LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, and Common Sense Media, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media and technology experience for kids and families, have formed an editorial partnership to help parents make great - and age-appropriate - movie choices for their families. Beginning today, millions of Fandango users can find Common Sense Media movie reviews for thousands of new releases and DVDs at Fandango.

Parents can find Common Sense reviews in both the movies and DVDs sections on the Critics Reviews page for each film. The Common Sense ON, IFFY, or OFF button - along with a traditional 5-star review - will be featured at the top of each Critics Reviews page. By clicking "Information for Parents," users will be taken to the full Common Sense review at the bottom of the page, featuring the Decider Slider®, What Parents Need to Know, and a breakdown of the movie's content, from violence and sex to role models and messages.

Based on childhood development criteria, Common Sense Media's ratings system helps parents make decisions about which movies, video games, TV shows, websites, books, and music are right for their families. The Common Sense ratings information complements traditional ratings services with more detailed, easy-to-understand information.

"As parents, we need to be selective about our kids' entertainment choices, and Common Sense Media provides Fandango with easy-to-read consumer reviews especially tailored for parents," said Jessica Yi, vice president of product development for Fandango. "At Fandango, we're constantly looking at ways to enhance the user experience. Common Sense Media helps us add authoritative, trustworthy, family-friendly information that complements our own user reviews and ratings, trailers, and showtimes and ticketing information - so that everything you need to make your movie-going decision is all in one place."

"Today's parents have such a great need for information about what their kids are watching or playing, and they need it right at their fingertips," Anne Zehren, president and COO of Common Sense Media. "Our Common Sense reviews are designed to empower parents with the tools and information they need to help kids get the best -- and avoid the worst -- of media and entertainment. Now that our detailed reviews are available at Fandango -- the go-to site for millions of busy parents looking to relax with their kids in front of a movie at the end of a long week -- it's even easier for parents to make smart choices, and pick movies that truly reflect their own, personal values."

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Source: Deadline New York

UPDATE: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will take over for Megan Fox. It's all up to the negotiations now.

Michael Bay reportedly favors newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the love interest role left vacant by Megan Fox in Transformers 3. Sarah Wright (Surfer, Dude and The House Bunny) and Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It) are also in contention. Bay has a week to make his decision.

Transformers 3 is set for a July 3, 2011 release, and the film is bound to be a huge success regardless of Bay's casting decision.

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Source: ComingSoon.net

Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Victor Garber will lend their voices to Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, which is now slated to hit theaters on May 27, 2011 instead of June 3, 2011.

Oldman will be playing into what he does best by voicing a new villain. As for Van Damme, landing this gig represents another step in what is shaping up to be a sizable comeback. The action star will also be starring in a fourth installment of the Universal Soldier series.

Kung Fu Panda could easily turn into the next lucrative series for Paramount/DreamWorks Animation now that the Shrek property has run out of steam. The first Kung Fu Panda film grossed more than $630 million worldwide, and the sequel could easily top that thanks to the fact that it's in 3D.

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KITCHENER, ON - Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema, announced that Landmark Cinemas has selected Christie SolariaTM Series 4K-ready digital cinema projectors for installation in six multiplexes across Western Canada. Landmark Cinemas will thrill audiences with the latest 3D box office hits using the Christie CP2230 and Christie CP2220 projectors, which utilize Academy Award1-winning DLP Cinema® technology from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN). Landmark Cinemas is Canada's largest regional movie exhibition circuit, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Privately owned and operated since 1965, Landmark Cinemas currently operates 31 cinema complexes, with a combined total of 108 screens in 27 locations throughout western Canada and the Yukon. The partners that make up the ownership group have strong roots to film exhibition. Their passion for the movies trickles down to all of their 600+ employees.

"Every Landmark Cinemas theatre offers its customers the very best in entertainment value. We strive to make the theatre-going experience the best possible," said Neil Campbell, COO and Partner, Landmark Cinemas of Canada. "3D has become an enormous game changer that has revived the exhibition industry. Now, with the additional Christie projectors, we can maximize our 8- and 10-screen complexes by doubling up our 3D presentations."

Campbell noted that he has been working with Christie for nearly three years, and the relationship has grown every year. "We consider Christie our partner and part of our family. Landmark Cinemas selected Christie based on the quality of its products and the dedication of the Christie team. The key to purchasing the Christie Solaria Series for our 3D presentations was the fact that they are 4K-ready. In addition, they offer the best options in the industry, at the lowest cost of ownership. Christie has proven to us that they can deliver whatever we need, when we need it," Campbell said.

Preparing for the future, Landmark Cinemas has plans for three new multiplexes to be built in Western Canada in 2011. "These new theatres will be 100% digital and 100% Christie digital projectors," Campbell stated.

King Cinema Services, a division of Landmark Cinemas, installed the Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230 projectors. They also recently installed Christie LW400 digital projectors for on-screen advertising. "For the pre-show world, we always use Christie projectors," Campbell explained.

"Landmark Cinemas has its finger on the pulse of the exhibition industry. They are constantly exploring new ways to service the communities in which they are located," said Dave Muscat, Sr. Director of Sales, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. "As digital deployment moves across Canada, Christie continues to support the vibrant independent sector with the widest choice in 3D projection solutions, image brightness and resolution, while also delivering the highest return on investment."

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Kansas City, Mo. - AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC), and Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, LLC (Kerasotes), two leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies in the United States, announce today the consummation of the agreement by which AMC has acquired substantially all of the assets of Kerasotes.

Kerasotes owned 95 theatres and 972 screens in 21 mid-sized, suburban and metropolitan markets, primarily in the Midwest. More than three quarters of the Kerasotes theatres include stadium seating and almost 90 percent have been built since 1994.

"With the addition of Kerasotes' highly regarded assets, we will continue to redefine the future of our industry," said Gerry Lopez, AMC chief executive officer and president. "With almost 200 years in the exhibition business between us, our collective experiences and our complementary geographic footprints will allow us to enhance our reputation for excellence and leadership, which are a part of each company's culture."

Kerasotes will retain and operate three of its theatres: two ShowPlace ICON locations in St. Louis Park, Minn. and Chicago and the ShowPlace 14 Theatre in Secaucus, N.J.

"I'm proud of the consistent, high-quality experience our team has delivered to our customers and we expect it to continue at AMC. I wish the team and AMC my best as we move on to our next chapter," said Tony Kerasotes, chief executive officer of Kerasotes.

To see a list of the Kerasotes theatres now owned by AMC and their markets, please click here. This transaction raises AMC's total number of theatres to 380 with 5,325 screens, maintaining the company's place as the second-largest theatrical exhibition and entertainment company in the United States.

 

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