Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces that Joss Whedon has chosen a winner for the Regal Fan Art Challenge. Matt Stevenson from Washington, D.C. was chosen from more than 400 submissions. Whedon is a widely acclaimed film director known for his recent work on Marvel’s “The Avengers.” A limited edition print of the winning design will be handed out to guests attending Whedon’s new film “Much Ado About Nothing” at participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres.
“Regal Entertainment Group is pleased to announce the winning submission hand-picked by Joss Whedon. And we couldn’t be more proud of the design crafted by Matt Stevenson of Washington, D.C.,” said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group. “Choosing the winning poster out of hundreds of submissions from dedicated fans, artists and designers was no easy task, but Joss made an excellent choice. We are very excited to hand out a limited supply of Matt’s artwork at the ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ showings at Regal locations this Friday.”
The beautiful artwork will also be on display at many Regal Cinema Art theatres showing “Much Ado About Nothing” as a limited release film. The design features two lipstick stains and a smudge in the shape of a mask, similar to those worn by the characters in the film. The mini-posters will be given away for free while supplies last. As a result of his first place finish, Stevenson will receive a framed copy of the artwork signed by Joss Whedon himself and a year of free movies from Regal.
“It’s an honor to know that Mr. Whedon appreciated my creativity. I look up to him as a fellow right-brained individual. Joss develops complex dialogue and characters which make him a natural choice to take on Shakespeare,” stated Stevenson. “I wanted to match Joss’ wit and create something of a visual double entendre. To know Mr. Whedon considered my concept worthy is a huge compliment because it comes from such a creative guy.”