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The Walt Disney Company Completes Lucasfilm Acquisition

Deal expected to strengthen Disney’s position as a leading global provider of high-quality branded entertainment and build long-term shareholder value

BURBANK, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.

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The Women Film Critics Circle 2012 Awards Announced

WFCC AWARDS 2012

The Women Film Critics Circle, a national organization comprised of print, online and broadcast film critics from across America (including yours truly), announced the winners of their 2012 awards in film.   Zero Dark Thirty," a fact based thriller about the CIA operation led by a female agent to find and kill Osama Ben Laden received several awards including Best Movie By a Woman, director Kathryn Bigelow. The film also won awards for Best Female Images and Best Equality of the Sexes.

The complete list of WFCC Award winners for 2012 in each category are:

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“THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” REACHES $100 MILLION MILESTONE

BURBANK, CA, December 19, 2012 – Following its record-breaking opening weekend, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has crossed the $100 million mark, domestically, on only its 5th day in release.  The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Applied Art Productions and Kreate Films to release 'Finding Joy'

Applied Art Productions, a distribution company based out of Hollywood, CA, has joined forces with Kreate Films and will be releasing a new romantic comedy named Finding Joy.

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“TOP GUN” TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® 3D FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

THE CLASSIC FILM RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN EXCLUSIVELY IN SELECT IMAX 3D THEATRES FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING FEBRUARY 8, 2013

“TOP GUN” Debuts on Blu-ray 3D™/ Blu-ray 2D™ Two-Disc Set February 19, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 11, 2012) – “TOP GUN,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013.  The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.

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ROBERT ZEMECKIS TO RECEIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT 24TH ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

Palm Springs, CA (November 28, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis with the Director of the Year Award for Flight.  Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Helen Hunt and Naomi Watts.  The Festival runs January 3-14.

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IAN McKELLEN: GRAY IS THE NEW WHITE

Ian McKellen took nothing for granted.

By: IAN SPELLING
c.2012 Ian Spelling
Distributed by: The New York Times Syndicate - Reprinted by permission

Sure, every fan of "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-2003) hoped McKellen would return to his Oscar-nominated role as the wizard Gandalf in "The Hobbit," and more than a few quite vociferously insisted that "The Hobbit" could or shouldn't be done without McKellen.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ acclaimed hit “argo” strikes box office gold, surpassing $100 million

BURBANK, CA – December 2, 2012 – Ben Affleck’s widely acclaimed dramatic thriller “Argo” has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.  One of the best reviewed films of the year, “Argo” has earned an estimated $101 million, domestically, to date.

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MICHAEL BAY RE-TEAMS WITH HIS "PAIN AND GAIN" STAR MARK WAHLBERG FOR TRANSFORMERS 4

MICHAEL BAY RE-TEAMS WITH HIS "PAIN AND GAIN" STAR MARK WAHLBERG FOR TRANSFORMERS 4

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 8, 2012) – After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming "Pain and Gain," Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated “TRANSFORMERS 4.”  The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014.

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Image Entertainment Lands Day of the Falcon

Image Entertainment Lands Day of the Falcon

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--()--Image Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has landed all U.S. rights to the highly-anticipated film Day of the Falcon. Starring Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro, Once Upon a Time in Mexico), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), Day of the Falcon is a $40 million production directed by Academy Award™ winner Jean-Jacques Annaud. The announcement was made by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley at the 2012 American Film Market.

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