20TH CENTURY FOX TO RELEASE "THE FAULT IN OUR STARS" ON JUNE 6, 2014
WASHINGTON D.C. (February 11, 2014) - Shailene Woodley will receive the "CinemaCon® Female Star of Tomorrow 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. Woodley 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.
"With an award winning and awe inspiring performance opposite George Clooney in ‘The Descendants,' already under her belt Shailene Woodley has already proven that she is a rising star to watch in Hollywood," noted Neuhauser. "With upcoming starring roles in 20th Century Fox's ‘The Fault In Our Stars," as well as Summit Entertainment's "Divergent" series Woodley will be one young star to be reckoned with and we could not be more pleased to honor her with the ‘CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award.'"
"The Fault In Our Stars," in theaters everywhere June 6, 2014 is about Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort), two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. "The Fault In Our Stars," based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. The film also stars Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe. For more information on "The Fault In Our Stars," visit fb.com/FaultinourStarsMovie or twitter.com/TheFaultMovie.
Woodley's feature film debut in "The Descendants" earned her many accolades including a 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress along with a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award nomination. Most recently Woodley was seen in the critically acclaimed film "The Spectacular Now," which she is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her work, along with the Gregg Araki directed "White Bird In A Blizzard." She can also be seen next month in Summit Entertainment's "Divergent."
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 78 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.
Sweepstakes in celebration of the new film "RoboCop"
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2014-- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures that any Regal Crown Club member who purchases a ticket to "RoboCop" is entered for a chance to win their very own drone aircraft. The high-tech drone also comes with a camera, batteries, storage/shipping case and a Sony tablet. "RoboCop" opens in theatres nationwide on February 12.
"Just as OmniCorp maintains its role as the center of robot and drone technology in the year 2028 in the film ‘RoboCop,' Regal wanted to provide its most loyal fans a chance to win an innovative and cutting-edge drone of their very own," said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Fans of this film are sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind prize."
Regal Crown Club members can win their very own drone aircraft by swiping their card when purchasing tickets to "RoboCop" through February 27. The unmanned autonomous vehicle has a wingspan of over three feet. It is designed and built by Lehmann Aviation and is capable of flight for up to 3 km on a single battery charge. No piloting background is necessary as the user needs to only connect the battery and set up their flight plan on the provided Sony tablet. The drone receives the flight plan directly across Wi-Fi, and all that's left is to hand-launch the aircraft and wait for its return flight. While the aircraft only weighs about two pounds, it is very rugged. It's constructed of foam and carbon fiber and can operate in diverse climate conditions: from -13 degrees to 140 degrees and in wind speeds of up to 20 mph. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. For further information including complete rules, visit: REGmovies.com/Crown-Club/Sweepstakes
"Regal prides itself on offering memorable, unique experiences inside the theatre, and this ‘RoboCop' sweepstakes creates an opportunity for our guests to take the experience of the film home with them," said Dave Doyle, chief information officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal is proud to embrace innovative technologies across our industry, and we are excited about this prize."
In "RoboCop," the year is 2028 and OmniCorp - the world's leader in robot technology - sees a golden opportunity to reap billions for its company. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing - no matter the cost to Alex - to make sure the program succeeds. But OmniCorp never counted on one thing: there is still a man fighting inside the machine. The film is directed by José Padilha, written by Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner, and produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman.
Becoming a Regal Crown Club member is easy. Guests can join by picking up a card at any of their local Edwards, United Artists or Regal Cinemas. Regal fans can access the Regal Crown Club by their card or mobile device with easy access on the go through the Regal Movies App. Users can program their favorite theatre, gather movie information, select showtimes and purchase tickets. Regal Crown Club is the number one theatre loyalty program in the country, allowing patrons to accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. Free membership is available at the theatre or online. Moviegoers can also stay connected through Regal Cinemas' Facebook page and Twitter account, @RegalMovies.
For more information about "RoboCop," please visit RoboCop.com and join the conversation on social media using #RoboCop.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is celebrating 90 years as a leader in the entertainment business and as an innovator in the industry. Today, MGM is an entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.
About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,406 screens in 581 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of January 23, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.
CineEurope and UNIC are pleased to announce that José 'Pepe' Batlle, former CEO of CINESA in Spain and COO for Continental Europe, ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group will be the recipient of the UNIC Achievement Award at this year's convention.
This honour will be bestowed during the Opening Ceremony on Monday, 16 June at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB), in Barcelona, Spain.
The UNIC Achievement Award is given each year to an outstanding person for his or her dedication and service to European cinema exhibition.
Commenting on the Award, UNIC President Phil Clapp said:
"We are extremely proud to be able to present this year's UNIC Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to European cinema exhibition to Pepe Batlle. Pepe has significantly shaped our industry over the past three decades, contributing to the development of incredible theatres all over Europe. He has also been an enthusiastic and committed supporter of UNIC and our ambition to bring CineEurope to his home town, Barcelona. Pepe's celebration of cinema-going - and of life in general - and his ability to embrace the local as well as the international dimensions of our business, have all helped make him such a great cinema exhibitor."
"We are so pleased that Jose 'Pepe' Batlle is receiving the UNIC Achievement Award at CineEurope this year. Pepe has been a great supporter of this convention and was the person most responsible for helping us bring CineEurope to Barcelona. Pepe has an uncanny ability to make things happen and did so at so many levels over the past two years in Spain. His commitment and love of the motion picture industry is evident in everything he does and he has earned the respect and esteem of all those who have interacted with him during his 27 years in the industry. We salute this great individual on being recognised by UNIC for his contributions to their organisation." stated Robert Sunshine, Managing Director of CineEurope.
Past awardees include: Lene Løken, Managing director of Film & Kino Norway, Jean Labé, former President of the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Francais (FNCF) and Ad Weststrate, former President of UNIC itself.
After completing an MBA in the US, Pepe Batlle started working in the consumer electronic business and moved to the cinema exhibition industry 27 years ago to work for the Forman family. His career led him to work with multinational groups including Paramount and Universal as well as with Terra Firma, current owners of the ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group. In 1995, Pepe was promoted Senior Vice President Southern Europe and Brazil. In 2004, he was appointed COO for Continental Europe at the ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group. During his time in the cinema sector, Pepe Batlle helped establish more than 1000 cinema screens across five European countries and Brazil. He has been involved in the acquisition of 10 companies and was responsible for more than 3,000 employees whilst transforming the ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group into the largest operator in Europe.
NEW YORK - It was announced today that Joseph Masher, COO, Bow Tie Cinemas, has been named the new president of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) of NY. Masher replaces Doug Oines, former executive with Clearview Cinemas, who served a number of terms as the head of the association.
Joe started his theatrical career running 35mm projectors at age 11 at a summer camp theater. At age 14, he started working for what would eventually become Loews Theaters Mohawk Mall, Schenectady, NY, selling tickets, popcorn, and running the projection booth on weekends. Working his way up the ladder, he was appointed Assistant Manager then given the General Manager position of what was then a busy single-screen theater in Latham, NY. When that theater closed in 1990, he was promoted to City Manager in Binghamton, NY, responsible for seven "hardtops" and one "drive-in" theater. In 1993, he opened the successful Loews Town Square in Vestal, NY, then one year after that was given charge of what would be the busiest movie theater in the world, the Sony Lincoln Square and IMAX® Theater in Manhattan, which he ran for the first five years of its life. In 1999, he was again charged with opening what would be Loews largest theater in Manhattan, the Kips Bay 15.
Opportunity knocked in 2000, and Joe was hired to be the North Jersey Division Manager for Clearview Cinemas, and was soon given additional responsibility with Westchester and Rockland Counties in NY, and in Greenwich, CT as well.
Four years later, Joe came on board with Bow Tie Cinemas as General Manager of the company, which had two locations at that time. The company soon acquired 12 more theaters, and Joe's title was changed to his current one of Chief Operating Officer. Bow Tie Cinemas has grown from those two locations to its current 58, including Manhattan flagships at Chelsea Cinemas and the world famous Ziegfeld Theater. Joe is now responsible for overseeing the entire operation of the company and its 1,600 employees.
In addition to his long career in the theater business, in 2011 Joe purchased the assets of a vinyl record shop and reopened it online as Duke's Records, a successful mail-order record store. An avid theatre architecture buff, Joe has been on the Board of Directors of the Theatre Historical Society of America (www.historictheatres.org) for many years, and has been a member of that organization since 2004. Joe also spearheads Bow Tie Cinemas' annual campaign for Variety-The Children's Charity of NY, and leads his company to be that organization's largest theatrical donor every year.
NATO of NY is a cinema exhibitor trade organization representing movie theatres across New York State. It is a watchdog to protect the interests of movie theatres by helping to influence state and city policy on issues affecting the motion picture industry in New York. Membership includes the largest cinema chains in New York including Bow Tie Cinemas, AMC, Regal, National Amusements, and Cinemark, as well as smaller independent theatres.