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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Thursday Update #2: The official number from Summit is $68,533,840 for Eclipse's opening day.

Thursday Update: Preliminary estimates give Eclipse an opening day haul of at least $65 million, which means that it won't top the $72.7 million opening day of New Moon. However, that is enough to set the record for the best Wednesday opening. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen previously held that record with $62 million.

Wednesday Update: With more than $30 million at around 4,000 locations from midnight and 3 a.m. shows, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has topped the midnight record of $26.3 million set by New Moon. That gives the third film in the series a very good shot at breaking New Moon's single day record of $72.7 million.

Eclipse also set an IMAX record for midnight grosses with over $1 million from 192 runs. This gross bests the previous IMAX record for midnight shows held by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with $959,000.

On Fandango.com, Eclipse helped the site generate its strongest Tuesday and Wednesday sales days, breaking the record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Eclipse is also set to take a place next to New Moon and The Dark Knight as one of the all-time top three opening weekend sellers.

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The rush of '80s nostalgia continues now that Judd Apatow is set to produce a new film featuring the Pee-Wee Herman character created by Paul Reubens. Reubens has successfully resurrected his lovable idiot with a one man show he's been performing in Los Angeles, and he also made the rounds on late-night talk shows.

Apatow is more prolific as a producer than he is as a writer/director, and he's championed a lot of recent comedy classics such as Superbad and Pineapple Express.

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No, it's not a Spicoli spin-off from Fast Times at Ridgemont High...

Sean Penn will produce and possibly star in a biopic about surfing icon Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz. Paul Feldsher has been tapped to pen the screenplay.

Penn made headlines recently for his continuing efforts to help the people of Haiti after a devastating earthquake.

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LOS ANGELES - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced the launch Wednesday of "Operation In Our Sites," a new initiative aimed at Internet counterfeiting and piracy.

In the first action carried out as part of the initiative, authorities executed seizure warrants against nine domain names of Web sites that were offering first-run movies, often within hours of their theatrical release. Seven of those sites were targeted for seizure by the SDNY. Agents from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) also seized assets from 15 bank, Paypal, investment and advertising accounts, and executed four residential search warrants in several states.

ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton, joined on a Los Angeles soundstage by senior representatives from major movie studios, entertainment unions and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), made clear that the theft of such intellectual property is a serious crime and one the U.S. government has made a priority combating.

Copyrighted material is known as intellectual property (IP) under the law.

"ICE and our partners at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center are targeting pirate Web sites run by people who have no respect for creativity and innovation," said ICE Assistant Secretary Morton, who was in Southern California to meet with the leaders of the movie industry. "We are dedicated to protecting the jobs, the income and the tax revenue that disappear when organized criminals traffic in stolen movies for their own profit."

"Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, reportedly resulting in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy," said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office handled the seizure warrants of seven domain names Wednesday. "That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people. That's why we took the actions we did. If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending."

"Content theft online has become increasingly ubiquitous as technology and software improve and access to the Internet increases," said Mike Robinson, chief of operations, content protection for the MPAA. "We are committed to working with law enforcement to get the illegal choices out of the marketplace and instead focus on continuing to offer more innovative and flexible legal options to consumers to enjoy the movies and TV shows that we all love. The American motion picture and television industry is one of our nation's most valuable cultural and economic resources. We are grateful to ICE, the Obama Administration, and the federal agencies that have made the protection of intellectual property a priority for the United States."

"We are facing a dramatic rise in the number of foreign and domestic Web sites that are in the business of making films and television shows - created by our members - available for illegal download or streaming," said Kathy Garmezy, associate executive director of government and international affairs for the Directors Guild of America. "If left unchecked, this illegal activity threatens the very ability of filmmakers to both earn a living and create the content that is enjoyed by billions around the world."

"We commend the action of ICE and the IPR Center in striking a significant blow against those who seek to profit from the copyrighted, intellectual property of others," said Matthew D. Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). "Intellectual property is the basis of our modern economy. The stealing of digital content is not a victimless crime; it's also the theft of tens of thousands of American jobs."

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), based in Virginia and managed by ICE, is directing the government's response to a crime that is estimated to cost American industry billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs every year. Its "Operation In Our Sites" is targeting not only films and music, but other items distributed over the Internet, such as counterfeit pharmaceuticals, software, electronics, games and other products that threaten public health and safety.

The investigation involving SDNY together with the ICE New York Special Agent in Charge and the IPR Center resulted in the seizure warrants for seven domain names: TVSHACK.NET, MOVIES-LINKS.TV, FILESPUMP.COM, NOW-MOVIES.COM, PLANETMOVIEZ.COM, THEPIRATECITY.ORG, and ZML.COM. In an undercover capacity, investigators downloaded various newly released movies from the Web sites and their affiliates, to identify those Web sites that were involved in the distribution of stolen content.

Also on Wednesday, as a result of a months-long operation, the IPR Center seized the domain names and Web site content of NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net, both of which generated revenue from donations and advertising. These sites allowed visitors to stream or download popular television shows and movies. Over the course of the investigation, agents observed links to more than 200 movies and more than 300 television programs on the NinjaVideo site. This investigation resulted in the execution of federal search warrants for their content and domain name at servers in the United States and the Netherlands. HSI agents also executed four residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington. The case is ongoing.

The IPR Center has united the U.S. government agencies that combat intellectual property theft. In addition to ICE, the partners include: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the FBI; the Department of Commerce; the Food and Drug Administration; the Postal Inspection Service; the General Services Administration, Office of the Inspector General; the Naval Criminal Investigative Service; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the Army Criminal Investigative Division's Major Procurement Fraud Unit; and the Government of Mexico Tax Administrative Service.

The IPR Center is one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. The IPR Center offers assistance for both law enforcement and the private sector to address the growing transnational threat of counterfeit merchandise. The IPR Center coordinates outreach to U.S. rights holders and conducts domestic and international law enforcement training to stem the growing counterfeiting threat as well as coordinating and directing anti-counterfeiting investigations.

 

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