Source: Variety

Bob Kerrey has released a statement saying that there is "no decision yet" as to whether or not he will take on the MPAA chairman role.

Source: The Wrap

Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey is set to take over for Dan Glickman as the next chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America. Glickman stepped down in January and Bob Pisano has been running the organization since.

Kerrey will have his work cut for him when it comes to dealing with such issues as the shrinking release window and international piracy.

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Source: NY Times

AMC is now saying the $20 ticket prices were a mistake.

"Unfortunately, a limited number of theaters posted incorrect pricing for Shrek Forever After, which we immediately corrected," the theater chain said in a statement. "Any guest who purchased a ticket at the incorrect price can visit guest services for a refund."

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The AMC Loews 34, AMC Loews Lincoln Square and AMC Empire 42nd Street are three of the theaters in Manhattan that will be charging $20 for IMAX 3D showings of Shrek Forever After.

Ticket prices were bumped up as recently as March when How to Train Your Dragon, another DreamWorks Animation flick, was released. The price hike caused a minor uproar in the mainstream media, but Dragon has still managed to muster nearly $210 million domestically.

BoxOffice.com is currently predicting a $96 million opening weekend for Shrek Forever After.

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The Tomatometer, which gathers reviews from hundreds of critics, is now part of the information page for movies across the web and the iPhone versions of iTunes. Users will be able to click through from the iTunes Store in order to head directly to Rotten Tomatoes' popular website and get more information about a potential purchase.

Rotten Tomatoes falls under the Flixster umbrella, and together the sites and their mobile apps reach more than 30 million moviegoers each month.

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Sources: Variety, Deadline New York

James Franco will star in Rise of the Apes for 20th Century Fox and director Rupert Wyatt. The project is set to begin shooting on July 5.

The new Apes is reportedly set in contemporary San Francisco, and Franco will play a scientist.

Fox tried to dig up the Apes property nearly 10 years ago with director Tim Burton and star Mark Wahlberg. The 2001 release was able to gross $180 million domestically, which translates to $253.2 million when adjusting for inflation. Yet a sequel never happened. Perhaps Franco and Wyatt will have better luck building a new series of films.

Franco will next be seen in 127 Hours for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.

 

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