FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- 2010 is proving to be a banner year for Muvico Theaters as they announce the appointment of long-time friend and consultant, Neil Bretan, as their new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Neil Bretan's relationship with Muvico Theaters began with the company's inception in 1995. From then through 2008, Bretan served as Muvico's outside general counsel, representing the company in all of its major financial and real estate transactions. In early 2009, Bretan played a pivotal role in Muvico's corporate and financial restructuring, from which Muvico emerged debt-free and infused with new capital. Shortly after its restructuring, the company underwent a complete reorganization of its executive team.

Following the 2009 restructuring, Joe Amaturo, a long time investor and now sole owner of the company, brought Bretan aboard to serve as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. It was then that Bretan's work demonstrated that he could take the lead in bringing Muvico into the next decade. In May of 2010, when former CEO Hal Cleveland announced his departure to pursue other interests, including his continued association with Hope for the Children of Haiti, Neil Bretan was promptly promoted to President and CEO.

"Longtime friendships often payoff, and in the case of Neil and I, Neil has proven to be an able, trustworthy and talented lawyer, businessman and friend," observed Amaturo. "Neil undoubtedly knows more of the history and operational underpinnings of Muvico than anyone else I know."

Under Bretan, the company will continue to expand its geographic reach with new theaters and continue to upgrade its existing theaters with the latest and best in cinema technology. "I'm excited and pleased to have the opportunity to work with one of the greatest teams of talented and dedicated colleagues, both at our theaters and at the home office, to advance Muvico's reputation as the World's Premier Movie Experience" said Bretan.

Recently, Muvico completed multi-million dollar revamps of its Pompano 18 Theater in Pompano Beach, Florida, and its Starlight 20 complex in Tampa, Florida. Projection systems in each theater were upgraded to Sony's new 4K high-def systems, providing guests with the highest definition cinema experience available. The Sony 4k system is almost five times sharper than the most advanced home television sets on the market. In addition, Muvico has converted all of its auditoriums at its Parisian 20 Theater in West Palm Beach, Florida, to the Sony 4K projection system and has upgraded the Parisian Theater's IMAX auditorium, the only one in Palm Beach County, to a digital IMAX system. As a result of these recent improvements, Muvico's Pompano, Starlight and Parisian theaters are the only all 4K digital theaters in their respective markets.
Currently Muvico is in the process of reinvigorating its Hialeah location, adding stadium seating, all high-definition Sony 4K digital projection, new and distinctive concession items and a family entertainment center with the latest arcade and prize redemption games. It is anticipated the project will be completed in late fall 2010.

Earlier this year, Muvico unveiled a new section of its BayWalk 20 Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida, called the "The Gallery," a 21 and over environment showcasing independent and art film. The Gallery will offer reserved seating and adult beverage options such as beer and wine and true to its name, will also exhibit the work of local artists.

Muvico continues to operate nine theaters in Florida, Illinois and California, including notably its two newest theaters in Los Angeles and Chicago, each of which features premiere auditoriums and an upscale restaurant. Muvico will continue to expand its nationwide presence, with plans for a new theater in Malvern, Pennsylvania, as well as additional theaters in the greater Chicago and Los Angeles areas.

Muvico Theaters, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL now currently operates 154 screens in nine movie theater locations.

 

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3D motion picture presenter, today announced the launch of the latest in cutting edge theater environments in its Columbus, Georgia, Carmike 15 complex.

"The BigD-Large Format Digital Experience will feature Bigger Screens, Bigger Sound and Bigger, more Luxurious Seats providing the Ultimate Entertainment Experience", said David Passman, Carmike's President and CEO. The auditorium will include a wall to wall giant screen measuring 78 feet wide and 35 feet tall, custom luxury seating, the latest in 7.1 surround sound and DIGITAL projection for both 2D and 3D features. Carmike will premier the Ultimate Entertainment Experience with the opening of Salt, starring Angelina Jolie on Friday, July 23, 2010. Additional theatre sites participating in the initial rollout will be the Thoroughbred 20, Nashville, Tn., Carmike 15, Canton, Ga. and the Majestic 12, in Chattanooga, Tn. Plans for the BigD-Large Format Digital Experience will include approximately 24 more locations by the end of 2011.

Whether it be a movie, concert, sporting event, motivational speaker or church service, patrons will find BigD placing them at the heart of the event," said Dale Hurst, Carmike's Director of Marketing.

Carmike Cinemas has been the leader in Digital Projection and 3D technology since 2006 and is the only national circuit exclusively using DIGITAL Projection in all its theatres showing the newest Hollywood movie releases.

 

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Mel Gibson has been caught on tape by Oksana Grigorieva, the woman who recently gave birth to one of his children, saying to her, "You look like a f***ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault."

Gibson has been spending the last couple of years trying to repair his image after delivering an Anti-Semitic rant while being arrested for drunk driving. This latest incident is bound to cause a similar rush of public hostility.

The actor recently did a rush of publicity for Edge of Darkness--which marked his first starring role since 2002--and he treated questions about his drunken rant with hostility. 

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Despite receiving a wave of harsh reviews, Paramount's The Last Airbender was able to grab $3 million from midnight showings, which gives it the highest non-sequel midnight gross of the summer.

Opening in the shadow of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won't be easy for Airbender, but it should manage a respectable turnout over the holiday weekend.

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Centennial, Colo. -- After a heated battle that received "Fight of the Year" honors in 2009, reigning and defending Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita' Marquez and former three-time Lightweight World Champion Juan ‘Baby Bull' Diaz will appear larger-than-life on the big screen for their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday, July 31. Presented by NCM Fathom, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Marquez Boxing Promotions, Marquez vs. Diaz II "Fight of the Year: The Rematch" will be broadcast in high definition LIVE from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to more than 270 movie theaters nationwide at 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Pacific.

Tickets for Marquez vs. Diaz II "Fight of the Year: The Rematch" are available at participating theater box offices and online here. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"Summer is traditionally filled with action-packed blockbusters in the film industry and Golden Boy Promotions and Marquez Promotions are thrilled to partner with NCM Fathom to bring a boxing blockbuster to theaters which will match any action movie in Marquez vs. Diaz II on July 31," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Their first fight was a terrific contest of will and determination and fans watching the rematch in movie theaters across the country can expect the same type of action-packed bout. Grab your seat and your popcorn early because this is one you won't want to miss."

The heated February 2009 battle between Marquez and Diaz was one to remember. Marquez fought back from an early deficit to defeat Diaz via a ninth round TKO. The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), ESPN.com and the Ring Magazine all named the Marquez-Diaz match-up "Fight of the Year."

Marquez vs. Diaz II "Fight of the Year: The Rematch" is the latest boxing match presented in movie theaters across the country through NCM Fathom's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network - North America's largest cinema broadcast network. NCM Fathom and Golden Boy Promotions first teamed up for the highly successful cinema presentation of the Floyd "Money" Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez fight in September 2009. The two companies announced earlier this year they would again collaborate to present live world championship boxing on the big screen in high definition throughout 2010 including "Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?" featuring Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley, which took place on May 1 and "The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II" featuring Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins vs. Roy "The Terminator" Jones, Jr. on April 3.

Marquez vs. Diaz II "Fight of the Year: The Rematch" will be shown live in 274 select movie theaters including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as the Carolina Theatre (Asheville, NC), Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) is a fighter from Mexico City who has achieved worldwide recognition as one of the best Mexican fighters of all time in his 17-year professional career. With world titles in the featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight divisions, Marquez has been hailed as a future Hall of Famer. Marquez has won six of his last eight bouts and, never one to shy away from a challenge, has expressed his eagerness to take on Diaz again. In September 2009, Marquez battled Floyd "Money" Mayweather in the first fight to be shown in movie theaters in over 20 years.

Diaz (35-2, 17 KOs), the fighting pride of Houston, Texas, made his professional boxing debut at the age of 16. He held the lightweight world title for over three years from 2004 to 2007. Known as the "Baby Bull" for his hard charging style in the ring, outside the ring he recently graduated from the University of Houston - Downtown with an eye on enrolling in law school in the near future. With a Las Vegas record of 4-0, Diaz is hopeful that he will regain the title in July.

"Seeing a battle like this on the big screen is an incredible front-row experience for fans who love to experience the thrill of boxing matches in their local movie theater," said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. "This rematch between two great champions on 40-foot screens and in HD is as close to being ring-side as you can get!"

 

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