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Disney is reportedly telling the cast and crew of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to set aside a chunk of time in order to shoot two more sequels.

Rob Marshall (Nine) took over for Gore Verbinski on the latest installment. On Stranger Tides will feature Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow in a more prominent role, and it will also be released in 3D.

Depp already has two major commitments in 2011: Dark Shadows for Tim Burton and The Long Ranger for Verbinski. That could complicate things.

The Pirates of the Caribbean films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

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Hong Kong -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that it has signed a deployment contract with Strong Westrex Inc., a subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN) whereby GDC's innovative Integrated Media Block ("IMB") solution is adopted in the latest round of digital rollout spearheaded by China Film Group Corporation ("CFGC"). A total of 200 systems of NEC Series 2 DLP Cinema® projector integrated with GDC's Integrated Media Block ("IMB") and SX-2000 server have been adopted by CFGC in its 2010 digital cinema deployment scheme. Strong Westrex Inc. has been selected by CFGC in supplying and maintaining the NEC and GDC products under its full-service office in Beijing.

China Film Group Corporation is the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China. CFGC is involved in a variety of businesses which include film and television production, film distribution and exhibition, film importation and exportation, cinema circuit management, digital cinema deployment, print developing and processing, film equipment management, film and TV production, ancillary products, advertising, property management as well as real estate. For over a decade, CFGC's subsidiary, China Film Import & Export Corporation, has been the sole government-authorized importer of films. CFGC's film and TV production units include: the former China Film Corporation, Beijing Film Studio, China Youth Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Equipment Corporation, Movie Channel Production Center, Beijing Film & Video Laboratory and Huayun Film & TV Compact Disk Co., Ltd. GDC and CFGC have a long working history together dating back to 2002. The partnership has produced by far the largest number of installations in the country, currently standing at well over 1,000 units of GDC servers deployed in China.

GDC's IMB is designed to integrate seamlessly into Series 2 DLP Cinema® projectors, the state-of-the-art IMB is another advanced digital cinema solution from GDC. GDC's IMB and SX-2000 server allow customers to enjoy a digital projection solution that is both compact and future-proof based on Texas Instrument's Series 2 DLP Cinema® technology, without compromising its well-known reliability and stability.

"CFGC has worked with GDC for close to a decade now and our faith in GDC has never been stronger," said Han Sanping, Chairman of CFGC. "With over 1,000 GDC servers running in our cinemas tirelessly and reliably delivering picture perfect every time, it is easy to understand why we decide to stick to GDC in our latest round of deployment."

"We have been in close working partnership with GDC in both the Americas and Asia," commented Gary Cavey, President and CEO of Ballantyne Strong. "We are pleased to support GDC with NEC products in the CFGC digital cinema deployment, which is an extension of our very successful partnership with GDC in the U.S. With China expected to increase its digital footprint to fully digitize all the screens in the next three to five years, I am optimistic that our partnership with GDC will bring us more success."

"We are honored to work with Strong Westrex in the latest round of digital deployment for CFGC," said Dr Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC's innovative IMB offers its customers a digital projection solution that is both cost-effective and future-proof, and above all truly satisfying their actual needs. With a strong R&D base and forerunning technology in the industry, we have reached a new milestone in digital cinema."

 

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12predictions.pngThe Warrior's Way: 1,622 (NEW)
Black Swan: 18 (NEW)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: 4,125 (+0)
Tangled: 3,603 (+0)
Megamind: 3,173 (-238)
Unstoppable: 3,152 (-31)
Burlesque: 3,037 (+0)
Faster: 2,470 (+16)
Love and Other Drugs: 2,458 (+3)
Due Date: 2,450 (-105)
Morning Glory: 2,263 (-178)
The Next Three Days: 2,236 (-328)
Red: 779 (-135)
Skyline: 577 (-612)
For Colored Girls: 485 (-120)

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Source: Deadline.com

Mel Gibson's latest starring role in director Jodie Foster's The Beaver will see the light of day soon enough. The Summit release will hit theaters in the Spring of 2011. The trailer will also reportedly premiere on Entertainment Tonight this coming Friday.

The Beaver was initially supposed to hit theaters this year, but Gibson's recorded outbursts aimed at his ex-girlfriend led to a massive rush of bad PR.

 

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socialnetworkfacebook.pngBest Picture goes to The Social Network, which led the way with four wins.

The National Board of Review's best picture winner has lined up with the Oscars only twice since 2005 (No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire).

The biggest surprise is the Best Actress category. Natalie Portman and Annette Bening are considered the front-runners for the Oscar, yet Another Year's Lesley Manville pulled off the win.

The full list:

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Foreign Film: Of Gods and Men

Best Documentary: Waiting For "Superman"

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Best Ensemble Cast: The Town

Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo

Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola, for for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere

William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin

NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl

Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order):
Another Year
The Fighter
Hereafter
Inception
The King's Speech
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
Animal Kingdom
Buried
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Greenberg
Let Me In
Monsters
Please Give
Somewhere
Youth in Revolt

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
I Am Love
Incendies
Life, Above All
Of Gods And Men
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Restrepo
The Tillman Story
Waiting For "Superman"

 

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