inceptionnews2.pngAs of 1 p.m. PT, Fandango.com is reporting that Inception is responsible for an impressive 52% of daily sales. Its closest competitor is The Sorcerer's Apprentice at 18%. The ticketing site also conducted a buyer survey that reveals some interesting reasons why people are deciding to see Christopher Nolan's latest:

• 93% said they were more intrigued to see Inception because so little had been revealed of the film's plot.
• 82% are interested in seeing Leonardo DiCaprio's performance.
• 81% said they were fans of Christopher Nolan's work.
• 66% said they were tired of the summer sequels and reboots.
• 41% of respondents are female.

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Washington, DC - The Senate today approved financial reform legislation that includes a ban on futures wagering on motion picture box office results, sending the measure, which was already approved by the House, to President Obama for his signature. The following is a statement by Bob Pisano, Interim CEO and President of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA).

"Speaking on behalf of a coalition that includes the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its member companies, and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), I want to thank the Congress for approving this measure.

After proposals for these speculative gaming platforms came to light, our industry came together to oppose these plans with an unprecedented coalition that included entertainment industry workers, creators, independent producers and distributors, studios and theater owners. We are pleased with final passage of this important legislation. Congress has acted decisively to ban proposed trading in box office futures and to make important reforms in the country's financial regulatory system. We applaud the work the bill's authors have done, and of course, the many Senators and Members who supported the provisions to prevent movie futures trading."

 

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Source: THR

Jennifer Lawrence, star of Winter's Bone, has signed on to play Mystique in X-Men: First Class. Lawrence has been showered in critical praise for her turn in Winter's Bone, and she's already being pegged as a serious contender for the Best Actress Oscar. Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in the original X-Men trilogy.

Director Matthew Vaughn has built an impressive young cast for the film, with James McAvoy and Matthew Fassbender leading the way as Professor X and Magneto, respectively.

X-Men: First Class will hit theaters on June 3, 2011.

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Source: Variety

Elizabeth Banks is attached to star in a live-action version of the Tinkerbell story for Disney. The project is titled Tink and it's being produced by Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and McG.

The role represents an interesting move for Banks, who mostly takes on parts in R-rated comedies such as Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Role Models. She could break out in the same way that Amy Adams did after playing a Disney princess in Enchanted.

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