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November 19 Update: Warner Bros. is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I made $24 million from midnight and early morning shows at 3,700 locations.

While that's far from Eclipse's record of just over $30 million, it does top the $22.2 million midnight haul of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Deathly Hallows: Part I did set a new midnight record for an IMAX release with $1.4 million, topping the $1 million haul of Eclipse.

November 18 Update #2
: Fandango.com is reporting that Deathy Hallows: Part I now ranks #3 on their all-time advance seller list. It is also is the strongest advance seller of the Potter franchise.

The site is also reporting more than 3,000 sold-out shows.

November 18 Update:
Fandango.com is reporting more than 2,500 sold-out shows, while MovieTickets.com has more than 2,200. Deathly Hallows: Part I shot past Half-Blood Prince on MovieTickets to take over the #4 spot on the site's all-time advanced sellers list. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, New Moon and Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith occupy the top three spots.

November 17 Update #2:
Deadline.com is reporting that HP7: Part I will play at a record-breaking 3,700 locations at midnight, 239 IMAX locations (another record) and it has already generated $25 million in advanced ticket sales.

Fandango.com has tallied more than 2,200 sold-out shows.

November 17 Update:
MovieTickets.com is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I currently ranks in fifth place on their all-time advance ticket seller list. It's not far behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at #4. The ticketing site is also reporting more than 1,900 sold-out shows, 160 of which are in New York and Los Angeles.

November 16 Update:
Fandango.com is now reporting more than 2,000 sold-out shows. More stats from a poll of Fandango users:

• 84% plan to watch previous Harry Potter movies this week to prepare for Deathy Hallows: Part I
• 82% have read all of the Potter books
• 81% have seen all the Potter movies on the big screen;
• 45% are pleased that filmmakers delayed a 3D version of Part I until they could get it right (while 51% claim the 3D process wouldn't have affected their interest either way).


November 15 Update:
MovieTickets.com is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has sold out more than 1,000 shows.

November 10 Update:
As of 9 a.m. PT, Fandango.com is reporting 900 sold-out shows and MovieTickets.com boasts 800 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.

November 3 Update: Fandango.com is reporting that as of 5 a.m. PT, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is responsible for nearly 500 sold-out shows. MovieTickets.com is reporting more than 300. That's very impressive considering that the film doesn't open until November 19.

"Even though the finale's first part is more than two weeks away, fans are already showing their eagerness to join the final journey on opening weekend," says Fandango Chief Operating Officer Rick Butler. "We've seen more sold-out showtimes for this film than we've seen for any other film this year, at the same point in the sales cycle."

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111910predictions.pngHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: 4,125 (NEW)
The Next Three Days: 2,564 (NEW)
Megamind: 3,779 (-170)
Due Date: 3,229 (-136)
Unstoppable: 3,209 (+2)
Skyline: 2,882 (+2)
Morning Glory: 2,544 (+26)
Red: 2,034 (-844)
For Colored Girls: 1,216 (-911)
Paranormal Activity 2: 1,101 (-1,302)
Secretariat: 1,010 (1,009)
Saw 3D: 806 (-1,170)
Jackass 3D: 687 (-920)
The Social Network: 571 (-517)
Life As We Know It: 558 (-681)
Hereafter: 403 (-1,288)
Fair Game: 386 (+211)

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that even more guests in New Jersey will soon be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages when AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 in Bridgewater, N.J. opens on Nov. 22.

Just five days after the debut of AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Essex Green 9 in West Orange, N.J. on Nov. 17, AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "This concept showcases the options we provide our guests. It's one example of how AMC embraces consumer trends and takes a proprietary approach to food and beverage service at the concession stand and inside our auditoriums."

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 offers a meal-and-a-movie option and a bar and lounge:
Fork & Screen® - The theatre's seven auditoriums will offer:

• Casual, in-theatre dining
• Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
• Table-top dining
• An extensive menu including Crab Rangoon Dip, Thai Coconut Chicken Tenders and Chocolate Loving Spoon Cake served via seat-side service
• Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
• (at least 21)
MacGuffins®
• A full-service bar and lounge area inside the theatre
• Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
• Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and a selection of appetizers and desserts
• MacGuffins guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian
• (at least 21) are welcome
AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 pricing:
• $10 for an adult movie ticket in Fork & Screen auditoriums plus a:
o $10 experience charge on weekdays and before 4 p.m.
o $15 experience charge after 4 p.m. on weekends and holiday periods
• The $10/$15 experience charge is deducted from meal purchases in the auditorium

In addition to AMC Bridgewater Commons 7, AMC will open a third AMC Dine-In Theatre location in New Jersey at AMC Menlo Park 12 in Edison, N.J. on Dec. 15.
AMC is also converting a wing of its AMC Grapevine Mills 30 theatre in Grapevine, Texas to its AMC Dine-Theatres concept, which opens on Dec. 8.
AMC features four existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:
• AMC Essex Green 9 - West Orange, N.J.
• AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead - Atlanta
• AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
• AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.

For more information about AMC Dine-In Theatres, please visit: www.amctheatres.com/dinein.

 

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Beverly Hills, CA -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. One hundred-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

* "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)
* "Enemies of the People" Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)
* "Exit through the Gift Shop" Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
* "Gasland" Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
* "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould" Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
(White Pine Pictures)
* "Inside Job" Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
* "The Lottery" Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)
* "Precious Life" Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions) "Megamind"
* "Quest for Honor" Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)
* "Restrepo" Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
* "This Way of Life" Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)
* "The Tillman Story" Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
* "Waiting for ‘Superman" Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
* "Waste Land" Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)
* "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- November 18, 2010 - Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. and IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman will narrate "Born to be Wild 3D". The latest IMAX® 3D film is scheduled for release to IMAX® theatres starting April 8, 2011. Born to be Wild 3D combines breathtaking IMAX 3D footage of the remote rainforests of Indonesia and the vast deserts of Africa, in an intimate and uplifting tale of how the power of love can give orphaned baby orangutans and elephants a second chance at life in the wild.

"I feel immensely privileged as a filmmaker that someone of Morgan's stature is involved in this project," said "Born to be Wild 3D" writer/producer Drew Fellman. "His extraordinary voice will profoundly elevate this touching tale of the bond between humans and animals."

"It's a tremendous honor to have Morgan lend his talents to this powerful IMAX film," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Mr. Freeman's incredible voice informs the story in a remarkable way and is an ideal fit for this important and heartwarming journey. His ability to connect with moviegoers of all ages in an emotionally moving manner will complement the stunning images of the film and ultimately enhance the immersive power of The IMAX 3D Experience®."

"We are so excited that we are afforded the opportunity to further our professional relationship with Morgan," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures. "He is one of the most recognizable and respected talents in entertainment today and his distinctive voice will command the attention of audiences as they follow the real-life adventures of these animals."

Morgan Freeman most recently earned an Academy Award® nomination for his leading role as Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's acclaimed drama "Invictus." His numerous honors include four Academy Award® nominations, taking home the Oscar® for his work in "Million Dollar Baby," as well as four Golden Globe nominations, with a win in 1990 for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy." Freeman's myriad additional credits include the award-winning films "The Dark Knight," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Unforgiven," and he also narrated the Oscar®-winning documentary "March of the Penguins." He can currently be seen in the action comedy "Red," and will soon star in "Dolphin Tale," to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2011.

"Born to be Wild 3D" is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, "Born to be Wild 3D" is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.

The film's trailer will make its online debut today on Apple.com and its in-theatre debut the following day in IMAX theatres with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1". More information about the film can be found at www.imax.com/borntobewild.

"Born to be Wild 3D" is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production. The film is directed by David Lickley, written and produced by Drew Fellman with cinematography by David Douglas.

 

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