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Spider-Man' Tops Box Office, Snares $140 Million Over
a record-setting opening day, "The Amazing Spider-Man"
remained strong through the weekend, helping the Sony/Columbia
production earn $140 million in less than a week in
theaters. Oliver Stone's "Savages" also
opened with a decent $16 million in revenue, though
music documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me"
struggled to find an audience and racked up just $7
million. Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" also continued
to hit with its target demographic, hauling in $32
million and pushing its 10-day total to an enormous
$120 million in domestic revenue.
a $230 million production budget and a very large
built-in fan base, expectations were understandably
high for "The Amazing Spider-Man." The Sony/Columbia
reboot didn't take long to find its audience, racking
up $35 million in revenue on Tuesday alone and putting
up solid numbers throughout the rest of the week.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" ended up with $65
million in weekend revenue, helping it to hit the
lofty industry expectations.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" also got off to
a good start by bringing in more than $200 million
in revenue outside of the U.S. After already eclipsing
$340 million worldwide, "The Amazing Spider-Man"
will easily cruise past $500 million in worldwide
revenue in the coming weeks, though it's still unclear
whether it will be able to challenge the franchise-best
$890 million that "Spider-Man 3" brought
in. Without any major new competition until "The
Dark Knight Rises" opens in a couple weeks, "Spider-Man"
should remain a box office stalwart and continue to
put up some big overall numbers throughout the rest
of the month.
mainstream action audiences came out in droves to
see the new version of "Spider-Man," older
audience members turned up for Oliver Stone's thriller
"Savages." Backed by some decent critical
reviews, "Savages" ended up with a decent
$16 million in opening revenue - a strong total for
a $45 million production. "Savages" also
doesn't have to worry about too much new competition
next weekend, opening the door for another decent
"Spider-Man" and "Savages" mainly
hit with their target demographics, "Katy Perry:
Part of Me" wasn't quite as fortunate. "Katy
Perry" managed just $7.15 million over the weekend
and $10.25 million in its first four days following
its Thursday release. Though these are unimpressive
numbers for a release of more than 2,700 total venues,
"Katy Perry" also comes with a slender production
budget of just $12 million. "Katy Perry"
won't end up as one of the most lucrative music documentaries
released in recent years, but it should end up as
an overall success for distributor Paramount.
at a much different demographic than "Katy Perry"
this weekend was "Ted," which headed into
its second weekend with plenty of buzz. After dominating
the box office a week ago and posting $54 million,
"Ted" dipped just 40% from its opening totals
and finished the weekend with $32 million. Now with
$120 million domestically in just 10 days in theaters,
"Ted" is easily the top R-rated hit of the
year and might even challenge $200 million in the
U.S. if it can remain strong in the coming weekends.
continuing to hit with its intended audience was Pixar/Disney's
"Brave." "Brave" earned $20 million
in its third weekend in theaters, pushing it to a
very solid $174 million in its first 17 days. Foreign
numbers have been slow so far for "Brave,"
though that should also change as it gets released
in its biggest overseas markets in the coming weekends.
The only real problem for "Brave" is the
impending release of "Ice Age: Continental Drift,"
which opens this weekend with an enormous built-in
weekend, the release schedule will slow down, as "Ice
Age: Continental Drift" is the only new title
slated to hit theaters in wide release. Though not
as touted as some other animated franchises, "Ice
Age" has been a great success for Fox, with enormous
worldwide revenues despite production budgets roughly
half the size of Pixar releases. The following weekend,
Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
brings a similar amount of hype as "The Avengers"
and is a lock to dominate the box office well into
Studio Box Office Estimates for 7/6/12 - 7/8/12 (In
The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony/Columbia): $65 [$70]
Ted (Universal): $32.59 [$32]
Brave (Disney): $20.16 [$18]
Savages (Universal): $16.16 [$13.5]
Magic Mike (Warner Brothers): $15.61 [$21]
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (Lionsgate):
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Paramount/Dreamworks):
Katy Perry: Part of Me (Paramount): $7.15 [$13]
Moonrise Kingdom (Focus): $4.64 [$2.6]
To Rome with Love (Sony Classics): $3.50 [N/A]
Hugh Jackman Joined By Six Additions to Cast of The
director James Mangold's (3:10 to Yuma) The Wolverine
hadn't been beset by weather, script and scheduling
problems title star Hugh Jackman opted to star
in the musical version of Les Miserables rather than
wait for those issues to be sorted out the
movie would currently be in post-production, with
potentially enough edited footage to offer at least
a teaser at this week's San Diego Comic-Con. As it
is, Mangold is spending his time in the casting room,
rather than the editing room, as he tries to put together
a cast to support Jackman. In the last several days,
six actors have joined the cast of The Wolverine,
which takes Logan (Jackman) far away from his X-Men
teammates and his wilderness retreat in Canada to
Japan, where he must fight against the Silver Samurai
and the deadly Hand ninjas at his command.
by Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie), with rewrites by Mark
Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), The Wolverine is
based on the classic Marvel Comics limited series
Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, creator
of Sin City and 300. The series stripped away Wolverine's
superhero trappings and thrust him into a Japanese
underworld brimming with feudal warriors and mystical
ninjas. According to the list compiled by Empire from
various sources, the cast will include: Hiroyuki Sanada
(Speed Race) as Japanese crimelord Shingen Harada,
leader of Clan Yashida; Tao Okamoto as Shingen's daughter
and Wolverine's love interest, Mariko Yashida; Will
Yun Lee (Total Recall remake) as Mariko's mutant half-brother,
Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai; Rila
Fukushima as Yukio, an assassin who drugs Wolverine
before his duel with Shingen; Hal Yamanouchi (The
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) as Yashida; and Brian
Tee (Wedding Palace) as Noboru Mori, a corrupt minister
of justice betrothed to Mariko.
Wolverine is set to begin shooting next month. It
will primarily be filmed in Jackman's native Australia,
but will also shoot on location in Japan.
Showing:The Wolverine is slated to open July 26, 2013
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson In Highest Paid
The Rock Johnson was listed at #4 on the
Forbes annual list of the highest paid actors in the
world over the past year. Johnson was reported as
earning $36 million this past year, behind only Tom
Cruise ($75 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($37 million)
and Adam Sandler ($37 million).
Spider-Man' finishes weekend with $62M...
ANGELES (AP) "The Amazing Spider-Man" had
a slightly slower start at the box office than initially
estimated, taking in $62 million domestically over
final numbers Monday came in $3 million lower than
the $65 million that distributor Sony had projected
a day earlier, but it still was a healthy start for
the new take on the Marvel Comics superhero.
opening last Tuesday, "The Amazing Spider-Man"
has taken in $137 million domestically. Its worldwide
total is about $340 million since it began rolling
out overseas the previous week.
top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday
through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross,
number of theater locations, average receipts per
location, total gross and number of weeks in release,
as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:
"The Amazing Spider Man," Sony, $62,004,688,
4,318 locations, $14,360 average, $137,022,258, one
"Ted," Universal, $32,202,395, 3,256 locations,
$9,890 average, $119,849,740, two weeks.
"Brave," Disney, $19,612,370, 3,891 locations,
$5,040 average, $173,969,341, three weeks.
"Savages," Universal, $16,016,910, 2,628
locations, $6,095 average, $16,016,910, one week.
"Magic Mike," Warner Bros., $15,642,337,
3,120 locations, $5,014 average, $72,829,107, two
"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection,"
Lionsgate, $10,177,029, 2,161 locations, $4,709 average,
$45,822,984, two weeks.
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," Paramount,
$7,520,690, 2,861 locations, $2,629 average, $195,905,126,
"Katy Perry: Part of Me," Paramount, $7,138,266,
2,730 locations, $2,615 average, $10,240,213, one
"Moonrise Kingdom," Focus Features, $4,519,195,
884 locations, $5,112 average, $26,780,989, seven
"To Rome with Love," Sony Pictures Classics,
$3,104,328, 806 locations, $3,852 average, $4,863,538,
"People Like Us," Disney, $2,194,535, 2,055
locations, $1,068 average, $9,190,902, two weeks.
"The Avengers," Disney, $2,168,124, 1,125
locations, $1,927 average, $611,127,884, 10 weeks.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Fox,
$1,944,534, 1,657 locations, $1,174 average, $34,050,910,
"Prometheus," Fox, $1,815,500, 1,105 locations,
$1,643 average, $122,390,274, five weeks.
"Snow White & the Huntsman," Universal,
$1,768,355, 1,152 locations, $1,535 average, $149,756,565,
"Men in Black 3," Sony, $1,680,714, 879
locations, $1,912 average, $173,089,690, seven weeks.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Fox Searchlight,
$741,091, 359 locations, $2,064 average, $41,991,873,
"Rock of Ages," Warner Bros., $639,406,
701 locations, $912 average, $36,974,619, four weeks.
"That's My Boy," Sony, $621,656, 400 locations,
$1,554 average, $36,100,833, four weeks.
"Bol Bachchan," FIP, $561,996, 98 locations,
$5,735 average, $561,996, one week.
and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast
Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures
Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned
by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned
by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard
Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight
are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line
are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group
of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage
Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions
Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks
Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
Moore croons 007 birthday song...
One-time 007 Roger Moore has teamed up with
a former Bond Girl to record a song marking 50 years
of the spy's on-screen adventures, a James Bond fan
club said on Wednesday.
84-year-old British actor took over Bond film duties
from Sean Connery in 1973, making his debut in "Live
and Let Die" before completing the sequence with
"A View to a Kill" 12 years later.
teamed up with Irka Bochenko, his co-star in the 1979
film "Moonraker", for the anniversary duet
titled "Happy Birthday Mr. Bond!", the spy's
French fan club told AFP.
will be posted online at www.jamesbond007.net ahead
of the record's release in September.
of items -- from tuxedos to bikinis and vodka martinis
-- went on show at London's Barbican Centre last week
to mark 50 years since Bond made the jump from Ian
Fleming's novels to the silver screen with the 1962
next Bond movie, "Skyfall", directed by
Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig as the glamorous spy,
will hit world screens from October.
Entertainment Movies: Amazing Spider-Man, Thor 2,
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Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray and DVD Announcement
this fall, the third highest-grossing movie of all
time and the #1 movie in the world, Marvels
The Avengers assembles as youve never
seen it before on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray,
DVD, Digital and On-Demand platforms on September
25, 2012. In anticipation of this release, Marvel
is also launching an all-new App in July - The
Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App
(available for the first time on iPhone) that
gives fans unprecedented access to exclusive content
building up to the home entertainment release.
announcement comes as Marvels The Avengers
crossed the incredible $600 million domestic box office
threshold on June 26 only the third film in
history to do so. It has now grossed an estimated
$1.44 billion globally.
viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the
premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique
ways to enjoy Marvels The Avengers
(on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital
Download of Avengers Assembled Music from
and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super
Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension
on Blu-ray hi-def with stunning visual effects, superior
sound and unparalleled bonus content.
include a gag reel, a first for a Marvel Studios film,
the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on
their experiences in bringing these larger than life
characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes
look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning
cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.s
Helicarrier, Soundgardens Live to Rise
Music Video, deleted scenes and more!
for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy
even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new The
Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.
By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers
will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive
content building up to the home entertainment release
on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi-weekly
in July & August and weekly in September leading
up to a full immersive experience accompanying the
film on Blu-ray. Content includes special access to
the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D.
agent, invitations to special missions
either remotely or in the field, links to character
profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital
reader comic books and more. App owners will receive
push notifications whenever new content is uploaded
and available for their viewing.
suggested retail price for Marvel's The Avengers
is: 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 U.S./$59.99
Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack =$39.99 U.S./$46.99
Canada; 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada. And
for Digital & On-Demand platforms, please check
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"The Wolverine" Jackman punches Russell
"The Gladiator" Crowe in play...
Jackman tried to punch Russell Crowe as many times
as possible during rehearsals for theatre production
Australian star keeps asking to re-shoot fight scenes
where he knocks Crowe out, because he enjoys it so
source told The Sun newspaper: "The crew find
it hilarious as Crowe would obviously sweep the floor
with Jackman in real life.
keeps ribbing Russell and winding him up but he's
been getting his own back by calling Hugh a twirlie,
which is showbiz speak for a singer/dancer."
Jackman has always had to be in good shape to play
muscular superhero Wolverine in the X-Men films, he
was recently told he had to bulk up to play the character
in the next movie, The Wolverine, as he had lost so
many pounds while appearing in Hugh Jackman: Back
said: "The studio wants me to bulk up. Singing
and dancing makes the suits nervous because weight
just falls off me, but I'd rather sing and dance on
Broadway than make movies."
is also no stranger to long fight scenes, having undergone
gruelling shoots against Michael Shannon in Superman:
Man of Steel, in which he played the titular superhero's
tweeted: "15km bike ride, umpteen hours fighting
Michael Shannon. He's very hard to put down. Hard
to tell who wins, we are still fighting tomorrow.
Bruce Willis and his heavily-pregnant wife make the
most of their freedom on a double date with Sylvester
may be two of Hollywood's biggest action stars but
recently Bruce Willis and Sylvester "Rambo"
Stallone showed off their softer sides.
actors enjoyed a double date with one another and
their wives as they met up for dinner in Los Angeles.
they emerged from Craig's Restaurant, Willis and his
wife Emma Heming looked in good spirits following
their meal, as they were making the most of their
freedom before the birth of their first child.
Stallone and his wife of almost 15 years, Jennifer
Flavin, had been giving Heming some parenting advice.
and Heming announced that they were expecting their
first child together last year, and judging by the
brunette's large bump, it won't be long until the
model was glowing as she left the restaurant holding
her husband's hand and smiled for the cameras.
wore a black and white printed dress that highlighted
her stomach with a waist belt, and completed her look
with a black jacket and matching flats.
Hard star Willis had also dressed for the occasion
and wore a smart dark suit and a shirt but looked
less enthusiastic as he left the building.
followed closely behind the couple wearing a red two-tone
blazer with grey trousers and a shirt.
wife dressed down in a pair of jeans and a blue leather
jacket, but she did make sure she was taller than
her husband by wearing a pair of black knee-high boots.
and Stallone recently reunited with one another to
star in the upcoming action sequel, The Expendables
film, which is due for release in August this year,
features an array of well-known action stars including
Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van
Are Bruce Willis And Sylvester Stallones Wives
Joining Season 3 Of Real Housewives of Beverly Wills?...
There has been many rumors that Sylvester Stallones
wife, Jennifer Flavin was asked to join season 3 of
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but no confirmation
just yet. The National Enquirer is now reporting that
Jennifer is "heavily recruiting" close friend
and Bruce Willis wife Emma Heming to join the show
as well! A Hollywood pal told The Enquirer, "They
know each other from their modeling days, and Jen
thinks the two of them together can take over
the show and she loves that their hubbies are
how exactly does Bruce and Sly feel about this? The
leak says, "While Jennifer says Sly is totally
supportive of the idea, shes trying to get Emma
to convince Bruce that this would be a good thing.
Hes wary because Emma is about to become a first-time
mom. Hes also not thrilled about having a reality
TV crew following them everywhere." The two couples
were seen having dinner last week and apparently "Bruce
told Jennifer he would consider the idea. But first
he wants to get past the impending arrival of his
Jagger and Richards mend relationship...
all need someone to lean on, and the founding duo
of the Rolling Stones say they are doing just that
after overcoming three decades of misunderstandings
with a year of that including some heavy conversation.
an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards said they rebuilt their friendship
after guitarist Richards's best-selling 2011 memoirs
Life laid bare his pent-up frustration with the snake-hipped
the 1980s, for instance, Keith and I were not communicating
very well," Jagger told the pop culture magazine,
which celebrates the band's 50th anniversary in its
got very involved with the business side of the Stones,
mainly because I felt no one else was interested -
but it's plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded,
which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on."
right," said Richards. The pair the Stones in
1962 after they met in a London train station and
discovered their mutual love for American blues music.
and I have had conversations over the last year of
a kind we have not had for an extremely long time
and that has been incredibly important to me,"
far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very
raw, as I meant it to be - but I know that some parts
of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick
and I regret that."
Stone reported earlier this week that the Stones are
planning no concert tour for its 50th anniversary,
although it quoted Richards as suggesting that 2013
was a "more realistic" target for hitting
the road. (AFP)
Souris in the dark about casino sackings...
New South Wales Gaming Minister George Souris says
he knows nothing about the latest sackings at Sydney's
official inquiry is underway into the sacking last
month of Star's managing director Sid Vaikunta, for
allegedly inappropriate behaviour.
the casino has reportedly sacked three mid-level managers
for breaches of its internet and email policies.
manager is believed to have forwarded an email explaining
why responsible gambling rules do not apply to international
Souris says it is news to him.
matters relating to the operation of the casino that
arise during this inquiry are matters not for me,"
are matters for the independent Liquor and Gaming
Authority, and are specially in the hands of the independent
inquiry that has been commissioned by the authority
in the hands of Gail Furness SC."
Souris was confronting a media pack for the first
time since allegations were raised about the government's
involvement in the Sid Vaikunta episode.
state opposition has claimed the Premier's former
communications director Peter Grimshaw used his position
and his friendship with George Souris to conduct a
personal vendetta against the casino operators.
Souris says he has done nothing to compromise the
government over the affair.
has confirmed that he spoke to Peter Grimshaw about
keeping some information secret, but said it had nothing
to do with government policy.
conversation was deeply personal." he said.
had nothing to do with any decision the government
was considering or any matter of policy whatsoever
- nothing reflected or compromised the government."
Grimshaw has was stood down from his role pending
an investigation into allegations he forwarded confidential
Souris fronts media over Star allegations...
Tourism Minister George Souris has defended his role
in The Star casino scandal a week after being accused
of hiding from the media.
Souris has distanced himself from the widening scandal
that began with the sacking of the The Star's boss
Sid Vaikunta in February.
whole issue of the casino really does not reflect
on anything I have done," Mr Souris said, speaking
to journalists at the launch of the Sydney Racing
Carnival at Bondi.
is nothing whatsoever that I have compromised - everything
that I have done has been proper."
Souris has become the lightning rod for opposition
attacks over the casino, with Labor Leader John Robertson
saying he had breached the ministerial code of conduct
by withholding information from Premier Barry O'Farrell
about an investigation into The Star.
a text leaked to the media, Mr Souris told Mr O'Farrell's
communications director Peter Grimshaw he hadn't informed
the premier that one of Mr Vaikunta's alleged harassment
victims was in fact Mr Grimshaw's partner.
Grimshaw - who has been stood down by Mr O'Farrell
over another matter - has been accused of waging a
secret campaign against the casino, his former employer.
Souris has been grilled in question time for two weeks
over his dealings with Mr Grimshaw, with the opposition
calling for him to be sacked.
has also been accused of hiding from the media after
refusing to do interviews about The Star and being
absent at major announcements such as Thursday's launch
of the Vivid Sydney festival.
Monday, Mr Souris said the Independent Liquor and
Gaming Authority (ILGA) inquiry into Mr Vaikunta's
sacking would focus on the "real substance of
concerning the operation of the casino itself, that
is the true focus," Mr Souris told reporters.
can assure you not one breach of the public trust
has occurred in anything that I have been involved
in. No government decisions whatsoever have been compromised."
Souris once again defended his decision not to tell
Mr O'Farrell that Mr Grimshaw's partner was one of
the casino boss's alleged victims.
conversation was deeply personal. It had nothing to
do with any decision the government was considering,
or any matter of policy whatsoever," he said.
reflected or compromised the government. They were
deeply personal, and I believe I was able to offer
him a personal hearing board from which I respected
the confidentiality of it."
Souris's comments came as three more managers, including
one who forwarded an email revealing that the casino
allowed international high rollers to gamble non-stop
for more than 24 hours, were sacked from the casino,
Fairfax reported on Monday.
just don't even know anything about that," Mr
O'Farrell said he was concerned about the latest alleged
breaches at The Star but was confident ILGA would
authority is independent, doesn't operate at the direction
of government, but has shown itself proactive in the
past on these issues," he told reporters in Sydney.
EPIX Celebrates Superheroes and the Legendary Stan
Lee With Marvel Heroes Weekend April 27-29
--Hosted by Lee, Event Features World Television Premieres
of Captain America: The First Avenger & EPIX Original
Documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story --National
Free Preview Makes Marvel Heroes Weekend Available
to Subscribers of Affiliated Partners...
YORK, March 19, 2012 - EPIX, the multiplatform premium
entertainment service, will present Marvel Heroes
Weekend, April 27 - 29, a marathon of superhero movies
including Iron Man 2, Thor, the world television premiere
of Captain America: The First Avenger and the EPIX
Original Documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee
Story. Hosted by legendary comic book creator Stan
Lee, the marathon also includes EPIX Extra: Mighty
Movie Superheroes, examining the origins and fan following
of the mighty team. The weekend celebration of Marvel's
famed superheroes and their creator features the movies
that have led up to the highly anticipated theatrical
release of The Avengers on May 4.
EPIX Original Documentary With Great Power: The Stan
Lee Story follows the life and creations of Stan Lee,
the co-creator of Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk,
X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and over 200 other
characters that can be found in Marvel comic books,
on movie screens and in retail stores around the world.
action-packed superhero films are some of the most
highly viewed titles among EPIX audiences across all
platforms," said EPIX CEO and President Mark
Greenberg. "We're excited to give fans more access
than ever before to the mastermind behind it all,
Heroes Weekend is part of a free preview of EPIX for
all subscribers of affiliate partners, which will
also showcase Hollywood blockbusters Transformers:
Dark of the Moon, Rango, Conan the Barbarian, True
Grit, The Lincoln Lawyer and more, along with EPIX
original comedy and music events Lewis Black: In God
We Rust, Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell and Amnesty International's
Secret Policeman's Ball. Over 30 million homes nationwide
will have access to the free preview, including over
150 titles available On Demand and more than 3000
movie titles available online at EpixHD.com and through
weekend event and free preview will be supported by
television, print, online and out of home advertising
and a national contest hosted by EPIX which will send
winners to the Hollywood premiere of The Avengers.
For more information or to enter, visit the EPIX Facebook
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has partnered with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
for Avengers-themed sweepstakes promoted across Ryan
Seacrest's nationally syndicated radio shows and website
and across several local Clear Channel stations in
the top 10 media markets.