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    Cook, Bird & Bruckheimer open ShoWest - ShoWest.com 3/7/07

    3/13/07 9:15AM Champagne Ballroom, Paris Las Vegas

    ShoWest Opening Day Ceremony
    Welcome Remarks:

    • Lee Roy Mitchell, Chairman, NATO
    • Dick Cook, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios
    • Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer,("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End")
    • Brad Bird, Director,("Ratatouille")
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Cook, Bird & Bruckheimer open ShoWest - ShoWest.com 3/7/07

    ShoWest kicks off with good news

    Glickman predicts record-setting year

    By Michael Speier, Ian Mohr
    Variety
    March 13, 2007

    When everyone's making money, everyone's your best friend.That was the tone of the Tuesday morning keynote at ShoWest, when MPAA honcho Dan Glickman and National Assn. of Theater Owners John Fithian took their shots at everyone -- media, mainly -- who said the movie business is in freefall.

    Touting 2006 numbers that were released last week -- domestic box office was up 5.5%, international box office up 11% -- Glickman kicked things off by using the oft-paraphrased quote that "reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated." He went on to tout the upcoming sequel-heavy summer as one that will be potentially record-setting -- highlighting "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and the next "Harry Potter."

    "My prediction is that 2007 will be even bigger than 2006," Glickman said.

    Glickman only briefly went through the overall numbers. Under Jack Valenti's watch, the Tuesday announcement was usually a much bigger deal, as yearly stats were always released during the session, not a week earlier.

    The news was so good, it seems, that exhibitors were hedging their bets -- in a spiritual way.

    The morning session had kicked off, incredibly, with... a prayer. The entire Theatre des Artes at the Paris stood up as a spiritual "coach" offered thanks to God for such superficial things as "... the high marks exhibitors have received, and for enforcing the ratings system. May we have an only uplifting positive impact."

    Of course, the sermon was followed by a short welcome from Hollywood's master of bombast, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Glickman, who, during his address, bragged that he had seen "Borat" three times.

    The big draw of the morning was a 12-minute presentation of "Ratatouille," Pixar's summer hopeful that mixes French cineaste atmosphere with the story of a rat who wants to be a chef. Pic, voiced by Patton Oswalt and Peter O'Toole, opens June 29.

    Director Brad Bird kicked off the clip by taking a tongue-in-cheek jab at sequel-mania.

    "I feel a little bit out of place here," he said. "So I thought of selling it as "Ratatouille I...the prequel to the sequel."

    No matter, it got a great reception, as did a short trailer for the new "Pirates," which is being released on May 25.

    When it came to digital cinema, Fithian pegged 2009 as the year that all of the talk would turn to action. He highlighted several films, including pics from James Cameron ("Avatar"), Disney and DreamWorks Animation as movies that will be released in 3-D digital technology by then.

    Digital cinema has become the key component of most of the ShoWest panels and presentations, which continue through Thursday.

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    Re: Cook, Bird & Bruckheimer open ShoWest - ShoWest.com 3/7/07

    Peter O'Toole Voicing Ratatouille

    Source: Edward Douglas
    March 13, 2007

    Ratatouille director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) revealed today at ShoWest in Las Vegas that Peter O'Toole (Venus) will be providing a voice for the Pixar film, opening June 29. O'Toole voices a food critic named Anton Ego.

    In the new animated-adventure, a rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau (voiced by Brad Garrett). Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=19327

    Disney Previews 2007- 2008 Line-Up -
    WARNING: contains SPOILERS!
    http://www.comingsoon.net/blog/2007/...079_lineup.php

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