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MPAA, cinema owners announce 'zero tolerance' for Google Glass, other recorders

In the continued effort to prevent poorly filmed copies of movies being leaked online, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have announced an updated anti-theft policy that will make your Google Glass unwelcome at a screening of Interstellar.

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Chinese cinemas may allow audiences to text comments onto screens

Would you go to a movie theater to see a film as the entire audience livetweets it? Where your fellow filmgoers’ comments are displayed onscreen along with the film?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chinese theaters are testing what they call ‘bullet screens,’ which allow filmgoers to use their phones to send text messages commenting on the film, which would then be broadcast onscreen—for a small price.

Since many Chinese citizens already watch films via mobile devices, where they can communicate with one another about what they like or dislike, the idea makes sense: it’s the same thing, only bigger. Since bullet screens, in their current incarnation, can only be used with studio approval, attendees could presumably interact with filmmakers if the practice ever takes off. But public opinion remains split so far—while some enjoy the opportunity for interaction, others find it distracting. After all, why go to a theater for an experience you already have at home?

The test echoes a similar debate in American cinemas over the past few years as theaters and studios conduct their own experiments with second-screen experiences, prompting a similar divide in public opinion: Some see it as a disrespectful nuisance, while prominent tech pundits suggest a filmgoing experience that’s friendlier to those who prefer to multitask. Ultimately, theaters will likely try everything and anything available in order to fill seats, and along the way, inevitably, some ideas will be more appealing than others.

Theaters withold 'Iron Man 3' pre-order tickets as Disney seeks a better deal

Just 16 more days until Iron Man 3 soars into theaters. The superhero adventure ushers in the official summer-blockbuster season on May 3 and is expected to easily top $100 million in its first three days. So if you want to see it opening night, you’re likely going to have to order your tickets well in advance.

That is, if they’re available in advance. Depending on where you’re shopping online and which theater chain is close by, you might be forced to enter the day-of theater scrum. As Deadline reported yesterday from CinemaCon, Disney is locked in financial negotiations with several major theater chains, and AMC and Regal were among those putting up a fight, playing their card by not offering tickets for the Marvel superhero epic in advance. “We do not have Iron Man 3 tickets on sale because we are still working to reach terms with Disney,” said AMC in a statement. “We hope to reach agreement and get tickets on sale as soon as possible so it doesn’t affect opening weekend.” READ FULL STORY

'Blade Runner,' 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Terms of Endearment' among films to screen at AFI Night at the Movies

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Harrison Ford travels across the skyline of a dark, futuristic Los Angeles. Shrek perilously treks over a moat of lava. A man you thought was human grotesquely morphs into an alien creature. These scenes from Blade Runner, Shrek, The Thing, and more will be on the big screen at an event presented by the American Film Institute later this month.

The lineup for the event, AFI Night at the Movies, was unveiled Tuesday. AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale calls the event “a film festival on speed” — 12 films will screen simultaneously in the Arclight Hollywood on Wednesday, April 24. The event will take over the Los Angeles venue, using every auditorium, including the 32- by 68-foot Cinerama Dome, where 1967 mystery film In the Heat of the Night will screen with an introduction by Sidney Poitier.

Gazzale told EW, “Ultimately what we’re looking for is an evening that crosses genres, everything from animation to romantic comedy to sci-fi, and then also crosses decades. We want to be certain that we’ve got a lifespan of movies here… that shows what the art form does across the years.”

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'The Godfather' to screen in Cinemark theaters on Wednesday

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Francis Ford Coppola fans, here’s an offer you can’t refuse: the opportunity to see The Godfather on the big screen.

Texas-based national movie theater chain Cinemark will screen the 1972 classic in over 120 locations this week. As previously announced, The Godfather will screen this Wednesday at two separate show times, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. READ FULL STORY

Why the Oscar-nominated animated shorts were pulled from YouTube

Remember when Cinemark theaters threatened to boycott Tower Heist because it would be available on VOD during its theatrical release? Imagine if a film were available in full, not only on pay-per-view, but online for free during its theatrical release. That’s what happened with this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts, which cable channel ShortsHD, in conjunction with the Academy, has been screening around the country since Feb. 1.

After free versions of all five animated shorts cropped up on websites like YouTube and Hulu, theaters showing the films threatened to stop screening the animated slate if the films remained online for free. So ShortsHD asked the nominees to pull their films from the web, as first reported by Deadline. READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' advance tickets going on sale Nov. 7, but that's not all...

Tolkien fanatics, ready your browsers! Advance tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — which opens Dec. 14 — will be available for purchase on Wednesday, Nov. 7 starting at 12 p.m. ET.

But if snagging the earliest seats for the first of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel just isn’t enough Middle Earth for you, you’re in luck. READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Sandy causes widespread movie theater closures

Along with shuttering Broadway and movie and TV productions, Hurricane Sandy has caused cinemas throughout the east coast to shut down. Major theater chains in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, and Connecticut had all canceled screenings for at least Monday, though AMC Cinemas was reporting that it hoped to reopen by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

As Sandy began its approach this weekend, box office was down roughly 11 percent from the same weekend last year — though it is difficult to gauge how much the drop off was due to the storm.

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'Dark Knight Rises' ticket sales begin on Monday

The wait is almost over, Batman fans. Well, not really. The Dark Knight Rises is still 45 days away, but if you want a seat on opening night, you better be prepared to rise up and order your tickets this Monday. Warner Bros. has announced that tickets for the much-anticipated conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s superhero epic will go on sale on the internet at noon on June 11.

According to AMC Theaters, which is planning a Dark Knight marathon on the eve of the film’s release, The Dark Knight Rises has a running time of two hours and 45 minutes. That’s 13 minutes longer than its predecessor and even three minutes longer than Avatar. Don’t expect too many complaints from the franchise’s fanbase, though, especially those ordering tickets 39 days in advance. To them, Nolan couldn’t make this film long enough.

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Chinese company to buy U.S. movie theater chain AMC

A Chinese conglomerate announced Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China’s biggest corporate takeover in the United States to date.

Dalian Wanda Group Co.’s purchase reflects the global ambitions of a wave of cash-rich Chinese companies that are using acquisitions to speed their expansion by obtaining foreign skills and brand names.

Wanda said the deal will create the world’s biggest movie theater operator. The Beijing-based company said it will invest an additional $500 million to fund AMC’s development. AMC operates 346 cinemas, mostly in the United States and Canada, and says it has 23 of the 50 highest-grossing U.S. outlets.

“We support AMC becoming bigger, not only in the United States but in the global market,” said Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin at a signing ceremony for the acquisition.  READ FULL STORY

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