Washington D.C. -- Blake Lively will receive the "CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award," it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Lively will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st, in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Blake recently captivated audiences and critics around the world with her stunning turn in The Town, and Green Lantern is one of the most-anticipated films of the year," noted Neuhauser. "We are thrilled to honor such a wonderful young talent with the CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award."
Lively will next be seen starring in the big-screen debut of the enduringly popular superhero Green Lantern, with the Warner Bros. Pictures release of this action adventure on June 17, 2011. Starring opposite Ryan Reynolds in the title role, and under the direction of Martin Campbell, Lively plays Carol Ferris. In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. When a new enemy, Parallax, threatens to destroy the balance of power, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. With the encouragement of his childhood sweetheart, Carol Ferris, and his own determination and willpower, Hal may prove to not only be the key to defeating Parallax...he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Lively first gained the attention of critics and audiences around the world with her starring role in 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a role she went on to reprise in 2008's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Her additional film credits include Accepted, with Justin Long and Jonah Hill; the independent feature Elvis & Annabelle, opposite Max Minghella; and Rebecca Miller's indie drama The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Most recently, she starred in the critically acclaimed crime drama The Town, alongside Ben Affleck, who also directed the film. Currently, she is in production on the comedy Hick, with Chloe Moretz and Eddie Redmayne. Lively can also be seen on the small screen in Gossip Girl.
Hong Kong -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce today the signing of a digital cinema deployment contract with Zhe Jiang Time Cinema. The contract is a repeat order which involves the deployment of 200 units of GDC SX-2000A Digital Cinema Server with Integrated Media Block by the end of 2011. This latest success has not only further strengthened the close partnership between Zhe Jiang Time Cinema and GDC, but has also consolidated GDC's top selling position in China's digital cinema server market.
Zhe Jiang Time Cinema World Co., Ltd. was founded in 2003 and spearheaded the establishment of a provincial-wide cinema circuit under the banner of "Zhe Jiang Time Cinema". Right on the year of its inception, the circuit swiftly snatched up 60.7% of the provincial market and instantly became the market leader in Zhe Jiang province. As at 2010, despite facing stiff competitions from other cinema circuits, Zhe Jiang Time Cinema still maintains its leading position in Hangzhou (the provincial capital) and grows its business steadily in other tier-2/tier-3 cities within Zhe Jiang province, firmly capturing 55% of the provincial market and maintaining its position as the 7th largest cinema chain operator in China. By the end of 2010, Zhe Jiang Time Cinema has increased its number of directly-operated cinemas to around 20, signed cinemas to 80, and total number of cinema screens to about 400. Other targets have been achieved within the same time frame include expanding Zhe Jiang Time Cinema into other provincial cities such as Cixi, Yongkang, Shaoxing and Shangyu, 40% rise in box-office takings, and breaking the 420-million-RMB mark in total box-office revenue.
"The close partnership between GDC and Zhe Jiang Time Cinema was established in 2005. We have chosen GDC SX-2000A Digital Cinema Server with IMB for its superior 3D screening quality, support for 4K resolution, and in addition, its added advantage of being awarded industry's first FIPS Level 3 Certification meeting DCI security requirements," said Qian Da Jun, General Manager of Zhe Jiang Time Cinema. "To invest further in digital cinema to fulfill our expansion needs, we have decided to deploy another 200 units of GDC server. This will help us maintain our leading position in Zhe Jiang and expand early into other important up-and-coming cities within the province, while continue providing our customers with the highest quality cinematic experience."
"We truly appreciate that Zhe Jiang Time Cinema has chosen GDC again as its server provider. It gives us great honor to be involved in Zhe Jiang Time Cinema's expansion program and we promise to continue the close partnership to grow our business together," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC has earned its reputation on the basis of quality products, reliable services, and most importantly continuous product innovations. We are encouraged by our success in Zhe Jiang province and feel optimistic to continue our success as we expand into other provinces in China."
Woodland Hills, CA/Morristown NJ -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today that they are producing and distributing the FIRST EVER, LIVE 3D, WIDELY RELEASED MUSIC PERFORMANCE when Foo Fighters perform their entire new album "Wasting Light" in a LIVE 3D BROADCAST to over 80 theatres nationwide on April 5th, following the theatrical debut of their documentary, FOO FIGHTERS: Back and Forth.
Cinedigm, along with Exclusive Media Group, RCA Records and Spitfire Pictures, will bring the music documentary "FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH," followed by a live 3D performance broadcast, directly into theatres. The live 3D performance will feature Foo Fighters playing their upcoming album front to back, a week in advance of the album's street date of April 12th.
"This is a collaboration of world class, innovative and experienced 3D partners in the business," said Jonathan Dern, President of Cinedigm's Entertainment Group and Executive Producer of the 3D event. "We look forward to providing a fantastic evening to fans around the country."
The live 3D production involves Cinedigm, Sweetwater/NEP, Hi-Ground Media, and Element Technica. In addition to producing the event, Cinedigm will be providing their proprietary 3D distribution technology and satellite connection to the networked theatres; Sweetwater/NEP will be using "Cobalt," their "state of the art" mobile truck in a complete 3D configuration. Element Technica will be providing 3D rig technology and Hi-Ground Media will be creating 3D graphics.
Wayne Miller, in association with Action 3D, has been tapped as the 3D producer and director for the LIVE 3D performance broadcast. A veteran in the 3D production world, Miller has captured more than 50 artists in 3D and is considered one of the most proficient producers in 3D, including the 3D theatrical releases for Phish and Dave Matthews Band.
Following the theatrical broadcast, the documentary (not the live performance piece) will air as a VH1 Rock Doc on VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia on April 8th at 10PM ET/PT.
"FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH" is produced by Nigel Sinclair ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan", "Amazing Journey the Story of the Who", "The Last Play at Shea") of Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures. The documentary chronicles the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Sinclair is also the CEO and co-chairman of Exclusive Media Group. Executive Producers are Jeanne Elfant Festa, Glen Zipper, Michele Farinola, John Silva, Gaby Skolnek, John Cutcliffe, Alex Brunner and Chris Miller.
Oscar® and Emmy® winner James Moll produced and directed the documentary film which culminates with the making of the new album: a process in which the band pushed itself forward by going fully back to basics and recording in Grohl's garage completely on analog tape. No computers, no software - just a band recording an album to tape in a garage. The new record also marks the Foos' first full-length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, with whom Grohl worked on Nirvana's classic album Nevermind. Former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic will also return along with other surprise guest artists.
The music documentary is co-financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records and produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Allentown Productions. VH1 and Sony Music Entertainment acquired domestic and international television rights respectively.