August 24, 2010 -- The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things and is planning a December theatrical release, announced Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.

Inspired by the most notorious missing person's case in New York history, All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. The drama portrayed in Jarecki's film was inspired by the story of Robert Durst, scion of the wealthy Durst family. Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found. The original script was developed by Jarecki, Marc Smerling, and Marcus Hinchey and written by Smerling and Hinchey.

"In constructing the film, we used some of the extraordinary elements of the Durst case as the skeleton and inspiration for a drama about love, family, and obsession," says Jarecki. "Because it is impossible to know exactly what happened, we have not tried to replicate the history of the case, but to capture the emotion and complexity of this unsolved mystery that has for years been kept hidden from public view.

The film stars Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella as the powerful patriarch. The film is directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki, (Academy Award-nominated Capturing the Friedmans, upcoming Universal/Rogue release Catfish), and produced by Marc Smerling (Capturing the Friedmans, Catfish). It was also produced by Michael London, and Bruna Papandrea and financed by London's Groundswell Productions. The Weinstein Company is handling foreign sales of the film.

"Our collaboration with Magnolia on Friedmans was a groundbreaking and wonderful experience and I couldn't be happier that they are as passionate about All Good Things as we are," said Jarecki.

"With All Good Things, Andrew Jarecki has made the jump to features with the same accomplished, complex and fascinating filmmaking that he demonstrated with Capturing the Friedmans," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "He has gotten amazing performances out of the entire ensemble and delivered a powerful motion picture."

Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, the production company 2929 Productions, and the high definition cable network HDNet. Magnolia's recent releases include such critically acclaimed films as Alex Gibney's Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love, Neil Jordan's Ondine and Lucy Walker's Countdown to Zero. Upcoming releases include the documentarian-dream-team omnibus, Freakonomics: The Movie, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us, Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix's I'm Still Here, and much more.

Groundswell Productions is an independent financing and production company founded by Michael London in February 2006 and headquartered in Los Angeles.

Groundswell has produced nine films since its inception and its library includes the Academy Award nominated Milk and The Visitor. Groundswell is currently in post production on Win Win from writer-director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent) starring Paul Giamatti, Bobby Canavale and Amy Ryan, which Fox Searchlight will distribute. Groundswell has a number of projects in development including Motherf**ker at Fox Searchlight and Lola Versus, written by Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones. London, who serves as the company's CEO has produced such films as The Illusionist, The Family Stone, Sideways, House of Sand and Fog, Thirteen, The Guru and 40 Days and 40 Nights.

 

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Branden Miller, a 20th Century Fox employee for 18 years, will receive the Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award at ShowEast. Miller currently serves as vp in-theater marketing.

ShowEast will take place from October 11 to October 14 at the Orlando World Center Marriot. Miller will be honored during the closing gala.

"I can't think of a more deserving individual in our industry to receive this award than Branden," ShowEast managing director Bob Sunshine said in an official statement. "Branden's exhibitor in-theater marketing expertise and leadership have contributed greatly to the boxoffice success of some of the most notable films of all time."

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New York, NY -- After earning rave reviews from top critics, wild cheers from audiences around the country, and $10 million in its opening weekend boxoffice, Dimension Films is pleased to announce that Piranha 3D - The Sequel is in the works.

Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton stated, "We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving Piranha 3D, but cheering for it. And it's fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can't wait to get to work on the sequel."

Piranha 3D opened with fantastic reviews from top critics like the Associated Press and Reuters, enjoying a very fresh rating of 80-82% favorable reviews on the popular movie review site Rotten Tomatoes throughout it's opening weekend. The movie has captured the attention of movie fans as well as elite media outlets like The Wall St. Journal, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. And taking Hollywood by surprise, Piranha - via a partnership with Funny Or Die - is the subject of a much-talked about campaign to be named Best Picture of the year. Funny Or Die's "For Your Consideration" video for Piranha 3D took the nation by storm last week. And, as announced over the weekend, Academy Award® nominee and Piranha 3D heroine Elisabeth Shue will debut a brand new video in the coming days on Funny Or Die.

 

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London -- Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe's leading digital cinema company, has announced that it has partnered with Hoyts Cinemas, Australia's leading cinema chain, to rollout AAM's Theatre Management System (TMS) across the entire Hoyts circuit in both Australia and New Zealand.

Hoyts Cinemas, which has over 400 screens across the two countries, will equip all digital screens with AAM's proprietary software, custom designed to manage digital cinema operations. Hoyts is rolling out digital cinema across its entire circuit as part of the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners Australia (DCIPA) group.

AAM will be working closely in partnership with Hoyts to further develop its software, calling on Hoyts' experience in cinema advertising services (via its sister company Val Morgan) and its skills and knowledge in cinema operations. In true partnership form, Hoyts will provide ongoing input and feedback to ensure that AAM's TMS continues to best meet the needs of all exhibitors.

The partnership follows AAM's announcement in March this year of a deal with Broadmedia to licence its TMS in Japan, and further demonstrates AAM's multi-tiered approach to the digital cinema business. The agreement is the first that Arts Alliance Media has completed for a cinema outside those it has equipped as part of its own digital cinema rollout. Furthermore, this is the first deal of its kind where a major exhibitor has committed to a TMS solution that is independent from the equipment selection and the integration company involved.

Adam Wrightson, Group Technology Director, Hoyts, said "For an exhibitor, choosing the right TMS is an important decision. It will become the foundation for workflow and management of our entire digital cinema network. An effective TMS will enable us to achieve the operational efficiencies and real revenue opportunities that digital conversion promises. After reviewing all the products in the marketplace we found the AAM TMS to be the most flexible and the most suited to our needs. As we continue to expand our digital cinema platform, we see AAM as a strategic partner to achieving our goals moving forward."

Fiona Deans, Chief Operating Officer of AAM, added "Although our rollout business is focused in Europe, our content and software businesses are worldwide. We see Hoyts Cinemas as a key customer adding to our worldwide portfolio. Their operational and technical expertise is second to none around the globe making Hoyts a very welcomed client."

AAM's Vice-President, Technical Development, Matt Sullivan, said "We have been working with Adam and his team for over six months gathering their input on our TMS, which has been invaluable in improving our product. Our relationship is a true partnership and we look forward to continuing to work with them."

Arts Alliance Media's TMS is part of a software suite designed to manage all aspects of digital cinema content and playback in a cinema from a single location. The entire digital cinema workflow, from creating shows and scheduling playback through to moving content between screens and managing security keys (KDMs), can be managed from an easy to use, secure web interface. The AAM TMS is currently being rolled out across AAM's VPF-signed screens with Cineworld and Yelmo, a total of over 1,100 screens. More information on TMS can be seen at http://tms.artsalliancemedia.com.

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