Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1968 science fiction epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" as the fifth film in its series "The Last 70mm Film Festival" on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing (Stanley Kubrick), and Writing - Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke), and won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick).

The 70mm short "To Be Alive!", which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject in 1965, will be screened prior to the film. Shot over an 18-month period in Italy, Nigeria and the United States, the film traces the journey from childhood to adulthood in different cultures.

"The Last 70mm Film Festival," showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects, concludes on Monday, August 13, with a screening of a new 70mm print of another film directed by Stanley Kubrick, "Spartacus" (1960).

All remaining tickets for "The Last 70mm Film Festival" are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Super-Sized Superhero Season Finale “Libra”

Airs August 10th

➢ Coming To DVD in January from eOne Home Entertainment

➢ New Trading Card Series From Cinequest.Com

➢ Original Soundtrack Album Available from MovieScore Media

➢ Audio Podcasts For Every Second Season Episode at Cinemax.Com on iTunes
LOS ANGELES, CA – The groundbreaking, hit anthology series FEMME FATALES is wrapping up its second season with a super-sized season finale, “Libra,” a superhero episode created by the legendary Bob Layton (IronMan). Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3-D) stars as the titular black spandex clad heroine along with Adam Huss, Steve Railsback (Lifeforce, The Stunt Man), Ilia Volok (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Jeff Fahey (Machete, Lost). Libra airs Friday, August 10th at 11 PM following on the heels of this week’s “One Man’s Death”with Mad Men’s Sadie Alexandru, Mistresses Jes Macallan and Starship Trooper’s Casper Van Dien as a washed-up Jake Gittes-like private detective and the grindhouse homage, “Hell Hath No Furies” on August 3rd.
But the hot Femme Fatales action isn’t over yet!! Season One of the cult smash Entertainment Weekly calls “a badass-chick anthology series” and Geek Monthly hails as “50% Tarantino, 50% Sin City, 100% Cool” will be out on home video in January from eOne Home Entertainment, featuring over six hours of bonus features, including insightful audio commentary on every episode.
In addition, Cinequest debuted the new trading card series based on Femme Fatales Magazine at San Diego ComicCon featuring images from the series about powerful, sexy and dangerous women inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels.
And from MovieScore Media comes the Original Soundtrack Album featuring the critically acclaimed score from Jack Reacher composer Joe Kraemer including music from every episode of the series.
The FEMME FATALES TV series and movies are both inspired by the bestselling magazine of the same name that launched in 1987 and is devoted to the sexy sirens of film, television, music and the web.


Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar® screening series will present "Thank God It’s Friday" (1978) on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Hosted by drag icon Hedda Lettuce, the evening features a rarely seen clip of legendary disco diva Donna Summer performing at the 51st Annual Academy Awards®.

Produced at the height of the disco craze, "Thank God It’s Friday" follows a motley assortment of staff and patrons of a fictitious nightclub, revealing their escapades in a series of intertwining stories. The film’s all-star ensemble cast creates a vibrant, comedic portrait of an era filled with extravagant fashion, recreational drugs and a groovy beat.

"Thank God It’s Friday," which marked the only feature film appearance by Summer, won an Academy Award® for Original Song for "Last Dance" by Paul Jabara.

Tickets for "Thank God It’s Friday" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the website). Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability).

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (212) 821-9251, e-mail AcademyNYC@oscars.org or visit www.oscars.org.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

RiffTrax Live Back in U.S. Cinemas with “‘Manos’ The Hands Of Fate”

NCM® Fathom Events and RiffTrax Present Hilarious Cult Classic with

All-New Live Comedic Commentary from the Stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” Broadcast to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide August 16

Centennial, Colo. – June 21, 2012 – NCM® Fathom Events and RiffTrax present “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” in theaters for only one night on Thursday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT. Featuring the same comedians from the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K), Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will reunite on the big screen to fire off their wisecracking commentary on the 1966 American horror feature “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate.” The event will be broadcast LIVE from Nashville to participating movie theaters across the country. Attendees will be treated not only to “Manos’” infamous abysmal acting, outdated effects and seemingly endless cat fights featuring ‘The Master’s’ many girdle-clad wives, but also a selection of free digital goodies.

Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” are available at participating theater box offices and online at Rifftrax.com/. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
"Revisiting ‘Manos’ again after 19 years will be like running into a dear old friend—a friend who drinks all your beer and hits you up for money,” said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’ “Still, we're thrilled to be able to bring this timeless classic to the big screen. (Don't tell anyone but I seriously love this film.)"

Previous successful Fathom and RiffTrax events have included “RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer” in August 2011, a hilarious riff of the cheesy 1962 fantasy epic featuring giant rubber monsters and a leprechaun in a jar; “RiffTrax Live: House on Haunted Hill” in October 2010, which took on the Vincent Price horror classic just in time for Halloween; “RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness” in August 2010, parodying the legendary cult classic; “RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space” in August 2009, skewering what is widely considered to be the ‘worst film ever made’; and “RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” in December 2009, featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“Fathom’s live in-theater events with the RiffTrax gang have been tremendously popular with theater audiences,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “With ‘Manos,’ Mike, Kevin and Bill are sure to deliver yet another side-splitting evening of fun, packed with their signature brand of wisecracks.”
Infamous for its significant technical deficiencies and continuity flaws, “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate,” written, directed, produced by and starring Harold P. Warren, is widely believed to be one of the worst films ever made. The plot revolves around a vacationing family who lose their way on a road trip in Texas, and find themselves trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. In 1993 “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured “‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate,” launching the film’s cult status.
About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 181 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,000 screens (approximately 17,800 digital). During 2011, over 670 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 700 locations in 167 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 42 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.
About RiffTrax
Featuring former members of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” RiffTrax is composed of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Nelson has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, written a regular column for TV Guide and authored many best-selling books. Perhaps best known as the man behind the plucky red robot Tom Servo on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Murphy is also author of the bestselling book “A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey,” and has provided film commentary for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” In addition to being a screenwriter and an internationally-produced playwright, Corbett was the voice of the robot Crow (version 2.0) on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” as well as many other strange characters including the clueless alien The Observer (a.k.a. “Brain Guy”). To find out more about RiffTrax, visit www.rifftrax.com.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More Than 40 Vehicle Debuts Anticipated for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Highlights include 20 world premieres, ground-breaking automotive technology and advancements in low-emission vehicles during Nov. 28-29 Press Days

LOS ANGELES, CA - July 11, 2012 - The Los Angeles Auto Show announced today that more than 40 vehicles are anticipated to debut at the Show during the 2012 Press Days, held Nov. 28-29. With four and a half months until the Show, it is noteworthy that at least 20 world debuts have already been confirmed by automakers. This breaking news, as well as other automotive trends, will be unveiled to a global audience consisting of media from more than 50 countries.

The debut lineup this year also promises a compelling mix of the hottest trends and cutting-edge innovations driving today's resurgent automotive industry, including world firsts from Chevrolet as well as European automakers such as BMW, Fiat and Volkswagen. Show-goers also will see global unveilings of new designs from Asian brands, including models from Acura, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Toyota.

Green and alternative fuel technologies, such as hybrids and all-electric vehicles, will be featured in several world debuts at the Show. There also will be an increasing number of high-mileage internal combustion vehicles, including clean diesel, on display. Additionally, several automakers will unveil emerging technologies that are dramatically changing the modern driving experience and making it safer.

These technology-laden vehicles will share the media spotlight with a well-represented lineup of luxury and performance models underscoring the L.A. region's status as the largest market for these segments in the country. Of the 40 debuts slated, at least a dozen will come from these two categories, including unveilings from the likes of Acura, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche.

"As the first major North American show of the season, L.A. sets the tone for 2013 and we expect that automakers will pull out all the stops to excite new-car buyers. In virtually every category from the greenest electric vehicle to high-horsepower performance models, the technological advancements we are seeing today eclipse all previous automotive eras," said Andy Fuzesi, general manager, L.A. Auto Show.

With California established as a global center for alternative fuel and advanced technology innovations, it should come as no surprise that the L.A. Auto Show will be a prime venue for breaking news on all the latest developments. The entirely new Automotive Technology Showcase, presented by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is a Press Days expo designed to connect automotive technology companies with automakers, media, analysts, and other potential customers and partners. It will serve as a one-stop dedicated showcase covering advancements such as digital speech recognition, accident avoidance technology, navigation systems, real-time traffic data and solutions designed to mitigate distracted driving concerns.

Supporting the Showcase will be an expanded Ride and Drive called the Green & Advanced Technology Ride and Drive. This Press Days' event will include both "green" vehicles as well as those featuring in-car advancements such as automatic park assist, radar-based object detection systems and driver assist technologies. The Show's "green" credibility is further sustained with the Green Car Journal's annual Green Car of the Year® and Nielsen Automotive Green Marketer of the Year awards.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show
As the first major North American auto show of the season, the 2012 L.A. Auto Show will host some of the industry's most important new vehicle debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. The dates are Nov. 28 and 29 for press and Nov. 30-Dec. 9 for the public. Media registration opens in September. Following Press Days, the show becomes one of the best attended public auto shows in the world. To receive the latest show news and information, follow the L.A. Auto Show on Twitter, visit the Facebook page and sign up for alerts at LAAutoShow.com.

SOURCE The Los Angeles Auto Show