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NEW YORK, NY, April 14, 2015 - Spotlight Cinema Networks announced today the availability of CineLife, a free app devoted exclusively to help film enthusiasts find and buy tickets to art house and independent movies. While other ticketing apps have focused on mainstream exhibitor chains, CineLife is the first app serving the art house and independent market.

CineLife has many distinct characteristics. In addition to location-based technology and information on show times and films, CineLife provides up-to-date information on special theatre events for film enthusiasts who wish to attend Q&A's with producers and directors, special screenings, film series and film festivals. Cinelife also allows users to purchase tickets directly from an iPhone from any theatre that uses major online ticketing services.

CineLife also features an extensive list of all current art house and indie films in theatrical distribution, cast and plot summaries, reviews, and information about upcoming releases. CineLife features content from several sources including Indiewire, Metacritic and Eat Drink Films.

"CineLife is tailored especially for discerning movie audiences to provide them with a handy mobile guide that deepens their relationship with the films they love and the theatres they visit frequently. They will be able to ‘follow' what is going on at their favorite art house 24/7," said Jerry Rakfeldt, CEO of Spotlight Cinema Networks. "We've created this app, in collaboration with the Art House Convergence, to unite hundreds of art house and independent theatres under one app that will help serve their interests and expand their customer base."

CineLife exhibitor partners are able to engage in ongoing communications with their movie-going audience via social media feeds and information posted on customized events and promotions mobile pages.

The CineLife app is currently available for all IOS devices. Later this year, users can download the app for Android smartphones and tablets.

About Spotlight Cinema Networks
Spotlight Cinema Networks is the industry leader in reaching a unique audience of affluent, educated, influential adults within a sophisticated cinema environment. Spotlight provides a unique advertising program tailored to the desirable, upscale adult 18+ cinema audience via premier, luxury theatres screening independent and "smart" Hollywood films. Spotlight Cinema Networks is owned by Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner and Arthouse Marketing Group, and represents the top exhibitors in this genre, including segment leaders Angelika Film Center, Laemmle Theatres and Landmark Theatres. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in New York and Chicago.

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The Sonoma International Film Festival might have only just celebrated its 18th edition, but its screening sites infuse the event with the charm of cinema's golden age. The Sebastiani Theatre, one of the festival's most popular screening sites, was constructed in 1933 and opened its doors to local cinephiles on April 7 of 1934, when people lined up to pay 30 cents a head for a ticket to the Robert Montgomery vehicle, Fugitive Lovers.

The Sebastiani uses its downtown Sonoma location to its advantage, drawing in toursists and locals alike with eclectic programming that includes repertory, art house, and mainstream films. The Festival, according to current owner Roger Rhoten, has helped new audiences through the theater doors in the last 18 years that it has served as a venue for the event. 

The historical theater remains in operaion as a cinema today, but not without a technological facelift to offer patrons the latest offerings in digital cinema. Equipped with Christie projectors, Dolby surround sound, and modern seating --the theater offers the comforts of a modern cinema with the quirks of a vintage moviehouse. The concession stand is also up to date, featuring stalwarts like popcorn and soda but also bringing in premium candies for patrons looking for something a little different on their trip to the movies.

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LOS ANGELES -- April 14, 2015 -- Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans visited by 36 million unique visitors per month, today revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Summer Movie Survey, in which Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," was voted by thousands of movie fans as the most anticipated summer blockbuster. Releasing on May 1, the upcoming sci-fi adventure is currently outselling the first "Avengers" movie and all other Marvel movies at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

"Minions" was selected as the most anticipated family film, with Disney Pixar's "Inside Out" and Disney's "Tomorrowland" coming in a close second and third, while "Pitch Perfect 2" was picked as the most anticipated summer comedy. Complete results of Fandango's Summer Movie Survey can be found below.

"The most exciting summer movie season in years is getting off to rousing start with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron'" on May 1, and the advance ticket sales are already through the roof," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "However, there's clearly room for more, as ‘Minions' and ‘Pitch Perfect 2' offer laughs and thrills for families and comedy fans alike. With so many stellar choices each weekend, we expect to see summer moviegoers spending more time at the theaters than ever before."

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top picks for the summer:

Most Anticipated Summer Blockbuster:
1. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 54%
2. "Jurassic World" 14%
3. "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" 10%
4. "Terminator: Genysis" 6%
5. "Mad Max: Fury Road" 5%

Most Anticipated Family Film for the Summer:
1. "Minions" 33%
2. "Pixar's Inside Out" 23%
3. "Tomorrowland" 22%
4. "Pan" 8%
5. "Max" 7%

Most Anticipated Summer Comedy:
1. "Pitch Perfect 2" 34%

2. "Ted 2" 22%

3. "Entourage" 16%

4. "Magic Mike XXL" 11%

5. "Spy" 7%


Fandango's Need-to-See Summer Movie Preview can be found at http://www.fandango.com/movie-photos/summer-2015-movie-preview-24-movies-you-need-to-see-1147.


About Fandango

Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

 

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Rancho Cordova, Ca. USA - 14 April 2015 - Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema, is pleased to share its next-generation entertainment experiences at this year's CinemaCon, to be held April 20-23 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visitors will be treated to hands-on demos of the world's only laser projector capable of showing 4K 3D content at 60 FPS, Barco's multi-screen, panoramic movie format, Barco Escape (powered by Alchemy-enabled projectors), and other innovative sight, sound, and engagement solutions designed to fascinate audiences while driving increased profitability for exhibitors.
CinemaBarco is a complete cinema experience featuring unmatched sight and sound technology designed to re-ignite the magic of the movies. Barco offers unprecedented solutions and economics to the cinema industry, focused on delivering compelling experiences for audiences that also generate additional revenue for our exhibition partners.

"As passionate innovators, we are focused on discovering new ways to enable storytelling and deliver compelling experiences to help our exhibitor partners create a unique destination that makes going to the movies, once again, a spectacular social event," comments Stijn Henderickx, Vice President Digital Cinema for Barco. "We're excited to share our CinemaBarco showcase at CinemaCon where we can fully immerse customers in these one-of-a-kind experiences."

Two of the most exciting developments revolutionizing the way audiences watch movies are Barco's digital cinema laser projectors and Barco Escape, the multi-screen, panoramic movie format - both key ingredients in the CinemaBarco experience.

Barco laser projection - the perfect match for every screen
Barco is currently shipping globally the only fully integrated 6P solution for cinema in the industry. Now, Barco is introducing a revolutionary fleet of laser projectors for every theater. The single projector platform easily integrates into current systems for the ultimate in simplicity.

"Our latest laser projectors provide stunning audience experiences available only in theaters," comments Wim Buyens, Senior VP Entertainment for Barco. "Occupying the most compact footprint, they feature the brightest images, delivering superior image quality to improve the moviegoer experience while minimizing operating issues for our exhibitor partners."

Barco Escape - powered by Alchemy for the ultimate, immersive cinema experience
Barco Escape is gaining momentum since its commercial theatrical debut last September, where it presented several scenes from The Maze Runner in select cinemas in the United States and Europe. Its multi-screen, panoramic movie format envelops audiences in a surreal "in the movie" experience. "Barco Escape is literally changing the way audiences watch movies, adding a fresh, exciting dimension that redefines the immersive cinema experience," comments Todd Hoddick, VP Global Entertainment for Barco.

Barco Alchemy - empowering premium movie presentation
Building upon the powerful engine developed for its Series 2 projectors, which comprise the majority of the installed base of digital cinema projectors worldwide, Barco is driving ahead with its DCI-compliant Series 3 Alchemy projectors featuring the Intelligent Projector concept. It is also available in Barco laser projectors and as a retrofit module for all Barco Series 2 projectors, making it a cost-effective way to significantly enhance image quality.

"We are proud to share Barco Alchemy with the cinema world, which represents the first projector capable of delivering both DCP and alternative 4K content at 60 frames per second, including 3D movies," comments Tom Bert, Senior Product Manager for Barco.

Show attendees can see these solutions and more when visiting the Barco Booth #2313A and the CinemaBarco Showcase:

CinemaBarco Showcase
Tuesday, April 21 - Thursday, April 23
For the first time at Cinemacon, visitors can immerse themselves in all of the CinemaBarco experiences in a single setting, embarking upon a journey through five specially designed "Cine-immersion" suites showcasing these innovative sight and sound theater solutions:

• Barco Escape & Auro 11.1: Dual-power sensation for immersive entertainment - Milano 5 & 6
• Auro Immersive Sound: Taking 3D sound to the next level - Neopolitan 1
• Laser Projection: Simply brilliant! - Neopolitan 2
• Lobby Enchantment: Bring the lobby to life and drive new revenues - Neopolitan 3
• Interactivity: The next step in cinema engagement with the big screen - Milano 5 & 6
• One-on-one meetings to discuss customers' unique needs - Neopolitan 4

Taking immersive cinema to the next level
Todd Hoddick, Vice President of Global Entertainment for Barco, will help kick-off the show by sharing his insights on immersive cinema as part of a panel discussion: "The Three ‘S's of the Immersive Cinema Experience: Sight, Sound & Seats" on Monday, April 20 from 9:45 am -12:45 pm in the Palace Ballroom III.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,250 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.051 billion euro in 2014.

© Copyright 2015 by Barco

 

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 easily led the weekend box office for a second straight frame with a weekend take of $59.59 million. That represented the twelfth largest second weekend performance of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 59.5 percent from last weekend. While that was obviously a sizable second weekend decline, it nonetheless represented an impressive hold given the size of the film's grosses and that the previous three installments of The Fast and The Furious franchise all experienced second weekend declines in the range of 61 percent to 64 percent. Furious 7 was aided by strong word of mouth, strong critical reviews and the lack of any new direct competition this weekend. And as massive as last weekend's debut was; it was likely still deflated slightly by Easter weekend.

Furious 7 has grossed $251.52 million through ten days of release, which ranks as the ninth largest ten-day start of all-time. The film is running an extremely impressive 47 percent ahead of the $171.00 million ten-day gross of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and 1 percent ahead of the $248.48 million ten-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games. Furious 7 is now the highest grossing film of The Fast and The Furious franchise domestically, as it has already surpassed the $238.68 million final gross of Fast & Furious 6. Furious 7 will zoom past the $300 million domestic milestone before long and is in excellent shape to eventually surpass the $350 million mark.

Home held steady in second place with $18.53 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 31 percent from last weekend. On the heels of last weekend's sizable second weekend decline, Home stabilized nicely this weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 17-day take of $129.09 million. That places the film 3 percent ahead of the $125.35 million 17-day gross of 2013's The Croods. Home will have a good chance of holding up well going forward, especially with no new animated films entering the marketplace between now and the June 19th launch of Disney's Inside Out.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride debuted in third place with $13.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Compared to other Nicholas Sparks adaptations, The Longest Ride debuted 30 percent ahead of the $10.00 million start of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent below the $22.52 million launch of 2012's The Lucky One.

The Longest Ride opened with $5.51 million on Friday (which included an estimated $625,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 11 percent on Saturday to gross $4.93 million and declined 48 percent on Sunday to take in $2.58 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.36 to 1. That isn't the greatest early sign for the film going forward. However, The Longest Ride did receive a very encouraging A rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's Get Hard placed in fourth with $8.22 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down one spot and 37 percent from last weekend. Much like Home, Get Hard also stabilized very nicely this weekend after experiencing a sharp decline last weekend. Get Hard has grossed $70.78 million through 17 days of release. That is towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 20 percent behind the $88.25 million 17-day take of 2010's The Other Guys.

Cinderella rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.14 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down one spot and a healthy 30 percent from last weekend. Cinderella has grossed $180.69 million in 31 days, which leaves the film $19.31 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. Cinderella is running 11 percent behind the $202.01 million 31-day gross of last year's Maleficent.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent placed in sixth with $6.71 million. The second installment of Lionsgate's young adult franchise was down one spot and a solid 34 percent from last weekend. Insurgent has grossed $114.71 million in 24 days. That places the film 8 percent behind the $124.76 million 24-day take of last year's Divergent.

The Weinstein Company's Woman In Gold followed in seventh with $5.48 million in its first weekend of wide release. The drama starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds generated a respectable per-location average of $3,646 from 1,504 locations. Woman In Gold was up 162 percent over last weekend's limited launch and has grossed a solid $8.93 million in twelve days.

On the platform front, A24's Ex Machina was off to a strong start with an estimated $237,264 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film a promising per-location average of $59,316 for the frame. Ex Machina will expand into additional locations going forward.

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