Kansas City, Mo. -- For the past 24 years, John McClane has done battle in a building, an airport, on the streets of New York and against Cyber Terrorists. Before seeing him back in action in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, guests can experience all of the action and thrills from the previous Die Hard films, as AMC Theatres® and 20th Century Fox present a Die Hard Marathon on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
AMC is running the all-day Die Hard Marathon, beginning at noon on Feb. 13, and concluding with the 10 p.m. premiere of the newest installment of the Die Hard franchise: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. In addition to access to five of the greatest action movies of all time, guests attending the Die Hard Marathon will receive a collector lanyard and an exclusive AMC commemorative gift (a full-size original DIE HARD poster). AMC Stubs members will receive $5 bonus bucks to use on the day of the event when they purchase their tickets in advance.
"Die Hard is an iconic movie franchise that helped redefine the term 'action movie,'" said Sun Dee Larson, vice president of film marketing and communications at AMC. "What better way to get ready for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD than with all of the action, thrills, explosions and general melee that we've become accustomed to with the Die Hard films."
DIE HARD MARATHON - Wednesday, Feb. 13, beginning at Noon
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER
DIE HARD WITH A VENGANCE
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
The Die Hard Marathon is available for $35 at approximately 100 AMC locations nationwide. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.amctheatres.com/movies/die-hard-marathon.
Cinema do Brasil -- a national organization formed by a coalition between several groups including the Audiovisual Industries Union for the State of São Paulo, the Cultural Department of the Ministry of External Relations, and the Brazilian National Film Board -- will give sales agents $40K to promote Brazilians films at international festivals. The new initiative will launch at this February's Berlin Film Festival, where the major Brazilian films in contention will be Bruno Barreto's Reaching for the Moon and Maria Florencia Alvarez's Habi, the Foreigner. Said Cinema do Brazil's Andre Sturm, "Promoting a film selected in these events is costly work. This action provides resources to sales agents that were successful in including Brazilian films in important festivals, to allow them to do an even better job." The goal of the CDB is to build ties to distribute Brazilian films abroad and encourage international co-productions. Plans have already been announced to donate the same amount of financing to upcoming film festivals in Cannes, Locarno, Venice and San Sebastian.
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Adrian Smith has been promoted to the position of president of Sony Pictures Releasing Domestic Distribution, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In conjunction with the promotion, Adam Bergerman and John Spinello have been named Assistant General Sales Managers for Domestic Distribution and each will report to Smith.
The promotions are part of a realignment of the studio's domestic distribution division. Commenting on the announcement, Bruer said, "For nearly 25 years, Adrian has helped to make our domestic team the best in the business. He is one of the most savvy and skilled sales executives in our industry. Adrian is both respected and beloved by our team and our exhibition partners."
Smith added, "Adam and John collectively bring over 30 years of experience to the company - both have been with us since the mid-1990s and have played key roles in building all of our key franchises, from Spider-Man and Men in Black to Robert Langdon, not to mention the three biggest James Bond films of all time. It's an honor to work with two of the most accomplished and well regarded sales executives in the industry and these promotions are well-deserved. I feel privileged to work with such a dynamic and experienced distribution team."
Smith is a veteran of hundreds of release campaigns, joining Sony Pictures in 1989 as western district manager for TriStar Pictures. In 2000, he was named senior vice president and western division manager for Sony Pictures Releasing, and in 2011, he was appointed executive vice president and general sales manager, overseeing domestic sales for all Sony Pictures films. He began his career at Mann Theatres in Westwood in 1976, then segued to the sales department at United Artists in 1979. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1983, then was appointed branch manager at Cannon Releasing in 1985.
Spinello joined Sony Pictures in 1997 as managing director, Eastern Sales Division and was promoted to vice president, Eastern Sales Division in 2003. He was again promoted to senior vice president / division manager Eastern Sales Division in 2008. He began his career at United Artists Theaters in 1991, joining their film division in 1992 and overseeing numerous territories.
Bergerman joined Sony Pictures in 1996 as a booker for the Eastern Division, was promoted to sales manager Eastern Division in 1998, district manager for the Eastern Division in 2001, vice president / managing director for the Eastern Division in 2009, and senior vice president / division manager for the Western Division last year.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will honor Amy Miles, Chief Executive Officer of Regal Entertainment Group, when they present her with the 2013 NATO Marquee Award during 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. Miles is being singled out by NATO for her unequalled dedication, commitment and service to the motion picture theatre industry. She will receive her industry tribute as part of CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future" presentation on Tuesday morning, April 16.
"Amy Miles has proven herself time and time again as a strong and influential leader via her various executive roles within the industry," noted Mitch Neuhauser. "We couldn't think of a more deserving recipient, and are extremely honored to present the 2013 NATO Marquee Award to Amy Miles."
Amy Miles was named the Chief Executive Officer of Regal Entertainment Group in June 2009. During her tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Regal Entertainment has worked with industry partners to convert the exhibition industry to a digital cinema platform. Prior to serving in her current role, she served as the company's Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since March 2002, and she served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Regal Cinemas, Inc. from January 2000 to March 2002. Prior thereto, she served as Senior Vice President of Finance from April 1999 to January 2000. And prior to joining Regal, she was a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche from 1998 to 1999, and served in various capacities with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC from 1989 to 1998. Miles formerly served as NATO's Treasurer and currently chairs NATO's Investment Committee, and she is a member of NATO's Executive and Advisory Boards and serves on its Audit Committee as well. She also serves as a director on the boards of Regal Entertainment Group, National CineMedia, Variety of Eastern Tennessee and the Regal Foundation. This past December, she was named to The Hollywood Reporter's 21st annual "Women in Entertainment: Power 100" list.
In addition to the NATO Marquee Award presentation, "The State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future" program will include a special salute to the top grossing films of 2012, presented in 3-D, as well as industry addresses by MPAA Chairman Senator Chris Dodd and NATO President and CEO, John Fithian.
LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced its customers using iOS devices now can enjoy the next evolution of movie ticket purchasing through Siri, Apple's intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. This new Siri feature is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 6.1, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.
iOS 6.1 makes it convenient to purchase tickets through Fandango's award-winning mobile app. Using iOS devices, moviegoers simply ask Siri to find a specific movie, nearby theaters or desired showtimes. Siri then offers the option to "Buy Tickets" and launches the Fandango app for customers to complete their ticket purchase. For added convenience, moviegoers can add their Paperless Mobile Tickets to Passbook, which lets them scan their iPhone or iPod touch to get into the movie at select theaters.
"Fandango is committed to innovating across all platforms and helping shape the future of moviegoing," said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "With this new Siri feature, movie fans can quickly and easily discover the nearest theaters, find the most convenient showtimes, and buy tickets through Fandango to help make movie night perfect."
Mobile continues to be a strong driver of traffic and ticket sales for Fandango. Fandango's 2012 mobile ticket sales increased 171 percent year-over-year, now accounting for more than 30 percent of overall Fandango ticket sales. Downloads of Fandango's popular mobile apps in 2012 also experienced a 50 percent increase over the previous year, with total downloads surpassing the 31 million mark. Following Apple's launch of Passbook, downloads of Fandango's iOS app skyrocketed, boosting Fandango to one of the top 10 free entertainment apps in the App Store.
The Fandango App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.