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REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP HOSTS 'DIE HARD' MARATHON AT 83 THEATRES NATIONWIDE on January 17, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, celebrates the return of John McClane with a special one-day-only event Wednesday, February 13. This movie marathon includes the complete Die Hard series along with the premiere of ‘A Good Day To Die Hard.' Tickets go on sale Friday, January 18 online and at 83 participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres.

"Regal's Die Hard marathon will begin at noon and last past midnight as fans enjoy their favorite police detective John McClane back on the big screen," stated Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Seeing all the action in this epic event will be an adrenaline-packed adventure."

"Bruce Willis continues to spark new interest in the character he first brought to life in 1988," stated Ted Cooper, Head Film Buyer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Watching his character take on the bad guys in creative ways throughout these films is an amazing journey, capped off by the premiere of an all-new installment in the Die Hard franchise."

When purchasing tickets in person at the box office, Regal Crown Club members can enjoy an exclusive offer on both tickets and snack purchases. Admission for loyalty club members is only $20 for all five movies. And with each $20 ticket sold, members receive a coupon good for a Die Hard Combo of a medium popcorn and medium drink for only $5. The industry-leading Regal Crown Club is free to join and enables frequent guests to enjoy tremendous values. For online ticket sales and for those without membership, admission is $25. For more information: www.REGmovies.com/die-hard-marathon

 

Film Community Releases Statement On Gun Violence on January 17, 2013

WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from the Independent Film & Television Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, and National Cable & Telecommunications Association on today's announcement by the White House regarding gun violence:
"We support the President's goal of reducing gun violence in this country. It is a complex problem, and as we have said, we stand ready to be part of the conversation and welcome further academic examination and consideration on these issues as the President has proposed."

ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ MAGAÑA TO RECEIVE CINEMACON® “GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT IN EXHIBITION AWARD” on January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Alejandro Ramirez Magaña, Chief Executive Officer, Cinépolis, will receive the "Global Achievement in Exhibition Award" as part of CinemaCon's International Day, it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 15 - 18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Ramirez will receive his special honor during International Day festivities to take place on Monday, April 15, 2013.

The largest film exhibition company in Latin America, Cinépolis, has a presence in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Central America, India and the United States. It currently operates 326 cinemas and over 3,000 screens, of which 2,772 screens are digital and eight are IMAX©. Among exhibition circuits, it ranks fourth in the world in terms of number of screens. Cinépolis has introduced numerous innovative concepts to the exhibition industry and is credited with being the first cinema exhibitor in the world to pioneer the concept of premium and luxury movie theaters via its Cinépolis VIP brand. Today it is the largest operator of luxury cinemas in the world. The company employs over 19,000 employees and Top Companies and Expansión have recognized it for five consecutive years as a "Super Company," highlighting its cultural practices and working environment.

"Alejandro Ramirez Magaña has shown an unwavering commitment to excellence throughout his career, a commitment that is exemplified by his contributions to the exhibition industry," said Neuhauser. "His work at Cinépolis has revolutionized the business of exhibition not only in Latin America, but throughout the world, and we couldn't be more pleased to present this year's CinemaCon ‘Global Achievement in Exhibition Award' to Alejandro Ramirez Magaña."

With a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Alejandro Ramirez Magaña has worked in many facets of the business and public policy worlds before becoming CEO of Cinépolis. He served as Mexico's Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and as Chief of Staff of the Social Cabinet of the Government of Mexico. He has worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program in the areas of poverty and human development. He co-authored "Poverty, Human Development and Indigenous People in Latin America." He is the Chairman of the Morelia International Film Festival, President of the Mexican Chamber of the Film Industry and Vice-Chair of Mexicanos Primero, an initiative to raise the quality of public education in Mexico. He serves on the Boards of the Mexican Competiveness Institute, FilmAid International, Deworm the World, the Harvard School of Public Health, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Harvard's Global Advisory Council. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005 and co-chaired the WEF's Annual Meeting in 2012. Also in 2012, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon appointed him as Chair of the B20, the G20's Business Summit.

 

Golden Globes Analysis: Why 'Silver Linings Playbook' Has The Most To Gain on January 13, 2013

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Update: It's really a shame that Argo is at the tail end of its theatrical run. Wow. It could have tacked on another $15-$20 million if it was still in the middle. 

Update: Jennifer Lawrence's Best Actress win is HUGE for Silver Linings Playbook. Expect even more Hunger Games enthusiasts to line up now. 

Original: Whether or not Silver Linings Playbook wins any Golden Globes tonight doesn't really matter. It will still gain a lot financially. 

The Weinstein Company release has grossed $41.3 million domestically and it's currently playing at 810 locations. Banking on awards attention before rolling the film out to 1,500+ locations is shaping up to be a wise move on the part of TWC. The quirky dramedy jumped 38% weekend/weekend thanks to snagging key Oscar nods for Best Picture, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro) and Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver). Attention from the Globes will give it yet another boost. Silver Linings Playbook is quickly turning into the new must-see for moviegoers who have already watched other awards season darlings.

Silver Linings is the Globe nominee for Best Pic that is in the best position to benefit from all the attention that will come its way thanks to red carpet interviews, style gurus analyzing Jennifer Lawrence's dress, and cutaways to the TWC table. Lincoln, Django Unchained, Life of Pi and Les Miserables are already massive blockbusters and they would continue to do well even if they weren't getting awards attention. Argo is at the tail end of a very successful theatrical run, so a surge at this point is unlikely. As for Zero Dark Thirty, a $24 million debut frame means that it could easily end with $100 million domestically. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen are already available on Blu-ray, so they can't benefit theatrically. 



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