IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) announced today that Universal Pictures' Fast Five will be released to digital IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the action-thriller's wide release on June 10, 2011. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of all-stars from every chapter of the Fast and Furious franchise, along with some exciting new cast including Dwayne Johnson, in the film directed by Justin Lin.
Universal's partnership with IMAX on Fast Five marks the studio's return to the IMAX fold. The Academy Award(R)-winning Apollo 13, in 2002 was the first Universal film to utilize the pioneering IMAX DMR(R) technology.
"Fast Five is a perfect film for IMAX," said Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. "The film's incredible action sequences combined with IMAX's unmatched quality that allows the action to jump off the screen will provide filmgoers with an optimal theatrical experience."
"Universal Pictures partnered with us for our very first DMR release and we're excited to work with them again, this time to bring one of the studio's most successful franchises to digital IMAX theatres," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "The film is a great addition to our expanding slate of movies for 2011, and by the time it opens, we'll be able to reach even more fans of the franchise thanks to our growing network."
"We are thrilled to partner with Adam Fogelson, Donna Langley and their team at Universal, and look forward to fueling the buzz as we lead up to the release," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The IMAX Experience is the just the thing to enhance the thrill ride that will be Fast Five. With this announcement, we are now in business with every Hollywood studio, which gives our fans full access to the best movies in the world."
Although this Yale-trained character actor and Green Bay native never lacked for work, Shalhoub was almost 50 when the TV series Monk finally made him a star. Early in his career, he honed his craft on stage, forging important relationships with two of his theatrical costars: Stanley Tucci, who later cast him in a number of films, and Brooke Adams, who married Shalhoub in 1992. With his curly hair, dark complexion and knack for accents, Lebanese-American Shalhoub played myriad ethnic parts, including a romantically inclined Italian cabdriver on Wings, his first prominent role. Tony recently starred in the independent film Feed the Fish, shot on location in Door County, Wisconsin.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced the addition of a 100 Cal Pack to the list of snack options available at movie theatres in New York and California. 100 Cal Packs include a portion-controlled serving of popcorn with only 100 calories and your choice of either Coke Zero(R) or Sprite Zero(R). The promotional combo also includes a pedometer to measure the number of steps you take and to encourage fitness.
"Regal Entertainment Group is constantly looking to expand our menu choices with items that will be popular with our moviegoers. We believe that offering health-conscious patrons an option to enjoy movie theatre popcorn in a smaller serving with a high quality zero-calorie soft drink is a winning combination," stated Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "The 100 Cal Pack also comes with a pedometer from the Will Rogers Institute to promote additional healthy lifestyle choices and greater physical activity."
"We are proud to have our brands included in Regal Entertainment Group's 100 Cal Packs. As a Company, we're committed to seeking ways to make nutrition information clearer and more accessible to consumers. We also support programs like the 100 Cal Pack that encourage healthy, active living, and we're very pleased to join with Regal on this one," said Stefanie Miller, Coca-Cola North America Vice President of Strategic Partnership Marketing.
100 Cal Packs come with a portion-controlled amount of popcorn to provide a 100 calorie snack. Guests may choose either Coke Zero(R) or Sprite Zero(R) for their soft drink. A pedometer is included which patrons can use to measure the number of steps they take in a day. The pack also includes a fitness card with advice from the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Entertainment Group is a proud supporter of the Will Rogers Institute which promotes and engages in medical research pertaining to cardio-pulmonary diseases and educating the general public on topics of health and fitness.
"Will Rogers Institute is proud to partner with Regal Entertainment Group in this project to provide pedometers to moviegoers who are interested in making healthy lifestyle choices. Part of our mission is to educate the general public on topics of health and fitness. By choosing the 100 Calorie Pack and using the pedometer to measure physical activity, moviegoers are on track to improved fitness," stated Todd Vradenburg, Executive Director of Will Rogers Institute.