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Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes told a group of investors on Monday that the company will work with major retailers such as Walmart when testing out premium video-on-demand early next year. The premium VOD service will allow consumers to spend double the average ticket price to see new films at home anywhere from 30-60 days before they are released on DVD/Blu-ray.

"We think we can come up with an incremental, serve-the-consumer kind of offering that does not undervalue theatrical content and the consumer view of what that value is," says Bewkes.

Many in the exhibition industry fear that premium VOD will hurt theatrical receipts.

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Beijing - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) announced today that major China-based cinema company Dadi Media Group (Dadi) recently ordered 600 Dolby® Digital Cinema systems, reinforcing Dolby's leadership in digital cinema for the Greater China region. The orders include 600 Dolby Screen Servers (DSS200s) and 600 Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processors. Dadi plans to have these digital cinema systems installed by the end of 2011.

"We have three years of unique experience with digital cinema investment and operation in China's domestic market. When we started working with Dolby in 2009, it allowed us to enhance our exhibition stability and offer our audience a new, immersing entertainment experience when watching movies," said Liu Kaijun, General Manager, Cinema Investment, Dadi Media Group. "We have been impressed by the technical and service performance of the Dolby Digital Cinema system and with the Dolby team, which has given us the confidence for further cooperation. Dadi has ordered 600 Dolby Screen Servers and 600 Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processors to serve our rapid cinema deployment in China. We believe working with a leading global entertainment technology and product innovator like Dolby will reinforce Dadi's overall partnerships in China and contribute to our presence in the market."

"We thank Dadi for their continued confidence in Dolby and believe this collaboration is a major breakthrough for driving digital cinema adoption in China. Dolby is dedicated to assisting China's cinema industry transition from analog to digital," said Mahesh Sundaram, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Dolby Laboratories. "Since the debut of Dolby technology in cinema nearly 40 years ago, we have worked to constantly improve the entertainment experience of cinema from both a visual and audio perspective. China has a dynamic entertainment market and is strategically important for Dolby. For this reason, Dolby continues to introduce a variety of technologies and value-added services to our partners in China."

Since launching its digital cinema technologies, Dolby has attained the following landmark achievements worldwide:
o Shipped more than 6,800 Dolby Screen Servers since November 2005
o Shipped more than 6,000 Dolby 3D Digital Cinema systems since November 2007
o Shipped more than 4,700 Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processors since March 2009
o Conducted more than 1,000 global installations of Dolby Surround 7.1 since June 2010

About the DSS200
The Dolby Screen Server (DSS200) is the all-in-one platform to store, decode, and deliver pristine digital movies to a digital cinema projector. The FIPS-certified DSS200 offers improved storage (up to 3 TB), serviceability, and interoperability. Dolby Digital Cinema integrates easily with existing automation and sound systems, delivering superb picture quality and stunning sound. A storage subsystem moves feature content around the network effortlessly. Flexible serial automation and closed captions support automation and access needs, and the ability to perform software updates remotely makes updates easier.

About the Dolby CP750
The Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processor underscores Dolby's commitment to simplifying digital cinema, making the upgrade easy and economical. Designed to work with the new digital cinema environment, the Dolby CP750 seamlessly integrates with preshow servers, alternative content, and digital cinema servers. The processor has an easy-to-use interface and powerful setup/remote software, and it can play back PCM digital audio (Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic®, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital Surround EXTM, and Dolby Surround 7.1) streams as well as analog audio. Using the Dolby Theatre Management System software allows a theatre's network operations center to manage the system, and the unit can be monitored, controlled, and upgraded from one centralized location via the Internet. The CP750 can also process tracks for the hearing or visually impaired.

 

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harrypotter7news.pngMonday Update: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I came in slightly higher than Sunday projection, taking in $54.8 million with over 7.1 million admissions from over 14,000 screens in 63 territories, bringing the international cume to date to $469.7m.

Sunday Update:
Warner Bros. is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I was able to rake in $54.4 million internationally this weekend thanks to 7 million admissions from over 14,000 screens in 62 territories. The sequel fell 53% from last weekend. The international cume to date is now $469.1 million, which puts Potter's worldwide total at an estimated $713 million.

Key Holdovers (sorted by weekend gross):

France (2nd w/e): €7m (US$9.2m) / cume €23m (US$31m)

UK (3rd w/e): £3.5m (US$5.5m) / cume £39m (US$62.4m)

Japan (3rd w/e): ¥455m (US$5.4m) / cume ¥3.8b (US$45.3m)

Germany (3rd w/e): €4m (US$5.2m) / cume €32.1m (US$43.6m)

Australia (3rd w/e): A$3.4m (US$3.3m) / cume A$31.3m (US$30.8m)

China (3rd w/e): Rmb 17m (US$2.6m) / cume Rmb 186.8m (US$28.1m)

Brazil (3rd w/e): R$3.8m (US$2.2m) / cume R$27.4m (US$15.9m)

Italy (3rd w/e): €1.6m (US$2m) / cume €16.4m (US$22.2m)

Russia (3rd w/e): Rbl 52m (US$1.7m) / cume Rbl 750.2m (US$24.2m)

Spain (3rd w/e): €1.3m (US$1.7m) / cume €10.8m (US$14.6m)

Mexico (3rd w/e): Ps 19.8m (US$1.6m) / cume Ps 231.5m (US$18.8m)

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2010 ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me - Illumination Entertainment
How to Train Your Dragon - DreamWorks Animation
Tangled - Disney
The Illusionist - Django Films
Toy Story 3 - Disney/Pixar

Best Animated Short Subject
Coyote Falls - Warner Bros. Animation
Day & Night - Pixar
Enrique Wrecks the World - House of Chai
The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger - Plymptoons Studio
The Renter - Jason Carpenter

Best Animated Television Commercial
Children's Medical Center - DUCK Studios
Frito Lay Dips "And Then There Was Salsa" - LAIKA/house
‘How To Train Your Dragon' Winter Olympic Interstitial "Speed
Skating" - DreamWorks Animation
McDonald's "Spaceman Stu" - DUCK Studios
Pop Secret "When Harry Met Sally" - Nathan Love

Best Animated Television Production
Futurama - The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century
Fox Television
Kung Fu Panda Holiday - DreamWorks Animation
Scared Shrekless - DreamWorks Animation
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Arc Troopers" - Lucasfilm Animation,
Ltd.
The Simpsons - Gracie Films
Best Animated Television Production for Children
Adventure Time - Cartoon Network Studios
Cloudbread - GIMC
Fanboy & Chum Chum - Nickelodeon, Frederator
Regular Show - Cartoon Network Studios
SpongeBob SquarePants - Nickelodeon
Best Animated Video Game
Heavy Rain - Quantic Dream
Kirby's Epic Yarn - Good-Feel & HAL Laboratory
Limbo - Playdead
Shank - Klei Entertainment Inc.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Andrew Young Kim "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks Animation
Jason Mayer "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Brett Miller "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Sebastian Quessy "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of
Ga'Hoole" - Warner Bros. Pictures
Kryzstof Rost "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Character Animation in a Television Production
Nicolas A. Chauvelot "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation
Savelon Forrest "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" -
ShadowMachine
Elizabeth Havetine "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" -
ShadowMachine
David Pate "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Nideep Varghese "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Mark Donald "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Anthony Hodgson "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Gabe Hordos "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Jakob Hjort Jensen "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
David Torres "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Quentin Miles - Clash of the Titans
Ryan Page - Alice in Wonderland

Character Design in a Television Production
Andy Bialk "The Ricky Gervais Show" - W!LDBRAIN Entertainment
Stephan DeStefano "Sym-Bionic Titan" - Cartoon Network
Ernie Gilbert "T.U.F.F. Puppy" - Nickelodeon
Gordon Hammond "T.U.F.F. Puppy" - Nickelodeon
Steve Lam "Fanboy & Chum Chum" - Nickelodeon, Frederator
Character Design in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
Carter Goodrich "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Timothy Lamb "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation
Nico Marlet "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation

Directing in a Television Production
Bob Anderson "The Simpsons" - Gracie Films
Peter Chung "Firebreather" - Cartoon Network Studios
Duke Johnson "Frankenhole: Humanitas" - ShadowMachine
Tim Johnson "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Gary Trousdale "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation

Directing in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
Pierre Coffin "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Mamoru Hosoda "Summer Wars" - Madhouse/Funimation
Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois "How To Train Your Dragon" -
DreamWorks Animation
Lee Unkrich "Toy Story 3" - Disney/Pixar

Music in a Television Production
J. Walter Hawkes "The Wonder Pets!" - Nickelodeon Production &
Little Airplane Productions
Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer and John Powell "Kung Fu Panda
Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Tim Long, Alf Clausen, Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement "The
Simpsons: Elementary School Musical" - Gracie Films
Shawn Patterson "Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special" -
ShadowMachine
Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nick Carr, Tuck Tucker
"SpongeBob SquarePants" - Nickelodeon

Music in a Feature Production
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
David Hirschfelder "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of
Ga'Hoole" - Warner Bros. Pictures
John Powell "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Harry Gregson Williams "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks
Animation
Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira "Despicable Me" - Illumination
Entertainment

Production Design in a Television Production
Alan Bodner "Neighbors From Hell" - 20th Century Fox Television
Barry Jackson "Firebreather" - Cartoon Network Studios
Pete Oswald "Doubtsourcing" - Badmash Animation Studios
Richie Sacilioc "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Scott Wills "Sym-Bionic Titan" - Cartoon Network Studios
Production Design in a Feature Production
Yarrow Cheney "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Eric Guillon "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Dan Hee Ryu "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" -
Warner Bros. Pictures
Pierre Olivier Vincent "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Peter Zaslav "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in a Television Production
Sean Bishop "Scared Shrekless" - DreamWorks Animation
Fred Gonzales "T.U.F.F. Puppy" - Nickelodeon
Tom Owens "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks Animation
Dave Thomas "Fairly OddParents" - Nickelodeon

Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Alessandro Carloni "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Paul Fisher "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks Animation
Tom Owens "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Catherine Yuh Rader "Megamind" - DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in a Television Production
Jeff Bennett as The Necronomicon "Fanboy & Chum Chum" -
Nickelodeon & Frederator
Corey Burton as Baron Papanoida "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" -
Cartoon Network
Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" -
Cartoon Network
Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown "The Cleveland Show" - Fox
Television Animation
James Hong as Mr. Ping "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" - DreamWorks
Animation

Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Jay Baruchel as Hiccup "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Gerard Butler as Stoick "How To Train Your Dragon" - DreamWorks
Animation
Steve Carrell as Gru "Despicable Me" - Illumination Entertainment
Cameron Diaz as Fiona "Shrek Forever After" - DreamWorks
Animation
Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of
Ga'Hoole" - Warner Bros. Pictures
Writing in a Television Production
Daniel Arkin "Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Heroes on Both Sides" -
Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.
Jon Colton Barry & Piero Piluso "Phineas & Ferb: Nerds of a Feather"
- Disney Channel
Geoff Johns, Matthew Beans, Zeb Wells, Hugh Sterbakov, Matthew
Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, Mike Fasolo, Douglas
Goldstein, Tom Root, Dan Milano, Kevin Shinick & Hugh Davidson
"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" - ShadowMachine
Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham "The Simpsons: Stealing First
Base" - Gracie Films
Michael Rowe "Futurama" - The Curiosity Company in association
with 20th Century Fox Television

Writing in a Feature Production
Michael Arndt "Toy Story 3" - Disney/Pixar
Sylvain Chomet "The Illusionist" - Django Films
William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders "How to Train Your
Dragon" - DreamWorks Animation
Dan Fogelman "Tangled" - Disney
Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons "Megamind" - DreamWorks
Animation

JURIED AWARDS
Winsor McCay Award - Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg, Matt Groening
June Foray - Ross Iwamoto.
Ub Iwerks Award - Autodesk
Special Achievement - "Waking Sleeping Beauty"

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that guests in Texas will soon be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages when a renovated wing at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine, Texas opens on Dec. 8.

Just weeks after the debut of AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Essex Green 9 in West Orange, N.J. on Nov. 17 and AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 on Nov. 22, AMC Grapevine Mills 30 combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Grapevine Mills 30 as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "This concept showcases the options we provide our guests. It's one example of how AMC embraces consumer trends and takes a proprietary approach to food and beverage service at the concession stand and inside our auditoriums."

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 offers two meal-and-a-movie options inside 13 newly renovated auditoriums as well as a bar and lounge:

Cinema Suites® - Five auditoriums at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 will feature:

• Premium, upscale in-theatre dining
• Reserved seating in luxury recliners
• Up to nine feet of row spacing
• Extensive menu including Cinema Suites specialties such as Bleu Cheese Chips, Blackened Salmon and Lobster Ravioli served on unique swivel tables via seat-side service
• Cinema Suites guests must be at least 21 years old

Fork & Screen® - Eight auditoriums at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 will offer:
• Casual, in-theatre dining
• Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
• Table-top dining
• An extensive menu including Crab Rangoon Dip, Thai Coconut Chicken Tenders and Chocolate Loving Spoon Cake served via seat-side service
• Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21)

MacGuffins®
• A full-service bar and lounge area inside the theatre
• Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
• Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and a selection of appetizers and desserts
• MacGuffins guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome
AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Grapevine Mills 30 pricing:
• Adult movie tickets range from $6 to $10 depending on the time of purchase plus a $15 experience charge for Cinema Suites or a $10 experience charge for Fork & Screen
• The $15/$10 experience charge is deducted from meal purchases in the auditorium

AMC Grapevine Mills 30 also offers 17 traditional auditoriums featuring stadium seating, which have been open since the 13 auditoriums in the AMC Dine-In Theatres' wing closed for renovation in September.

In addition to AMC Grapevine Mills 30, AMC will open a fourth AMC Dine-In Theatre location at AMC Menlo Park 12 in Edison, N.J. on Dec. 15.

AMC features five existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:
• AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 - Bridgewater, N.J.
• AMC Essex Green 9 - West Orange, N.J.
• AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead - Atlanta
• AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
• AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.

For more information about AMC Dine-In Theatres, please visit: www.amctheatres.com/dinein.

 

 

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