LOS ANGELES -Two-time Academy Award winner, Michael Caine, will receive the ShoWest 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Caine will be presented with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Where does one begin when referring to Michael Caine," said Neuhauser. "With over five decades of films to his credit, Michael Caine has quietly commanded the screen in well over 100 roles. He simply does it all, and he does it all so incredibly well be it comedy, drama or action. With such films as Alfie, Funeral in Berlin, Sleuth, The Man Who Would Be King, Educating Rita, Hannah & Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American, and of course, The Dark Knight, Michael Caine's diversity has accorded him this incredible ability to draw movie audiences in worldwide throughout his career. We could not be more honored to present this brilliant actor with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award."

Set in 1980s seaside England, Is Anybody There? (Caine's latest film) tells the story of ten-year-old Edward (Bill Milner) whose parents have turned their house into a retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward becomes increasingly obsessed with the ghosts and afterlives of the residents when they die. Edward's is a lonely existence until he meets Clarence (Michael Caine), the latest arrival at the home, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age. Their relationship begins at odds until Clarence notices that the boy is growing up even more fitfully than he is growing old. As they begin to face life together, Clarence comes to terms with his past, Edward tames his obsession with the unknown and they are both reminded of what magic is possible when life is lived to its fullest. Is Anybody There? was directed by John Crowley, produced by David Heyman, Marc Turtletaub, and Peter Saraf and also stars Bill Milner (Son of Rambow), Anne-Marie Duff (Notes on a Scandal), and David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl). Is Anybody There? was screened at the Toronto Film Festival and was produced by Big Beach, Heyday Films, and BBC Films. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 17, 2009 before expanding wider.

Born in South London, Michael Caine's childhood fascination for cinema, along with his performances in school plays and directing drama in a youth club, all stimulated his imagination and belief that he would one day be an actor. Caine landed his first job, in theater, as an assistant stage manager in Horsham, Sussex, before joining the Lowestoft Repertory Theater in Suffolk as juvenile lead. Caine then moved to London where he obtained a few roles in plays as well as a minor role in the film A Hill In Korea. After a brief move to Paris, Caine returned to Britain touring with one repertory company after another and appearing in more than 100 television dramas. The 1966 Alfie catapulted him to stardom and earned him his first Academy Award nomination and the New York Critics Prize for Best Actor. Caine has gone on to star in over 100 films and has received six Academy Award Nominations winning two for Best Supporting Actor in Hannah and Her Sisters, and Cider House Rules. Caine continues to entertain audiences having most recently appeared in box office hit The Dark Knight, as well as; The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Quiet American and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Caine was honored with a knighthood in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II; and also released his autobiography, What's It All About?, in 1992.

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New York, N.Y. - Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, has just announced that it has finalized a deal with Rave Motion Pictures, a key exhibitor partner with an inventory of 473 screens.

"We are very pleased to announce our continued long-term partnership with a cutting edge partner such as Rave Motion Pictures," says Darryl Schaffer, EVP of Exhibitor Relations. "Their continued support of the Screenvision Network is both exciting and a great signal of our continued momentum in 2009. We are always looking at innovative ways to grow and extend our business, and this deal allows us to do both!"

Under the agreement, Screenvision will have exclusive local, regional and national selling rights to Rave's entire on-screen preshow. The deal also provides Screenvision with the rights to sell in lobby screens and promotions. Rave Motion Pictures owns and operates 30 locations, with major presence in five of the top 20 DMAs: Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, and Orlando. Rave represents the nation's largest exhibitor chain to have a fully digital network; its state-of-the-art multiplexes and 3D capabilities strengthen Screenvision's 3D technology initiatives.

"Screenvision's partnership with Rave Motion Pictures is a clear indicator of our commitment to continually grow our national network for our many advertisers and partners alike," says Mike Chico, EVP Sales & Marketing. "We continue to see that the Screenvision preshow is one of the best ways for brands to truly connect with today's consumers. In fact, research shows that 75% of all moviegoers enjoy our unique blend of entertainment content and advertising messaging"

Tom Stephenson, President and CEO of Rave added, "Screenvision has been able to maximize our digital technology to drive advertising revenue. They have been a terrific partner for the past seven years and we look forward to a long relationship that will allow us to bring the next generation of cinema innovations to advertisers and moviegoers alike. Screenvision's enthusiasm in exploring new technologies in this space aligns with our strategies for future growth."

 

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COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading motion picture exhibitor in 3D, today announced its own economic stimulus plan designed to put more disposable income in the hands of filmgoers across the nation. "Stimulus Tuesdays" start March 10th at all of Carmike's 250 theatres and approximately 2,300 screens, across 36 states. Under Carmike's Plan, all 16-ounce drinks and 46-ounce popcorns will be available on Tuesday at the bargain basement price of $1 each.

Carmike Director of Marketing Dale Hurst, stated, "While lawmakers in Washington, DC continue to debate how to get the American economy back on-track and the rest of us wait for some positive impact on the economy and our pocketbooks, Carmike has an immediate solution that is sure to please our valued patrons and make the movie-going experience more affordable and enjoyable. Popcorn and drink prices like these have not been seen since the 1970s, when a loaf of bread was only $0.25, a gallon of gas cost $0.35 and the average home could be purchased for under $30,000."

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New York, NY - Screenvision has partnered with Universal Motown Records to present the national premiere of Stevie Wonder's concert, Live at Last, on March 4, 2009. Part of Motown's 50th Anniversary celebration, the concert, which was filmed in October 2008 at the London O2 Arena, marked Wonder's first performance in Europe in over a decade and was filmed during his "Wonder Summer Nights" tour.

Screenvision's alternative programming division will make the concert available through its exhibitor partners in 10 top DMAs across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington D.C., Detroit, Seattle and Denver.

"We are committed to creating additional revenue streams for our exhibitor partners and through the right and most compelling alternative content we are able to bring new audiences into theaters in creative and innovative ways," said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president, exhibitor relations for Screenvision. "Live at Last provides the type of exciting and quality entertainment that will resonate with theater goers on a national basis and we look forward to working with Universal and our partners to promote it."

The alternative programming division was launched in 2007 to enable exhibitors to attract additional audiences during off-peak movie timeframes. Screenvision's presentation of the La Scala opera series, UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days, Ballet Shoes, its partnership with the New York Mets for "Mets at the Movies," the Phillies' World Series film with Major League Baseball, the Boston Celtics championship season documentary, Return to the Rafters, and MSNBC's coverage of President Obama's Inauguration are examples of previous successes.

"We are thrilled to partner with Screenvision to bring Stevie Wonder's first filmed concert to cinemas across the U.S," said Sylvia Rhone, President of Universal Motown Records. "Stevie is a cultural icon who represents a brilliant musical legacy and the deepest roots of Motown. A Stevie Wonder show is not merely a concert, but a major event from a consummate performer. Screenvision, with its extensive theater network, is providing a fantastic opportunity for us to bring Stevie's timeless music to new audiences throughout the country."

The set list traces a lifetime of innovation and achievement and features iconic hits including "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "My Cherie Amour," and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." The concert also includes other classic hits that redefined pop and R&B music including "Superstition," "Higher Ground," and "Living in the City." Highlights of the concert include a 14 piece band as well as Wonder's daughter Aisha Wonder on backing vocals.

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LOS ANGELES - Zack Snyder will receive the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Snyder will be presented with the ShoWest Director of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Since breaking onto the scene in 2004 with the box office hit Dawn of the Dead, Zack Snyder has developed a bold, distinctive moviemaking style that has received critical acclaim and has generated box office success around the world," said Neuhauser. "His continued dedication to providing audiences with groundbreaking films is unparalleled and we could not be more thrilled to honor Zack Snyder as the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year."

Snyder's most recent project is set for release on March 6. Watchmen is the highly anticipated, multi-layered mystery adventure, based on the award-winning graphic novel. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen?

Snyder made his feature film directorial debut with the 2004 horror thriller Dawn of the Dead, which topped the box office on its opening weekend. The film brought Snyder widespread acclaim from critics and audiences and was nominated for the Camera d'Or Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Snyder followed up this success with the Warner Bros. 2007 worldwide blockbuster 300. Snyder is the co-president of Cruel and Unusual Films, formed with his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder. In addition to Watchmen, Cruel and Unusual films projects include the drama The Last Photograph, the fantasy-adventure Sucker Punch, and the animated 3D film The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.Other films in development include a feature film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic The Illustrated Man, the zombie film Army of the Dead and the apocalyptic thriller Cobalt 60.

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