Los Angeles -- The popular vampire love story, Twilight, has been selected by 78% of participating moviegoers as the top film of 2008, as part of the polling for the first annual Fandango Fan Choice Award. The new award will be presented to the studio that produced Twilight (Summit Entertainment) at ShoWest, the world's largest theatrical convention, on the night of April 2 in Las Vegas.

During the Hollywood awards season (February 9 - February 27, 2009), over 69,000 film fans voted online for their favorite film at www.fandango.com/awardswatch. Moviegoers were asked to pick their favorite film from a list of 2008's top ten domestic box office hits (which included The Dark Knight, Iron Man and WALL-E).

Although it was not the top-grossing film of 2008 (that honor goes to The Dark Knight), Twilight ended up receiving more fan votes than any other title and went on to win the Fandango Fan Choice Award. According to a recent Fandango survey, New Moon, the Twilight sequel set for release on November 20, is among 2009's most anticipated movies.

"Twilight clearly struck a chord with mainstream moviegoers," says Ted Hong, Chief Marketing Officer for Fandango. "Although it was overlooked by the Academy and the top critics' groups for nominations in 2008,Twilight has a remarkable online fan base, which was obviously instrumental in helping it win the Fandango Fan Choice Award. The franchise's huge following shows no signs of abating."

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Burbank, California - As part of its on-going product improvement effort, GDC Technology ("GDC") is pleased to announce that it has added Closed Captioning capabilities to its SA-2100 family of digital cinema servers. This will benefit cinema patrons who are hearing impaired as they can now read the captions individually (using specially designed equipment available on individual seats) while watching the movie at the same time.

Unlike open captioning where text is permanently visible which can be intrusive to the viewing audience, closed captioning allows individual caption-reading. This means others seated alongside do not watch, or even see, the captions. GDC has adopted the WGBH Rear Window Captioning System to display the caption. The adopted system is in full compliance of SMPTE 428-10 and SMPTE 429-12 standards. All GDC SA-2100 servers now accept digital content in the form of Digital Cinema Packages which include closed captions.

In a recent letter sent to studios and equipment suppliers, President and CEO of the National Association of Theatres Owners (NATO), John Fithian had this to say with regard to Closed Captions for the audibly impaired: "To enable closed captions in digital cinema, NATO is working inside SMPTE to produce a uniform standard distribution format for digital cinema captions. In addition, NATO is working towards a standard interface for the digital cinema player so that 3rd party closed caption system can simply plug in without modification. The goal is to incorporate these new standards in digital cinema systems by early 2009, along with the DCI-mandated improvements currently scheduled."

"GDC is among the earliest few digital cinema server companies to introduce Closed Caption capabilities to its range of servers," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC respects The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities (hearing impaired included) in public accommodations such as movie theatres. We are proud of our efforts to bring the magic of digital movies to all patrons."

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LOS ANGELES - Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Day Luncheon for ShoWest 2009 on Monday, March 30. The announcement was made today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director ShoWest, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas. Gianopulos will speak about the state of the global film industry, the impact of new technologies, and the future of theatrical exhibition.

"We could not be more excited to open the 35th anniversary of ShoWest with such an exciting and important keynote address," noted Neuhauser. "Jim Gianopulos is sure to provide attendees with an informative and enthusiastic look at the global movie marketplace and we are thrilled to have him address the nation's exhibition community at the ShoWest 2009 opening day luncheon ‘ShoWest Goes Global.'"

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LOS ANGELES -The female ensemble cast of Summit Entertainment's Sorority Row, will jointly receive the ShoWest 2009 Female Star of Tomorrow Award, it was announced by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, and Margo Harshman will be presented with the ShoWest Female Stars of Tomorrow Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Yes, this is certainly a first, in being able to honor not one, but an ensemble group of six extremely talented and promising young actresses as our Female Star, or should we say, Female Stars of Tomorrow.", said Neuhauser. "ShoWest has had a longstanding tradition of honoring stars in this category and we couldn't be more excited than to be able to bring to the forefront of the industry, the vibrant and exciting breakout stars of the upcoming film Sorority Row, Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, and Margo Harshman, by honoring them as the 2009 ShoWest Female Stars of Tomorrow."

Releasing on October 2, 2009, Sorority Row tells the story of when five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank that went horribly wrong, they all agree to keep the matter to themselves and to never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five girls and anyone who knows their secret. Sorority Row stars Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, and Margo Harshman. The film was directed by Stewart Hendler and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger and is based on the original screenplay entitled Seven Sisters by Mark Rosman which was developed into the classic 1983 horror film The House on Sorority Row.

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New York, NY - Screenvision has partnered with waggingtail entertainment (Bryan Bantry in association with Eric Hanson and Michael S. Rosenberg) to present STAND-UP 360 in theatres nationwide beginning in May 2009. STAND-UP 360 will be delivering a series of feature-length, stand-up comedy films, which offer seven distinct feature presentations with comedian Caroline Rhea as the lead host of the recorded-live films, to Screenvision's Programming Network division.

Screenvision's Programming Network will make the comedy series available through its exhibitor partners across the country with coverage in all of the top 10 DMAs.

STAND-UP 360 presents top names from headliners to break-out stars capturing the unmistakable energy of a live New York comedy show in an unparalleled experience. Serving up a new style of entertainment at the movies, Screenvision offers major bang for the buck; it would take months of repeated visits to a variety of comedy venues to experience the caliber and range of talent assembled by STAND-UP 360 for each part of this series.

"Screenvision is committed to using its digital network to deliver quality entertainment to movie theatres nationwide. From documentaries, to concerts, to live sports and now stand-up comedy we are creating a full spectrum of alternatives to compliment the biggest draw of all, the feature-length movie," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations for Screenvision. "STAND-UP 360 will bring top-draw comedy stars to theatre audiences on a national level and we look forward to working with waggingtail and our exhibitor partners to promote it."

The Screenvision Programming Network 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, MSNBC's coverage of President Obama's Inauguration, and most recently Stevie Wonder's "Live at Last" concert are examples of previous successes.

"New York comedy clubs are to stand-up comedy what Broadway is to theater - the place to see the absolute best performers," says producer Bryan Bantry, waggingtail entertainment. "Now, we can deliver the experience of a New York club closer to home, at a great price. Seeing live comedy is about who's at the mic and the energy of the crowd. Showcasing our comedy series in theatres generates the same dynamic and exciting experience of a live show. With the state of the economy and discouraging headlines all around us -- we need a laugh, now more than ever. STAND-UP 360 is designed to be fun, inexpensive and unmatched in terms of its entertainment value."

Hosted by Caroline Rhea, STAND-UP 360 series will debut four original films with two special features, STAND-UP 360: Muy Caliente and STAND-UP 360: Inside Out. Muy Caliente will be devoted to Hispanic comics such as Angelo Lozada, Cristela Alonzo, Sara Contreras and hosted by rising star Erik Rivera. Inside Out will headline popular LGBT comics and friends including Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Frank DeCaro and Jaffe Cohen. Filled with laughs and never-before-seen footage, each series delivers thought-provoking performances.

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