WARNER BROS. PICTURES TO RELEASE "BLENDED" ON MAY 23, 2014, STARRING BARRYMORE AND ADAM SANDLER
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2014) - Drew Barrymore will receive the "CinemaCon® Female Star of the Year Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Barrymore will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 27, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Is there anyone who isn't in love with Drew Barrymore, one of the most captivating and incredibly talented actresses of our time? Her career is simply remarkable and to think the first two directors to take her under their wing at the respective ages of five and seven were Ken Russell and Steven Spielberg, is astonishing," noted Neuhauser. "And now, over three decades later, she continues to showcase her versatility. CinemaCon could not be more honored to present her with this year's 'Female Star of the Year Award.'"
Barrymore will next be seen alongside Adam Sandler in Warner Bros. Pictures' romantic comedy "Blended," in theatres nationwide on May 23, 2014. Marking their third comedy collaboration, Barrymore and Sandler star as single parents, who, after a disastrous blind date, agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. "Blended" also stars Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
Making her film debut at the age of five in "Altered States," Barrymore was catapulted into stardom with her performance in Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." Earning the praise of both critics and audiences for her performances, Barrymore went on to star in such films as "Irreconcilable Differences," "Cat's Eye," "Far From Home," "Boys on the Side," "Scream," "The Wedding Singer," "Home Fries," "Never Been Kissed," "Charlie's Angels," "Riding in Cars with Boys," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "50 First Dates," "He's Just Not That Into You," "Everybody's Fine" and "Going the Distance," to name just a few. She has also lent her voice to the animated features "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," and "Curious George." Her many performances on the small screen include HBO's "Grey Gardens," which earned her a 2010 Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award nomination. She also voices the character Mrs. Lockhart in Seth McFarlane's "Family Guy." Behind the camera Barrymore has seen success as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, which has produced such hits as "He's Just Not That Into You," "Never Been Kissed," "50 First Dates," and the blockbuster "Charlie's Angels" features, which grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide. She is currently executive producing the Esquire Network reality series "Knife Fight." In addition, Barrymore made her feature film directorial debut with the roller derby comedy "Whip It!," in which she also starred, and went on to direct the 2011 short "Our Deal."
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas - all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry's greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 31,450 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 80 countries worldwide. NATO's membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.
Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.
First Australian film to get Dolby Atmos mix down under
San Francisco and Sydney, March 10, 2014-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Odin's Eye Entertainment (OEE) today announced that the critically acclaimed independent survival drama Canopy will be mixed and released in the Dolby Atmos cinema sound platform.
Dolby Atmos® unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre with object-based audio to create a lifelike, virtual reality of sound.
"Dolby Atmos opens up another dimension in sound that is incredibly exciting and creative. It gives me the opportunity to enhance the world my characters live in on screen and delivers to the audience an amazing experience. There is also the ability to embellish theme, character, and story with a powerful sonic experience only Dolby Atmos can provide," said Aaron Wilson, writer and director of Canopy.
The Dolby Atmos mix, to be produced by Melbourne-based Soundfirm, will be the first local feature mixed in Australia. Soundfirm's new studio has been designed from the ground up with the latest tools, technology, and equipment to support the needs of content creators who aim to create state-of-the-art audio experiences for moviegoers with the help of Dolby Atmos technology. Rerecording mixers Chris Goodes (Soundfirm) and Doron Kipen (Music and Effects) will create the Dolby Atmos version of Canopy.
"Canopy is the perfect film to highlight the sound capabilities of Dolby Atmos and is a wonderful example of how object-based sound can play an integral role in independent filmmaking," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories.
Michael Favelle, the founder of OEE, commented, "Dolby Atmos is an incredible leap forward in cinema sound, and I am certain it will take Canopy to a new level of immersive storytelling."
Canopy will be available in select Dolby Atmos equipped theatres worldwide, with theatrical releases confirmed in Australia (April 24, 2014), North America, and the United Kingdom, with additional release dates and territories to be announced. Produced by Finer Films and Chuan Pictures, Canopy debuted as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and has since wowed audiences at major festivals including Busan, Abu Dhabi (Competition), and Rotterdam.
To find a Dolby Atmos equipped theatre and showtime, please visit www.fandango.com/dolby. In addition, movie patrons who would like to experience Canopy in Dolby Atmos can visit iwantdolbyatmos.dolby.com or check with their local cinema for select showtimes when tickets become available.
About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Laboratories is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology, the only object-based cinema sound platform available today. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever.
Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, seven Academy Award® winning directors, and 16 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 450 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 40 countries with more than 150 exhibitors. More than 100 films from 12 different countries-representing a broad range of genres from action thrillers and animated features to comedy and horror-have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.
Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society. As the inventors of the only object-based audio format used in the cinema today, Dolby is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in driving adoption of standards for object-based audio.
For the latest list of Dolby Atmos titles, visit dolby.com/atmosmovies. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.
Transcending language and culture, Canopy is a cinematic tour de force exploring the collision of war, nature and its impact on humanity. Director-writer Aaron Wilson's thrilling, breathtaking film marks the debut of an exciting new voice in Australian cinema.
Produced by Finer Films and Chuan Pictures as an Australia/Singaporean co-production, Canopy was filmed almost entirely in Singapore as well as the director's hometown, Tocumwal, in New South Wales, Australia.
For more information, visit canopythefilm.com.
About Odin's Eye Entertainment
Established in 2006, Odin's Eye Entertainment (OEE) is a vertically integrated sales, production, and distribution company. As a sales agent, OEE represents film, television, and cross-platform media content worldwide.
About Finer Films
Finer Films is a Victorian film production company established in 2007 to create quality filmed content for the cinema, television, and digital platforms. The company has won many awards for TV commercials, short films, corporate content, and recently for their first feature-length drama, Canopy.
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and meaningful in Dolby. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.
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Premium Cinema Offering to Reach 100th Theatre, to be Announced at Convention, Bringing Sophisticated Experience to Moviegoers
Seoul, Korea (March 11, 2014) - CJ 4DPlex , the world's first 4D cinema company for feature films, announced today that it will be bringing the next generation of its 4DX technology to CinemaCon. Taking place March 24-27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, CinemaCon is the largest and most important gathering of movie theatre owners from around the world. The convention will serve as a showcase for the 4D effect cinema solution, which will be on display in a mini-theatre at Booth #2003A in the Augustus Ballroom.
Since debuting with a 4D screening of Avatar in 2010, more than 14,000 4DX seats are now operating in 91 theatres in 23 countries - opening on approximately one new screen every two weeks as theatres recognize the power of being able to offer a wider range of formats and experiences to moviegoers. In fact, in 2013 alone, 4DX was installed for the first time in 14 countries - Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela - with 47 new screens compared with 13 openings in 2012.
At CinemaCon, CJ 4DPlex will announce additional expansions, including the 100th theatre to incorporate the absolute cinema experience. Additionally, visitors to the CinemaCon booth will experience a demonstration of the next generation 4DX motion chair, which includes the following features:
· Upgraded, more realistic motion effect including natural chair movement.
· An upgraded water effect system that simulates rain from above;
· The ability to switch the water on or off; and
· LED lights on the foot rest for increased safety.
"We are incredibly proud of how quickly 4DX has been adopted, particularly over the past 12-18 months, and are looking forward to showcasing this state of the art technology to additional exhibitors looking to build premium cinema experiences in the United States, as we look to aggressively expand in 2014," said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPlex. "Not only are we committed to improving the experience and 4D effects featured in theatres, but also to working with the studios to bring the world's best films to theatres equipped with 4DX. This has proven to be valuable to theatres and fans alike - with fandom being developed in different markets, leading to unique events that generated incredible social media attention and word of mouth buzz for the theatres. These included costume parties held in Europe and Asia for Pacific Rim and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug."
Exciting all five human senses with motion, wind, strobe, fog, vibration, mist, rain and even scent-based special effects that go far beyond 3D, 4DX offers a complete visual, aural, olfactory and tactile experience to the latest blockbusters, and lends itself perfectly to high-action movies.
The top film that took advantage of 4DX in 2013 was Frozen, which saw an occupancy rate 15 to 30 percent higher than 2D and 3D showings in the countries in which 4DX was available (Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Korea, Peru and Russia). In fact, 4DX showings of Frozen in Korea had a 61 percent occupancy rate, compared with 44 percent for 2D and 41 percent for 3D.
The other top-10 performing 4DX movies in 2013 were among the most popular films in the world: Frozen (total attendance: 550,000), Gravity (531,000), Iron Man 3 (390,000), Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Pacific Rim, Fast and Furious 6, Man of Steel, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World and Despicable Me 2.
Also noteworthy were several alternative programming events that leveraged the 4DX immersive experience, including a Mayday Live Concert in China and Taiwan (over 90 percent occupancy) and K-pop star G-Dragon's concert shown in Indonesia (80 percent occupancy in opening weekend). In the wake of these events and the screenings of major blockbusters, fan engagement on social media has shown a marked increase solidifying 4DX as a worthwhile premium cinema experience and triggering curiosity around the world.
About 4DX CJ 4DPlex
CJ 4DPlex is the world's first 4D cinema company for feature films. Headquartered in Seoul and with international offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, the company provides 4DX cinema systems for exhibition partners along with 4DX codes of major Hollywood titles. Each auditorium incorporates motion-based seating synchronized with over 20 different effects and optimized by a team of skilled editors, maximizing the feeling of immersion within the movie. A visit to the 4DX brings a virtual journey through an all-encompassing experience not limited to just audio and video. 4DX presents an all-five-senses immersive cinematic experience allowing everyone to connect with the movie and experience special effects through motion, wind, fog, lighting, and scents that enhance the visuals on-screen. Since 2010, more than 100 Hollywood titles were showed with 4DX. As of today, there are more than 14,000 4DX seats across 91 sites in 23 countries. For more information, please visit: Homepage: www.cj4dx.com / Facebook: www.facebook.com/4dplex
SUNDAY: The 300 franchise enjoyed a great weekend overseas with the release of 300: Rise of an Empire in 58 markets. The film took a commanding $87.8 million debut since its initial mid-week roll-out with nearly 12.1 million admissions on 14,478 screens, tracking ahead of its predecessor by 10%.
The film posted a healthy haul from IMAX screens, setting a new March record with $5.2 million from 179 screens. The previous record holder in March was John Carter, with a figure under $4 million. Top overseas IMAX performers include the Netherlands ($63k per-screen average), France ($55k PSA), and South Korea ($43k). The film will finish the weekend with a $12 million IMAX global cume, the second best result for a March results behind Alice in Wonderland.
Russia leads new openers with a $9.2 million bow from 1,441 screens, finishing as the top film at the box office with a dominant 45% market share.
France enjoyed a $7.2 million debut with 681k admissions from 454 screens (including previews) and registered the top per-screen average in one of the world’s most diverse and competitive markets.
Rise of an Empire claimed first place in South Korea with a $6.5 million debut from 720 screens.
300 Rise of an Empire opened to $5.8 million (including previews) from 795 screens in Brazil, becoming the industry’s biggest March opening of all time in the country. It also marks the fourth highest 16-rated opener for Warner Bros. in Brazil.
Mexico took off with $5.5 million from 2,047 screens.
Germany enjoyed a $5.3 million debut from 582 screens (including previews), claiming 44% of the top 5 market share.
The United Kingdom posted a first place finish with $4.8 million from 955 screens, also taking 44% of the top 5 market share.
Spain responded with a #1 finish after grossing $3.7 million from 611 screens and capturing 54% of the top 5 market share.
Italy opened in first place with $3.4 million from 471 screens.
300 Rise of an Empire took a robust $3 million opening from 894 screens in India, the third biggest opener of all time for Warner Bros. in the market and the fourth biggest debut for an MPA film.
Australia brought in $2.8 million from 467 screens, finishing the weekend in first place.
The film posted the second biggest opening of all-time for an 18-rated Warner Bros. film in the United Arab Emirates after collecting $1.4 million from 61 screens, garnering 65% of the top 5 market share.
300: Rise of an Empire finished its day=and-date global debut with $132.8 million. The film will open in Japan on June 20.
SATURDAY UPDATE: 300: Rise of an Empire crossed the $50 million mark worldwide heading into Saturday. The franchise seems to be reignited with strong global interest after crossing the $30 million mark overseas from Wednesday-Friday grosses. The film enters Saturday with a $32.8 million cumulative overseas total and a $17.7 million cume from North America.
Friday was a great day for the film as it expanded to 25 overseas market. Friday overseas grosses amounted to $20.2 million from 14,400 screens across 58 markets.
Overseas Highlights - Friday:
United Kingdom: $1.6M / 955 Screens / 44% Top 5 market share
Russia: $1.5M / 1,441 Screens / $2.8M Market Cume
South Korea: $1.46M / 900 Screens / $2.1M Market Cume
Mexico: $1.4M / 1,780 Sceens / 63% Top 5 market share / 3rd biggest March opening of all-time
Brazil: $1.3M / 795 Screens / 56% Top 5 market share
Germany: $1.25M / 582 Screens / 46% Top 5 market share / $2.6M Market Cume
Spain: $1.1M / 611 Screens / 67% Top 5 market share
France: $1.07M / 454 Screens / $4M Market Cume
Australia: $626k / 467 Screens / $1.2M Market Cume
Italy: $600k / 471 Screens / $1.1M Market Cume
Taiwan: $400k / 170 Screens
Greece: $322k / 167 Screens / 92% Top 5 market share / $693k Market Cume
FRIDAY UPDATE: 300: Rise of an Empire hit the ground running overseas. The action film has grossed a total of $12.1 million from 32 markets after only two days in release, including a strong $9.5 million Thursday haul from a total of 1,083 screens. The film occupies the top spot in 29 of its current markets. 300: Rise of an Empire expanded to 25 additional markets on Friday, including the UK, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.
Germany took a $1.4 million opening day from Thursday, claiming first place from 592 screens and 50% of the share among the market's top 5 releases despite an 18-rating.
Russia enjoyed a $1.3m bow on 1,441 screens, dominating the market with a first place finish and 73% share of the top 5 films.
France added $1.15 million in its second day, a 16% dip from its Wednesday debut, to reach a $3 million total in its first two days on the market.
South Korea claimed the top spot with $918k from 651 screens.
Australia posted a $534k bow on 466 screens, taking #1 with 58% of the top 5 market share.
Italy opened to $508k on 471 screens, finishing first with 45% of the top 5 market share.
Greece took $371k from its opening in 166 screens, posting the biggest opening day in the market in nearly 3 years.
Singapore posted the biggest opening day for a film with an M18 rating, grossing $203k in its debut.
The UAE grossed $486k from 40 screens, marking the second biggest WB opening of all-time and the biggest for an 18 film.
The film became the biggest WB opening of all time in Lebanon with an $80k bow.