Source: The Hollywood Reporter

John Lithgow ("Dexter") and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) have signed on to join James Franco in 20th Century Fox's tentpole reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Titled Rise of the Apes, the film serves as both a sequel and a prequel to the 1968 original.

According to reports, Lithgow will play Franco's Alzheimer's-afflicted father, while Pinto plays a fellow scientist. Rupert Wyatt, who directed the critically successful crime ensemble The Escapist, is helming the film, with a screenplay co-written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

The last entry in the series was Tim Burton's 2001 remake, which was somewhat commercially successful (grossing $180 million in the US against a $100 million budget), but it was ultimately dismissed by both critics and fans. Fox has been working on the prequel (under the widely-reported codename Caesar) for some time now. It is scheduled for release on June 24, 2011. 

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Source: SuperheroHype!

Writer/director Guy Ritchie is hard at work on the screenplay for the follow-up to the very successful Sherlock Holmes, and there are some big names on his wishlist. Early rumors indicate that the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels helmer wants Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis to take the role of Moriarty, who appeared in the first film, but only as a silhouette.

Moriarty is the arch-nemesis of the Sherlock Holmes character, and while Moriarty was only fleetingly present in the first film, it seems clear that he will be a major villain, if not the central villain, in the sequel. Of course, Day-Lewis rarely appears in mainstream commercial films, and previously took a five-year hiatus from acting between 1997 and 2002 based on his disinterest in the roles he was being offered. However, Ritchie has other names on his list, including Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman.

None of these names belong to Brad Pitt, who worked with Ritchie on Snatch and was previously rumored to have shot a few scenes for the first film that never materialized. In any case, more will be known soon, as Ritchie finishes the script in order to meet the sequel's December 16th, 2011 release date. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are already locked in to reprise their roles.

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Centennial, Colo. -- NCM Fathom, a division of National CineMedia (NASDAQ: NCMI), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association ("FIFA"), the world governing body of association football (soccer), announced today that the 2010 FIFA World CupTM semi-finals, match for third place and final match will be presented for the first time LIVE in 3-D in 15 select U.S. movie theaters on July 6, 7, 10, and 11. Various AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holidings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Denver, Miami, Kansas City, and San Antonio markets will feature the historic tournament's final four matches, part of the most-watched sporting event in the world.

Tickets for 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer LIVE in 3-D are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations, times and prices, please visit the Fathom website (theaters are subject to change).

2010 marks the first time that the FIFA World Cup has been broadcast live in 3-D in U.S. movie theaters. Fans will be able to watch all the action from halfway across the globe in the comfort of their local movie theater. With digital sound and 3-D picture, the experience will be the next best thing to actually sitting in the stands in South Africa and will add 3-D elements exclusive to those attending in participating U.S. movie theaters.

"The World Cup is a momentous occasion for soccer fans all around the globe," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "We're excited to introduce an unrivaled experience for this year's games - shown larger-than-life on 40-foot screens, in the best movie theaters and biggest markets in the country."

Participating NCM Fathom 2010 FIFA World Cup LIVE 3-D locations include (listed alphabetically by city and state):

- Regal Long Beach 26 with IMAX - Long Beach, CA 90808
- Cinemark Bel Mar 16 - Lakewood, CO 80226
- Cinemark Paradise 24 - Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331
- AMC Sunset Place 24 - Miami, FL 33143
- AMC River East 21 - Chicago, IL 60611
- Century 16 Deer Park - Deer Park, IL 60010
- Regal Lincolnshire 20 plus IMAX - Lincolnshire, IL 60069
- AMC Olathe Studio 30 - Olathe, KS 66062
- AMC Garden State 16 with IMAX - Paramus, NJ 07652
- Cinemark 24 The Legacy - Plano, TX 75025
- AMC Huebner Oaks 24 - San Antonio, TX 78230
- Cinemark 18 Webster - Webster, TX 77598
- Century Theatres Federal Way 16 - Federal Way, WA 98003
- AMC Southcenter 16 - Seattle, WA 98188
- Regal Thornton Place - Seattle, WA 98125

 

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MORRISTOWN, NJ & LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema and in theatrical distribution of LIVE 3D events, today announced its partnership with FIFA to bring the 2010 FIFA World CupTM Final in LIVE 3D to a select group of Cinedigm CertifiedTM theatres in the United States and Canada. The 2010 FIFA World CupTM Final takes place on July 11, 2010, at 2:30pm EDT and will be broadcast live in stunning 3D from Johannesburg, South Africa. For locations go to: http://www.cinedigm.com/sports3d.

Fans that have seen Cinedigm's most recent LIVE 3D sporting events, such as the NCAA Men's Final Four®, NBA All-Star Saturday Night and the BCS College Championship understand how thrilling live sports can be in 3D on a fifty-foot cinema screen. There is no comparable viewing experience beyond attending the game itself - and even then, LIVE 3D will deliver stunning details that would not be available to an on-site viewer.

"With the world's attention bearing down on this single championship moment, we are absolutely thrilled to have a partner such as Cinedigm to deliver a piece of sports history in LIVE 3D to our theaters," said Tom Stephenson, president of Rave Motion Pictures. "The U.S. has now firmly joined the world in its affection and attention for soccer. Rave is excited to be able to present the epic finale."

"Whether you're a fan of Team USA, Brazil, England, Japan or any team in between, all World Cup fans will realize that theatres aren't just for movies anymore," said Jonathan Dern, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. "The cinema experience now allows viewers to see major events, as they're happening, on fifty foot screens in LIVE 3D. Cinedigm helps make this possible. We've seen the 3D coming from ESPN and Sony in South Africa and the quality of the 3D production is compelling. Soccer fans who are lucky enough to live near one of our Cinedigm CertifiedTM theatres will be able to enjoy the 2010 FIFA World CupTM Final match in LIVE 3D, making them feel like they are right there on the pitch in Johannesburg."

The following theatres will be showing the FIFA World Cup Championship match in LIVE 3D at the local U.S. times as follows: Pacific 11:30am, Mountain 12:30pm, Central 1:30 pm, and Eastern 2:30 pm.

Theatre City ST
Surprise Pointe 14 Surprise AZ
Rave Los Angeles 18 (formerly the Bridge) Los Angeles CA
Chula Vista 10 Chula Vista CA
Village Walk 15 Pico Rivera CA
Galaxy 10-Tulare Tulare CA
Royal Palm 20 Bradenton FL
Orchard Cinema 10 Toms River NJ
Telshor 12 Las Cruces NM
Town Square 18 Las Vegas NV
Pavilion Digital Showcase Theatre Brooklyn NY
Chelsea New York NY
Empress Walk 10 Cinemas North York ON
Highland 10 Austin TX
Carmike 20 Edinburg TX
Carmike 14 Tyler TX
Fairfax Corner 14 Fairfax VA

Cinedigm also has rights to show up to eight more 2010 FIFA World Cup matches in LIVE 3D. Theatre and show times will be announced pending the results of upcoming matches.

 

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