FCC Will Allow Studios To Send First-Run Films Directly To Consumers Over Secure TV

By | Friday May 7, 2010 @ 2:23pm PDT

movie-moneyThe MPAA, which is the Hollywood studios’ lobbying organization, just made this announcement about the FCC’s very bad decision. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: once again, Big Media shows that it doesn’t want to share its profits … Read More »

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UK Film Council Lets Multiplexes Catch Up

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 4:12am PDT

uk cinemaEXCLUSIVE: The British government has extended its Digital Screen Network scheme, giving multiplexes which have missed their film quotas time to catch up. The DSN scheme will now run until September 2012. Multiplexes that joined the DSN promised to … Read More »

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Lloyds To Sell Vue Entertainment Stake

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 8:22am PDT

Vue WestfieldThe UK cinema chain is strategizing now that Lloyds Banking Group wants to sell its 29% share of the company. Lloyds is selling off stakes in various companies it inherited when it bought rival UK bank HBOS. One option … Read More »

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Former Disney Bigwig Rave-ing

By | Thursday April 15, 2010 @ 9:52am PDT

Former Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group President, Mark Zoradi, will join the Board of Directors of the newly formed Rave Cinemas, LLC, now the United States’ 5 largest theater exhibition chain. (TOLDJA! Rave Buys Up Read More »

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Lynton Asks Theaters To Cut Out The Fat

By | Monday March 15, 2010 @ 2:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

movie_concession_091118_mnWe already know that Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman/CEO Michael Lynton, himself rail thin, keeps “cutting the fat” at Sony by laying off hundreds of staff who are integral to the studio’s operation. Now, in an address to theater owners at ShoWest that covered everything from the economy to 3D, Lynton’s remarks took a surprising turn when he focused on movie theater concession stands that he claims are making kids obese. Here are Lynton’s remarks on the subject:

lynton100“The final point I want to make today has to do with opening a different kind of window altogether a window of healthier foods at your concession stands.

I don’t mean close the window for popcorn, soda, and candy.  Audiences love them, and should always be able to buy them at your theaters. I can almost imagine the Romans eating popcorn and drinking Coke at the Coliseum 2,000 years ago. Or the Greeks munching on Sno-Caps at the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens.

I suggest you consider adding a few healthier items to your existing menu. I believe it’s the right thing to do your industry, for our audiences…and for America.  Here’s why:

It’s great for America because childhood obesity, and obesity in general, is an epidemic of major proportions, and requires everyone to chip in to stem the tide. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, nearly one out of three young people are already overweight or obese.  That puts them at higher risk of diabetes, asthma, heart failure and a shorter life span.

By the way, young people and people of color are the most frequent moviegoers, and they are also the most at risk for the damaging health effects of obesity.

In response to this health care crisis, schools have changed their lunch programs and fast food outlets have begun to add healthier foods to their menus.  Even at our studio, we’ve added a daily healthy lunch special, and a subsidized salad bar in our commissary.

By bringing healthier snacks into your concession stands, you would be helping our country meet an urgent public health need.

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Taxpayers Give UK Cinemas 3D Leg-Up

By | Friday March 12, 2010 @ 3:12pm PST

EXCLUSIVE From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Vue have all upgraded digital equipment provided free of charge by the UK government to 3D. uk cinemaWhereas other exhibitors have had to spend hundreds … Read More »

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UK Exhibitors End Boycott Of Disney’s ‘Alice’

By | Thursday February 25, 2010 @ 4:16am PST

iger 2mouse smallFrom Deadline|London editor Tim Adler:The UK’s biggest movie theatre chain Odeon has now ended its standoff with the Walt Disney Co. It joined exhibitors Vue and Cineworld to show Alice In Wonderland as scheduled. What a win … Read More »

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AMC Theatres To Buy Kerasotes Chain

By | Tuesday January 19, 2010 @ 2:25pm PST

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AMC Entertainment Inc. (“AMC”), and Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, LLC (“Kerasotes”), two leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies in the U.S., announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which AMC will acquire substantially all of the assets of Kerasotes. Kerasotes owns 96

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UK Cinema Chain Vue Ups Profits By £3B

By | Tuesday January 19, 2010 @ 10:23am PST

The UK cinema chain Vue has increased its post-tax profits to £18 million compared to £15 million year-on-year, according to its latest annual results. Revenue also increased to £215 million from £193 million in the 12 months to November 26. The exhibition chain currently operates 654 screens at 68 cinema … Read More »

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British Cinemas Set To Break £1B Again

By | Thursday January 14, 2010 @ 7:04am PST

So say distributors and exhibitors, who are confident that 2010’s box office will match last year’s £1 billion total. Last year’s £1,054,351,651 box office total was accompanied by a rise in ticket sales. There were 170 million tickets sold for UK cinemas in 2009 – the best year since 2004’s record-breaking … Read More »

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Shari Redstone And Partners Purchase Russian Theaters From Her Family’s National Amusements

By | Thursday January 7, 2010 @ 10:46am PST

UPDATES TOLDJA! Rave Buys Up To 35 of Sumner Redstone’s Natl Amusements Theater Complexes

Norwood, MA- Shari Redstone, President of National Amusements Inc., and co-founder of Rising Star Media, announced that she has joined with Charles

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TOLDJA! Rave Buys Up To 35 of Redstone’s National Amusements Theater Complexes

By | Monday December 21, 2009 @ 12:35pm PST

UPDATES EXCLUSIVE: Rave To Acquire 35 National Amusements Complexes

I had this scoop back on December 7th. (Shame on the Los Angeles Times for trying to grab credit.) Today there’s an official announcement:

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UPDATE: Rave To Acquire 35 Of Redstone’s National Amusements Theater Complexes

By | Monday December 7, 2009 @ 5:55pm PST

BREAKING NEWS! EXCLUSIVE!

rave na6:30 PM UPDATE: Now I’ve learned Rave Motion Pictures is buying 35 theatre complexes from National Amusement, and that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement. My sources think the deal should close in the next 2 weeks. … Read More »

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