True Stories Get Release Dates: 'Jobs' Starring Ashton Kutcher and Julian Assange Pic 'The Fifth Estate' on January 23, 2013


Disney has announced that they'll release DreamWorks' The Fifth Estate, a biopic about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, on 11/15/13. 

The official press release for Jobs:

Open Road Films, in partnership with Five Star Feature Films, will release JOBS - the highly anticipated film chronicling the story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century - nationwide on April 19, 2013. April 2013 marks the 37th anniversary of the founding of the Apple Computer Company. As previously announced, JOBS will premiere this Friday, January 25 as the closing night film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, JOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2001. JOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life.

The filmmakers strove for absolute authenticity in making the film, including shooting in the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. JOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.


Sony Digital Cinema set to wow IDIFF 2013 with exclusive screening of Samsara in Sony 4K on January 22, 2013

Paris -- Sony Digital Cinema today announced that it will be present at this year's International Digital Film Forum (IDIFF) trade show in Paris. Attendees from across the film industry will be invited to an exclusive 4K preview screening of the critically acclaimed Samsara on 22nd January, day one of the show.

The Sony 4K digital cinema projection systems SRX-R5 15 projector will ensure this documentary will be shown in the highest picture quality, doing justice to an upcoming film release which took five years to make across almost 100 locations around the globe.

Oliver Pasch, Director of Sony Digital Cinema, Sony Europe, said: "IDIFF represents an unique opportunity for key players across the industry to come together and share industry advances. The 4K message is an important one and Sony Digital Cinema is privileged to showcase its capabilities through such a triumph in cinematography. Samsara is a prime of example of when superior picture quality, vibrancy and detail are at the core of the viewer's experience."

This preview of Samsara is presented by Sony Digital Cinema in association with independent French distributor ARP Sélection and digital cinema sales/installation specialist R2D1.

Maxime Rigauld, Sales Manager, R2D1 says: "Since partnering with Sony last year, we've been delighted to be involved in events such as the Marrakesh Film Festival and the upcoming IDIFF 2013, representing a shift in the market which sees wider adoption of 4K and an increased understanding of the greatly improved viewer experience. We look forward to continuing to support Sony in pioneering this movement."

Taking place on Tuesday 22nd January at 17:30 in the auditorium of the Paris Congress Centre, the screening will be followed by a cocktail party organized by IDIFF.


'Iron Man 3' Headed To IMAX Screens on April 25 on January 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), and Marvel Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced that Marvel's Iron Man 3, the latest installment of the film franchise that has grossed more than $1.2 billion at the global box office, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released to IMAX® theatres internationally starting April 25 and domestically on May 3.

Marvel's Iron Man 3 marks the fourth Marvel Entertainment film to be presented in IMAX theatres, following the releases of Iron Man 2 in 2010, Thor in 2011 and Marvel's The Avengers in 2012 - which all delivered record breaking performances in IMAX theatres.

"Marvel and IMAX are a perfect one-two punch and the Iron Man franchise has become a global phenomenon that resonates with fans around the world," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We look forward to moviegoers experiencing this highly-anticipated next installment of Tony Stark's latest adventures in IMAX 3D."

"With Iron Man 3 building on the events of Marvel's The Avengers, audiences are in for yet another incredible moviegoing experience from Marvel Studios," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President of Motion Picture Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios. "We're thrilled to be able to offer that to fans in the larger-than-life action of IMAX 3D."

The IMAX 3D release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


IHS: Worldwide Consumer Spending On Movies Reached $62.4 Billion In 2012; Movie Theaters Account For $33.4 Billion on January 21, 2013

The official press release from the IHS Screen Digest Cross Platform Movie Market Monitor:

Worldwide consumer spending on movies increased by $1.3 billion in 2012 following tepid growth a year earlier, according to an IHS Screen Digest Cross Platform Movie Market Monitor from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).

Total worldwide consumer spending on motion pictures in 2012 reached $62.4 billion, up from $61.1 billion in 2011 and $60.1 billion in 2010. Last year's rate of increase amounted to 2.1 percent, demonstrably better than the 0.9 percent growth experienced in 2011. Most important, growth for consumer spending on movies worldwide is recovering after declines across 2008 and 2009, with spending forecast to continue to rise by 2 to 3 percent every year from 2013 to 2016.

"Consumers were tracked on their movie spending and consumption across 37 countries in five different global regions via four delivery platforms," said Tania Loeffler, analyst for video at IHS Screen Digest. "These platforms include theaters; the purchase and rental of physical disks on DVD and Blu-ray; pay-TV video-on-demand (VOD); and digital retail buys and rentals."

Growth in 2012 was generated by the Asia-Pacific region, which commanded a 25 percent share of worldwide movie spending, the third-largest after North America and Western Europe, as shown in the attached figure. With new cinema construction in markets such as China driving increased movie transactions, coupled with the popularity of higher-priced premium content, the amount of money that Asia-Pacific consumers spend on going to the cinema is rising rapidly. That amount last year equated to $10 billion, up 12 percent from 2011.

Asia-Pacific is poised to overtake Western Europe as the second-largest region for consumer spending on movies by 2016. An important consideration is that a significantly higher proportion of locally produced movie content is consumed in Asia-Pacific, especially in countries such as India and China. Western Europe currently owns a 26 percent share.

North Americans remained by far the biggest spenders on movies at about $80 per capita per year, and accounting for 41 percent of worldwide movie spending in 2012. As in Western Europe, spending on physical media encompassing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs alike are pulling down the North America total for movie spending, even as consumers in the region increase their spending on movies consumed on digital platforms and in cinemas.

Consumer spending on movies increased significantly in other regions-by 17 percent in Central and Eastern Europe, and by 7 percent in Latin America. Ultimately, however, these markets still remain very small, with only an 8 percent combined share of worldwide spending in 2012.

Theatrical is key driver of consumer spending growth worldwide. Worldwide consumer spending on theatrical grew 7 percent from 2011 to reach $33.4 billion in 2012. Across all five territories, consumers overwhelmingly demonstrated that the cinema experience remains the most desirable way to consume movies, with theatrical accounting for 53 percent of all movie transactions.

In contrast to theatrical, consumption and consumer spending on movies-either purchased or rented on physical discs-declined again, from $24.4 billion in 2011 to $23.7 billion in 2012, down -3 percent. The worldwide decline is forecast to continue for both DVD and Blu-ray purchases and rentals, with rentals projected to overtake physical purchase as the second-largest generator of worldwide consumer spending on movies.

"Unlike theatrical, physical media is subject to competition on price, inherent to retail in all environments," Loeffler said. Average pricing for physical purchase transactions has continuously fallen, declining by a further 2 percent between 2011 and 2012. This trend, along with the increased dominance of lower-value rental transactions, will result in physical media struggling to maintain its share of worldwide movie spending. Physical media is forecast to lose a 10 percent share of total worldwide consumer spending, from 39 percent in 2012 to 29 percent by 2016. Even so, physical will still account for a combined 31 percent of total worldwide movie transactions by 2016.

The preference for physical rental among consumers is translating into the digital space. This is true even in regions like Western Europe, where physical purchases traditionally dominated physical video transactions. On the whole, TV-based Video-on-Demand (VOD) and digital rentals from over-the-top services such as Apple's iTunes vastly outpaced the number of digital movies purchased in 2012. Pay-TV VOD transactions rose 16 percent in 2012 to reach 685 million in number, while digital rentals grew 61 percent to reach 174 million. In comparison, digital purchase transactions climbed to just 52 million.

Total consumer spending on buying and renting movies on digital platforms continued to see strong growth, climbing to $4.9 billion in 2012. However, total digital movie spending accounts for just 7 percent share of worldwide movie expenditures.

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