ShoWest 2009


Thursday, April 2

ShoWest doles out accolades
ShoWest 2009 movie-theater operators capped their week the way they started it -- celebrating. Decidedly upbeat throughout the four-day exhibition confab over the current boxoffice boom, partying exhibitors packed a film-talent awards gala that closed the show Thursday night. Full story

ShoWest: Exhibitors looking to future
A modest version of the annual confab compared with earlier years, ShoWest 2009 offered this intriguing snapshot of the exhibition business: an industry in search of its future self. Full story

Wednesday, April 1

Sony Electronics lines up d-cinema deals
Sony Electronics on Thursday announced deals to outfit five multiplexes with digital-projection systems. Full story

D-cinema looks to conquer credit crunch
The rollout of digital cinema systems has been frozen in motion like an image on a stuck film projector, an industry casualty of the global credit crunch. Full story

3-D prospects spur upbeat vibe at ShoWest
Innovation is the route to prosperity. That's been the overarching theme of ShoWest 2009, and the cheerleading for change was again in evidence Wednesday, with continued talk of the lucrative benefits beginning to flow from the fledgling rollout of 3-D exhibition. Full story

PPI offers digital cinema plan overseas
Paramount Pictures International plans to roll out its virtual print fee model to exhibitors outside North America, mirroring the deal it has in place stateside and existing agreements inked with integrators in Europe and Asia. Full story

Tuesday, March 31

ShoWest honors top stars
ShoWest honorees for 2009 include Dennis Quaid, Rachel McAdams, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller and Michael Caine. Full story

Global boxoffice up 5.2% in 2008
Worldwide boxoffice increased 5.2% in 2008, reaching a historic high of $28.1 billion, according to the MPAA, which released its annual snapshot of the movie industry Tuesday. Full story

Disney doubles up on 3-D 'Toy Story'
Disney will release Pixar Animation Studios' "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" as a digital 3-D double feature for a two-week engagement starting Oct. 2. Full story

Monday, March 30

ShoWest honoree: Zack Snyder
ShoWest named Zack Snyder its 2009 Director of the Year well in advance of the $55.7 million opening weekend of his Warner Bros. film "Watchmen." Full story

ShoWest honoree: Michael Bay
His seven films have grossed a combined $2.5 billion worldwide, so it might come as a surprise to learn that Michael Bay had only slightly more modest aspirations than directing as a child. Full story

ShoWest honoree: Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow -- arguably the only woman helming major action films in Hollywood -- has long believed that any work becomes personal "when it deviates from the norm," and Bigelow's movies could all be considered experiments in deviation. Full story

Fox wants to kick 3-D glasses
Fox has quietly begun alerting exhibitors not to expect any payments for costs associated with the use of special glasses when its 3-D pics play in digital auditoriums. Full story

Film exhibitors: Hard to move forward
The industry's conundrum: Boxoffice is booming, but the credit crunch is keeping exhibitors from rolling out new theater systems as quickly as they'd like. Full story

Gianopulos 'bullish' on movie business
It was message at once upbeat and sober. "While I'm bullish about the movies, we can't ignore the economic realities," said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, in a keynote address Monday at ShoWest 2009. "The current economic downturn is quite serious and will affect every business." Full story

MovieTickets inks Muvico deal
MovieTickets on Monday unveiled a deal to provide online movie-ticketing services for Muvico theaters in Florida. Full story

Special report: Boxoffice salvation

Sunday, March 29

ShoWest bestows special honors
Profiles of Tony and Dean Kerasotes, who have been named ShoWesters of the Year, and Ted Hatfield, recipient of the Marvin Levy Award. Full story

Monday, March 23

Michael Bay in Vanguard for ShoWest
Michael Bay, whose action sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" hits theaters June 24, will receive the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for excellence in filmmaking. Full story

Thursday, March 19

Jim Gianopulos to keynote ShoWest
Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will deliver a keynote address at the opening-day luncheon of ShoWest on March 30. Full story

Tuesday, March 17

ShoWest pledges to fete 'Sorority' girls
The ensemble cast of Summit Entertainment's upcoming horror thriller "Sorority Row" will be honored as ShoWest 2009's Female Stars of Tomorrow. Full story

Roger Ebert gets thumbs-up for ShoWest nod
Veteran film critic Roger Ebert will be honored at ShoWest 2009 with a special award for career achievement in film journalism. Full story

Monday, March 16

Dennis Quaid tapped for ShoWest honor
Dennis Quaid, who will next be seen on the big screen in two major summer releases, will be honored as male star of the year at ShoWest 2009. Full story

ShoWest to honor marketing exec Ted Hatfield
Regal Cinemas marketing veteran Ted Hatfield will be honored with the Marvin Levy award for career accomplishment in film marketing at ShoWest 2009. Full story

Wednesday, March 4

Michael Caine set for ShoWest honor
Michael Caine will receive a lifetime achievement award at ShoWest 2009. Full story

Monday, March 2

Zack Snyder set for ShoWest nod
Zack Snyder, helmer of Warner Bros.' upcoming "Watchmen," will be honored as director of the year at ShoWest 2009. Full story

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Zac Efron will be honored by ShoWest
Zac Efron, star of the"High School Musical" films, will be honored at ShoWest 2009 as breakthrough performer of the year. Full story

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Bradley Cooper to be honored at ShoWest
Bradley Cooper, star of Warner Bros.' summer comedy "The Hangover," will be honored as comedy star of the year at ShoWest. Full story

Thursday, Feb. 12

Sienna Miller tapped for ShoWest nod
Sienna Miller, who will next be seen in Paramount's summer tentpole "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," has been named ShoWest 2009's supporting actress of the year. Full story

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