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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

F3PR: Justin Lin to receive CinemaCon Director of the Year Award

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JUSTIN LIN TO RECEIVE
CINEMACON® DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD”

UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE
FAST & FURIOUS 6 MAY 24, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 9, 2013) – Justin Lin will receive the “CinemaCon® Director of the Year Award” at this year’s CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention’s Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Lin will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"When Justin Lin calls for action on the set, you don't just get action, you get ACTION, clearly evidenced by the three blockbuster Fast & Furious films already under his belt. And come Memorial Day, Lin is set to take movie audiences for another thrilling, action-packed ride with the newest installment in the hit franchise," noted Neuhauser. "CinemaCon couldn't be happier to be honoring Justin Lin as its 2013 ‘Director of the Year.’"

Audiences will get to experience Lin’s next film, Fast & Furious 6, when it is released May 24, 2013, by Universal Pictures. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as Lin is back behind the camera for the fourth time for the blockbuster franchise. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.

Born in Taiwan and a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Lin’s films have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide. His solo directorial debut, Better Luck Tomorrow, premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and garnered a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. In 2006, Lin directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and returned to direct the franchise’s next two films: Fast & Furious, followed by Fast Five. He is currently developing and producing several new film and television projects including the feature film L.A. Riots for Universal Pictures and The Breach for Warner Bros.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 57 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

F3PR: Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson to receive CinemaCon Comedy Duo of the Year Award

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VINCE VAUGHN & OWEN WILSON TO RECEIVE
CINEMACON® COMEDY DUO OF THE YEAR AWARD”

20th CENTURY FOX TO RELEASE
THE INTERNSHIP JUNE 7, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 8, 2013) – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson will receive the “CinemaCon® Comedy Duo of the Year Award” at this year’s CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention’s Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Vaughn and Wilson will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

“When it comes to comedy, it doesn't get better than Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. They are two of the most gifted comedy actors of this or any generation," noted Neuhauser. "It's always a fun time at the movies when they appear in their own films, but when they team up, the fun increases exponentially and the laughter doesn't let up from start to finish. We could not be more excited to see them reunite in The Internship, and to be able to honor them as CinemaCon's very first ‘Comedy Duo of the Year.'"

Vaughn and Wilson can be seen later this summer in the comedy The Internship, from 20th Century Fox and New Regency, arriving in theaters June 7, 2013. Vaughn and Wilson star as salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

A Chicago native, actor, producer and screenwriter, Vince Vaughn first caught the attention of critics and audiences in the independent sleeper hit and cult classic Swingers. His impressive scope of work includes hit films and comedy classics including Old School, Wedding Crashers, The Break Up, Four Christmases, Couples Retreat and The Dilemma. He can also be seen later this year in Dreamworks Pictures’ The Delivery Man. In addition to starring in The Internship, Vaughn wrote the screenplay and also serves as producer.

Having won great acclaim for his memorable turns in mainstream and independent films, Wilson earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of screenwriter and aspiring novelist ‘Gil Pender’ in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. His additional film credits include Little Fockers, Marley & Me, Night at the Museum and the sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Wedding Crashers, Cars and Cars 2, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox, to name just a few. This fall, Wilson will lend his voice to Relativity’s animated comedy Free Birds opposite Woody Harrelson.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 57 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

F3PR: Elizabeth Banks to receive CinemaCon Award for Excellence in Acting

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ELIZABETH BANKS TO RECEIVE
CINEMACON® AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACTING”

LIONSGATE TO RELEASE
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
ON NOVEMBER 22, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 4, 2013) – Elizabeth Banks will receive the “CinemaCon® Award For Excellence In Acting” at this year’s CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention’s Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Banks will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

“One of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses, Elizabeth Banks has captured moviegoing audiences’ attention across the globe with her spot-on portrayals of a diverse array of characters,” noted Neuhauser. “From First Lady Laura Bush in W., to an emotionally charged pregnant woman in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, to the highly fashionable and eccentric Capitol Escort Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, Banks embraces each role unlike no other actress out there. We are thrilled to be able to honor her this year with the ‘CinemaCon Award for Excellence in Acting.’”

Banks will reprise her highly anticipated role as Effie Trinket later this fall in the Lionsgate release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, coming to theatres on November 22. The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

With a graduate degree from the American Conservatory Theater, Banks has graced the stage, small screen and big screen. On the big screen, she can be seen in such diverse films as Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, People Like Us, Our Idiot Brother, W., Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Seabiscuit and Catch Me If You Can, to name a few. On the small screen, Banks is a two-time Emmy Award nominee for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her performance as ‘Avery Jessup’ on 30 Rock. She has also appeared on Modern Family and in a recurring role on Scrubs. Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theater productions as well as the Guthrie Theater’s production of Summer & Smoke. In 2006, Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge’s comedy Bus Stop, as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 57 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

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Briefly... on The Great Gatsby trailer

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Ever since I witnessed the unveiling of first tantalizing tastes of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby at CinemaCon 2012 last April, I have been eagerly anticipating the mad Aussie's 3D take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel--anticipation that only grew when Warner Bros. pushed back the release date from an awards-baiting Holiday 2012 berth to an early summer 2013 release date. Usually such a major release shift denotes some sort of trouble, but moving a period romance from a more drama-friendly season to ultracompetitive summer suggests that Warner Bros. sees the film as one that could go over with the masses--which is what happened when Fox did a nearly identical rescheduling move a dozen years earlier with Luhrmann's (now-widely beloved) Moulin Rouge!. Judging by the newest and final official trailer for the film before the May 10 opening, I can see this potentially being the date movie for the season. As with nearly all late campaign trailers, this new one is more conventionally dialogue- and plot-heavy than all previous teasers and spots for the film, but 45 seconds in, a more familiarly, distinctly Luhrmann vibe takes over: clever, unconventional, yet pitch-perfect music choices playing against grandiose costumes and production design that serves as a backdrop to unabashedly outsized, often operatic emotion, best exemplified by the electric, soulful looks of longing exchanged between a truly radiant Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Leonardo DiCaprio comfortably slipping back into his long-neglected romantic lead shoes as the title character. If there's any disappointment with this particular spot, it's the absence of Indian screen legend Amitabh Bachchan (in, shockingly as it may seem, his Hollywood debut), who was prominently featured in previous trailers. But for the home stretch of the campaign, it is a wise choice to push the romantic hook and push it hard--and I am not ashamed to admit that my inner sap is already swooning. But we shall see if the finished product is akin to a romantic evergreen like Moulin Rouge! or a gorgeous but only sporadically effective and affecting Australia when The Great Gatsby opens in cinemas everywhere on Friday, May 10.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

F3PR: Morgan Freeman to receive 2013 Cinema Icon Award

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MORGAN FREEMAN TO RECEIVE
“2013 CINEMA ICON AWARD”

SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE
NOW YOU SEE ME MAY 31, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 2, 2013) – Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive the “2013 Cinema Icon Award” at this year’s CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention’s Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Freeman will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"As one of the most esteemed actors of our time, Morgan Freeman has portrayed some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on film. From Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, The Shawshank Redemption and Unforgiven to Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Academy Award, and the recent Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy, Freeman's presence exudes a dignity, charm and soul unmatched by any other actor," noted Neuhauser. "We could not be more honored and privileged to have him be our recipient of the ‘2013 Cinema Icon Award.’"

Freeman can be seen later this spring in Now You See Me, which is set to be released by Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, on May 31, 2013. The film, which pits an elite FBI squad against a group of the world’s greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring heists, also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, José Garcia and Michael Caine. He can also be seen on April 19 in the sci-fi actioner Oblivion and later this year in the comedy Last Vegas and the action-adventure film The Last Knights, and he will be lending his voice to the live-action/animated LEGO: The Piece of Resistance.

One of the most recognizable figures in American cinema, Freeman’s works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time. He won the Academy Award® in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Million Dollar Baby, and won the Golden Globe® in 1990 for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy. In 2012, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes®, and in 2011 he received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. His additional film credits include Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, for which he also received Academy Award® nominations, The Dark Knight Rises, The Bucket List, Glory and Amistad, to name a few. He has also narrated two Academy Award®-winning feature documentaries: The Long Way Home (1998) and March of the Penguins (2006).

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 57 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

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New in Stores on DVD & Blu-ray: April 2, 2013

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