LOS ANGELES - Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, stars of the upcoming film Beastly will receive the ShoWest 2010 Female and Male Star of Tomorrow Awards, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event, which will be held March 15-18, in Las Vegas. Hudgens and Pettyfer will be presented with the ShoWest Stars of Tomorrow Awards at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"We are delighted to be able to present two outstanding young talents with this year's Female and Male Star of Tomorrow Awards," said Sunshine. "ShoWest has had much experience honoring talent from a wide range of backgrounds and this certainly is no exception. We are very pleased to honor co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer with the 2010 ShoWest Star of Tomorrow Awards."

Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star in Beastly an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. CBS Films will release the film in July 2010.

Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is 17 and has it all - he's hot, popular, rich and gets whatever he wants... but he also has a vicious cruel side, fueled by his obsession with the 'in crowd' and his contempt for those who don't fit in. He finally targets the wrong person: Goth girl classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) who seeks revenge in the form of a spell that physically transforms him into someone unrecognizable - and horribly unattractive. The only way to reverse the curse is to find someone who will love him in his new form - a task he doesn't think possible. His only chance may rest in whether he can see beyond his superficial ways and find true love with an unassuming classmate (Vanessa Hudgens) who values everything he isn't. "Beastly" also stars Peter Krause (Parenthood), Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Soloist) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother). The film was written and directed by Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland), which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name. Susan Cartsonis (No Reservations, What Women Want) is producing through her company, Storefront Pictures, with Roz Weisberg co-producing.

Vanessa Hudgens began her career in musical theater at the age of eight with early roles in productions such as Evita, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella. She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen. Hudgens also co-starred in Thunderbirds. She is best known, however, for her breakaway role in High School Musical as Gabrielle Montez, the sweet girl torn between an attraction for basketball jock Troy Bolton and the school musical auditions. Hudgens was also seen in follow ups High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Hudgens starred last year in Bandslam and recently wrapped production on Zack Snyder's highly anticipated film Sucker Punch.

Alex Pettyfer, a popular London actor and model, began his acting career by playing Willy Wonka in a school production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. He first appeared on television in 2005 in the critically acclaimed UK mini-series Tom Brown's Schooldays, where he starred as the title character; this led to his next role as Alex Rider in Stormbreaker.

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Total tweets for February 12th Openers

upcoming021210.jpgPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief continued its assault with another impressive tally of 3,732. With close to 7,000 tweets through Tuesday 15,000 will be no problem here for the film. By comparison, Where The Wild Things Are had 4,363 after its Tuesday before release. Things are definitely continuing to look very rosy here and high single digit millions for Friday appear to be in store.

Valentine's Day surged on Tuesday with 3,442 tweets, up a massive 54% from Monday's 2,234 tweets. In terms of comparisons, Dear John had 3,178 tweets on its Tuesday before release which was right in line with the jump here. Still on course for low double digits on Friday, but I'll bump my early estimates slightly to $12.5 million after this strong showing on Tuesday.

Not to be left out, The Wolfman came in with another strong showing of 1,346 tweets on Tuesday. In terms of comparisons, Law Abiding Citizen had 697 tweets its Tuesday before release, and Sherlock Holmes had 1,701. Nothing so far to make me go back on my initial thoughts of high single digits for Friday. This is going to be one explosive weekend at the Box Office.

Check back tomorrow to see the Wednesday numbers and more comparisons. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets020510.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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Total tweets for February 12th Openers

upcoming021210.jpgPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief really exploded on Monday with a whopping 3,124 tweets. That is simply massive, and blew Dear John out of the water as the 4th biggest Monday since last September after New Moon, Avatar and Where the Wild Things Are. I actually think Wild Things might be a great comparison here, it got 3,321 tweets on its first Monday on its way to 20,684 for the full week. Percy Jackson should not draw as many for midnight showings which will give it a weaker Thursday and should put it in line for a ~15,000 tweet week. There definitely is a lot of buzz out there for the film, but some of the noise is also coming from fans of the books sounding off about the film and their thoughts, not necessarily that they are going to be seeing it (similar to Where The Wild Things Are). As such I'm going to revise my ratio estimate way up to be ~1,750 which is more in line with Wild Things' 1,724. As of right now a $7 million Friday seems to be in the works.

Valentine's Day also had a very strong showing on Monday with 2,234 tweets. Not as large as Percy Jackson but considering the expected lower ratio it should translate to a much larger weekend. In terms of comparisons, Dear John had 2,103 tweets on its Monday before release and that might prove to be the best comparison here. The ratio should be in line with that if not slightly lower here since I'd expect the film to skew to older audiences. Expect a 10,000 - 12,000 tweets week here for Valentine's Day which should afford it a $12 million+ opening day. Looking very rosy for its potential.

Lastly, not to be left out in the cold, The Wolfman also had a very strong debut with 969 tweets. This too is very impressive for the film and points to a full week tally in the region of 6,500+. Continuing with the comparisons I drew yesterday, Law Abiding Citizen had 623 tweets its Monday before release, and Sherlock Holmes had 1,675. One cautionary warning about Sherlock Holmes comparisons is that during the Christmas week tweet levels were severely suppressed which showed in the ratios for the films. In other words Holmes would have received a lot more tweets had it not been for the holiday period, just how much more is purely speculation but I'd venture to say at least double. Bringing it back here for Wolfman , it would appear as though it could be in line for a $7 - $8 million Friday.

Check back tomorrow to see the Tuesday numbers and more comparisons. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets020510.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - On Sunday, January 24th, London's O2 arena hosted the biggest screening and sing-along ever of the hit film, Mamma Mia! A giant 108-foot Harkness Matt Plus screen was specially built in order to allow the some 8,000 fans in attendance to see their favourite movie in all its glory.

"This unique event required us to use a huge custom built projection surface capable of providing the large audience with a great view anywhere in the arena," says Andy Peat, director of Andy Peat Associates. "We presented this challenge to Harkness Screens and like they have done many times in the past, provided us with a solution that worked out great."

According to Peat, "We decided to use a Harkness Matt Plus screen because we were using three Christie CP2000XB projectors (provided by Motion Picture Solutions) that were overlapping each other and we didn't want too much gain. In addition, since this was a large arena and not a standard cinema, we had to take into account the audience sitting all around the venue."

Harkness Matt Plus screens are considered by leading cinema exhibitors worldwide to be the best matt white projection surface. The flexible PVC-based material is manufactured to a unique formulation and specification providing wide viewing angles, high contrast, bright pictures and excellent colour temperature.

Dressed to impress and ready to join thousands of other fans in belting out classic ABBA hits, the crowd was treated to a unique performance by the entire London cast of the hit stage show before the screening of the movie.

Harkness did a great job" adds Peat. "Its 108-foot custom Matt Plus screen helped ensure that the audience had an experience they will not soon forget."

 

 

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This upcoming weekend we have three new wide release openers in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Valentine's Day and The Wolfman. The Box Office should be on fire with these three high profile releases, and the still strong Avatar and Dear John to contend with. Records might be in store.

upcoming021210.jpgPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was monstrous last week with 4,803 tweets referencing it. That's the 4th highest since last September after New Moon, Avatar and a film I'll soon discuss. Fans of the book are eating up the trailers and promotions and will no doubt drive its ratio up come Friday. Perhaps its best comparison will be The Vampire's Assistant, which got 938 tweets its pre-release week and a Friday ratio of 974. I'd say a 1,000 ratio here might also be in store and ~$25 million for its opening frame based on these early numbers.

Valentine's Day also zoomed last week with a whopping 5,037 tweets. It was the film I mentioned above that was #3 since September in terms of pre-week buzz. It should play nicely to younger and older audiences and a ratio in the region of Dear John's 884 should be in store. Dear John managed 2,599 tweets its pre-release week which means big things are in store here. These early numbers point to a ~$40 million weekend with upside.

Lastly, The Wolfman had 1,429 tweets last week. It is aiming for a much older male audience and as such will have trouble keeping up tweet-wise to the other two films. Given its target market it will no doubt be looking at a 600-800 ratio for its opening Friday. Law Abiding Citizen managed 902 tweets during the same week before release, and Sherlock Holmes raked in 3,383. My early money would be on a low $20s opening frame.

Check back Monday night for analysis of the Monday tweet totals. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets020510.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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