LOS ANGELES -- Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that Joel McHale will serve as host for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 26th edition of the awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will air exclusively on IFC in primetime on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously announced, nominees will be revealed on November 30th by Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner at The London West Hollywood Hotel.

"The Spirit Awards is not only a celebration of the year's filmmakers and their art, but it's also about bringing together our diverse filmmaking community in a fun and laid-back atmosphere," said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. "We're so excited to have Joel on board as the host, and his quick wit, talent and charm makes him a perfect fit for our audiences," said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson.

"Joel's unique brand of comedy is perfectly in line with IFC's ‘slightly off' sensibility," said Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, IFC. "We're thrilled he's hosting this year's Awards. This is a real perk for viewers."

McHale is one of the busiest actors in the business right now, and is the star of NBC's Community. He recently completed a leading role in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 4, opposite Jessica Alba, and will be seen this summer in two additional films - What's Your Number?, opposite Anna Faris and The Big Year with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. Previously, McHale starred opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's comedic thriller The Informant.

In addition, McHale continues to satirize pop culture and current events each week in E!'s The Soup. His quick wit and sharp comedic timing have made The Soup a pop culture phenomenon. McHale also performs his stand-up act around the country to sold-out audiences.

Born in Rome and raised in Seattle, Washington, McHale was a history major at the University of Washington, where he was also a member of their championship football team. In addition, he received his Master's of Fine Arts from UW's Actor's Training Program. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

This year's ceremony is sponsored by Premier Sponsors IFC, ELLE, Netflix, Piaget, Acura, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Stella Artois, and Principal Sponsor AVEENO. WireImage is the Official Photographer of Film Independent, American Airlines is the Official Airline of Film Independent, and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.

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LOS ANGELES -- MovieTickets.com, the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, today announced the availability of mobile offerings including free applications for the Apple® iPhone® and iPod® Touch, and Blackberry®, along with a free application for Android® phones coming soon. For consumers who prefer to browse the web on their phone, MovieTickets.com debuts a redesigned mobile-optimized site that allows moviegoers to see showtimes and buy tickets at mobile.movietickets.com.

"Many movie-goers expect to quickly and conveniently access information and make ticket purchases anytime and anywhere," said Joel Cohen, CEO, MovieTickets.com. "Over the past couple of years, we've provided our ticketing solutions to many of the most popular apps in the market. We recognize the demand for MovieTickets.com-branded applications and we hope to see a positive response with this launch."

In addition to providing a simple and efficient way to view movie showtimes and purchase tickets within the applications, the MovieTickets.com-branded apps also allow users to browse films, view movie posters and watch high-quality trailers.

With more than 200 theater chains available for ticketing on each platform, users will have a wide variety of theater options to choose from. The applications utilize the built-in GPS functions found in smartphones, which lets consumers search for local showtimes on their phones by using location-finding features or simply by inputting a zip code. For download and more information on the new mobile offerings, please visit http://www.movietickets.com/mobile.

Moviegoers can receive real-time status updates from MovieTickets.com by following on Twitter at @_MovieTickets_ and Facebook.

For a complete list of the MovieTickets.com exhibitors, please visit: http://www.movietickets.com/exhibitors.

 

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKEC), a leading theatrical entertainment company, announces today movie fans nationwide will have the opportunity to enjoy all six previous Harry Potter movies prior to the midnight release of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1. This truly magical event will take place over the course of 2 days, beginning Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18 starting at 3:00 pm.

Watch all 7 films for only $25.00!!! Don't delay, buy your tickets today.

For more information, please visit http://www.carmike.com/promotions.aspx?id=101.
The following six films will be shown in succession over the two days, leading up to the midnight debut.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 is the seventh and final two-part adventure in the Harry Potter series. Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.

 

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