mpaa.pngVice President Joe Biden and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte to deliver remarks; experts from across sectors examine local and global influence of creativity, confluence of entertainment and technology, and their power as an economic engine and driver of innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At the second annual Creativity Conference on May 2nd, leaders from the worlds of entertainment, technology, media, business, and politics will engage in a direct dialogue on the critical and growing role creativity plays in our global economy today and looking forward.

On the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Creativity Conference, presented by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in partnership with Microsoft and ABC News, addresses how creativity strengthens and shapes the U.S. and global economy, and how policymakers, educators, business leaders, entrepreneurs and artists can support and expand the creative community to continue the economic growth fostered by business sectors devoted to innovation. This year's conference will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

"Our industry's success is predicated on compelling storytelling, transporting audiences into an alternative universe and creating an experience unique to our entertainment products," said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "But the industry itself has its own compelling story to tell, which is one of significant economic, cultural and technological achievement. I look forward to our second Creativity Conference where thought leaders from across industries will engage on the important role of creativity and innovative thinking as we look toward the future."

Topic will include a discussion on how entertainment and technology companies are bridging the gap between technology, innovation, and creativity to maximize the audience experience. From seamless access to entertainment to binge watching and live-tweeting-new technology has given the audience more power than ever before, and the industry the opportunity to consistently meet and beat their needs. Further discussion will address and celebrate the changes that increase creativity's impact on U.S. and global markets including new partnerships, advancements in technology and reduced barriers to entry. Featured panelists will come from creative industries - from software to film - to discuss how the modern workforce is evolving and the resulting global economic growth. The event also features a keynote address from Vice President Joe Biden.


"Creativity and innovation are the driving forces behind our country's economic growth and momentum," says Microsoft Vice President of Government Affairs Fred Humphries. "According to experts, more than 80 percent of real U.S. output per person over the 20th century was a product of innovation and technological progress. As a leading technology company and researcher, we are committed to addressing how to increase and foster this innovation today."

Additional information on the event can be found on http://www.thecreativityconference.com/ or on Twitter at @Creativity_Con and #CreativityCon. Additional media logistics are forthcoming.

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About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About ABC News
ABC News delivers a big picture understanding of the world to empower and inspire viewers to make confident decisions for themselves and their families. More people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network's news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio, and the Internet. With an average television and radio audience of 180 million people in a given month, ABC News surpasses the competition. More than 2,400 affiliate stations broadcast ABC News Radio's global news coverage. In addition, ABC News NOW is a 24-hour news and information network currently available to 44 million users across cable, broadband, and mobile platforms. NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, provides live and packaged news, sports, and weather reports, as well as footage of news events, to 200 ABC affiliates and more than 30 domestic and international clients.

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Soldier comfortably remained in first place on Monday with $6.22 million. In the process, the 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone yesterday. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 73 percent from Sunday's performance. It should be noted that the marketplace in general took a bit of a hit on Monday from the NCAA Basketball Championship. With a strong four-day start of $101.24 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently running 5 percent ahead of the $96.16 million four-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Paramount's Noah placed in a distant second place with $1.26 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 75 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 60 percent from last Monday. Noah has grossed $73.64 million in eleven days, but has clearly lost a lot of momentum once Captain America: The Winter Soldier entered the marketplace. Noah is currently running 8 percent behind the recent $80.14 million eleven-day gross of 300: Rise of an Empire.

Lionsgate's Divergent claimed third with $0.803 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley fell 74 percent from Sunday and 52 percent from last Monday. Divergent has grossed $114.81 million through 18 days of release. That places the film just 18 percent behind the $139.34 million 18-day start of 2008's Twilight.

God's Not Dead took fourth place with $0.655 million. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 74 percent from Sunday and down a very slim 10 percent from last Monday. With a stronger than expected 18-day take of $33.21 million, God's Not Dead is now on the verge of surpassing the $34.52 million final gross of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the day's top five with $0.505 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film fell 68 percent from Sunday and 27.5 percent from last Monday. The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed $33.70 million in 32 days.

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Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema Auditorium Features Powerful Combination of Auro 11.1 by Barco and Christie's Immersive Line Array Technology

Cypress, Calif. (April 7, 2014) -Christie®, a dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced that Cinemark Theatres has installed the Christie Vive AudioTM cinema sound system in its state-of-the-art Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium at the Cinemark StarCreek 16 in Allen, Texas. The 282-seat premium auditorium, which includes Auro 11.1 by Barco audio platform, features a huge, wall-to-wall screen and plush seating for maximum comfort; and now, Christie's leading-edge immersive line array technology that makes every seat the best seat in the house.

"We applaud Cinemark for adding a critical piece of the cinema experience with the decision to install our Christie Vive Audio solution in their premium XD Auditoriums," said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We believe the performance of our line array speaker technology provides a great audio experience to their XD guests, in every seat."

The innovative Christie Vive Audio system unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Auro 11.1, Dolby® AtmosTM, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. It is comprised of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. Christie Vive Audio speakers featured at the Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium include the Christie LA3 series for screen channels, wall and ceiling surrounds and the Christie S218 subwoofer.

"We are excited to add the Christie Vive Audio solution to our Cinema XD auditorium," said Damian Wardle, SVP Theatres Technology & Presentation at Cinemark. "Offering the ultimate in immersive cinema sound is part of Cinemark's commitment to bringing the highest quality movie-going experience to all our guests."

Phil Hacker, director of Presentation at Cinemark added, "We continue to seek out and bring the latest technology to our guests and the new generation of immersive sound is the differentiating factor. For Cinemark, Christie Vive Audio continues that objective and allows us to take full advantage of powerful immersive technology such as Auro 11.1, to bring our guests a movie-viewing experience that is also unmatched for its audio clarity."

Recognized for their exceptional timbre matching, enhanced voice intelligibility, and low distortion, the Christie Vive Audio speakers' unique line array design increases the optimal-listening area up to four times that of the standard point source systems. The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. The system is ideal for traditional and premium large-format auditoriums, as well as postproduction studios and screening rooms.


For more information on Christie's new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com .

About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 482 theatres with 5,563 screens in 40 U.S. states, Brazil, Argentina and 10 other Latin American countries as of December 31, 2013. For more information go to investors.cinemark.com .

About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and entertainment audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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mpaa.pngWashington, DC - The major U.S. movie studios today filed a lawsuit against Megaupload and its key operators, alleging that the defendants facilitated, encouraged, and profited from massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows before the defendants were indicted on federal criminal charges and Megaupload was shut down.

"When Megaupload.com was shut down in 2012 by U.S. law enforcement, it was by all estimates the largest and most active infringing website targeting creative content in the world," said Steven Fabrizio, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America. "Infringing content on Megaupload.com and its affiliates was available in at least 20 languages, targeting a broad global audience. According to the government's indictment, the site reported more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost U.S. copyright owners more than half a billion dollars."

The lawsuit was filed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Disney Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corporation, Universal City Studios Productions LLLP, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Megaupload Limited, the registered owner of the website; Vester Limited, the majority shareholder of Megaupload Limited; Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor); Mathias Ortmann, the Chief Technical Officer; and Bram van der Kolk, who oversaw programming.

"Megaupload was built on an incentive system that rewarded users for uploading the most popular content to the site, which was almost always stolen movies, TV shows and other commercial entertainment content. It paid users based on how many times the content was downloaded by others - and didn't pay at all until that infringing content was downloaded 10,000 times. Megaupload wasn't a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution," Fabrizio said. "To be clear, if a user uploaded his term paper to store it, he got nothing - and, in fact, unless he was a paying subscriber, Megaupload would delete the paper if it was not downloaded frequently enough. But if that same user uploaded a stolen full-length film that was repeatedly infringed, he was paid for his efforts. That's not a storage facility; that's a business model designed to encourage theft - and make its owners very rich in the process. There's nothing new or innovative about that. That's just a profiteer using existing technology to try to get rich off of someone else's hard work."

Fabrizio noted that the television and movie community is working every day to develop new and innovative ways to watch content online. "Today, it's easier than ever to watch the shows and movies you love where you want them, when you want them. Our industry is committed to giving consumers more choices, and to delivering the high-quality, fast viewing experience that audiences expect and deserve. But Megaupload -- and sites like it that are built on stolen works -- damage the consumer experience online and undermine the creators who don't get compensated for their work."

A copy of the complaint can be found here .

 

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted with $95.02 million this weekend and in the process set a new opening weekend record for the month of April (which was previously held by 2011's Fast Five with $86.2 million). The highly anticipated superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel debuted in line with its lofty pre-release expectations, which tended to range from $85 million to $100 million heading into the weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier delivered the largest opening weekend of 2014 to date, as it easily surpassed the $69.05 million start of The LEGO Movie back in February.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened 11 percent ahead of the $85.74 million start of last year's Thor: The Dark World and an impressive 46 percent ahead of the $65.06 million debut of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. That represented a larger opening weekend percentage increase than the 30.5 percent The Dark World increased over the $65.72 million start of 2011's Thor. It should also be noted that this weekend's start for The Winter Soldier was likely deflated slightly by the semi-finals games of the NCAA Final Four on Saturday.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened with $36.93 million on Friday (with a sizable $10.2 million of that gross coming from late night shows on Thursday), fell an understandable 6 percent on Saturday to gross $34.67 million and declined 32 percent on Sunday to take in $23.43 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.57 to 1. The audience breakdown for The Winter Soldier skewed towards male moviegoers (64 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (57 percent). The film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Today Disney officially announced that it would be releasing Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016. As has been widely discussed, that is also the current release date for Warner's Untitled Superman and Batman Film.

On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected start, Paramount's Noah held up poorer than widely expected this weekend with a second place take of $17.05 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down a sizable 61 percent. Clearly, moviegoers rushed out to see Noah before Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrived on the scene, while mixed word of mouth for Noah among moviegoers also appears to have taken a toll this weekend. With that said, Noah has taken in a very solid $72.39 million in ten days and could still stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Winter Soldier now out of the way. Noah is currently running 8 percent behind the recent $78.41 million ten-day start of 300: Rise of an Empire (which fell 57 percent in its second weekend to gross $19.20 million).

Holding up significantly better was Lionsgate's Divergent, which was down a very respectable 49 percent to place in third with $12.98 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley continues to display relatively strong holding power and has now grossed $114.01 million in 17 days thanks in part to that holding power. Divergent is currently running just 18 percent behind the $138.40 million 17-day start of 2008's Twilight.

God's Not Dead continued to hold up extremely well upon expanding further this weekend with a fourth place take of $7.76 million. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down a very slim 12 percent from last weekend. God's Not Dead continues to cement its standing as one of the biggest surprises of 2014 thus far with a 17-day take of $32.56 million. That already places the film on the verge of surpassing the $34.52 million final gross of 2011's Courageous.

Muppets Most Wanted rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.15 million. The latest Muppets film from Disney was down 46 percent. Muppets Most Wanted surpassed the $40 million mark this weekend and has grossed an underwhelming $42.00 million through 17 days of release.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel followed closely behind in sixth with $6.12 million. Upon expanding into additional locations this weekend, the Wes Anderson directed film fell 28 percent from last weekend. With a 31-day take of $33.196 million, The Grand Budapest Hotel is quickly approaching the $45.51 million final gross of 2012's Moonrise Kingdom.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman placed in seventh with $5.13 million. In the process, the 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend. Mr. Peabody & Sherman has grossed a respectable $102.03 million in 31 days, but is likely to take a significant hit from the release of fellow Fox computer animated film Rio 2 this coming Friday.

On the platform front, A24's Under the Skin was off to a noteworthy start with $133,154 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the sci-fi film starring Scarlett Johansson a promising per-location average of $33,289 for the frame. Under the Skin is scheduled to expand into additional locations this coming Friday.

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